CARY GRANT leaves his prints in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on July 16, 1951.
JACK LEMMON and SHIRLEY MACLAINE leaving their prints in the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on June 29, 1963. They costarred together in The Apartment (1960) and Irma la Douce (1963), both written and directed by Billy Wilder.
Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell leaving their hand and footprints in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in connection with their film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953.
It was a rare all-star occasion when GRAUMAN”S CHINESE THEATRE hosted imprint ceremonies for five of stars in one day: Rita Hayworth, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Henry Fonda and Edward G. Robinson, in connection with their film Tales from Manhattan (1942).
Behind-the-scenes: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre’s cement artist Jean Klossner, performed the footprint ceremonies from 1927-1957 and came to be known as “Mr. Footprint”. Klossner can be spotted in photos of almost every star ceremony, typically wearing his signature beret.
JOHN BARRYMORE, known as “The Great Profile” left one of the most unique imprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Sid Grauman told Barrymore they would imprint his cheek and artistically add the rest of his profile later. However, at the ceremony Grauman reached out and shoved Barrymore’s face into the cement.
Barrymore’s ceremony was on September 5, 1940. He died a year and half later, forever mortalized on the silver screen and the famed courtyard.
Vintage Matchbook Cover: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre