Ever wish you could have a star on Hollywood Boulevard? All you need is $15,000 and a sponsor to nominate you for one. No biggie, right? Then there’s the small issue of your accomplishments in the industry and to the community.
Getting a star isn’t all that easy. The Walk of Fame Committee meets annually and receives over 100 nominations a year. The sponsor must fill out a nomination form and include bodies of the artists work, like CD’s, DVD’s, etc., plus a biography and any community and/or civic-oriented activities. If the nominee is chosen, they have to agree to attend the unveiling ceremony. Oy Vey, sounds like a lot of work.
The Walk of Fame is by far one of the most-visited spots in Hollywood. You can see everyone from Joanne Woodward, who was the very first recipient to receive a star, to John Wayne, Elton John, Renée Zellweger, and so on. New 2006 recipients include Charlize Theron, Ray Romano, Judge Judy, and Mathew Broderick.
The area around the walk of fame used to be a hotbed of drug addicts and homeless people, but the city has cleaned it up and maintained it to be a nice tourist spot. Just keep a hold of your belongings and don’t talk to strangers.
There’s Mann’s Chinese Theater, The Hollywood Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum also lining the sides of Hollywood Boulevard. The Kodak Theater, where the Academy Awards is held, is also a main attraction.
I advise to only go during daylight hours and try to park down the street for free. The parking lots around Mann’s Chinese Theater will pre-charge you for the entire day, even if you’re only there for an hour. Don't get taken.