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Hollywood welcoming Earl Scruggs, Kermit

The Associated Press
Saturday June 22, 2002

LOS ANGELES — Martin Scorsese, Etta James, Kevin Bacon, Susan Sarandon, Carmen Zapata and Kermit the Frog are among entertainers who will be enshrined in the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. 

“This year’s honorees met all the criteria in longevity, professional achievement and contributions to the community,” said Johnny Grant, chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. 

The 2003 Walk of Fame recipients in the film category included Bacon, Robert Duvall, Sarandon and Scorsese. Television honorees included Beau Bridges, Drew Carey, Kermit, Larry McCormick, the Osmond Family, Isabel Sanford and Suzanne Somers. 

Michael Bolton, James, Carole King, Israel Lopez “Cachao” and Earl Scruggs will be honored in the recording category and live theater performers included Betty Garrett, Doris Roberts and Zapata. Los Angeles radio personality Gil Stratton was selected in the radio category. 

Posthumous stars will be dedicated in honor of Gilda Radner, for television, and Richard Rodgers, for live theater. 

“We are especially proud of the criteria that the nominees have made significant contributions to the community. We take that requirement very seriously when choosing a star,” Grant said. 

Recipients were chosen from hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held June 14 and ratified by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.