Printer Friendly

COWPOKES HONORED TV, MOVIE COWBOYS WIN SPOT ON WALK.

Byline: Susan Abram Staff Writer

NEWHALL - Melissa Gilbert, beloved Half Pint from the ``Little House on the Prairie'' series shot in Simi Valley, was inducted Friday into the Walk of Western Stars at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry festival.

Gilbert's was one of four new bronze saddle-shaped plaques unveiled on Santa Clarita's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For years, stars behind some of the most beloved Western television shows and movies have been immortalized on the Santa Clarita sidewalk.

Film actor Keith Carradine, who can currently be seen in HBO's new series ``Deadwood'' - also filmed in Simi Valley; stuntman Loren Janes, who has doubled for the likes of Paul Newman and Steve McQueen; and Buck Page, leader of the legendary singers Riders of the Purple Sage also were honored.

``I couldn't be more thrilled and more honored,'' said Gilbert, the former child actor who grew up before millions as Laura Ingalls on ``Little House'' and who attended with her husband, former inductee Bruce Boxleitner. ``What I find extremely moving is my plaque is going to be near my friend Richard Farnsworth.''

Farnsworth, who died in 2000, became a Western star after 40 years as a stuntman.

Santa Clarita Councilwoman Laurene Weste helped induct Page, saying she grew up listening to the ranch hand ballads performed by the group. The group has produced more than two dozen hits since it formed in 1936, including such songs as ``Don't Fence Me In,'' ``Cattle Call,'' ``Pecos Bill'' and ``Tumbling Tumbleweeds.''

Stuntman Janes gushed at hearing his accomplishments, his decades of stunt work with some of the greats in a career that includes 500 movies and television shows.

``I can hardly wait to see this thing, so let's see it!'' he said as he stood before his plaque, which was draped in red velvet.

After it was unveiled, the soft-spoken stunt man leaned over and traced the saddle with his fingers.

Carradine sent out a special thanks to his late father, film legend John Carradine, and expressed appreciation to the audiences that have made the Western film genre an American staple.

``Without you, we wouldn't have made a darn one,'' he told the crowd. ``We encourage you to go to the movies, especially the ones with horses in `em.''

Each year, the city and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce induct entertainers into the walk in downtown Newhall as a tribute to legends of Western film, stage, television and radio.

Susan Abram, (661) 257-5257

susan.abram(at)dailynews.com

CAPTION(S):

photo

Photo:

(color) Actress Melissa Gilbert, with son Michael and husband Bruce Boxleitner, checks out her Walk of Western Stars plaque.

David R. Crane/Staff Photographer
COPYRIGHT 2004 Daily News
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Mar 28, 2004
Words:446
Previous Article:ANGELS NOTEBOOK: DONNELLY RETURNS; TO TAKE IT SLOW.
Next Article:CLOSE COMPANY U.S. SOFTBALL PLAYERS KNOW EACH OTHER WELL.


Related Articles
GOOD OL' DUKE BOY TO BE HONORED.
DARCY STARTED IT ALL NEWHALL HONORS COWBOY ACTORS WITH CITY'S WALK OF WESTERN STARS.
IRON EYES CODY DIES AT 94; ACTOR LEAVES LOCAL LEGACY.
THE REEL COWBOYS; FORMER BAD GUYS KEEP WEST'S WILD IMAGE ALIVE.
COWBOY STARS SHINE ON WALK OF WESTERN STARS.
COWBOY MUSIC AND POETRY CELEBRATED AT NEWHALL'S MELODY RANCH.
STARS COME OUT ON THE WALK CARRADINE, GILBERT JOIN OTHER ICONS OF THE WEST.
COWBOY FESTIVAL TO BE DELAYED BY FILMING.
FOUR MORE WESTERN STARS ADDED TO WALK NATIVE SON HARRY CAREY JR. JOINS DAD AS NEW INDUCTEE.
WESTERN FAME EARNS 'BIG LOVE' ACTOR A STAR NEWHALL WALK ALSO TO HONOR RAWLINS.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters