6 Misspellings on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Sharon Graphics, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

When the new batch of Hollywood Walk of Fame recipients receives their stars, they'd better double-check for typos. Though spelling errors happen to the best of us, most of ours aren't quite as high-profile as the errors on the stars that make up the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The next time you're playing tourist in L.A., be sure to look down at your feet to catch a few of these—three of them have never been corrected.

1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Julia Louis-Dreyfus's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Seinfeld and Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was honored with a star in 2010—but was surprised to find that the star actually honored Julia Luis-Dreyfus. It was hastily repaired in time for the ceremony, but has since been properly fixed. "The misspelling was so perfectly apt, a great metaphor for show business," Louis-Dreyfus said after the ceremony. "Right when you think you've made it, you get knocked down. It's an ideal metaphor for how this business works."

2. Merian C. Cooper

Merian C. Cooper star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Merian C. Cooper's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Merian C. Cooper had a long career in Hollywood, from serving as the head of production for RKO Pictures to collaborating with John Ford on a series of Westerns in the 1950s. But one of his most important contributions was creating, writing, and producing King Kong (1933). Cooper was alive and in his 60s when he was inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960—as Meriam C. Cooper—so it's especially strange that this typo has never been fixed.

3. Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Dick Van Dyke's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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When legendary actor, singer, and musician Dick Van Dyke got his star on the Walk of Fame in 1993, he needed some space—literally. His surname should be spelled with a space between Van and Dyke, but it was represented as a single word (Vandyke) on the star. As you might expect, Van Dyke had a good sense of humor about it: Hollywood's honorary mayor, Johnny Grant, handed him a pen, and Van Dyke drew a vertical line to separate the words. The star has since been fixed.

4. Mauritz Stiller

Director Mauritz Stiller's pioneering accomplishments in the Swedish film industry prompted Louis B. Mayer at MGM Studios to invite him to work on some films. Stiller agreed—on the condition that he could bring his favorite budding starlet with him. Though the director only lasted a couple of years in L.A., his protégé, who later changed her name to Greta Garbo, stuck around for a while.

When Stiller's star was added to the Walk of Fame in 1960 as one of the original 1550 stars installed, he fell victim to a bit of miscommunication. "I guess someone in the office took his name over the phone back then and Mauritz Stiller sounded like Maurice Diller," Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president Bill Welsh explained in 1988—which is exactly how it was spelled on the star. The mistake went uncorrected for 28 years, but was finally fixed prior to a visit by the king and queen of Sweden.

5. Lotte Lehmann

Lotte Lehmann star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Lotte Lehmann's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Charlotte "Lotte" Lehmann also has a misspelled star that has never been corrected. The German soprano was an international opera star who brought her talents to the United States in 1938. After she retired from singing professionally, Lehmann taught at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara for years, eventually heading up the vocal department. Like Merian C. Cooper, Lehmann was alive and well at the time of her induction, and likely aware that her name had been misspelled as Lottie (even though stars weren't required to attend the ceremony until 1968).

6. August Lumière

The Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, pioneered an early motion picture machine called the Cinématographe. Though Edison's Kinetoscope had appeared on the scene a few years earlier, it was only capable of showing one movie to one person. The Lumière brothers' invention allowed many people to watch at once. With such an important contribution to the industry, you'd think the powers that be would have taken great pains to spell everything correctly when honoring the brothers on the Walk of Fame in 1960. But Auguste's name was missing the e. Then again, Auguste and Louis probably would have been surprised to know they made the Hollywood Walk of Fame at all; by 1905, they had retired from the movie industry and had moved on to photography.

Honorable Mention: Sylvester Stallone at Mann's Chinese Theater

When Sylvester Stallone immortalized his handprints at Mann's Chinese Theater in 1983, he didn't have to worry about dotting any is, but he did forget to cross one of his ts. The action star forgot to cross the t in his last name when he signed the wet cement. Workers later finished it for him.

HBO Is Offering Nearly 500 Hours of Free Content, From The Sopranos to Succession

Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun talk business and omelettes in Succession.
Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun talk business and omelettes in Succession.
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If shelter-in-place orders have you burning through your streaming service selections, HBO might be able to help. The premium network has just announced nearly 500 hours of content will be made available for free beginning Friday, April 3. In a press release, the channel said that content would be unlocked via HBO NOW and HBO GO without a subscription. Viewers can expect a mix of HBO’s original series as well as documentaries and catalog movie titles. For original series, viewers can select these nine shows:

  1. Ballers
  2. Barry
  3. Silicon Valley
  4. Six Feet Under
  5. The Sopranos
  6. Succession
  7. True Blood
  8. Veep
  9. The Wire

Documentary and Docuseries titles include:

  1. The Apollo
  2. The Case Against Adnan Syed
  3. Elvis Presley: The Searcher
  4. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
  5. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
  6. Jane Fonda in Five Acts
  7. McMillion$
  8. True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
  9. United Skates
  10. We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest

Movies are from the Warner Bros. library and, unlike The Sopranos, are mostly family-friendly. They include:

  1. Arthur
  2. Arthur 2: On the Rocks
  3. Blinded By the Light
  4. The Bridges of Madison County
  5. Crazy, Stupid, Love
  6. Empire of the Sun
  7. Forget Paris
  8. Happy Feet Two
  9. Isn't It Romantic?
  10. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  11. Midnight Special
  12. My Dog Skip
  13. Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
  14. Pan
  15. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
  16. Red Riding Hood
  17. Smallfoot
  18. Storks
  19. Sucker Punch
  20. Unknown Title To Be Announced

The shows can be viewed directly without a sign-in on the HBO GO and HBO NOW websites or via their apps. (The services are nearly identical, but HBO GO is typically included with a cable subscription; HBO NOW is a standalone streaming service.) If you’d like to sample the full range of HBO series like Game of Thrones, The Outsider, or Curb Your Enthusiasm, the channel is offering a seven-day free trial.

According to the press release, the programming will be available to watch without subscribing through the end of April.

Which Fictional Character Are You? This Online Quiz Might Give You an Eerily Accurate Answer

Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is the unofficial king of witty side comments. Are you, too?
Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is the unofficial king of witty side comments. Are you, too?
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While watching a TV show or movie, you might find yourself trying to draw parallels between you and a certain character you’d want to be. If you’re like many viewers, it’s probably one of the heroic ones—the handsome private investigator with a tortured past and an unerring moral compass or the fearless queen who builds her kingdom from nothing and defends it to the death, etc.

But which character would you actually be? Openpsychometrics.org, a site that develops personality tests, has a new online quiz that might give you an uncannily accurate answer. You’ll be confronted with a series of 28 questions that ask you to pinpoint where you fall between two traits on a percentage-based spectrum. For example, if you’re more playful than serious, slide the bar toward the word playful until you’ve reached your desired ratio. The ratio could be anything from 51 percent playful and 49 percent serious, to a full 100 percent playful and not a single iota of seriousness at all. Other spectrums include artistic versus scientific, dominant versus submissive, spiritual versus skeptical, and more.

Once you’ve completed the quiz, you’ll find out which fictional character your personality most closely matches from a database of around 500 television and film characters. To pinpoint the personalities of the characters themselves, the quiz creators asked survey participants to rate them on a series of traits, and those collective results are then compared to your own self-ratings.

If you scroll down below your top result, you’ll see an option to show your full match list, which will give you a much more comprehensive picture of what kind of character you’d be. My top two results—which, ironically, were the same as Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy’s—were The West Wing’s C.J. Cregg and Joey Lucas, suggesting that we both have a no-nonsense attitude, a perfectionist streak, and an apparent aptitude for national politics that (at least in our cases) will likely go unfulfilled.

The fictional twin of managing editor Jenn Wood, on the other hand, is Game of Thrones’s Tyrion Lannister, unofficial king of witty side comments and all-around fan favorite. This was not surprising. As runner-up, Jenn got her personal hero, Elizabeth Bennet, which, in her words “makes me feel better about myself.” (Jenn has Pride and Prejudice-themed “writing gloves,” which seems important to mention.)

Take the quiz here to find out just how much you have in common with your own personal (fictional) hero.

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