“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”
Mary Jean (Lily) Tomlin (1939- )
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Detroit born comedian and actress Tomlin got her first big break in 1969 as a member of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In where she developed long-running characters such as Ernestine, the telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the wise and plain spoken five-year-old. She went on to create memorable roles in movies including “All of Me”, “Nine to Five” and “Short Cuts.” She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Altman’s “Nashville”, and has received numerous awards including four Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy for her Broadway and recorded work including the one-woman show "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe".