The Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce planned numerous events throughout the year to mark this important anniversary.
To begin with, Ringo Starr's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony kicked off the 50th Anniversary on February 8, 2010. The star ceremony which was held at night in front of Capitol Records attracted a huge crowd and was streamed live to the world on Ringo Starr website. The star was the first to bear the 50th Anniversary icon metal as part of the engraved landmark.
Hollywood celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with community festival "Walk the Walk" on Sunday, July 25, 2010. This day-long festival was Hollywood's "open house" with tours of iconic Hollywood theatres and studios, as well as live music, performances, movie screenings and activities for the whole family. Events were scheduled throughout Hollywood, many offered free or at a deep discount for this one day only. Four key locations - Hollywood & Highland Center including the TV Guide studio, Egyptian Theatre, Capitol Records and The Montalban Theatre - showcased the five categories of stars: motion pictures, television, recording, radio and live theatre - and of course the Walk of Fame itself. Many restaurants, retailers and attractions also joined in the celebration offering discounts, special menu items and giveaways. Information stations were located at the four locations with free programs outlining the schedule of events and participating businesses and attractions. Thousands came to the Boulevard and joined in "Walk the Walk," visiting the stars who transformed a Hollywood sidewalk into a historic, international icon.
As the Hollywood Walk of Fame's year-long birthday celebration neared its conclusion, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce planted a time capsule on Thursday, October 28, at the corner of Hollywood and Highland where the Walk of Fame originated. Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler and television personality Bob Barker buried the stainless steel, fully-sealed capsule which measured 16x16x18 and depicted the Walk of Fame's 50th Anniversary logo. The Hollywood Chamber had collected various items representing the famous landmark and all were placed in a time capsule created by the Future Packing & Preservation Company, LLC of Covina, California. David Paternostro, President of Top End Constructors, the company which makes the stars on the famous sidewalk discussed the placement of the time capsule into the ground. Bob Barker personally placed his own letter which read "Have your pets spayed or neutered!" in the time capsule. The time capsule is scheduled to be opened on the Hollywood Walk of Fame's 100th Anniversary in 2060.
The annual celebration continued as the Hollywood Walk of Fame created one-of-a-kind ceremonies. For the first time in the history of the Walk of Fame and in celebration of the Hollywood Walk of Fame's 50th Anniversary, three stars were dedicated at one time for a family dynasty of actors. Bruce Dern, Laura Dern and Diane Ladd each received their own stars on November 1st at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the W Hollywood. Emcee Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO and guest speakers David Lynch, Mark Ruffalo, Joe Dante, Reverend Della Reese, Barbara Boyle and Council President Eric Garcetti helped unveil the three stars.
History was made when the Hollywood Chamber invited the largest gathering of Walk of Famers in one room at one time! The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce threw a huge celebration for the Hollywood Walk of Fame's 5oth Birthday on Wednesday, November 3. The event began at 6:30 p.m. with a ceremonial time capsule dedication at the corner of Hollywood and Highland next to Joanne Woodward's star, one of the very first eight stars placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Leron Gubler officiated. Participating in the event were five celebrities who represent the five disciplines of the Walk of Fame. Diane Ladd, represents Motion Pictures, Bob Barker for Television, KLOS radio personality Jim Ladd for Radio, Roger Williams for Recording, and Mickey and Jan Rooney representing the Live Theatre category.
"In the history of the Walk of Fame, this is the first time that we had so many of our recipients in one place at one time! Our late Walk of Fame Chairman, Johnny Grant would have been so proud of this special night in Hollywood!" stated Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO.
After the ceremony, invited guests were led to the party, held in the famed Governor's Ballroom and catered by Wolfgang Puck. All Walk of Famers walked the Red Carpet and then proceeded into a special room to be exclusively photographed for an historic, once-in-a-lifetime photo, shot by famed celebrity photographer Harry Langdon. Guests enjoyed the festivities as they watched the historic photo unfold on big screens.
Presenting sponsor L'Oréal Paris created a special edition Colour Riche lipstick called Walk of Fame Pink #50 which was created especially for the occasion and gifted to all guests.
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce appreciates the support of the generous sponsors of this VIP birthday celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris. Other partners included Entertainment Tonight as Media Sponsor and Heineken as Contributing Sponsor.
Diamond Star sponsors included Global Icons, Hollywood Historic Trust, Kaiser Permanente, L. Ron Hubbard Golden Age Theater, Paramount Pictures, and Starline Tours of Hollywood. Platinum Star sponsors included Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, The Hollywood Museum, and Technicolor. Gold Star sponsors include Ashok Amritraj / Hyde Park Entertainment, Entertainment Lighting Services, Inc., HBO, FilmL.A., Inc., Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Norm Marshall & Associates, Universal Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Silver Star include Community Redevelopment Agency/LA, The Gas Company, The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, Screen Actors Guild, Sunset Gower/Sunset Bronson Studios, and Twentieth Century Fox. Bronze Star sponsors include Belmont Village Senior Living, Briggs Law, Central Parking System, Dubin & Associates, Inc., Famous Hollywood Dental Care, The Father of Hollywood, Genesis Financial & Insurance Services, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Honeywell, Iron Mountain Film & Sound Archives, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Langley Productions, LAS Engineering, Inc., The Original Farmers Market, L.A., Inc, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, Vin Di Bona Productions & FishBowl Worldwide Media, W Hollywood, Warner Bros., and Yellow Cab Company.
Hollywood Chamber Celebrated World-famous Walk of Fame's 50th with a Big Birthday Bash!
Hollywood Walk of Famers participated in the dedication ceremony of the Walk of Fame 50th Celebration Time Capsule. Each speaker represented their category. From left Roger Williams, Recording; Mickey and Jan Rooney, Live Theatre; Diane Ladd, Motion Pictures; Jim Ladd, Radio and Bob Barker for the Television category. After the event, celebrities and guests were taken to the Governor's Ballroom where they celebrated with style at the Wolfgang Puck catered affair!
Three Stars Presented to One Family at One Time — a Historic First on Hollywood Walk of Fame to Mark 50th Anniversary
Actors Bruce Dern, Laura Dern and Diane Ladd honored with stars in Motion Picture.
Hollywood Chamber Buried Time Capsule in Honor of its World-famous Walk of Fame's 50th anniversary
Here's to another fifty years!