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EXCLUSIVE: Famed movie-trailer voice’s widow to Hollywood: Give Don LaFontaine his rightful place on the Walk of Fame!

Despite being the greatest Tinseltown pitchman of all time, Don LaFontaine, who immortalized the phrase “in a world where…,” was denied a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and it has his widow seeing Technicolor red.

BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live!, Nita Whitaker tells host Brett Cohen

“Don wanted to be known as the small-town guy who made it good,” says Nita.

In an interview on BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live!, Nita Whitaker tells host Brett Cohen that she and her husband – who passed away Sept. 1 at the age of 68 – applied last year to have his name immortalized on the walk, but were told to hit the road.

“We got denied. I guess that’s par for the course,” she shrugs, while in the same breath vowing to right the snub.

“Now we’re really pushing to get a star,” says Nita. “We’re trying to gather as many people as possible to say, This should have happened. Why hasn’t this happened?

“We really want to push for that, not just for his legacy [but] for our children, so they can say, Wow, look at what my dad was able to accomplish.”

A sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, the Walk of Fame was designed by artist Oliver Weismuller in 1953 to give the movie capital of the world a “face lift.” Its first star was awarded in 1960, to actress Joanne Woodward.

Last year, Don posed in his home studio next to a look-alike Walk of Fame star given to him by Nita.

Last year, Don posed in his home studio next to a look-alike Walk of Fame star given to him by Nita.

The walk is currently embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of both human celebs and fictional characters honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry.

In order for a celeb to get a star on the walk, he or she must agree to attend a presentation ceremony within five years of selection, and pay a $25,000 fee to the Hollywood Historic Trust.

To hear more about Nita’s campaign to land Don a star, and her recollections of the voice-over great, click here.

In a World Where Don LaFontaine Takes Calls from You…

You may not know his name, you may not recognize his face, but you WILL know his voice. Update: note new time!

LaFontaineDon LaFontaine is arguably the most successful Voice Actor of all time.

The voice master is famous for recording nearly 5,000 movie trailers, and nearly 350,000 commercials, programs, files and other presentations.

Don LaFontaine, joins World Talk Live on BlogTalkRadio for an exclusive interview today at 5pm ET.

Hear the voice for yourself. Host Brett Cohen and Don will be taking calls. Don’t miss this opportunity.

In a World Where Don LaFontaine Takes Calls from You…

You may not know his name, you may not recognize his face, but you WILL know his voice. Update: note new time!

LaFontaineDon LaFontaine is arguably the most successful Voice Actor of all time.

The voice master is famous for recording nearly 5,000 movie trailers, and nearly 350,000 commercials, programs, files and other presentations.

Don LaFontaine, joins World Talk Live on BlogTalkRadio for an exclusive interview today at 5pm ET.

Hear the voice for yourself. Host Brett Cohen and Don will be taking calls. Don’t miss this opportunity.