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L.A. Film Festival: At opening night tribute, Lily Tomlin shares career highlights

L.A. Film Festival: At opening night tribute, Lily Tomlin shares career highlights

The theater went dark, the crowd hushed — but nothing played. The audience was supposed to be watching a reel of highlights from Lily Tomlin’s career. But there was some sort of technical malfunction. Los Angeles Film Festival curator Elvis Mitchell ran to check on the problem, cracking a joke about how he had to go put “some cash in the machine.” And then, out of the blackness, a voice: “Let me act it out!” Tomlin. Obviously. To the crowd’s dismay, the retrospective soon began to play and the 75-year-old was not forced to give an impromptu performance. She was in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening to receive the festival’s...

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