Another name was embedded on the pavement in downtown Palm Springs Monday — that of comedian and two-time Grammy Award nominee Judy Tenuta.
Her star on the Walk of the Stars in Palm Springs, the 433rd since the initial five stars were installed on Feb. 26, 1992, was unveiled during a ceremony in front of Benjamin Perdereau French Apparel on Palm Canyon Drive.
“Judy showed up in a limousine and everyone went crazy,” said Nona Watson, CEO of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Tenuta became nationally known in 1987 for her first HBO special, “Women of the Night,” co-starring Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone and Rita Rudner, and has long been an advocate for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality.
As an ordained minister, she has performed marriage ceremonies for more than 20 years, including many same-sex unions well before same-sex marriage was legal.
Tenuta’s career milestones include receiving the American Comedy Award for best female club stand-up comic in 1988, and best spoken comedy album Grammy nominations in 1995 for “Attention Butt Pirates and Lesbetarians” and the following year for “In Goddess We Trust.”
She has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The View,” “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” and “Larry King Live,” and has been a voice actor on the animated comedies “Space Ghost” and “Duckman.”
Tenuta’s star was the second to be unveiled this season, which began in October and ends in May, said Jeff Jones, the Chamber’s director of programs. The first was dedicated to Palm Springs area radio host Bill Feingold in October.
Local philanthropic couple John McDonald and Rob Wright will share the 434th star, which will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Friday outside the LGBT Community Center of the Desert at 1301 N. Palm Canyon Drive.
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