Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars You Never Knew: Renee Adoree
On August 5, Mariah Carey became the 2,556th star to earn a permanent spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—whose lights already illuminated the path? Each week, PopCrush will look into the oft-forgotten icons of yesteryear. Between Slim Summerville (?), Tichi Wilkerson Kassel (!) and the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show, this is your own Walk Through Memory Fame.
Why did this woman spend two years on her back, you ask? Well, she got tuberculosis, finished filming a movie against her doctor's wishes and was told by a sanitarium specialist that remaining motionless could lead to recovery. It didn't. But let's go back a few years!
Adorée was born to French circus acts in 1898 and performed across Europe as part of their troupe until World War I broke out. She waited out the warfare in London before moving to New York City, marrying a man six weeks after meeting him and kicking off a film career that would include On Ze Boulevard and The Mating Call (The latter included a skinny-dipping scene that had some audiences UP. IN. ARMS.).
The actress' real rise to fame came with 1923's The Eternal Struggle, which chronicles a woman's dash to the Canadian border after she convinces herself she's indirectly responsible for a man's death. It happens!
Upon filming 45 features (you can actually hear her voice in four of them!!!), Adoré succumbed to her illness at 35 and died near her Tujunga, California home. Her Walk of Fame star is located on the west side of the 1600 block of Vine Street, where you can buy a cake from cake-purveyors Very Different Cakes or enjoy the W hotel's first floor bathrooms, which are available to the public in a pinch.