Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Unknown on the Walk of Fame: Vol. B, Part 1

The Walk of Fame is one of the most popular tourist attractions in fabulous Hollywood California. It is also one of the worst places to walk when it rains. The "stars" that decorate the street are very smooth on top and provide no traction. Good thing it rarely rains in Hollywood.

The stars are a pleasant and free tourist attraction. The length of the walk is actually quite long, but many people love to walk it from end to end. The walk was one of Elvis Presley's favorite attractions.

As part of an ongoing series, I am taking a look at the many names that grace the walk. Today we start the letter "b". I hope that you find some people who are unknown to you. Maybe now you will always remember them.

Lauren Bacall MP

Super-sexy screen siren in the 1940s, Bacall still acts today. She is perhaps best known for the film "Key Largo".
Jim Backus TV

This multi-talented actor played Mr. Howell on "Gilligan's Island" and was the voice of Mr. Magoo.
Kevin Bacon MP

Kevin is a successful film actor and the subject of the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." He received his star in September of 2003, I attended the ceremony.
Lloyd Bacon MP

Bacon was a vaudeville star that acted and directed films from 1915 to 1954. Among his many roles is Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp".
His last name is delicious.
King Baggot MP

King was an actor from the early days of film; he appeared in nearly 300 films, mostly in uncredited bit parts. In addition he wrote and directed several films.
He was not actually a king. I don't believe he was a baggot, either (but I have heard rumors.)
Jack Bailey Radio
Jack Bailey TV

The one time voice of Walt Disney's Goofy, Bailey is best known as host of the popular "Queen for a Day" program.
Pearl Bailey Rec

Pearl was a popular singer who starred on Broadway. She was also a favorite duet partner of Frank Sinatra.
Fay Bainter MP

An acclaimed film actress, Bainter made history in 1938 when she was nominated for two Academy Awards. She won Best Supporting actress for her role in "Jezebel" that year.
Anita Baker Rec

Popular singer of "Rapture" and "Giving You The Best That I Got".
Art Baker Radio

Art was the host of the popular radio show "People Are Funny".
Carroll Baker MP

Beautiful actress who was touted as "the next Marilyn Monroe" in the 1950s. Although she never reached the status of Monroe she was very successful, earning an Oscar nomination for the 1956 film "Baby Doll". Baker has acted occasionally over the past few decades, notably appearing in "Kindergarten Cop".
Kenny Baker Radio

Singer/actor who appeared on Jack Benny's radio show in the 1930s. He has the same name as the man who 'plays' R2D2 in "Star Wars".
Phil Baker Radio

Actor on radio's "The Fred Allen Show" and star of "The Phil Baker Show".
Lucille Ball MP
Lucille Ball TV

Best known for telling everyone that they loved her. Ball also appeared in many successful film roles.
Anne Bancroft TV

Successful actress and wife of Mel Brooks. She appeared on many TV shows and in TV movies over the years.

Coming soon, volume 2.

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