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Former Resident and Academy Award Winner to Be Honored with Street Naming

Lyndale Road will be honorarily named “Tami Lane” after the award winner  

September 9, 2021 (Peoria, IL) Tami Lane, the only Peorian to receive an Academy Award, will be honored with an honorary street naming on Thursday, September 9. A brief program will be held at 10:30 a.m., in front of Hines Primary School, where Ms. Lane attended elementary school.  Speakers at the event include Third District Councilman Tim Riggenbach, Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, Principal Marcia Lough, and Roger Monroe as the emcee.

Ms. Lane, the daughter of Roger and Linda Lane, was born, raised, and educated in Peoria the daughter of Roger and Linda Lane. Ms. Lane, along with Howard Berger, won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Makeup in the movie, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” In 2013, Lane, along with two colleagues, was nominated for another Academy Award for Makeup, for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

As an accomplished and highly recognized prosthetic makeup artist, she has traveled all over the world working on “The Lord of the Rings,”  “The Hobbit” “Destroyer,” “Spenser Confidential,” “Splice,” “Water for Elephants,” “Fright Night,” and many other films and television programs.

A graduate of Hines Primary School, Woodruff High School, and Bradley University, she was recruited to the latter where she played softball.   Her love of softball and baseball came from her late father, Roger Lane, a well-known and highly respected former head baseball coach at Woodruff High School for over 30 years. In 1996, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art and a focus on Graphic Design. After meeting well-known prosthetic artists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero during a tour of their special effects makeup studio in Los Angeles, Ms. Lane returned to Peoria and with some classmates, hooked her car up with a U-Haul truck, and moved to California. It took some persistence, but she finally convinced Berger to hire her at his company, KNB-EFX Group, Inc. Peoria is proud of the amazing achievements of Tami Lane and recognizes her with the Honorary Naming of Lyndale Road as “Tami Lane,” a street she walked many times as a child while attending Hines Primary School.


The video of the program will be housed on the City’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofpeoriatv

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