Why Famous: Lily Tomlin began her long and successful show business career as a stand-up comedian before making her name on the TV variety show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (1970-73). She went on to record a Grammy-winning comedy album and a TV movie "Lily" (1973), for which she won an Emmy.
Tomlin made her big-screen debut in Robert Altman's film "Nashville" (1975) and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting actress for the role. Her film roles since then include "Nine to Five" (1980) with Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, Altman's "Short Cuts" (1993) and "Tea with Mussolini" (1999) alongside Judi Dench, Cher and Maggie Smith.
On Broadway her one-woman show "Appearing Nitely" (1977), which she wrote with her writing partner Jane Wagner and now later earned her a special Tony award. She won another in 1985 for her show "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe".
More recently she has starred along Jane Fonda in the Netflix comedy "Grace and Frankie". In 2017 Tomlin was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the annual Screen Actors Guild.
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
- 2013-12-31 Actress-comedian Lily Tomlin (74) weds screenwriter Jane Wagner (78) in Los Angeles, California
- 1977-03-24 Lily Tomlin is the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show in "Appearing Nitely" (special Tony award 1977)
- 1980-12-19 Comedy film "9 to 5" starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is released