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Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin
Tomlin in September 2011
Personal information
Birth nameMary Jean Tomlin
Birth dateSeptember 1, 1939(age 77)
Birth placeDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film, theatre
NationalityAmerican
Years active1965 present
GenresObservational comedy, Improvisational comedy
Domestic partnerJane Wagner (1971-present)

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Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedienne, writer, and producer. Tomlin has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960's 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. She has won many awards including Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award and has also been nominated for an Academy Award. Tomlin's humor is often sharp and insightful in the traditions of standup comedians, but also frequently endearing, slightly wacky, and generally quite "family friendly" in the tradition of television comediennes such as Lucille Ball (Tomlin's idol), Carol Burnett, and Eve Arden.


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