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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Oct 272016

Donald Trump’s Star Vandalized

Donald Trump’s star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame was vandalized. A local smart aleck frustrated with Donald Trump’s treatment of women took a sledge hammer to the presidential candidate’s and reality TV star’s Hollywood star while having the act recorded on video. The vandal was actually interviewed on TV news and stated that he’s prepared to be arrested, serve time and / or pay restitution.

I don’t know about you, but I find the incident deeply disturbing. Did we really sink so low that we have to settle political differences with sledge hammers? Is vandalism a way to express political convictions?

We noticed while back that this presidential race is very different from the preceding ones. The three Presidential Debates confirmed it. But there is no place in the political dialog for vandalism or violence of any kind. Committing an act of vandalism speaks volumes of the perpetrator, it doesn’t discredit the victim.

No form of violence is – or will ever be – a socially acceptable expression of political views. In a democracy there is NO place for violence.

This incident may appear to be minor. The damage itself may well be minor as well. Still, the perpetrator should be punished and his actions condemned. A message needs to be sent to all that no vandalism and no violence will be tolerated, before, during or after the election, regardless of its outcome. In our Democracy – and in any civilized society – the only acceptable ways to express political convictions are through political activism, active participation in the political process and casting a vote. Politically-motivated vandalism or violence cannot – and will not – be tolerated in the United States.

The destruction of Donald Trump’s star isn’t a political statement or an act of bravery but stupidity. It isn’t a vote for or against. The only “achievement” of the vandal is few seconds on TV and a public condemnation. Let’s hope that our collective outrage will discourage any further displays of violent behavior on either side of the political aisle.



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Oct 292013
Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame / Anything L.A.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust.

The Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles (2.1 km) east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from North Gower Street to North La Brea Avenue, plus a short segment of Marshfield Way that runs diagonally between Hollywood and La Brea; and 0.4 miles (0.7 km) north to south on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard.

According to a 2003 report by the market research firm NPO Plog Research, the Walk attracts about 10 million visitors annually—more than Sunset Strip, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s), the Queen Mary, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—and has played an important role in making tourism the largest industry in Los Angeles County.

As of September 12, 2013, the Walk comprises 2,506 stars, spaced at 6-foot (1.8 m) intervals. The monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass (not bronze, an oft-repeated inaccuracy) inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background. In the upper portion of each star field the name of the honoree is inlaid in brass block letters. Below the inscription, in the lower half of the star field, a round inlaid brass emblem indicates the category of the honoree’s contributions. The emblems symbolize five categories within the entertainment industry:
Circular 4-inch brass plaque showing a side view of a classic movie camera Classic film camera representing motion pictures
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with a tube-type television with twin aerials Television receiver representing broadcast television
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with a top view of phonograph disc and pickup arm Phonograph record representing audio recording or music
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with an antique studio-style microphone Radio microphone representing broadcast radio
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with the classic theatrical comedy/tragedy masks Comedy/tragedy masks representing theatre/live      performance (added in 1984)

Of all the stars on the Walk to date, 47% have been awarded in the motion pictures category, 24% in television, 17% in audio recording, 10% in radio, and less than 2% in the live performance category. Approximately 20 new stars are added to the Walk each year.