Women’s History Month Spotlight: Actress/Comedian Lily Tomlin and wife Writer Jane Wagner

TheOUTfront is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month by recognizing Kennedy Center Honoree and 2017 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement recipient, Lily Tomlin and wife Peabody and Emmy Award winning writer, Jane Wagner.

In 1969, Lily Tomin made her television debut on the iconic 60’s show, “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In” with memorable characters like Ernestine, the nosy telephone operator, and little Edith Ann whose honest monologues ended with, “…and that’s the truth, thhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

Tomlin met writer and future wife, Jane Wagner while working on her 1971 comedy album, “This is a Recording,” and have spent their life together collaborating on numerous award winning television, film, and stage projects.  In 1985, Tomlin starred in, and won a Tony Award for, the one-woman Broadway show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by Wagner.

It has been described as,

“Jane Wagner’s masterpiece–The first play in more than 20 years to become a national bestseller–is now a motion picture!  In this satire, a form all too lacking in American theater, Trudy the bag lady, Wagner’s central character, tries to explain modern American material society to an alien (i.e., interstellar) committee.”



“Why is it that when we talk to God we’re said to be praying, but when God talks to us we’re schizophrenic?”

“Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.” 

“We have reason to believe that man first walked upright to free his hands for masturbation.” 



While the couple has never publicly “come out,” they’ve never been closeted either; and after 42 years together, married in a private ceremony on New Year’s Eve 2013.

Learn more about this remarkable couple here

Lily Tomlin currently stars opposite Jane Fonda in the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie, season 3 premiering, March 24th.



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