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Long-missing Hollywood Walk of Fame star returns to its orbit

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
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A 300-pound chunk of stolen property has been orbited back to its rightful owner – the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Four decades ago when the NASA Apollo 11 astronauts were the biggest stars going, the Walk of Fame displaced others – including Jimmy Stewart’s and Kirk Douglas’ – to make way for special honors at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce planned to destroy the old star plaques and replace them with new ones. That was supposed to happen with actress Marilyn Miller’s star – but somebody stole it from a construction site.

Fast forward to this week, when the Chamber fielded a call from a man who said he had Miller’s star. The caller, identified only as “Bill,” says someone gave it to him.

When Chamber officials told him it’d be a crime to keep it, he quickly handed over the large chunk of concrete. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says it’ll store the recovered star in its archives – saving it from what could have been a very different fate. “Bill’s” wife had wanted to turn it into a patio table.