On the famous Los Angeles Chinese Theatre website, they boldly proclaim: “Harry Winston has their jewels and Calvin Klein has their clothes … but only the Chinese Theatre has their hand and footprints.” The theatre calls the area in front of their entrance the “Forecourt to the Stars,” and membership is very exclusive. The latest member added to the Forecourt is Emma Thompson, and she was incredibly moved by the honor.
She told the Associated Press: “It’s such a touching ceremony. It’s so eccentric and so local. I found it very moving because my father brought me here when I was very young. I think if someone had said one day your hands and feet will be here, I would have found it impossible to believe.”
Emma was so moved by the experience that she lost her balance as she was stepping out of the cement, and she landed on the red carpet in a fit of laughter.
The Chinese Theatre 1 of 7
Emma after the cement 2 of 7
Ever wondered how stars are selected to to be a part of the forecourt? Alwyn Kushner, who is the director of operations for the Chinese theatre, says, "Forecourt honorees are selected by a committee made up of the theater's executives who evaluate the impact someone has had on cinematic history and how they have contributed to cinema today."
Emma talked to press 3 of 7
According to Turner Classic Movies, "Sid Grauman stepped into wet cement as the theater was being built, unintentionally leaving his footprints behind." The first stars to put their hands in cement for the theatre were Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in 1927. They supposedly jumped right in after Sid Grauman!
Emma takes one small step 4 of 7
Emma had to have some back-up shoes nearby after the ceremony, as she reportedly tossed the shoes seen in these photos.
Emma keeps laughing 5 of 7
I love that Emma just laughed all the way through her tumble. She also gets points for landing in a way that didn't ruin her cement block!
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks at ceremony 6 of 7
Tom Hanks introduced Emma before the ceremony (and BEGGED Emma to please leave England and move to the US), and he was on hand to hold her up as she started to get emotional. Emma told the AP that her father took her to the Chinese Theatre when she was a young girl, and it would have been impossible to believe that one day her own handprints and footprints would become a part of the forecourt.
Emma’s prints in cement 7 of 7
This must be one of the coolest things for any performer to get to do! You can see a map of all of the stars in the Chinese Theatre forecourt and make a day of visiting your favorites the next time you find yourself in Hollywood.
All images, unless noted otherwise, are from PR Photos.
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