Lily Tomlin is a comedian, writer and producer. She met her talented partner, Jane Wagner in 1975 and they are still together and in love. Jane and Lily have written a wealth of material together. We are lucky to have experienced such a talented couple. JANE WILL GET A SEPARATE BLOG FOR HERSELF!
Lily was born on September 01, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan (USA). She attended Wayne State University where she developed an interest in the theatre. Her first televised appearance was on the Merve Griffith Show in 1965. In these years, Lily developed engaging characters
- Ernestine was a nosy, condescending telephone operator who generally treated customers with little sympathy. Ernestine often snorted when she let loose a barbed response or heard something salacious; she also wore her hair in a 1940s hairstyle with a hair net, although the character was contemporary. Ernestine was almost always at her switchboard taking calls in the sketches. She occasionally called her boyfriend, Vito, a telephone repair man, or her pal Phoenicia, another operator.
- Edith Ann is a precocious five-and-a-half year old girl who waxes philosophical on everyday life. She sits in an over-sized rocking chair with her rag doll, Doris. She often speaks about life with her battling parents and bullying older sister, Mary Jean. This is a cute move because Lily’s real birth name is Mary Jean! Add to the scene an aggressive dog named Buster and a boyfriend named Junior Junior Phillips. Lily often ended the scene with something like, “And this is the truth,” followed by her blowing a raspberry.
- Tess/Trudy is a homeless bag lady who accosts theater-goers and various passers-by with her offbeat observations and tales of communications with extraterrestrials. (“They don’t care if you believe in ’em or not – they’re different from God.”) SEE A SEPARATE BLOG “IN SEARCH OF INTELLIGENCE IN THE UNIVERSE”