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Oscar-winner Charlize Theron's career came full circle Thursday when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame only blocks from where she was first "discovered."

"I had big dreams when I came here, but this is an incredibly amazing gift. . . . Two cherries on top of the cake," Theron told a cheering crowd at the star's unveiling.

Surrounded by family and friends from her native South Africa, Theron recounted how at 18 an agent found her in line at a bank on Hollywood Boulevard. Her mother had pushed the tall, beautiful star to move to Los Angeles to pursue film acting.

Initially a model, and then a ballerina, the future movie star danced for New York's Joffrey Ballet before rising through the ranks in Hollywood.

Theron, 30, starred in such movies as The Cider House Rules, and The Italian Job. But it was 2003's Monster that cemented her status and earned her an Oscar and Golden Globe. AP