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Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin is an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. Lily Tomlin has been quite famous on Broadway as well; she is famous as the only comedienne ever to perform a solo comedy act. After achieving popularity by appearing in the show, Tomlin produced her comedy videos, portraying characters from ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’. She is the recipient of many awards, including ‘Primetime Emmys’, ‘Tony Award’, ‘Woman in Film Crystal Award’, and ‘Grammy Award’.

Early Life

Lily Tomlin was born on September 1, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, United States. She is an American by nationality. Likewise, she is 83 years old and her sun sign is Virgo. Her full name is Mary Jean Tomlin.

She was born and brought up in Michigan in a middle-class family. In addition, the name of her parents is Guy Tomlin and Lillie Mae. Her father was a factory worker and her mother was a housewife and a nurse’s aide.

Their family had relocated from Kentucky to Detroit during the Great Depression. She also has a younger brother named Richard Tomlin.

Tomlin is a 1957 graduate of Cass Technical High School. Tomlin attended Wayne State University and originally studied biology. She auditioned for a play, and it sparked her interest in a career in the theatre and she changed her major.

After college, Tomlin began doing stand-up comedy in nightclubs in Detroit and later in New York City. Then, she continued studying acting at the HB Studio. Her first television appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965.

A year later, she became a cast member on the short-lived third and final incarnation of The Garry Moore Show.

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Caption: Lily Tomlin when she was young (Source: Pinterest)

Lily Tomlin – Relationship Status

In 1971, Lily Tomlin met Jane Wagner. Wagner is an American writer, producer, and director famous for the creative vision behind The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

Tomlin invited Wagner to work with her on a comedy album and eventually started dating her. She has always been quite open about her sexual orientation.

On December 31, 2013, Tomlin and Wagner married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles, after 42 years of courtship. In 2013, Tomlin and Wagner worked together on the film An Apology to Elephants, which Wagner wrote and Tomlin narrated.

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Caption: Lily Tomlin with her wife (Source: UPI)

Lily Tomlin – Body Measurement

Regarding Lily Tomlin’s body measurement, she is 5 feet 6 inches tall. She weighs 57 kg. Similarly, her body measurement is 35-25-36 inches and her bra size is 35 B. Being an actress, she has an hourglass body type.

She has a pair of very beautiful blue eyes and dark brown hair. Other information regarding her dress size and shoe size is still missing. However, though she has become an old woman, she seems to have very good health.

Lily Tomlin – Career and Professional Life

In 1969, after Lily Tomlin appeared on ABC’s ‘The Music Scene’ as a hostess, she became part of NBC’s popular comedy show ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’. She appeared in the show regularly, playing various characters.

In 1971, Tomlin came up with her first comedy video called ‘This Is A Recording’ on ‘Polydor Records’. It was based on ‘Ernestine’, one of her characters from ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’. It became the highest-charting album by a female comedian.

In 1972, she released her second comedy album ‘And That’s The Truth’, which was based on ‘Edith Ann’, her character from ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’.

From 1975 to 1984, Tomlin landed various comic roles in movies like ‘Nashville,’ which was directed by Robert Altman, ‘Nine to Five’, a working women’s vindictive comedy, and ‘All of Me’, where she starred opposite Steve Martin.

In 1985, Tomlin did a one-woman Broadway show called ‘The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which was written and directed by Jane Wagner.

In 1989, she did another motion picture called ‘Big Business, a comedy movie, in which she starred alongside Bette Midler. Tomlin and Midler played twin sisters in the film.


From 1994 to 1997, she was part of an animated television series called ‘The Magic School Bus. She voiced ‘Ms. Frizzle’ in the series. Around the same time, she appeared in a sitcom TV series titled ‘Murphy Brown’.

She was inducted into the ‘Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998. Tomlin is an avid supporter of the feminist and gay movements. She was involved in a movie called ‘Modern Scream’, which was a gay-friendly movie.

From 2005-06, she appeared in the popular sitcom ‘Will & Grace’ in which she played the character of ‘Margot’. Around the same time, she frequently appeared in ‘The West Wing’.

From 2008 to 2009, Tomlin did a recurring role in the famous television series ‘Desperate Housewives’ where she played ‘Roberta Simmons’. She also appeared in an episode called ‘The Last of the Red Hat Mamas’ in ‘The Simpsons’.

In 2012, Tomlin made a guest appearance in the HBO series ‘Eastbound and Down’. She also acted in a TV series titled ‘Malibu Country, starring alongside Reba McEntire. Tomlin starred in the comedy-drama film ‘Grandma’ in 2015.

In 2017, she reprised her voice role as ‘Professor Frizzle’ in ‘The Magic School Bus Rides Again’, a sequel to ‘The Magic School Bus.

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Caption: Lily Tomlin at an event (Source: Wikipedia)

Awards and Nomination

In a career spanning over 40 years, she has received many prestigious awards like ‘Primetime Emmys’, a special ‘Tony Award for her Broadway show, ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Actress’, ‘Women in Film Crystal Award’, ‘Mark Twain Prize, and a ‘Grammy Award’.

On March 16, 2012, she and her partner Jane Wagner received the 345th star on the Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, California. She received a ‘Grammy nomination for ‘Best Comedy Recording’ for the album, ‘And That’s The Truth’.

In December 2014, she was one of five honorees for the annual Kennedy Center Honors. Tomlin won a ‘Tony Award’ for the show called ‘The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which was later adapted into a motion picture.

She received the ‘Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award’ in 2017. Tomlin is a supporter of women’s welfare and received a ‘Fenway Health’s Dr. Susan M. Love Award’.

Lily Tomlin – Net Worth 2023

Lily Tomlin has an estimated net worth of $15 million. She has earned all these net worths from her career as an actress, comedian, writer, and producer as well. Moreover, she owns two homes in Los Angeles, California.

Tomlin currently lives in Valley Village, California.


Social Media

Now coming to her presence on social media platforms, she is quite active there. She uses Facebook and Twitter. On Twitter, she has 83.4 K followers and on Facebook, she has more than 59 K followers.

Her social media accounts are filled with her works related posts. Furthermore, we can see her works, and contributions through her social media accounts as well.