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Lily Tomlin (Greg Gorman)

Lily Tomlin

(Actress, comedian, writer and producer born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan) Lily Tomlin has been a storyteller and innovator for more than four decades. Throughout her extraordinary career, she has ventured across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, film, animation and recordings. Richard Pryor called her a "national treasure—I'd drop anything, anywhere, to work with her." Mary Jean Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan of Kentucky parents and grew up in a working-class neighborhood with a predominantly black population. "That old apartment house I grew up in was filled with the most eccentric cross section of culture types imaginable and I was madly in love with all of them," said Tomlin.

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Highlights from the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

The 37th Kennedy Center Honors presented awards to singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin.


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