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Cirque founder to get Hollywood star

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | 11:31 am

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He's been to space already — now Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté will get his own star in Tinseltown.

The Quebec-born billionaire philanthropist will be awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame Monday afternoon.

The star recognizes Laliberté's achievements in live theatre.

He joins dozens of Canadians on the famed sidewalk, which runs along both sides of a 15-block segment of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

It's a permanent public monument to achievement in the entertainment industry.

Laliberté's star, the 2,424th, will be laid down near those honouring actors Harrison Ford, Kevin Costner, Groucho Marx, Kermit the Frog and singer Céline Dion.

The Cirque founder is only the second Quebecer — after Dion — to be bestowed with the distinction.

Other Canadians on the sidewalk include Leslie Nielsen, James Cameron and William Shatner.

Laliberté spent $35 million US in 2009 to travel to the International Space Station, making him the first professional artist to fly in space.

CBC News

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