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Hooray For Hollywood

USA | Monday, 8 July 2019 | Views [49]

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

HOLLYWOOD BECKONED AND WE COULDN’T RESIST — even though I admit I didn’t know half of the starred names on the Walk of Fame.  But first we had to stop at the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Gehry, you may recall — or maybe you don't — is the architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.  In my opinion he outdid himself in LA.  The curves, the open space, the reflections all combine to make a venue that old Walt would just love.

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  A Galaxy of Stars                            O, Captain My Captain

I was hesitant to ask how to get to Hollywood — "hire a good agent" and "sleep with the producer" were answers I would expect — so we just descended into the metro and took advantage of the 35¢ senior fares.  Less than a dozen stops later and, voilá, we were on Hollywood Boulevard amid a galaxy of stars.  There are 5 categories; film, tv, recording, radio and theater/live performance.  Bob Hope has 4 stars and Gene Autry is the only five-star recipient.  Several recipients are non-human like Bugs Bunny, Godzilla and Kermit the Frog and three are dogs.  Since they obviously didn’t sleep with the producer, they must have had exceptional agents.

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   A LA Landmark

The Hollywood Theater and Grauman’s Chinese are still big attractions despite new ownership.  The famous hand- and foot-prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, though a bit weather-worn, are still worth a look.

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  Paul and Joanne                             Roy Rogers...And Trigger, too

 

 

 

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