September 1, 1939
82 years old
Salt & Pepper
5 ft 5½ in | 166 cm tall
35-25-36 in | 89-63.5-91.5 cm
57 kg | 125.5 lbs
8 US | 38.5 EU
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States, on September 1, 1939, is an American actress.
Young Lily Tomlin first started performing as a stand-up comedian in nightclubs in Detroit and New York City.
She made her big screen debut in satirical musical ensemble comedy drama film Nashville (1975) in role as Linnea Reese.
She got her television debut in CBS variety series The Garry Moore Show (1966-1967).
Her breakthrough performance came in variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1969-1973) in various characters.
She landed her Broadway debut in show "Appearing Nitely" (1977), at the Biltmore theatre.
She released her first comedy album "This Is a Recording" in 1971, for which she won a Grammy Award.
She was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Linnea Reese in satirical musical ensemble comedy drama film Nashville (1975).
She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress and was nominated for the Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her role as Margo Sperling in neo-noir mystery film The Late Show (1977).
She was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her performance as Pat Kramer / Judith Beasley in science-fiction comedy movie The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981).
She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her role as Edwina Cutwater in fantasy comedy film All of Me (1984).
She won the American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) for her performance as Doreen Piggot in comedy drama film Short Cuts (1993).
She was nominated for the American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) for her performance as Waffle Eater in comedy movie Blue in the Face (1995).
She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her role as Mary Schlichting in black comedy film Flirting with Disaster (1996).
She was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her role as Rhonda Johnson in musical comedy film A Prairie Home Companion (2006).
She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as Elle Reid in comedy drama movie Grandma (2015).
She voiced May Parker in animated superhero film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
Nine to Five (1980) comedy opposite Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Dabney Coleman
I Heart Huckabees (2004) comedy with Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law and Mark Wahlberg
The Pink Panther 2 (2009) comedy mystery opposite Steve Martin, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Jean Reno
Admission (2013) romantic comedy drama with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd
She was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Frankie Bergstein in Netflix comedy television series Grace and Frankie (2015- ).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Marilyn Tobin in FX legal thriller television series Damages (2010).
She was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role as Deborah Fiderer in NBC political drama television series The West Wing (2002-2006).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Rose Halligan in NBC police procedural television series Homicide: Life on the Street (1996).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Dr. Selma Dritz in television film docudrama And the Band Played On (1993).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding by a Performer in Music or Variety and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her various characters in variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1969-1973).
Murphy Brown (1996-1998) CBS sitcom in role as Kay Carter-Shepley
Desperate Housewives (2008-2009) ABC comedy drama and mystery series in role as Roberta Simmons
12 Miles of Bad Road (2008) HBO television show in role as Amelia Shakespeare
Web Therapy (2011-2015) Showtime comedy series in role as Putsy Hodge
Malibu Country (2012-2013) ABC sitcom in role as Lillie Mae
Graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1957.
Studied at the Wayne State University.
Studied acting in HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Has a younger brother, Richard.
Has English and German ancestry.
Founded the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin / Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and the Goosebump Garden.
Good friends with actress Jane Fonda.
She released comedy albums:
This Is a Recording (1971)
And That's the Truth (1972)
Modern Scream (1975)
On Stage (1978)
20th Century Masters: The Best of Lily Tomlin (2003)
She received Kennedy Center Honors in 2014.
She won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for Lily: Sold Out (1981) and The Paul Simon Special (1977).
She won a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1977.
She won a Tony Award for for Best Actress in a Play for one-woman stage show "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" in 1986.
She received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2017.
Lives in Los Angeles, California, United States.
She started dating writer Jane Wagner in 1971, the couple got married in 2013.