Lily Tomlin


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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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Nashville Linnea Reese
(1975)
Grandma Elle
(2015)
9 to 5 Violet Newstead
(1980)
Short Cuts Doreen Piggot
(1993)

Filmography

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 2022/II The Road Home (pre-production)
Mrs. Cambridge
 2015-2022 Grace and Frankie (TV Series)
Frankie Bergstein
- The Fake Funeral (2022) ... Frankie Bergstein
- The Paprikash (2022) ... Frankie Bergstein
- The Last Hurrah (2022) ... Frankie Bergstein
- The Casino (2022) ... Frankie Bergstein
- The Horrible Family (2022) ... Frankie Bergstein
 2019 The Madness Within
Lily
 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Aunt May (voice)
 2017-2018 The Magic School Bus Rides Again (TV Series)
Professor Frizzle
- Making Magic (2018) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
- Janet's Mystery Gene (2018) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
- Waste Not, Want Not (2018) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
- Tim and the Talking Trees (2018) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
- Ralphie and the Flying Tennellis (2018) ... Professor Frizzle (voice)
 2015 Take Flight - The New York Times (Short)
Performer
 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 The Procession (Short)
Jason's Mom
 2012 Call to Action (Short)
Lily
 2012 Eastbound & Down (TV Series)
Tammy
- Chapter 21 (2012) ... Tammy
- Chapter 19 (2012) ... Tammy
- Chapter 18 (2012) ... Tammy
 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 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
 2008 Ponyo
Toki (English version, voice)
 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 Jaffe
 2002 Orange County
Charlotte Cobb
 2000 The Kid
Janet
 1999 Tea with Mussolini
Georgie
 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)
 1976-1997 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Edith Ann / Ernestine the Telephone Operator
- Elmo's Goldfish Dies (1997) ... Ernestine the Telephone Operator
- Ernestine Watches Natasha (1995) ... Ernestine the Telephone Operator
- Episode #19.52 (1988) ... Edith Ann
- Episode #19.41 (1988) ... Edith Ann
- Episode #18.13 (1986) ... Edith Ann
 1996 Edith Ann's Christmas (Just Say Noël) (TV Movie)
Edith Ann (voice)
 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 Growing Up Funny (TV Movie)
Madame Lupe
 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 Short)
Edith Ann (voice)
 1993 Sesame Street Stays Up Late! (TV Movie)
Ernestine the Telephone Operator
 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 Intelligent Life in the Universe
Truby the Bag Lady / Agnus Angst / Kate / ...
 1988 Big Business
Rose Shelton / Rose Ratliff
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
- Cousin Rita (1984)
 1984 All of Me
Edwina Cutwater
 1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman
Pat Kramer / Judith Beasley / Telephone Operator
 1980 9 to 5
Violet Newstead
 1978 Moment by Moment
Trisha Rawlings
 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 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Regular Performer
- Dom DeLuise (1973) ... Regular Performer (uncredited)
- Johnny Carson, Sandy Duncan, Arthur Godfrey, Charlie Callas (1973) ... Regular Performer (uncredited)
- David Birney & Meredith Baxter-Birney (1973) ... Regular Performer (uncredited)
 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 (10 credits)
Show Show Writer (6 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (8 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (4 credits)
Show Show Self (291 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (66 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(5/13/03-7/5/03) Stage: Appeared in Jane Wagner's play, "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 8 Interviews | 5 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Lily

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Jane Wagner

Children:

None

Parents:

Tomlin, Lillie Mae | Tomlin, Guy
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody See more »

Trivia:

She and Dustin Hoffman were originally picked to play Popeye and Olive Oyle in the film Popeye. 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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