With the US premiere of The Avengers just a few days away, actress Scarlett Johansson was honored today with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Here’s some video from today’s event followed by the official press release.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor actress Scarlett Johansson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood, 6931 Hollywood Boulevard. “We are thrilled to honor an actress who has graced the screen and stage since she was eight years old. Over the past 18 years Scarlett has matured into a recognized cinematic presence with an impressive body of work,” stated Ana Martinez, Hollywood Walk of Fame Producer.
Johansson stars in the action-adventure, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS (inDigital 3D, RealD & IMAX 3D) in which shereprises the role of ‘Black Widow.’ The film opens nationwide on May 4.
Four-time Golden Globe nominee and BAFTA winner Scarlett Johansson, has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses. She won a Tony in 2010 for her Broadway debut in the Arthur Miller play “A View from a Bridge” opposite Liev Schreiber. She was most recently seen in the Cameron Crowe film “We Bought A Zoo” opposite Matt Damon and in the box office hit “Iron Man 2.” She also recently wrapped production on the independent film “Under The Skin” for director Jonathan Glazer (“Sexy Beast”) playing the lead role. Next up, she will portray Janet Leigh in the film, “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” opposite Anthony Hopkins. Soon afterward, she is slated to begin production on the film, “Don Jon’s Addiction,” written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Johansson received rave reviews and a Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for her starring role opposite Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation,” the critically-acclaimed second film by director Sofia Coppola. She was recently seen in the box office hit “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Prior she starred in the Woody Allen film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and played ‘Mary Boleyn’ in “The Other Boleyn Girl.”
In 2009, Johansson released her second studio album of duets with Pete Yorn called “Break Up” which has received multi-platinum status. Prior she released the album, “Anywhere I Lay My Head,” a collection of Tom Waits covers featuring one original song.
At the age of 12, Johansson attained worldwide recognition for her performance as Grace Maclean, the teen traumatized by a riding accident in Robert Redford’s “The Horse Whisperer.” She went on to star in Terry Zwigoff’s “Ghost World,” garnering a Best Supporting Actress award from the Toronto Film Critics Circle. Johansson was also featured in the Coen Brothers’ dark drama “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand.
Her other film credits include the critically acclaimed Weitz brothers’ film “In Good Company,” as well as opposite John Travolta in “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” which garnered her a Golden Globe nomination (her third in two years.) and Woody Allen’s “Match Point,” which garnered her 4th consecutive Golden Globe nominee in three years. Other film credits include “The Spirit,” “Girl with a Pearl Earring” opposite Colin Firth, “The Island” opposite Ewan McGregor, Brian DePalma’s “The Black Dahlia,” Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige” and “The Nanny Diaries.”
Her additional credits include Rob Reiner’s comedy “North;” the thriller “Just Cause,” with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne; and a breakthrough role at the age of 10 in the critically-praised “Manny & Lo,” which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for “Best Female Lead.”
A New York native, Johansson made her professional acting debut at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production of “Sophistry,” with Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwright’s Horizons.
In the spirit of Hollywood celebrities before her, Johansson is actively working for charitable causes. She is Global Ambassador for Oxfam an anti-poverty coalition and also works as Global Ambassador for the Red (Bono’s campaign). She also works with USA Harvest/Blessings in a Backpack as well as Planned Parenthood.