Lily Tomlin is one of Emmy’s favorite funny ladies. In the last half century, she has racked up a staggering two dozen nominations and has six Emmys Awards lining her mantle. This beloved TV veteran is all but certain to garner her 25th nomination this year for the fourth season of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” Might Tomlin, who was nominated for the first three seasons of “Grace and Frankie,” finally take home lucky number seven?
With reigning Best Comedy Actress champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) ineligible for Emmy consideration this year, Tomlin is well-positioned in this race. Granted, she faces strong competition from the likes of Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Allison Janney (“Mom”) and her co-star Jane Fonda, among others.
But she has done stellar work that showcases her versatility as an actress. This season of “Grace and Frankie” found Tomlin’s irresistibly earthy Frankie Bergstein discover that she has been declared legally dead. While she works alongside ex-husband Sol (Sam Waterston) to get herself declared ‘undead,’ Frankie reflects on where life has taken her and ends up reconnecting with her sister (Talia Shire) with whom she’s been estranged for decades.
Tomlin picked up her first two Emmys for writing and producing the variety special “Lily” (1973). She won two more for writing “The Lily Tomlin Special” (1975) and “The Paul Simon Special” (1977) and then for producing another variety special, “Lily: Sold Out” (1981). Her most recent win was in 2013 in Best Voice-Over Performance for “An Apology to Elephants.”
Her 18 other nominations include three for her breakthrough work on “Laugh-In” (1969 – 1971), six more for writing, producing and performing in the variety specials “The Lily Tomlin Show” (1973), “Lily” (1973), “The Lily Tomlin Special” (1975), “Lily” (1975), “The Paul Simon Special” (1977), “Lily: Sold Out” (1981), “Live…and in Person” (1983) and “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” (1991); a bid for producing the HBO documentary “The Celluloid Closet” (1995); and an additional eight Emmy nominations for performances in “And the Band Played On” (1993), “Growing Up Funny” (1994), “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1996), “Damages” (2010), “An Apology to Elephants” (2013) and “Grace and Frankie” (2015, 2016 and 2017).
Tomlin is only an Oscar away from that coveted EGOT status. a Grammy, in Best Comedy Album for “This Is a Recording” (1972); and a Tony, in Best Actress in a Play for “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” (1986). She lost her only Oscar bid back in 1975 when she contended in Best Supporting Actress for “Nashville.” Lee Grant (“Shampoo”) won that race.
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