When it was initially created in 1960, the Hollywood Walk of Fame was intended as a work of art to improve the appearance of the neighborhood. The artist, Oliver Weismuller came up with the concept of a five-pointed star in which the name of important artists would be displayed along Hollywood Boulevard. Depending on the industry in which we worked (film, television, radio or stage), the star would also contain a marker to distinguish it.
A Brief History of the Hollywood Walk of Fame
With so many artists working in a variety of fields, a number of individuals received multiple stars when we were first installed. Over the years, this approach has changed and most individuals only receive one star. Within the first year and a half of the project, over 1,500 of the initial 2,500 stars were filled. By 1978, the Hollywood Walk of Fame became an official cultural landmark, which now holds well over 2,000 different names.
For tourists from around the world, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a symbol of Hollywood's magic and history. Visitors line Hollywood Boulevard every day of the year, searching for the names of favorite celebrities and taking pictures in front of these mini-monuments. No tour of Hollywood could be considered complete without a stop along this shrine to Hollywood royalty.
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