25 celebrities whose stars were defaced on Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’


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if you’re one of the more than 48 million yearly visitors to Los Angeles, chances are you’ve taken a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star-lined street commemorates achievements in five categories: radio,

television, motion pictures, recording, and live performance. The process to get a star on the Walk of Fame is not as simple as just being famous. Anyone can nominate an entertainer, but the entertainer must then be selected by the Walk of Fame committee. If selected, a $40,000 fee must be paid by those who nominated the entertainer, and the entertainer must agree to accept the star on the day of its unveiling.

All of this protocol exists to receive a star, but there’s very little infrastructure, other than video cameras, to protect the inlaid stars from being defaced by the public. What happens to a star when a celebrity becomes embroiled in controversy? The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided a clear statement that once a star has been dedicated, it becomes a historic landmark and cannot be removed, no matter how controversial the recipient of the star may be. Still, acts of vandalism persist. Here are 25 times that a star was vandalized or defaced.

#25. Imogene Coca

Cited as an influence by the likes of Lily Tomlin and Carol Burnett, Imogene Coca won an Emmy in 1951 for her work on the sketch comedy show “Your Show of Shows,” opposite Sid Caesar. On February 8, 1960, she was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame. In November of 2018, her star was one of five to be vandalized with black spray paint in an apparent random act of vandalism.