About the Stars

Each star that is awarded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame consists of a pink terrazzo five-pointed star rimmed with bronze and inlaid into a three-foot charcoal square. Inside the pink star is the name of the honoree inlaid in bronze, below which is a round bronze emblem indicating the category for which the honoree received the star.

The emblems for each category are:

  • Motion picture camera for contribution to the film industry
  • Television set for contribution to the broadcast television industry
  • Phonograph record for contribution to the recording industry
  • Radio microphone for contribution to the broadcast radio industry
  • Twin comedy/tragedy masks for contribution to live theater

In recent years, there have been exceptions to these categories. Disneyland's star has an emblem of a building, the Los Angeles Police Department star has an LAPD officer’s badge, honorary mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant's star depicts the Great Seal of Hollywood, and former Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley has a star depicting the seal of the city of Los Angeles.

Departing from the traditional star, the crew of the Apollo XI mission, who were the first to set foot on the moon, are named in four identical moons (instead of stars) at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine although these were placed into the Television category due to the broadcasts from the moon.

Although there are new stars added at about the rate of two per month, there are approximately 2330 stars that have been awarded and approximately 476 that remain blank.

Read more about the star categories.