Gwyneth Paltrow's Walk of Fame star gets spell checked
December 11th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow's Walk of Fame star gets spell checked

You can’t say Tinseltown doesn’t learn from its mistakes – well, some of them, at least.

The folks at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce are determined to avoid a repeat of the “Julia Luis Dreyfus” episode from May, when her Walk of Fame star with that botched spelling of “Julia Louis-Dreyfus” was installed on Hollywood Boulevard. (Luckily, some eagle-eyed journalist spotted the goof, hours before the unveiling ceremony.)

Louis-Dreyfus laughed off the blunder with marvelous grace and good humor, and she and the Walk of Fame wound up receiving a week or more of publicity out of it, instead of the usual day’s worth.

But obviously, a second such mistake wouldn’t be nearly as funny, so the Chamber has adopted a simple procedure to guard against future errors. Before each name is committed to terrazzo, a worker snaps a photo, which is zipped off to the star’s reps for approval. Above is the snap of the nameplate for the oft-misspelled Gwyneth Paltrow, whose star is set to be unveiled Monday.

The new system should eliminate such problems. But as I walk to and from the CNN LA bureau in Hollywood, I’m going to keep my eyes peeled and my BlackBerry charged, just in case.

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  3. AlreadyInUse

    So the story is "name was spell-checked and turned out okay." Now that's a great story; should win an award.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Godsmack Rules

    Mike Carter you just might be right! I can see that money hungry, spotlight hog Sara Palin paying to get a star. Of course she will find some way for her brain dead zombie followers to pay for it for her.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ronnie

    Gwinny has some nice cuckamungas!

    December 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. papaw

    salah parin gonna git star two... someday reel soon two

    December 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. papaw

    estwood no git star on purposely

    December 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. papaw

    estwood dont git star cause he only pay 10.00

    December 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      You no (know) that you have no working knowledge of English. Perhaps if you post in your native tongue.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. papaw

    They pay for them. many dummys on hear tuday. they make em pay reel cash money for star. think it's like $20.00, maybe more sometime. but most time 20.00 or maybe 25.00

    December 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      Did you mean "here"? Perhaps prior to making disparaging remarks about others, you first glimpse in that mirror your mom bought you.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roland

    Only gay men fight girls.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      Yes, and you know better than anyone my friend. Still, in this day and age, it' okay that you are gay.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bean

    Who gives a tiny rat's ass?

    December 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Anyone can get a star with enough $$$. I mean ffs Jim Gray that annoying sports reporter has his own star.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Roland

    Don't be hard on her.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. the incredible edible leg

    best paltrow movie: shallow hal.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    Good thing about these stars on the sidewalk is that you can spit on them.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Erick S

    The person who wrote the article above, spelled "Louis-Dreyfus" laughed off", is it Louis or is it Luis? or was it spelled Louis on purposely?
    I think it was a mistake

    December 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. dj

    Thats not ironic shaunathan,its just unfortunate...

    December 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  18. candice

    Eastwood certainly deserves a star, but if it is true about having to buy your own star, maybe he chooses to let his work speak for itself. I can respect that.
    Also, they DID NOT misspell GP's name. They were simply stating that due to the mistake made with JLD, they now verify all names to avoid the same problem.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Masta D. Luffy

    @Kevin: I can assure you that her name is NOT Gwyneth Paltrow. Or Gywneth Paltrow for that matter. 🙂

    December 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Masa D. Luffy

    I think I'd have enough of a sense of humor to leave the name spelled incorrectly.

    Masta D. Luffy makes me sound like a Hip Hop artist.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Kevin

    Who is the worker holding Gwyneth's name? I demand to know. He deserves his 15

    Thanks, in advance, for giving this hardworking American his due!

    December 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. RealAmerican

    Why doesn't CLINT EASTWOOD have a star yet? He has contributed much more to Hollywood and movie-goers than hundreds of others who have a star. He DESERVES one ... much more than some others out there.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Now we know why they misspelled "Julia Louis-Dreyfus". That's Luis in the picture!

    December 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  24. SKR

    As has been pointed out, any celebrity with enough $$$ can buy a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It's not an honor, it's a purchase. Billy Vera and the Beaters have one. I think the cost is $150,000.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Val Racuso

      The Cost is currently $30,000.


      January 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  25. huh?

    Hey YOUBRO, "retarded" and "gay wad" are politically incorrect. Also, you should lose the caps, it's almost as annoying as the content of your post.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. huh?

    Gwyneth who?

    December 13, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  27. YOUBRO


    December 13, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  28. Rudiger

    I am quite certain that is NOT Gwyneth Paltrow...

    December 13, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  29. kevin cassidy

    GWYNETH doesn't deserve a star.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  30. JB

    I don't get it...I Googled the spelling in 2 seconds and found every article spelled the same way...wouldn't that suggest it is easy to get it right the first time? Do they really need to email the publicist to get that info?

    December 13, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  31. Rojas

    Look at the expression and emotion of that work... I must cast him in my musical. He's going to be the next big star.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  32. christine

    I cannot believe the terrible grammar in the majority of the comments on this article. Who educated these people?? (Or didn't!)

    December 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  33. Shaunathan

    And the late, great Warren Zevon- who did more to musically chronicle the Hollywood lifestyle than any other L.A. musician- still doesn't have a WOF star. Irony.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  34. Howard

    There are so many B, C, & D list names on the Walk of Fame(?), that I'm tempted to think that someone's name is deatured when that someone puts up the cash to make it happen. Just like most of the Who's Who books.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  35. IR

    Did you really just mis-spell her name again? "Louis-Dreyfus laughed off the blunder.... "

    December 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  36. laurie

    Is this cnn or entertainment tonight? Real news would be nice on occassion cnn!

    December 13, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  37. oh please

    THIS is news?


    what happened to you ?

    December 13, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  38. dyslexic

    am i reading it wrong...whats wrong with the spelling???

    and she is one of the more pretty actresses in hollywood..there aren't gosh they think angelina jolie is the hottest thing....gag me with dog vomit...

    December 13, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  39. mike carter

    Any ass who pays enough can get a star. It's meaningless. Coming soon to a sidewalk near you – the Sarah Palin star !

    December 13, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  40. Devara

    She was pretty good in Seven, but that's all I remember her in. I'm not sure why she' s considered famous now, other than she named her Banana or some damn thing.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  41. MD

    WOW, this is BIG news! Please keep us posted.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  42. Jen

    I like Gwyneth! To each his own...

    December 13, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  43. jlm

    Its so funny to me sit and read these emails. who are any of us to say she doesnt deserve the star. and even funnier is these people saying who cares well apparently YOU CARE or you wouldnt have even wrote your email. I say congratulations Gwyneth. you deserve it! ;D

    December 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  44. MochaChoca

    The celebrities themselves pay to have a star. It's not some "selective achievement."

    December 13, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  45. debbie SW

    who really cares about if she is a gd actor or not if she wants to pay for it if thats what she did oh well and to every1 else out there really !! who cares !!!

    December 13, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Cathode Ray

      I would like to flag this post and "Report Abuse" of the English language.

      December 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  46. jsbaby13

    I believe she deserves the star

    December 13, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  47. Stephen

    To each their own opinion, but I have this sneaking feeling some people think Gwyneth doesn't deserve attention for her acting but that people like Melanie Griffith, Rob Schneider, and Steve Austin do. And both you and I have proven it's easy to insult someone from the relative anonymity of the Internet. Those who can, act; those who can't, critique.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  48. Muse

    Why would that bum get a star?

    December 13, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      She has an Oscar for best actress, I think that automatically elevates you above "bum" status.

      December 13, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • The Dark Passenger

      That "bum" has a nice bum.

      December 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  49. doris

    shes a good actress. i remember the movie "hush" which i thought she was good in. and now she sings. haters please take a chill. shes probably getting a star mainly because both parents are well respected in hollywood. 🙂

    December 13, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  50. ericav

    The celebrity actually have to pay for their stars. So they're not that big of an honor. They usually do it when there is a big project to promote. The hand and footprint squares are more prestigious.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  51. D

    She's not that great...why she getting a star?

    December 12, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • yes

      Actually you incorrectly say a person can "oft misspell" but the article correctly states that a word/name could BE "oft-misspelled".

      December 13, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  52. concordantmind

    People "oft misspell" Gwyneth Paltrow? Hmmmm...

    December 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ellen P.

    Thank God for those eagle-eyed journalists.

    December 12, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |

      why do I get the feeling the "eagle-eyed journalist" was the dude who wrote this?

      December 13, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  54. spell checker

    Apparently, Anna S should use spell check also. Hilarious blunder for this article... hmmmm... could that be her intention?? Maybe I should've thougt about that... eh... oh well, it's doubtful! 😉

    December 12, 2010 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  55. Anna Sorenson

    weak up Hollywood,,thay are great stars that still dont have the star on walk of fame,,

    December 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      What does "thay" mean? It's not in the dictionary.

      December 13, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • bett

      I'm still trying to figure out what "weak up" means.

      These stars are meaningless...heck, even Ryan Seacrest has one.

      December 13, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr E

      Yeah Hollywood, "WEAK UP" Ironic...

      December 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  56. alumette

    I guess everybody in Hollywood gets a star. The good, the bad and the ugly. Do they have enough sidewalks ?

    December 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |

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