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    Theron Gets Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Oscar winner Charlize Theron's career came full circle Thursday when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame only blocks from where she was first "discovered."

    "I had big dreams when I came here, but this is an incredibly amazing gift ... two cherries on top of the cake," Theron told a cheering crowd at the star's unveiling.

    Surrounded by family and friends from her native South Africa, Theron recounted how at 18 an agent found her in line at a bank on Hollywood Boulevard. Her mother, in attendance, had pushed the tall, beautiful star to move to Los Angeles to pursue film acting.

    Initially a model, and then a ballerina, the 30-year-old danced for New York's Joffrey Ballet before rising through the ranks of Hollywood.

    "She is a movie star in a classic sense. She is more dazzling than any blonde before her," said Niki Caro, director of Theron's upcoming movie "North County."


    Theron began her film career as James Spader's love interest in 1996's "2 Days in the Valley" before starring in such movies as "The Cider House Rules," "The Italian Job" and Woody Allen's "Celebrity."

    But it was her frightening portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's "Monster" that cemented her status and earned her an Oscar and Golden Globe award. Theron gained weight and wore false teeth for the role.

    In "North County," Theron plays an activist miner. She plays a black-haired assassin in the upcoming sci-fi thriller "Aeon Flux."

    "I must admit just her presence here this morning gave my pacemaker a vigorous jump-start," said honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant.

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    It's like the Rock&Roll Hall Of Fame, it's all politics and presentation. There are a couple of LA DJs who have stars (Mark & Brian), neither of them have ever been in a movie. At least Theron has an Academy Award and some great movies in her playbook. Brittney Spears has a star too, which tell you all you need to know...
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    It is my understanding that some or all stars are paid for (usually by a fan club or something similar). If anyone else knows otherwise, I would like to know out of personal curiosity.

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    Hollywood Boulevard's Price of Fame
    Wednesday, December 03, 2003
    By Catherine Donaldson-Evans

    STORIES ARCHIVE BACKGROUND
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    Alice Cooper Gets Hollywood Star
    It's Hollywood's very own version of the Yellow Brick Road.

    Except this pavement — the legendary Walk of Fame (search) on Hollywood Boulevard — glitters with brass and pink terrazzo stars, not gold bricks, and leads not to Oz, but to publicity and permanence for the rich and famous.

    "It’s buying immortality," said Anderson Jones, movie columnist for E! Online. "It's making them part of the Hollywood legend. It's making them part of history."

    But becoming part of history isn't cheap. Those who want to be memorialized on the Walk have to pay $15,000 — or more accurately, a sponsor such as a movie studio or record company has to pay $15,000. The reward? An inevitable heap of TV and print coverage for the honored celebrity, who is often promoting a new film or album.

    "They use the stars as a marketing tool," Jones said. "That happened in the last few years. You were getting a star tied to the release of an album or a movie."

    That certainly was the case with Britney Spears, who got one last month as her "In the Zone" album was released; with Kevin Bacon who was awarded a star just as "Mystic River," in which he co-stars, hit theaters; and with Nicole Kidman earlier this year, whose star was timed to generate Oscar buzz for her role in "The Hours." (The publicity efforts paid off; Kidman won Best Actress.)





    And here:

    Hollywood Walk of Fame

    A small part of the Walk of Fame
    The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California, United States, which is embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of celebrities honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry.


    Characteristics

    The Walk of Fame runs east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, and north to south on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard. Each star consists of a terrazzo comprising a pink five-pointed star rimmed with bronze and inlaid into a charcoal square. Inside the pink star is the name of the honoree engraved in bronze, below which is a round bronze emblem indicating the category for which the honoree received the star. The emblems are:

    a motion picture camera, for contribution to the film industry;
    a television set, for contribution to the broadcast television industry;
    a phonograph record, for contribution to the recording industry;
    a radio microphone, for contribution to the broadcast radio industry; and,
    twin comedy/tragedy masks, for contribution to live theater.

    History

    Created in 1958, the Walk of Fame has become a tribute to performers and others within show business. Honorees receive a star based on achievements in motion pictures, live theater, radio, television, and/or music. Many honorees received multiple stars during the initial phase of installation for contributions to separate categories; however, the practice in recent decades has been to honor individuals not yet represented, with only a handful of previous honorees being awarded additional stars. In 1978, the City of Los Angeles designated the Walk of Fame as a Cultural/Historic Landmark.

    The original Walk of Fame had 2,500 blank stars. A total of 1,558 stars were awarded during its first sixteen months. Since then, new stars have been awarded at the rate of approximately two per month. By 1994 over 2,000 of the original stars were filled, and additional stars were added to extend the Walk west past Sycamore to La Brea Avenue, where it is now terminated by the Silver Four Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo. Locations of specific stars are not necessarily permanent, with some occasionally relocated for various reasons such as local construction.


    Maintenance

    The Walk of Fame is maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. In order for a person to get a star on the Walk of Fame, he or she must agree to attend a presentation ceremony within five years of selection, and a $15,000 fee must be paid to the Trust; a 2003 FOX News story noted that the fee is typically paid by sponsors such as movie studios and record companies, as part of the publicity for a release with which the honoree is involved.

    As of 2004, the total number of stars awarded is approximately 2,150.


    Trivia

    Joanne Woodward received the first star on the Walk of Fame on February 9, 1960.
    At Hollywood and Vine a special "round star" on each of the four corners commemorates the Apollo 11 astronauts.
    The only honoree to receive stars in all five categories is Gene Autry.
    Stars have also been awarded to animated characters such as Mickey Mouse, costumed characters such as Big Bird, and to two dogs, Lassie and Rin Tin Tin.



    List of stars

    See list of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

 

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