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03/09/2006, 05:52 PM

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Toronto Sun: Proud Nation Salutes Pam

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Now that Pamela Anderson has made Canada's Walk Of Fame, maybe Trish Stratus will get a Juno Award.

"Hmmm, I'm going to look into that," Stratus said yesterday following a media conference to announce the eight Walk Of Fame inductees for 2006.

Anderson was on that list, as was Eugene Levy, Jann Arden, Alex Trebek, Brendan Fraser, Robert Goulet, the Crazy Canucks ski team and Paul Shaffer (whose inclusion was reported in the Toronto Sun yesterday).

Stratus will be the host for the Walk Of Fame gala ceremony on June 3 at the Hummingbird Centre.

Her sibling in the blond-bombshell department, Anderson, is going to host the Juno Awards on April 2 in Halifax.

"I know what Walk Of Fame inductee most people are excited about me being excited about, and that's Pamela Anderson," the 30-year-old Stratus said with a laugh.

"I think (Anderson) is an amazing person and as a Canadian businesswoman she has accomplished a lot. She has stayed in the spotlight for so long and I definitely could get some business tips, some hair tips and some outfit tips from her."

Is there any chance that Stratus, a pro-wrestling superstar, and Anderson, a famous actress and Playboy magazine fixture, will duke it out on the red carpet at the Walk Of Fame?

"We might -- it depends on who has the better dress," said Stratus, who knows a straight line when she hears one.

Peter Soumalias, the CEO and president of Canada's Walk Of Fame, took a more realistic approach.

"The obvious angle is to have Trish wrestle with Pamela, but that probably is not going to happen, as much as we'd like it to," Soumalias said.

Truth be told, Stratus said the inductee she's most excited about seeing is comedian Eugene Levy, who became a Canadian icon as part of the SCTV comedy troupe and has gone on to star in dozens of movies.

By the way, the SCTV troupe got a collective star on the Walk in 2002.

"I met (Levy) once before when I had just done a Second City performance, and I'm a big fan of the Second City alums," Stratus said.

"I talked to him about that and he told me to keep forging ahead with the comedy. So I'm going to give him a little follow-up report and see how he feels about it."

Perhaps the Walk Of Fame was covering its tracks with the inclusion of Trebek, who is best known as the longtime host of egghead game-show Jeopardy!.

If Anderson pulls a huge upset and knocks out Stratus, Trebek could step in.

Then again, both Shaffer (late-night TV host David Letterman's musical director and sidekick for a quarter-century) and Arden (an emotional and confessional singer-songwriter) have co-hosted the Walk Of Fame gala before, so Trebek might have to elbow his way to the microphone.

Singer/actor Goulet is remembered by many as the guy whose image and voice prompted Elvis Presley to pull out a gun and shoot a TV set in a Las Vegas hotel.

That element notwithstanding, Goulet is a Grammy, Tony and Emmy award winner.

Actor Brendan Fraser arguably is the most eyebrow-raising name on the 2006 list.

But they had to have at least one under-40 hunk in there for the kids, right?

The most intriguing inclusion was the Crazy Canucks -- namely, Ken Read, Steve Podborski, Dave Irwin and the late Dave Murray, who succumbed to cancer in 1990.

As competitive skiers in the 1970s, the foursome earned the nickname Crazy Canucks because of their apparent disregard for personal safety.

Canada's Walk Of Fame was established in 1998. With the eight new stars this year, the total number of stars has climbed to 101.

source: http://www.torontosun.com/Entertainment/OtherEntertainment/2006/03/09/1479767-sun.html




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