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Beauty Break: Happy 90th Birthday to the Grauman's Chinese!

One of my favorite places in Hollywood turned 90 years old today. The Grauman's Chinese Theater, which often houses premieres and events, opened on this day in 1927, so its centennial is just ten years away. It's currently known as the TCL Theater and was called the Mann Theater before that but it's still popularly known as Grauman's. You can rename something as perks for modern corporations but sometimes the original name hangs around (as well as it should). Don't even get me started on beautiful Broadway theaters chucking their iconic stage giant names for "American Airlines Theater" or whatnot. DO NOT GET ME STARTED. 

The Grauman's most familiar pop culture aspect is its large collection of cement tiles out front bearing the handprints of movie stars from all eras. So it's time for a Beauty Break. Which of these ceremonies after the jump do you most wish you had been at? 

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell for Gentlemen Prefer BlondesJulie AndrewsSandra Bullock

Gloria Swanson

Oscar's most beloved costume designer Edith Head
YA cement handed mania with the casts of Hunger Games and TwilightShirley Maclaine and Jack Lemmon for Irma La Douce Mickey & Judy, the most popular teen stars of their dayour beloved Natalie WoodLiz & Rock for "Giant"

Dwayne Johnson

and we saved Meryl Streep for last!

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No Contest!!! Natalie Wood

May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterK

I think it's super cool that Edith Head got honored that way.

May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Natalie Wood. Always Natalie Wood.

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrady95

Marilyn and Jane, Meryl and Natalie. Is Jessica just standing somewhere with dirty hands?

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJono

Edith Head! OMG, was she the model for Edna Mode in The Incredibles?

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Pam -- yes, she was. well a mix of her and Linda Hunt I believe they said.

May 19, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R


Caity Weaver's article in GQ on Johnson is pretty great.

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Meryl Streep. Always.

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAAA

God the fact that the Hunger Games and Twilight casts get to be included in this group is so wrong.

Could Julie Andrews be any more adorable?

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

My feet are the same size as Warren Beatty!!! /hair pouf like "naturally curly hair" Frieda

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, no contest. I absolutely love that Edith Head is included, but how embarrassing that ciphers like Liam Hemsworth and Taylor Lautner have been immortalized this way. These are NOT movie stars/legends and do NOT belong here. (If the Star Wars prequels got Hayden Christensen in there, too, I may vomit.)

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

They're all cute, tbh. I mean it's a GREAT honor, how can you NOT be happy???
Though if I could choose, it'd for sure be Meryl and/or Marylin. Always.

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

Definitely Meryl. She exudes joy!

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

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