Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Winnie the Pooh gets a Hollywood Star

The BBC reports that A A Milne's Winnie the Pooh is the first ever fictional character to earn a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fans lined up to watch Winnie the Pooh, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year, unveil the honour. He is among around a dozen animated stars, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Snow White, to be awarded a star on the famed pavement.

The bear first appeared in the London Evening News on Christmas Eve 1925 in a story called "The Wrong Sort of Bees". He was famously illustrated by E H Shepard, who apparently spent the last years of his life hating the character as it led to the majority of his work being completely overshadowed even during his lifetime. Winnie the Pooh's many adventures with his friends Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger have since been translated into more than 40 languages.


Martin LaBar said...

Thanks for posting this. I didn't know that about W-t-P.

By the way, what do Winnie the Pooh and John the Baptist have in common?

The same middle name, of course. Sorry.

Michele said...

Martin ! What a dreadful joke...