Did you say “fame” or “shame”?

On Tuesday, Donald Trump got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but rather than waste this space on a picture of him, I’d like to dedicate it to one of the real stars also selected for 2007:

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No, not Miss Piggy. Sure, it’s an ancient picture of Lily Tomlin, but it’s a decent excuse to feature the Muppets, whom I also adore.

Many articles about Trump’s star are pointing out that Rosie O’Donnell doesn’t have one, but I noticed that Barbara Walters will be getting hers this year (so there!).

Other women who will receive stars this year: Mariah Carey, Crystal Gayle, Shania Twain, Leann Rimes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Lauren Shuler Donner (a film producer — yeah, I hadn’t heard of her either).

What many people don’t realize is that those stars are not only hard to come by (the nomination procedures make applying to college look like something Britney could do), they’re expensive. You, or the people who nominate you, have to pony up $15,000! The money goes toward “the creation and installation of the star, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame.”

Let me say something about so-called maintenance. I used to work on Hollywood Blvd. (in an office, people!) and those stars that adorn the sidewalks all too often are themselves adorned with discarded chewing gum and human pee. Not so glamorous, eh?

If you live nearby or are going to be in the area, check the dedication ceremony calendar so you can pop over if someone interesting is on the slate. I once went to gawk at Penny Marshall and found a whole constellation of TV/movie stars present.

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Just think who might be there for Mariah Carey.

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