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Lily Tomlin
Forecourt Ceremony held on Friday, April 22, 2022
 
Born: Mary Jean Tomlin, September 1, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan
Age at the time of the ceremony: 82
 
Lily Tomlin is a performer of long standing. Can any of us remember a time when she was not around to amuse us with her comic characters, or move us with her humanity?

Born to working class Baptist parents who had migrated to Detroit from their native Kentucky, Mary Jean graduated from high school, then attended Wayne State University as a biology major. Appearing in a school play changed all that. She became a theatre major, and after graduating, began doing stand-up in Detroit and New York.

Tomlin got herself on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965 (no one seems to know which episode), she then was included as one of the rotation of hosts on what ABC was hoping would be a Laugh-In killer, Music Scene in September, 1969. The show was trying to find its way, and Tomlin was out after only six episodes.

But producer George Schlatter knew a good thing when he saw one. Having co-produced Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In for NBC from January, 1968, he was always on the lookout for new talent to bring to his mega-hit show.

1 She played a character called Ernestine the Operator on episode 173 of The Electric Company, airing over PBS on December 20, 1972.

2 She was a bit of a latecomer to Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, arriving in season 3, but she lasted with the show for 84 episodes airing over NBC, from December 1969 to March 1973.

3 Nashville (released in

4 The Late Show (released in

5 Moment by Moment (released in

6 9 to 5 (released in

7 The Incredible Shrinking Woman (which played the Chinese in

8 All of Me (released in

9 The movie version of The Search of Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (released in

10 she played herself in Altman's The Player (released in

11 then got a roll in his Short Cuts (released in

12 she played Dr. in And the Band Played On with Matthew Modine (released

13 and played Jane Hathaway in the film of The Beverly Hillbillies with Jim Varney playing Jed Clampett (released in

14 She has done a lot of children's television, appearing as either Enestine or Edith Ann in 14 episodes of Seasame Street, aired over PBS from May, 1976 to February, 1997, and has provided the voice for Ms. Valerie Frizzle for 52 episodes of The Magic School Bus, aired over PBS from September, 1994 to December 1997.

15 She played Kay Carter-Shepley for 46 episodes of Murphy Brown with Candice Bergen, aired over CBS from September 1996 to May 1998.

16 I Heart Huckabees with Dustin Hoffman (released in September 2004),

17 played Deborah Fiderer for 34 episodes of The West Wing with Martin Sheen aired over NBC from May, 2002 to May, 2006.

18 she played Marilyn Tobin in 10 episodes of Damages with Glenn Close aired over FX Network from January to April, 2010.

19 played Reba McEntire's mother Lillie Mae MacKenzie for 18 episodes of Malibu Country aired over ABC from the pilot in November, 2012 to March 2013.

20 Her production company Intelligent Life Productions bankrolled 144 episodes Putsy Hodge on 22 episodes of Web Therapy aired over from February 2012 to January , 2015.

21 26 episodes as Professor Frizzle of The Magic School Bus Rides Again, aired over Netflix from September, 2017 to April 2018.

22 94 episodes of Grace and Frankie with Jane Fonda, aired over Amazon Prime from May 2015 to April 2022.

23 Grandma with Julia Gardner (released in January 2015

24 The Search of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which ran at the Plymoth Theatre for 391 perfs, from September, 1985 to October, 1986

25 The Seach for Intelligent Life in the Universe, which ran at the Booth Theatre for 184 perfs, from November 2000 to May, 2001

She won a Grammy for her album This Is a Recording in 1972.



She and Jane won the Emmy for Lily: Sold Out in 1981

She won an Emmy for co-writing The Paul Simon Special in 1978

She won an Emmy for co-writing The Lily Tomlin Special aired over ABC in 1975

He show and her co-writing got Emmies for Lily aired over CBS in 1973.
 
 
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Lily TomlinForecourt ceremony, Friday, April 22, 2022. Lily Tomlin shows er cementy hands to photographers. Photo by Emma McIntyre.
 
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