Sofia Vergara Gets Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame (PHOTOS)

HOLLYWOOD (CNS/FOX 11) - 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-star Eric Stonestreet and Steven Levitan, a co-creator and executive producer of the series, joined her in speaking in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Marshalls store. The star is next to that of Ed O'Neill, who plays her husband.

"It is such an honor to be given this recognition,'' Vergara wrote on her website,

The ceremony comes 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.''

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