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INDUCTION CEREMONY

William Holden

The St. Louis Walk of Fame will hold the induction ceremony for William Holden on Thursday, August 9, 2012.  The ceremony will take place at 6150 Delmar, located in the City of St. Louis part of The Loop.  The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. and a four-piece ragtime band will play.  Brian Keller, president of the O'Fallon Historical Society, will attend the ceremony and accept the award on William Holden's behalf.

Actor William Holden was born near St. Louis in O’Fallon, Illinois.  He vaulted to stardom in 1939’s Golden Boy, and the film’s title stuck as Holden’s nickname.   He received the first of three Academy Award nominations for 1950’s Sunset Boulevard, then won Best Actor for 1953’s Stalag 17.  A versatile leading man, Holden starred in classics such as Sabrina (1954), Picnic (1955), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and The Wild Bunch (1969).  He received his final Oscar nomination for Network (1976), and won an Emmy for the television film The Blue Night (1973).  One of the greatest movie stars of the 20th century, William Holden was named to the AFI’s list of Hollywood’s 50 greatest screen legends.


  

Ntozake Shange

The St. Louis Walk of Fame will hold the induction ceremony for Ntozake Shange on Friday, September 14, 2012.  The ceremony will take place at 6160 Delmar, located in the City of St. Louis part of The Loop.  The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. and a four-piece ragtime band will play.  Ntozake Shange will attend the ceremony and accept the award.  

Born Paulette Williams, writer Ntozake Shange lived in St. Louis from 8 to 13 years of age on Windemere Place in The Ville.  Her experiences in St. Louis infuse her work, especially the novels Betsey Brown (1985) and Liliane:  Resurrection of the Daughter (1994).  She won an Obie award for her electrifying stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.  Now a standard of the American stage, the 1976-77 Broadway hit was adapted into a major motion picture in 2010.   A prodigious author of poetry collections, novels and essays as well as plays, Ntozake Shange’s work combines technical innovation and lyric exuberance with a passionate feminist voice writing from an African-American perspective.

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