What’s in a name?
Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a big deal… but it’s an even bigger deal when your name gets misspelled.
Fortunately, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an incredibly good sport and laughed off the entire star snafu, in which her name was spelled “Julia Luis Dreyfus” on the star, which was unveiled to a crowd Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard, right in front of the W Hotel and across the street from the Pantages Theatre.
The spelling error was first noticed by CNN producer David Daniel, who alerted the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee. While there wasn’t enough time to create a new star for the ceremony, a temporary fix was initiated in the meantime, and Louis-Dreyfus was allegedly able to keep the “Luis” as a souvenir of Julia Louis-Dreyfus Day in Hollywood.
It’s only the second time in the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s history that a star recipient’s name has been spelled incorrectly; the last time was 15 years ago when Dick Van Dyke got his star on the famed boulevard. (No word on how they spelled that one.)
The ceremony for the ‘New Adventures of Old Christine‘ star–which was attended by creator Kari Lizer, the cast and crew of her CBS show, Jason Alexander, and Eric McCormack–got underway with a few words from Warner Bros. Chairman Alan Horn, who then turned the microphone over to ‘Seinfeld‘ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm‘ creator Larry David, who offered a heartfelt and hysterical introduction.
In typical Larry David fashion, David, who gave Louis-Dreyfus her big break on ‘Seinfeld,’ poked fun at the whole notion of the Walk of Fame stars: “I saw a homeless man urinating on Clark Gable,” he joked.
But he was more serious about Louis-Dreyfus’ many accomplishments, including her environmental activism and her love of family, as well as her talents as an actor. “Writing for her was like passing a ball to Michael Jordan,” said David. “You never knew what she was going to do… but it was going to be unpredictable.”
David himself vowed to drive over to Hollywood Boulevard to keep watch day and night over the square of sidewalk containing Louis-Dreyfus’ star and prevent any “contaminants or pollutants” from ruining her star.
Taking to the makeshift podium, Louis-Dreyfus said it was “surreal” that she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and joked that in high school she was voted “most likely to end up on Hollywood and Vine.”
The actress got choked up thanking Larry David for giving her her big break on ‘Seinfeld,’ and referred to the “dark and vivid” days they shared together on the NBC sitcom.
But, just as with the misspelling, Louis-Dreyfus handled everything with her trademark charm and humor.
“I hope to live in a country where one day everyone can have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” said Louis-Dreyfus accepting the honor. “But if that day never comes, I got mine!”
Plus, it’s spelled correctly now, at least.