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Cirque and founder to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Just two days after their 25th anniversary and attempt to regain their place as a world record holder, Cirque du Soleil received word that they’ll have a permanent place in history.

The circus troupe and its founder Guy Laliberte have been selected as one of 28 to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selected Cirque and Laliberte as a live performance/theater recipient for 2010. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was also chosen in the category.

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Other 2010 recipients include Ringo Starr, Russell Crowe, Van Morrison and ZZ Top. The 28 honorees were chosen out of a pool of more than 200 nominations, the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee said.

Dates have not been announced for the star unveilings.

Cirque celebrated the 25th anniversary of their first performance Tuesday with an attempt to break the Guinness world record for the most people simultaneously walking on stilts, a record they set in 2004. The organization has grown from 20 performers in 1984 to 4,000 employees and 19 shows in 2009, six of which are based in Las Vegas.

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