The names of over 2,500 entertainment artists are here, and all have been honored for the significant contribution they have made to the entertainment industry. Each star has a pink mosaic with a bronze frame. Inside is the name of the winner and underneath it one of the five symbols symbolizing in what way they contributed to the entertainment industry: film, television, music, radio or theater.
Each year, potential stars are announced on May 31. The Star Avenue Council holds the annual meeting in June to select the people that will receive a star the following year. These council members, by the way, are not known to the public, and this is also the reason why the electoral system is so secretive.
Each name listed here has undergone a complex application approval process. This is why it is also interesting to read on the Hollywood Walk of Fame website stories about the various celebrities who came here for the awards ceremony. The ceremonies are open to the general public. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the twin television stars were the youngest to receive a star - at the age of 17.
One of the most common phenomena here is to see tourists clinging to the name of a star of someone they really admire and taking a picture with their star. Louis Armstrong, David Bowie, Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe, and Harrison Ford and even cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Pooh the Bear. You can find them all here.
Despite the meticulous care and maintenance, eight cases of theft of stars from the boulevard have occurred. In October 2016, it was vandalized with a hammer, the Donald Trump's star was stolen in the midst of the US presidential election campaign, which was destroyed by Jamie Otis, an ordinary man who pretended to be the mayor of Los Angeles.
In 1978 Los Angeles declared the boulevard as having cultural and historical significance.