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Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin was born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lillie Mae (Ford) and Guy Tomlin, who moved to Michigan from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Her mother was a nurse's aide and her father was a factory worker. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1957, and later enrolled at Wayne State University. She ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 40 wins & 66 nominations. See more awards »

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I Heart Huckabees
Nine to Five
Nine to Five Violet Newstead
Nashville Linnea Reese
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus Ms. Valerie Frizzle


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 2017 The Road Home (pre-production)
Mrs. Cambridge
 2015 Grandma
 2013 Admission
 2009 The Pink Panther 2
Mrs. Berenger
 2008 Ponyo
Toki (English version, voice)
 2007 The Walker
Abigail Delorean
 2006 The Ant Bully
Mommo (voice)
 2006 A Prairie Home Companion
Rhonda Johnson
 2004 I Heart Huckabees
 2002 Orange County
Charlotte Cobb
 2000 The Kid
 1999 Tea with Mussolini
Georgie Rockwell
 1998 Krippendorf's Tribe
Ruth Allen
 1996 Getting Away with Murder
Inga Mueller
 1996 Flirting with Disaster
Mary Schlichting
 1995 Blue in the Face
Waffle Eater
 1993 The Beverly Hillbillies
Miss Jane Hathaway
 1993 Short Cuts
Doreen Piggot
 1992 The Player
Lily Tomlin
 1991 Shadows and Fog
 1991 The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe
Truby the Bag Lady / Agnus Angst / Kate / ...
 1988 Big Business
Rose Shelton / Rose Ratliff
 1984 All of Me
Edwina Cutwater
 1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman
Pat Kramer / Judith Beasley / Telephone Operator
 1980 Nine to Five
Violet Newstead
 1978 Moment by Moment
 1977 The Late Show
Margo Sterling
 1975 Nashville
Linnea Reese
 1972 Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers
Telephone Voice (uncredited)
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I had a friend who was getting married. I gave her a subscription to the magazine "Modern Bride". The subscription lasted longer than the marriage. See more »


Is one of 26 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being Nashville (1975). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody (1929)), Grace Moore (One Night of Love (1934)), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain (1952)), Marjorie Rambeau (Torch Song (1953)), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones (1954)), Deborah Kerr (The King ... See more »


She is still best known for her Laugh-In (1967) characters, Edith Ann, a precocious 5 1/2 year old girl in an oversize rocking chair, and Ernestine, a telephone operator.

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