Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin

  • Highest Rated: 100% Superstar in a Housedress (2004)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Getting Away with Murder (1996)
  • Birthday: Sep 1, 1939
  • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • She is best known for creating a multitude of memorable comic characters, including Ernestine the telephone operator and the rotten five-year-old rugrat Edith Ann, on television and in her stage shows, but let it not be forgotten that Lily Tomlin is also a talented dramatic actress, something she has thus far only demonstrated in two films. She was born Mary Tomlin in Detroit, MI. She was studying premed at Wayne State University when she heard the stage calling and so dropped out to perform skits and characterizations in cabarets and coffeehouses. Tomlin made her television debut on The Garry Moore Show but didn't get her first real break until she became a regular on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In in 1970 and stayed through 1973. The series' machine gun pace proved the perfect outlet for Tomlin's offbeat humor and gave her the opportunity to hone her skills and develop her characters. She made an auspicious film debut with a touching dramatic role as a troubled gospel singer trying to deal with her hearing-impaired children and a womanizing Keith Carradine in Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), winning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a New York Film Critics award for the same category. Her next film, The Late Show (1977), was also more dramatic than comic and Tomlin again won kudos, though not in the form of awards, for her work. While she started off strongly in films, her subsequent output has been of uneven quality ranging from the entertaining All of Me (1984) to the abysmal Big Business (1988). But while her film career has never quite taken flight, Tomlin remained successful on-stage, in clubs, and on television. On Broadway, Tomlin has had two successful one-woman shows, Appearing Nitely (1976) and The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1986), which Tomlin made into a film in 1991. In 1996, Tomlin became a regular on the cast of the long-running sitcom Murphy Brown playing a canny news producer and foil for Candice Bergan's Murphy. That same year she would work for the first time with director David O. Russell on the film Flirting With Disaster. After returning to film with the demise of Murphy Brown, Tomlin took on supporting roles in a variety of films, such as Tea with Mussolini and Disney's The Kid. But television soon came calling again in the form of a recurring role on NBC's The West Wing as The President's eccentric personal secretary.In 2004, Tomlin teamed with Russell again for the ensemble comedy I Heart Huckabees. A subsequent visit to the animated town of Springfield found Tomlin dropping in on The Simpsons the following year, withg recurring roles on both Will and Grace and The West Wing preceding a turn as one-half of a sisterly singing act along with Meryl Streep in the 2006 Robert Altman radio-show adaptation A Prairie Home Companion. At the Oscar telecast in 2006 Streep and Tomlin presented Altman with a lifetime achievement award, delivering their speech in a style that emulated the distinctive rhythms of his films. That same year she leant her vocal talents to an animated film for the first time in her career providing the voice for Mommo in The Ant Bully, which coincidently also featured her Prairie Home Companion cohort Meryl Streep. She had a major role in Paul Schrader's The Walker, and provided a voice in the English-language version of Ponyo. She joined the cast of the award-winning cable series Damages in 2010 for that show's third season and was a series regular on Malibu Country in 2012-13, playing Reba McEntire's mother.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Madness Within Actor 2019
No Score Yet Still Laugh-in: The Stars Celebrate Actor 2019
86% I Am Richard Pryor Actor 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Aunt May 2018
80% Feminists: What Were They Thinking? Actor 2018
91% Grandma Elle Reid 2015
69% Altman Actor 2014
No Score Yet An Apology To Elephants Actor Executive Producer 2013
38% Admission Susannah $18.1M 2013
No Score Yet Vito Actor 2013
86% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic Actor 2013
90% Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Lily Tomlin $16K 2012
No Score Yet The Procession Actor 2012
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women Actor 2012
92% Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work Actor $3M 2010
No Score Yet Teach Your Children Well Actor 2010
92% Ponyo Toki $15.2M 2009
12% Pink Panther 2 Mrs. Berenger $36M 2009
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America Actor 2008
52% The Walker Abigail Delorean $43.7K 2007
No Score Yet Kate Clinton: The 25th Anniversary Tour Actor 2007
62% The Ant Bully Mommo $28.2M 2006
82% A Prairie Home Companion Rhonda Johnson 2006
No Score Yet The Last Guy on Earth Actor 2006
No Score Yet Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde Actor 2004
No Score Yet Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller Actor 2004
63% I Heart Huckabees Vivian Jaffe $12.8M 2004
100% Superstar in a Housedress Actor 2004
No Score Yet Helen's War Actor 2004
No Score Yet Magic School Bus, The - Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! Actor 2004
No Score Yet Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz Actor 2004
46% Orange County Charlotte Cobb $41.1M 2002
49% The Kid Janet $68.5M 2000
No Score Yet Picking Up the Pieces Actor 2000
71% Get Bruce Herself 1999
66% Tea with Mussolini Georgie 1999
16% Krippendorf's Tribe Ruth Allen 1998
0% Getting Away with Murder Inga 1996
87% Flirting With Disaster Mary Schlicting 1996
96% The Celluloid Closet Narrator Producer 1996
41% Blue in the Face Derelict 1995
19% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Actor 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of the Coneheads Actor 1994
22% The Beverly Hillbillies Miss Jane Hathaway 1993
95% Short Cuts Doreen Piggot 1993
100% And the Band Played On Selma Dritz 1993
No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion Actor 1993
98% The Player Herself 1992
50% Shadows and Fog Prostitute 1992
No Score Yet The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe Agnus Angst Tina Marge Lyn Kate Edie Brandy Truby the Bag Lady Producer Executive Producer 1991
44% Big Business Rose Shelton 1988
No Score Yet Lily Tomlin Lily Tomlin 1986
92% All of Me Edwina Cutwater 1984
13% The Incredible Shrinking Woman (La Increíble Mujer Diminuta) Telephone Operator 1981
82% 9 to 5 Violet Newstead 1980
No Score Yet Moment by Moment Trisha 1978
94% The Late Show Margo 1977
91% Nashville Linnea Reese 1975

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

89% Grace and Frankie
2015
Frankie Executive Producer Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Kay Carter-Shepley
  • 2019
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
1973
Performer
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
Putsy Hodge
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Guest
  • 2013
22% Malibu Country
2012-2013
Lillie Mae
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
91% Eastbound & Down
2009-2013
Kenny's mom
  • 2012
91% Damages
2007-2012
Marilyn Tobin
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Penelope Langston
  • 2011
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
Judge
  • 2011
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Roberta Roberta Simmons
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Margot
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Deborah Fiderer Debbie Fiderer Debbie Fidderer
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2005
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
Lyda
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Magic School Bus
1994-1997
Voice
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
  • 1996
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Voice of Rita
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1983
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970

QUOTES FROM Lily Tomlin CHARACTERS

Mary Schlicting
I was relieved when you came out in the hospital and you only had one head.
Roger Cobb
Tell the truth, I kind a miss the old girl.
Edwina Cutwater
Who are you calling old?!
Roger Cobb
That's not funny, Ty.
Edwina Cutwater
It is not Mr. Wattell. It is I.
Roger Cobb
...Edwina??
Tyrone Wattell
Yeah. When you gave me that pitcher & told me to take care of it, I thought it was gin & drank some.
Roger Cobb
Edwina, I gotta kiss you!
Tyrone Wattell
That's MY side, stupid!
Vivian Jaffe
...most people prefer to remain on the surface of things.
Vivian Jaffe
Most people prefer to remain on the surface of things.
Sadie Shelton/ Sadie Ratliff
"Isn't it exciting?" (Referring to New York City as they drive into Manhattan)
Sadie Shelton/ Sadie Ratliff
Isn't it exciting? [referring to New York City as they drive into Manhattan]
Rose Shelton
/Rose Ratliff "Oh yeah, the noise, the smog, the crowds, the muggers, sex fiends, white slavers, politicians, it's a pistol. I got about as much use for it as a toad has for spit curls!"
Rose Shelton
Oh yeah, the noise, the smog, the crowds, the muggers, sex fiends, white slavers, politicians, it's a pistol. I got about as much use for it as a toad has for spit curls!
Violet Newstead
I'm no fool. I've killed the boss, you think they're not gonna fire me for a thing like that?
Rose Shelton
Damn Sadie, good bread. - Rose Raliff
Rose Shelton
Damn Sadie, good bread.
Violet Newstead
"We're gonna need a special locker for the hat".
Violet Newstead
We're gonna need a special locker for the hat.