An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin
Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 7:30 pm
From her early days on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In to her Emmy-nominated performance as Frankie on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, Lily Tomlin has spent the better part of five decades making America laugh with her insightful, witty and completely original characters. In what’s been billed as “something of a greatest hits,” Lily Tomlin brings the most beloved of these characters to the stage once more in An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin.
Tomlin rose to national prominence in 1969 on the television series Laugh-In with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old. Tomlin went on to star in six comedy television specials, which she co-wrote with Jane Wagner. In 1977, Tomlin made her Broadway debut in Appearing Nitely, written and directed by Wagner. Tomlin next appeared on Broadway in 1985 in Wagner’s critically-acclaimed play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.
On film, Tomlin’s 1975 debut in Robert Altman's Nashville was nominated for an Oscar, and both the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics voted Tomlin Best Supporting Actress. Over the next 40 years, she starred in over 25 movies, including Jane Wagner’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman, 9 to 5, All of Me, Big Business, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In the Universe, The Beverly Hillbillies, Tea With Mussolini, Disney’s The Kid, I Heart Huckabees, A Prairie Home Companion, Admission and, most recently, the critically-acclaimed Grandma.
On television, Tomlin has been seen in many series, including The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, Damages, NCIS, Web Therapy and the hit Netflix series Grace and Frankie, co-starring Jane Fonda.
Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received seven Emmys, two Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, two Peabody Awards, the prestigious Mark Twain Prize, the Crystal Award from Women in Film and numerous other honors. She continues to appear around the country in concert performances, and has entered the social media arena with a game app based on her most beloved character, Edith Ann.
On New Year’s Eve 2013, she married her long-time partner, Jane Wagner.