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Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Walk of Fame is a three and a half mile long round trip walk beginning at Gower Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, running west to La Brea Avenue and south to north on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard. Each star is made from pink terrazzo, has five points rimmed with bronze and inlaid into a charcoal square. Inside the star is the name of the honoree inlaid in bronze and below that is a symbol representing the category for which the honoree received the star. There are five emblems representing each category and they include: a motion picture camera representing a contribution to the film industry, a television set representing a contribution to the broadcast television industry, a phonograph record representing a contribution to the recording industry, a radio microphone representing a contribution to the broadcast radio industry, and twin comedy/tragedy masks representing a contribution to live theatre.
The Walk of Fame began as part of the Hollywood Improvement Program in the 1950's as an effort to improve the neighborhood. In 1955 the Anesco Construction Company brought the Walk of Fame proposal to the Program and construction started in 1958. The Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated on February 8, 1960. The Walk of Fame was dedicated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1978 and in 1980 there were two stipulations added to the honoree designation in order to cut maintenance costs and revive the tourist attraction. The first stipulation stated that honorees would be required to be present during a star dedication ceremony and each honoree would be required to pay a $25,000 upkeep fee.
Star nominations are selected by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame Committee which selects a new group of entertainers each year. New recipients are announced each June and the ceremony is scheduled within 5 years of the nomination. Today the Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the most visited tourists attraction in Los Angeles with over 2,300 dedicated stars.