Mary Jean 'Lily' Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. Tomlin has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s when she began a career as a stand up comedian and became a featured performer on television's Laugh-in. Her career has spanned television, comedy recordings, Broadway, and motion pictures, enjoying acclaimed success in each medium. She has won many awards including Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award and has also been nominated for an Academy Award. Tomlin's humor is often sharp and insightful in the traditions of standup comedians, but also frequently endearing, slightly wacky, and generally quite 'family friendly' in the tradition of television comediennes such as Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and Eve Arden. Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Lillie Mae (ne Ford), a housewife and nurse's aide, and Guy Tomlin, a factory worker.
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