Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer and producer. Tomlin began her career as a stand-up comedian and performing Off-Broadway during the 1960’s. Her breakout role was performing as a cast member on the variety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1970 until 1973. She currently stars on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie as Frankie Bergstein. Her performance as Frankie garnered her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015.
In the early 1970’s….she began appearing as the regular characters she created…..which became some of her best known works….characters like Ernestine the nosy, condescending telephone operator…..Edith Ann the precocious five-and-a-half-year-old girl who waxes philosophical on everyday life as a kid or things for which she feels she has the answers although she is too young to fully understand….Mrs. Judith Beasley, a housewife and mother who is often chosen for television commercials and offers “good consumer advice”…..and so many more.