The Hollywood Walk of Fame serves as an entertainment hall of fame for achievement in theater, the movies, radio, recording, and TV. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a much sought-after accolade along with others such as an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, or a Golden Globe award.
It was designed by Southern Californian artist Oliver Weismuller, who was hired by the city in 1953 to give Hollywood a "face lift" and the Hollywood Walk of Fame represented one of a number of improvements the city undertook at the time.
The sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street is embedded with more than 2,500 five-pointed stars featuring the names of not only human celebrities but also fictional characters honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry. The Walk of Fame is maintained by the Hollywood Historic Trust which is a self-funding organization.
The location of each specific star is permanent and is available for viewing except when occasionally relocated for repair or to prevent damage due to nearby construction. On rare occasions, stars have been permanently relocated due to the change in the flow of the sidewalk.