After taking a walking tour of Hollywood Boulevard, Kate Linder (of Young & the Restless fame) remarked, “I have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and yet today I learned so much about all the places that we pass almost every day.” Joining her on the tour was Romi Dames (Hanna Montana) who said, “I have a tremendous appreciation of Hollywood’s history and love to hear the stories from the guides and find out the truth behind the myths. It’s no surprise for me to find out that Marilyn Monroe’s star is the most popular with tourists.” Adding her praise for putting the spotlight on Hollywood landmarks was Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedere), who said, “It’s really interesting to catch up on the history that surrounds us.”
The gals gathered at the historic Egyptian Theatre when Red Line Tours had an unveiling reception for their new “Icons of Hollywood” series of collectible souvenir tickets designed by renowned artist Andre Miripolsky. Showcased at the event were huge displays of Miripolsky’s artwork, representing three legendary Hollywood structures that are highlighted on the Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes tickets: The Hollywood Bowl, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and the Capitol Records building. It reflects a passion for Hollywood’s unique architecture as well as its history championed by Red Line Tours founder Tony Hoover.
There to celebrate the importance of the movie capital of the world was Oscar-winner George Chakiris (Westside Story) who talked about coming to Hollywood and seeing the footprints of his idols immortalized at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, “so you can imagine the thrill for me when Westside Story had its premiere there.” Also attending the event were Michael Learned, Judy Norton, and Mary McDonough from The Waltons; Barry Livingston and Stan Livingston from My Three Sons; Don Most, Happy Days; Erin Murphy, Bewitched; Dee Wallace, ET: The Extraterrestrial; plus Hugh O’Brian, Ruta Lee, Barbara Van Orden, Rose Marie, comedian Rip Taylor, and other special guests, gathered by Harlan Boll, another guardian of Hollywood’s illustrious past.
Here’s some interesting trivia we learned at the event: Who were the first stars to place their hand and foot prints in Grauman’s famous Chinese Theatre? That’s a trick question, because Norma Talmadge was the first to walk across a wet cement block and sign it, while Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were the first to have a ceremony with handprints.
Other than hand and footprints, do you know what other impressions have been left by stars at Grauman’s? Among the unique impressions are the horseshoes from Roy Roger’s horse Trigger; Jimmy Durante’s nose; Betty Grable’s leg; and John Wayne’s fist.