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Actress Kirsten Dunst receives star on Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD — A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Aug. 29 honoring Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kirsten Dunst.

The ceremony came four days after the premiere of the Showtime dark comedy “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” in which Dunst stars as a minimum-wage water park employee who lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of a multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme. Dunst is also among the series’ executive producers.

She said when she was younger, “we would drive around these streets, and I always thought these stars were dedicated to the legends of the past. I never thought that someday I would be part of that. I’m so honored to be here today and a part of Hollywood history.”

Dunst was joined at the ceremony near the Gateway to the Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard near La Brea Avenue by Sofia Coppola, who directed Dunst in three films, and Dunst’s fiance, Jesse Plemons, who played her husband on the second season of the FX black comedy-crime drama anthology “Fargo.”

Dunst, 37, first gained fame in 1994 for portraying child vampire Claudia in the horror drama “Interview with the Vampire,” which brought her a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress when she was 12 years old.

Dunst received a best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television Golden Globe nomination in 2015 and an outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie Emmy nomination in 2016 for her role of beautician Peggy Blumquist in “Fargo.”

Dunst is best known for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s girlfriend, in three Spider-Man movies. The films she starred in directed by Coppola were “The Virgin Suicides,” “Marie Antoinette” and “The Beguiled.”

Dunst’s other film credits include “Jumanji,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “Bring It On,” “Melancholia,” “Midnight Special” and “Hidden Figures.”

Showing her skills behind the camera as well, Dunst made her directorial debut with the short film “Welcome,” starring Winona Ryder, which screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. She directed and co-wrote the short film “Bastard,” which starred Juno Temple and Brian Geraghty, and was accepted into the 2010 Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals. 

Dunst is a supporter of the Art of Elysium, an organization that encourages people to use their creativity to bring joy to children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. 

“Kirsten Dunst is one of those talents that people never forget,” Hollywood Walk of Fame Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez said. “Her films show the strength of women and she is a great role model for women of all ages around the world. We are proud to add this amazing actress to our Walk of Fame family.”