Gale Anne Hurd, producer of such films as The Terminator and Aliens, received the 2,483rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday.
"Today is a very special day for me," Hurd said in the late-morning ceremony in front of the Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy on Hollywood Boulevard.
"I was a small child in the 1960s when I first walked on the sidewalks of Hollywood and marveled over the Walk of Fame, my favorite stars' names immortalized in concrete for all to see. Never once did I imagine that I would be among them."
Academy Award-winning director James Cameron recalled their first meeting in late 1979 when both worked for Corman's New World Pictures, Hurd as production manager for Humanoids from the Deep and Cameron as a model maker for Battle Beyond the Stars.
"I saw in Gale this clarity of purpose, this focus, a drive," said Cameron, who was married to Hurd from 1985-89.
"There was a light behind her eyes that I didn't see in any of the other people around me. I watched her work and I saw that she's somebody that makes things happen. There was no doubt that she was there to kick ass and take names."
Hurd, who was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 1955 and graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in economics and communications in 1977, formed her own production company, Pacific Western Productions, in 1982.
Hurd joined Cameron in writing the screenplay for The Terminator, which he directed. She also produced the Cameron-directed Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens and The Abyss.
Hurd credited Cameron for her success.
"It only takes one yes to change your life," Hurd said.
"Without Jim Cameron's belief in my producing abilities, I probably would have given up and gone to law school, which is what my parents really wanted me to do. I'm sorry that my mother and father aren't here today to see that their choice would have been the wrong one for me."
Cameron also praised Hurd for being "a hands-on producer" and having "a stamina that even the young crews can't keep up with."
"On 'Aliens,' I watched her come into a male-dominated film system in England (as) a young female producer with one credit that they'd never heard of and she earned their respect through sheer talent," Cameron said.
"She made that film happen. Producing is about making it happen no matter what. It takes a spine of steel and a gaze that doesn't blink. She faced down the old boys club on that movie and made the hard decisions when they needed to be made."
Those decisions included firing the director of photography after the first week and replacing the male lead 10 days into shooting, Cameron said.
"Then the entire crew quit over a labor dispute halfway through the schedule," Cameron said. "It was one nightmare after another, but she prevailed. She made it happen."
The ceremony was held 11 days before the start of the third season of the AMC horror series The Walking Dead for which Hurd is one of the executive producers.
Series star Andrew Lincoln joined Cameron and Hurd in speaking and cast members Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Laurie Holden, David Morrissey, Steven Yeun and Michael Rooker were in attendance.
Hurd's other producing credits include The Abyss, Tremors, The Incredible Hulk, Hulk, Aeon Flux, The Punisher, Punisher: War Zone, Alien Nation, The Waterdance, Raising Cain, No Escape, Safe Passage, Dante's Peak, The Relic, Dick and The Ghost and the Darkness.