From Skywalker to the Walk of Fame!
On Thursday, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill was announced among the Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2018.
The 34 inductees come from the movies, music, radio, TV and theater. According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame, 300 names are submitted annually.
Joining Hamill from the world of film are The Hunger Games and X-Men franchise star Jennifer Lawrence and Zoe Saldana of Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy. Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, and Nick Nolte will also be given stars.
From television, The X-Files Gillian Anderson and small screen Wonder Woman Lynda Carter will be honored, along with Anthony Anderson, Simon Cowell, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin, Shonda Rhimes and RuPaul.
Inductees from music, radio and theater include Charles Aznavour, Mary J. Blige, Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Steve Jones, Harry Connick, Jr., Snoop Dogg, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ice T, Carrie Underwood and “Weird” Al Yankovic.
Bernie Mac and “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin will receive posthumous honors.
Hamill tweeted he was “speechless” by the announcement. His Star Wars costar Harrison Ford was inducted in 2003, but sadly the late Carrie Fisher has not yet been (her parents Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds both have stars).
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Al Yankovic were actually dining together when they found out the good news.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 22, 2017
“The craziest part of all this was I WAS HAVING LUNCH WITH @alyankovic WHEN SOMEONE TOLD US WE’D BOTH BE GETTING STARS. FOR REAL,” the Hamilton creator wrote.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race creator thanked Sweet Cheeses in her tweet:
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) June 22, 2017
While Irwin’s daughter Bindi posted a touching tribute:
Beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. pic.twitter.com/gjA0DrvVKG
— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) June 22, 2017
Dates for next year’s Walk of Fame ceremonies will be announced later, but usually tied to an inducteee’s latest project.
Congrats to all!