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Geek Trivia: Beyond the (Hollywood) stars

Who are the only persons ever to be commemorated on the Hollywood Walk of Fame without receiving a star?

To hear the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce tell it, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is equivalent to receiving an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, or Grammy (once again, no love for the Eisners, Nebulas, or Hugos). The iconic stars, which are embedded in sidewalks near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, CA, are ostensibly awarded to individuals who have made distinctive and significant contributions to the entertainment industry.

And yet, somehow, Britney Spears has one.

In fact, Miss Britney is tied with Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert for the youngest performer ever to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. Both received theirs at 21 years of age, somehow amassing a sufficient portfolio of accomplishments by that tender age to qualify for eternal enshrinement in a monument the ostensible equal of the major awards in each respective field of performance. Spears' star is inlaid with a small phonograph icon, while Gilbert's has a television set, so that future generations might comprehend in which media these two titans of entertainment made their marks.

The open secret of the Walk of Fame is that, even though the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce votes for each star, the cost associated with installing a star is a cool $25,000 -- paid for by someone other than the Chamber of Commerce. Record labels and production studios often arrange for their talent to receive stars as part of publicity campaigns, which is why you'll often notice famous singers or actors receiving a star just before a major album or movie release. Back when the cost was a mere $3,000, individual fan clubs often raised that amount, but such efforts have been generally priced out of the reach of many performers' fandom-based resources.

That is not to say there aren't plenty of legitimate entrants on the Walk of Fame. In fact, some of the most deserving are those that garner the most publicity. While the Walk of Fame has a number of accepted conventions, it often breaks these rules for the benefit of the most exceptional celebrities, both to garner more publicity and to burnish the Walk's credentials as a legitimate honor. Case in point: The only persons ever to be enshrined on the Walk of Fame without receiving a star -- celebrities by any definition, and historic beyond all doubt.

WHO ARE THE ONLY PERSONS EVER TO BE COMMEMORATED ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME WITHOUT RECEIVING A STAR?

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10 comments
boxfiddler
boxfiddler

what Hollywood knows. "And yet, somehow, Britney Spears has one."

seanferd
seanferd

He was great on Babylon 5, amusing in the somewhat wacky Moon Trap, and should get some sort of award based solely on what he wrote to be included in Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay that Became the Classic Star Trek Episode. I even liked his character on Star Trek, even though his part was written to make him seem a total dork half of the time. (And almost as abused as any two security guards that happened to be on duty at the wrong time...) Edit: I find myself quite incapable of typing the name of BS, so I can't really say anything about her excepting: Yack.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

gag me. Inanity extraordinaire. Banality at it's finest. Bleeeaaaaccchh.

SamFrench
SamFrench

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seanferd
seanferd

Funny thing is, Pop Culture really isn't really popular culture at all. It usually means "current trivia" or "high-sales entertainment product of the moment". Real popular culture example: Especially for those in the U.S., trying to replicate "English Comfort" lifestyle and architecture regardless of climate or other ecological/geological conditions.

zclayton2
zclayton2

Lingusitc wierdness for $200 Alex.

ellen_kranzer
ellen_kranzer

The article states: "Walter Koenig is the only member of the original lead cast of Star Trek not to receive a star." Walter Koenig was not an original lead cast member (though he was a member of the original series cast). Chekov wasn't added as a regular cast member until season two. This leads to the continuity gaff in the "Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan" where Chekov somehow knows all about Khan's previous encounter with the Enterprise and speaks as if he was there even though he wasn't.

boomchuck1
boomchuck1

I suppose it is possible he was just had a different duty station on the ship that first year! Promotions do happen. Chekov was always one of my favorite characters. I especially got a kick out of his character in ST4 - The Voyage Home, where he innocently boarded a nuclear aircraft carrier. Having been stationed on a nuke carrier (Nimitz) during the 70s I know what kind of reaction anybody speaking with a Russian accent would get!

seanferd
seanferd

"I never forget a face." This apparently includes faces not even seen. Yep, that was one of my favorite continuity screw-ups.

rays
rays

Only Gene Autry "The Singing Cowboy" has 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was involved in all 5 mediums.

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