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Biography #2 (for Orange County)

Lily Tomlin is one of America's foremost comediennes, continuing to successfully venture across an ever-widening range of media. Currently she is staffing in the revival of Jane Wagner's "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe," now playing in San Francisco.

Tomlin is always extending her extraordinary entertainment career and most recently, she co-starred in Disney's The Kid opposite Bruce Willis and in the Franco Zeffirelli film Tea With Mussolini, with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Cher. She also guest starred on the popular series, The X-Files and her voice lives on as the science teacher Ms. Frizzle on the popular children's animated series, The Magic School Bus, for which she won an Emmy.

Tomlin made her television debut on The Garry Moore Show in 1966 and later rose to national prominence on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In with her characterizations of Ernestine, the sassy telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish five-and-a-half year-old. More recently, Tomlin served two seasons as the boss of FYI on the hit CBS series, Murphy Brown. She also received an Emmy nomination for her critically acclaimed appearance on the NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street.

On stage, Tomlin received a Special Tony for her one-woman Broadway show, Appearing Nightly, as well as a Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics' Circle Award for her solo performance in "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe."

On the musical front, Tomlin's comedy recording debut, This is a Recording, won her a Grammy, and her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That's the Truth and On Stage were all nominated for Grammys.

In 1975, Tomlin made her film debut in Robert Altman's Nashville, and her memorable performance garnered her an Academy Award nomination as well as the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. An ever-popular screen presence, Tomlin's extensive film credits include The Late Show, Moment By Moment, 9 to 5, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, All of Me, Big Business, "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In the Universe, Shadows and Fog, Short Cuts, The Beverly Hillbillies, Flirting with Disaster, Getting Away with Murder, Krippendorfs Tribe, The Kid and Tea with Mussolini ."

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Orange County" (27-Aug-2002)