Lily Tomlin receives Walk of Stars honor

Celebrity Lily Tomlin and partner Jane Wagner receive star on Palm Springs sidewalk

by Michael Gonzalez
Section Editor
Celebrity couple Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner receive their award at the Corridors (Michael Gonzalez/The Chaparral)

The couple, lifelong partners, received their star at The Corridor plaza in downtown Palm Springs. The March 16 event attracted scores of fans who surrounded the area snapping photos and getting autographs from Tomlin.

The Corridor packed with fans, locals, and politicians in the desert to honor the couple as they received their recognition. Senator Barbara Boxer appeared on Friday to see her friends Tomlin and Wagner being honored at the Walk of Stars. Local actress Carol Channing also made an appearance to share in the celebration. Channing spoke to the attendees, expressing gladness at seeing the couple being honored by the community.

The Walk of Stars has been around since 1992, when the Palm Springs community decided that many artists and performers involved in the community deserved to be honored for their works. The Walk is a non-profit organization, licensed by the City of Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Mayor and President of the Board of Directors of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars Steve Pougnet, welcomed the couple on the city’s behalf. Pougnet honored them for the help they’ve given to the community through their work with various charities and concert events.

The Walk of Stars Board votes annually for a citizen or celebrity who lives, or has lived the Coachella Valley to receive a star. President Robert Alexander, board member of the Walk of Stars organization, says the candidates must also make a worldwide impact in the arts, sports, film, music, or other areas, that assists causes in the desert.

Alexander and his fellow board members plan three to four weeks in advance of every ceremony for the Walk of Stars event.  They bestow an average of ten to fifteen stars every year in Palm Springs. The board presents not just a star on the sidewalk, but a star replica that is framed and a bouquet of flowers for the recipients. Past honorees include Chevy Chase, Peter Fonda, and James Earl Jones.

Tomlin replied “Jane [Wagner] is as proud as I am receving this award and getting credit for everything we’ve been through.”  Tomlin and Wagner expressed how unique Palm Springs is and how they plan to live here, and plan never to retire from show business. There are now a total of 345 stars on the Walk of Stars in Palm Springs. Tomlin’s star is located at the intersection of Alejo Road and N. Palm Canyon Drive.

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