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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 38 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

I Heart Huckabees
(2004)
Nine to Five
Nine to Five 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 (61 credits)
 2016 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
 1991 The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe
Truby the Bag Lady / Agnus Angst / Kate / ...
 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 #11.1 (1979) ... Edith Ann
 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 Rowan & Martin's 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)
 1969 Letters to Laugh-In (TV Series)
Panelist
- (1969-12) (1969) ... Panelist
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Show Show Soundtrack (5 credits)
Show Show Writer (6 credits)
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Other Works:

(5/25/90-9/2/91) Stage: Played Ernestine the "Walt Disney World Videophone Operator" in the live stage show "Here Come the Muppets" at the Disney-MGM Studios park. The pre-recorded Ernestine trades dialogue with a live walkaround version of Kermit. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 6 Interviews | 4 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Personal Quote:

[when Tomlin was asked how she felt when 'Ellen Degeneres' came out as a lesbian] "I felt jealous. Because I'd been around much longer, and I'm gay. I admired her but at the same time, I thought, 'oh, darn it! I wish that that had been me. I would have liked to have left that legacy.' So I'm extremely proud of her. When I say I was jealous, I was jealous in a good way. I thought it was an ... See more »

Trivia:

(December 31, 2013) Married her girlfriend of 42 years Jane Wagner. They met in March 1971. See more »

Trademark:

She is still best known for her Rowan & Martin's 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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