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Emmy was not the only femme in television singing praises last week.

Producer Marcy Carsey, comedian Phyllis Diller, the cast and creators of HBO’s “If These Walls Could Talk” and its sequel were among the women lauded at the seventh annual Lucy Awards last Friday.

Put on by Women in Film, the BevHilton luncheon served as a backdrop for a celebration of female pioneers in entertainment. At the same time, recipients and presenters urged women to keep supporting each other while working in such a competitive industry.

“2000 hasn’t been without its wedges,” said emcee Camryn Manheim.

Cinematographer-director Joan Churchill, bestowed with the Kodak Vision Award, urged women to hire other women whenever possible.

Actress Debbie Allen presented Carsey with a Lucy Award, commending her for choosing projects based on quality, not quantity.

“She’s a powerful woman standing on a ladder, and she jumps down and gives you a job,” Allen said.

Diller, who shows no signs of slowing down her career at 83, received her award from actress Sharon Stone.

“I’m thrilled to be here,” Diller said. “Here’s a town where people are crazy. Thank God.”

There were also some tears shed during the Founders Award tribute to Meredith MacRae.

“The best thing I like about Meredith MacRae is that she was my mother,” said Allison Mullavey, who accepted “The Tichi” or the Founders Award, on her mother’s behalf.

Perhaps Cher, honored for her work in “If These Walls Could Talk,” summed up the spirit of the event best.

“I love men. God knows I do,” Cher said. “They’re just not quite as good as we are.”

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