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Lily Tomlin is an American actress, comedian and producer

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BirthdaySeptember 1, 1939
NationalityAmerican
FamousComedienne, Lesbians, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses, Comedians, T V & Movie Producers
City/StateMichigan
SpousesJane Wagner
SiblingsRichard Tomlin
Known asMary Jean Tomlin
Universities
  • Cass Technical High School
  • Wayne State University
Birth PlaceDetroit
ReligionBaptist
Height173cm
GenderFemale
FatherGuy Tomlin
MotherLillie Mae
Net Worth$15 million as of Jan 4,2017
Sun SignVirgo
Born inDetroit
Famous asComedienne & Actress

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Who is Lily Tomlin?

Mary Jean ‘Lily’ Tomlin is an American actress, writer, producer and comedian. She was born and brought up in Michigan in a middle class family. She was interested in art and theater from a very young age and started doing stand-up comedy in comedy clubs in Michigan and then later in New York. She got her first role in NBC’S the ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, which made her famous because of the multiple regular roles and gags that she was offered in the sketch comedy. After the popularity of the show, Tomlin produced her own comedy videos, portraying characters from the ‘Laugh-In’. One of these videos won a Grammy. She started doing comedy motion pictures, starring opposite big Hollywood stars like: Steve Martin, Meryl Streep, etc. She has been quite famous on the Broadway as well; known as the only comedienne who ever did the solo comedy act. She is a winner of many awards including primetime Emmys, Tony, Woman in Film Crystal Award, Grammy Award, etc. She is in a long-term relationship with writer/producer Jane Wagner. She is a lesbian and is very open about her sexual orientation in the media.

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Childhood & Early Life

Lily Tomlin was born on September 1st, 1939 in Michigan, Detroit, to Guy Tomlin and Lillie Mae Tomlin. Her father was a factory worker and mother a nurse’s aide. Their family had relocated from Kentucky to Detroit during the Great Depression.

Tomlin did her schooling from the Cass Technical High School and attended the Wayne State University, where she showed great interest in theater and performing arts. Thereafter, she started doing stand-up comedy in New York City.

Career

In 1969, after Tomlin appeared on ABC Television’s Music Scene as a hostess, she became a part of NBC’s already established comedy show called ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’. In it she appeared as various regular characters.

In 1971, Tomlin came out with her first comedy video called ‘This Is A Recording’ on Polydor Records. It was based on one of her characters from ‘Laugh-In’, ‘Ernestine’. It became the highest-charting album by a female comedian.

In 1972, she released her second comedy album ‘And That’s The Truth’ which was based on ‘Edith Ann’s’ character from ‘Laugh-In’. She won a Grammy nomination for the Best Comedy Recording for it.

From 1975-1984, Tomlin bagged various comic roles in movies like: ‘Nashville’ which was directed by Robert Altman, ‘Nine to Five’ which was a working women’s vindictive comedy and ‘All of Me’ opposite Steve Martin.

In 1985, Tomlin did one-woman Broadway show called ‘The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, which was written and directed by Jane Wagner. She won a Tony award for it and it was later turned into a motion picture.

In 1989, she did another motion picture called ‘Big Business’, a comedy movie in which she starred opposite Better Midler. Tomlin and Midler played the role of twin sisters who were switched at the time of their birth.

From 1994-1997, she was a part of the animated television series called ‘The Magic School’. She gave her voice to the character in the series called ‘Ms. Fizzler’. Around same time, she appeared in ‘Murphy Brown’.

From 2005-2006, she appeared in a returning role in the popular sitcom ‘Will & Grace’ in which she played the character of ‘Magot’. Around same time, she frequently appeared on ‘The West Wing’ for 4 years.

From 2008-2009, Tomlin did a recurring role in the famous television series ‘Desperate Housewives’. Her character was called ‘Roberta’. She also appeared on one of ‘The Simpsons’ episodes called the ‘The Last of the Red Hat Mamas.’

In 2012, Tomlin made a guest appearance on HBO series called the ‘Eastbound and Down’. Also, she acted in a TV series ‘Malibu Country’, starring opposite Reba McEntire as her mother ‘Lillie Mae’.

Awards & Achievements

Tomlin has received many prestigious awards like: 4 primetime Emmys, a special Tony Award for her Broadway show, another Tony for the Best Actress category, Women in Film Crystal Award, Mark Twain Prize and a Grammy Award.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1971, Tomlin got hooked up with writer/producer Jane Wagner. They met after Tomlin invited Wagner to work with her on a comedy album. She has always been quite open about her sexual orientation.

Trivia

Tomlin is an avid supporter of the feminist and gay movements and was involved in a movie called ‘Modern Scream’ which was a gay-friendly movie.

She was inducted in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998.

Tomlin is a supporter of women’s health and received a Fenway Health’s Dr. Susan M. Love Award.

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Lily Tomlin awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

1994Short Cuts (1993)Winner

Primetime Emmy Awards

2013Outstanding Voice-Over PerformanceAn Apology to Elephants (2013)
1981Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramLily: Sold Out (1981)
1978Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music SpecialThe Paul Simon Special (1977)
1976Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music SpecialThe Lily Tomlin Special (1975)
1974Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or MusicLily (1973)
1974Outstanding Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music SpecialLily (1973)

Grammy Awards

1972Best Comedy RecordingWinner

Lily Tomlin biography timelines

  • // 1st Sep 1939
    Lily Tomlin was born on September 1st, 1939 in Michigan, Detroit, to Guy Tomlin and Lillie Mae Tomlin. Her father was a factory worker and mother a nurse’s aide. Their family had relocated from Kentucky to Detroit during the Great Depression.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, after Tomlin appeared on ABC Television’s Music Scene as a hostess, she became a part of NBC’s already established comedy show called ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’. In it she appeared as various regular characters.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, Tomlin came out with her first comedy video called ‘This Is A Recording’ on Polydor Records. It was based on one of her characters from ‘Laugh-In’, ‘Ernestine’. It became the highest-charting album by a female comedian.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, Tomlin got hooked up with writer/producer Jane Wagner. They met after Tomlin invited Wagner to work with her on a comedy album. She has always been quite open about her sexual orientation.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, she released her second comedy album ‘And That’s The Truth’ which was based on ‘Edith Ann’s’ character from ‘Laugh-In’. She won a Grammy nomination for the Best Comedy Recording for it.
  • // 1975 To 1984
    From 1975-1984, Tomlin bagged various comic roles in movies like: ‘Nashville’ which was directed by Robert Altman, ‘Nine to Five’ which was a working women’s vindictive comedy and ‘All of Me’ opposite Steve Martin.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, Tomlin did one-woman Broadway show called ‘The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, which was written and directed by Jane Wagner. She won a Tony award for it and it was later turned into a motion picture.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, she did another motion picture called ‘Big Business’, a comedy movie in which she starred opposite Better Midler. Tomlin and Midler played the role of twin sisters who were switched at the time of their birth.
  • // 1994 To 1997
    From 1994-1997, she was a part of the animated television series called ‘The Magic School’. She gave her voice to the character in the series called ‘Ms. Fizzler’. Around same time, she appeared in ‘Murphy Brown’.
  • // 1998
    She was inducted in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • // 2000 To 2006
    From 2005-2006, she appeared in a returning role in the popular sitcom ‘Will & Grace’ in which she played the character of ‘Magot’. Around same time, she frequently appeared on ‘The West Wing’ for 4 years.
  • // 2008 To 2009
    From 2008-2009, Tomlin did a recurring role in the famous television series ‘Desperate Housewives’. Her character was called ‘Roberta’. She also appeared on one of ‘The Simpsons’ episodes called the ‘The Last of the Red Hat Mamas.’
  • // 2012
    In 2012, Tomlin made a guest appearance on HBO series called the ‘Eastbound and Down’. Also, she acted in a TV series ‘Malibu Country’, starring opposite Reba McEntire as her mother ‘Lillie Mae’.

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Lily Tomlin's FAQ

  • What is Lily Tomlin birthday?

    Lily Tomlin was born at 1939-09-01

  • Where is Lily Tomlin's birth place?

    Lily Tomlin was born in Detroit

  • What is Lily Tomlin nationalities?

    Lily Tomlin's nationalities is American

  • Who is Lily Tomlin spouses?

    Lily Tomlin's spouses is Jane Wagner

  • Who is Lily Tomlin siblings?

    Lily Tomlin's siblings is Richard Tomlin

  • What was Lily Tomlin universities?

    Lily Tomlin studied at Cass Technical High School, Wayne State University

  • What is Lily Tomlin's religion?

    Lily Tomlin's religion is Baptist

  • How tall is Lily Tomlin?

    Lily Tomlin's height is 173

  • Who is Lily Tomlin's father?

    Lily Tomlin's father is Guy Tomlin

  • Who is Lily Tomlin's mother?

    Lily Tomlin's mother is Lillie Mae

  • What is Lily Tomlin's sun sign?

    Lily Tomlin is Virgo

  • How famous is Lily Tomlin?

    Lily Tomlin is famouse as Comedienne & Actress