In the ’70s, I’d presented one to Bette Davis at her request and to Barbara Stanwyck. My father had received one. But I never imagined I would be given one. It is a great honor for one’s body of work over a lifetime. So when I received a call to inform me I was getting one, I burst into tears. There’s been a lot of press around it so I will simply post a lot of photos that you may not have seen. The program will be televised June 14th, this Saturday night, on TNT at 9PM and then an encore at 10:30PM.

this was the cover of the award journal

This was the cover of the award journal – Courtesy of AFI (Doug Gifford)

Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

Courtesy of AFI (Doug Gifford)

Courtesy of AFI (Doug Gifford)

This is what it looked like walking into the Dolby Theatre hall

This is what it looked like walking into the Dolby Theatre hall – Courtesy of AFI (Doug Gifford)

William Macy

William Macy – Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette – Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

With Ron Kovak, Vietnam Veteran whose phrase, "I may have lost my body but I've gained my mind" inspired my film "Coming Home."

With Ron Kovak, Vietnam Veteran whose phrase, “I may have lost my body but I’ve gained my mind” inspired my film “Coming Home.” – Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

some of the posters inside the entry

Some of the posters inside the entry – Courtesy of AFI (Doug Gifford)

Some of the enlarged magazine covers over the years

Some of the enlarged magazine covers over the years – Courtesy of AFI (Randall Michelson)

Some of the enlarged magazine covers over the years

Some of the enlarged magazine covers over the years – Courtesy of AFI (Randall Michelson)

Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Morgan Freeman

Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Morgan Freeman – Courtesy of AFI (Randall Michelson)

Eva Longoria with AFI President & CEO Bob Gazzale and Bob Daly, AFI Board Chair

Eva Longoria with AFI President & CEO Bob Gazzale and Bob Daly, AFI Board Chair – Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks – Courtesy of AFI (Juan Tallo)

me and my family

Me and my family – Courtesy of AFI (Randall Michelson)

Me watching Lily Tomlin speak

Me watching Lily Tomlin speak – Courtesy of AFI (Juan Tallo)

Meryl Streep with Diane Lane

Meryl Streep with Diane Lane – Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

Wanda Sykes as Barbarella. ooooh was she naughty!!!

Wanda Sykes as Barbarella. ooooh was she naughty!!! – Courtesy of AFI (Randall Michelson)

With David O. Russell

With David O. Russell – Courtesy of AFI (Juan Tallo)

Jeff Daniels. He sang a very funny song he wrote called "Abs, Buns & Thighs"

Jeff Daniels. He sang a very funny song he wrote called “Abs, Buns & Thighs” – Courtesy of AFI (Juan Tallo)

Sandra Bullock & Chelsea Handler

Sandra Bullock & Chelsea Handler – Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

My friend from Atlanta, Ginny Brewer

My friend from Atlanta, Ginny Brewer

Wanda with Mel Brooks

Wanda with Mel Brooks

Meryl Streep and Sally Field

Meryl Streep and Sally Field – Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

My son, Troy Garity. The star speech of the evening in many peoples minds including mine.

My son, Troy Garity. The star speech of the evening in many peoples minds including mine. – Courtesy of AFI (Randall Michelson)

My brother, Peter, making a toast.

My brother, Peter, making a toast. – Courtesy of AFI (Randall Michelson)

Ron Kovak got a standing ovation and made a beautiful speech. By the way, I was not told who would be speaking so it was all a great surprise.

Ron Kovak got a standing ovation and made a beautiful speech. By the way, I was not told who would be speaking so it was all a great surprise. – Courtesy of AFI (Juan Tallo)

Rosario Dawson holding the program

Rosario Dawson holding the program – Courtesy of AFI (Michael Kovac)

I'm listening to Michael Douglas who is about to present me with the award

I’m listening to Michael Douglas who is about to present me with the award – Courtesy of AFI (Juan Tallo)

Holding the award

Holding the award – Courtesy of AFI (Tiffany Rose)

This is my glam team, left to right: makeup artists Elan Bongiorno, me,  my stylist, Tanya Gill, and my hair stylist, Matthew Shields

This is my glam team, left to right: makeup artists Elan Bongiorno, me, my stylist, Tanya Gill, and my hair stylist, Matthew Shields

Me and Rosario at the after party

Me and Rosario at the after party

Melanie Griffiths, Eva and Felicity Huffman

Melanie Griffiths, Eva and Felicity Huffman

Eve Ensler, Rosario, me and Rosanna

Eve Ensler, Rosario, me and Rosanna – Courtesy of AFI (Frazer Harrison)

My daughter, Vanessa Vadim, my daughter-in-law Simone Bent and my son, Troy Garity

My daughter, Vanessa Vadim, my daughter-in-law Simone Bent and my son, Troy Garity

The love of my life

The love of my life

It was an evening I will never ever forget and I am so grateful for the amazing honor.

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