Mama Cass Elliot Honored With Posthumous Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame (Photos)

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This past Monday, October 3rd, “Mama” Cass Elliot was honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Mama Cass was best known for her years in The Mamas & The Papas – the trailblazing folk-pop-rock band of the 1960s and ‘70s (“California Dreamin’, “Monday, Monday,” “Dedicated to the One I Love), as well as a successful solo career (“Dream a Little Dream of Me”).

The star was accepted by her daughter Owen Elliot-Kugell and Elliot’s sister, Leah Kunkel.  Speakers included musical talents Stephen Stills, Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, and former Mamas & Papas bandmate Michelle Phillips who said of Cass “She was born to be on-stage.” Other attendees included noted photographer Henry Diltz and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees.

Photographer Henry Diltz at the ceremony honoring “Mama” Cass Elliot – posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mama Cass was born Ellen Naomi Cohen in 1941. She was a central figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene in Los Angeles in the ‘60s and ‘70s along with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, The Doors, Love, Buffalo Springfield. She died tragically young in 1974 at the age of 32.

Micky Dolenz had a reunion with his friend Stephen Stills at the ceremony, and later posted a matching photo of the two of them taken 50 years earlier:

John Sebastian, Michelle Phillips, Stephen Stills


Stephen Stills speaking at Hollywood star ceremony honoring Mama Cass Elliot. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

Cass Elliot singing “Dream a Little Dream of Me” with Lulu…

The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’ – Live in Monterey; 1967

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