The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: The Kennedy Center Honors announced their 2014 recipients and a Kentucky native is on the list. The honorees are Al Green, Tom Hanks, Sting, Patricia McBride and Paducah native Lily Tomlin.
The comedian says "It was a huge surprise, bigger than huge." She didn't open the letter right away because she assumed it was an invitation to attend since she's on the Honors nominating committee.
Tomlin did not find her passion for comedy and acting until after college. She did stand-up comedy and eventually made her television debut on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965. Tomlin was one of the first female comedians to break out in male drag with her characters Velour and Rick. She is most widely known for Ernestine and Edith Ann.
You have seen her in Nashville, Nine to Five, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, All of Me and Big Business. She was also a huge success on Broadway. Tomlin was the the first woman to appear solo in a show at the Biltmore Theatre in April 1977. Her solo show toured the country.
Tomlin and the other honorees will attend the 37th Honors ceremony on December 7th in the Opera House in Washington, D.C.
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