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Lily Tomlin

Highest Rated:   100% Superstar in a Housedress (2004)
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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
92% Grandma
  • Elle Reid
2015
67% 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
80% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic
  • Actor
2013
89% Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
  • Lily Tomlin
$0.1M 2012
No Score Yet The Procession
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women
  • Actor
2012
91% Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
  • Actor
$3.0M 2010
No Score Yet Teach Your Children Well
  • Actor
2010
92% Ponyo
  • Toki
$15.2M 2009
12% Pink Panther 2
  • Mrs. Berenger
$36.0M 2009
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
  • Actor
2008
54% The Walker
  • Abigail Delorean
$0.1M 2007
No Score Yet Kate Clinton: The 25th Anniversary Tour
  • Actor
2007
63% The Ant Bully
  • Mommo
$28.1M 2006
81% 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
62% 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
65% Tea with Mussolini
  • Georgie
1999
14% 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
43% Blue in the Face
  • Derelict
1995
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of the Coneheads
  • Actor
1994
23% The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Miss Jane Hathaway
1993
95% Short Cuts
  • Doreen Piggot
1993
100% And the Band Played On
  • Selma Dritz
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 AngstTinaMargeLynKateEdieBrandyTruby the Bag Lady
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1991
36% Big Business
  • Rose Shelton
1988
No Score Yet Lily Tomlin
  • Lily Tomlin
1986
91% All of Me
  • Edwina Cutwater
1984
0% La Increíble Mujer Diminuta
  • Telephone Operator
1981
84% 9 to 5
  • Violet Newstead
1980
No Score Yet Moment by Moment
  • Trisha
1978
100% The Late Show
  • Margo
1977
94% Nashville
  • Linnea Reese
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
72% Grace and Frankie
2015
  • Frankie
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • 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 View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
82% Eastbound & Down
2009-2013
  • Kenny's mom
  • 2012
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Marilyn Tobin
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Penelope Langston
  • 2011
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2011
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Roberta Roberta Simmons
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
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
1998-2006
  • Margot
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Deborah Fiderer Debbie Fiderer Debbie Fidderer
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Lyda
  • 1998
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Rita
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 1983
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975

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