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Lily Tomlin To Become First Out Lesbian Recipient of Kennedy Center Honors

Lily_TomlinActress and comidienne Lily Tomlin will be one of 5 recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors, becoming the first out lesbian ever to receive the artistic recognition, The Advocate reports:

While several women previously honored have been rumored to be lesbian or bisexual, such as Lynn Fontanne and Katharine Hepburn, Tomlin is the first out female honoree. Numerous gay or bisexual men have received the Kennedy Center Honors, including Tennessee Williams, Stephen Sondheim, Aaron Copland, Edward Albee, Elton John, and Merce Cunningham.

Tomlin and another out lesbian performer, Ellen DeGeneres, have both received a different Kennedy Center award, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Tomlin in 2003, DeGeneres in 2012.

The Kennedy Center Honors are given annually to "five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," according to Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Remarking on Tomlin's contributions, Rubenstein commented, “From the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit." 

Tomlin is slated to team up with her 9 to 5 co-star Jane Fonda for a new Netflix series Grace and Frankie, that centers on a friendship that's formed when the women find out their husbands are having an affair. 

This year's other Kennedy Center honorees include singer Al Green, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, and singer-songwriter Sting. The recipients will be honored with a gala that will be televised on CBS on December 30 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Anna Kendrick performed in last year's gala, offering a special tribute to Shirley MacLaine.


Martin Sheen to Play Jane Fonda's Gay Husband in Netflix Comedy with Lily Tomlin

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Back in March we reported that Netflix was developing a 13-episode half-hour comedy starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda called Grace and Frankie.

SheenMartin Sheen is now joining the show as Fonda's husband, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

The single-camera comedy centers on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. The women, much to their dismay, find that their lives are permanently intertwined and, much to their surprise, find they have each other. It comes as Netflix looks to push further into comedy, as original content vp Cindy Holland noted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Grace and Frankie is slated for a 2015 debut and is written and created by Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris (TBS' Sullivan & Son, According to Jim, Home Improvement).

(Top image: JaneFonda.com)


Lily Tomlin Weds Longtime Partner on New Year's Eve

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Actress Lily Tomlin (left) and longtime partner Jane Wagner (right) were married in a low-key ceremony on New Year’s Eve in NYC.

Out reports the couple met in March of 1971 when the two collaborated on Tomlin's comedy album and have since worked on a number of projects together.

No word yet on if the two dressed up as chickens for the ceremony, as Tomlin had joked about earlier this year. 

Congrats to the newlyweds!


Lily Tomlin Considering Nontraditional Wedding to Partner Jane Wagner: 'Maybe We'll Dress Like Chickens'

Lily Tomlin says she's considering marrying her partner of more than four decades, Jane Wagner, E!'s Marc Malkin reports:

Tomlin_wagnerTomlin, who turns 74 on Sept. 1, and Wagner, 78, never thought they would see same sex marriage legal in their lifetime.

"You didn't think that would happen," the 9 to 5 star said. "It's pretty remarkable...You don't really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very very happy about it."

The wedding would be nontraditional, Tomlin joked:

"No rings, no bridal dresses. Maybe we'll be dressed like chickens."


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