- Title: Filmmaker Lee Daniels receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Date: 3rd December 2016
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** WIDE OF LEE DANIELS AND MEMBERS OF HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE UNVEILING STAR VARIOUS OF LEE DANIELS AND OTHERS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEE DANIELS STANDING AT PODIUM WITH HIS MOTHER, SAYING: "My mom worked three jobs, and I was happy to see her for an hour out of a week just to rub her feet. She's instilled faith in me, she's instilled morals in me, when all around immorality was around, and I dedicate this star to my mom. DANIELS MOTHER SAYS: "Oh, my god." DANIELS: "Thank you, I love you." MOM: "I love you too" DANIELS: "Anyway I don't really have much more to say other than thank you everybody." LEE DANIELS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS CLOSE UP OF STAR LEE DANIEL POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH QUEEN LATIFAH, GABOUREY SIDIBE (SOUNDBITE) (English) QUEEN LATIFAH SAYING: "I am so honored to be here as Lee Daniels receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, because having received one I know what that means, it means that you made it kid, first of all. But it means also that you go from needing inspiration to being an inspiration. It means that in spite of all the difficulties in life you can make it, you can succeed despite your circumstances, and for Lee it means that there is magic in there, there is music in all that mud. I believe that of him, most importantly it means that dreams do come through. These stars mean that dreams come through." LEE DANIELS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH QUEEN LATIFAH, GABOUREY SIDIBE (SOUNDBITE) (English) GABOUREY SIDIBE SAYING: "You only know my name because this man took a chance, oh I am not going to cry, but this is the first man to say yes to me, and to say yes to me as I am, in my body, in my color, in everything that I am, he is the first person to look at me and to see more, and that is Lee's gift. He sees the beauty in potential, and he sees the art and the genius in everything, things that people would turn away from, things that people don't want to see, he sees glory in it." VARIOUS OF LEE DANIELS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
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- Keywords: Lee Daniels Queen Latifah Gabby Sidibe Empire Precious Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA0015B71HZH
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- Story Text: Film director and television producer Lee Daniels received the 2,595th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday, (December 2). Among Daniels' career highlights are a best director Oscar nomination for "Precious" and the co-creation of the hit hip-hop drama "Empire.''
Gabourey Sidibe, who Daniels directed to a best supporting actress Oscar in the 2009 film drama "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,'' was among those joining Daniels at the Hollywood Boulevard ceremony. Also on hand were Queen Latifah, who appears in Daniels' upcoming TV series "Star," and actor Jussie Smollett, who stars in "Empire."
Daniels dedicated the honor to his mother, who was also on hand for the event.
"My mom worked three jobs, and I was happy to see her for an hour out of a week just to rub her feet. She's instilled faith in me, she's instilled morals in me, when all around immorality was around, and I dedicate this star to my mom."
Daniels, 56, was born in Philadelphia. Prior to entering the entertainment industry he ran a nursing agency.
Daniels later founded a production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, which made its feature film debut with the 2001 release "Monster's Ball,'' which led to Halle Berry receiving a best actress Oscar for her starring role.
Daniels made his directing debut with the 2005 crime thriller "Shadowboxer,'' starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren.
Daniels received a best director Oscar nomination in 2010 for "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.'' He also wrote, directed and produced the 2012 film drama "The Paperboy."
Daniels' last film, Lee Daniels' The Butler'' starred Forest Whitaker as a black butler who served at the White House from 1957 to 1986. The ceremony comes less than two weeks before the premiere of the latest series Daniels co-created, "Star,'' about three young women in a musical group in Atlanta.
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