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Encyclopedia > Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
Birth name Mary Jean Tomlin
Born September 1, 1939
Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Biography

Early life

Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan. She is the daughter of Guy Tomlin, a factory worker, and Lillie Mae, a housewife, who moved to Detroit from Paducah, Kentucky during the Great Depression. Tomlin attended Wayne State University, where her interest in the theater and performing arts began. After college, Tomlin began doing stand-up comedy in nightclubs in Detroit and later, in New York City. Her first television appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965. Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area    - City 370. ... A factory worker in 1940s Fort Worth, Texas. ... A stereotypical housewife A homemaker is a person whose prime occupation is to care for their family and home. ... Paducah is a city in McCracken County, Kentucky at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... The Great Depression was an economic downturn which started in 1929 and lasted through most of the 1930s. ... Wayne State University is located in Detroit, Michigan, in the citys Cultural Center. ... A stand-up or stand-up comic is someone that performs comedy in an informal way, i. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Merv Griffin Show was a long-running American television talk show, starring singer Merv Griffin. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


Career

Tomlin in 1970, while on Laugh-In.
Tomlin in 1970, while on Laugh-In.

In 1969, Tomlin joined the sketch comedy show Laugh-In. Her characters from the show have been associated with her throughout her career, including the gum-chewing, wisecracking, snorting telephone operator Ernestine and the bratty five-year-old Edith Ann, rocking in her oversized rocking chair and making rude noises. Image File history File links Lily_Tomlin--Hair_helmet. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Year 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... For information about The Sketch Show TV programme, see The Sketch Show. ... Rowan & Martins Laugh-In was a United States comedy television show broadcast from January 22, 1968 through 1973 over the NBC Network. ... Chewing gum Chewing gum is a type of confectionery which is designed to be chewed instead of swallowed. ... A telephone operator at work on a private switchboard A telephone operator is either a person who provides assistance to a telephone caller, usually in the placing of operator assisted telephone calls such as calls from a pay phone, collect calls (called reversed-charge calls in the UK), calls which... Lady on a rocking chair by Victor Borisov-Musatov, 1897 A rocking chair or rocker is a chair with two curved bands of wood (also know as rockers) attached to the bottom of the legs (one on the left two legs and one on the right two legs). ...


AT&T offered Tomlin $500,000 to film a commercial using her character Ernestine, but Tomlin turned the offer down because she thought the commercial would compromise her artistic integrity. (Around the same time, however, Tomlin did star as Ernestine in a spoof of a commercial during a 1976 Saturday Night Live skit, in which she proclaimed, "We don't care, we don't have to. We're the phone company.") In 2003 she did film two commercials as Ernestine for the company WebEx. This article describes the present AT&T Inc. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... WebEx Communications Inc. ...


Tomlin is noted for her versatility. For example, in Nashville, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she played Linnea Reese, a strait-laced mother of two deaf children who has an affair with a country singer played by Keith Carradine. She also played secretary Violet Newstead in Nine to Five, starred in the 1981 comedy film The Incredible Shrinking Woman, and was a sickly heiress in the Steve Martin comedy All of Me. Nashville is a 1975 film which mixes themes of U.S. presidential politics with those of the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Keith Carradine Keith Carradine (born August 8, 1949, in San Mateo, California) is an Academy Award-winning actor born into a family of actors. ... Violet Newstead was a fictional character in the movie Nine to Five as well as its television sequel. ... Nine to Five, also known as 9 to 5, is a 1980 comedy movie starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman and a television series of the same name starring Rachel Dennison, Rita Moreno, and Valerie Curtin. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Incredible Shrinking Woman is a 1981 science fiction/comedy film, starring Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, John Glover and Elizabeth Wilson, and directed by Joel Schumacher. ... Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, musician and composer. ... Summary Steve Martin plays an attorney dating the boss daughter, who is also an aspiring jazz rhythm guitarist. ...


Tomlin voiced the Ms. Frizzle character on the animated television series The Magic School Bus from 1994 to 1998. Also, in the 1990s, due to financial reverses, Tomlin appeared on the popular sitcom Murphy Brown. In 2005 and 2006, she had a recurring role as Will Truman's boss Margot on Will & Grace. Between 2002 and the series' end in 2006, Tomlin played Presidential secretary Deborah Fiderer on The West Wing. Valerie Felicity Frizzle is a fictional character in The Magic School Bus and Ms. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The Magic School Bus was a series of childrens books intended to teach scientific concepts to children. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Murphy Brown was an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988 to May 18, 1998. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Will Pierce Truman is a fictional character on the American sitcom Will & Grace, portrayed by Eric McCormack. ... Will & Grace is a popular Emmy Award-winning American television situation comedy that focused on Will Truman, a gay lawyer and his best friend Grace Adler, a straight Jewish woman who runs her own interior design firm, as well as Karen Walker, a very rich socialite and Jack McFarland, an... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Deborah Fiderer is a character in the NBC television series The West Wing. ... The West Wing is an American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast from 1999 to 2006. ...


Tomlin starred in the hit 1985 one-woman Broadway show The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by her long-time life partner, Jane Wagner. The show won Tomlin a Tony Award, and was made into a feature film in 1991. Tomlin revived the show for a brief run in 2000. In 1989 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Life partner is a synonym for a spouse. ... Jane Wagner (born February 2nd, 1935), Morristown, Tennessee, USA. Playwright and actress Wagner is best known as Lily Tomlins comedy writer, collaborator, and romantic partner. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (film) (1991) is the filmed version of the one-woman stage show, starring stand- up comedienne Lily Tomlin based on the play written by Jane Wagner. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The Sarah Siddons Society is an American non-profit organization founded in 1952 by prominent Chicago theatre patrons with the goal of promoting excellence in the theatre. ... Not to be confused with the Chicago Theatre, aka Chicago Theater, built in 1921, a theater at 175 North State Street Chicago theatre refers not only to theatre performed in Chicago, Illinois but also to the movement in that town that saw a number of small, meagerly-funded companies grow...


Tomlin recently collaborated again with director Robert Altman in A Prairie Home Companion, in which she plays half of a middle-aged Midwestern singing duo with Meryl Streep. Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. ... A Prairie Home Companion (previously known as The Last Broadcast) is a 2006 ensemble comedy film elegy directed by Robert Altman, his final film released just five months before his death. ... Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ...


Personal life

Though Tomlin is now open about her sexuality, it was, for many years, an open secret among many people within the gay press. Before she officially 'came out', she was known for her involvement in feminist and gay-friendly film productions, and would often refer to her girlfriend Wagner. On her 1975 album Modern Scream she mocked straight actors who make a point of distancing themselves from their gay characters; answering the pseudo-interview question, How did it feel to play a heterosexual? she replied, I've seen these women all my life, I know how they walk, I know how they talk ... . Her narration of the documentary The Celluloid Closet in 1995 was also largely considered a nod to the open secret of her orientation. Look up Sex on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A sex is one of two specimen categories of species that recombine their genetic material in order to reproduce, a process called genetic recombination. ... Come Out was composed by Steve Reiche in 1966. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... The Celluloid Closet is the title of a 1995 documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. ...


However, in the 1990s she refused to discuss her private life with the press, until 2000 when she came out on the New York City cable-access TV program Gay USA. As with many successful gay performers, some of her fans are still oblivious to her "private life". Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Gay USA is a one-hour news magazine program that is featured on the Free Speech TV. It continues to air on New York City public access television. ...


Awards

Tomlin was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2003 she was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The history of the Michigan Womens Hall of Fame is available online at michiganwomenshalloffame. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is awarded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts annually since 1998. ...


1971: GRAMMY, Best Comedy Recording, This Is A Recording.
1974: two EMMY Awards, one for Outstanding Comedy Program and one for Outsanding Writing, Comedy Program, Lily.
1976: EMMY, Outsanding Writing, Comedy Program, Lily Tomlin.
1977: TONY, Special Award (along with Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, National Theatre For the Deaf, and Equity Library Theatre).
1978: EMMY, Outsanding Writing, Comedy Program, The Paul Simon Special.
1981: EMMY, Outstanding Comedy Program, Lily: Sold Out.
1986: TONY, Best Actress in a Play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.


Filmography and television

Year Title Role Other notes
2006 The Ant Bully Mommo voice
A Prairie Home Companion Rhonda Johnson
2004 I Heart Huckabees Vivian
2002 Orange County Charlotte Cobb
2000 The Kid Janet
1999 Tea with Mussolini Georgie Rockwell
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Prof. Ruth Allen
1996 Getting Away with Murder Inga Mueller
Flirting with Disaster Mary Schlichting
1995 Blue in the Face Waffle eater
1993 The Beverly Hillbillies Miss Jane Hathaway
And the Band Played On Dr. Selma Dritz
Short Cuts Doreen Piggot
1992 Shadows and Fog Prostitute
1991 The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe various roles
1988 Big Business Rose Ratliff/Rose Shelton
1984 All of Me Edwina Cutwater
1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Pat Kramer/Judith Beasley
1980 9 to 5 Violet Newstead
1978 Moment by Moment Trisha Rawlings
1977 The Late Show Margo Sperling
1975 Nashville Linnea Reese Academy Award nomination - Best Supporting Actress
1969 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Ernestine, the telephone operator
Five -year old Edith Ann

Quotes

Ernestine (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In) The Ant Bully is a computer-animated film produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzmans Playtone, John A. Davis and Keith Alcorns DNA Productions and directed by John A. Davis. ... Prudence Johnson and Garrison Keillor live on-stage at Shelburne, Vermont as part of the 2005 Rhubarb tour A Prairie Home Companion is a live radio variety show created and hosted by Garrison Keillor. ... I ♥ Huckabees is a film released in 2004. ... Orange County is an American movie released in 2002. ... The Kid (also known as Disneys The Kid) is a 2000 movie starring Bruce Willis. ... Tea with Mussolini ( 1999) is a semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Lucas upbringing by a kind Englishwoman and her circle of friends. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Getting Away with Murder is a 1996 comedy film written and directed by Harvey Miller. ... Marital bliss: Arquette and Stiller Flirting with Disaster (1996) is a fast-paced U.S. comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell about a young fathers search for his biological parents. ... The film Blue in the Face (1995) is a comedy directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. ... The Beverly Hillbillies is a 1964 20th Century Fox comedy & cartoon motion picture starring Buddy Ebsen, Max Baer, Jr. ... Randy Shilts And the Band Played On And the Band Played On: People, Politics, and the AIDS Epidemic is a book written by San Francisco Chronicle journalist Randy Shilts (original copyright 1987) chronicling the discovery and spread of HIV and AIDS, with a special emphasis on alleged government indifference to... Short Cuts is a 1993 film directed by Robert Altman. ... Shadows and Fog is a 1992 Woody Allen movie, starring Allen, Mia Farrow, John Malkovich, and Madonna. ... The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (film) (1991) is the filmed version of the one-woman stage show, starring stand- up comedienne Lily Tomlin based on the play written by Jane Wagner. ... Big Business is a 1988 comedy film starring Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler. ... Summary Steve Martin plays an attorney dating the boss daughter, who is also an aspiring jazz rhythm guitarist. ... The Incredible Shrinking Woman is a 1981 science fiction/comedy film, starring Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, John Glover and Elizabeth Wilson, and directed by Joel Schumacher. ... Nine to Five, also known as 9 to 5, is a 1980 comedy movie starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman and a television series of the same name starring Rachel Dennison, Rita Moreno, and Valerie Curtin. ... Moment by Moment is a 1978 film starring John Travolta and Lily Tomlin. ... Nashville is a 1975 film which mixes themes of U.S. presidential politics with those of the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...

  • "One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy..."
  • "A gracious good morning to you ... Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?"

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  • "And that's the truth!"

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