Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She began as a stand-up comedian as well as performing off-Broadway, then she starred on the NBC Show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973.
She is a fantastic actor and currently plays Frankie Bergstein – a character on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. Her work in this show has earned her four Emmy Award nominations, three SAG Awards, and a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1975, Tomlin made her film debut with Robert Altman’s Nashville. With this role, Tomlin was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress!
The 1977 performance of Margo Sperling in The Late Show won her Silver Bear for Best Actress, nominations for Golden Globe & BAFTA Award for Best Actress.
She has appeared in many notable films including 9 to 5 (1980), All of Me (1984), Big Business (1988), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Tea with Mussolini (1999), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and Grandma.
Lily Tomlin Age
Lily Tomlin was born Mary Jean ‘Lily’ Tomlin on September 1, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan. She is currently 82 years old. Tomlin is the daughter of Guy Tomlin and Lillie Mae, who both passed away. She grew up with her brother, Richard Tomlin, and identifies as Caucasian.
Lily is clearly an ideal weight, standing at 5’7′‘ and weighing 128 lbs. Her BMI of 20 puts her in a category with little to no health risks!
Lily Tomlin Wife
Lily, wife is Jane Wagner.
Tomlin met her future wife, Jane Wagner, in 1971 after hearing her work on a TV show. Tomlin later invited Wagner to come out to LA so that they could collaborate on an album together. However, privately on December 31, 2013, there was a ceremony that Tomlin and Wagner have been waiting for, they got married after being together for over four decades.
Tomlin has been involved in many feminist and LGBTQ-friendly productions including her 1975 album Modern Scream (which contains songs poking fun at straight actors who distance themselves from gay roles they play on screen.
Tomlin & Wagner collaborated on the film an Apology to Elephants in 2013, which Wagner wrote based on Tomlin’s narration.
Lily Tomlin Children
Despite Tomlm’s marriage for a long time, she doesn’t have any kids.
Tomlin said that being a mother was never an aspiration of hers, but the couple did consider children at one point. “I have a very handsome nephew, and we thought, ‘well, I could bear his child.’”
“Back when we were working with children, I didn’t see parenting as hard. I just saw it as an adventure. Nowadays, with the world in this state, it’s in, I can barely even imagine raising a child. We always tell people nowadays ‘we’re so glad we never had any kids!”
Lily Tomlin Young
Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 1, 1936, to Lillie Mae Ford who was born on January 14. 1914 and died on July 12. 2005 at the age of 91 years old and Guy Tomlin, who was born on March 3, 1913, and died on October 24. 1970 at the age of 57 years old. Lily has a younger brother named Richard Tomlin.
Tomlin enrolled graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1957. She attended Wayne State University and majored in biology before switching to the theater. Her first taste of the theater world came in an audition, which sparked her lifelong love for the field.
Tomlin, after she completed college, embarked on a career in comedy. She moved to perform in nightclubs in Detroit and later moved to NYC for more gigs. Along the way, she studied acting at HB Studio. However, her first TV appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965. A year later, she became a cast member on the short of Garry Moore Show.
Tomlin and John Travolta were in an on-screen matchup. However, Lily Tomlin and John Travolta were both present in Moment by Moment in 1978 together. Lily Tomlin is 82 years old and is an American Actress.
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are not only teaming up but also returning to their iconic roles as best friends. Their next film will be released on the big screen.
In late September 2021, the actors signed on to the movie Moving On. The dark comedy has a storyline that sounds similar to Grace & Frankie’s own. Revenge is best served cold, so they say. The movie follows two friends with a dark past who reunite at a funeral before later deciding to seek revenge against the man who did them dirty decades ago. Baywatch actor Malcolm McDowell and Superman actor Richard Roundtree also star in the film, rounding out the main cast.
Fonda and Tomlin have been friends for a really long time. Nowadays it’s not just onscreen or off-screen they too have been lifelong buddies.
Lily Tomlin Net Worth
Tomlin has built an incredible career, amassing $21 m of net worth as of 2021. She earned her success with her many roles in TV series and movies, but her singing career also raised awareness of who she is and gave her great earnings.
- “If trying harder doesn’t work, try softer
- “Having a real public outlet is how you imprint something for yourself. It’s just a matter of timing. It’s like you’ve marked your territory.”
- “For fast-acting relief try slowing down
- “Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.”
- “I can handle reality in small doses, but as a lifestyle, it’s much too confining.”
- “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”
- “Why is it that when we talk to God we’re said to be praying but when God talks to us we’re schizophrenic?”
- “I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.”
- “We are all in this together, by ourselves.”
- “We have reason to believe that man first walked upright to free his hands for masturbation.”
Lily Tomlin Characters
In 1969, after a stint as a hostess on ABC’s Music Scene and replacing the departing Judy Carne, Tomlin joined NBC’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.
Ernestine was a rough, mean telephone operator that typically treated callers rather rudely. Whenever they let fly an answer that was harsher than usual or heard something scandalous Ernestine might snort.
Tomlin as Edith Ann, 1975, Tomlin has been seen playing the part on TV and in the daytime soaps. Animal lovers who enjoyed her performance can also get reacquainted with her on episodes of Sesame Street.
Edith Ann is an unusual young girl who enjoys talking about all sorts of topics while still living out her childhood. Whether she’s musing about what it means to be a kid or already knows the answers
Mrs. Judith Beasley, a housewife, and mother from Calumet City, Illinois, is often chosen for television commercials and offers excellent advice to consumers. She appears in the film The Incredible Shrinking Woman as the protagonist’s friendly neighbor.
Mrs. Earbore (The Tasteful Lady) is a somewhat prudish and prissy, conservatively dressed middle-aged apolitical woman who dispenses advice on gracious living and a life of elegance.
Susie the Sorority Girl is a blonde and playful collegiate and could be the Tasteful Lady’s daughter. She worries about things like who took her missing album by The Carpenters.
The Consumer Advocate Lady is a dour, austere woman who rigidly inspects and tests products for their alleged value.
Lucille the Rubber Freak tells us of her addiction to rubber-eating. Starting from the erasers on pencils to chewing rubber tips off canes, even eating it out of tires, she finally reached rock bottom, spending every day seeking any source of chewy toys. Hilariously performed by Tomlin in Love- in Audition.
Tess/Trudy is a homeless bag lady who accosts theatergoers and various passers-by with her offbeat observations and tales of communications with extraterrestrials.
Bobbi-Jeanine is a successful lounge singer and organ player. She is often giving encouragement and interacting with young musicians too.