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Star Struck in Los Angeles

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

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

Walk of Fame and Forecourt of the Stars

Forecourt of the Stars at Grauman's Chinese Theatre
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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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Movie Stars Homes Bus/Van Tour

Starline Movie Stars' Homes Tour
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The next step in most star-stalkers' itinerary is the ubiquitous movie stars homes tours, 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

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.
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Attend a TV Taping

Paramount Studios TV Show Taping
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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.
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Attend a Star Ceremony

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 Hollywood Chamber's Website

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Line the Red Carpet for a Movie Premiere

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
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Grauman's 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.

Attend an Awards Show

Morgan Freeman at the 2006 IDA Awards
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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.
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Look for Stars on Stage

The Fantasticks
Photo courtesy of Reprise Theatre Company
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, The Geffen Playhouse, and Reprise Theatre Company, 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.

Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills

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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.

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Film Festivals

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.
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