Comic actress Lily Tomlin will be presented with a Screen Actor’s Guild Life Achievement Award next year, and she’s believed to be the first openly gay actress to receive the gong.
The 76-year-old first rose to fame on 1970s variety show “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” and went on to star in films like “9 to 5” and “All of Me”.
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris told Variety that SAG was honoured the bestow the award on the “truly amazing” actress.
“Lily Tomlin is an extraordinary actress, as equally adept at narrative drama as in comedy roles,” she said.
“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.”
She’s currently filming the third season of Netflix comedy Grace & Frankie, in which she and co-star Jane Fonda star as two women whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they’ve fallen in love with each other. Lily was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress Emmys in 2015 and 2016 for the role.
Lily has been married to her partner Jane Wagner since 2013, but the pair have been together for decades.
She’ll receive the SAG award in January next year.
Watch Lily in the second season of Grace and Frankie below: