Celebrities getting stars on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame" in 2019
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a must-see attraction for tourists in Los Angeles. Spanning 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Avenue, it includes more than 2,600 stars as of 2018. The stars, first dedicated in 1958, commemorate all kinds of celebrities: movie, TV, and theater actors; producers; directors; musicians; and fictional characters. The first class included legendary celebrities like Walt Disney, Cecil B. DeMille, and Samuel Goldwyn. Each year, a new class of honorees is inducted, based on their achievements in motion pictures, television, recordings, or live performance.
In December 2018, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that the class of 2019 would add 35 new stars to the walk. Some notable honorees: Alvin and the Chipmunks, Dolly Parton, and Robert De Niro. The entire group includes some of the best actors, producers, and musicians of a generation. Who gets their star this year? Read on to find out.
Alan Arkin is best-known for his roles in "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming," "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” and "Little Miss Sunshine,” all three of which earned him Academy Award nominations. Arkin receives a star for his work in motion pictures.
Alvin and the Chipmunks
"The Chipmunk Song” (aka "Christmas Don’t Be Late”) is one of the best-selling singles of all time. Released in 1958 by Liberty Records, the Alvin and the Chipmunks song spawned albums, TV shows, appearances, and several movies. The animated group is receiving a star for its influence on television.
Anne Hathaway’s breakout role: the high schooler-turned-princess of Genovia in "The Princess Diaries.” Hathaway has since appeared in films like "Brokeback Mountain,” "The Devil Wears Prada,” and "Les Misérables,” for which she won an Academy Award. Hathaway’s star is for her work in motion pictures.
Best-known for her role as a tough television reporter in the sitcom "Murphy Brown” and whip-smart lawyer Shirley Schmidt in "Boston Legal,” Candice Bergen has had a TV and film career spanning more than five decades. Bergen will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame recognizing her work in television.
Cedric "The Entertainer"
Breaking into the stand-up comedy world is notoriously difficult, but Cedric "The Entertainer” struck gold with his appearance in "The Original Kings of Comedy” alongside Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac. Their comedy tour and subsequent film spawned a whole career for Cedric, who went on to star in cultural touchstones like "The Steve Harvey Show” and the "Barbershop” movies. He is receiving a star for his work in live performance.
Los Angeles hip-hop group Cypress Hill is widely considered to be the originator of 1990s’ West Coast rap. It's also the first all-Latino group to have multiple albums go platinum. The group will receive its star for recording work.
Daniel Craig originally trained as a stage actor; his debut role was Agamemnon in Shakespeare’s "Troilus and Cressida.” He’s best-known for playing James Bond in five films (including the upcoming "Bond 25”). Craig receives a star for his work in motion pictures.
In the 1980s and ‘90s, Dianne Wiest was one of Woody Allen’s favorite actresses to cast. Wiest won an Academy Award for "Hannah and Her Sisters” and "Bullets Over Broadway." She also appeared in "The Purple Rose of Cairo,” "Radio Days,” and "September,” and played minor roles in dozens of other movies. This year, Wiest receives a star for her work in motion pictures.
Arguably the most important singer and songwriter in country music history, Dolly Parton will receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year. Her most famous hits include "Jolene,” "I Will Always Love You,” and "Coat of Many Colors.” In 1986, Parton opened her own theme park, Dollywood, a must-visit destination for country music fans.
Another celebrated voice in country music, Emmylou Harris has released close to 30 albums. She has dozens of popular singles, most notably "Love Hurts” (a duet with Gram Parsons), "Boulder to Birmingham,” and "Pancho and Lefty.” She receives her star for her work in recording.2018 All rights reserved.