Jane Lynch honored with Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award
By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: PHENOMENAL WOMAN: Jane Lynch may have become one of the biggest stars on the planet in the past year, but her involvement with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center dates back to the early 90s.
That’s why it was especially gratifying to see this star, at the very top of her game, receive the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement at last night’s s 39th Anniversary Gala where such stars as Lily Tomlin, Kathy Griffin Matthew Morrison and Glee creator Ryan Murphy were on hand to pay tribute.
Carol Burnett, who guest stars in this week’s Glee episode as the mother of Sue Sylvester (Lynch) was scheduled to participate and was at rehearsals at the Century Plaza Hotel earlier Saturday. The comedy legend received word that her sister’s husband had died unexpectedly and she immediately left to be with her family.
Murphy, who always had Lynch in mind to play Sue Sylvester, took the stage and said: “What a year Jane Lynch is having. She’s won every award possible, topped off by the Emmy, She got married and had a child and most importantly, she became queen of the gays.”
The crowd erupted with cheers.
Added Murphy: “Jane has gone from successful working actress to icon and I could not be more proud of you Jane. She accomplished this tremendous feat the old fashioned way, through hard work and a quiet personal belief.”
He joked that when he has to have “please stop posing for porno pictures” discussions with young members of the cast [in reference to the controversial sexy GQ photos of three of the show’s stars], he always points to Jane for inspiration.
Said Murphy: “She became an overnight success in her 40s and even now is the first one on the set to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ Jane has gratitude for her huge success.” He called Jane “the consummate professional, always prepared, always enthusiastic, always humble.”
“Sometimes in the Glee set, Jane and I will look over wistfully at the Glee kids as they trot out pornographic posses for future magazine photo shoots and she’ll say something like ‘Can you believe this is happening?’ and I’ll say, “Yes … because I always knew that Jane Lynch would be more popular than chocolate.”
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