RuPaul Honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - NBC Connecticut

RuPaul Honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

"It was a dream I wasn't sure how I would achieve it but I had so much support from my family and from my faith in a benevolent universe"

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    Entertainment icon and world-famous drag queen RuPaul received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday.

    RuPaul Andre Charles is the 2,631st celebrity to get his own star.

    The two-time Emmy winner was introduced by Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda at the ceremony, who remarked that his star should be "at least three sizes bigger than any other star on the Walk of Fame."

    RuPaul reflected on his lifelong aspiration to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sharing, "It was a dream I wasn't sure how I would achieve it but I had so much support from my family and from my faith in a benevolent universe. And that is what has brought me here today."

    The ceremony took place outside of World of Wonder production offices -- the company that produces VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race,'' which brought RuPaul prime-time Emmys as outstanding host of a reality or reality-competition program in 2016 and 2017.

    "RuPaul is a revolutionary performer who brought the art of drag into the American public eye and made it mainstream,'' said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Born RuPaul Andre Charles on Nov. 17, 1960, in San Diego, he later studied theater at the North Atlanta School of Performing Arts. He settled in New York City in the mid-1980s, becoming a popular fixture on the nightclub scene earning himself the title "Queen of Manhattan.''

    RuPaul's first prominent national exposure came in 1989, with a featured role dancing in the B-52's "Love Shack'' music video.

    RuPaul released his first album, "Supermodel of the World'' in 1993, which topped Billboard's Heatseekers chart for new and developing recording artists. He has released 10 more studio albums, two soundtrack albums, six compilation albums, three remix albums, one extended play and 32 singles.

    RuPaul has produced and hosted the competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race,'' since 2009. He also hosted "RuPaul's Drag U,'' where women are given drag makeovers and "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul,'' both on Logo.

    RuPaul has also been a judge on the Game Show Network's body-painting competition, "Skin Wars.''

    RuPaul has appeared in more than 50 films and television shows both in and out of drag including "Crooklyn,'' "The Brady Bunch Movie,'' "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,'' and "But I'm a Cheerleader.''