Lily Tomlin is an American comedian, singer, producer, writer and veteran actress whose career in the entertainment industry dates back to the 1960s. She has made several movies and television appearances, some of which brought her numerous awards and nominations.
Tomlin is widely known for her role as Margo Sperling in The Late Show (1977) which earned her the Best Actress Award. Her performances in other movies like Nashville, the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, has won her several awards and nominations for the Golden Globe, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Emmy nominations.
Besides appearing in films like Grandma (2015), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Tea With Mussolini (1999), Big Business…etc, Lily Tomlin has also lent her voice on the children’s series The Magic School Bus.
Who is Lily Tomlin
The actress was born on September 1, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, as Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin to parents Lillie Mae (January 14, 1914 – July 12, 2005) and Guy Tomlin (March 3, 1913 – October 24, 1970), who are Southern Baptists. Her mother was a housewife and nurse’s aide while her father, Guy was a factory worker.
Tomlin has a younger brother named Richard Tomlin and her family migrated from Paducah, Kentucky to Detriot during the Great Depression.
From Cass Technical High School to Wayne State University, Tomlin originally studied biology but found her true calling in the entertainment industry after auditioning for a play in the theatre. Subsequently, she changed her major to study acting at the HB Studio and started performing stand-up comedy at nightclubs. Her first television appearance was in The Merv Griffin Show (1965).
Tomlin was cast in her first film in 1974, and her signature role was in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe which opened on Broadway in 1985. The movie won her the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play.
Moreso, her first Emmy Awards came in 1974 after she wrote and produced her own television special, Lily. For her 1972 comedy album titled This Is a Recording, she won a Grammy Award.
She is also a recipient of Kennedy Center Honors (2014) and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2017). The six Emmy awards and a Daytime Emmy winning actress has nine works and publications in her legacy. Ever wonder how much wealth she has accumulated over the year?
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Lily Tomlin’s Net Worth
Tomlin has won multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing, and a Grammy Award for the Best Comedy Album in her 40 years in and off the screen. Therefore, it is not surprising that her net worth is up to $15 million. She gained prominence as America’s youngest female stand up comedian in the early 1960’s
Is She Gay, Who is the Wife – Jane Wagner
With all her achievements over the years, it might be puzzling to wonder if Lily Tomlin ever got married or was in a love rendezvous with some prince charming within her circle. There was no mention of any man she might have dated or married which leads to speculations about her sexuality.
Tomlin is gay and married to wife, Jane Wagner, her partner of more than four decades. The couple had been together for 46 years both as working partners and a couple but it wasn’t until 2013, that they decided to get married.
Wagner is a writer, director and producer who is best known as Tomlin’s comedy writer, collaborator. She is the brain behind the show titled The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1985) that earned Tomlin the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play.
The couple met in 1971 and started dating shortly after. Although, The Grace and Frankie star’s sexuality is not something she chose to reveal to the public. In one of her interviews in 2015, Lily Tomlin said her witty and sweet mother would “literally” have died if she had come out as gay while she was alive.
It was reported that in 1975, Time Magazine offered her a cover if she was willing to come out. Despite all encouragement from fans at the time, she declined, citing that being typed as the gay celebrity is not something she was interested in.
As for her view of marriage, Tomlin said you don’t really need to get married but that it is “awfully nice,” and a lot of people she knows who are married are pleased and happy about it. She expressed that if they [she and Wagner] had any kids, that it would mean something more.