With Two Golden Globe Nominations, Lily Tomlin Talks Aging Gracefully, Dolly Parton, ‘X-Files’ Christmas, and How She Travels

Image by S. Bukley
Image by S. Bukley

Award-winning-actress Lily Tomlin has a robust IMDB page, and the down-to-earth openly gay star has a lot to say about life, acting, and how she likes to travel when she sat down with us in our VIP Lounge. Now, with two Golden Globe nominations (Best Actress in a Comedy for Grandma and Best Actress in a Comedy TV series for Grace and Frankie), the septuagenerian is hotter than ever.

TRUE NATIONAL TREASURE, 76-YEAR-old actress/comedienne Lily Tomlin is having a truly prolific time lately. Her 2015 Netflix series Grace and Frankie, in which she and fellow 9 to 5 co-star Jane Fonda play frenemies whose husbands come out as gay and ditch them for one another, was quickly renewed for a second season that will air in 2016. Tomlin also heads up the indie dramedy Grandma, in which she plays a prickly, cash-strapped lesbian who must help her granddaughter cobble together $600 for an abortion by day’s end while grappling with memories of her deceased life partner.

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Tomlin first made her name on TV’s Laugh-In during the early 1970s, and one could easily fill several pages with her appearances, accomplishments, and accolades since then. She ranks Nashville (which earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination), All of Me, Flirting With Disaster, and And The Band Played On among her favorite film roles.

Tomlin’s acclaimed one-woman show and movie, The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, was famously written by her partner of over 43 years, Jane Wagner. They married on New Year’s Eve in 2014, but Tomlin abhors and declines to use the term wife: “That’s just a further endorsement of the conventional quality it embraces, and we don’t,” she explains.

Here, Tomlin joins us in the VIP Lounge to discuss a possible reunion with Dolly Parton, her preferred term for female groupies, and scary airplane meals.

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