The woman known for her impression of Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live" will win the nation's top humor prize this year from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Tina Fey joins the ranks of Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and others who have won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the center announced Tuesday. Fey will be the youngest honoree, having just turned 40.
"I am truly thrilled to receive this honor," Fey said in a written statement. "I assume Betty White was disqualified for steroid use."
Fey returned to "SNL" earlier this month when the 88-year-old White drew rave reviews as host of the sketch comedy show.
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Some of the biggest names in comedy will honor Fey when the prize is awarded Nov. 9 in Washington. The show will be taped for television broadcast later.
Lynch to host 'Do Something Awards'
Jane Lynch of "Glee" will cheer on exceptional young activists as part of VH1's "Do Something Awards."
Lynch plays a surly cheerleading coach on the hit musical show on Fox. She will host the July 19 event in Los Angeles, airing live on VH1.
The show honors people 25 and younger who are trying to better their community. Five have already been granted $10,000 from DoSomething.org. One will win a $100,000 grant at the event.
Quaid sues drugmaker
Actor Dennis Quaid has sued the pharmaceutical company that makes the blood thinner heparin following the overdoses that threatened the lives of his newborn twins three years ago.
Quaid sued Deerfield, Ill.-based Baxter Healthcare Corp. in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and alleges that packaging caused the drug mix-up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The lawsuit says heparin and a lower-dose version called Hep-Lock are packaged in similar blue vials with small print on the labels. The case argues that Baxter should have recalled the heparin vials because the company knew infants had died because of similar medication errors.
Quaid and his wife settled with the hospital for $500,000 in June 2009.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Actor James Arness , 87... rock singer-musician Levon Helm , 70 ... singer Stevie Nicks , 62... actress Pam Grier , 61 ... actor Philip Michael Thomas , 61... country singer Hank Williams Jr., 61... former astronaut Sally Ride, 59... actress Genie Francis , 48... comedian Bobcat Goldthwait , 48 ... singer Lenny Kravitz , 46... actress Helena Bonham Carter , 44... actor Joseph Fiennes , 40.