Sep. 1st, 1939
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Host
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.
- Before a performance of one of her one-woman shows in New York City, she appeared on the sidewalk dressed in a Red Cross nurse's uniform, handing out cups of coffee to those waiting in line to enter the theatre.
- 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.
- With 'Meryl Streep' (qv) presented 'Robert Altman (I)' (qv) with his honorary Oscar on March 5th, 2006 at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.
- Won a Grammy Award for the comedy album "This is a Recording" in 1971 and won Tony Awards in 1977 and 1986.
- Studied mime with 'Paul Curtis (II)' (qv).
- 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).
- Was a pre-med student at Wayne State University before choosing acting as a career.
- Won the Kennedy Center's prestigious Mark Twain Prize for Humor in 2003.