53 Facts About Lily Tomlin


Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin was born on September 1,1939 and is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer.


Lily Tomlin was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor in 2014 and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2017.


Lily Tomlin started her career as a stand-up comedian as well as performing off-Broadway during the 1960s.


Lily Tomlin won Emmy Awards for the special, Lily, and received a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for This Is a Recording.


In 1975, Lily Tomlin made her film debut with Robert Altman's Nashville, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


Lily Tomlin is known for her collaborations with Jane Fonda starring in the films 9 to 5,80 for Brady, and Moving On.


Lily Tomlin starred with Fonda Netflix series Grace and Frankie which ran from 2015 to 2022.


Lily Tomlin earned her four Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nominations.


Lily Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Lillie Mae, a housewife and nurse's aide, and Guy Lily Tomlin, a factory worker.


Lily Tomlin's parents were Southern Baptists who moved to Detroit from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression.


Lily Tomlin is a 1957 graduate of Cass Technical High School.


Lily Tomlin auditioned for a play, and it sparked her interest in a career in the theatre and she changed her major.


In 1969, after a stint as a hostess on the ABC series Music Scene, Lily Tomlin joined NBC's sketch comedy show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.


Lily Tomlin was one of the first female comedians to break out in male drag with her characters Tommy Velour and Rick.


Lily Tomlin used very little, if any, skin-darkening cosmetics as part of the character, instead depending on stage lighting to create the effect.


Lily Tomlin appeared as three of her minor characters in a 1998 ad campaign for Fidelity Investments that did not include Ernestine or Edith Ann.


Lily Tomlin brought Edith Ann to the forefront again in the 1990s with three animated prime-time television specials.


Lily Tomlin published Edith Ann's "autobiography" My Life, co-written with Jane Wagner.


In 1972, Lily Tomlin released This Is A Recording, her first comedy album on Polydor Records in 1972 that contained Ernestine's run-ins with customers over the phone.


Lily Tomlin earned a Grammy award that year for Best Comedy Recording.


Lily Tomlin's 1977 release Lily Tomlin On Stage, was an adaptation of her Broadway show that year.


Lily Tomlin made her dramatic debut in Robert Altman's Nashville, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; she played Linnea Reese, a straitlaced, gospel-singing mother of two deaf children who has an affair with a womanizing country singer.


In 1980, Tomlin co-starred in 9 to 5, in which she played a secretary named Violet Newstead who joins coworkers Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in seeking revenge on their boss, Franklin M Hart, Jr.


Lily Tomlin bounced back with the critical and financial hit All of Me, opposite Steve Martin, in which she played sickly heiress whose spirit became trapped in Martin's body.


Lily Tomlin played chain-smoking waitress Doreen Piggott in Altman's 1993 ensemble film Short Cuts, based on stories by Raymond Carver.


Lily Tomlin performed in two films by director David O Russell; she appeared as a peacenik Raku artist in Flirting with Disaster and later, as an existential detective in I Heart Huckabees.


Lily Tomlin collaborated again with director Robert Altman in what would prove to be his last film, A Prairie Home Companion.


Lily Tomlin played Rhonda Johnson, one-half of a middle-aged Midwestern singing duo partnered with Meryl Streep.


Lily Tomlin provided a voice for the film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, which was released in August 2009.


In 2015, Lily Tomlin starred in filmmaker Paul Weitz's film, Grandma, which Weitz said was inspired by Lily Tomlin.


In March 1977, Lily Tomlin made her Broadway debut in the solo show Appearing Nitely, which she co-wrote and co-directed with Jane Wagner, at the Biltmore Theatre.


Lily Tomlin received a Special Tony Award for this production.


Lily Tomlin's solo show then toured the country and was made into a record album titled On Stage.


Lily Tomlin revived the show for a run on Broadway in 2000 which then toured the country through mid-2002.


Lily Tomlin premiered her one-woman show Not Playing with a Full Deck at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in November 2009.


Also, in the 1990s, Lily Tomlin appeared on the popular sitcom Murphy Brown as the title character's boss.


Lily Tomlin guest starred on The X-Files in 1998, in episode 6 of season 6 as a ghost haunting an old mansion.


Lily Tomlin appeared on the dramatic series The West Wing for four years in the recurring role of presidential secretary Deborah Fiderer.


Lily Tomlin voiced Tammy in the 2005 The Simpsons episode "The Last of the Red Hat Mamas".


Since its launch in 2008, Lily Tomlin has been a contributor for wowOwow.


In 2010, Lily Tomlin guest-starred as Marilyn Tobin in the third season of Damages opposite Glenn Close, for which she was nominated for an Emmy.


Lily Tomlin appeared in the NCIS episode titled "The Penelope Papers", playing Penelope Langston, the grandmother of Agent Timothy McGee.


In 2012, Lily Tomlin guest starred on the HBO series Eastbound and Down as Tammy Powers, mother of the main character Kenny Powers, and appeared in three episodes of Season 3.


Lily Tomlin co-starred with Reba McEntire in the TV series Malibu Country as Reba's character's mother Lillie Mae.


Lily Tomlin starred opposite Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston in the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie.


Lily Tomlin plays Frankie Bergstein, recently separated from her husband of forty years while Fonda plays Grace Hanson, recently separated from her husband.


Lily Tomlin received her first Emmy nomination in 2015 as a lead actress for the role.


Lily Tomlin reprised her role as Professor Frizzle in the 2017 Netflix sequel The Magic School Bus Rides Again, a continuation of the original series.


Lily Tomlin met her future wife, writer Jane Wagner, in March 1971.


Lily Tomlin was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1998.


In March 2009, Tomlin received Fenway Health's Dr Susan M Love Award for her contributions to women's health.


In January 2017 Lily Tomlin won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild ceremony.


Lily Tomlin has won six Emmy awards and a Daytime Emmy:.