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Lily Tomlin to Receive SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

Lily Tomlin has been named the 53rd recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Tomlin will be presented the award at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live nationwide on TNT and TBS on Jan. 29 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Tomlin won the 2014 Kennedy Center Honor, the 2003 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, two Peabody Awards, multiple Emmys, two Tonys, a Grammy, a Writers Guild of America Award, and both the Crystal Award and the Lucy Award from Women in Film.

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “Lily Tomlin is an extraordinary actress, as equally adept at narrative drama as in comedy roles. 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 behavior they widen our scope of understanding. On behalf of nearly 160,000 SAG-AFTRA members, we are honored to bestow our SAG Life Achievement Award on the truly amazing Lily Tomlin,” she added.

Tomlin broke into the business on the TV series “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” in 1969. She starred in six comedy specials, produced under the Tomlin-Wagner banner with her longtime partner, writer and producer Jane Wagner. Three of those specials earned four Emmys.

Tomlin can currently be seen starring opposite fellow executive producer Jane Fonda in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”

She earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her first movie, Robert Altman’s “Nashville.” Her films roles include “The Incredible Shrinking Woman,” “The Late Show,” “9 to 5,” “All of Me,” “Shadows and Fog,” “Big Business,” “I Heart Huckabees,” and Altman’s last film, “A Prairie Home Companion.”

She most recently played the title character in the dramedy “Grandma,” which earned her a Golden Globe nom.

The SAG award went to Carol Burnett earlier this year.  Other recent recipients include Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.

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