Steve Irwin: Australian legend, Crocodile Hunter star, stellar father to Bindi and Bob Irwin, and eternal love of widow, Terri Irwin. Now the Aussie icon can add Hollywood Walk Of Fame star-holder to his list of remarkable accolades.
We first heard of the news last year, when daughter Bindi shared, "Beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame." But now, we have a date.
Steve will posthumously receive his star during a morning ceremony on April 26. Terri, Bindi, and Bob Irwin (along with a few furry friends, naturally) have confirmed that they would all be present at the ceremony. "Really, [this is] a culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people who believe that Steve should totally get this recognition," Terri told Australian news outlet, 7 News. So how did Steve become the 2,635th person to receive his well-deserved star on the walk of fame? Terri revealed that actor Russell Crowe penned a Gladiator-worthy letter to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce — the institution that creates and gives away the stars.
How does one recieve a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? First, a letter of recommendation is written, which helps allow the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decide if the chosen star is worthy of the prestige. If the star is accepted, a $30,000 donation is made so that the Chamber can keep the spot clean. If you visit Los Angeles after April 26, you can see Steve Irwin's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame by heading to Hollywood Boulevard. It will be sitting right in front of the Iguana Vintage Clothing Shop. If you've gone past Johnny Cash's star, you've gone too far!
A conservationist on the Hollywood walk of fame.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 18, 2018
Following the stellar news, Terri chatted to the Australian nightly news program 7:30 Report, and it's clear she's still very much in love with her fallen hero. "None of us are immune to grief and everyone who has suffered loss understands that grief changes, but you never wake up one morning and you've moved on," Terri said. "It stays with you and you know, you ebb and flow." Speaking of the honor that will be received by Steve posthumously, she mused, "It's special."
She added, "To be able to acknowledge everything that he worked so hard for in making sure that the world at large understood the importance of conservation, and not just folks like ourselves who loved wildlife and wild places — it is very moving."
Steve was just 44 when, in September 2006, he passed away after he was struck by a stingray's barb to the heart while filming on the Great Barrier Reef. His death was not only a shock to the world, it changed everything for his wife. The 53-year-old mused, "As someone who always considered myself a fairly independent person, I really wasn't prepared for that sense of fear — can I really take all of this forward? I was worried about my kids, our beautiful zoological facility, and the work Steve started." For Terri, it was about continuing her husband's work. "It took time to reconvene, believing in myself again, and believing that this is something we could achieve together," she said.
Terri, with her kids by her side, has made Steve's legacy soar. Every year, his work and the continued efforts are celebrated at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner, in Beverly Hills. This year, when the gala takes place on May 5, wildlife warriors will be able to raise their glass to their newest immortalized star.
Steve Irwin's legacy still lives on, especially in the heart of his wife and daughter, Terri and Bindi Irwin. Watch how Terri Irwin has never wavered from her love for Steve, even after his untimely death.
This article was written by Chloe Lal. For more, check out our sister site, Now to Love.