The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce will honor actor, comedian, and storyteller, Leslie Jordan with the 462nd star on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars, sponsored by donations through the Del Shores Foundation. The star will be unveiled at the Downtown Palm Springs Park on Friday, October 20, at 11 a.m., four days before the one-year anniversary of his untimely passing.
“We are immensely thankful that we have the honor to pay tribute to the remarkably talented and dearly departed, Leslie Jordan, with the 462nd star on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars,” said Palm Springs Chamber CEO, Nona Watson.
Leslie Jordan’s career onscreen and onstage was prolific. He was an actor, playwright, comedian, and gay icon best known for his Emmy-winning turn as “Beverley Leslie” in Will & Grace and the iconic “Brother Boy” in Sordid Lives. He appeared in more than 130 movies and TV shows in his long career including memorable turns in American Horror Story, The Cool Kids, Boston Legal, Hearts Afire, The Help, Southern Baptist Sissies, A Very Sordid Wedding, and Call Me Kat. He sold out multiple tours of his standup comedy, and the tour supporting his book My Trip Down the Pink Carpet went to Off-Broadway and London. He also released an album of reimagined gospel songs called “Company’s Comin’” featuring duets with Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlisle, Eddie Vedder, Dolly Parton and more. He served as the Honorary Co-Chair of the Del Shores Foundation.
The Star Dedication ceremony will be hosted by Del Shores (Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies) and Emerson Collins (The People’s Couch and RENT on FOX) and will feature stories from friends including Sordid Lives co-stars Newell Alexander (August: Osage County), Rosemary Alexander (A Very Sordid Wedding) and Ann Walker (A Country Christmas Harmony), Southern Baptist Sissies co-star Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone, A League of Their Own and Claws), Call Me Kat co-star Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story and 30 Rock), lifelong friend and assistant Bart Stevens with a performance by Danny Myrick (“Company’s Comin” and “Let It Slide”).
WHAT: 462nd Star on the Walk of the Stars
WHO: Leslie Jordan
WHEN: Friday, October 20th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Downtown Palm Springs Park
“Leslie Jordan was my friend, my muse, my confidant, my brother for over 37 years. Leslie would love this honor,” Del Shores said. “He adored Palm Springs and gave back to this beautiful community for decades. I miss him every day, we all do. Now, we can be reminded of his amazing legacy to our entertainment, our laughter, and to our LGBTQ+ community by visiting his Palm Springs’ star.”