On Thursday, SAG-AFTRA announced that it would honor the 76-year-old at its 23rd annual show in 2017. Lily Tomlin was twice nominated for her work on “The West Wing.” The show is scheduled to air Jan. 29.
Lily Tomlin will be the recipient of this year’s SAG Life Achievement Award.
The honor will be an addition to the Lily Tomlin’ already impressive list of accolades, which includes multiple Emmys and American Comedy Awards, two Tony Awards, two Peabody Awards and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
“Lily Tomlin is an extraordinary actress, as equally adept at narrative drama as in comedy roles,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “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.”
Tomlin began her long career on the sketch variety show Laugh-In, where she debuted characters such as the philosophical 5-and-a-half-year-old Edith Ann. Her other television roles include playing the voice of Ms. Frizzle in the animated kid’s TV series The Magic School Bus and the president’s executive assistant, Deborah Fiderer, on Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing.
Currently, she stars opposite Jane Fonda on Netflix’s Grace & Frankie, a role that has garnered her two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
From Nashville to I Heart Huckabees, Tomlin has worked with directors such as Robert Altman, Woody Allen and David O. Russell throughout her illustrious film career. Last year’s indie comedy Grandma earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
The actress is also an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community, co-founding the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center.
Tomlin will receive the honor during the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live nationwide on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.