Lily Tomlin will be honored at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for her Life Achievement Sunday night.
Born in Detroit, Tomlin began work after college as a stand-up comic, eventually becoming a star, thanks to “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” Tomlin said she didn’t really consider herself an actor until she appeared in the 1975 country-music satire “Nashville,” which marked her film debut a performance which earned Tomlin her one and only Oscar nomination.
Although Tomlin was 35 when “Nashville,” released, just years away from what Hollywood had long considered an actress’ sell-by date: 40, her heyday was yet to come.
When Fox released the workplace comedy “9 to 5” with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton she was 40. The film became her biggest movie moneymaker to date (more than $100 million gross, in 1980s dollars).Tomlin hasn’t left the spotlight since.
She’s had Tony-winning success on Broadway (“The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe”) and won six Emmy awards to date. She’s been nominated 23 times, including the past two years for her performances in the Netflix sitcom “Grace and Frankie,” which costars Fonda, her friend from “9 to 5.”
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