HOLLYWOOD (CBS) —  Scarlett Johansson received the 2,470th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday, two days before the release of her latest film, the expected box office blockbuster “The Avengers,” in which she will reprise the role of Black Widow she played in “Iron Man 2” in 2010.

Her co-star in “The Avengers,” Jeremy Renner, was among those joining Johansson at the ceremony in front of Madame Tussauds wax museum on Hollywood Boulevard.

“When I was told I was getting this star, I thought to myself, man, I really made it to the big time,” Johansson said. “You know, no matter what happens from here on out, I made my mark, I’m here to stay, and my family for generations to come will always be able to visit me right here, always. What a deeply, deeply touching gift.”

Born Nov. 22, 1984, in New York City, Johansson made her professional acting debut when she was 8 years old in an off-Broadway production of “Sophistry.” She also appeared in a sketch on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” when she was 8. She made her film debut playing John Ritter’s daughter in the 1994 fantasy comedy “North.”

Johansson’s other early credits include “Manny & Lo,” which brought her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best female lead; “The Horse Whisperer,” portraying a teenager traumatized by a riding accident; and “Ghost World.”

Johansson received the first two of her four Golden Globe award nominations in 2003 for her performances in “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and “Lost in Translation.” She received additional Golden Globe nominations in 2004 for “A Love Song for Bobby Long” and 2005 for “Match Point.”

Johansson’s other film credits include “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “We Bought A Zoo,” “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “The Island.”

Johansson won a Tony Award as best featured actress in a play in 2010 for her Broadway debut in “A View From the Bridge.”

Magazines including Maxim, Men’s Health, Esquire, Playboy and GQ, have dubbed her — among other titles — “Sexiest Woman Alive,” “Hot 100,” “Sexiest Celebrity” and “Babe of the Year.”

She was married to actor Ryan Reynolds — formerly People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” — from 2008-2010.

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