Last week, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce rebuffed Kim Kardashian's comments that she'd one day like to be recognized for her talents as a reality star.
"She has not been nominated. She is a reality star. We don't do reality stars. She needs to get a real acting job then come to us," a rep for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce told Hollyscoop.
According to their own website, "anyone, including a fan, can nominate a celebrity as long as the celebrity or his/her management is in agreement with the nomination." If a celebrity is selected to receive a star they are then required to pay the Chamber of Commerce $30,000 -- used for the creation and installation of the star.
Though Kardashian believes it's just a matter of time until people come around to appreciating reality TV for the entertainment value it provides viewers, a rep for the Chamber of Commerce told The Hollywood Reporter that it's not just a matter of taste. Part of the criteria to be honored is that the recipient must have won awards such as an Emmy, SAG Award or an Oscar. Since Kim hasn't been nominated for a major award, she's not currently eligible, explained the rep.
The Chamber of Commerce told Kim to get a real acting job before she can expect a star, but there are a number of times the selection committee has bent the rules for people who didn't meet their specific criteria.
Here are some surprising, unusual and controversial recipients of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:
In 1978, Mickey Mouse became the first animated character to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. In the following years, other animated characters such as Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Woody Woodpecker, Snow White, Tinker Bell, Winnie-the-Pooh, Shrek, Rugrats, and the Simpsons have received stars as well.
Apollo 11 Crew
The Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldren and Michael Collins, were honored with four round Moon landing monuments at the corners of Hollywood and Vine. The committee recognized the men for their "contributions to the television industry."
Magic Johnson's basketball career didn't land him a star, but the committee added him to the motion picture category, based on his ownership of the Magic Johnson Theatre chain.
Thomas Edison is one of the nine inventors to nab a star on the Walk of Fame. As the inventor of the first film projector and other patents related to film technology, he has been honored for his contributions to Hollywood.
Muhammad Ali was granted a star on the Walk of Fame, after the committee decided that boxing could be considered a form of "live performance."
Charlie Chaplin is the only honoree to be selected twice for the same star on the Walk of Fame. The selection committee unanimously voted for him in 1956, but ultimately excluded him because of his questionable morals. Chaplin finally got his star in 1972, the same year he won an Oscar, but even then the Chamber of Commerce received angry letters from across the country protesting its decision to include him.
Lassie is just one of the fictional characters to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. Other fictional characters include The Munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz," Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, the entire Muppet cast, and Godzilla.
Rules require that all living recipients be present at their star's unveiling, and many have declined the star because of this condition. Barbara Streisand is the only recipient to still get a star even though she didn't show up for the unveiling.
Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
In 2004, 18-year-old twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were honored with a joint star outside of the Kodak Theater. They are the only twins to have a joint star.
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