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Sofia Vergara received the 2,551st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, honoring her work on the ABC comedy “Modern Family” that has brought her four Emmy nominations.

Vergara’s “Modern Family” co-stars Eric Stonestreet and Ed O’Neill were among those on hand for the ceremony, along with Steven Levitan, a co- creator and executive producer of the series. Vergara’s star is located next to that of O’Neill, who plays her husband on the show.

“This is unbelievable for me to be standing here today with all of you,” she said. “I don’t have anything to say but thank you. And the first thanks I have to give is to ‘Modern Family.’ … If they had not invented Gloria Pritchett I wouldn’t be here. I owe everything that I’ve been able to do in the American market to this amazing character, and … I’m always going to remember this in my life.”

The ceremony came one day before the release of the buddy comedy film “Hot Pursuit.” Vergara co-stars with Reese Witherspoon in the film and served as an executive producer.

Born July 10, 1972, in Barranquilla, Colombia, Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach. She made her first appearance as a performer in a Pepsi commercial when she was 17 years old.

Vergara co-hosted a travel series, “Fuera de serie,” on the Spanish- language Univision network from 1995-98. Her first English-language television role came in an uncredited role on a 1999 episode of “Baywatch.”

Vergara was a cast member of the short-lived ABC comedies “Hot Properties” in 2005 and “The Knights of Prosperity” in 2007.

Vergara made her film debut in the 2002 Disney comedy “Big Trouble,” portraying a maid who falls in love with a homeless wanderer (Jason Lee).

Vergara’s first lead role in a film was in “The Three Stooges,” released in 2011. Vergara’s other film credits include “Fading Gigolo” “Chef,” “Wild Card,” “New Year’s Eve,” “Four Brothers” and the Tyler Perry-directed “Meet The Browns” and “Madea Goes To Jail.”

—City News Service

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