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July 18, 2013

Lily Tomlin, Performers

Lily Tomlin rose to fame on the television series Laugh-In, in 1969, with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old in the big rocking chair.

Following her early success on television, Tomlin made her Broadway debut in Appearing Nitely (1977). Written and directed by Jane Wagner, the show introduced audiences to new characters such as housewife Judith Beasley, Trudy the bag lady and 77-year-old Sister Boogie Woman and earned Tomlin her first Tony Award. In 1985, Tomlin starred in Wagner’s critically acclaimed play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which earned her a second Tony.

Tomlin produced and starred in four Grammy-nominated comedy albums — This Is a Recording, Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth and On Stage -- winning the Grammy for This Is a Recording; and has also co-produced and starred in eight award-winning comedy television specials. She has been seen in several television series, including Murphy Brown, Homicide, The West Wing, Will & Grace, The X Files, Desperate Housewives, Damages, NCIS, Eastbound and Down, Malibu Country and currently stars in Grace and Frankie with Jane Fonda.  Tomlin has starred in three animated specials based on her character Edith Ann as well as The Magic School Bus.

Her 1975 film debut in Robert Altman’s Nashville was nominated for an Oscar, and the New York Film Critics voted Tomlin Best Supporting Actress. Since then, she has starred in more than 20 films, including The Incredible Shrinking Woman, 9 to 5, All of Me, Big Business, Tea with Mussolini, I Heart Huckabee’s, A Prairie Home Companion, Admission, and Grandma, released in 2015.  For her work in film, Tomlin has received the Crystal Award from Women in Film. She has also been awarded two Peabodys, a WGA Award and seven Emmy Awards. In 2003, she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.    

Lily Tomlin rose to fame on the television series Laugh-In, in 1969, with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old in the big rocking chair.

Following her early success on television, Tomlin made her Broadway debut in Appearing Nitely (1977). Written and directed by Jane Wagner, the show introduced audiences to new characters such as housewife Judith Beasley, Trudy the bag lady and 77-year-old Sister Boogie Woman and earned Tomlin her first Tony Award. In 1985, Tomlin starred in Wagner’s critically acclaimed play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which earned her a second Tony.

Tomlin produced and starred in four Grammy-nominated comedy albums — This Is a Recording, Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth and On Stage -- winning the Grammy for This Is a Recording; and has also co-produced and starred in eight award-winning comedy television specials. She has been seen in several television series, including Murphy Brown, Homicide, The West Wing, Will & Grace, The X Files, Desperate Housewives, Damages, NCIS, Eastbound and Down, Malibu Country and currently stars in Grace and Frankie with Jane Fonda.  Tomlin has starred in three animated specials based on her character Edith Ann as well as The Magic School Bus.

Her 1975 film debut in Robert Altman’s Nashville was nominated for an Oscar, and the New York Film Critics voted Tomlin Best Supporting Actress. Since then, she has starred in more than 20 films, including The Incredible Shrinking Woman, 9 to 5, All of Me, Big Business, Tea with Mussolini, I Heart Huckabee’s, A Prairie Home Companion, Admission, and Grandma, released in 2015.  For her work in film, Tomlin has received the Crystal Award from Women in Film. She has also been awarded two Peabodys, a WGA Award and seven Emmy Awards. In 2003, she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.    

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