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One of America's foremost comediennes, LILY TOMLIN (Toki) has received six Emmys®, two Tonys®, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics' Circle Award, a CableAce Award, a Grammy®, two Peabody Awards, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Tomlin made her television debut in 1966 on "The Garry Moore Show,” followed by appearances on "The Merv Griffin Show.” In 1969, Tomlin joined the cast of "Laugh-In” where her characters of Ernestine and Edith Ann brought her to national prominence.

Tomlin went on to co-write, with Jane Wagner, and star in six comedy television specials; she also starred in the HBO special "And the Band Played On.” Tomlin is also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms. Frizzle on the children's animated series "The Magic School Bus.”

Tomlin appeared on Broadway in 1977 in "Appearing Nitely,” which she followed in 1985 with Wagner's "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.”

She made her film debut as Linnea, a gospel singer and mother of two deaf children in Robert Altman's "Nashville” (1975), which earned her an Academy Award® nomination for Supporting Actress. Other notable performances followed, including "The Late Show,” "9 to 5,” "The Incredible Shrinking Woman,” "All of Me,” "Big Business,” "Shadows and Fog,” "Short Cuts,” "Tea with Mussolini,” "I Heart Huckabees,” "A Prairie Home Companion” and "The Walker,” as well as the film adaptation of "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.” Tomlin has received the Crystal Award from Women in Film.

Tomlin played President Bartlett's assistant, Debbie Fiderer, in the hit NBC series "The West Wing” from 2002 through 2006. She appeared in the most recent season of "Desperate Housewives.”


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