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Supporters of an Alaskan movie star who became a sensation during Hollywood’s Golden Age hope to get the late Inupiat actor his own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, according to the Alaska Dispatch reporter Alex DeMarban in Anchorage. DeMarban asked Walk of Fame spokeswoman Ana Martinez about the chances of getting a star on the famed sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard for the Mala and she told him that anyone can nominate any living or deceased actor for a star and that the committee that oversees the sidewalk events hopes to see more minority actors and actresses get a place there, too.
There are already around 2,500 stars on the Walk of Fame, and each year sees 24 new names added, but there are many nominations and it’s not always easy to decide who to name for the unveilings. Martinez told the Alaska Dispatch that everyone is welcome to apply, noting: “Asians, Latins, just about everyone you can imagine.”
But for fans of Ray Mala, the tall, chiseled Eskimo performer from a small village in the Last Frontier who died in 1952 at the age of 46, getting a star on the Hollywood sidewalk will take a lot of determined mushing — and $30,000 in fees as well. Lael Morgan, a veteran Alaskan reporter and book author, is spearheading a statewide (and nationwide) campaign to get the Alaska native son a star in California.
“We know there is a $30,000 charge to get a star there, and the price may go up we hear, but you don’t have to pay unless you win. We figured we’d cross that bridge when we come to it,” Morgan told this reporter.
But in fact, in order to sway the Hollywood jury that decides who gets the 24 new stars each year, there needs to be a strong sense that the money, if not raised yet, will be readily available by unveiling day. Lynn Walker, who successfully led a campaign to get a star for the late actor Brian Keith, says any campaign by fans for a star who died long ago is going to be an uphill battle.
“Raising the [then $25,000] fee for Brian’s star was only half the battle,” she said by email. “We also had to assure the committee that we’d have stars in
attendance for the installation ceremony — and we had to provide the names of those stars. Fortunately, Brian’s experience in movies, stage, and TV was vast, and he had many friends and co-workers who were glad to say they would be there.”
Walker also said that the experience of fighting for a Walk of Fame star was worth every minute.
“I have never encountered so much generosity, dedication, or enthusiasm as from the fan-base who donated their hard-earned dollars to raise the then-$25,000 fee. We’re all going back to Hollywood in a fifth anniversary get-together in 2013 to celebrate how Brian touched so many people and drew us all together in a good cause.”
If Ray Mala gets a star, it will mark the first time a Native American was so honored, according to the Alaska Dispatch. Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto in ”The Lone Ranger” TV series, was a Mohawk Indian from Canada.
“There’s not a lot of Native American actors out there, but we’re happy to consider them if people apply,” Martinez says.
Enter Lael Morgan. She learned about Mala in the early 1970s as she traveled to more than 200 rural Alaskan villages writing articles for magazines and newspapers. In many Alaskan homes, she kept seeing Mala’s handsome black-and-white face on the walls and she thought to herself, according to the Alaska Dispatch: “Boy, I have to meet him. Then they said, ‘That’s Cousin Ray.’ I out found he’d been dead since 1952.”
Reporter Alex DeMarban did some digging in the archives and noted:
“Mala became a big movie star and cameraman beginning in the 1920s after leaving Candle at the age of 13. He was known as Ray Wise in his youth, but eventually changed his last name. After meeting movie-makers in Nome, he filmed the last musher coming into that community during the famous serum run to stop a diphtheria epidemic. He sent the work to filmmakers and that helped launch his movie career, said his grandson, Ted Mala Jr., who’s working with Morgan on the effort to get
his grandfather a Hollywood star.”
DeMarban unveiled more: “After making his way to Hollywood, Mala became the first non-white leading actor. He was the real deal, an Eskimo who spoke Inupiaq and knew how to hunt. In 1933 at the age of 27, he appeared in ”Eskimo”, shot by MGM in the Alaska village of Teller and dubbed ‘the biggest picture ever made.’ The movie won the first Oscar for film editing and even made waves in Europe, where it was dubbed ‘Mala the Magnificent’.”
Morgan, Mala Jr. and others have already applied once, but the Walk of Fame committee turned down the application, according to sources. Winning a posthumous star is [very] difficult, Martinez told DeMarban. An average of 24 stars are added each year to the Walk of Fame, but only one or two are given posthumously, she noted.
Fans and supporters of Ray Mala can contact the Alaskan support group at email@example.com, according to Morgan, who added: “We’d be interested in any suggestions anyone might have for making the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce understand the importance of Ray Wise Mala in the scheme of things.”
In the scheme of things, 1952 was a long time ago, and Hollywood does not have a long memory. But Alaskans are known as a can-do people, and with a lot of hard work and persistence, the trail to Hollywood Boulevard can be realized. Mush on, Mala fans, Mush on!
This post was submitted by Dan Bloom.
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