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Lily Tomlin
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Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin (born September 1, 1939), born in Detroit, Michigan, is an American actress and comedian. She is noted for her character skits on television's Laugh-In.

Tomlin is noted for her wide range. For example, she played a deaf woman in Nashville, a secretary in Nine to Five and a sickly heiress in All of Me. Tomlin also voiced of the character of Ms. Frizzle for the Magic School Bus cartoon series (1994-1997). Tomlin currently plays "Deborah Fiderer" on the TV show The West Wing.

Tomlin starred in the hit one-woman Broadway show The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by her long-time romantic partner, Jane Wagner. The show won Tomlin a Tony Award.

Though Tomlin is now open about being lesbian, the media don't focus on this aspect of her personal life. In fact, many of her fans are unaware of her sexual orientation. Tomlin came out in 2000 on a New York City cable-access TV program Gay USA. Actually, Tomlin frequently referred to her romantic partner, Jane Wagner, but avoided saying point-blank that she was, in fact, gay.

In 2003 Tomlin won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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