Official groundbreaking for the Hollywood Walk of Fame project took place on
February 8, 1960. Joanne Woodward’s name was one of eight drawn at random,
contrary to popular belief there was no “first” recipient. The original stars were
installed as a continuous project with no individual ceremonies. As of January
25, 2013, the Walk consists of 2,489 stars. Approximately twenty new stars are
added to the Walk each year.
The man credited with the idea for creating a Walk of Fame, was E. M. Stuart,
who served in 1953 as the volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of