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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 & 68 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Grandma
Grandma Elle
(2015)
Nashville
Nashville Linnea Reese
(1975)
I Heart Huckabees
(2004)
Short Cuts
Short Cuts Doreen Piggot
(1993)

Filmography

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  The Road Home (pre-production)
Mrs. Cambridge
 2015-2018 Grace and Frankie (TV Series)
Frankie Bergstein / Frankie
- Episode #4.10 (2018) ... Frankie
- Episode #4.13 (2018) ... Frankie Bergstein
- Episode #4.3 (2018) ... Frankie Bergstein
- Episode #4.12 (2017) ... Frankie Bergstein
- The Musical (2017) ... Frankie Bergstein
 2017 The Magic School Bus Rides Again (TV Series)
Professor Frizzle
- DA and the Deep Blue Sea (2017) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
- Monster Power (2017) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
- Ralphie Strikes a Nerve (2017) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
- The Tales Glaciers Tell (2017) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
- Space Mission: Selfie (2017) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
 2015 Grandma
Elle
 2011-2015 Web Therapy (TV Series)
Putsy Hodge
- Fiona Fulfilled (2015) ... Putsy Hodge
- No Stranger to Scandal (2015) ... Putsy Hodge
- Lies and Alibis (2015) ... Putsy Hodge
- Charity Galore (2014) ... Putsy Hodge
- Smile Through the Pain (2014) ... Putsy Hodge (voice)
 2012-2014 Web Therapy (TV Series)
Putsy Hodge
- Jeb Therapy (2014) ... Putsy Hodge
- Pump the Brakes (2014) ... Putsy Hodge
- Betsy Boss (2014) ... Putsy Hodge
- He Liked You Too Much (2014) ... Putsy Hodge
- The Family Business (2012) ... Putsy Hodge
 2013 Admission
Susannah
 2012-2013 Malibu Country (TV Series)
Lillie Mae MacKenzie
- All You Single Ladies (2013) ... Lillie Mae MacKenzie
- New Plans (2013) ... Lillie Mae MacKenzie
- Marriage, Malibu Style (2013) ... Lillie Mae MacKenzie
- Oh Brother (2013) ... Lillie Mae MacKenzie
- Bowling for Mama (2013) ... Lillie Mae MacKenzie
 2013 Ctadc (Short)
Lily
 2012 Call to Action (Short)
Lily
 2012 Eastbound & Down (TV Series)
Tammy
- Chapter 21 (2012) ... Tammy
- Chapter 19 (2012) ... Tammy
- Chapter 18 (2012) ... Tammy
 2012 The Procession (Short)
Jason's mom
 2011 NCIS (TV Series)
Penelope Langston
- The Penelope Papers (2011) ... Penelope Langston
 2010 Damages (TV Series)
Marilyn Tobin
- The Next One's Gonna Go in Your Throat (2010) ... Marilyn Tobin
- You Were His Little Monkey (2010) ... Marilyn Tobin
- All That Crap About Your Family (2010) ... Marilyn Tobin
- Tell Me I'm Not Racist (2010) ... Marilyn Tobin
- Drive It Through Hardcore (2010) ... Marilyn Tobin
 2008-2009 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Roberta Simmons
- If It's Only in Your Head (2009) ... Roberta Simmons
- Everybody Says Don't (2009) ... Roberta Simmons
- Home Is the Place (2009) ... Roberta Simmons
- City on Fire (2008) ... Roberta Simmons
- What More Do I Need? (2008) ... Roberta Simmons
 2009 The Pink Panther 2
Mrs. Berenger
 2008 Ponyo
Toki (English version, voice)
 2008 12 Miles of Bad Road (TV Series)
Amelia Shakespeare
- Texas Stadium (2008) ... Amelia Shakespeare
- Tremors (2008) ... Amelia Shakespeare
- Pilot (2008) ... Amelia Shakespeare
- The Dirty White Girl ... Amelia Shakespeare
- Moonshadow ... Amelia Shakespeare
 2007 The Walker
Abigail Delorean
 2006 The Ant Bully
Mommo (voice)
 2002-2006 The West Wing (TV Series)
Deborah Fiderer
- Tomorrow (2006) ... Deborah Fiderer
- Transition (2006) ... Deborah Fiderer
- Requiem (2006) ... Deborah Fiderer
- The Cold (2006) ... Deborah Fiderer
- The Wedding (2005) ... Deborah Fiderer
 2006 A Prairie Home Companion
Rhonda Johnson
 2005-2006 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Margot
- Forbidden Fruit (2006) ... Margot
- Partners (2005) ... Margot
 2005 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Tammy
- The Last of the Red Hat Mamas (2005) ... Tammy (voice)
 2004 I Heart Huckabees
Vivian
 2002 Orange County
Charlotte Cobb
 2000 The Kid
Janet
 1999 Tea with Mussolini
Georgie Rockwell
 1998 The X-Files (TV Series)
Lydia
- How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (1998) ... Lydia
 1996-1998 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Kay Carter-Shepley
- Never Can Say Goodbye: Part 2 (1998) ... Kay Carter-Shepley
- Never Can Say Goodbye: Part 1 (1998) ... Kay Carter-Shepley
- Dial and Substance (1998) ... Kay Carter-Shepley
- A Man and a Woman (1998) ... Kay Carter-Shepley
- Second Time Around (1998) ... Kay Carter-Shepley
 1998 Krippendorf's Tribe
Ruth Allen
 1994-1997 The Magic School Bus (TV Series)
Ms. Valerie Frizzle
- Takes a Dive (1997) ... Ms. Valerie Frizzle (voice)
- In the City (1997) ... Ms. Valerie Frizzle (voice)
- Gets Programmed (1997) ... Ms. Valerie Frizzle (voice)
- Gets Charged (1997) ... Ms. Valerie Frizzle (voice)
- Makes a Stink (1997) ... Ms. Valerie Frizzle (voice)
 1996 Edith Ann's Christmas (Just Say Noël) (TV Movie)
Edith Ann (voice)
 1996 Kids for Character (Video)
Miss Frizzle
 1996 Getting Away with Murder
Inga Mueller
 1996 Flirting with Disaster
Mary Schlichting
 1996 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Rose Halligan
- The Hat (1996) ... Rose Halligan
 1995 Blue in the Face
Waffle Eater
 1994 Frasier (TV Series)
Rita
- The Unkindest Cut of All (1994) ... Rita (voice)
 1994 Edith Ann: Homeless Go Home (TV Movie)
Edith Ann (voice)
 1994 Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle (TV Movie)
Edith Ann (voice)
 1994 Growing Up Funny (TV Movie)
Madame Lupe
 1993 The Beverly Hillbillies
Miss Jane Hathaway
 1993 And the Band Played On (TV Movie)
Dr. Selma Dritz
 1993 Short Cuts
Doreen Piggot
 1992 The Player
Lily Tomlin
 1991 Shadows and Fog
Prostitute
 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
 1976-1988 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Edith Ann
- Episode #19.52 (1988) ... Edith Ann
- Episode #19.41 (1988) ... Edith Ann
- Episode #18.13 (1986) ... Edith Ann
- Episode #17.1 (1985) ... Edith Ann
- Episode #12.15 (1980) ... Edith Ann
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
- Cousin Rita (1984)
 1984 All of Me
Edwina Cutwater
 1983 Our Time (TV Series)
Mrs. Judith Beasley
- Episode #1.13 (1983) ... Mrs. Judith Beasley
 1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman
Pat Kramer / Judith Beasley / Telephone Operator
 1980 Nine to Five
Violet Newstead
 1978 Moment by Moment
Trisha
 1977 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Farrah Fawcett / Various
- Steve Martin/The Kinks (1977) ... Farrah Fawcett / Various
 1977 The Late Show
Margo Sterling
 1975 Nashville
Linnea Reese
 1969-1973 Laugh-In (TV Series)
Regular Performer / Ernestine, the telephone operator
- Episode #6.24 (1973) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #6.23 (1973) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #6.22 (1973) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #6.21 (1973) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #6.20 (1973) ... Regular Performer
 1972 The Electric Company (TV Series)
Ernestine the Operator
- 173 (1972) ... Ernestine the Operator
 1972 Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers
Telephone Voice (uncredited)
Show Show Producer (9 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (5 credits)
Show Show Writer (6 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (241 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (48 credits)

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Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 7 Interviews | 5 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

You have to cultivate an audience to think more about women. Too many people think about women as necessary, but not 'so' necessary. They are as necessary as we need them to be. The power structure doesn't give it up that easy. Even at Sundance, only 25% of the films have women behind the camera in some kind of way. It's slow because you've got to get women in positions of power to extend that ... See more »

Trivia:

She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City. See more »

Trademark:

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.

Star Sign:

Virgo

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