The WGA was planning a placard parade in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater for next Tuesday morning but the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce had long planned a ceremony at 11:30 a.m.in front of the theater to install a star commemorating the Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz,” the remaining six of whom will be on hand as well as Judy Garland’s son, Joey Luft. When the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Vice-President of Media Relations, Ana Martinez Holler, learned of the guild’s parade plans at Grauman’s, she asked to meet with WGA leaders at the Hollywood Police Station on Wilcox Ave. today. She reports “They were very nice and they agreed, along with the Police and Fire Departments, to assemble the WGA around 1 p.m. on Vine St. and march West to Grauman’s,” by which time the Munchkins, their multi-colored wagons and the yellow brick road in front of Grauman’s will be gone.
A star on the Walk of Fame costs $25,000 but movie fan extraordinaire and Chicago theater owner Ted Bulthaup has spent over $100,000 on his campaign to secure the Star ceremony on Hollywood Blvd. and the preceding night’s premiere, as well as pay for the Munchkins’ attendance. In drumming up support for the Star, he was able to get letters of recommendation from Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harvey Weinstein, Ted Turner, Hugh Hefner, the AFI, NATO and studio representatives from WB, Universal, Sony and MGM.
P.S. Bulthaup is gung ho about the movie biz and says he plans to add three more theaters in Chicago.