Walk of Fame
Hennepin Theatre Trust is delighted to introduce Minnesota Proud's Walk of Fame, a new, ongoing initiative launched to coincide with the state's sesquicentennial and honoring Minnesotans who have earned national and international recognition in the entertainment and film/television industry. Individuals will be celebrated, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with an artist-designed, terrazzo plaque imbedded in the Hennepin Avenue sidewalk. John Simpson designed our Minnesota Proud Walk of Fame Star.
On Wednesday, August 11, 2009, Hennepin Theatre Trust installed the first three stars on the south side of Hennepin Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets. The first Minnesota-born celebrities honored with stars are: film/TV actor Marion Ross, best-known for her Emmy nominated work as Marion Cunningham on the "Happy Days" TV series, Tippi Hedren, the Alfred Hitchcock-favored actor who starred in "The Birds" and "Marnie," and Loni Anderson, best-known for her role as Jennifer on the "WKRP in Cincinnati" TV series.
2010 recipients include singer Bob Dylan and actor Vince Vaughn, who were honored with events in October and November 2010 and whose stars will be installed in the Hennepin Avenue sidewalk in spring 2011. Future honorees include James Arness, Judy Garland and Jessica Lange.
The Minnesota Proud Walk of Fame project is sponsored by Hennepin Theatre Trust with support from SONY and contributions provided by the Carlson Family Foundation, the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation, the Brenden Mann Foundation, Cindy O'Shaughnessy, John Oberstar and others.