Posted by: Author | May 1, 2015

Friday Facts- May 1, 2015- Grauman’s Chinese Theater Footprints

This may or not be a fact since my research shows a couple of different origins for the tradition of foot and hand prints of stars  in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  I’ve always heard it was Norma Talmadge, a star of the silent movies in the 1920s. She accidentally stepped in the wet concrete when it was being poured in front of the building. As I was getting this post ready, I found other explanations but most of them were on wikipedia so, who knows, right?  Anyway, I think it’s cool.

When I was in LA, I went to the theater, of course, and got some pictures of these markings. It’s kind of interesting how small some people’s feet are.

Here are a few pictures from when I went (not the one of Norma, of course) – I DID think I got a few shots of women’s feet but I guess not.  LOL

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  1. Years ago. In fact, year and years ago, we went to the wax museum and I was surprised at how short a lot of the actors were. On screen they looked bigger than life. We’ve been to the forecourt of the theater and saw the imprints. Quite a scene I’m glad we had the opportunity to see it.

    • It’s pretty cool, isn’t it? AND you’re right about their sizes. I’ve seen some costumes that are TINY!!

  2. I didn’t realize they were still doing this! How neat!It was a big thing for a celebrity to have that honor when I was young.(And can anyone forget the rare two-parter on “I love Lucy” with John Wayne and his footprints from the theater?)

    • Lol. Yes, I remember.

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  3. Oooh, it’s fun checking all the hand and foot prints there. Glad you got to enjoy them. I’ve never known how it started. It makes sense that it started accidentally. Who would THINK of doing this? Lol.

    • Amen, not something that would normally be thought of as you pour nice, pristine concrete for the entry to your building, right?

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