Friday, October 9, 2015

Hollywooood!!!

LaLa Land, indeed

I lived in Los Angeles for over 4 years, on and off, and I never once made it to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood and Vine. But Peri had a couple of weeks off from her year round school and came over to visit, so I thought she might find it interesting. Turned out we both did.

The Walk is a long one, 15 blocks on Hollywood Blvd. and 3 blocks on Vine, with stars on both sides of the street. And there were a few things that I wasn't aware of, which became evident after just a block or two.



The stars have different symbols, depending on the celebrity. For instance, music stars have an album being played on a phonograph on them.







And radio stars
have microphone icons on them. But I don't understand why Michael Jackson has a radio icon instead of a music one.









And performers can have more than one star, if they are multi-talented. Both movie and TV stars, for instance, or  radio and TV. But what I found particularly interesting were the way some of the stars were grouped.

Married couples could be found together, such as William H Macy and Felicity Huffman. But the stars remained coupled even when the marriage didn't last, such as with Liz and Dick.



But other family relationships were grouped together, as well, like Donald and Kiefer Sutherland. I thought that was pretty cool.

I really liked the comedy/tragedy mask symbol for comedians, it seems so appropriate.








I was surprised to learn that animated characters had stars, like Bugs and Mickey and the cast of Rugrats. But what surprised me even more was to find that the original moon landing had a TV star...I assume because it was watched by so many.


We couldn't really see a lot of the stars, because construction had them blocked. And Peri was disappointed there weren't more young stars on there.








Peri's grown just since she's back from last trip
At the beginning of the Walk, there was a really nice structure between the two sides of the street...










...with a special place reserved for Elvis and the Beatles placed side by side.







Of course, we had to stop at Grauman's Chinese Theater, also on Hollywood Blvd., to see all the handprints.






The weather was gorgeous, perfect for this kind of outing. And it was more interesting than I was expecting it to be. Another lesson for me that even the most cliched sights can often be worth visiting.

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