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[illustration: Mark Twain and Lily Tomlin]

~ Lily Tomlin  

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The Mark Twain Prize (2003)
The All-Star Cast

Dave Chapelle
Dave Chappelle, a native of Washington, D.C., began his career at the age of 14. Today it extends well beyond the stand-up comedy circuit. Last fall marked the debut of Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central, in which he stars, produces and co-writes with Half Baked collaborator Neal Brennan. More...



Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler's phenomenal The Vagina Monologues enjoyed a sold-out run in New York and drew rave reviews at theaters around the world. The play was telecast in a 2001 HBO special and has been translated into more than 25 languages. More...



Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda made her film debut in 1960, recreating her role from Broadway's Tall Story. Her stardom ascended in the 1970s when she earned "Best Actress" Academy Awards for her work in Klute in 1971 and Coming Home in 1978. She won New York Film Critics Circle "Best Actress" Awards for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? in 1969 and Klute in 1971. More...



Darrell Hammond
Darrell Hammond, now entering his eighth season on Saturday Night Live, is best known for the many impressions he has brought to the show, such as President Bill Clinton, practically the entire Bush Administration, Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, and numerous others. More...



Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones is a playwright, poet, actor and activist. She attended Bryn Mawr College where she was the recipient of the Mellon Minority Fellowship, then returned to her native New York City and began writing and performing. Her three solo shows, Surface Transit, Women Can't Wait and Waking the American Dream have garnered numerous honors. More...



George Lopez
George Lopez is enjoying big success from his new situation comedy, George Lopez, which he co-created, writes, and produces. No stranger to television, Lopez has appeared on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, Craig Kilborn and Resurrection Boulevard. He frequently hosts Univision's Loco Comedy Jam. More...



Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara first began making audiences laugh with the Second City Stage Troop in Toronto. She and fellow cast members co-created and co-starred in S.C.T.V., which earned her an Emmy Award for writing as well as several Emmy nominations. More...



Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton headed for Nashville the day after graduating high school in 1964. She soon signed a recording contract and earned her first hit record. Her career took off in 1967 when country music star Porter Wagoner added her to his popular television show. More...



Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy first worked in the chorus of The Muppet Show and was soon the lead chanteuse and femme fatale on the show. Miss Piggy's Guide to Life became a national bestseller and other books include a celebrity cookbook, In The Kitchen with Miss Piggy, and Miss Piggy's Rules. More...



Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts made her stage debut in 1955 in the classic The Time of Your Life. Following successful performances in plays including The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, she won an Outer Critics Circle Award for the Broadway production of Bad Habits. She won an L.A. Weekly Award for her work in the stage production of 24 Hours. Lily Tomlin coaxed Roberts away from the Broadway stage to the small screen to join the cast of The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour. More...



G.E. Smith was supporting himself as a musician by the age of 11. In his teens, he hooked up with the legendary Scratch Band, playing up and down the East Coast in the 1970s. He was hired as the guitarist for Gilda Radner's 1979 Broadway show Gilda Live and later took a job as lead guitarist with musicians Daryl Hall and John Oates, touring and recording with the band from 1979-85. More...



Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch moved to New York City straight out of finishing school in the mid 1940s and, by 1946, had landed her first Broadway role. Stritch has been a mainstay on The Great White Way and London's West End ever since, broadening her acclaim and appeal to television and film audiences. Her first Tony Award, for "Special Theatrical Event," came in 2002 for Elaine Stritch at Liberty. More...