George A. Romero, Finally A Star on Hollywood
George A. Romer, Horror Veteran Finally Receives His Star
George A. Romero, long time horror veteran, finally receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And I’d have to say that it’s about time. Since 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead”, George A. Romero has become a well established great, a Master of Horror, releasing such titles as “Night of the Living Dead”, “The Crazies”, “Creepshow”, and “Monkey Shines”.
Biography & Filmography:
George A. Romero grew up in New York. After he graduated Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he began shooting short films and commercials. He and his friends formed Image Ten Productions, under which the instant classic “Night of the Living Dead” was made. This turned George A. Romero into an instant success with horror cinema, donning him a Master of Horror.
The 1960’s:Night of the Living Dead
The 1970’s: Hungry Wives, The Crazies, Martin, Dawn of the Dead
The 1980’s: Knightriders, Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Monkey Shines
The 1990’s: Two Evil Eyes, The Dark Half
The 2000’s: Bruiser, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead
[divider style=”solid” top=”20″ bottom=”20″]
The Process for Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
I’ve always wondered how does one get honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Come to find out, the process is tougher than I thought. The biggest part of the process is, unquestionably and non-negotiable, a hefty monetary donation. Half of this donation goes to the Hollywood Historic Trust, and the rest goes to the creation of the star. A previous campaign to get George A. Romero’s star failed to meet, primarily, all of the funds needed. According to an article on TIME, the process is as follows:
Produce something iconic:
Eligibility for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame requires at least five years as a performer. An expertise in what the Chamber deems as a core entertainment category.
Promise that you want one:
Celebrity must issue a written statement if interest in receiving a star. This applies if a petition is issued on their behalf.
All applications carry a $30,000 sponsorship fee. This is not difficult for accomplished celebrities.
Wow, the selection committee:
The committee compose of six members. These are the who’s who of Hollywood. Every June they convene to review, approve or deny applications.
Fight for the prime real estate:
For the most part, star placement isn’t controlled by the celebrities. Perhaps if a celebrity is big enough, they can have a final say on star location.
Throw a massive party:
Each star unveils under a grand ceremony with fans and celebrities in attendance
Remain on your best behavior:
Celebrities receive stars based on their career merit.
If I may say so myself, George A. Romero definitely meets criteria. Romero’s honorable induction is long overdue. Despite an unsuccessful campaign, 2016 is Romero’s year, thanks to many fundraising efforts. The big ceremony will take place in 2017.