Lily Tomlin

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Mary Jean Tomlin
  • Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/01/1939, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; writer
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Lily Tomlin Fast Facts:
  • Credits stand-up Jean Carroll as her main inspiration; says she's also been influenced by the work of Lucille Ball, Imogene Coca and Beatrice Lillie.
  • Got first break in 1966 on The Garry Moore Show, then landed a monthly gig on The Merv Griffin Show and, in 1969, became a star when she joined Laugh-In.
  • Met her longtime collaborator and partner, Jane Wagner, in 1971, when she wrote Wagner after watching a TV movie (J.T.) and asked if she would help work on material for an "Edith Ann" album.
  • Made her Broadway debut in the one-woman show Appearing Nitely in 1977.
  • Initially turned down the movie 9 to 5 because she disliked some of the jokes.
  • Attended the 1984 Emmy Awards, for which she was nominated in the Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program category, dressed as her popular character Ernestine.
  • Was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American humor in 2003.
  • Is a regular contributor to the women's website wowOwow.com.
  • Lily Tomlin Relationships:
  • Lillie Mae Tomlin - Mother
  • Jane Wagner - Wife
  • Guy Tomlin - Father
  • Richard Tomlin - Brother
  • Lily Tomlin Awards:
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1972 Golden Globe: Actress in a Supporting Role - Series or Television Movie - Nominee
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Informational Special - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music Special - Winner
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1972 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement by a Supporting Performer in Music or Variety - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance - Winner
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1971 Grammy: Best Comedy Album - Winner
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1975 Emmy: Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music - Nominee
  • 1976 Emmy: Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music - Nominee
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress for a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1976 Golden Globe: New Star of the Year - Actress - Nominee
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Nominee
  • 1975 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1978 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1976 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special - Winner
  • 1977 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special - Winner
  • 1986 Tony: Actress (Play) - Winner
  • 1975 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special - Nominee
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety - Nominee
  • 1975 BAFTA Film Awards: Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles - Nominee
  • 1977 Tony: Special Award - Winner
  • 1981 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Winner
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement by a Performer in Music or Variety - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1971 Emmy: Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - Individuals - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music - Winner
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States

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