Friday, January 28, 2005

Impressionist Fred Travalena Increases His Star Power

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fred Travalena, the impressionist who made a career out of impersonating stars, is getting a star of his own.

Travalena will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next Thursday (Feb. 3) to celebrate his career on stage.

Travalena started back in the mid-1970s with his first impression: Frank Sinatra. Now he impersonates more than 300 celebrities in his stage acts, including President George W. Bush, Michael Jackson, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

He used to impersonate recently-departed Johnny Carson, but has eliminated Carson from his act temporarily until he can write an appropriate piece for him. Travalena says, “It will be a tribute.”

Two other people Travalena says he wishes were still with him are his parents, who encouraged him to go into show business. He says his father used to help him structure his show and gave him notes on his performances.

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