Christina Aguilera, Alan Menken get their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Singer and newly minted leading lady Christina Aguilera got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, just hours before hitting the premiere of her first film, "Burlesque," at Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Star No. 2,423 — in the recording category and in front of the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard — belongs to the five-time Grammy winner, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has four No. 1 songs to her name. Mom Shelley Kearns and brother Michael Kearns were there for the ceremony and posed for pics.
Composer Alan Menken picked up star No. 2,422 last week in the company of Mandy Moore and characters from the upcoming flick "Tangled," which he scored. His resume includes the scores for "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and "Pocahantas" for Disney, plus eight Oscars and 10 Grammys.
Also, catching up a bit, a time capsule was buried at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in late October, ahead of the Walk of Fame's 50th anniversary.
Among the items included: Oscar telecasts from 1960 and 2010 on DVDs; a 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards program, invite, Governors Ball ticket and menu; a replica of the Capitol Records tower; a flash drive with radio programs including one from Jim Ladd of KLOS 95.5 FM; "Wicked" and "The Lion King" Playbills from the Pantages; a "Casablanca" script; and an autographed picture of Joanne Woodward, the first person to get a star; and from sponsor L'Oreal, lipstick in the commemorative shade "Walk of Fame Pink #50."
One item that could be a lot of fun to see in 50 years? A list of 2010 Emmy Foundation interns — some of whom had better wind up industry players by then.
— Christie D'Zurilla
A new Times database puts readers on the sidewalks of Hollywood, using more than a century of archives to track the lives of the stars, including Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock and the late Dennis Hopper.
Top photo: Singer and actress Christina Aguilera poses after she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 15, 2010. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press
Right photo: Mandy Moore and characters from Disney's "Tangled" with honoree Alan Menken at his Walk of Fame star ceremony on Nov. 10, 2010, in Hollywood. Credit: Valerie Macon / Getty Images