Lily Tomlin

Comedian and Actor

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedienne, writer, and producer. Tomlin has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s when she began a career as a stand up comedian and became a featured performer on television's Laugh-in. Her career has spanned television, comedy recordings, Broadway, and motion pictures, enjoying acclaimed success in each medium.… Read More

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1939 Birth Born on September 1, 1939.


1957 17 Years Old She is a 1957 graduate of Cass Technical High School. … Read More


1965 25 Years Old Her first television appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965.
1969 29 Years Old In 1969, after a stint as a hostess on the ABC series Music Scene, Tomlin joined NBC's sketch comedy show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. … Read More


1970 - 1972 3 More Events
1975 35 Years Old Tomlin's third comedy album, 1975's Modern Scream, a parody of movie magazines and celebrity interviews features her performing as multiple characters, including Ernestine, Edith Ann, Judith, and Suzie.
1977 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Her 1977 release Lily Tomlin On Stage, was an adaptation of her Broadway show that year. … Read More
1978 38 Years Old One of the few widely panned projects of Tomlin's career was 1978's Moment by Moment, directed and written by Wagner, which teamed Tomlin in a cross-generational older woman/younger man romance with John Travolta.


1980 40 Years Old Tomlin soon had the greatest hit of her film career with 1980's 9 to 5, in which she played a secretary named Violet Newstead who joins coworkers Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in seeking revenge on their monstrous boss, Franklin M. Hart, Jr., played by Dabney Coleman. … Read More
1981 41 Years Old Tomlin starred in the 1981 science fiction comedy, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, a send-up of consumerism, and was the sickly heiress in the comedy, All of Me, opposite Steve Martin.
1985 45 Years Old …  In 1985, Tomlin starred in another one-woman Broadway show The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by her long-time life partner, writer/producer Jane Wagner. … Read More
1989 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Tomlin and Bette Midler played two pairs of identical twins who were switched at birth in the 1989 comedy, Big Business.


1994 54 Years Old Tomlin voiced Ms. Frizzle on the animated television series The Magic School Bus from 1994 to 1997. … Read More


2003 63 Years Old In 2003, she made two commercials as an "updated" 'Ernestine' for WebEx. … Read More
2005 65 Years Old In 2005 and 2006, she had a recurring role as Will Truman's boss Margot on Will & Grace. … Read More
2008 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 2008-2009 fifth season of Desperate Housewives she has a recurring role as Roberta, the sister of Mrs. McCluskey (played by Kathryn Joosten, who coincidentally had played Tomlin's secretarial predecessor on The West Wing).
2009 69 Years Old Tomlin and Kathryn Joosten were in talks to star in a Desperate Housewives spin-off, which was given the green light in May 2009. … Read More
2012 72 Years Old In 2012, Tomlin guest starred on the HBO series Eastbound and Down. … Read More
2013 73 Years Old 1 More Event
Tomlin and Wagner were married on December 31, 2013. … Read More
2014 74 Years Old In December 2014 she was one of five honorees for the annual Kennedy Center Honors. … Read More
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