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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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“I can be cantankerous—much to the dismay of the people around me. I’m not cantankerous so much as volatile… I just get overwhelmed with all the work and expectation... Then I’m laughing and I’m over it.” Getting her start as a stand-up comedian and an Off-Broadway performer in the 1960s, Lily Tomlin caught her first big break on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1969 to 1973. She made her silver screen debut the following year in Nashville and earned an Academy Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance before taking home an Emmy Award for her television special, Lily. Continuing to earn Emmy Awards for her comedy variety specials, she spent the 1980s and 1990s giving jaw-dropping performances in films like 9 to 5, All of Me, Flirting with Disaster and Tea with Mussolini before welcoming the new millennium with blockbusters like I Heart Huckabees and Grandma. Now starring alongside Jane Fonda in Netflix’s hit series, Grace and Frankie, Tomlin is still one of Hollywood’s favorite stars with a Lifetime Achievement Award to prove it!

As for her career on the silver screen, Tomlin was a huge hit ever since her debut in Nashville followed by the 1980 hit 9 to 5 starring Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda. From there, she starred in The Incredible Shrinking Woman and All of Me before spending the 1990s in hits like Flirting with Disaster and Tea with Mussolini. By the new millennium, the world was well-aware of her talent and embraced her performance alongside Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law and Mark Wahlberg in I Heart Huckabees. Of course, that doesn’t count her success on the Broadway stage in productions of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which was written by her longtime partner, Jane Wagner. She’s even taken her one-woman show—Not Playing with a Full Deck—to Las Vegas.

Continuing to make audiences laugh with appearances in television shows like Desperate Housewives, Murphy Brown and Malibu Country, Tomlin has proven that she only gets better with time when the 77-year-old returned to television in the Netflix original series, Grace and Frankie. Cast alongside Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, Tomlin is thrilled that the series targets audiences of all ages while shining a light on gay marriage especially after she remained tight-lipped about her own sexuality throughout her early career partly to protect her parents and partly because it simply wasn’t discussed at the time.

“I certainly never called a press conference or anything like that,” Tomlin said. “Even if they knew, they would refer to Jane as ‘Lily’s collaborator,’ things like that… Unless you were so really adamantly out, and had made some declaration at some press conference, people back then didn’t write about your relationship. In ’75, I was making the Modern Scream album and Jane and I were in the studio. My publicist called me and said, ‘Time will give you the cover if you’ll come out.’ I was more offended than anything that they thought we’d make a deal. But that was ’75—it would have been a hard thing to do at that time.”

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