The Los Angeles LGBT Center honored two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner Saturday night at the center's 46th anniversary Vanguard Awards gala.
Fonda received her award from Lily Tomlin, her co-star in the Netflix series "Grace and Frankie."
According to the center, "Fonda became a friend and ally to the LGBT community at a time when celebrities advocating for LGBT rights was almost unthinkable."
"She campaigned with Harvey Milk against California's anti-LGBT Briggs Initiative, fought Anita Bryant — the notorious activist who demonized LGBT with a campaign to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance in Florida — and has been a lifelong supporter of the LGBT community and champion for human rights."
Tomlin said before the event: "Since long before I worked with Jane, I was in awe of her energy, activism and generosity. Three decades later, I am still in awe of her and feel truly privileged to bestow this well-deserved honor. She has earned this over and over and over in her lifetime."
Nyswaner, a writer, producer, documentary filmmaker, and gay rights activist, earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for "Philadelphia," the first major studio film to address homophobia and AIDS.
Lennon guitar sells for $2.4 mill
An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to record and write "Love Me Do," ''I Want to Hold Your Hand" and other hit songs sold for $2.4 million at an auction in Beverly Hills. Julien's Auctions said the Gibson J-160E guitar was sold Saturday to an undisclosed buyer. The auction house said the guitar was one of only two of its type flown from America to England in 1962 for Lennon and George Harrison. Lennon used the guitar for about a year before swapping it with Harrison; it later went missing during a Christmas concert in 1963.
villain's villain: Gunnar Hansen, who played the iconic villain Leatherface in the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre," died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Maine. He was 68. Hansen starred in the 1974 film that has become a classic among horror-movie aficionados and spawned a series of sequels. In the movie, friends visiting their grandfather's house are hunted by Leatherface, a chain-saw wielding maniac. Hansen's character in the movie "is one of the most iconic evil figures in the history of cinema," said his agent, Mike Eisenstadt.