Acclaimed actress, singer & activist #JeniferLewis receives a STAR on the #HollywoodWalkofFame! [vid]

Backup no more: The quintessential artist who began her show business career as a backup singer for Bette Midler proved she’s still got spunk, kicking her leg high in the air as she posed beside her new star

Actress, singer, activist, and St. Louis native Jenifer Lewis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday.

The 65-year-old icon kept cool in a yellow chiffon flowing pant suit with butterfly sleeves and wide legs, which she accessorized with a chunky gold necklace, hoop earrings and various bangles on her arms. 

“I’m so grateful. I appreciate this so much,” said Lewis.  

Lewis who grew up in Kinloch has appeared in 462 television shows including the hit show Black-ish. She has also appeared in 68 movies, four Broadway shows and has performed in concerts around the world.

“I never gave 100 percent. I gave two thousand. I am an entertainer,” said Lewis.

Her longtime pal Debbie Allen, 72, saluted the Black-ish star in a moving speech, in which she described her friend as ‘dynamic and so amazing.’

“This moment right now is a great moment for all of us to share with Jenifer. That she is joining the ranks and her name leaves an indelible mark for time, generations… so today, as we put her name in this marquee of greatness, we can only think about what all is yet to come” the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ director gushed.

“They originally offered to place me next to a rapper and I hung up the phone on them,” the 65-year-old showbiz veteran joked to the Daily News. “It is apropos and very fitting that I am next to Katharine Hepburn. She was a rebel and she was before her time. I am totally honored, it’s amazing.”

Lewis also asked that the event take place on July 15, known as “Jackie Washington Day” to the cult-like fanbase of her TV film “Jackie’s Back.”

That 1999 mockumentary was the first lead role for the former Broadway performer and New York City cabaret star. In the star-studded slapstick comedy, she portrayed a washed-up child star on the comeback trail.

“I planned that like a b—- and was happy to do so,” Lewis said when asked whether the timing of the star unveiling event was coincidental.

“I’m glad I didn’t get this before now because I wouldn’t feel as deserving,” she said of the honor. “You know somebody said to me once, ‘You’ve never worked a day in your life,’ and I was like, ‘Whaaaat?’ But they were right, I’ve never worked, I have played in my life and showed up. I’m an entertainer, that’s what I am. People who call me an actress, they can call me whatever they want but what I am is an entertainer above all.”

Often called ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’, Lewis is INDEED worthy of this honor and so many more! I mean who DOESN’T LOVE Jenifer Lewis!? When you see her own your screen, you KNOW she MEANS business!

Congratulations, indeed!

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