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Evans to star on Walk of Fame

Legendary producer honored in Hollywood

Paramount legend Robert Evans, who steered such celebrated pics as “The Godfather” and “Marathon Man,” joined ex-wife Ali McGraw and son Josh last Thursday upon receiving a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Evans began his career as an actor in the 1950s. After starring in such films as “Man of A Thousand Faces” and “The Sun Also Rises,” he gave up acting and became a producer. In a short time, Evans was head of production at Paramount Pictures. As a producer, he has worked with many remarkable filmmakers, including recent Palme d’Or winner Roman Polanski, Robert Altman, William Friedkin, Francis Ford Coppola, and John Frankenheimer.

Evans winged in to Hollywood after a documentary about him, “The Kid Stays In The Picture,” screened at Cannes. Pic is based on autobiography of the same name that details Evans’ “rise, fall, and rise again” in Hollywood.

Despite such artistic highs as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown,” his career has long been dogged with debate over how much credit he deserves for his work. Celebration certainly comes as vindication for Evans and his oeuvre.