Eighty-two year old acrtress and commedianne Lily Tomlin will be tne newest recipient of the Movies for Grownups Award from the AARP. The Lifetime Achievement Award presentation will be a part of of the Best Movies and TV for Grownups ceremony.
A virtual event, will be hosted by Alan Cumming and will be broadcast on PBS March 18 on “Great Performances”.
AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins spoke on Tomlin’s receiving the award saying, “we are thrilled to honor Lily Tomlin, a trailblazer whose six-decade career as an actress, comedian, writer and advocate continues to break through boundaries today. In her current role on ‘Grace and Frankie,’ in which she portrays issues of aging with respect, originality and hilarity, she continues to dismantle outdated stereotypes.”
Tomlin issued a statement responding to the announcement that included a phrase from Edith Ann saying,”there are so few grownups in the world. I am happy to be one. I feel I am not only a grownup, but I am mature for my age and that’s the truthhhhh!”
Tomlin burst on the television scene in the sixties as a part of the original comedy sketch program “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In” where she played the role of five year old Edith Ann who dispensed tidbits from a hug rocking chair and the telephone operator Ernastine and her signature “one ringy dingy”.
The AARP Movies for Grownups pays homage to to movies for adults over the age of 50.
Tomlin joins a long list of previous winners that include Michael Douglas, Shirley MacLaine, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Annette Bening, Helen Mirren, and Susan Sarandon.
This is not the first Lifetime Achievement award for Tomlin; she received the same award from the Screen Actor’s Guild and is a The Women’s Image Network Awards Lifetime Achievement Honoree. Missing only the O (Oscar) in EGOT, Tomlin has six Emmys, two Tonys, and a Grammy Award. She also is a recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor and a Kennedy Center Honour.
The Michican native began her career in the fifties as a standup comic.
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