At all of 27 years old, last week Scarlett Johansson got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, cementing her place among Hollywood's immortal luminaries for as long as human beings still want to watch pretty people doing impossible things. In other words, she's permanent A-list, right?
Not exactly. For every Cary Grant or Mary Pickford with a star, there are five others you've probably never heard of. And yet there they are, their names emblazoned on a stretch of Hollywood sidewalk, vainly screaming their importance to the underside of tourists' Tevas. Will Scarlett be 2075's Irene Hervey? Or will her star become the same kind of mini-shrine as Marilyn Monroe's?
Before you answer, consider how much you know about the stars already there, from the obscure to the puzzling (you'd be surprised how many don't even belong to actual human beings). Or, better yet, take this quiz.
(Scroll down for answers and explanations.)
—Michael Y. Park is a writer living in New York City and
a regular contributor to Details.com.
- (C) Rod LaRocque was a silent-era leading man; Molly O'Day was a star of the Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy shorts; and the Dead End Kids made several films about New York City street kids in the 1930s, including Angels With Dirty Faces. Cat Dragon is a made-up name (though there is a star for radio composer Carmen Dragon, father of Daryl Dragon, aka the Captain of Captain and Tennille).
- (A) "Swanee" was an Al Jolson signature; "Makin' Whoopee" was Eddie Cantor's; and "Star Dust" was Hoagy Carmichael's. All three also have their own stars.
- (C) Maurice Costello was father to actresses Dolores (who married John Barrymore) and Helene. Lou Costello, who was born Lou Cristillo and unrelated to the silent-era acting family, adopted Helene's name when he came to New York to work in vaudeville in the early 1930s. He's best known as Bud Abbott's rotund comedic partner.
- (B) The LAPD star was given in 2006 in memory of seven police officers from the Hollywood Division who died in the line of duty from 1936 to 1994.
- (D) As always, Daffy Duck has reason to feel aggrieved—Bugs Bunny does have a star.