Whitney Died Without A Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Whitney Houston's passing sent shockwaves across the world which were followed by floods of conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated stories. one of the few facts though is just as shocking as her sudden death. Whitney Houston, who is one of the biggest stars of our lifetime, did not have a star on the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Find out why after the jump...

To put it simply; Whitney does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and it is her fault that she does not!

Prior to her passing I had no idea that she did not have a star on the famous sidewalk.

According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Houston was selected for a star in 1995, but a date was never requested by the singer’s representatives for a star-unveiling ceremony. 

The number one rule is with the allocation of these stars is that once selected, a star has five years to schedule their ceremony, so in 2000, Houston’s approved selection expired.

The honouree also has to attend the unveiling of his/her star in person and since 1968 all living honourees has to abide by this rule or forfeit their chance to have a star. 

The only recipient to date who has failed to appear after having agreed to do so was Barbra Streisand, in 1976. Her star was unveiled anyway.

Houston can still get a posthumous star, a representative for HCC told The Hollywood Reporter that she would have to be reinstated and approved by the five-person committee. On average, 20 to 24 stars are installed per year. 

Fun Fact: Muhammad Ali's star was granted after the committee decided that boxing could be considered a form of "live performance." His star is the first (and so far only) one to be installed on a vertical surface.

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