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Lily Tomlin

2022 Speaker

LILY TOMLIN, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, video, and social media.  Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including:  seven Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth,  and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards– for the ABC television special, Edith Ann’s Christmas (Just Say Noël),  and for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet.  She received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and was the recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC. Tomlin co-starred with Jane Fonda in the widely-popular Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, Tomlin has been nominated for an Emmy in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.   Tomlin was recently honored with the Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association. Tomlin is well-known for supporting philanthropic organizations, particularly those focused on animal welfare, civil rights, health care, protection of elephants, women’s issues, AIDS-related organizations, and environmental concerns, overcoming homelessness and supporting the LGBTQ community in all aspects of life.