What do Hollywood Boulevard and Times Square have in common? In the not so distant past they were seedy and meccas for the down and out. They have both been given a face-lift in recent years. Still, natives of both cities are unlikely to spend free time in either unless they have visitors in from out of town who want to see the sights.
Throughout good times and bad the Silver Four Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo statue has stood on the corner of La Brea and Hollywood Boulevard. The four ladies represent Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, Anna May Wong and Dolores Del Rio. The gazebo they flank is the start of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Not far from it the boulevard will be lit up and the red carpet rolled out outside the Kodak Theater Sunday night for the Academy Awards. The writer’s strike ended just in time for the show to go on.