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Hollywood Walk of Fame star plaques are good for something other than a promo opportunity for a recipient's latest project.

The shiny nameplates also serve as impromptu memorials for grieving fans or loci to show support for a beloved icon (as in the vigil for Michael Jackson pictured to the left). Stephen Saban at the WOW Report blogs that fans have deposited tokens of condolences on the stars of Rodney Dangerfield and Christopher Reeve. He's even posted footage of mourners on Hollywood Blvd.

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