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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 & 65 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

I Heart Huckabees
(2004)
9 to 5
9 to 5 Violet Newstead
(1980)
Nashville
Nashville Linnea Reese
(1975)
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus Ms. Valerie Frizzle
(1994-2002)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Actress (62 credits)
 2017 The Road Home (pre-production)
Mrs. Cambridge
 2015 Grandma
Elle
 2013 Admission
Susannah
 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
 2008 Ponyo
Toki (English version, voice)
 2006 The Ant Bully
Mommo (voice)
 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)
 2000 The Kid
Janet
 1998 The X-Files (TV Series)
Lydia
- How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (1998) ... Lydia
 1996 Getting Away with Murder
Inga Mueller
 1996 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Rose Halligan
- The Hat (1996) ... Rose Halligan
 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 Growing Up Funny (TV Movie)
Madame Lupe
 1993 Short Cuts
Doreen Piggot
 1992 The Player
Lily Tomlin
 1991 The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe
Truby the Bag Lady / Agnus Angst / Kate / ...
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
- Cousin Rita (1984)
 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
 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
 1970-1973 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 (8 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 (235 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (45 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in one-woman show, "Appearing Nitely", on Broadway. See more »

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:

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. 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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