Hollywood post office renamed for honorary Mayor Johnny Grant

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Celebrities and public officials gathered in Hollywood on Monday to rename the main post office in honor of longtime honorary Mayor Johnny Grant. The radio personality and television producer died two years ago, but the honor came a day after what would have been his 87th birthday.

A chorus sang "Hooray for Hollywood" as Grant landed his third star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. This star will welcome visitors to the historic Hollywood post office, now known as Johnny Grant Station. Actress Angie Dickinson knelt and kissed the star moments after it was unveiled.

Los Angeles Congresswoman Diane Watson sponsored the federal legislation for the name change. She praised Grant for inducting more than 500 entertainers into Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

"Johnny is synonymous with Hollywood. His face was the one you saw," Watson said. "As the various celebrities had their stars dedicated, Johnny was there. It was his personality, it was his voice, it was his spirit that went around this world."

Watson called Grant a true public servant, not only for promoting Hollywood, but also for taking part in in 60 USO tours to entertain American troops.

Grant was also an executive and program host at KTLA-TV Channel 5 and a disc jockey on KMPC-AM (710).

Grant was named honorary mayor of Hollywood in 1980 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and kept the position for the rest of his life.

Wire services contributed to this report.

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