Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate Johnny Depp receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 16th 1999.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce credits E.M. Stuart, its volunteer president in 1953, with the original idea for creating a Walk of Fame.
Stuart reportedly proposed the Walk as a means to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.”
In February 1956 a prototype was unveiled featuring a caricature of an example honoree (John Wayne, by some accounts) inside a blue star on a brown background.
Fifty nine years later, Johnny Depp was awarded star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
However in 1956, honorees were selected by committees representing the four major branches of the entertainment industry at that time: motion pictures, television, audio recording, and radio.
The committees met at the Brown Derby restaurant, and included such prominent names as Cecil B. DeMille, Samuel Goldwyn, Jesse L. Lasky, Walt Disney, Hal Roach, Mack Sennett, and Walter Lantz.
The Brown Derby restaurant after being sold in 1975 and renovated, the building was finally replaced in 1980 by a shopping center known as the Brown Derby Plaza. The domed structure was incorporated into the third floor of the building, and is currently vacant.
On screen, Depp is best known for his idiosyncratic portrayals of a string of true-life characters (including director Ed Wood, undercover FBI agent Donnie Brasco, author J.M. Barrie, gangster John Dillinger) as well as such fictional eccentrics as Edward Scissorhands, Don Juan, Ichabod Crane, Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, Willy Wonka, Sweeney Todd and the Mad Hatter.
Depp, who has been nominated for three lead actor Oscars and eight Golden Globes (one win for “Sweeney Todd”), has enjoyed an enduring relationship with visionary director Tim Burton, with whom he’s collaborated on seven films.
Johnny Depp received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 19, 1999. Tim Burton and Martin Landau were guest speakers.
As we remember one of Johnny Depp’s characters he played in your favorite movie, we embraced his fame the only way know how, with love and appreciation for such a great talent!
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