Fame at a price

Fame at a price

Posted April 14th, 2010 by debritz

News that Our Russell Crowe now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame should come as no surprise. What some people might find surprising, though, is the fact that it costs the star to enter this elite club. I'm not sure what it is now, but back in 2003, the price tag was US$15,000 - and some stars have refused to stump up the cash, or have refused acknowledgement for other reasons. According to this undated LA Times story, the list of stars who aren't represented on the Walk of Fame included Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Sean Connery, David Lean, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Leonard Dicaprio, Diane Keaton, Denzel Washington and Woody Allen. As this Fox News article points out, the Walk of Fame star ceremony is often used as a marketing exercise -- to coincide, for example with the release of a new album or movie. Crowe has a new film, Robin Hood, out soon.