Friends, family and Justin cheer the California girl as her "wildest dream" comes true

By Tim Nudd
February 23, 2012 11:05 AM
Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos; Inset: Zuma

With her boyfriend Justin Theroux and her father John Aniston looking on proudly, Jennifer Aniston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, saying she could scarcely believe one of her “wildest dreams” had come true.

But first, she was introduced … by her close friend and Just Go With It costar, Adam Sandler, who tipped his hat to her in a hilarious speech that also managed to mention Theroux.

Said Sandler: “I love this girl. My wife loves this girl. The entire world loves this girl. But mostly her family: Pops, Mom, brothers, fake sisters [long pause] and handsome and well-educated Justin Theroux loves this girl.”

Theroux then clapped and blew Aniston a kiss, which she returned.

When it was her turn to talk, the Wanderlust star, 43, said: “I was born in Sherman Oaks, California. I am a California girl through and through. And I’m sure this has always sort of been in the back of my mind. It probably wasn’t even a dream. It was one of my wildest dreams.”

She added: “I am utterly humbled and grateful to all of the fans who have come out today and supported me throughout my career. … My friends, you’re my family. All of you are my family. I love you!”

Wanderlust costars Malin Akerman and Kathryn Hahn also paid tribute to Aniston. Akerman called her “one of the loveliest human beings I have had the pleasure of meeting,” while Hahn said she was “a national treasure.”

Aniston celebrated on Wednesday night at Sunset Tower Hotel. She was spotted leaving with a girlfriend just before 8 p.m. When a member of the hotel staff congratulated her, a gracious Aniston “gave the biggest thank you,” an onlooker told PEOPLE.