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Conceived by First Lady Maria Shriver, the California Hall of Fame was established at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts to honor legendary individuals and families who embody California’smarker innovative spirit and have made their mark on history. Since 2006, the museum has hosted an annual ceremony to induct roughly a dozen individuals per year into the California Hall of Fame.

On August 25, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced 2009 inductees, which are: Carol Burnett, Andy Grove, Hiram Johnson, Rafer Johnson, Henry J. Kaiser, Joan Kroc, George Lucas, John Madden, Harvey Milk, Fritz Scholder, Danielle Steel, Joe Weider and General Chuck Yeager. The induction ceremony will be on December 1, 2009 at The California Museum.

On December 6, 2006, the inaugural class: Ronald Reagan, César Chávez, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Clint Eastwood, Frank Gehry, David D. Ho, M.D., Billie Jean King, John Muir, Sally K. Ride, Ph.D., Alice Walker and the Hearst and Packard Families, was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

On December 5, 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted the 2007 California Hall of Fame Inductees: Ansel Adams, Milton Berle, Steve Jobs, Willie Mays, Robert Mondavi, Rita Moreno, Jackie Robinson, Jonas Salk, M.D., John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor, Earl Warren, John Wayne, and Tiger Woods.

Inducted on December 15, 2008 were: Dave Brubeck, Jane Fonda, Theodor Geisel ("Dr. Seuss"), Robert Graham, Quincy Jones, Jack LaLanne, Dorothea Lange, Julia Morgan, Jack Nicholson, Linus Pauling, Leland Stanford and Alice Waters. Governor Schwarzenegger and First Lady Shriver gave introductory speeches at the induction ceremony, which was broadcast live via video from the California Museum website.

The California Hall of Fame exhibit includes a striking display in the museum lobby, as well as a collection of over 100 historic and original items representing the lives and legacies of the inductees, originally located on the second floor. In 2008, the exhibit moved to the first floor galleries, expanding the floor space to over 3,000 square feet.

The California Hall of Fame exhibit is on view year-round.

The 2007 California Hall of Fame Inductees with the Governor and First Lady.

Ceremony (2008)

A formal ceremony, presided over by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, was held at The California Museum on December 15, 2008, and was followed by a reception and a viewing of the exhibit. Introductions were given by presenting sponsors Chevron Corporation and Accenture. Museum Board Chair Dina Eastwood welcomed the Governor and First Lady.

Governor Schwarzenegger opened the reading of the citations. He presented Jack LaLanne, who in turn presented Alice Waters. Waters presented Ellen North, who accepted the award on behalf of her great-aunt Julia Morgan. North presented Linus Pauling, whose award was accepted by son Dr. Linus Pauling, Jr. Pauling read the citation for Robert Graham.

Graham was unable to attend the ceremony, so his son, Steven Graham stood in his place. Graham read Leland Stanford's citation, who was represented by great, great grand-nephew Tom Stanford. Stanford read Jane Fonda's citation, who in turn presented Dorothea Lange's award. Lange was represented by her son Daniel Dixon, who read the citation for Quincy Jones. Jones read Dave Brubeck's citation.

Brubeck began to read the citation for Jack Nicholson, but half way through the first paragraph tossed his planned remarks to the side and spoke about his personal encounter with the young actor. Nicholson remarked at the podium, "Everybody else discovers molecules and I'm a drunk in a bar."

Nicholson completed the ceremony by reading a poem in Seuss style dedicated to Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel.

Exhibit Highlights (2008)

Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck's Gold album for Time Out; vintage album covers, artistic TIME magazine featuring Brubeck from 1964; cattle brand from the Brubeck’s family ranch near Ione, CAmarker; Fats Waller album, the first album he ever bought, at age 14; various posters for shows throughout the world; concert programs, including one from his appearance in the USSR; reel to reel tape of his performance at the White House in 1964; his iconic eyeglasses from the early 1960s; original sheet music.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda's Oscars for her performances in Klute (1972) and Coming Home (1978); the pantsuit she wore to accept her Oscar in 1972; her Emmy for her performance in The Dollmaker (1984); movie posters for Klute, 9 to 5 (1980), and On Golden Pond (1981); magazine cover for Life and Ladies Home Journal dating back to Fonda’s modeling days; a print of the 1982 painting by Andy Warhol of Fonda.

Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel

Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's five “unorthodox taxidermy” heads: a Sawfish, the Mulberry Street Unicorn, the Andulovian Grackler, a Kangaroo Bird and a Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, and ten framed lithographs, including “Star Belly Friends,” “Cat in the Hat,” “Turtle Tower,” and “Joyous Leaping of Uncanned Salmon.”

Robert Graham

Robert Graham's three maquettes of public monuments: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorialmarker in Washington, D.C., the Olympic ceremonial gateway for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseummarker, and the Great Bronze Doors of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angelsmarker; three small bronze sculptures; and 12 drawings.

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones' platinum album for Thriller; his Garfield High School letter jacket; sheet music for "We Are the World," signed by all artists; albums: We Are the World, the soundtracks for The Color Purple and Roots, Quincy Jones Back on the Block, Sinatra at the Sands, and Thriller; and the original artwork for the Mellow Madness LP.

Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne's handcuffs worn on the famous Alcatraz swim; jumpsuit and aerobic slippers; hand-stand work-out equipment; the Glamour Stretcher and other original exercise devices; album of an exercise routine instructed by LaLanne; video reels of his 1950s television show; LaLanne brand vitamins; and of course, a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer.

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange's two cameras; a silver bracelet Lange frequently wore in photographs; and photographs, which include Lange’s historic Migrant Mother series.

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan's drafting table; commencement hood from UC Berkeleymarker; working model of Hearst Castlemarker; reproductions of drawings for Hearst Castle, Wyntoon, YWCA and others; certificate to practice architecture; originally designed tiles; and mosaic replica of Hearst Castle pool tiles.

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson's Oscars for his performances in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment (1983) and As Good as It Gets (1997); costumes from Batman (1989), The Witches of Eastwick, and The Departed (2006); scripts for The Shining (1980) and The Witches of Eastwick (1987) with Nicholson’s notes and drawings; movie posters for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Hoffa (1992); his 2nd grade report card; his Manasquan High School yearbook; and his Lakers championship ring.

Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling's three molecular models designed and used by Pauling; two family-owned Nobel Prize replicas; 1961 Henney Kilowatt Electric Car; anti-war button collection; 1958 anti-nuclear petition sent to the United Nations, signed by more than 11,000 scientists; first edition of his famous 1937 textbook; notebooks, letters, notes, and calculations; Pauling brand Vitamin C bottle; and the 2008 Linus Pauling commemorative postal stamp artwork.

Leland Stanford

Leland Stanford's Golden Spike, marking the connection between the Transcontinental Railroad; telegraph key used to send message of completion of Transcontinental Railroad; horse-drawn carriage; commemorative trowel used in laying cornerstone of Stanford Universitymarker; stonecutters tools used in building Stanford University; sword cane; official Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Stanford in 1863; and appointment to the US Senate in 1885.

Alice Waters

Alice Waters' mortar and pestle; glassware with Chez Panissemarker logo; Chez Panisse special event menus; Chez Panisse posters; and cookbooks.

Ceremony (2007)

A formal ceremony, presided over by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, was held at The California Museum on December 5, 2007, and was followed by a reception and a viewing of the exhibit.

For the posthumous awards, Dr. Michael Adams accepted on behalf of his father, Ansel Adams, Lorna Berle on behalf of her husband, Milton Berle, Rachel Robinson on behalf of her husband, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Peter Salk on behalf of his father, Jonas Salk, Thomas Myles Steinbeck on behalf of his father, John Steinbeck, Bob Warren on behalf of his father, Earl Warren and Patrick Wayne on behalf of his father, John Wayne.

Exhibit Highlights (2007)

Milton Berle Crazy Car toy.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams's Book, Born Free and Equal, Zeiss Ikon Camera, Hat, National Park Service Award, Altimeter/compass/barometer, Original Photo of Adams as a child, Original Gelatin Silver prints

Milton Berle

Milton Berle's Costume "Always Leave Them Laughing", Giant cigar in wood box, Milton Berle Crazy Car toy, Joke Cards, Physical fitness certificate, TIME Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, TV Guide, NBC Walk of Fame Plaque, Photos with Marilyn Monroe, Young Berle photo, 5 Lobby Cards, Photo of Berle, Kennedy, Sinatra, Humidor, Signed photo with Governor Schwarzenegger

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs helped popularize the personal home computer and co-founded multi-billion dollar company Apple Inc.marker

Willie Mays

Willie May's Signed baseball, Sports IllustratedWillie Mays cover, July 27, 1970, Signed baseball jersey and bat

Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi's UCD ephemera, 4-1/2 foot Corkscrew, Olympic Torch and Photo, Older Wooden Wine Case, 3 liter bottle from 40th anniversary of Robert Mondavi Winery, 9 liter bottle of 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Old wine labels, Legion of Honor Certificate, Jacket made of corks and Poster of Robert Mondavi wearing cork jacket

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno's Awards, The King & I headdress, Advertising card for The King and I, Movie posters, West Side Story dress

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson's Signed baseball, LIFE Magazine 1950 Jackie Robinson on cover, May 8, 1950, Civil rights memorabilia, 1948 Jackie Robinson decal bat

Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk's Test Tubes, Needle holder and Original Vaccine from the 1954 trials, Lab coat, Book, The Survival of the Wisest, Notes from Speech, Original Cover Artwork for Time Magazine

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor's Academy Awards, Original Photo, Shoes, "Liz" Versace Jacket, Legion of Honor, Dame award, Book, Nibbles and Me, Pantsuit, Dress, Original Sketches, Telegrams, Andy Warhol Print, Perfume bottle and House of Taylor bracelet

Earl Warren

Earl Warren's Gavel, Desk Name Plate, Hat, Briefcase as Governor of California, TIME magazine, original cover artwork and framed photo of Kennedy inauguration, Campaign ephermera, 1935-1950, License plate, Photo, Cartoon, Telegram from President Dwight Eisenhower, National Headlines: St. Louis Globe - Democrat, September 28, 1964, Clarinet and placard, Office Chair and Side Table, Supreme Court Robe

John Wayne

John Wayne's Saddle, Hat and Boots, Commemorative Mugs, Red Jacket, Costume, Signed letter

Tiger Woods

Tiger Wood's Golf clubs in bag, Golf Hat, Golf Shirt, Golf shoes

Ceremony (2006)

The 2006 California Hall of Fame Inductees with the Governor and First Lady.
A formal ceremony, presided over by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, was held at The California Museum on December 6, 2006, and was followed by a reception and a viewing of the new exhibit.

Each inductee was present to accept their award, while family members accepted posthumous awards. Ron Reagan and Patti Davis accepted on behalf of their father, President Ronald Reagan, Paul Chávez on behalf of his father, César Chávez, Diane Disney Miller on behalf of her father, Walt Disney, Amy Kleppner on behalf of her aunt, Amelia Earhart, Ross Hanna on behalf of his grandfather, John Muir, Stephen Hearst on behalf of The Hearst Family, and David Woodley Packard on behalf of The Packard Family.

Exhibit Highlights (2006)

The California Hall of Fame Entrance.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan's Tax Axe, Flight Jacket, Theater Poster for Cavalry Charge, Cowboy Boots, Rancho Del Cielo Guest Book, English Riding Saddle, Piece of the Berlin Wall

César Chávez

César Chávez's Handwritten Speech, Short-handled hoe presented to Chávez as a gift fromGovernor Jerry Brown in 1975, UFW Banner, Tennis Shoes and Work Shirt

Walt Disney

Walt Disney's Academy Award for Best Production in the Short Subject Live ActionClassification for “Grand Canyon” (1959), Emmy Award for an hour-longDisneylandmarker episode about the filming of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1955)

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood's Script and Itinerary (Unforgiven), Note from Paul Newman, William Munny Costume (Unforgiven), National Geographic, Inspector Harry Callahan Costume Element, Continuity Shot (Dirty Harry), Director’s Chair, Frank Dunn Costume(Million Dollar Baby), People Magazine, Academy Awards for two Best Pictures and two for Best Director (Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby), Campaign Buttons, Parks Commissioner Badge

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart's Flight Suit and Helmet, Lockheed Vega Model Airplane (circa 1930s)

Frank O. Gehry

Frank Gehry's Sketches for the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Diamond 7 Bentwood Chair, Vitra Cloud Lamp
The California Hall of Fame Exhibit.

Dr. David D. Ho

Dr. David D. Ho's Lab Coat, TIME Magazine

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King's Tennis Racquet, Wimbledon Trophy – Women’s Singles (1967), World TeamTennis Outfit - The Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team (1970s), United States Tennis Association Plaque

John Muir

Folding Binoculars, Assorted Books, John Muir's Journal, Sketches, Mastodon Tusk, Specimens, Original Manuscript for Stickeen, Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Muir (1903)

Sally K. Ride, Ph.D.

Sally Ride's Flight Suit, Flight Operations Manual, Astronaut Food

Alice Walker

Alice Walker's Set Design Painting from the Broadway Production of The Color Purple, Storyboards and props from the Movie The Color Purple, Books Read Around the World, Pulitzer Prize, Clapboard from the Film Production of The Color Purple, Announcements of the Publication of In Search of Our Mother’s Garden, Quilt

Hearst Family

Hearst Castlemarker Model, Auction Catalog, Phoebe Hearst’s Calling Card, Cosmopolitan, Certificate of Incorporation, Senatorial Books, Memorial Plaque, Hearst for Governor Campaign Buttons, Postcard Album, Jacket and Shoes that belonged to Phoebe Hearst, Mathematics Book, Branding Iron

Packard Family

Hewlett-Packard 200B Oscillator (circa 1942), Presidential Medal of Freedom, The First Handheld Calculator, HP’s First Personal Computer, The First Inkjet Printer (1980), Tickertape, The Packard Foundation’s First Check

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