The Walk of Fame was created in 1958. During the initial phase, many of the honorees received multiple stars for contributions in the five separate categories which are honored. In recent decades, the practice has been to honor individuals who have not yet been represented and only a handful of previous honorees have been awarded additional stars in new categories.
A total of 1,558 stars were awarded during its first sixteen months. Since then, an average of about two stars per month have been added. The first star awarded through an award ceremony was on February 9, 1960 and went to the motion picture actress Joanne Woodward.
By 1994, more than 2,000 of the original stars were filled, and additional stars were added extended the Walk west past Sycamore to La Brea Avenue.
In 1978, the city of Los Angeles designated the Walk of Fame as a Historic-Cultural Monument.
Read more about the stars themselves.