Lily Tomlin and her life partner, Jane Wagner, were honored recently with the 345th star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Their joint celestial body—the first for a same-sex couple—can be seen imbedded in the sidewalk on North Palm Canyon Drive steps away from my favorite coffee shop, Koffi. On the pristine spring day of its unveiling, Lily and Jane were feted in the courtyard of the Palm Springs Corridor. Little did anyone guess that the event would bring out a capacity crowd of more than 300 of their biggest fans, including the likes of Congresswoman Barbara Boxer; their good friends Mark Anton, Scott Histed, and Michael Childers; as well as Broadway and film legend Carol Channing (who spontaneously serenaded the crowd with a few bars of “Hello, Dolly!”).
Lily is famous for her “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” characters “Ernestine” and “Edith Ann,” but together she and Jane have also co-written six award-winning comedy TV specials as well as their Tony Award-winning “The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,” all of in which Lily starred. In my eyes this couple can do no wrong!
According to the tribute tradition’s website, the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was begun in 1992 as a way to celebrate honorees who “by their presence in the area, contribute[d] to the charm, worldwide prominence, and name recognition of Greater Palm Springs.” Individuals so commemorated include early actors like Rudolph Valentino and Harold Lloyd; Palm Springs-heyday stars such as Bob Hope, Shirley Temple, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Liberace, and Gene Autry; local luminaries the likes of Albert Frey, Donald Wexler, and Julius Shulman; and more recent notables such as Sonny Bono, Kathy Griffin…and now, the Tomlin-Wagners!
I love taking a walk through the history of the Palm Springs Valley by meandering through the streets in search of my favorite stars. Sometimes you have to look up, but other times it’s a must to look down. www.palmspringswalkofstars.com