Tomlin, Lily

Tomlin, Lily (b. Mary Jean Tomlin)

(1939–  ) comedienne; born in Detroit, Mich. Performing in cabarets while doing temporary work, she became successful on television's Laugh-In (1969–73) with her repertoire of off-beat characters. She also appeared in movies and network specials. In 1985 her one-woman stage show (coauthored with Jane Wagner), In Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, won a Tony award.
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