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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lily Tomlin.


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 30 Years Old In 1970, AT&T offered Tomlin $500,000 to play her character 'Ernestine' in a commercial, but she declined, saying it would compromise her artistic integrity. … Read More
…  Tomlin won a Grammy Award for her 1972 comedy album This Is a Recording.
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 - 1981 2 More Events
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
1988 48 Years Old Tomlin and Bette Midler played two pairs of identical twins who were switched at birth in the 1988 comedy, Big Business. … Read More
1989 49 Years Old In 1989, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. … Read More


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


2003 - 2005 2 More Events
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
On December 31, 2013, Tomlin and Wagner married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles after 42 years together. … Read More
2014 74 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014 she was given Kennedy Center Honors and in 2016 she will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. … Read More
2015 75 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Her performance as Frankie garnered her nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016. … Read More
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