That's me in March 2015 at the TCM Classic Film Festival, posing with Carole Lombard's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Its precise address? 6930 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of Baja Fresh.)
The Walk of Fame has been around for nearly half a century, and extends for 1.3 miles along the Boulevard and Vine Street. Millions of visitors see it annually; it's become iconic...but also a disappointment to many. In recent decades, the Walk projects tawdriness rather than glamour -- not good for the image of Los Angeles, which admittedly has a hard time mixing expected perceptions with reality. Images such as these probably are what people look forward to when they visit the Walk of Fame:
At the top is Goldie Hawn with Kurt Russell, when both received stars a year ago this month; below is actress-cabaret singer Lynda Carter of "Wonder Woman" TV fame, an honoree early last month. So what can the city do to improve the experience? Plenty, believes city councilmember Mitch O'Farrell.
He's looking for city excess bonds to be used by various departments "to create and implement a master plan for the restoration and improvement of the Walk of Fame" (http://urbanize.la/post/city-may-create-master-plan-improve-hollywood-walk-fame?utm_source=pushengage&utm_medium=push_notification&utm_campaign=pushengage).
About 10 million visit Hollywood Boulevard each year, and the Walk hasn't kept up with the rest of the area (such as the Hollywood & Highland complex), especially with two Metro Red Line stations adding to tourist traffic.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has overseen the Walk of Fame since its inception in 1960. A copy of O'Farrell's resolution is at http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2014/14-1174-S40_mot_05-23-2018.pdf.
I'm hopeful the City Council will act and bolster the Walk, an integral part of Hollywood culture. And I'm certain somewhere, Carole -- who resided for nearly two years at a house on Hollywood Boulevard some 17 blocks west (7953) -- feels that way, too.