Taking a Walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame
A notable attraction and one you can’t miss when visiting Hollywood is the star-studded Hollywood Walk of Fame, which made its debut in 1958. Stars on the walk of fame display one or more of five categories of tribute – each with a different bronze icon or symbol for the named recipient.
Walk of Fame Stars Recognize Contributions Made by Individuals in the Film, Broadcasting, Theater, and Recording Fields
For instance, celebrities who have made their mark in the film industry are honored with a star and a symbol depicting a camera. Other symbols placed on stars recognize contributions made in the broadcast, theatrical, and recording industries. Only one celebrity, Gene Autry, has received stars in all the aforementioned areas.
Animated Characters who Have Earned Stars on the Walk of Fame
You’ll also find stars on the Walk of Fame that were placed in honor of animated characters as well. Stars featured under this category include tributes to Mickey Mouse, Big Bird, Bugs Bunny, and Winnie the Pooh. Rin Tin Tin and Lassie also earned stars on the Walk of Fame too.
Add your Own Star to the Walk of Fame, or Just Make it Appear that Way
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is situated on Hollywood Boulevard with most of the featured stars found in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Currently, there are well over 2,000 stars on the Walk of Fame. Even you can add your own star, or at least make it appear that way, to this celebrity-enhanced walkway. All you need to do is visit Starring You at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard, which is almost next door to the Hollywood Wax Museum (another place you’ll no doubt want to see).
The studio will take your photograph alongside your own personal Walk of Fame star. However, your star is not set in concrete. The picture is produced and then digitally altered with your name and selected icon.
Stop by the Hollywood Wax Museum while You’re in the Neighborhood
Of course, as mentioned, you’ll also want to visit the Hollywood Wax Museum while you are in the neighborhood. The popular tourist attraction features wax figures of almost 200 characters and personalities from TV and the silver screen – many featured with Hollywood backgrounds or landscapes.
The museum, which unveiled its unique exhibits in 1965, features such classic stars as John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe and current-day celebrities like Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and Gwenyth Paltrow.
Hollywood Wax Museums can be Found in other Locales Too
If you can’t make it to Hollywood, you can also visit Hollywood Wax museums in Branson, Missouri or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee should your travels take you to these locations.