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.

Awards

  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: Winner
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1971, Grammy — Best Comedy Album: Winner
  • 1974, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music Special: Winner
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement by a Supporting Performer in Music or Variety: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: Winner
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 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
  • 1977, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music: Winner
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement by a Performer in Music or Variety: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actress in a Supporting Role - Series or Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - Individuals: Nominee
  • 1976, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1978, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Winner
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy: Nominee
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1992, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actress: Winner
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Richard Tomlin — Brother
  • Jane Wagner — Wife
  • Guy Tomlin — Father
  • Lillie Mae Tomlin — Mother

College

  • Attended Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States

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  • Birth Name: Mary Jean Tomlin
  • Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Writer

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