Kate Winslet gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

(CBS) -- Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet was honored with the 2,520th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday (March 17), four days before the release of her latest film, "Divergent.''

The actress, whose breakthrough role came in James Cameron's epic blockbuster film "Titanic," was joined by throngs of fans and co-stars past and present, including Kathy Bates and Shailene Woodley, who helped the English actress celebrate her star, which was placed at the famed intersection of Hollywood and Vine.

"Kate was a lovely young actress, and I knew that she would be tremendously courageous in her career, that she would work really hard, and she would make something magnificent of herself, which is what she did," said Bates, about first meeting Winslet on the set of 1997's "Titanic." The two also co-starred in 2008's "Revolutionary Road."

"She showed up every single day on time, with all of her lines memorized, with questions to be asked, not only for the director but for all of us actors, she was on set constantly, socializing with everybody, I know that sounds common, but this doesn't often happen with actors," said Woodley, who stars along Winslet in "Divergent." "Many things that I've learned from Kate, but the biggest, I guess, from an acting perspective is that she loves the art of being an actor."

Winslet took to the stage with thanks for the large crowds, despite Los Angeles experiencing a 4.4 earthquake earlier in the day.

"I'm completely overwhelmed by the number of people that there are here today, I honestly had no idea that this was going to be quite such a well attended event, especially after the earthquake this morning, which frightened me quite a lot actually, I made for a door frame with my breast pump in my hand," said Winslet, who gave birth to her third child in December 2013, her first child with husband Ned RocknRoll.

She also took stock of her successful 20 year career, during which she was nominated for six Oscars, winning for best actress for 2008's "The Reader," in addition to an Emmy Award for the television movie "Mildred Pierce" (2011).

"So here I am this morning, at the infamous corner of Hollywood and Vine, I believe that so many great young, aspiring actors first stepped off the bus with the hope of embarking on a film career at this very spot that we all stand in today, So I feel very honored, 20 years into my own career, to be standing in such poignant place, and being celebrated in such a spectacular fashion. Thank you very much for my star, and thank you very much for having me," said Winslet.

Born in Reading, England on Oct. 5, 1975, Winslet grew up in a family of actors and began performing for British television when she was 13 years old. She made her film debut with a starring role in the 1994 drama "Heavenly Creatures" about a notorious New Zealand murder.

Her latest film, futuristic sci-fi "Divergent" opens March 21.


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