In the Footprints of Hollywood Fame

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51w5K-Qp8BLOn the 30th of April 1927, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford became the first celebrities to leave their footprints in the concrete of the Grauman Chinese Theater forecourt at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard (Walk of Fame). During construction, the owner Grauman ordered an extremely hard concrete to be laid by Jean Klossner, who later became known as “Mr. Footprint”. The latter performed the famous immortalisation ceremonies for the stars for the following 30 years, time in which, nearly 200 Hollywood celebrities left their mark in handprints, footprints, and autographs in the wet pavement slabs.

These prints were meant to capture the essence of their stardom for eternity, but with them, a whole new cult of fame was born as well. “The star system took shape as a series of careful plans some time after 1917 when Douglas Fairbanks senior and Mary Pickford began their famous affair. Studios, as everybody…

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