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Lily Tomlin rose to national prominence in 1969 on the television series, Laugh-In, with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six year old. Tomlin went on to star in six comedy television specials between 1973 and 1982, which she also co-wrote with Jane Wagner. In 1977, Tomlin made her Broadway debut in Appearing Nitely, written and directed by Jane Wagner. Tomlin next appeared on Broadway in 1985 in Jane Wagner’s critically-acclaimed play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

On film, Tomlin’s debut in Robert Altman's Nashville (1975) was nominated for an Academy Award, and the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics voted Lily Best Supporting Actress. She next starred opposite Art Carney in The Late Show (1977) and John Travolta in Jane Wagner’s Moment By Moment (1978); teamed with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the comedy 9 to 5 (1980); starred as The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) and in Carl Reiner's All of Me (1984) and teamed with Bette Midler for Big Business (1988). In the 90’s, Tomlin starred in the film The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In the Universe (1991); appeared as part of an ensemble cast in Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog (1992); starred opposite Tom Waits in Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993); portrayed Miss Jane Hathaway in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993); starred in the films Flirting With Disaster (1996), Getting Away with Murder (1996), Krippendorf’s Tribe (1998) and co-starred in Tea With Mussolini (1999). She most recently starred with Bruce Willis in Disney’s The Kid (2000), appeared in Orange County (2002), co-starred in I Heart Huckabee’s (2004), A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and appeared in The Walker (2007) and Pink Panther II (2009).

On television, Tomlin has been seen in many series, including The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, and this season, the FX series, Damages. Throughout her career, Tomlin has received six Emmys, two Tony Awards, a Grammy, two Peabody Awards and numerous other notable awards for her acting, producing and narrating achievements, and was honored as the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington DC

 

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