Ann Dvorak’s Los Angeles, Pt. 14: The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 273
Yesterday, my dear friend Darin treated me and my daughter to a matinee of the live Wizard of Oz at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. After the show, we could not help but make the quick trip over to Ann Dvorak’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located on the north side of the street, between Vine & Ivar.
I’ve been asked a few times if Ann was present for her dedication ceremony. The answer would be no – because there never was a celebration just for her. Ann was actually included in the inaugural 1,500+ stars that were laid between 1960/61. I’m not sure what Ann thought of the honor, though her mother, Anna Lehr, was impressed and made mention of her daughter’s “GOLD star” in a letter to a family member.
With a career spanning twenty years (forty-five, counting the three movies she made as a kid), and comprised of over fifty films, I think it’s safe to say that Ann deserves her place on Hollywood Blvd., next to the adult theater that boasts “100’s of beautiful girls and 3 ugly ones” (just how disappointed are tourists when they visit Hollywood?). Also, I am very relieved to not have to launch a campaign and raise $30,000 to get Ann a star.