Hollywood Walk of Fame -Tribute to Ladies of Film

 

 

Hollywood Points of Interest - Hollywood Walk of Fame, world-famous Hollywood attraction features more than 2,000 stars honoring celebrities in motion pictures, television, recording, radio and theatre. The Walk is located on Hollywood Blvd. between La Brea and Gower and on Vine Street between Yucca and Sunset Blvd. Approximately 20 new stars are added each year.  The entire walk of fame spans several city blocks. The primary anchor or originating point where crowds gather and tours are offered is at Hollywood & Highland. .

 "Hollywood" is shaped like the Eiffel Tower. Its 4-cornered base contains silver statuettes of four
grand dames of Hollywood, Mae West, Dorothy Dandridge, Anna May Wong and Dolores Del Rio.


The Walk of Fame was expanded over 10 years ago to with a new plaza and unique sculpture. The sidewalk streetlights resemble studio lights with "barn-doors" and a second anchor on the west end of the Walk of Fame at the corner of Hollywood & La Brea features a gleaming silver tower topped by a spire which reads "Hollywood." Shaped like the Eiffel Tower, at its 4-cornered base are silver statuettes of four grand dames of Hollywood, Mae West, Dorothy Dandridge, Anna May Wong and Dolores Del Rio. The life-size statues of four silver screen celebrities are designed much like goddesses with svelte figures in evening gowns. They are shown in the photos above. The nearby trash receptacles and advertisement several stories tall on the side of the building add a touch of reality to shining tribute to Hollywood.


Hollywood & Highland premiered several years ago as a new attraction to the decaying area that needed a facelift if it was to thrive. A two-block, 640,000 square foot complex was built for over $600 million with a 136,000 square foot Kodak Theatre, designated as the permanent home of the Academy Awards. In addition to featuring fabulous facilities and meeting space for the Academy Awards event, a shopping complex and hotel were added to the mix.


Next door to the Hollywood & Highland complex is the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (6925 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/464-6266). This Hollywood icon was built in 1927 by Sid Grauman and hosted many star-studded movie premiers and events in Hollywood's early days. The theater still draws the stars with its celebrity hand and foot print ceremonies, a tradition that started with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Just outside the theater, begin your tour of that widely recognized, star-studded sidewalk, the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard; and Hollywood Boulevard, between La Brea Avenue and Gower Street). Keep your eyes open for celebrity markers such as Marilyn Monroe and Rock Hudson.


For information on upcoming ceremonies, call 323-469-8311. If you want to see the Hollywood Experience in an entertaining way the entire family will enjoy, you really must go to Universal Studios Hollywood.





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