When you’ve reached the point of dedicating the 2,419th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it becomes challenging PR-wise to come up with something that hasn’t been done before. But late this morning, in the shadow of The W Hotel and the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce did just that with its first triple dedication of Stars to Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd and the couple’s daughter, Laura Dern.
“Citizens of Hollywood, I love Laura Dern!” exclaimed the actress’ Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Inland Empire director David Lynch(pictured), sounding very much like a 1930’s era newsman. On behalf of Laura’s dad, director Joe Dante suggested, “If there’s ever an actor who has paid his dues, it’s Bruce Dern.” Ladd meanwhile gave a typically rousing, firebrand speech, deeming Laura a “miracle child.”
East to west, the side-by-side stars display the names of Ladd, Laura and Bruce. The hipness factor of the celebrities in attendance was highly unusual for such an event, though it certainly helped in this case to have three times the usual drawing power.
Actor Mark Ruffalo, also speaking on behalf of Laura, said the ceremony was akin to a religious experience for him as an actor, because “what we have here is the Holy Trinity… The father, the daughter and the Holy Spirit.” Other recognizable faces in attendance included Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Valerie Harper, Bruce Davison and Connie Stephens.
Walk of Fame ceremonies are usually timed to coincide with some sort of imminent release, and in this case the repeatedly mentioned beneficiary was HBO, producer of Bruce’s recently canceled Big Love series and a new one co-starring Laura and Diane called Enlightened. Today’s familial honorees also separately thanked Laura’s husband Ben Harper for coming up with the idea of simultaneously honoring the different members of an acting family.