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June 1987 (USA) See more »
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Lily Tomlin marries partner of 42 years
 (From RealBollywood. 9 January 2014, 12:50 AM, PST)

Lily Tomlin Marries Jane Wagner, Her Partner of 42 Years
 (From The Wrap. 8 January 2014, 6:47 AM, PST)

Lily Tomlin weds Jane Wagner
 (From Monsters and Critics. 7 January 2014, 8:07 PM, PST)

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Documentary of Lily's one-woman show See more (2 total) »


Peggy Feury ... Peggy Feury
Cheryl Swannack ... Herself

Lily Tomlin ... Herself
Jane Wagner ... Herself

Directed by
Nick Broomfield 
Joan Churchill 
Produced by
Nick Broomfield .... producer
Joan Churchill .... producer
Cinematography by
Joan Churchill 
Film Editing by
Nick Broomfield 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sandi Sissel .... additional photography
Other crew
Dana Baker .... production assistant

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90 min
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Documentary of Lily's one-woman show, 9 August 2003
Author: jimmmylee

This is a movie of the making of Lily Tomlin's Tony awarding winning 1 woman show "The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life In The Universe". Lily and her writer/partner Jane Wagner toured the country while they were working on this show, calling it simply "works in progress". They played little theatres and Lily would go out before an audience with material Jane had typed out for her and work on the pieces, telling the audience it was very new. This is a documentary and it is a rare and fascinating look at the creative process these two women use to craft their talents into a brilliant evening of theatre; a 2 hour play. Lily is the performer, Jane is the writer. Lily goes out and performs the material, what doesn't work, gets discussed, analyzed and eventually re-written by Jane. There are also clips of Lily's TV specials in the film as well that are a real treat to watch. Lily is a private, guarded person and this film shows it. She's not Madonna, who will do or say anything on camera for all to see. There are times when it is obvious she'd rather not have the camera following her everywhere. But overall, there is not any "personal dishing/information" revealed about Lily that would tabloidize her or the film. This film simply shows how Lily and Jane go from little half written sketches into full blown characters. Lily/Jane created 12 new characters for this show. It is simply amazing to watch them work. The movie ends with opening night on Broadway and Lily bowing to a standing ovation. As I mentioned above, she eventually won the Tony award for her work in the "Search". If you have the rare opportunity to see this film anywhere, do so. It was made about 1984/85 and is hardly ever rerun anywhere but if you're a Lily Tomlin fan this is a "MUST SEE" film. I give it 8 out of 10 stars.

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