Lily Tomlin will sink her hands and feet in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre on April 17, in a ceremony to coincide with the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival, it was announced Thursday.
The Tony, Grammy, eight-time Emmy and two-time Peabody Award winner began her career in the 1960s and has appeared in cinematic classics, television staples and on stage. She is currently starring opposite Jane Fonda on the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”
“Lily Tomlin’s talent has endured for 50 years because she knows who she is. She’s managed to play broadly drawn roles alongside more nuanced characters without a hint of falseness,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival.
“There’s a consistent richness to her work, in comedy and drama, as well as on stage in her innovative one-woman show, `The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,’ and on the big screen,” he said. “Whether your favorite Lily Tomlin performance is `The Late Show’ or `9 to 5′ or `Nashville’ … or `All of Me,’ `Flirting with Disaster,’ `I Heart Huckabees’ or `A Prairie Home Companion,’ you know all of those pictures were made more memorable because Lily Tomlin was among the cast. It’s hard to imagine a more deserving artist to have her hand and footprints cemented outside Hollywood’s signature classic movie house.”
This will be the 10th consecutive year that TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the Hollywood Boulevard landmark. In 2011, Peter O’Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017, Cicely Tyson in 2018, and Billy Crystal in 2019.
The TCM Classic Film Festival will be held April 16-19, featuring movie screenings, appearances by actors and filmmakers and panel discussions. This year’s theme is “Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film.”
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