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Jay Leno to receive 2014 Mark Twain prize for humor

Jay Leno to receive 2014 Mark Twain prize for humor

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) --The Kennedy Center will award Jay Leno with the 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the nation's top comedy honor.
Kate Stanton
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to reunite for Netflix series

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to reunite for Netflix series

March 19 (UPI) -- Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are teaming up again for the Netflix series Grace and Jackie.
Aileen Graef

Runners wear underwear on the outside at Grand Rapids 5K run

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 9 (UPI) -- About 300 runners wearing their underwear on the outside conducted a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) run to benefit cancer patients in Grand Rapids, Mich., Sunday.
Lily Tomlin marries longtime girlfriend Jane Wagner

Lily Tomlin marries longtime girlfriend Jane Wagner

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Lily Tomlin's publicist says the actress has married writer Jane Wagner, her partner of 42 years, in Los Angeles.
Lily Tomlin marries girlfriend of 42 years

Lily Tomlin marries girlfriend of 42 years

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The famed actress married Jane Wagner on New Year's Eve.
Kate Stanton

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Lily Tomlin, partner of 42 years, contemplating marriage

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Lily Tomlin, interviewed at an event in Los Angeles, says she and her longtime partner, Jane Wagner, are now contemplating marriage.
Goldberg, Lopez appear in Pryor documentary

Goldberg, Lopez appear in Pryor documentary

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- George Lopez, Bob Newhart and Mike Epps will be seen in "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic," a documentary to air in the United States on Showtime.
Fey recalls job serving cheese steaks before she made it big

Fey recalls job serving cheese steaks before she made it big

NEW YORK, March 9 (UPI) -- Tina Fey may be an award-winning actress, writer and producer now, but she recently recalled a summer job she had as a teen serving cheese steaks at a Pennsylvania pool club so her mother could swim for free.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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Betty White celebrating 90th birthday -- again

Betty White celebrating 90th birthday -- again

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes and Bill Clinton are to honor U.S. actress Betty White during her 2nd annual 90th birthday special, NBC announced.
ABC orders more 'Standing,' 'Malibu'

ABC orders more 'Standing,' 'Malibu'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- America's ABC Network says it has picked up five additional episodes each of its comedies "Last Man Standing" and "Malibu Country."

Understatement of the Week: John Fugelsang

Understatement of the week:
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
DeGeneres is winner of Mark Twain Prize

DeGeneres is winner of Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Ellen DeGeneres wins the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for her "unique contributions" to comedy, Washington's Kennedy Center chairman said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.
By United Press International
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Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin performs her comedy show at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on March 9, 2006. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedienne, writer and producer. Tomlin has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960's when she began a career as a stand up comedian and became a featured performer on television's Laugh-in. Her career has spanned television, comedy recordings, Broadway, and motion pictures, enjoying acclaimed success in each medium. She has won many awards including Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award and has also been nominated for an Academy Award. Tomlin's humor is often sharp and insightful in the traditions of standup comedians, but also frequently endearing, slightly wacky, and generally quite "family friendly" in the tradition of television comediennes such as Lucille Ball (Tomlin's idol), Carol Burnett, and Eve Arden.

Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Lillie Mae (née Ford), a housewife and nurse's aide, and Guy Tomlin, a factory worker. Tomlin's parents were Southern Baptists who moved to Detroit from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. She is a 1957 graduate of Cass Technical High School. Tomlin attended Wayne State University, where her interest in the theater and performing arts began. After college, Tomlin began doing stand-up comedy in nightclubs in Detroit and later in New York City. Her first television appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965.

In 1969, after a brief stint as a hostess on the ABC Television series Music Scene, Tomlin joined NBC's sketch comedy show Laugh-In. Tomlin was an instant success on the already established program, in which in addition to appear in general sketches and delivering comic gags, she began appearing as regular characters she created that quickly became famous and went on to lives outside of the show in later recordings and television specials:

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