Here’s how to experience the world’s most famous sidewalk, which boasts 2,500 stars and counting
About the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Honoring luminaries in motion pictures, television, radio, live theatre, and recording since 1960, the famous sidewalk includes both sides of Hollywood Boulevard from Gower to La Brea, plus both sides of Vine Street from Yucca to Sunset. The handsome terrazzo-and-brass stars (each costs about $30,000 to install and maintain) are unveiled at free public ceremonies, which are often attended by honorees and their celebrity entourages—a great way to see stars if that’s one of your Hollywood goals (and isn’t it everyone’s?).
And don’t think this is about honoring has-beens or where-are-they-nows: Getting a star is still considered a very big deal to both the in-the-know public and within the industry, with an impressive roster of recent honorees (Uma Thurman, Mindy Kaling, Ralph Macchio, the Jonas Brothers, to name a few). Want to find a particular star? Visitors can buy a paper map, or better yet, use the Walk of Fame’s online Star Search tool or their official app to send you to the location for your ultimate five-pointed photo op.
FAQs About the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Even among the diehard fans of the film, TV, and music industries that are represented along the Walk of Fame, a few questions are among the most often asked.
How many stars are there on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? As of September 2022, there are 2,734 stars.
Whose is the only star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame not to be located on the ground? Muhammad Ali’s; he once stated "I bear the name of our Beloved Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), and it is impossible that I allow people to trample over his name.” The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decided to abide by his wishes, and in 2002 his star became the only one to be mounted on a wall just inside the Dolby Theatre.
Have stars been removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame? No—it is the policy of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to never remove a star once it has been awarded.
How long is the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The entire Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles, mostly along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine St., but also along a short segment of Marshfield Way.
Whose star was the first to be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? On February 9, 1960, the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Walk of Fame was held, and the first star to be dedicated belonged to the actress Joanne Woodward, an Academy Award winner for The Three Faces of Eve (1957).
Things to Do Near the Hollywood Walk of Fame
While you’re there, you’re a short walk from such big Hollywood Boulevard attractions as TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, and Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and a short drive from such West Hollywood attractions— to name just a few—as the Sunset Strip, the WeHo Design District, and some of the best music venues in the city. For more insight into what makes the area so special, see what some of the neighborhood’s most notable residents have to say at Experience West Hollywood’s Unique Creative Culture.