Lily Tomlin Net Worth, Early Life, Education, Acting, TV, Broadway, Awards and Relationship

Published Date   21st Sep. 2017, 21:53 pm
Lily Tomlin Net Worth, Early Life, Education, Acting, TV, Broadway, Awards and Relationship
Quick Info
Birth Name: Lily Tomlin
Date of Birth: 19/09/2017
Age: 3 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $15 million

American actress and comedian, Lily Tomlin net worth accelerated as she gained prominence through her roles on TV shows such as Laugh-In and films Nashville and Nine to Five.


Lily Tomlin made her way high up through her Tony award-winning Broadway show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. She played wacky characters in hit comedy series Laugh-In (1969-73). Through this role, Lily Tomlin net worth rose along with her stardom. Similarly, she made vivid appearances in comedy films Nashville, Nine to Five and so on.

One of her most astounding performances include her role in Netflix series Grace and Frankie. For this role, she won an Emmy nomination.

Early Life and Background

Lily Tomlin was born as Mary Jean Tomlin on September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents are Guy and Lillie Mae Tomlin. The family relocated to Michigan from Kentucky just before the birth of Lily. She grew up with her brother Richard Tomlin.

Tomlin went to Cass Technical High School from where she graduated in 1957. She then majored in biology from Wayne State University. While young, she auditioned for a play which ignited the passion for acting thereby changing her major.

Soon, Tomlin established herself as a stand-up comedian in nightclubs in Detroit and then in New York City. Later, she continued studying acting in HB Studio and made her first appearance in The Merv Griffin Show in 1965.

TV and Film Career

Lily Tomlin net worth increased as she started making TV appearances in shows like The Garry Moore Show in 1966, The Merv Griffin Show and Music Scene. She then casted in Laugh-In in 1969; the show that brought her stardom. It did not take long for the audiences to fall in love with her hilarious character. The show went on air until 1973.

With the success of Laugh-In, Tomlin went to star in TV comedies and even co-wrote with Jane Wagner. They met in 1971 when Tomlin was looking for a writer to help her develop the character of Edith Ann in Laugh-In. Soon they developed great compatibility as professional partners as well as couple.

Lily Tomlin net worth hiked with her appearance in her debut film Nashville in 1975. She earned an Academy award for portraying a gospel singer and a mother of two in the film. Later, her movies appearances mushroom. Some of the notable films that Tomlin has appeared in are The Late Show (1977), The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), Big Business (1988), Short Cuts (1993) and Flirting with Disaster (1996).

Towards the beginning of the new millennium, Lily Tomlin net worth increased even more as she appeared in I Heart Huckabees (2004) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006). Furthermore, she starred in comedy Pink Panther II (2009), Admission (2013) and Grandma (2015).

Theatre Appearances

Lily Tomlin net worth continued to grow with her landing roles in Broadway productions like Appearing Nitely in 1977. Similarly, she performed one-woman show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe in 1985. The play written by Wagner won a Tony Award for her performance. Furthermore, the show toured the country and revived into a 1991 film.

Later Works and Recent Highlights

The talented actress and comedian, Lily Tomlin net worth heightened with her television appearances later. She appeared in HBO special And the Band Played On which details the AIDS epidemics. Similarly, she landed a number of guest roles in series including Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives, Frasier and NCIS.

Additionally, Tomlin portrayed Murphy’s boss on Murphy Brown and the matriarch in Damages. For the later role she won an Emmy nod. In the Web Therapy, Tomlin showed her versatility playing the narcissistic mother of Lisa Kudrow’s character.

Tomlin has also done several voice works in the projects The Magic School Bus which earned her Daytime Emmy. Similarly, she has voiced the character Mommo in The Ant Bully (2006) and in an episode of The Simpsons.

Recently, she starred in Netflix series Grace and Frankie for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The same role also won her a Golden Globe nominations. She further earned another Golden Globe nomination for Grandma.

Personal Life and Relationship

In 2013, Tomlin and Jane Wagner married after over 4 decades of meeting. They married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles. She involved with a number of feminist and gay-friendly film productions. The couple later worked together on film An Apology to Elephants (2013). Wagner wrote the film which Tomlin narrated.

Salary and Net Worth

The strong performer, actress and comedian Lily Tomlin net worth is $15 million which she accumulated through her years of working in the acting industry.

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