Jan 082017
 
Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star For Viola Davis

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star For Viola Davis

The first Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star of 2017 was dedicated to Viola Davis!

Davis’ tour de force performance – in a supporting role – in the film Doubt (2008) took movie audiences and the film industry by storm and resulted in her getting an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. The 2011 box-office hit The Help further cemented her position as an outstanding talent and brought her not only numerous award nominations (Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA and Golden Globe) but the prestigious SAG award.

The television drama How to Get Away with Murder gave Viola Davis the stage on which to showcase a fuller range of her talent. Her portrayal of the lawyer, Annalise Keating, led to not just nominations but awards. In 2015 she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2015 and 2016 she won Screen Actors Guild Awards for the role.

She’s currently amazing moviegoers as Rose Maxson (Denzel Washington character’s wife) in August Wilson’s drama “Fences” in a film produced by Washington. Her performance in the film takes acting on the big screen to another level: she is raw, multidimensional and profound.

This may be as good time as any to mention that Davis is a graduate of the famous Juilliard School and is as accomplished on stage as on screen. The role of Rose Maxson isn’t new to her, she played her before, in front of live audiences on Broadway. Her theatre performance earned a Tony Award in 2010. Her big screen performance is likely to earn her an Oscar.

Viola Davis isn’t a celebrity famous for being famous. She isn’t a starlet that’s risen to fame suddenly, only to fade soon after. Viola Davis built her career on a sound foundation of incredible talent, consistently high quality work, hard work and patience. She is here to stay.

During the ceremony for Viola Davis on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Chamber President and CEO, Leron Gubler and Walk of Fame producer, Ana Martinez helped the actress unveil her star.
It’s no coincidence that the greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep (also a Walk Of Famer) spoke during the ceremony honoring Davis. Talent can’t be measured or compared. Streep and Davis are very different. Each has unconventional beauty and unparalleled depth as an artist. They are too different to ever be compared or in competition. But they have something in common, too: both, are extra-ordinary artists: each, a star in her own right.

Viola Davis is quoted as saying: “The happily ever after comes after you’ve done the work.” She’s certainly done much of hers.

Anything L.A. Magazine congratulates Ms. Viola Davis on her professional and personal success. We are not only her fans but have plenty of respect for Davis as a person and a survivor.

Viola Davis’ star in the Motion Picture category (Star #2,596 on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame) is located in front of Marshalls Department Store at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm

 

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Nov 012016
 

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star For Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie (best known for his role as the brilliant but socially-awkward Dr. Gregory House) was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016. His is the 2,593rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located in front of the British Pub, Pig ‘N Whistle at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. The stars surrounding his (in the Television category) belong to his fellow Briton actors including Dame Helen Mirren, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and Ridley Scott.

English-born Hugh Laurie attended prestigious college and graduated with degrees in anthropology and archeology from Cambridge University. As a student Hugh joined the university’s dramatic club where he met and fell in love with Emma Thompson. The relationship didn’t last, but she helped him develop a passion for performing and introduced him to his future collaborator Stephen Fry. Clearly, education paid off for Laurie, but a career as anthropologist or archeologist wasn’t in his future. Talented actor, writer, director, comedian, singer and musician, Hugh Laurie found fame and fortune in the entertainment industry.

His acting roles include film, TV and voice. He is best known for his role in the long-running television “House” for which he received many recognitions. Among his newer projects are a starring role in the AMC miniseries “The Night Manager” and in HBO’s “Veep”, the comedy in which he reprised his role as Senator Tom James.
Hugh Laurie is:

  • Seven time nominee for an Emmy Award
  • Six time Golden Globe Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner
  • Eight time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee and two-time and two time Screen Actors Guild Award winner
  • Among his other recognitions are two Satellite Awards; two Television Critics Association Awards; and four People’s Choice Awards.

Laurie’s newest starring role is in the new Hulu’s drama “Chance”.

The Walk of Fame Producer, Ana Martinez stated prior to the ceremony: “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to add Hugh Laurie to our illustrious Walk of Fame.”

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm

 

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