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In this new series of posts I’ll be selecting a Star at random from every decade (who was born in that decade) starting from the 1880s up until the 1990s to be interred in this land of magic and wonder, who will for ever more see their name set in stone far beyond the places where Gods dare to tread. Each name will have a unique star placed and statue built-in their honour. Often accompanying these additions will be news of a new store or museum to go alongside those stars whose work is of particular genius, and you too can visit and see the place of your dreams, simply by closing your eyes….
1880s: Bela Lugosi. For contributions to cinema. One of a handful of early horror icons, and a name that resonates today even though his first appearance was in 1917. Eternally remembered as one of the first and most charismatic Draculas, Lugosi’s other work includes The Black Cat, Ninotchka, and The Body Snatcher.
1890s: Frank Capra. For contributions to cinema.One of the greatest directors in Hollywood history, Capra’s life began in rural Italy, before he emigrated to the US where he fought in two World Wars and wrote, directed, and produced some of the most successful movies of the 20th Century, including It’s A Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes To Washington, and Lost Horizon.
1900s: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. For contributions to cinema. Following a successful career as both a screenwriter and producer, Mankiewicz began making his own movies which he would be most fondly remembered for, with works including All About Eve, Guys And Dolls, and Cleopatra.
1910s: Roald Dahl. For contributions to cinema and Literature. Perennial favourite of imaginative children, and one of the major forces schools have used for decades to entice children into the joys of reading and writing, Dahl’s long and varied career saw him as a screenwriter, Wing Commander in WWII, poet, and novelist for kids and adults alike. Contributions to film include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, You Only Live Twice, and Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.
1920s: Robert Hardy. For contributions to Cinema and TV. Starting his acting career in the 50s, Hardy has moved seamlessly between Theatre, TV, and Cinema earning a CBE in the process, with works including The Harry Potter Series, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, and Sense And Sensibility.
1930s: Tom Baker. For contributions to cinema and TV. Famous primarily for being the longest running Doctor (with iconic scarf and hat), Baker has been a monk, in the Medical Corps, in the Navy, as well as a writer and voice and theatre actor. Works include Doctor Who, The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, and The Vault Of Horror.
1940s: Chevy Chase. For contributions to cinema and TV. One of few comedians who has successfully navigated stage, TV and cinema to become a household name for each platform, Chase has appeared in works such as Saturday Night Live, National Lampoon’s Series, and Fletch.
1950s: Bill Pullman. For contributions to cinema and TV. Everyman US actor Bill Pullman has appeared in a variety of genres, from horror to comedy, from drama to sci-fi blockbuster, with works including Independence Day, Torchwood, and Lost Highway.
1960s: Nancy Travis. For contributions to cinema and TV. With smokey eyes and massive smile Travis risked being typecast, but thanks to a number of strong performances she has maintained a long and varied career, in works such as Three Men And A Baby, Duckman, and The Vanishing.
1970s: Gabrielle Anwar. For contributions to cinema and TV. Starting out as a child actress on British TV, Anwar carved out a Hollywood movie career before returning to the small screen to great success, starring in such works as Body Snatchers, Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, and Burn Notice.
1980s: Hayden Panettiere. For contributions to cinema and TV. Singer, voice and screen actress, model, Panettiere has made waves on a variety of platforms thanks to memorable performances in works such as Heroes, Nashville, and Scream 4.
1990s: Abigail Breslin. For contributions to cinema. Another up and comer in Hollywood, Breslin has already impressed (and been nominated for an Academy Award) with her range in works such as Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland, and Signs.
In addition to a host of other attractions, this weeks sees the addition of:
The Griswold Christmas Exhibition, in honour of Chevy Chase, and as voted for by the esteemed writer over at http://established82.com/, this exhibition is closed 365 days a year, features a real not-working 6ft festive tree, and a carol singing SWAT team for your viewing pleasure.
In honour of the induction of Bill Pullman, a full size recreation of the mothership from Independence Day has landed and can be boarded and explored, with over 500 guest rooms if you choose to say overnight. Please note that all wireless devices must be turned off during your stay.
And finally, due to popular, demand two conjoined Chocolate factories have been built in honour of Roald Dahl’s famous novel. Visit the gift shop and stock up on your favourite Wonka creations, play paintball against a team of Oompa Loompas, or take a pleasant boat ride through our rambling chocolate river!
Which star are you happy to see being inducted, and what in your wildest would you like to see being built? Remember, in The Spac Hole, there are no limitations!