November 30, 2005

Gregory Peck’s Hollywood star goes missing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gregory Peck's star has gone
missing, believed stolen, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame by
someone in possession of a cement saw and "very good taste,"
Hollywood's honorary mayor Johnny Grant said on Wednesday.

Grant, the former radio and TV star who is now chairman of
the Hollywood Historic Trust, said the world famous pink star
set in a black square that has honored Peck for more than 40
years had disappeared sometime in the last two weeks.

"It was somebody who knew how to use a cement saw and was
probably dressed as a construction worker," Grant said.
"Whoever it was had very good taste."

Peck's star is the fourth to be stolen since the Walk of
Fame honoring film, TV and radio celebrities was begun along a
stretch of Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.

The stars of Gene Autry, Jimmy Stewart and Kirk Douglas all
disappeared during construction projects years ago.

Peck, who died in 2003 at the age of 87, was one of
Hollywood's best-loved stars, known for his quietly heroic
roles. He won an Oscar for his performance as lawyer Atticus
Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and appeared in "Roman
Holiday" and "The Guns of Navarone."

Grant said it would be difficult to dispose of the Peck
star, adding that he was alerting eBay to anyone trying to sell
it online. Police have been notified and are investigating.

A replacement star has already been carved for Peck and was
to be unveiled later on Wednesday.