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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: Florence La Badie: For contributions to Film. Almost no-one today would recognise the name, but for a while in the early days of silent cinema La Badie was an incredibly popular actress, appearing in close to 200 films. Her short life was tragically cut short before she reached 30, during her peak – it’s the sort of life that cries out for a Hollywood biopic and greater remembrance. Works include Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Cymbeline, and The Man Without A Country.
1890s: Mary Pickford: For contributions to Film and Theatre. Arguably the most important woman in cinema history, Pickford was one of the biggest stars of the Silent era and would later become an influential producer and businesswoman, co-founding United Artists and The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), while also kicking off the career of many other stars. Her works include Ben Hur, Coquette, and Cinderella.
1900s: David O Selznick: For contributions to Film and Television. One of the most successful Film Producers ever, Selznick had numerous hits and Oscar wins, and is remembered for bringing Hitchcock to the USA as well as making household names of countless performers in works suc has Gone With The Wind, Rebecca, and King Kong.
1910s: Desi Arnaz: For contributions to Film, Television, Theatre, and Music. Better known as Ricky Ricardo in his relationship with Lucille Ball, Arnaz was already an established figure in music and movies, though his greatest success would come on TV in the fifties. His works include Too Many Girls, I Love Lucy, and Bataan.
1920s: Julie Harris: For contributions to Film, Televsion, and Theatre: One of the few people in history to have been nominated for an Academy Award (didn’t win), a Tony (5 time winner), a Grammy (1 time winner), and an Emmy (3 time winner), Harris was one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation and is remembered for works such as Knot’s Landing, East Of Eden, and The Haunting.
1930s: Richard Donner: For contributions to Film and Television. Donner is a highly versatile director, making films of great success within the superhero, action, horror, and comedy genres, as well as being an accomplished comic book writer. His works include The Lethal Weapon Series, The Goonies, and Superman.
1940s: Fay Dunaway: For contributions to Film, Television, and Theatre. One of the few people to have won an Oscar (1 win), Golden Globe (3 wins), BAFTA (1 win), and Emmy (1 win), Dunaway beccame one of the faces to define the new wave of Hollywood in the late 1960s and appeared in a number of iconic films throughout the seventies before showing an interest in indie-level releases. She is know for works such as Bonnie And Clyde, Chinatown, and Network.
1950s: Cheryl Ladd: For contributions to Television and Music. Ladd came to Hollywood chasing a career in music and began picking up roles as the singing voice in TV series but quickly landed acting roles, leaving her singing career behind. She is known for works such as Josie And The Pussycats, Charlie’s Angels, and Las Vegas.
1960s: Vern Troyer: For contributions to Television and Film. Troyer has overcome adversity to become a readily recognizable and successful actor in a range of movies and shows including The Austin Powers series, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, and The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus.
1970s: Ashton Kutcher: For contributions to Television and Film. Kutcher is most famous for pranking celebrities in his hit reality show Punk’d, but has made an impact on a variety of other shows and movies including The Butterfly Effect, and That 70s Show.
1980s: Austin O’Brien: For contributions to Television and Film. O’Brien began his career in a number of successful movies before moving to the small screen in works such as Touched By An Angel, Last Action Hero, and My Girl 2.
1990s: Erin Sanders: For contributions to Television and Film. Although she has made a few appearances in indie films, it is on the small screen where she most frequently captivates audiences in works such as Zoey 101, Melissa and Joey, and Big Time Rush.
In addition to Stars and Monuments created for the performers above, the following attractions have been erected:
The Mary Pickford Women Of Early Cinema Museum: This museum is dedicated to all of the women who contributed to film in its earliest decades, and features memorabilia, artifacts, interviews, and an interactive timeline journey taking the visitor through the advent of film to the introduction of talkies and exploring the role of women in these years.
The Goonies Experience: A large indoor and outdoor complex encompassing swimming areas, waterslides, caverns, rides, and rollercoasters as well as a team-hunt game where you and your friends must outwit a band of crooks and deadly booby-traps to find One-Eyed Willy’s treasure. It brings together enhanced visions of various sets from The Goonies movie as well as additional attractions based on the film.
Which star above to you have most in common with, and which of their performances is your favourite? What sort of attraction can you imagine in honour of any of the people above? Let us know in the comments!