Sightseeing: Hollywood Walk of Fame

Covering fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street, the Hollywood Walk of Fame features 2500 stars dedicated to the greatest celebrities of Hollywood entertainment. Each of the brass stars inlaid in the sidewalk bears the name of an actor, singer, musician, director, producer, band, theatrical group, or fictional character. The Walk of Fame attracts about ten million visitors each year.

    The initial aim of the Walk of Fame was to preserve the celebrity of people whose names indicate glamour and excitement all over the world. The idea and general style for the monument were determined in 1955. However, the project was not implemented until three years later.

      Different theories guess at the initial use of stars as a symbol of celebrity. Some sources suggest that the idea came from the Hollywood Hotel that painted stars on the ceiling of its dining room, directly above tables used by their most notable celebrity guests.