Oscar-winning actress Regina King’s fame was steeped in history Thursday, when she placed her hand and footprints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theater.
King did a little dance as she stood barefoot in the damp cement and carved “No place like home” under her name, the first line of the theme song from “227”, the late-night television series. 1980s in which she first gained attention.
“It means so much,” King said at the ceremony. “A lot of people are going to see this and they are going to think it’s from ‘Wizard of Oz’, but it’s from my early days.”
In 2019, King won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a film adaptation of a James Baldwin novel.
She made her film debut last year with the drama “One Night in Miami …”, which imagines a meeting between activist Malcolm X, boxer Muhammad Ali, NFL player Jim Brown and singer Sam Cooke in February 1964.
“It’s a spectacle to see the strength of your connection, your caring, your creativity and your desire for community is a wonder, and it was a pleasure to be in your orbit,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay told King during of the ceremony Thursday. “Your talent knows no bounds.”
King will then star in Netflix’s new western “The Harder They Fall”, inspired by real-life African American cowboys.
“There is no time limit, there is no expired date for making your dreams come true,” King said of encouragement to anyone looking to follow in his footsteps. “If you love what you’re doing, you should never stop working on it.”