My idol, Reba McEntire earns another accomplishment in her incredible career.
She’s won every music award possible, she’d earned praise on Broadway, she’s been nominated for comedic acting awards for television, and she’s a generous humanitarian.
This past Friday night, she and funk/pop/soul singer Chaka Khan were both inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame at an opening night celebration in Los Angeles, hosted by Julie Andrews.
This was the first time that two women were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on the same night.
Lily Tomlin, who will play Reba’s mother on “Malibu Country”, her new ABC sitcom premiering this fall (November 2), appeared in a videotaped message recalling McEntire’s words that to succeed in life, one needs a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.
Another person that knows Reba well, Melissa Peterman, who played Barbara Jean on the television series, “Reba,” introduced Reba before she performed to the sold out crowd in a spectacularly glamorous backless, bejeweled gown.
Reba performed “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun” from her Broadway hit, “Annie Get Your Gun” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” from her Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl concerts of “South Pacific”, “I’m A Survivor”, the theme from the “Reba” TV show, and “Fancy, the Bobbie Gentry classic that is now a Reba standard.
Society New LA reports that “Both McEntire and Khan donated their performances so that Opening Night proceeds from ticket sales and a Wells Fargo sponsorship topped $1 million for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s music education programs.”
Reba, you’re incredible and I’m so happy that Hollywood is welcoming you back with open arms and rewarding you for your talents. Have fun with “Malibu Country” this fall.
I’d love to be selfish and ask you to record a new album, but do that whenever you want. But, when you’re ready, skip country music and make a dance album in the vein of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, your #2 Billboard Dance hit from 1996. That would be awesome.
But, Hollywood is your ticket now! Live it up!
Some of you may not know it, but Reba’s ties to motion pictures and Hollywood go back to her first movie, “Tremors”, in 1990. And, in 1996, director James Cameron cast Reba as “the Unsinkable Molly Brown” in his little old movie, “Titanic”. You might have heard of it? Yes, that “Titanic”. When it was obvious that the production of the movie would be extended, Reba had to drop out because of her previous tour commitments and the role went to Kathy Bates.