Kate Winslet. Picture: Reuters

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday - hours after an earthquake jolted LA.

The British star joked that the pre-dawn 4.4 magnitude quake occurred just as she was getting ready to feed her young son.

"I had no idea that this was going to be such a well-attended event," she said, referring to the quake as she accepted the honour on Hollywood Boulevard.

The 38-year-old said she headed for a nearby doorway, said to be a safe place in the event of a quake, "with my breast pump in my hand".

Winslet gave birth to son Bear, with new husband Ned RocknRoll, in December. She already has a daughter, Mia Honey, with first husband Jim Threapleton and a son, Joe Alfie, with Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes.

Winslet has been nominated six times for Oscars, including for her role alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 1998's Titanic, finally winning in 2009 for playing a nazi concentration camp guard in The Reader.

At the Walk of Fame ceremony, local councillor Mitch O'Farrell also quipped about the quake, saying: "The ground in Los Angeles literally shook in anticipation of Kate Winslet's star today."

Meanwhile, Winslet's Titanic cast-mate Kathy Bates made a more earthy joke about the famous stars which honour generations of celebrities along a stretch of Hollywood footpath.

"You deserve to have stars strewn at your feet," she said.

"Even though stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sometimes get a little dirty with a little poo or whatever, what will last is your wonderful beautiful films, characters that you've played that have stolen our hearts.

"Nobody can ever poo on those."

The West Australian

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