Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin

Sep. 1st, 1939
Born in
Detroit, Michigan, USA
5' 8

Lily Tomlin's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Magic School Bus TV Show
The Magic School Bus
Malibu Country TV Show
Malibu Country
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In TV Show
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Cher TV Show
12 Miles of Bad Road TV Show
12 Miles of Bad Road
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour TV Show
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedienne writer and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a stand-up comedienne and became a featured performer on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

Tomlin's career has spanned television, comedy recordings, Broadway and motion pictures. She has starred in such films as Nashville, 9 to 5, All of Me, The Beverly Hillbillies, Orange County and I Heart Huckabees. Her notable television roles include Laugh-In as a cast member from 1970–73, Ms. Frizzle on The Magic School Bus, Kay Carter-Shepley on Murphy Brown, Deborah Fiderer on The West Wing, Lillie Mae MacKenzie on Malibu Country and Frankie Bergstein on Grace and Frankie.

  • Was a pre-med student at Wayne State University before choosing acting as a career.
  • Studied acting under 'Charles Nelson Reilly' (qv), who introduced her to the works of monologist 'Ruth Draper' (qv), a major inspiration for Tomlin's work.
  • One of her first "professional" gigs was as a waitress in Howard Johnson's on Broadway near Times Square. Her comments to customers and staff heard over the eatery's microphone attracted her first big-city audience.
  • During her one-woman show in Las Vegas, Nevada, she appeared as her own opening act: a smarmy male lounge singer billed as Tommy Velour.
  • Has won two Tony Awards: in 1977, a special Award, and in 1986, the Best Actress (Play) Award for her one-woman show, "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe," a performance recreated in the film version of the same title, _The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe (1991)_ (qv).
  • With 'Meryl Streep' (qv) presented 'Robert Altman (I)' (qv) with his honorary Oscar on March 5th, 2006 at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.
  • Acknowledged that she has been in a romantic relationship with 'Jane Wagner' (qv) since 1971.
  • She gave away genuine locks of her hair as a bonus for buyers of her home video library in 1993.

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