Lily Tomlin Receives Trail-Blazer Award

The seventh annual “Real to Reel: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTs in Hollywood” exhibit, in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and LA Pride, awarded Lily Tomlin with their Trail-Blazer award at a ceremony at the Hollywood Museum last week.

Lily Tomlin Interviewed by NBC, ABC and Extra.

Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner, Lily Tomlin, accepted the Trail-Blazer award on behalf of herself and partner, writer, director and producer, Jane Wagner. While restaurateur, philanthropist, author, actress, television personality, and activist Lisa Vanderpump star of the Bravo Series Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules, was honored with the Hollywood Legacy award.  

Exhibit highlights include costumes and rainbow inspired personal clothing from today’s hottest stars, from television shows and films such as: Grace and Frankie, How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Sordid Lives, Cruising, Orange is the New Black, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ray Donovan, Mad Men, Arrested Development, Cabaret, as well as Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots, Scandal, True Blood, The Good Wife, Bohemian Rhapsody (Costume worn by Rami Malek), One Day at a Time (Costume worn by Isabella Gomez), Special (costume worn by Ryan O’Connor), Transparent (costume worn by Jeffrey Tambour), Vanderpump Rules (wardrobe worn by Lisa Vanderpump), Daytime Emmys Awards (Gown worn by Host Carolyn Hennesy), Hollywood Medium (wardrobe worn by Tyler Henry, Project Runway, RuPaul’s Drag Race (outfit worn by Bob the Drag Queen winner) and this year 5 time Emmy winner including best Drama and Actor, After Forever (costume worn by Kevin Spirtas and Emmy for Best Actor).

Artist Khoi Nguyen’s tribute to LGBT Advocate, Harvey Milk (Comprised of of 43,000 fingerprints) on display for the anniversary of his assassination.

Additional exhibit items include famous costumes from Hollywood’s leading designers: Bob Mackie, Zac Posen, Ret Turner, Jorge del Busto, Nolan Miller, Mr. Blackwell, and Edith Head . 

This year’s exhibit also includes, LGBT Icons including Ellen Degeneres, Cher, Katy Perry,  Lady Gaga, Freddie Mercury, Judy Garland, Betty Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Ramon Navarro, Rudolf Valentino, Charles Laughton, Sam Harris, Bruce Vilanch, Sherman Hemsley, Gere Jewell, Jerry Herman, and many more.

“The museum welcomes the opportunity to create and showcase this important exhibition, sharing with the public the artistic expression and extraordinary significance of the LGBT culture and its effect and impact on the world through the medium of entertainment,” said Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of The Hollywood Museum located in the Historic Max Factor Building.

The exhibit also includes historic LGBT moments with Rev. Troy Perry, including the Black Cat riots (1967), and on display: the infamous sign that once hung at the entrance of West Hollywood’s Barney’s Beanery.   

The anti-gay sign that once hung over the bar at Barney’s Beanery, declaring “Fagots – Stay Out!”

The Hollywood Museum extends Pride though the month of October. Information is below.

REGULAR HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
TICKETS: $15 Adults: $12 Seniors (62+): $12 for students with ID and $5 Children under 5.
ADDRESS: 1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90028 
MUSEUM INFO: or Tel: (323) 464-7776

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