PITTSBURGH (AP) — August Wilson is going Hollywood, after a fashion.
The famed playwright from Pittsburgh will be honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles.
Wilson was among the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s 2021 honorees announced last week. Also announced as honorees in the Live Theatre/Live Performance category were Sarah Brightman and Luciano Pavarotti.
Also getting stars will be performers including Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa and Jefferson Airplane and actors including Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jimmy Smits “and a double star for Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.”
With ceremonies on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, even some 2020 honorees are still awaiting their Hollywood moment.
August Wilson wrote mostly about the 20th-century African-American experience from growing up in Pittsburgh’s historically black Hill District.
He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “Fences” in 1987 and “The Piano Lesson” in 1990. The film version of “Fences” gained Oscar nominations for Wilson for adapted screenplay and for star Denzel Washington and a best supporting actress Oscar win for Viola Davis.