Wanted: Honorary mayor

Wanted: Honorary mayor

HOLLYWOOD, March 18 (UPI) -- Hollywood's community leaders are on a talent hunt for a new honorary mayor since Johnny Grant died this year at the age of 84.

Hollywood's honorary mayor dead at 84

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood, has died of natural causes at his home at the age of 84.

Stars go away during Walk of Fame rehab

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Construction along Hollywood's famed Vine Street has forced dozens of stars -- Walk of Fame markers anyway -- to go into seclusion during the rehab project.

Judge Judy has Hollywood Walk of Fame star

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- New York's "Judge Judy" Sheindlin left the snowy Big Apple for the Los Angeles dedication of her star along Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Queen Latifah gets star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Grammy-winning-rapper-turned-Oscar-nominated-actress Queen Latifah Wednesday received the 2,298th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Walk of Fame loses Peck's star

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The star honoring film icon Gregory Peck has disappeared from Hollywood's hallowed Walk of Fame, it was reported Wednesday.

Disneyland to get Hollywood star

HOLLYWOOD, July 13 (UPI) -- Disneyland is poised to become the first corporation to get a star near the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Analysis: Oscars pump up Hollywood economy

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Academy Awards are more than an occasion for the film industry to strut its stuff on the world stage -- they also give Hollywood an opportunity to promote i
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood to honor Gene Autry

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Hollywood will name one of its historic intersections after legendary cowboy star Gene Autry, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday. Hollywood Historic Trust Chairman Johnny Grant said the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Av

Magic Johnson will lead Hollywood parade

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Basketball legend Magic Johnson will be the Grand Marshal of the 73rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Thursday.

Donald Duck gets Hollywood star at 70

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Walt Disney's eccentric superstar, Donald Duck, received the 2,257th star on Hollywood's famous Walk of Fame Monday, nearly 70 years after his "birth."

Hollywood to honor Britney Spears

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Britney Spears will be honored next Monday with the 2,242nd star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Comedian Spade to be honored

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Comedian David Spade will be honored with the 2,235th star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

John Singleton to get star on Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Director John Singleton will be honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next Tuesday in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Walk of Fame nominees released

HOLLYWOOD, June 19 (UPI) -- A new group of entertainers have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, walk chairman Johnny Grant announced Thursday.
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Johnny Grant
Honorary mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant returns to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel following a ceremony in this November 29, 2007 file photo. Grant, best known for his role in hosting Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies, died on January 9, 2008, according to local media. He was 84. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen/file photo)

Johnny Grant (May 9, 1923 – January 9, 2008) was an American radio personality and television producer who also served as the honorary mayor of Hollywood, in which capacity he was often present at Hollywood community functions, including the unveiling of new stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. An intersection just north of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue is designated "Johnny Grant Way".

Grant was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He made his show business debut on the radio in 1939 as a local newscaster there. According to publicity released by the third annual Hollywood Film Festival in 1999:

He received national recognition for his unprecedented coverage of North Carolina's Irby Holmes murder trial. Mr. Grant convinced the judge to allow him to stand in the courtroom doorway and broadcast live periodic reports of the progress in the trial. According to court and station officials, this was the first time that a live microphone had been allowed in a courtroom. The defendant, a part-time preacher, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He asked the judge for permission to preach a final sermon and was refused, but he was allowed to write his sermon and Mr. Grant delivered it on the air.

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