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Lily Tomlin to Receive AARP’s Movies for Grownups Award for Professional Achievement

AARP The Magazine announced TODAY that Lily Tomlin will receive this year’s Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award. Tomlin – a critically acclaimed actress and comedian across television, film and theater, and recipient of eight Emmy Awards®, two Tony Awards®, a Grammy Award®, among many others – will be honored at the 20th Annual Movies Anniversary Special for Grownups® (MFG) Awards, airing Friday, March 18, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET, by GREAT PERFORMANCES on PBS.

“We are thrilled to honor Lily Tomlin, a trailblazer whose six-decade career as an actress, comedian, writer and lawyer continues to cross borders today,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. . “She is an icon across all media – as fresh, innovative and influential TODAY as when she revolutionized television on Laugh-In in the 60s. In her current role on Grace and Frankie, in which she portrays the issues of aging with respect, originality and hilarity, she continues to dismantle outdated stereotypes, demonstrating why she remains at the forefront of pop culture.”

For two decades, AARP’s Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for adults, by adults, advocating for audiences over 50, challenging industry ageism, and encouraging movies — and now TV shows — that resonate with older viewers.

Ms. Tomlin said, “I am honored to receive this award from AARP. There are so few adults in the world. I’m happy to be one. I feel like I’m not just an adult, but I’m mature for my age and that’s the truthhhhh!”

Tomlin will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor at the virtual awards ceremony, which will also include recognition for the best movies and TV series of 2021, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Movie/Best Adult Movie, Best Series, Best TV Movie/Limited Series, and more.

She joins a prestigious list of past AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement winners, including George Clooney, Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Shirley MacLaine, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone.

Lily Tomlin, one of America’s greatest actresses, has conquered a wide range of media, featuring in television, theater, film, animation, video, and social media. Throughout his extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: eight Emmys, with 25 Primetime nominations and five Daytime nominations in 50 years; a Tony for his one-man Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her solo performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableACE Award for executive producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for his comedy album, This is a Recording, and nominations for his albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards, for Edith Ann’s Christmas (Just Say Christmas) and The Celluloid Closet. She earned an Oscar nomination in 1976 for Nashville, as well as the MARK TWAIN AWARD FOR AMERICAN HUMOR in 2003. In 2014, she received THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS in Washington, DC, followed by a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Tomlin is critically acclaimed for her work on television (The West Wing, Malibu Country, Grace and Frankie, Web Therapy), on stage (Appearing Nitely, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The Search), as well than in the cinema (Nashville, 9 to 5, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Big Business, Shadows and Fog, Short Cuts, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Kid, The Walker, Pink Panther II, Admission, Grandma, among others).

Upcoming, Tomlin will star alongside GRACE AND FRANKIE and 9 to 5 co-star Jane Fonda in Moving On. Reuniting with his grandmother and admissions director Paul Weitz, Tomlin and Fonda play two old friends who reconnect at a funeral and decide to get revenge on THE WIDOWER who wronged them decades before.

Tomlin is well known for his support of philanthropic organizations, particularly those focused on animal welfare, civil rights, health care, elephant protection, women’s issues, AIDS-related organizations, concerns environmental issues, addressing homelessness and supporting the LGBTQ community in all aspects of life. .

The virtual ceremony will be hosted by Alan Cumming and will be broadcast by GREAT PERFORMANCES on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/moviesforgrownups and the PBS Video app as part of #PBSForTheArts, a cross-platform campaign that celebrates the arts in America.