Some of the most famous stars honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame have monuments that are in desperate need of repair, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Stars in the worst condition include those honoring Cecil B. DeMille, Ginger Rogers, Neil Diamond, Lucille Ball and Billy Wilder,” the publication reports, estimating that about one-fifth of the more than 2,500 stars on the Walk are in some state of disrepair.
“Touching every era and genre of entertainment, the damage ranges from minor cracks (Charlie Chaplin, Aaron Spelling, Aretha Franklin) and broken brass inlays (Al Jolson, Chris Rock, Edith Head) to large gouges (Irving Thalberg, Myrna Loy, Paul Rudd),” THR reports.
THR talked with longtime Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler, who did not dispute THR’s findings.
The report adds that “the disrepair is hard to reconcile with the roughly $1 million in annual revenue that the chamber — which selects honorees and stages the ceremonies at which stars are bestowed — appears to generate from the Walk. Along with the two dozen or so new stars added annually, each of which comes with a $30,000 ‘donation,’ licensing fees — from key chains, shot glasses and T-shirts sold in local tchotchke shops — amount to ‘six figures’ annually, says Gubler.”