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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: Tod Browning: For contributions to Cinema. Remembered by most for his early horror movies, Browning’s career covered a variety of genres over Silent movies and talkies, and he was able to recover twice from setbacks and tragedies which would have burrowed a lesser director. His early work as a circus entertainer influenced his later career, but he is most widely known for works such as Freaks, Dracula, and London After Midnight.
1890s: Oliver Hardy: For contributions to Cinema. One half of one of the most famous comedy duos of all time, portly Oliver Hardy appeared in countless movies, rapidly becoming one of the most sought after and recognizable stars in the early decades of Hollywood. He is remembered for works such as Babes In Toyland, The Flying Deuces, and Fluttering Hearts.
1900s: Helen Hayes: For contributions to Cinema, TV, Theatre, and Music. One of the few people in history to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award, Hayes worked for almost 80 years earning respect wherever she went and remaining generous to multiple charities throughout her life. She is remembered for works such as The Sin Of Madelon Claudet, Airport, and The Snoop Sisters.
1910s: Betty Grable: For contributions to Cinema. One of the earliest and most successful pinups, Grable was more than just a million dollar pair of legs, appearing in many hits such as Tin Pan Alley, How To Marry A Millionaire, and Springtime In The Rockies.
1920s: Angela Lansbury: For contributions to Cinema, Theatre, and Television. Lansbury will be known to readers of a certain age for a certain long-running TV show, but those with an eagle-eye will remember her for many award-winning and nominated performances in works such as Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate, Beauty And The Beast, and The Company Of Wolves.
1930s: Louis Malle: For contributions to Cinema. Known almost as much for his Academy Award winning documentaries as for his Academy Award nominated films, Malle was one of a small group who popularized French cinema throughout the world and went on to have a successful career in the US, with works such as Le Monde Du Silence, Lacombe Lucien, and Au Revoir Les Enfants.
1940s: Penelope Spheeris: For contributions to Cinema and Television. One of the only women in Hollywood to successfully move between TV, Documentary making, and film, Speeris roots her works in comedy, music, and people, and is known for The Decline Of Western Civilization, Wayne’s World, and Saturday Night Live.
1950s: Sogo Ishii: For contributions to Cinema. One of the original punk directors, and one of the first to tackle rebellious youth in Japan with authenticity, his hyperkinetic style extremely influential with later Japanese directors, Ishii is known for works such as Is Anyone Alive, Panic In High School, and Burst City.
1960s: Bryan Singer: For Contributions to Cinema and Television. Known for making the thinking man’s blockbuster, Singer deftly weaves between the drama and thriller genres and big budget comic adaptations, bringing action tension to his ‘smaller’ films and thought-provoking commentary to his ‘bigger’ ones, in works such as The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, and The X-Men Series.
1970s: Tori Spelling: For contributions to Television and Cinema. Although primarily known for her Television work, Spelling has had a number of well received film projects. Daughter of one of the most famous TV Producers of all time, Spelling has worked on Beverly Hills 90210, Trick, and Jake And The Never Land Pirates.
1980s: Katee Sackhoff: For contributions to Cinema and Television. Since the late 90s, Sackhoff has appeared on some of the most well-received Television shows of her generation, as well as appearing in a number of movies and videogames, such as Battlestar Galactica, Oculus, and Longmire.
1990s: Dakota Fanning: For contributions to Cinema and Television. Named by many as the pre-eminent child actor of her generation, Fanning has had a career that people in the business for many decades would be proud of, appearing in works such as War Of The Worlds, The Twilight Saga, and Coraline.
The X-Men Museum: In honour of Bryan Singer’s induction, this Museum is entirely dedicated to X-Men, featuring the opportunity to feel what it’s like to take on your favourite X-Men power.
The Battlestar Galactica Museum: In honour of Sackhoff’s induction, this museum cover both the original series and the remake, featuring sets from both series and the opportunity to engage in your own epic space battle.
Let us know which attractions based around the works of the people above you would like to see created in the comments section below!