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2007 Upcoming Star | Vanessa Williams | Rodney Bingenheimer | The Doors | Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara | Donald Trump | David Gerber | Hilary Swank

"Remember, to be a player you first have to get in the game!"
                               Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood
                                                           Hollywood Historic Trust

VANESSA WILLIAMS CELEBRATES HER BIRTHDAY
with 2,331st STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, March 19, 2007
  • Greatest boss ever!  She has all the good diva qualities and none of the bad.  Everyday I work with her is a joy! -- Michael Urie (assistant on Ugly Betty)

  • I have never told you this but I have been on I-Tunes downloading all your music! -- Rebecca Romijn

  • Although we don’t have many scenes together Vanessa is a pleasure working with you. By the way, Ignacio is looking for a girlfriend.  I’m lonely over in Queens and I could also use help with my wardrobe. -- Tony Plana (Betty’s father Ignacio on Ugly Betty)

  • When we wrote the pilot for Ugly Betty, we needed a villain and I was worried about who would play that character. We were so happy to get Vanessa. I really got to see her brilliance in action.  She is brilliant because she is so nasty on the show, but in reality she is the sweetest person. -- Salma Hayek

  • Vanessa is a template for anyone to realize that by dreaming big and believing in yourself, you can overcome any seemingly insurmountable obstacle and that through hard work and perseverance no one can limit what or who you are. So now when someone asks me what it is like to be Vanessa William's brother, I simply say GREAT... COULDN'T BE BETTER -- Chris Williams, actor (Wedding Bells)

  • I want to thank all my cast members for coming on their day off. I love working with these people. I also want to thank my family for allowing me to live my dreams. The sun didn’t shine today but my heart is shining! -- Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today.  She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures.  She has sold over four million albums worldwide and her skills as an actress on stage, in film and on television have earned praise from the most seasoned of critics.
 
Performing – and music in particular – has always played an important role in Vanessa’s life.  Born in Millwood, New York, Vanessa’s early years were spent surrounded by music.  Her parents were music teachers who recognized her musical gifts early on and encouraged her to pursue her love of the arts.  When she was young, she acted, danced, played piano and French horn in her high school orchestra, concert band and marching band and she sang in the concert choir and chorus.  Her early interest in performing led to a passion for musical theatre.  She won an NFAA scholarship was a finalist for a Presidential Scholarship in acting in 1981 and chose to continue her education at Syracuse University, where she majored in musical theatre.  While at college in 1983, Vanessa was sought after by local talent scouts who invited her to participate in the Miss Greater Syracuse Pageant.  Three months later, Vanessa won the 1983 Miss America title and the $30,000 scholarship that accompanied it.  The controversy that followed only left Vanessa stronger and more empowered in her commitment to a career in the world of entertainment.
 
Vanessa launched her recording career in 1988 with her first album, “The Right Stuff,” which went gold and earned her first three Grammy Award nominations.  Her 1991 multi-million selling follow-up, “The Comfort Zone,” which featured the unforgettable “Save the Best For Last,” and her third album, “The Sweetest Days,” each yielded multiple hits and Grammy nominations.  She was nominated for yet another Grammy for her hit single “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s “Pocahontas,” which went on to win an Academy Award, Golden Globe and the Grammy for Best Song in a Motion Picture.  Her numerous recordings also include two holiday-themed albums, “Star Bright” and “Silver & Gold;” “Vanessa Williams Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years;” “Our Favorite Things,” with Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo and Charlotte Church and “Everlasting Love,” a romantic collection of her favorite love songs from the 1970’s.In 1994, Vanessa realized a life-long dream, taking Broadway by storm when she replaced Chita Rivera in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”  Her performance won critics over and was a box-office sensation, firmly establishing Vanessa as a multi-talented triple-threat.  Vanessa also garnered rave reviews and was nominated for a Tony Award in the 2002 revival of Stephen “Into the Woods,” taking a brief break from the production to headline a limited special engagement of the classic, “Carmen Jones,” at the Kennedy Center, playing to sold-out houses and achieving glowing notices.  Previously, Vanessa captivated theatre-goers off-Broadway in “One Man Band” and in the Los Angeles production of Ron Milner’s “Checkmates.” She also starred in the Encore! Series staged concert production of “St. Louis Woman,” which was also released as a cast recording.         
 
Vanessa made her film debut in 1986 in “Under the Gun” and she appeared in the films “The Pick-Up Artist,” “Another You” (with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder) and “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man” (with Mickey Rourke). She starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Warner Bros.’ action thriller, “Eraser,” followed by a leading role opposite Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia in “Hoodlum” and an NAACP Image Award winning performance with the box-office hit, “Soul Food.”  She has starred in the romantic dance-musical “Dance With Me,” “Light It Up,” “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland” and “Shaft,” opposite Samuel L. Jackson.  She co-starred in “Johnson Family Vacation” with Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey and will be seen next in the independent features, “My Brother” and “Somebody Like You.”
 
Vanessa has also played diverse roles on television, in such productions as “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “The Boy Who Loved Christmas” and “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” for which she won an NAACP Image Award.  She commanded rave reviews for her performance in ABC’s revival of “Bye, Bye Birdie” and starred in the mini-series “Nothing Lasts Forever” and the Emmy-nominated “The Odyssey,” which also garnered impressive ratings and an Image Award nomination for Vanessa.  Vanessa starred opposite John Lithgow in TNT’s “Don Quixote” and she executive produced and starred in “The Courage to Love” for Lifetime Television.  She starred in the VH1 Original Movie, “A Diva’s Christmas Carol,” which was the highest rated movie ever for VH1, their second highest rated telecast overall of in 2000 and their fourth highest rated telecast of all time.  She co-starred in the Showtime movie “Keep the Faith, Baby” and the UPN drama, “South Beach.”  She currently stars on ABC’s new hit series, “Ugly Betty,” which won the Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series, Comedy.
 
Among Vanessa’s many awards and honors, she was honored in 1996 with the coveted Lena Horne Career Achievement Award at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.  Vanessa’s charitable contributions are many and varied, embracing and supporting such issues as education, homelessness, abuse, women’s issues and health concerns, AIDS and anything having to do with children.  Specifically, she is actively involved with such organizations as Green Chimneys, a working farm in Westchester County that provides educational and residential programs to help troubled inner-city adolescents; The Open Door, which provides walk-in medical care for homeless families; The Cottage School for displaced young women and the Special Olympics, among many others.

 

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RADIO PERSONALITY RODNEY BINGENHEIMER HONORED WITH
2,330th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard on Friday, March 9, 2007

  • It’s a wonderful day for L.A. Once upon a time three little girls pooled their daytime job money together to make a record.  We have Rodney Bingenheimer to thank for playing it!  Rodney you are the Mayor of the Sunset Strip and you have now expanded your jurisdiction! -- Vicki Peterson, The Bangles

  • You getting a star is the highpoint of the season.
    We are all so delighted for you"
    -- David Bowie

  • There is nothing better than being in a band that Rodney loves. The beautiful thing about Rodney is the way he likes stuff. He has an incredible way of loving things. All of these people are here to say we are your biggest fans. -- Pauley Perrette

  • It was really interesting growing up with Rodney. Early in his life, he knew what he wanted to do at the age of 7. He loved movies, stars and Hollywood. When we played Hollywood he played records.  You could say I was his first audience and fan. -- Sharon McDonald, step sister of Rodney Bingenheimer

  • Wow, what can I say, what a collectors item!  I want to thank the listeners that are up till 3 in the morning and KROQ. I remember growing up watching the Steven Allen Show, Sunset Strip and Shindig and thinking I have to go to Hollywood. -- Rodney Bingenheimer

RADIO PERSONALITY RODNEY BINGENHEIMER HONORED WITH  2,330th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard on Friday, March 9, 2007 ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007Rodney "on-the-'Roq" Bingenheimer, is one of the best known disc jockeys in the world, and has been called "The Prince of Pop." His show on Los Angeles' KROQ-FM has been a hit with youth of all ages since it's inception in late 1976, becoming famous for, among other things, the newest and the best rock music for all of L.A.'s "in-crowd" and forward thinking listeners.

 

Rodney appeared on the Monkees' TV series as a regular guest, and was Davy Jones' stand-in when he was a kid. As a teenager, Rodney grew up with hundreds of rock stars, including: The Monkees, Sonny & Cher, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Byrds, Elvis Presley, and David Bowie (while landing Bowie a record contract with RCA .) Rodney Does a Bowie salute every year on that star's birthday as well as doing a Phil Spector salute on that producer's birthday.

In the early 1970s he owned a nightclub called Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, located on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, near his various Curson Street apartments of the past 30 years. It was a favorite hangout of many rock stars and introduced much of Los Angeles to glam rock.  

Due to his far reaching connections within the burgeoning Hollywood music scene, Bingenheimer was given a show on the then relatively unknown Pasadena FM and AM radio station KROQ, called Rodney on the Roq, which began in 1976 and continues to the present day, albeit with some changes in time slots.

In the 70's Rodney made his name as a national columnist for "Go" and "Phonograph Record" magazines; and he also operated and co-owned his club, "Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco", an L.A. club where Bowie, Iggy Pop, T.Rex, Suzi Quatro, Led Zeppelin, and the Sweet were all regulars. In fact, the list of Rodney's friends in music, TV and movies is a "Who's Who" of rock. Rodney even recorded a single with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Eric England of Hole called "I Hate the 90's" produced by Cameron Jamie.

He was the first to play records by - and interviews with such artists on his KROQ show as: Blondie, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Van Halen, The Go-Go's, Nina Hagen, The Cramps, Nena, The Clash, The Cure, The Smiths, The B-52's, Billy Idol, Adam Ant, Echobelly, Ride, X, Siouxie and the Banshees, Bad Religion, Duran Duran, The Jam, The Bangles, The Runaways, Redd Kross, Bananarama, Joan Jett, Tom Petty, Dramarama, Teenage Fan Club, Suede, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Echo and the Bunnymen, No Doubt, Blur, Elastica, Belly, L7, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Rialto, Placebo, Oasis, The Verve, Kent, Ash, Gene, Travis, Coldplay, Doves, JJ72, The Strokes, Starsailor, The Hives, The Vines, Black Rebel, Motorcycle Club, and The Electric Soft Parade plus over 300 celebrity interviews!

Rodney's movie credits include Up in Smoke, Rock 'n' Roll High School, Repo Man, Get Crazy, Back to the Beach (with Pee-Wee Herman), The Runnin' Kind, Rockula, Inevitable Grace, and Frank Zappa's newly-released Uncle Meat and Mondo Hollywood "TSOL Live From O.C." (on home video), as well as videos by The Ramones ("Something to Believe In"), Lifestyles of the Ramones and the Monkees ("Heart and Sole"). Rodney also hosted KDOC-TV's "Request Video" program in L.A. and Orange County, and UHF's "Notes From The Underground. Rodney also played a character in Nickelodeon's "Sponge Bob Square Pants."

Then there were the books; Rodney has been mentioned in: I'm With the Band by Pamela Des Barres; the Bowie biographies: Stardust, Alias David Bowie, and The Bowie Chronology; as well as Ultra Violet's Famous for Fifteen Minutes;   Elvis: The Legend and the Music; The Monkees' Tale; Wonderland Avenue; Led Zeppelin: Hammer of the Gods,  ; Ramones: An American Band; Route 666: On The Road to Nirvana; Networking In The Music Industry; George Harrision's Dark Horse; Life as Such, by Lord Such; Hollywood Rock; and Making Tracks: The Rise and Fall of Blondie, "Little GTO".) Other Books included: Waiting for the Sun; The Look, by Paul Gorman; The L.A. Musical History Tour and The Punk Rock Diary.

Today, as always, Rodney represents the young. He plays music you can't hear anywhere else in America on the radio - local L.A. artists, punk, imports, and psychedelic 60's music; and he supports it with his continuous involvement in the L.A. and world-music scenes. In short, the key to Rodney Bingenheimer's success is his Janus-like ability to recognize the past - while always looking toward the future in music.

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THE DOORS CELEBRATE 40th ANNIVERSARY WITH

2,329th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of  Virgin Mega Store

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

  • It is a great honor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…a street that Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger and I traipsed up and down, going into bars, asking if they’d hire a rock band.  It’s been a long and incredible road! --John Densmore

  • I once asked Ray Manzarek to describe the essence of the Doors and he answered in single word: Freedom. -- Jim Ladd

  • Jim always used to say: The West is the best! --Robby Krieger

The Doors celebrate 40th Anniversary with 2,329th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Virgin Mega Store Wednesday, February 28, 2007. ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison’s poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

 

The Doors’ arrival on the rock scene in 1967 marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone classics, but also of something much bigger – a new and deeper relationship between creators and audience.  Refusing to be mere entertainers, the Los Angeles quartet relentlessly challenged, confronted and inspired their fans, leaping headfirst into the heart of darkness while other bands warbled about peace and love.  Though they’ve had scores of imitators, there’s never been another band quite like them.  And 40 years after their debut album, The Doors’ music and legacy are more influential than ever before.

 

Morrison’s mystical command of the frontman role may be the iconic heart of The Doors, but the group’s extraordinary power would hardly have been possible without the virtuosic keyboard tapestries of Ray Manzarek, the gritty, expressive fretwork of guitarist Robby Krieger and the supple, dynamically rich grooves of drummer John Densmore.  From baroque art-rock to jazz-infused pop to gutbucket blues, the band’s instrumental triad could navigate any musical territory with aplomb – and all three contributed mightily as songwriters.

 

The group was born when Morrison and Manzarek – who’d met at UCLA’s film school – met again, unexpectedly, on the beach in Venice, Calif., during the summer of 1965. Though he’d never intended to be a singer, Morrison was invited to join Manzarek’s group Rick and the Ravens on the strength of his poetry.  Krieger and Densmore, who’d played together in the band Psychedelic Rangers, were recruited soon thereafter; though several bassists auditioned for the new collective, none could furnish the bottom end as effectively as Manzarek’s left hand.  Taking their name from Aldous Huxley’s psychotropic monograph The Doors of Perception, the band signed to Elektra Records following a now-legendary gig at the Whisky-a-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.

 

Their eponymous first album, released in January 1967, kicked off with "Break on Through (to the Other Side)" and also featured the chart smash "Light My Fire," the scorching "Back Door Man" and the visionary masterpiece "The End."  The Doors arrived fully formed, capable of rocking the pop charts and the avant-garde with one staggering disc.  Before ’67 was over, they'd issued the ambitious follow-up Strange Days, with such gems as “Love Me Two Times,” “People Are Strange” and “When the Music’s Over.”

 

Next came 1968’s Waiting for the Sun, boasting “Hello, I Love You,” “Love Street” and “Five to One.” Over the next few years they mined ever new territory on such albums as 1969’s The Soft Parade (featuring “Touch Me” and “Tell All the People”), 1970’s Morrison Hotel (which includes “Roadhouse Blues,” “Peace Frog” and “Queen of the Highway”) and 1971’s L.A. Woman (boasting “Riders on the Storm,” “Love Her Madly” and the title track).

 

They released six studio albums in all, as well as a live album and a compilation, before Morrison's death in 1971.  Their electrifying achievements in the studio and onstage were unmatched in the annals of rock; and though Morrison’s death meant the end of an era, Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore collaborated on two more original Doors albums, Other Voices and Full Circle, and a set of tracks they composed to accompany Morrison’s 1969 recordings of his poetry, released in 1978 as An American Prayer.  They also pursued individual music projects, books, theatrical productions and other enterprises – and remain restlessly creative to this day.

 

In the decades since the Doors’ heyday, the foursome has loomed ever larger in the pantheon of rock – and they remain a touchstone of insurrectionary culture for writers, activists, visual artists and other creative communities.  Their songs, featured in an ever-increasing number of films, TV shows, video games and remixes, always sound uncannily contemporary.

 

2007 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Doors and was celebrated with the November 2006 release of the Perception box set from Rhino Records/Elektra Records, featuring all six of The Doors’ studio albums, and the coffee table book The Doors By The Doors (Hyperion), the first authorized autobiography by the band, written with Ben Fong-Torres.   On March 27, for the first time, Rhino Records will release all six of The Doors’ studio albums with Jim Morrison individually as single-disc releases and digital downloads featuring brand new mixes of each album plus bonus tracks.

 

This past February 11th, The Recording Academy® presented The Doors with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during the 49th Grammy® Awards Ceremony.  

On Friday, May 25th, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH, will open its major exhibit of the year: “Break On Through - The Lasting Legacy Of The Doors.”   The exhibit will examine the career and impact of The Doors with a display of one-of-a-kind artifacts, original manuscripts, rare concert posters, photographs and video.  Previous exhibits have headlined artists such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Bob Dylan.

 

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JERRY STILLER & ANNE MEARA HONORED WITH 2,328th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard next to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Friday, February 9, 2007. ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007
JERRY STILLER & ANNE MEARA HONORED WITH 2,328th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard next to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Friday, February 9, 2007

Husband and wife, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were honored with a Star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stiller who portrays Arthur, the cantankerous father-in-law on the CBS comedy series, THE KING OF QUEENS, now in its ninth and final season, and his wife Anne Meara, film, television and Broadway actress and writer who has also appeared on the show, have been married for over fifty years.

 

Stiller made his debut in “The Silver Whistle” with Burgess Meredith and appeared in the National Company of “Peter Pan” before “The Golden Apple” and “Coriolanous” at the Phoenix Theatre.  His Broadway credits include: “Hurlyburly,” “The Ritz,” “Passione,” “Unexpected Guests,” “What’s Wrong with This Picture,” “The Three Sisters” and “Three Men on a Horse,” with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman for which he was nominated for a Drama League Award in 1993.  Stiller’s awards include the George Ahrents Award from his alma mater Syracuse University, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and his autobiography, “Married to Laughter” and the audio version, read by Stiller, was nominated for a Grammy in the Spoken Word category.

 

He received an Emmy nomination and an American Comedy Award for his role as Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld.”  He also garnered praise for his role opposite Robin Williams in PBS's “Seize The Day."  His television appearances include “Tattinger’s,” “Subway Stories,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Law and Order,” “L.A. Law,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and “Homicide.”

 

Stiller’s film work includes “Shoeshine,” where he appeared alongside his son Ben, and received an Academy Award nomination in 1988 in the short film category.  His other film roles include “The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three,” “Those Lips-Those Eyes,” “Airport ’75," “Nadine,” “The Ritz,” “Hairspray,” “The Pickle,” and “Zoolander.” Stiller even lent his voice to Disney’s “Lion King 1 ½” in which he played Uncle Max.

 

Meara also boasts an impressive solo career.  After studying acting with Alfred Linder and Uta Hagen, she appeared in “Ulysses in Nighttown” and the New York Shakespeare Festival. Broadway credits comprise of “Eastern Standard” and “Anna Christie” for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Off-Broadway, Meara created the role of Bunny in John Guare’s “House of Blue Leaves,” “Bosom and Neglect,” Harvey Fierstein’s “Spookhouse,” and Public Theatre’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Her script “After-Play” was produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club where it enjoyed a sold-out run and earned her the Outer Critic’s Circle John Gassner Award for Playwriting.  Her last play, “Down the Garden Paths” starred Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson.

 

Meara has received five Emmy nominations for her television work including a 1997 nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for “Homicide” and won a Writer’s Guild Award for CBS's “The Other Woman,” which she co-wrote and starred in. Her television roles include a recurring role on ABC’s “All My Children,” “Avenue Z Afternoon,” “Jitters,” “What Makes a Family,” “Archie Bunker’s Place,” “Alf,” “Sex in the City,” “The King of Queens,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Heat of the Night,” “Ed,” and “Will and Grace.”

 

Her film credits include: “The Out of Towners,” “Fame,” “The Boys from Brazil,” “Lovers and Other Strangers,” “Awakenings,” “The Search for One Eyed Jimmy,” “MIA,” “An Open Window,” “Judy Berlin,” “The Daytrippers,” “Southie,” “Get Well Soon,” and most recently, “Night at the Museum.”

 

As a team, Stiller and Meara were part of “The CompassPlayers” (“Second City”), performed at David Gordon’s Phase II and had record-breaking engagements at Max Gordon’s Blue Angel and The Village Vanguard.  They have performed together nationally in nightclubs and

regional theatres, making countless television appearances -- including thirty-six alone on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and have worked with legends such as the Supremes, Billy Eckstine and Diahann Carroll. They starred together in “The Detective” (American Playhouse), “The Independent,” “Chump Change,” and “A Fish in the Bathtub.” They have been honored with the Fourth Annual Alan King Award in Humor, the Productive Aging Award, the Thalia Award from Humber College and recently, ART NY for their contribution to non-profit theatre.

 

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Donald Trump Honored With 2,327TH Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Hollywood and Highland January 16, 2007 ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007DONALD TRUMP HONORED WITH 2,327th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Hollywood and Highland January 16, 2007

 

Television producer and star of The Apprentice Donald Trump will be honored with his star as a producer in the television category on January 16, at 11:30 a.m. 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Hollywood and Highland and the Kodak Theatre.

 

A schoolboy’s dream…a competitor’s challenge. Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, gaming, sports, and entertainment. He is the archetypal businessman – a deal maker without peer and an ardent philanthropist. He is one of the foremost real estate developers in the world, with projects from Brazil to Scotland, from California to Dubai.  In New York, he has no equal.

 

In a departure from his real estate acquisitions, Mr. Trump and the NBC Television Network are partners in the ownership and broadcast rights for the three largest beauty competitions in the world: the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA Pageants. Trump Model Management, which was founded in 1999, has become one of the leading modeling agencies in New York City.

 

By January of 2004, Mr. Trump had joined forces with Mark Burnett Productions and NBC to produce and star in the television reality show, The Apprentice. This quickly became the number one show on television and has made history in ratings and has received rave reviews. Few shows have garnered the worldwide attention of The Apprentice.  Mr. Trump has signed to continue in this role for the 2006-2007 television season, with season six premiering this past January 7.

 

In addition, his radio program with Clear Channel Radio, parent company of Premiere Radio Networks, beginning in the summer of 2004, broke all syndication records. Trump Magazine, Mr. Trump’s new luxury magazine, was successfully launched in the fall of 2004, followed by the launch of the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, which includes men’s suits, dress shirts, neckwear, cuff links, watches, eyewear and fragrance.  Trump Vodka made its successful debut in late 2006. In the educational area, Trump University has proven itself to be a viable source of online education.

 

An accomplished author, Mr. Trump’s first autobiography, The Art of the Deal, became one of the most successful business best-sellers of all time, having sold in excess of three million copies, and being a New York Times number one best-seller for many weeks.  He has since written seven books, all of which have become bestsellers.

 

In 2006, Business Week magazine cited Mr. Trump as being “the world’s most competitive businessperson.”

 

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TV PRODUCER DAVID GERBER HONORED WITH

2,326th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

1637 Vine Street on Thursday, January 11, 2007

 

TV Producer David Gerber Honored With 2,326TH Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame 1637 Vine Street ON Thursday, January 11, 2007  ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007David Gerber, an Emmy and Peabody Award winner, is a television industry veteran who has earned the unique distinction of success as both a producer and studio executive.

 

Gerber’s accomplishments as an executive producer, studio chief and mentor have spanned over three decades of breakthrough, innovative, cutting-edge programming. Consider some of the many multi award-winning, classic television projects with which he has been involved: “Batman,” “Room 222,” “thirtysomething,” “Police Story,” “Police Woman,” the Peabody Award-winning “George Washington” miniseries and the award-winning “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case,” as well as the seven year running “In The Heat Of The Night,” and the critically acclaimed World War I story, “The Lost Battalion.”

 

David Gerber is also the Executive Producer of the “Flight 93” film, based on the real-life story of United Airlines, Flight 93, which crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11. This story told of the heroic efforts of the passengers who prevented the airplane from crashing into the terrorist’s assumed target of Washington DC. “Flight 93” gave A&E its highest rated viewer audience within their network history.   Gerber has been nominated for the David Wolper Producer of the Year Award by the Producers Guild of America.

 

Highly respected for his acumen in both series and longform, he is in a small elite group of producers who have been nominated for Emmys in both areas in the same awards year (“Police Story” and “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case”).

 

As an executive, he has revitalized two major television companies—Columbia Pictures Television in the late 70s, and, from 1986 to 1992, MGM Television.

 

His efforts have brought him honors over the years including recognition by such groups as the NAACP and Nosotros for his outstanding dramas. Gerber has received virtually every type of important industry award possible, from the coveted Emmy to the prestigious Peabody and Christopher Awards to the Golden Globe. He also received the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Casting Society and the Publishers Guild.

 

Born and educated in Brooklyn, New York, after high school Gerber entered into the Air Corp during World War II, whereas he served as a Radio Gunner Tech Sergeant, his B-17 airplane was shot down over Germany, resulting in Gerber becoming a prisoner of war in Stalag 17B. After the war ended he returned home to a civilian life and traveled to Northern California where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the Pacific.

 

Following his graduation, Gerber joined the ad agency BBD&O as a television supervisor.  His star location is directly across the street from the former location of BBD&O and is in front of the Hollywood Plaza Hotel where he lived when he first arrived to Hollywood. The Famous Artists Agency heard about his ability and hired him as a television packager. From there he became Senior Vice President of Television at General Artists Corporation (GAC). While at GAC, Gerber came to the attention of Twentieth Century Fox Television, eventually moving there to become a Vice President responsible for packaging television shows. His first successful effort was the long-running “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and the critically acclaimed “Room 222,” a breakthrough in ethnic comedy.

 

After having been involved with the sales of more than 50 primetime television series, as well as selling television specials, animated programs and daytime series, Gerber started to produce his own productions, beginning with comedies “Nanny and the Professor” and “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” (in which Hope Lange won 2 Emmys).

 

 In 1981 Gerber was called to take over MGM Television where he was responsible for such series as “Today’s FBI,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “For Love and Honor,” “Lady Blue” and the miniseries “The Last Days of Pompeii” and the Peabody award winner “George Washington” miniseries.

 

In July, 1986, the newly reorganized MGM/UA corporation appointed as Gerber president of its television division. Gerber, in a short amount of time, turned the company into one of the industry’s leading suppliers of quality programming.

 

In September, 1991, he assumed expanded distribution responsibilities as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Worldwide Television Group.

 

During the 1990-91 television season, the company held the distinction of being the number two leading supplier of network television programming. Heading the list was the return of three impressive series: the critically acclaimed and Emmy award-winning “thirtysomething” (ABC); “In the Heat of the Night” (NBC), an award winner for series lead Carroll O’Connor; and “The Young Riders (ABC), the Western Heritage and Emmy Award-winning hour-long series about the travails of the Pony Express during the wild 1860’s. The company also produced an hour long drama series for the FOX Broadcasting Company called “Against the Law” as well as the primetime version of the pop cult daytime drama, “Dark Shadows,” for NBC. For the 1991-92 season, MGM/UA Television boasted the return of “In the Heat of the Night” and “The Young Riders” as well as a new mid-season series for NBC, “Nightmare Café” from shock-meister Wes Craven.

 

Under Gerber’s tenure 25 MOWs were produced. Among them were several highly acclaimed movies-made-for-television including “Finding the Way Home,” starring George C. Scott and Hector Elizondo; “Tenth Man,” “Inherit the Wind,” starring Jason Robards and Michael Douglas. “Fatal Memories,” starring Shelley Long, was NBC’s highest rated Monday night movie of the season. Also produced were two “Dirty Dozen” movies starring Telly Savalas and Ernest Borgnine and “Police Story: The Freeway Killings” starring Angie Dickinson, Richard Crenna and Ben Gazzara.

 

In March of 1997, he was honored with the “Humanitarian of the Year Award” given at a gala evening at the Beverly Hilton before 800 friends in honor of his many contributions to the Television Industry and to the House Ear Institute’s efforts on behalf of Otology Research. David and his wife Laraine were honored with a “Laraine and David Gerber” Research Center within the House Ear Institute.

 

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TWO-TIME OSCAR® WINNER HILARY SWANK HONORED WITH 2,325th STAR
at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Monday, January 8, 2007

 

Two-Time Oscar® Winner Hilary Swank Honored With 2,325TH Star at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. In front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Monday, January 8, 2007 ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007

 

Hilary was very emotional from the start. Her mother and grandfather were on hand for the celebration as well as her boyfriend, agents, lawyers and friends. 

 

"I came to Hollywood with my mother (Judy Swank) with $75 to our name. I remember my mom using a roll of quarters to call agents from a payphone and telling agents they should sign me. My first agent Bonnie Liedtke met with us and had me do a cold read for a McDonald’s commercial and she signed me. I love my job so much and I remember coming to Hollywood and never imagining that my name would be immortalized on Hollywood Boulevard with all these famous people who came before me!" -- Hilary Swank

 

"I loved your portrayal of a boxer in Million Dollar Baby. If you ever do a movie portraying a wrestler, I want to be your opponent!  It would be a good jumpstart for my pacemaker." -- Johnny Grant

 

"I had the miraculous good fortune to work with Hilary in back to back films.  She belongs here with Bette Davis and all the great film actresses on the Walk of Fame." -- Richard LaGravenese, Director of film

 

Hilary Swank, star of Freedom Writers is the third youngest woman in history to win two Academy Awards for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.”

 

In addition to the Oscar for her performance as ‘Brandon Teena’ in Boys Don’t Cry, Hilary won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress in a Drama” and “Best Actress” prizes from The New York Film Critics, The Los Angeles Film Critics, The Chicago Film Critics and The Broadcast Film Critics Association.  She also won the “Breakthrough Performance” prize from The National Board of Review.

 

Hilary then appeared in supporting roles opposite Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves in Sam Raimi’s The Gift and opposite Al Pacino and Robin Williams in Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia.  Hilary then starred as ‘Alice Paul’ in HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels, which told the story of the women’s suffragette movement and she was honored with both SAG and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in this film.

 

In 2004, Hilary starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman as the title character in Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby; the story of a young woman’s quest to realize her dream of becoming a professional boxer.  For this performance, she was honored with her second Academy Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” and garnered “Best Actress” prizes from the National Society of Film Critics, the Screen Actors Guild, The Broadcast Film Critics, and a Golden Globe for “Best Lead Actress in a Drama.”

 

Hilary was last seen in a supporting role opposite Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett in Brian De Palma’s Black Dahlia.  She will next be seen starring in Paramount Pictures/MTV Films Freedom Writers, which opens nationwide on January 5.  The film tells the true story of Long Beach schoolteacher, Erin Gruwell.

 

Hilary recently wrapped production on the film adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s novel, P.S. I Love You, where she was reunited with her Freedom Writers Director/Writer, Richard LaGravenese.

 

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Hollywood Walk of Fame 2006 Stars
Los Angeles Times | Annette Bening | Jerry Buss | Tim McGraw | Bruce Willis | Ruta Lee |
Bob Miller | Amy Grant
| Milt and Bill Larsen | Leonard H. Goldenson | Stella Adler |
David Milch
| Wink Martindale | Nancy Sinatra | Jim Hill | Dan Avey | Vanna White |
Winnie The Pooh
| Lou Adler | George Lopez Destiny's Child | Judge JudyMark & Kim | Robert Osborne | Queen Latifah | Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick | Motley CrueWayne Rogers | Dennis Quaid

HOLLYWOOD HISTORIC TRUST CELEBRATES

125th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

With award of excellence  

 

The Los Angeles Times was honored on the occasion of its milestone 125th anniversary by the Hollywood Historic Trust, in recognition of being Southern California’s most prolific and historic newspaper, it was announced today by Hollywood Historic Trust Chairman, Johnny Grant. The Los Angeles Times continued its tradition of firsts by becoming the only major daily newspaper to date to receive a star on Hollywood Boulevard, (adjacent to the Walk of Fame) joining some of the luminaries the publication has covered for the past 125 years.

 

The award was accepted by Los Angeles Times publisher David Hiller. Others participating in the ceremony include prominent civic officials and Hollywood celebrities.

 

The Award of Excellence was presented to the Los Angeles Times in recognition of its significant contributions to the Hollywood community and the entertainment industry.   A Walk of Fame-type star and a commemorative plaque unveiled and placed adjacent to the constellation of stars along this iconic sidewalk. 

 

 “The Hollywood Historic Trust is delighted to honor the Los Angeles Times, the first prominent newspaper to cover those free-spirits who traveled from the east to make something called movies.  Their coverage of the colorful antics of the movie-people caught the interests of other newspapers throughout the world.   It wasn’t long before Hollywood was recognized as the Home of Motion Pictures and the Most Famous Community in the World,” stated Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant.

 

“We also salute the Los Angeles Times for their foresight in mustering a group of talented reporters, columnists and photographers, etc., to make the newspaper one of the preeminent publications in America, added Grant. Grant also surprised the crowd by announcing that a  Hollywood Walk of Fame star  would be awarded to L.A. Times columnist Charles Champlin in the near future.

 

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ANNETTE BENING HONORED WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

2,324th Star at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Friday, November 10, at 11:30 a.m.

 

Annette Bening Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame 2,324TH Star At 6927 Hollywood Boulevard IN FRONT OF Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Friday, November 10, at 11:30 A.M. ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007 Annette Bening won a Golden Globe award and received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in "Being Julia." She also garnered an Academy Award nomination for her starring role in "American Beauty," and won a SAG, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for the same performance. Bening previously received an Academy Award nomination and was named Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review for her role in "The Grifters”; and earned a Golden Globe nomination for her starring role in Rob Reiner's "The American President," opposite Michael Douglas.

 

Her film credits also include Mike Nichols' "What Planet Are You From?;" Neil Jordan's "In Dreams"; "The Siege"; "Love Affair" with Warren Beatty; Barry Levinson's "Bugsy," also opposite Beatty, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; "Regarding Henry" with Harrison Ford and directed by Mike Nichols; "Guilty By Suspicion," opposite Robert De Niro; and Milos Forman's "Valmont." Bening had supporting roles in Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!," Sir Ian McKellen's film adaptation of "Richard III," and "Postcards From The Edge." She recently starred in “Mrs. Harris” with Ben Kingsley for HBO and starred alongside Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall in “Open Range.” Bening made her feature film debut in the comedy "The Great Outdoors," with Dan Aykroyd and the late John Candy.

 

 Bening is currently starring in Tri Star Pictures' "Running With Scissors", based on the best-selling personal memoir by Augusten Burroughs.  Co-starring Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Cross, the film opened nationwide on Friday, October 27. Bening will next be seen in “Dirty Tricks”, an adaptation of the hit off-Broadway play, for writer/director Ryan Murphy opposite Meryl Streep and Gwyneth Paltrow and “A Hole in the Earth” with Bill Macy.

 

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JERRY BUSS HONORED WITH TELEVISION STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 2,323rd Star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Hollywood and Highland Monday, October 30, 2006

 

Jerry Buss Honored With Television Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame 2,323RD Star AT 6801 Hollywood Boulevard IN FRONT OF Hollywood AND Highland Monday, October 30, 2006 ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007

 

Jerry Buss is being honored with a star for his work as a television producer and for creating the concept of regional programming, which would change the face of sports television forever. In 1985 Buss launched Prime Ticket Network (now FSN West/Prime Ticket), a regional sports cable network that would televise all of the Laker’s home games and allow Lakers fans to have a front row seat.  Media mogul Rupert Murdoch recognized the concept and commodity as too valuable to pass up.  He bought Prime Ticket in 1996 and made it the center piece of the FOX family of regional sports networks, which now has over 5.8 million viewers in California, Nevada and Hawaii. Today, sports fans never have to miss their home team’s games, and it all began with Jerry Buss.

 

In 1979, Jerry Buss ushered in an era of success unrivaled in the history of Southern California professional sports when he acquired the Los Angeles Lakers.  In what was at the time the largest ever sports transaction, Buss purchased the Lakers, the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, The Great Western Forum and a 13,000-acre Kern County ranch in June of that year.  Now embarking upon his 28th season at the helm of the winningest franchise in NBA history, Buss has his sights set upon adding to the eight Lakers championships under his watch and 14 overall titles.

 

The success of the Lakers is directly attributable to the combined efforts of great players, outstanding coaches, intelligent management and imaginative marketing.  This teamwork, under Jerry Buss’s direction, has helped create the enormous popularity and acceptance that the NBA enjoys today both nationally and abroad. 

 

Jerry Buss Honored With Television Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame 2,323RD Star AT 6801 Hollywood Boulevard IN FRONT OF Hollywood AND Highland Monday, October 30, 2006 ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007

 

Since his entry into the NBA, Buss has initiated many innovative marketing changes including a major advertising agreement with Great Western Bank in 1988 that resulted in the Lakers’ former home being named the Great Western Forum.  Many of his marketing strategies are emulated today by various NBA franchises as well as teams in other leagues.

 

In addition to his role with the Lakers, Buss has served two terms as President of the NBA Board of Governors.  Buss is respected for his philanthropic efforts on behalf of highly divergent causes.  While he is specifically drawn to supporting education, the needs of disadvantaged youth and the elderly, his contributions are all encompassing.

 

For his efforts he has been honored by such organizations as the City of Hope, Urban League, NAACP, the B’nai B’rith, United Negro College Fund, United Indian Development Associations, American Hebrew University, National Organization of Women, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission among many others.  Additionally, he funds scholarships at his alma maters, Wyoming and USC, as well as having endowed the Magic Johnson Scholarship at Michigan State University.  Buss also runs an annual celebrity golf tournament to support the YMCA-Junior Lakers and Shooting Sparks Basketball leagues for boys and girls as well as a dinner in support of the Union Rescue Mission and the Skid Row Charity Fund.

 

Since Jerry Buss purchased the Lakers prior to the 1979-80 campaign, the team has recorded the NBA’s highest overall winning percentage (.661, 1442-740), and have captured eight NBA Championships.   

 

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TIM MCGRAW HONORED WITH RECORDING STAR ON FAMOUS WALK OF FAME 2,322nd Star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Virgin Records Store Tuesday, October 17, 2006.

 

Tim Mcgraw Honored With Recording Star On Famous Walk Of Fame 2,322ND Star At 6901 Hollywood Boulevard In Front Of The Virgin Records Store Tuesday, October 17, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 2007Tim McGraw has earned a place in the front ranks of American entertainment, regardless of medium. In his musical journey he has sold over 33 million albums, 4 million singles and placed 26 singles at #1. His enduring status as one of country music’s most popular and respected live performers has seen his concert tours consistently rank at #1 in country music and top-five in all genres.  McGraw co-stars with Alison Lohman and Maria Bello in the new film, FLICKA directed by Michael Mayer and being released by Fox 2000 on October 20, 2006.  It is a contemporary adaptation of Mary O’Hara’s beloved novel My Friend Flicka.

 

For FLICKA, McGraw again forged new career firsts, releasing a song co-written specifically for the movie on his newly established record label, StyleSonic Records.  Executive Produced by McGraw, the Motion Picture Soundtrack for Flicka includes ‘”My Little Girl” co-written with Tom Douglas and performed by McGraw as the end title song to the movie.

 

McGraw has established a noteworthy presence in movies, with his well-received debut in Friday Night Lights opposite Billy Bob Thornton; in television, where he has had three highly rated NBC specials; and in pop music, his duet with rapper Nelly stayed atop the charts for no fewer than thirteen weeks. It is an impressive body of work, one that has made him one of America’s most important and popular performers across the board. His standing among the entertainment public as a whole is exemplified by his scores of awards and nominations including three Grammys, eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, nine Country Music Association Awards, eight American Music Awards, three People’s Choice Awards, and much more.

 

He remains one of the music world's hottest draws, and this year's Soul 2 Soul II Tour 2006 found him reunited with wife Faith Hill for a repeat of the 2000 tour that drew critical accolades and broke box office records across America. Anticipation for a follow-up was widespread and upon conclusion, the 55 city tour is now history-making as the highest grossing tour in country music history.  

 

Through all his success, McGraw’s eyes have always been focused squarely on the music. He has taken full control of his most recent projects, recording with his touring band, putting his artistic stamp more solidly than ever on the material he chooses to record. The success of that approach is highly evident with his tenth project, Tim McGraw Reflected: Hits Vol 2, his second collection of greatest hits, which is currently certified platinum becoming McGraw’s 9th album to consecutively debut at #1 on the albums chart.

 

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BRUCE WILLIS HONORED WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 2,321st Star at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, October 16, 2006

 

Bruce Willis Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame 2,321ST Star At 6915 Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, October 16, 2006  ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2007

 

Bruce Willis has demonstrated remarkable versatility in a career that has included such diverse roles as the prizefighter in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”; the philandering contractor in Robert Benton’s “Nobody’s Fool”; the heroic time traveler in Terry Gilliam’s “Twelve Monkeys”; his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of the traumatized Vietnam veteran in Norman Jewison’s “In Country”; the compassionate child psychologist in M. Night Shyamalan’s Oscar®-nominated “The Sixth Sense,” for which Willis won the People’s Choice Award; and, what could be considered his signature role, detective John McClane in the blockbuster “Die Hard” trilogy.  Willis will soon bring John McClane back to the screen in the much-anticipated fourth installment of the franchise, “Die Hard 4.0.” 

 

Willis most recently starred as the voice of RJ the raccoon in the DreamWorks Animation hit, "Over the Hedge” debuting on DVD October 17. He also starred in “Lucky Number Slevin,” Richard Donner’s “16 Blocks,” and Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog,” which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.  He next stars in James Foley’s “Perfect Stranger,” opposite Halle Berry.

 

His wide array of film credits also includes “Sin City,”  “Tears of the Sun”; Barry Levinson’s “Bandits”; “Unbreakable,”  “The Kid”; Jonathan Lyn’s “The Whole Nine Yards”;   “The Story of Us”; “Breakfast of Champions,” “Mortal Thoughts,”  “The Siege”;   “The Fifth Element,” “Last Man Standing,” “Death Becomes Her”; and “Blind Date,” which marked Willis’ feature film debut.  In addition, he provided the voice of the wise-cracking baby, Mikey, in “Look Who’s Talking” and “Look Who’s Talking Too,” and more recently lent his voice to the character of Spike in the animated film “Rugrats Go Wild!”

 

Willis first achieved international stardom when he won the starring role of irreverent private eye David Addison on the groundbreaking hit television series “Moonlighting.”  His work on the show brought him several acting honors, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award.  In 2000, Willis won another Emmy Award for his guest appearance on “Friends.” 

 

An accomplished musician, Willis recorded the 1986 Motown album The Return of Bruno, which went platinum and contained the #5 Billboard hit “Respect Yourself.”  Three years later, he recorded a second album, titled If It Don’t Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger.  In 2004, he launched a U.S. club tour with his music group, The Accelerators.

 

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RUTA LEE HONORED WITH LIVE THEATRE STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 2,320th Star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Tuesday, October 10, 2006

 

RUTA LEE HONORED WITH LIVE THEATRE STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 2,320th Star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Tuesday, October 10, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006

 

Certainly one of Hollywood's most glamorous ladies, Ruta Lee is also one of its most multifaceted and top-notched civic contributors. Born in Montreal, Lee is the daughter of a Lithuanian tailor. While at Hollywood High, Lee's career in show business began at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre as a candy girl. She was quickly promoted to cashier and quickly fired. Her dancing was better than her math.  Lee’s star will be situated in front of the Chinese Theatre Box office.

 

Soon after, she was signed by MGM as the youngest of the “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and subsequently in “Funny Face” with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, as Tyrone Power's secret love in “Witness for the Prosecution” and Frank Sinatra's leading lady in “Sergeant's Three,” to name but a few.

 

Simultaneously, Lee launched into television, with over 2000 appearances on shows from “Perry Mason” to ‘Power Rangers”, “Twilight Zone” to “Murder She Wrote,” “Hogan's Heroes” to ”Love Boat,” and “Roseanne”. Lee was also co-host on NBC's “High Rollers” with Alex Trebek, a regular on ”Hollywood Squares,” and several made-for-television movies. She had series leads in CBS' “Coming of Age”and HBO's “1st and Ten” and her recent stint with Bonnie Hunt is one of her favorites. She is currently in production with  “Christmas Redone,” an ABC Family Film and “Loves Pure Light” an AMP Production, both for Christmas release.

 

Lee has headlined in many musicals as Annie, Dolly, Peter Pan, Mame, Irene, Irma, Nellie, Rose, and Madame in the “Best Little Whorehouse” to name but a few. Recently she took a star turn in Reprise’s “Babes in Arms,” followed by critically acclaimed “Steel Magnolias” at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theater and Funny Business, Coronet. She returns for a 3rd season of “Senior Class” at the Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs.

 

Lee spends a great deal of time and energy raising funds for The Thalians, which provides mental health services for pediatrics to geriatrics at The Thalians Community Health Center at Cedar-Sinai. She has been either chairman or president for 35 years, roles exchanged between herself and Debbie Reynolds. Ruta is proud to be the recipient of the prestigious Yellow Rose of Texas from President George W. Bush for her many humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

 

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L.A. KINGS SPORTS ANNOUNCER BOB MILLER HONORED WITH

2,319th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

6763 Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, October 2, 2006

 

L.A. KINGS SPORTS ANNOUNCER BOB MILLER HONORED WITH 2,319th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 6763 Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, October 2, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Miller is in his 34th season as the “Voice of the Kings” -- the first 17 years simulcast on TV and radio and the last 16 years as the exclusive television voice of the team -- and is again joined for the 17th season by former Kings right winger Jim Fox for all Kings games on FSN West. Miller has broadcast over 2,600 Kings games on radio and television.

 

On November 13, 2000, Miller was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where a plaque hangs, as the recipient of the annual Foster Hewitt Memorial Award as selected by the NHL Professional Broadcasters’ Association.  The Award recognizes those members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their hockey broadcasting careers.

 

On February 4, 2002, Miller was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  He has been named the top television play-by-play announcer in Southern California three times, including 2005. 

 

In 1998, to commemorate his 25 years of loyal service to the organization, Miller was honored by having the STAPLES Center press box named after him and was presented with a “lifetime contract” by the club, and in 1997, Miller was named as one of the six inaugural members of the Kings Hall of Fame during the organization’s 30th Anniversary celebration.  The National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters also named him the California Sportscaster of the Year in 1997 and 2002.

 

A native of Chicago, Miller, 68 (10-12-38), received his degree at the University of Iowa where he started his broadcasting career doing Hawkeye football and basketball games.  Before joining the Kings, he worked professionally in radio and TV in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, and was the voice of University of Wisconsin hockey, football and basketball.  In 1992, Miller received the honor of being inducted into Wisconsin’s Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

Along with his duties for the Kings, Miller’s voice has accented numerous TV and film projects, including “Cheers,” “Rollerball,” and “Miracle on Ice.”

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AMY GRANT HONORED WITH 2,318TH STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Virgin Mega Store

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

"Amy does a lot for people with kindness and amazing grace. I see her parents here and what she became was a daughter with integrity, good faith and all those good qualities she learned from her family." -- Hubby Vince Gill

An emotional Amy thanked all her fans for being out there at 6 in the morning!
"I see all my family, co-workers and friends and I have to say, nothing happens alone. Life is like a massive vessel, you don't sail alone and  sometimes I felt like the naked lady on the front of the ship with my tits to the wind!  Its been an exciting ride! Thank you." -- Amy Grant

AMY GRANT HONORED WITH 2,318TH STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Virgin Megastore on Tuesday, September 19, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Conventional wisdom has it that Amy Grant put Contemporary Christian music on the map.  She surely did that, achieving such breakthroughs as being the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit #1 pop and the first to perform at the Grammys. Yet perhaps her greatest accomplishment was to open the door for a flood of other artists in pop as well as rock to sing about faith and soul and family and still grasp stardom.  With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past couple of decades is assured.

 

Nearly 30 years ago Grant began embracing fans with a heartfelt singer-songwriter style mixing elements of pop, folk and country. Contemporary Christian music’s first major crossover success, she has to date earned three multi-platinum albums, six other platinum albums and four more gold albums; scored 10 Top 40 pop singles and 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks as well as a string of Contemporary Christian chart-toppers, and won six Grammy Awards plus numerous Dove Awards.

 

Born in Augusta, Georgia in 1960 during the residency of her doctor father, Grant was still a baby when her family moved back to its native Nashville.  Her unlikely rise to icon status was sparked while she was working part-time sweeping floors and demagnetizing tapes in a Nashville studio.  She had been singing in church and school for years and a friend, producer Brown Bannister, allowed her to use the studio to duplicate a tape of her original songs that she wanted to give to her family.  But a Word Records producer heard the tape and played it over the phone for company executives.  The 15-year-old was signed almost immediately.

 

Her self-titled 1977 debut album introduced a fresh-faced young woman with a fresh voice.  A series of albums followed, including 1979’s Father’s Eyes which eventually went gold.  That same year her platinum Age To Age album won Grant her first Dove Awards, including Contemporary Album of the Year and Artist of the Year, plus an album Grammy for Best Gospel Performance.  She won another Grammy, Best Female Gospel Performance, for the title track of the 1983 EP Ageless Medley.

 

Also that year, the platinum A Christmas Album, the first of her enormously popular holiday efforts, introduced her now classic “Tennessee Christmas.”  Age To Age’s proper follow-up, Straight Ahead (1984), went gold and won a Grammy for “Angels,” which she co-wrote and also performed on the Grammy broadcast.

 

Though Contemporary Christian music was clearly a growing force in the mid-‘80s, no artist had yet crossed over to mainstream success.  Then came Grant’s 1985 album Unguarded.  Cracking the pop Top 40, earning platinum and winning a Grammy, Unguarded was a challenge within her gospel audience for its secular nature but it proved a watershed for the genre.  The track “Find A Way” reached both Top 30 pop and Top 10 Adult Contemporary and its video even aired on MTV.  “Everywhere I Go” peaked in the AC Top 30 and “Stay For Awhile” AC Top 20.  The next year she went to #1 thanks to a duet with Peter Cetera, “The Next Time I Fall” (#1 pop/#1 AC), from his Solitude/Solitaire album.  A “best of” retrospective, The Collection, was issued in 1987 and went platinum.

 

Now signed to major label A&M Records, another sign of her crossover appeal, her platinum 1988 album Lead Me On won the fifth of her Grammys and spun off the Top 40 AC hit “Saved By Love.”  Two years later, she welcomed daughter Gloria Mills, the inspiration for what was to become her signature song, “Baby Baby.”  1991’s Heart In Motion, her first Top 10 pop album and at five times platinum her biggest seller, brought together “Baby Baby” (#1 pop/#1 AC), “Every Heartbeat” (#2 pop/#2 AC), “That’s What Love Is For” (#7 pop/#1 AC), “Good For Me” (#8 pop/#4 AC) and “I Will Remember You” (#20 pop/#2 AC).  The first Contemporary Christian song to reach #1 on Billboard’s pop chart, “Baby Baby” boasted a video that celebrated the romantic over the motherly translation of the tune.

 

With the subsequent enormous success of Home For Christmas (1992)--#2 pop and triple platinum--Grant joined with her hometown Nashville Symphony to launch what has since become an annual tradition--“Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas,” a live concert tour.  To date, the events have raised millions of dollars for the several charities supported by Grant.

 

Grant’s double platinum, Top 20 House Of Love (1994) yielded “Lucky One” (#18 pop/#2 AC), the Vince Gill duet “House Of Love” (#37 pop/#5 AC) and a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” (#18 AC).  Her cover of 10cc’s “The Things We Do For Love” (#24 AC) appeared on the soundtrack to Mr. Wrong (1996).

 

“Takes A Little Time” (#21 pop/#4 AC), “Like I Love You” (#10 AC) and “I Will Be Your Friend” (#27 AC) were heard on 1997’s gold, Top 10 Behind The Eyes.

 

Her third holiday disc, A Christmas To Remember (1999), took home gold and a pop Top 40 ranking boosted by her prime-time holiday television special.

 

2002’s Legacy…Hymns & Faith, a collection of favorite hymns and newly penned tunes, was produced by long-time friend/producer Bannister and Gill.  Her first album of completely new material in six years, 2003’s Simple Things returned her to the pop Top 40 and its title track returned her to the Top 40 AC chart as well.  Her first compilation to span her pop career, Greatest Hits 1986-2004, followed.

 

Amy Grant has done more than simply be successful in two different music worlds; in her music, in fact thanks to her music, she has brought those two worlds together.

Grant’s next album is titled Time Again…Amy Grant Live which will be released on September 26, 2006.

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MAGICIANS MILT AND LATE BILL LARSEN WERE HONORED WITH 2,317th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME - 50th ANNIVERSARY OF “IT’S MAGIC!”

at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard, Northeast Corner, Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, across the street from the star of Harry Houdini, Friday, September 15, 2006

MAGICIANS MILT AND LATE BILL LARSEN WERE HONORED WITH 2,317th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME - 50th ANNIVERSARY OF “IT’S MAGIC!” at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard, Northeast Corner, Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, across the street from the star of Harry Houdini, Friday, September 15, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006

Milt Larsen and his late brother Bill Larsen Jr. are best known for their creation of Hollywood famous private club for magicians, The Magic Castle®.   The club has been in continuous operation since 1963 and has a membership of 5,000 magicians and magic enthusiasts.   Their annual It’s Magic! Shows have been bringing live magic family entertainment to major Southern California theaters for fifty years. Milt Larsen was also responsible for the Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica, the Variety Arts Center theater complex in downtown Los Angeles and Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas. The Larsen brothers were also well known in the field of television.

 

Milt and his brother Bill are native Californian born in Pasadena. They were part of the Larsen Family of Magicians.  Their father was a professional magician and publisher of

Genii, the Conjuror’s Magazine and their mother, Geri, was known as The Magic Lady in the early days of television.

 

In addition to the legendary Harry Houdini, other legends of magic honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame include Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Edgar Bergen, and many Magic Castle celebrity members.

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LATE LEONARD H. GOLDENSON HONORED WITH 2,316TH WALK OF FAME STAR
at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard, Thursday, August 24, 2006

LATE LEONARD H. GOLDENSON HONORED WITH 2,316TH WALK OF FAME STAR. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Leonard H. Goldenson, Founder and former CEO of ABC is one of television’s unsung heroes.  Goldenson took a failing collection of five decrepit television stations and, under his leadership, ABC became one of the country’s most profitable and influential communications enterprises.

 

In 1954, Goldenson defied skeptics who believed movie studios could not be lured into television. Enter Walt Disney seeking capital to finance his dream to build Disneyland. Turned down by every network, studio and bank, Disney’s dream resonated with Goldenson and they struck a deal:  in exchange for financing, the Studio provided ABC with a weekly series, The Wonderful World of Disney, as well as access to its animated film library. Goldenson’s alliance with Disney opened doors to his initiating deals with other studios, including Warner Bros., and Hollywood soon embraced the upstart medium of television.

 

In addition, Goldenson transformed sports into primetime fare with Monday Night Football and international, live coverage of the Olympics. In the late 1970’s, he led the networks into the made-for-tv movies era. The Thorn Birds, The Winds of War and miniseries such as Alex Haley’s Roots, a 12-hour drama, set record ratings.  Goldenson was responsible for numerous other “firsts”:  ABC was the first network to close caption; to air in primetime:  serials, soap operas and animation; and to franchise westerns, doctor, detective, and action series. ABC was the only network to carry the McCarthy hearings gavel-to-gavel.

 

In 1985, Goldenson orchestrated the biggest, unprecedented corporate media merger in U.S. history when he sold ABC to Cap Cities. Ten years later, Disney acquired ABC, reuniting the two pioneers-turned-giants. 

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Stella Adler Honored With Posthumous Star

2,315th Star on the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame
at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Friday, August 4, 2006

 

STELLA ADLER HONORED WITH POSTHUMOUS STAR 2,315th Star on the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Friday, August 4, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006

 

The late Stella Adler was honored with her star on August 4.  Adler was truly the creator of a unique American approach to acting. She is the only American ever to have directly studied with the father of modern acting, Constantine Stanislavsky. She adapted and developed this work into a practical and valuable technique through which great acting can be achieved. After a successful career on Broadway and in film, she devoted the remainder of her life, more than 50 years, to teaching her technique. Her list of alumni reads like a “Who’s Who of Hollywood and Broadway.” The stars include: Marlon Brando, Benicio Del Toro, Ed Norton, Warren Beatty, Chris Cooper, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Salma Hayek, Candice Bergen, and many other luminaries.

 

Adler was active in political and human rights causes. She instilled in her students the same sense of responsibility as an artist and a human being.  Most of her alumni remain involved in major causes because of Adler’s influence.

 

Guest speakers included Benicio Del Toro, Mark Ruffalo and Linda Hope. Accepting the star on behalf of Ms. Adler were Ellen Adler (daughter); Tom Oppenheim (grandson) and Irene Gilbert, director of Stella Adler L.A.

 

The year 2005 marked the 20th anniversary of The Stella Adler Theatre located on Hollywood Boulevard.

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TELEVISION PRODUCER DAVID MILCH HONORED WITH 2,314TH STAR
at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard, Thursday, June 8, 2006.
TELEVISION PRODUCER DAVID MILCH HONORED WITH 2,314TH STAR at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard, Thursday, June 8, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Television producer/TV show creator, David Milch unveiled his Walk of Fame star on June 8 at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard, near the El Capitan Theatre.  Milch’s star is next to the star of his friend and co-producer A.C. who sponsored the award.

Milch spent five seasons as co-creator/executive producer on the popular police drama, Hill Street Blues and earned two Writers Guild Awards, a second Humanitas prize and an Emmy. In 1992, he created the history making NYPD Blue and then went on to create Brooklyn South, True Blue and Big Apple.  His current his show is the award winning Deadwood for HBO. The hit series, based on actual events in Deadwood, South Dakota, during the 1870’s, received 11 Emmy Nominations for its first season and a win for Director Walter Hill as well as Best Actor Golden Globe for actor Ian McShane, and Milch’s third Peabody Award.  The show’s third season premiere will air on June 11, on the HBO Channel.

Milch is well-known for his generosity.  He currently sponsors six young actors and actresses in drama school, five young writers in writing classes; hires 12 young production assistants on Deadwood (three of whom have elevated writing an episode script, assistant to a producer and assistant cameraman. He donates thousands of dollars annually to motion picture and television charities.

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GAME SHOW HOST WINK MARTINDALE HONORED WITH 2,313TH STAR
at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard on Friday, June 2, 2006

GAME SHOW HOST WINK MARTINDALE HONORED WITH 2,313TH STAR at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard on Friday, June 2, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006In the history of TV game shows, no name is more synonymous with “host” than Wink Martindale – the man who has guided 19 broadcast networks, national cable and syndicated TV games. He has hosted more game shows than anyone except Bill Cullen

But Wink’s years in broadcasting encompass more than his hit TV game shows. Before TV, there was radio. Before the games, there was a Gold Record.  And along with “host” there have been many producer credits as well.

Winston C. Martindale—nicknamed “Wink” by a neighborhood pal—was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee—the only member of his family of seven to be in broadcasting.  As a child he had a desire to sit behind a microphone and his first “mike” was made of two paper cups attached to a string.

It wasn’t long before he was sitting behind the real thing. After years of pestering his Sunday school teacher who managed a local radio station, Wink auditioned for WPLI at age 17.  He later went on to larger stations in Jackson and eventually the station of his dreams—WHBQ in Memphis, which he had listened to as a teen.  He hosted the station’s popular “Clockwatchers” morning show while attaining his Bachelor of Science degree from Memphis State University.  Months after landing the radio job, he became a popular local television personality as well,

His success in Memphis led to Los Angeles, where he hosted radio and television programs for KHJ. At the same time, Wink’s career took an unexpected turn. Dot Records president Randy Wood tapped him to record a pop version of a previous hit country narration – “Deck of Cards.”  The record shot to the top of the charts, earned Gold Record status and an appearance by Wink on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

After years of carving a place for himself as one of the most popular air personalities in Los Angeles—primarily popular local radio and television music programs—Wink felt a change was due. He tried his hand at TV game show hosting with the show “What’s This Song,” a musical show featuring celebrities. Wink found his niche.

In the years since, “What’s This Song,” Wink has hosted an impressive array of shows including: “Tic-Tac-Dough,” “Trivial Pursuit,” “Can You Top This,” “Gambit,” and “High Rollers.”  He also produced the syndicated “Headline Chasers,” in association with Merv Griffin and King World.  He and his partner Bill Hillier were the first to produce real-time interactive game shows for The Family Channel (“Boggle” and “Jumble”).

Most recently, Wink hosted the popular game show “Debt” for Disney’s Buena Vista Productions and the Lifetime Cable Network.  The show won a Cable Ace Award for best game show after its first season.  

Currently, Wink hosts “Music of Your Life,” a daily syndicated radio show heard on almost 200 stations on the Jones Radio Network.

Wink recently published his autobiography “Winking At Life,” along with a new CD titled “That Was Elvis to Me,” a moving tribute to his friend who died in 1977.

Wink is currently seen as the popular host for Orbitz.com’s clever game-themed television commercials.

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HER BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’… ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME Nancy Sinatra honored with 2,312th Star 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Thursday, May 11, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006HER BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’…
ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Nancy Sinatra honored with 2,312th Star
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Thursday, May 11, 2006

In the mid 1960s, with songs like “So Long Babe” and ‘”How Does that Grab You, Darlin’?”, Nancy Sinatra  took the image of a girl crying over her diary for a boy who wouldn’t behave and changed it to a woman who let her men know, in no uncertain terms, just how things were going to be.

“These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” kicked open the doors for a whole new category of women in music. Nancy’s tough girl attitude preceded women’s liberation and created the first rebel chick singer. The era of the female rocker was born.

Armed with a signature style, catchy songs and memorable album covers and photo spreads, Nancy has scored more than 24 chart hits in the US and Internationally and became a role model for young, independent women as well as an icon of pop culture.

After “Boots” went to #1 in 1966, the theme of independence and free thinking that appealed to women and men was perpetuated by “How Does That Grab You”, a  #7 charter and “Sugar Town”, a #4 chart record. Nancy’s recording of the title song of the James Bond movie, “You Only Live Twice”, became an anthem for many who still request it when she performs today. Her legendary #1 record with her father, “Somethin’ Stupid”, is always on the “best of” lists, as are many of her duets with her mentor/producer Lee Hazlewood, including “Sand”, “Summer Wine” and “Jackson”. Their “Some Velvet Morning” was listed as the best duet ever recorded, by the London Daily Telegraph critics.

A staple of television variety shows, Nancy appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Glen Campbell Show, The Bobby Darin Show, Johnny Carson, Laugh-In, Hullabaloo, The Kraft Music Hall, Hollywood Palace and many others, including Hippodrome and Top of the Pops in the UK.

Sinatra has co-starred in seven movies, two of which, “Speedway” with Elvis Presley and “The Wild Angels” with Peter Fonda, made her the top female box-office draw two years in a row. She also appeared on episodes of TV’s “The Virginian” “Burke’s Law” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”. One of her few on camera appearances in recent years, was in honor of Viet Nam Veterans, on the television classic “China Beach”, which recreated one of her shows with the USO and featured another entertainment industry icon and friend, the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant.

She continues to be very active in politics and charitable causes, including “Songs of Love,” an artistic cooperative which creates upbeat and encouraging original songs personalized for children with chronic or terminal illnesses, Jerry Lewis’ MDA Telethon and the Thalians, who operate mental health clinics out of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Over the years requests from fund raisers for donation of signed pairs of Nancy’s boots have resulted in auctions benefiting many worthy organizations.

Nancy currently has 20 albums on CD and there are more on the way. Bear Family Records is in the process of putting together a comprehensive boxed set, which will include rare and unreleased Nancy recordings along with all of her hits. She released “Nancy & Lee 3” with Lee Hazelwood in 2004 on Warner Brothers Records Australia.  

The latest CD release of new recordings, on the ATTACK/Sanctuary Records label, is the self-titled “Nancy Sinatra”, a series of collaborations with recording artists such as Morrissey, Jon Spencer, Reno, Calexico, Sonic Youth, Pete Yorn, Steve Van Zandt and Jarvis Cocker, released in September 2004. The first live presentation of songs from the new album occurred in a sold out performance by Nancy and her band at the Meltdown Festival in London’s Royal Festival Hall.  

THE ESSENTIAL NANCY SINATRA, a collection of 26 songs covering 5 decades of Nancy’s recordings, was released in the UK and Europe, on March 13th 2006, by EMI. It includes the unreleased 1970’s track “Machine Gun Kelly”, in addition to many of the hits and a few fan favorites.

During the Vietnam War, Nancy was a favorite pin-up for the GI’s on battlefields and ships.  Her support of American veterans who are dear to her since her USO tour of Vietnam during the war there remains a cause close to her heart.  Nancy regularly appears at Veteran events, makes personal appearances and performs live concerts, including benefits such as the annual Ride To TheWall in Washington, DC, which remembers and honors POW’s and MIA’s.  Frequent audience members at her shows, Veterans often signal their attendance and are always warmly greeted with a “Welcome home.” from Nancy.  After 9/11, in May of 2003, Nancy and her band performed at a USO concert event with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, called Hollywood’s Salute To The Troops, an outdoor celebration for Veterans and current troops at the Hollywood & Highland complex in Hollywood.

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SPORTSCASTER JIM HILL HONORED WITH 2,311th STAR ON WALK OF FAME
at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Tuesday, May 9, 2006

SPORTSCASTER JIM HILL HONORED WITH 2,311th STAR ON WALK OF FAME at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Tuesday, May 9, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006

CBS sportscaster, Jim Hill was honored with a Walk of Fame on May 9, 2006, which was unveiled at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Hollywood and Highland.

Hill rejoined CBS 2 news team in 1992. He reports on CBS 2 News weekdays at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.  In addition he hosts the Sunday Night Sports Final at 11:15 a.m.

Hill, a former NFL football player, combines his talents as a broadcaster and his experience on the playing field as well as his relationships as a reporter to produce precise sports coverage every weeknight. Hill’s awards include: the 1994 Associated Press “Best Sportscast” trophy for Action News Sports at 5 p.m. In addition, he has been honored with six awards for Best Sportscast and Best Reporting from the Los Angeles Press Club. He has received four awards for Best Sports from the California associated Press Television and Radio Association.  He has been awarded an Emmy, and a nomination for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received “Best Sports Reporting” award from United Press International.

Hill is active in many philanthropic organizations such as: Los Angeles Urban League, Grossman Burn Center, and Boy Scouts of America.

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RADIO PERSONALITY DAN AVEY CELEBRATED BIRTHDAY
WITH 2310th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday, April 26, 2006

RADIO PERSONALITY DAN AVEY CELEBRATED BIRTHDAY WITH 2310th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday, April 26, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Each afternoon, well-known radio journalist Dan Avey anchors the TalkRadio 790 KABC News Desk, bringing listeners the news stories of the day during The Sean Hannity Show and The Larry Elder Show.  Whether the story is of a social, political or entertainment nature, Avey’s 30 years as a journalist make him a credible and professional source.  His well-known voice and straightforward approach to news reporting have made him one of the most trusted broadcasters in Los Angeles.

Avey has been featured in talk formats and play-by-play sports in addition to his unparalleled news achievements.  Avey has received more than 30 major journalism awards for anchoring, writing and reporting the news, as well as for his expertise in sports, show business, the law, economics, politics and the military.  One prestigious honor was a Golden Mike, awarded for his six hour ad lib anchoring of the September 11th tragedies.  It is his unprecedented 14th Golden Mike Award.

Besides Avey’s busy schedule he is an Eucumenical Minister at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Sherman Oaks and is a camp counselor for the Dream Street Foundation, which provides a free summer camp for kids with critical medical issues. He is also an AYSO soccer coach.

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WHEEL OF FORTUNE CO-HOST VANNA WHITE HONORED WITH 2309th STAR
at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Thursday, April 20, 2006

WHEEL OF FORTUNE CO-HOST VANNA WHITE HONORED WITH 2309th STAR at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Thursday, April 20, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White, was honored Thursday, April 20, with the 2,309th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was unveiled in front of the Roosevelt Hotel, 7018 Hollywood Boulevard near the famous intersection of Hollywood and Highland.

Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and Chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, presided over the event and Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, spoke on behalf of the organization. Participating in the event were Merv Griffin, creator of Wheel of Fortune, and host Pat Sajak.

Since she made her debut on Wheel of Fortune in 1982, Vanna White has built a phenomenal following worldwide.  Her “Vannafans” continue to grow – with her weekly fan mail continuing to number in the thousands.

Becoming a household name globally was not something Vanna expected while growing up in the small resort town of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  After attending the Atlanta School of Fashion Design and becoming one of the area’s top models, she moved to Los Angeles with the goal of an acting career.  Just two years later, while competing against more than 200 other hopefuls, her intelligence, All-American beauty, grace and exuberant personality won her the coveted spot as Co-Host of America’s favorite game show.

But no one, especially Vanna herself, anticipated the kind of audience response she has received virtually from her first appearance.  Surveys have shown that her presence has contributed greatly to Wheel of Fortune’s phenomenal ratings.  And, although she has been called its silent star, Vanna does indeed talk – and quite well.  A much sought-after guest for television’s talk show couches, Vanna’s autobiography, Vanna Speaks, was a nationwide bestseller when published in 1987.  She also has been featured on numerous magazine covers.

In 1992, Vanna was recognized in The Guinness Book of World Records as “Television’s Most Frequent Clapper.”  Averaging 720 claps per episode, she puts her hands together more than 28,000 times per season!  And, as Wheel of Fortune enters its 23rd season in syndication in Fall 2005, she will have worn over 5,000 different designer outfits at the puzzleboard.

Beyond her work with the series, Vanna’s calendar is full: commercial endorsements, a nutritional video, several knitting and crochet books, interviews, photo layouts and more.  As a result of fans interested in her fashions, Vanna launched her official “Vanna Style” Web site (www.vannastyle.com), where Vanna’s latest high-fashion wardrobe is displayed and showcased for viewers.  The site features clothing that Vanna wears on the show from some of the world’s most exclusive designers, including Halston, Luca Luca, Versace, Christian LaCroix, Georgio Armani and Escada.

Through it all, one aspect of Vanna’s life remains unchanged: her down-to-earth appreciation of the work done by her off-camera colleagues that keeps the series consistently on top of the ratings charts.

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WINNIE THE POOH CELEBRATED 80TH ANNIVERSARY WITH
STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
2,308th
Star at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard
on Tuesday, April 11, 2006

WINNIE THE POOH CELEBRATED 80TH ANNIVERSARY WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 2,308th Star at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006For over 80 years, Winnie the Pooh has grown to be one of the most cherished characters within the world of entertainment. He was born in 1925 in the imagination of author A.A. Milne, who captured his son’s love of a stuffed bear in his first Pooh story published in the London Evening News. His first appearance on the big screen was in 1966 in the Disney featurette –“Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.” Pooh’s popularity has only continued to touch the hearts and minds of children of all ages through films, books, DVD’s consumer products, live shows, theme park attractions and television around the world. No other character captures the true essence of childhood as much as the loveable bear who is a symbol to the child in all of us.

On the same day as the Walk of Fame ceremony, Walt Disney Home Entertainment released out of the fabled Disney Vault, “Pooh’s Grand Adventure-The Search for Christopher Robin,” for the first time ever, digitally re-mastered, on DVD. 

Winnie the Pooh is one of a select few animated characters to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame-an honor that is perfectly timed to the global 18-month long Pooh anniversary celebration Disney kicked off in December 2005 which includes new entertainment and special-edition product in honor of Winnie the Pooh. Disney has also created Pooh Friendship Wishbands to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation and encourage the public to “ be a star in the life of a child.”  The Wishbands help to spread the Pooh message of friendship and will be sold on WinniethePooh.com.

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MUSIC PRODUCER LOU ADLER HONORED WITH 2,307th STAR ON WALK OF FAME
at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard, Thursday, April 6, 2006

MUSIC PRODUCER LOU ADLER HONORED WITH 2,307th STAR ON WALK OF FAME at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard, Thursday, April 6, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Music producer Lou Adler was honored with the 2,307th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 6, 2006. The star was unveiled in front of Virgin Records Music Store at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard. Adler is considered one of the most successful and well-known music producers of all time, an entertainment legend in his own right, identified inextricably with Los Angeles’ musical culture. The event ties into the 30th anniversary of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the 35th anniversary of Carol King’s hit album “Tapestry”, both produced by Adler.

Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and Chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, presided over the event and Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spoke on behalf of the organization. Participating in the event were Herb Alpert, Jack Nicholson, Daryl Hannah and many others.

With an uncanny feel for the public mood, he has been at the forefront of launching such L.A.-based national and international trends as surf music, independent production, go-go music, live recording, protest rock, progressive (underground) rock, rock festivals, rock charity and public service, serious rock films, rock film soundtracks, “boutique” record labels, rock comedy, multicultural rock, solo songwriter-singers, rock theater, and rock night clubs.

A lifelong Angelino, he has been honored by the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles for bringing recognition to the City of Angels. In fact, by popularizing California pop culture, as much as anyone, he caused the music industry to shift its base in the 1960s from New York to Los Angeles.

He is the man who gave us the music of Jan and Dean, Johnny Rivers, The Mamas and The Papas, Spirit, and Carole King, as well as the comedy of Cheech and Chong. Everyone knows the music he has produced, including “California Dreamin’,” “San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair),” “Eve of Destruction,” “(What a) Wonderful World,” “It’s Too Late,” and the multi-hit Tapestry album.

As a three-time Grammy winner, he has produced 18 Gold and Platinum albums, including some of the biggest selling albums of all time; he has produced 33 Top 10 singles and co-written three Top 10 songs: “Honolulu Lulu,” “Poor Side of Town,” and “(What a) Wonderful World.”

He forever altered world culture and music in 1967 with the Monterey International Pop Festival, the first seminal rock festival. It not only helped bring prominence to Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but popularized a whole new generation of rock performers and served as the coming out party for the Baby boom generation.

He has produced for both the stage and motion pictures, grossing hundreds of millions of dollars. Stage productions include The Rocky Horror Show, Zoot Suit, and Bouncers. His film credits as producer include: Monterey Pop (1968), Brewster McCloud (1970), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Up In Smoke (1978). In addition, he directed Up In Smoke and Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1981).

He has also helped define the new Hollywood with the ongoing success of world-famous Sunset Strip landmarks: The Roxy Theatre, The Whisky-a-go-go, and the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

 Believing in giving back to the community, his philanthropy is legendary. For example, in the last three years alone, he has produced all-star celebrity events benefiting children with chronic or life threatening illnesses by raising over $5 million for the Painted Turtle Camp (which he co-founded with his wife, Page) and Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camps Association.

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COMEDIAN GEORGE LOPEZ HONORED WITH 2306th STAR ON WALK OF FAME
Celebrates 100th Episode of the George Lopez Show - Wednesday, March 29, 2006

COMEDIAN GEORGE LOPEZ HONORED WITH 2306th STAR ON WALK OF FAME Celebrates 100th Episode of the George Lopez Show - Wednesday, March 29, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006

Funnyman George Lopez was honored with the 2,306th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, March 29, 2006. The star was unveiled near the star of his friend and co-producer on “George Lopez,” Sandra Bullock at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.

Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and Chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, presided over the event and Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spoke on behalf of the organization. Participating in the festivities were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Council President Eric Garcetti and Ann Lopez.

George Lopez is one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry today. He is the co-creator, writer, producer and star of the ABC network and Warner Bros. Television produced sitcom, “George Lopez.” The show is executive produced by Bruce Helford (“The Drew Carey Show,” “Roseanne”) and movie star Sandra Bullock. The show is in its fifth season, Wednesdays at 8:00pm.

Lopez’s current CD “Team Leader” was released on Oglio Records/Warner Bros. to great public acclaim. The CD was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. His previous best-selling CD “Right Now Right Now” was released in 2001. In May 2004, George’s autobiography “Why You Crying?” was released on the Touchstone/Fireside division of Simon & Schuster and entered in the New York Times Bestsellers top twenty.

George was recently a cast member and commentator for HBO’s hit sports show “Inside the NFL” for the 2003-2004 football season. He is a two-time host of the Latin Grammy Awards and a co-host of the Emmy Awards. He recently starred in the ABC-TV / Wonderful World of Disney Christmas movie “Naughty or Nice.” George also starred in the Miramax/Dimension feature film “The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl” which opened June 2005.

Maintaining an extremely active schedule as a stand-up comedian, George is a sell-out attraction coast to coast and has headlined concerts at prestigious venues. In December 2004 George set an attendance record at Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles with seven consecutive sold-out performances and over 42,000 in total attendance. Lopez’s live comedy concert “Why You Crying?” debuted on Showtime, Memorial Day weekend 2004. A DVD of the concert special was released by Paramount Home Entertainment in September 2005.

Lopez has earned kudos for his performance in the HBO Films drama, “Real Women Have Curves,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to tremendous reviews—receiving the 2002 Audience Award. Previously, Lopez was featured in the acclaimed drama “Bread and Roses.” The film, directed by British filmmaker Ken Loach and released by Lion’s Gate, received critical acclaim after its premier at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2001, Lopez hosted a major morning radio for Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles. He was the first Latino to have headlined the keystone morning radio slot on an English-language station in LA—the nation’s top radio market.

Lopez received the 2003 Imagen Vision Award, 2003 Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award.

A native of Los Angeles who grew up in San Fernando Valley’s Mission Hills, George devotes much time to the community. George persevered through a life of congenital kidney disease. In April 2005 he received a kidney transplant, donated from his wife Ann. George is in the best condition of his life, and he and Ann Lopez are national spokespeople for the National Kidney Foundation.

He has received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award and was named Honorary Mayor of Los Angeles for his extensive fundraising efforts benefiting earthquake victims in El Salvador and Guatemala. In February 2004, George was presented the 2004 Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award by Harvard University. The award was presented by the president and dean of Harvard University and honored George’s artistic work and charitable endeavors.

In September 2004, George was honored with the “Spirit of Liberty Award” presented by People for the American Way. In August 2005, Time Magazine recognized George as one of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics In America.”

George’s celebrity continues to grow. He made his debut in the Harris Poll for Favorite TV Personalities. George was named one of the top ten favorite TV personalities of 2005.

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DESTINY’S CHILD HONORED WITH 2,305th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Tuesday, March 28, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006DESTINY’S CHILD HONORED WITH 2,305th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard,
Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Destiny’s Child: Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland & Michelle Willliams were honored by Honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with 2,305th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard next to the Kodak Theatre on Tuesday, March 28, 2006.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records Group, Destiny's Child is one of the best-selling female groups of all time. The group has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. To date, they have been awarded 22 gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA.

Their hits include: No, No, No, Say My Name, Independent Woman, Survivor, Bootylicious, Emotion, Soldier and many others.

After a short break, performing solo and releasing their own albums, it was at this point that Beyoncé became a single-monikered superstar, with the multi-platinum success of Dangerously in Love, which went on to capture five Grammys.

Rowland and Williams also released solo projects. Rowland's 2002 album, Simply Deep, featured her Grammy-winning duet with Nelly, "Dilemma," while Williams came out with two #1 solo gospel albums--2002's Heart To Yours and 2004's Do You Know.

With Beyoncé’s meteoric rise, rumors were rampant that the band would never pick up where they left off. But last year, Destiny's Child returned to the studio to record Destiny Fulfilled, which, appropriately, would become their final album, which sold over 5.6 million worldwide. Their #1’s album, which includes all their hits was released in October 2005 and entered the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart at #1. Stand Up For Love, the new Destiny’s Child single from #1’s was written to benefit World Children’s Day, an annual event taking place on November 20, to raise awareness and funds for children’s causes worldwide.

Working apart from each other gave the members of Destiny’s Child a newfound appreciation of what each brings to the group and that support, love, confidence and maturity is clearly evident throughout this albums moving and soulful songs.

Their awards as a group include: Top Pop Artist at the 2000 Billboard Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, and three Grammy’s to name a few.

In a surprise announcement from the stage during a performance in Barcelona, Spain last summer, the members of the group told fans that they would disband at the conclusion of their Destiny Fulfilled and Lovin’ It Tour. The group will retire the name and continue to pursue their careers in film, music, theater and television.

March 28, also marked the release of the group’s live concert DVD, “Destiny’s Child: Live in Atlanta”. Watch for solo albums from all three ladies this year and a starring role in the feature film, “Dreamgirls” for Beyoncé Knowles.

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Judge Judy Honored with Star on the Walk of Fame on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Judge Judy Honored with Star on the Walk of Fame on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2006

Smart, savvy and opinionated, the irrepressible Judge Judith Sheindlin continues to hold court as presiding judge on JUDGE JUDY, the highest-rated daily, half-hour, nationally syndicated reality courtroom series that returned for its tenth season on Monday, September 12, 2005. Having made a name for herself as a tough but fair judge in New York’s Family Court, Judge Judith Sheindlin retired from the bench in 1996 to bring her trademark wit and wisdom to the widely successful series that takes viewers inside a television courtroom where justice is dispensed at lightning speed.

Judge Judith Sheindlin’s career in family court began in 1972, prosecuting juvenile delinquency cases for the state of New York. Although an emotionally-taxing job, Judge Sheindlin knew right away she had found her calling, quickly developing a reputation as a sharp, no-nonsense lawyer. In 1982, then New York Mayor, Edward Koch appointed her to the bench in the Family Court.

As one of the most outspoken judges in the country, she became the subject of a Los Angeles Times article in February 1993. The story caught the attention of “60 Minutes,” which soon led to a segment on the popular newsmagazine show.

After her appearance, Judge Sheindlin was approached about the possibility of presiding over real cases with real consequences in a television courtroom. Intrigued by the notion of bringing her no-nonsense message to a national audience, she agreed. Shortly thereafter, JUDGE JUDY became a reality, premiering in national syndication on September 16, 1996.
Over the past nine seasons, the popularity of JUDGE JUDY has transcended daytime television to become part of America’s pop-culture. As a result, she has appeared on “Saturday Night Live;” has served as a judge for the 1999 Miss America Pageant; and has been profiled on A&E’s “Biography,” MSNBC’s “Headliners & Legends,” E! Entertainment’s “Celebrity Profile,” and Lifetime Television’s “Intimate Portrait.” She’s also been featured numerous times on “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Today Show,” “Dateline NBC,” “Larry King Live,” “The Tonight Show,” and “The View,” as well as appearing in several major national publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Family Circle, People, Entertainment Weekly, Modern Maturity, Parade, Good Housekeeping, TV Guide, Redbook and Time, to name a few.

VH1 named Judge Judy one of the “200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons.”

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Radio Personalities Mark & Kim Celebrate 20th Anniversary with 2,303rd Walk of Fame Star on February 3, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Radio Personalities Mark & Kim Celebrate 20th Anniversary with 2,303rd Walk of Fame Star on February 3, 2006

KOST 103.5 radio personalities Mark Wallengren and Kim Amidon were honored with the 2,303rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Friday, February 3. The star for Mark & Kim was unveiled next to the Disney Soda Fountain at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard.

Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and Chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, presided over the event and Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spoke on behalf of the organization. Celebrity speakers participating in the event included: legendary singer/songwriter Barry Manilow and acclaimed film and television director Garry Marshall.

Nobody knew on February 3, 1986, that they were listening to radio history being made. For the first time ever, a radio program featured equally billed, equally paid male and female hosts. Today, there is not a city in America without a version of “The Mark & Kim Show.”

Radio Personalities Mark & Kim Celebrate 20th Anniversary with 2,303rd Walk of Fame Star on February 3, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006“The Mark & Kim Show” is now the longest running morning radio show in Southern California. In fact, they are celebrating yet another feat, the 20th Anniversary of their first broadcast. According to Arbitron, the leading industry audience measuring service, “The Mark & Kim Show” has been ranked in the top five for 19 consecutive years among adult women. Many stars have greatly benefited from exposure on “The Mark & Kim Show”. Since Mark and Kim joined the KOST 103.5 family, they and the station have been nominated for countless awards and have won two Marconi’s, 8 Billboard Awards and four Gavin Awards.

During their 20 years together they have helped pave the way for then-unknown singers like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé and …Gary Barlow. (OK, so some become more famous than others!) “The Mark & Kim Show” has also infused energy into helping sustain careers like those of Barry Manilow, Hall & Oates and Phil Collins. On a personal and professional level Mark and Kim have reached out to help those in need.

They know that children are our greatest resource. That’s why you’ll find them volunteering to help out at the Children’s Institute International. Mark’s family has been personally devastated by ALS “Lou Gehrig’s disease”, breast cancer and diabetes. While they both recognize a responsibility to causes close to them their emphasis is always on the interests of their listeners.

Show fans are as diverse as their guests. From truck drivers, to office workers and teachers. From ordinary people like Karen Zabuska struggling to raise two teenage boys by herself, to the extraordinary like Dick Cook, Chairman of Walt Disney Pictures. They all agree that the appeal of the Mark & Kim Show is that they are “real” - like hanging out with a best friend.

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Robert Osborne Honored with 2,302nd Star on the Walk Of Fame on February 1, 2006. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Robert Osborne Honored with 2,302nd Star on the Walk Of Fame on February 1, 2006

Turner Classic Movies television host Robert Osborne was honored with the #2,302nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The star was unveiled at 1617 Vine Street, in front of the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, formerly the James Doolittle Theatre. Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and Chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, presided over the event and Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spoke on behalf of the organization.

Participating in the event were actors Jane Powell and Robert Wagner as well as Tom Karsch, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Turner South.

The timing of the star ceremony is particularly appropriate as it coincides with the first day of TCM’s annual celebration of the Academy Awards 31 Days of Oscar®, an on-air festival of Oscar®-winning and Oscar®-nominated films shown throughout the month of February concluding on March 3, as well as coming on the heels of the Oscar® nominations announcement on January 31.

As prime time host and anchor of the Turner Classic Movies cable television network, Robert Osborne brings viewers out of their living rooms and into the world of classic Hollywood, providing insider information, facts and trivia on TCM movie presentations. Osborne is also a columnist-critic for The Hollywood Reporter, the daily show business trade paper. He is known as the official biographer of Oscar®, thanks to a series of books he’s written on the subject of Hollywood’s annual Academy Awards®. His latest book, the updated 75 Years Of the Oscar®, was written at the special request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has been called “the most comprehensive and definitive book ever done on the subject.” Osborne was born in Colfax, Washington (population: 2700) and graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Journalism, appearing in local plays in his non-study hours. He soon went to Hollywood as an actor under contract to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. But Lucy encouraged him to pursue writing, which he considers among the best advice he’s ever been given. She remained a friend and mentor to him until her death. Osborne joined the staff of The Hollywood Reporter in 1977 and six years later began writing the paper’s influential “Rambling Reporter” column, which covers all aspects of the movie and television business. He also attends the Cannes Film Festival to review films for the paper and is The Hollywood Reporter’s chief Broadway critic, covering New York plays and first nights. Osborne began as the on-air entertainment reporter for the nightly news on Los Angeles’ KTTV in 1982. In 1987, he was signed by CBS to make daily appearances on the CBS Morning Program. From 1986-1993, he was also a regular host of The Movie Channel cable network. From 1981-83, he served as president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). He is a frequent guest on Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America and other network shows; won a Golden Mike for excellence (for a TV special he wrote, produced and hosted titled Lana Turner Today); has twice been a CableAce nominee for his “Osborne Report” segments for The Movie Channel; and was nominated for an Emmy Award as Best Host Moderator. Osborne is also the winner of the 1984 Press Award from the Publicists Guild of America. In addition to his hosting duties for TCM, Osborne has also done several specials for the network, including Private Screenings, an hour-long interview series with such Hollywood luminaries as Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Shirley MacLaine, Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney, Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Tony Curtis.

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Walk of Fame Started New Year 2006 with a Bang!!

The Hollywood Walk of Fame was busy in January with four stars placed on the famous Walk of Fame.

Queen Latifah was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 4, 2006 in front of the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Queen Latifah was honored on January 4, 2006 in front of the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Queen Latifah received rave reviews, an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax’s “Chicago.” Following that, she starred in Disney’s box office hit “Bringing Down the House,” on which she also acted as executive producer through her company, Flavor Unit Entertainment. She most recently starred in and produced the “Barbershop” spin-off “Beauty Shop.” Along with the 2004 comedy “Taxi,” her other films include “Set It Off,” “Living Out Loud,” “Brown Sugar,” “Bone Collector” and “Jungle Fever,” her film debut. Her career in films was launched by the success of her first television series, “Living Single,” now in syndication.

In a rare double ceremony on January 9, 2006 Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, stars of “The Producers” on Broadway and now the big screen were inducted into Hollywood's Walk of Fame. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006In a rare double ceremony on January 9, 2006 Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, stars of “The Producers” on Broadway and now the big screen were inducted into the Walk.

Matthew Broderick is a two-time Tony Award Winning stage actor and instantly recognizable film presence. In the Universal Pictures film, “The Producers,” Broderick reprises his Tony-nominated performance from the smash hit Broadway musical. He is starring in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” which opened on Broadway in 2005. The film opened December 16, in one theater in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Canada and Miami. On Christmas day the film opened in 1,200 theaters and on January 13 opened wide nationally in 2,400 theaters.

Those bad boys of Rock and Roll, Motley Crue rocked the boulevard on January 25, 2006 in front of the Musician’s Institute when they were honored with their star. Motley Crue is a Los Angeles-based band, whose roots run deep in this area. The band has achieved great success over the past 20 years while always keeping their home in the Los Angeles area. The group has sold over 35 million albums worldwide, multiple number one songs, worldwide touring of the highest caliber and is cited as a major influence to many of today’s biggest recording artists. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2006Award winning Nathan Lane is an equally successful actor onstage, screen and television who reprises the role of he created in the smash hit Broadway musical at the St. James Theater in New York. He is also starring in the upcoming Broadway show, “The Odd Couple.”

Those bad boys of Rock and Roll, Motley Crue rocked the boulevard on January 25, 2006 in front of the Musician’s Institute when they were honored with their star. Motley Crue is a Los Angeles-based band, whose roots run deep in this area. The band has achieved great success over the past 20 years while always keeping their home in the Los Angeles area. The group has sold over 35 million albums worldwide, multiple number one songs, worldwide touring of the highest caliber and is cited as a major influence to many of today’s biggest recording artists.

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Wayne Rogers Honored with Star on Walk of Fame, December 13, 2005. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2005Wayne Rogers Honored with Star on Walk of Fame, December 13, 2005

In Wayne Rogers’ varied stage, screen and television career, “M*A*S*H,” “House Calls” and dozens of major film, mini-series and movies of the week (MOW), he has on occasion been cast as a powerful mover in the world of finance and commerce. But none of these characters was as successful and influential an entrepreneur or financier as Rogers is in real life. Even though he has resumed his celebrated acting career, Rogers is also the exceedingly active Managing Director of Stop-N-Save, a privately held convenience store chain based in Tallahassee, Florida , the Broadway producer of numerous smash hits, bank owner, a ‘mover and shaker’ in the burgeoning bridal business as Chairman of the legendary Kleinfeld, the largest bridal retailer in the country. Wayne’s business savvy has earned him a spot as a regular contributor for the Fox News Channel’s business shows, including their top-rated weekly Saturday morning program “Cashin’ In.”

Having taken a hiatus from acting and film-making for several years to pursue his demanding business interests, Rogers has returned actively to acting and producing. He earned rave reviews for his recent starring performance at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse in the John Robin Baitz comedy, “Mizlansky/Zilinsky,” while for the big screen he teamed with Bo Derek in the “Gaslight”-genre thriller, “Frozen With Fear,” a rare shot at screen villainy for the actor.

His acting career started up again a few years back with his key role in Rob Reiner’s Oscar-nominated film, “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Rogers was both host and producer (with wife Amy Hirsh Rogers) of the weekly entertainment news magazine show, “AMC’s Hollywood Reports” on the American Movie Classics cable channel. He and his wife also produced Emmy and ACE Award-winning TV movies through their Stargazer Entertainment Inc. production company, with films starring Brian Dennehy, Roy Scheider, Sonia Braga and Hume Cronyn.

Rogers became one of Hollywood’s most popular stars (as measured by TVQ ratings as well as media pulse-takers) by portraying immensely affable leads in such programs as “ House Calls “ and “ M*A*S*H.” When TV Guide saluted the 50th anniversary of CBS-TV with a national survey, an American audience poll selected Wayne Rogers and Alan Alda as their favorite comedy duo of all time. But Rogers has always been an inveterate risk-taker and has never shied from a good “bad guy” role. Always relying on his certainty that no man is a villain to himself, he created one of TV’s most memorable villains when he portrayed a dangerously immoral child molester in the critically honored “One Terrific Guy.”

Rogers was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history. He had dabbled in dramatics in college, performing in Princeton’s Triangle show, but it was during naval service as a navigator that it first occurred to him to become a professional actor.

His television exposure has included such TV movies and mini-series as “It Happened One Christmas” with Marlo Thomas, “Lady From Yesterday” and the highly-rated “Chiefs.” He also starred in two series, “City Of Angels,” for NBC and the long running “House Calls” for CBS.

Rogers’ record as a co-producer of award -winning Broadway plays includes “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Biloxi Blues” and “The New Odd Couple.” Theater-trained as an actor, he has returned to the boards to star in productions as diverse as Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya” and Joe Orton’s “What the Butler Saw.”

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Actor Dennis Quaid Honored with Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, November 16, 2005. ©Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 2005Actor Dennis Quaid Honored with Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, November 16, 2005

With every role he plays, Dennis Quaid upholds his place as one of the most charismatic actors of our time. Quaid received honors by the New York Film Critics Circle and The Independent Spirit Awards as “Best Supporting Actor of the Year” and also garnered nominations for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actor’s Guild Award for his emotional turn as a closet homosexual in 1950’s New York in the critically acclaimed 2002 film, “Far From Heaven.” On November 16, Quaid will receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Quaid will soon be seen in the Paramount film, “Yours, Mine and Ours” a family comedy co-starring Rene Russo. The remake of the 1968 film, which originally starred Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, is being directed by Raja Gosnell for MGM and Paramount and is scheduled for release on November 23, 2005. “Yours, Mine and Ours” is the tale of a widower (Quaid) with ten children who marries a widow (Russo) with eight children. From finding a house big enough for all of them, learning to make 18 school lunches, to coping with a son going off to war and an unexpected addition to the family, chaos erupts in the attempt to blend two families into one.

Quaid just completed production on “American Dreamz,” where he plays The President of the United States, along with an ensemble that includes John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Willem Dafoe, Richard Dreyfuss Hugh Grant, Judy Greer, Marcia Gay Harden, Seth Meyers and Mandy Moore. The film was written and is being directed by Paul Weitz, with New Wave Production producing and financing. The film will be released in 2006.

Last year, Quaid starred in the Universal Studio’s film, “In Good Company,” with Scarlett Johannson and Topher Grace for which he received rave reviews. The film was written and directed by Paul Weitz. Quaid also recently starred in Twentieth Century Fox’s remake of “The Flight of the Phoenix” directed by John Moore and produced by John Davis and Bill Aldrich.

In Summer 2004, Quaid starred in the Twentieth Century Fox action blockbuster film, “The Day After Tomorrow,” directed by Roland Emmerich and as just prior as ‘General Sam Houston’ in Disney’s, “The Alamo,” which re-teamed him with director John Lee Hancock.
In 2002, Quaid starred in the title role of a high school baseball coach in Disney’s box-office hit “The Rookie,” based on the true story of pitcher Jim Morris who makes the major leagues at the age of 35. “The Rookie” was directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Mark Johnson, Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi and was released on March 29th. The film was awarded an ESPY by ESPN for “Best Sports Film of the Year.”

Quaid appeared in the critically acclaimed Steven Soderbergh suspense drama “Traffic” for USA Films opposite Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. He portrayed a high-powered attorney who became involved in a web of deceit and scandal that resulted in deadly consequences.

In 2001, Quaid starred in HBO’s “Dinner with Friends” for director Norman Jewison. Based on Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer-Prize winning play, the story explores the strains of modern-day marriages. “Dinner with Friends” received a 2002 Emmy nomination for “Best TV Movie.”
Quaid also starred in New Line Cinema’s 2000 hit, “Frequency” where he played a heroic firefighter who died at a young age, but was able to communicate with the son he left behind due to a time warp. The film was written by Toby Emmerich, directed by Greg Hoblit and also starred Jim Caviezel and Andre Braugher.

Quaid also appeared in Warner Bros. film “Any Given Sunday,” directed by Oliver Stone, where he portrayed a Joe Montana-like quarterback legend who struggled with the demise of his career.

Quaid made his directorial debut for TNT with the television film, “Everything that Rises,” the story of a Wyoming man’s struggle to hold on to the land passed down through generations which takes on a new poignancy when his son is critically injured in an auto accident. TNT premiered the film on July 12, 1998. Quaid also starred in Nancy Meyer’s box-office hit “The Parent Trap,” for Walt Disney, a remake of the 1961 classic, which was a summer 1998 release.

Quaid received considerable critical praise for his role as Doc Holliday in the Western “Wyatt Earp” and for the Oscar-nominated space epic, “The Right Stuff.”

Quaid began acting in high school and studied theater at the University of Houston. Soon after his arrival in Hollywood he landed the plum role of a working-class tough in “Breaking Away.” Other early film credits include “The Long Riders” with his brother Randy, “9/30/55,” “Crazy Mama,” “Dreamscape,” “All Night Long,” “Our Winning Season,” “Cavemen,” “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” and “Enemy Mine.”

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