Lily Tomlin will be the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Lifetime Achievement Award. The actress will be the first openly gay performer to receive the honor.
Tomlin, 76, became known for her work on “Laugh-In” and starred in the film “9 to 5.” She currently stars in the Netflix original series “Grace and Frankie” opposite Jane Fonda.
“Lily Tomlin is an extraordinary actress as equally adept at narrative drama as in comedy roles,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement. “But it is through her many original characters that Lily’s creative genius fully shines. She has an ability to create diverse and distinct characters that are at once familiar, eccentric and oh so honest – in a way that illuminates life’s hidden corners. From Edith Ann to Frankie, her characters are wholly unique, and by exposing every nuance of human behaviour they widen our scope of understanding.”
Past performers honored have been Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, Sidney Poitier, among others.
Tomlin will receive the award at the SAG ceremony in January 2017.