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Lily Tomlin is a versatile performer, comedian, writer and producer that has touched some of the most beloved American comedy institutions. Tomlin rose to national prominence in 1969 on the television series, Laugh-In, with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old. Tomlin went on to star in six comedy television specials, which she co-wrote with Jane Wagner. In 1977, Tomlin made her Broadway debut in Appearing Nitely, written and directed by Wagner. Tomlin next appeared on Broadway in 1985 in Wagner’s critically-acclaimed play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.
On film, Tomlin’s 1975 debut in Robert Altman’s Nashville was nominated for an Oscar, and the NY Film Critics voted Tomlin Best Supporting Actress. Over the next forty years, she has starred in over twenty-five movies, including Jane Wagner’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman, 9 to 5, All of Me, Big Business, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In the Universe, The Beverly Hillbillies, Tea With Mussolini, Disney’s The Kid, I Heart Huckabees, A Prairie Home Companion, Admission and most recently, the critically-acclaimed Grandma.
On television, Tomlin has been seen in many series, including The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, the FX series, Damages, NCIS, and Web Therapy. In 2017, Tomlin will start filming the fourth season of her hit Netflix series with Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie.
Throughout her career, Tomlin has received seven Emmys, two Tony Awards, a Grammy, two Peabody Awards, the prestigious Mark Twain Prize, and numerous other notable honors. She continues to appear around the country in concert performances, and has entered the social media arena with a game app based on her most beloved character, Edith Ann. On New Year’s Eve 2013, she married her long-time partner, Jane Wagner.