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America’s Sweetheart Amy Poehler to Receive Walk of Fame Star

Actress Amy Poehler  (Thinkstock: Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images).
Actress Amy Poehler (Thinkstock: Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images).

Amy Poehler will receive the 2,566th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring a career that has brought her 17 Emmy nominations for her work on “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live” and the Golden Globes.

Rashida Jones, a castmate of Poehler’s on “Parks and Recreation,” and Mike Schur, a co-creator of the 2009-2015 NBC comedy, will join Poehler in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Hollywood Wax Museum on Hollywood Boulevard. The ceremony comes 15 days before the release of Poehler’s latest film, “Sisters.”

Poehler received an outstanding lead actress in a comedy series nomination in each of the final six seasons of “Parks and Recreation,” along with two nominations for producing and one for writing. She also received six nominations as a host and writer for the three years she co-hosted the Golden Globes with Tina Fey and two as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member.

Born Sept. 16, 1971, in Newton, Massachusetts, and raised in nearby Burlington, Poehler graduated from Boston College in 1993, then moved to Chicago to study improv at Second City.

Poehler was a co-founder of the sketch/improv troupe, the Upright Citizens Brigade, which would have a sketch comedy series on Comedy Central from 1998-2000.

Poehler spent eight seasons as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member beginning with the 2001-2002 season, including five as a co-anchor of its “Weekend Update” fake newscasts.

Poehler is remembered from “Saturday Night Live” for her impressions of Hillary Clinton, Kelly Ripa, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone and Michael Jackson and portrayal of such characters as the one- legged reality show contestant Amber and a manic host of “Good Morning Meth.”

Poehler’s film credits include “Baby Mama,” “Blades of Glory,” “Mean Girls” and “Wet Hot American Summer.”

Poehler is an executive producer of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and Hulu’s “Difficult People.”

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