Star Struck in Los Angeles

LA Experiences Where you Can See TV and Movie Stars or Feel Like One

If you're one of those people who follow all the celebrity gossip and plan your LA trip around potential celebrity sightings, here are some ways to immerse yourself in the star experience in Los Angeles.

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    Walk of Fame and Forecourt of the Stars

    Forecourt of the Stars
    ••• Kids putting their hand in the prints of Harry Potter actors in the Forecourt of the Stars. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The first thing most visitors do to get close to the glamor of Hollywood is to take a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame to search out their favorite celebrity stars and measure their hands and feet against those immortalized in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre
     

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    Matt Damon gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
    ••• Matt Damon gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo by Bob Freeman/HCOC

    When celebrities receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the ceremonies are open to the public. However, the ceremonies are only scheduled sporadically, so you have to be on the ball to be in town when there's one scheduled. Follow @wofstargirl on Twitter for the latest updates, or check the Walk of Fame Website

     

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    Attend an Imprint Ceremony

    Stars From Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' Hand And Footprint Ceremony
    ••• Stars From Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' Hand And Footprint Ceremony. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    Imprint ceremonies at the Chinese Theatre happen even less frequently than star ceremonies, but if you manage to be in town during one of them, they are also open to the public. Check the schedule for upcoming imprint ceremonies

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    Line the Red Carpet for a Movie Premiere

    Grauman's Chinese Theatre
    ••• Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    The Chinese Theatre is not the only Hollywood movie palace to host movie premieres, but they do seem to have the lion's share, and they list them in advance on their website. Fans are allowed to line up to watch the stars walk the red carpet outside the theater. The Egyptian Theatre and El Capitan also sometimes host premieres.

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    Movie Stars Homes Bus/Van Tour

    Starline Movie Stars Homes Tour
    ••• Starline Movie Stars Homes Tour in Los Angeles, CA. Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The next step in most star-stalkers' itinerary is the ubiquitous movie stars homes tour, offered by a variety of tour companies. Make sure you choose a tour with a smaller tour bus, since the large coaches aren't allowed to go into some of the neighborhoods.

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    Helicopter Tour of Movie Stars Homes

    The Spelling Manor
    ••• The Spelling Manor, built by Aaron and Candy Spelling in Holmby Hills in 1991 is the largest house in LA County at 56,000 square feet, seen from Airship Ventures Hollywood Studios Zeppelin Air Tour, Los Angeles, CA. Listed in 2009 for $150 million. © 2010 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    Even better than the driving tour of movie stars homes is a helicopter tour that lets you see over all those high walls and hedges.

    Los Angeles Air Tours

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    Attend a TV Taping

    Sound stages at NBC Universal Studios
    ••• Sound stages at NBC Universal Studios. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The chances of actually spotting a celebrity on a Movie Stars homes Tour is pretty remote, but at a TV Show Taping, it's virtually guaranteed. So if seeing stars is really your goal, make this a priority.

    How to Get TV Show Tickets

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    TV and Movie Studio Tours in Los Angeles

    Warner Brothers Studio Tour
    ••• Warner Brothers Studio Tour. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    There's not a huge chance of seeing celebrities on a studio tour, but you do get to walk where they walk and see where they work every day, whether it's passing by Wisteria Lane on the Universal Studios Tram Tour, or getting to walk into a living room set at Warner Bros.

    Guide to Los Angeles Studio Tours

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    Look for Stars on Stage

    LA Theatre Works - The Life of Galileo
    ••• Alan Shearman, Peter Lavin, Stacy Keach and Darren Richardson in a radio theatre production of The Life of Galileo at LA Theatre Works. Photo by Derek Hutchinson courtesy of LA Theatre Works

    TV show tapings are not the only places you can watch your favorite actors at work in Los Angeles. Between movies and during TV hiatus, you'll also find some of your favorite celebrities performing live on stage in theatrical productions. You'll find familiar faces in the 99-seat theaters as well as on the major stages. Some to check out include productions at the Los Angeles Music Center and The Geffen Playhouse, but they could show up on any LA or Orange County stage. You can also see big name stars performing live radio theatre at LA Theatre Works.

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    The Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles
    ••• The Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles. Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    You can get a close look at the costumes worn by innumerable movie and TV stars as well as the props and set pieces from the 100-year history of movies at the Hollywood Museum.

    More Entertainment Museums in LA

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    Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills

    Paley Center for Media Los Angeles
    ••• Paley Center for Media Los Angeles. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Paley Center for Media has all kinds of TV footage that you can check out as well as memorabilia from TV shows, but the best opportunity for star gazing is during PaleyFest when TV stars from your favorite shows take the stage in panel discussions in front of a live audience.

    More on the Paley Center for Media in LA

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    The GRAMMY Museum and the GRAMMY Walk of Fame

    GRAMMY Walk of Fame 2008 Medallion in front of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live
    ••• GRAMMY Walk of Fame 2008 Medallion in front of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    For music fans, the GRAMMY Museum at LA Live is an interesting destination with costumes and artifacts of GRAMMY-winning performers. You can also visit the GRAMMY Walk of Fame that transverses the entire block of L.A. Live, commemorating the winners of the top for GRAMMY categories since 1959. They have  frequent live programs which bring iconic and lesser-know musicians to their onsite theater. 

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    Attend an Awards Show

    To sit in the bleachers at the Oscars, you need to register for a lottery six months in advance, but there are plenty of other awards ceremonies in Los Angeles that are open to the public.

    Award Ceremonies in Los Angeles

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    Film Festivals

    DocuDay Film Festival
    ••• DocuDay Documentary Film Festival in LA. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Celebrity actors and directors often come out to support their films in local film festivals and LA has dozens of them. In addition to opening night, look for them at Q&A sessions after their films or as speakers on panels.

    Guide to Los Angeles Film Festivals

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    Attend a Celebrity Fundraiser

    Jimmy Kimmel on Stage
    ••• Jimmy Kimmel at the Feast of San Gennaro Prima Notte in Los Angeles. Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    Many celebrities who live in the Los Angeles area are also active with charities they support. You'll find them at gala dinners, walkathons, poker tournaments, green festivals and other events. Check listings when you know your travel plans.

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    Michael J. Fox at the LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA
    ••• Michael J. Fox at the LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA. © 2009 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    Celebrities write books and come out to promote them at local book stores, book fairs. The annual LA Times Festival of Books and the West Hollywood Book Fair are great places to see celebrities, listen to them talk about their books and get autographs. On a regular basis, you'll find big name celebrities promoting their books at local book shops like Barnes & Noble at The Grove.

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    Celebrity Owned Restaurants

    There are almost as many celebrity-owned restaurants in Hollywood as celebrities. Most of them are only part owners and don't spend a lot of time at their restaurants, but do put in an appearance every now and again. You don't have to spend a fortune to eat at a celebrity-owned restaurant. Some of them are actually quite reasonable.

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    Best Nightclubs for Star Sightings

    Friday night crowd at Avalon Hollywood Nightclub
    ••• Friday night crowd at Avalon Hollywood Nightclub. Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The hot nightclubs for A-list and B-list celebrities change so fast that it's impossible to keep up, but here are some staples that have maintained their popularity, even if star density waxes and wanes.

    Top A-List Clubs in Los Angeles

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    Shop Where Celebrities Shop

    Via Rodeo and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
    ••• Via Rodeo pedestrian zone and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    This is certainly not a sure thing, but there are certain shopping areas known for having a higher than average occurrence of celebrity sightings

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    The Hollywood Autograph Collectors Show

    The Hollywood Autograph Collectors Show, AKA the Hollywood Show, takes place four times a year in Burbank, CA. Shows are usually held in February, April, July and October. The event gives fans a chance to get autographs signed and have their photo taken with a variety of celebrities. Each event has a different line-up of celebrities and features cast reunions from different classic TV shows, movies or music groups.

    Check hollywoodshow.com for the next show date and details.