Kim Kardashian usually gets what she wants, but unless she can break out of reality television into real acting, she’ll never get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, according to the group that oversees the awards. Wanna bet?
Although inductees receive some fanfare when they are added to The Walk, it’s always been a bit of an inside joke, because it’s located in one of the seedier parts of Hollywood.
What’s more, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has whored out the stars for years for publicity purposes.
The 1.3-mile Walk runs east to west on Hollywood Blvd. from North Gower St. to North La Brea Ave. Part of the Walk shoots off on Marshfield Way diagonally between Hollywood and La Brea; another goes north to south on Vine St. between Yucca St. and Sunset Blvd.
It was created by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 1953 officially to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.” But it was also viewed as a marketing ploy to bring tourists to a part of Hollywood in rapid decline.
More than 1,500 stars were added when the Walk opened in the early ’60s, and then it kind of fell into disuse. The next star wasn’t added until eight years later, according to a history of the walk. But it’s doing its job; it draws an estimated 10 million visitors annually, according to one study.
Stars are awarded in five categories, film, television, music, radio and theater. But reality television, which isn’t supposed to involve acting, (otherwise it wouldn’t be real, right?) isn’t included. And, no plans exist to add it.
“Part of the criteria in being honored is receiving awards such as Emmy’s, SAG Awards, Oscars etc.,” a Chamber rep told The Hollywood Reporter. “They have to have a career in the business of acting for five years or more.”
With an eye on tourism, however, the Chamber has played fast and loose with the rules. Magic Johnson and Muhammad Ali, for example, have stars in the film category, even though they have no connection to the industry. So, who knows? Kim may have a shot.
She’d definitely be a tourism magnet. Hello, Chamber?
“I think there was a quote where somebody said that reality stars will never get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Karashian told V magazine. “So, of course I’m so competitive that I think that it would be a huge achievement and a goal that anyone would want. I would love to break that mold.”
Now if there were a Hollywood Walk of Shame, well, Kim could be a charter member.