Cate Blanchett Stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

The range, depth and quantity of Australian super thespian Cate Blanchett’s roles have long been admired by her peers and audiences the world over.

The ethereal redhead has dazzled as Queen Elizabeth the First (twice), as Galadiel (the otherworldly friend of the Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings trilogy), and as a mother-of-two, married schoolteacher who has an affair with an underage student (Notes on a Scandal).

In all her screen appearances, from Babel to I’m Not There to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the 39-year-old Oscar winner (Supporting Actress for 2004’s The Aviator) inhabits her characters with a deep ease that brings to life fully formed, natural human beings.

So why is such an esteemed artist down on her knees on grimy old Hollywood Boulevard?

Because on Friday afternoon, Blanchett was awarded Star number 2,376 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

An attraction to tourists worldwide, the Walk of Fame was inaugurated in 1960, with the first star going to Paul Newman’s long-time wife, Joanne Woodward.

The sidewalks of Hollywood honor cinema’s highest caliber of star. Ms. Blanchett, married to 42-year-old writer Andrew Upton and a mother of three, certainly deserves to be among them.

Her newest movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with Brad Pitt, opens on Christmas Day.