Lily Tomlin Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Lily Tomlin Net Worth

Lily Tomlin has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Lily Tomlin is an actress and comedy legend known for roles on television shows such as ‘Laugh-In’ and ‘Grace and Frankie,’ and films such as ‘Nashville’ and ‘Nine to Five.’ She earns most of her income from her television shows. 

Some of Lily Tomlin’s wacky characters were featured on the hit comedy series Laugh-In, which aired from 1969 to 1973 and catapulted her to stardom. Tomlin went on to appear in a number of films, both dramatic and comedic, including Nashville and Nine to Five. Her one-woman Broadway show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, won a Tony Award in 1985. Her most recent work includes an Emmy nomination for her role in the TV series Grace and Frankie, in which she co-starred with Jane Fonda.

To calculate the net worth of Lily Tomlin, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Lily Tomlin
Net Worth: $20 Million
Monthly Salary: $300 Thousand
Annual Income: $5 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Stand-up comedian, Theatrical producer, Writer, Voice Actor

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Early Years

Lily Tomlin, a well-known comedian, actress, and writer, was born Mary Jean Tomlin on September 1, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, to parents Guy and Lillie Mae Tomlin. The Tomlins had moved to Michigan from Kentucky shortly before the birth of their daughter. Richard, Tomlin’s younger brother, is his only sibling.

Tomlin admired pioneering female comedians as a child, including Lucille Ball, Bea Lillie, Imogene Coca, and Jean Carroll. She did not immediately pursue a career in show business after high school, instead enrolling at Wayne State University to study medicine. She took theater arts classes at Wayne State, which inspired her to drop out and start performing at local coffeehouses. She relocated to New York City in 1965 and began performing at clubs such as the Improv, Cafe Au Go Go, the Upstairs at the Downstairs, and the Downstairs Room, where she opened for legendary singer Mabel Mercer.

‘The Merv Griffin Show’ to ‘Laugh-In’

In 1966, Tomlin made her television debut on The Garry Moore Show. She appeared on The Merv Griffin Show and Music Scene on a regular basis. She rose to fame after joining the cast of Laugh-In in 1969. Audiences fell in love with the hilarious characters she created, such as Edith Ann, a mischievous 6-year-old, and Ernestine, a snarky telephone operator. Tomlin appeared on the show until it was cancelled in 1973.

Tomlin went on to star in six television comedy specials that she co-wrote with Jane Wagner after her successful run on Laugh-In. When Tomlin was looking for a writer to help her develop the character of Edith Ann, she met Wagner. They felt an instant connection, both professionally and personally, and married.

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‘Nashville’ and Other Big-Screen Hits

In Robert Altman’s Nashville, Tomlin made her film debut (1975). Her performance as a gospel singer and the mother of two deaf children earned her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.

Subsequent films included The Late Show (1977) with Art Carney; Moment By Moment (1978) with John Travolta and written by Wagner; Nine to Five (1980) with Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda; The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) with Charles Grodin and written by Wagner; All of Me (1984) with Steve Martin, Big Business (1988) with Bette Midler; Shadows and Fog (1993) directed by Woody Allen; Short Cuts (1993) directed by Altman; (1999).

Following a hiatus from the big screen, Tomlin returned with I Heart Huckabees (2004), directed by David O. Russell and co-starring Dustin Hoffman, and A Prairie Home Companion (2006), which reunited Tomlin with Altman for his final film. She also appeared in Pink Panther II (2009) alongside Martin, Admission (2013) alongside Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, and Grandma (2015), directed by Paul Weitz.

Theater Roles

While appearing on the big screen, Tomlin made her Broadway debut in Wagner’s Appearing Nitely (1977), which he wrote and directed. The show featured favorite Tomlin characters like Ernestine and housewife Judith Beasley, as well as new ones like Trudy the bag lady, Rick the singles bar cruiser, and Sister Boogie Woman, a 77-year-old blues revivalist.

In 1985, Tomlin returned to Broadway and won a Tony Award for her performance in Wagner’s one-woman show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. After a year on Broadway, the show toured the country, was adapted into a film in 1991, and was revived on Broadway in 2000.

‘And the Band Played On’ and Later Work

Tomlin returned to television in 1993, appearing in the HBO special And the Band Played On about the AIDS epidemic. She has also appeared as a guest star on several television shows, including Frasier, X-Files, Homicide: Life on the Street, Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, NCIS, and Eastbound and Down. She has also played Murphy’s boss on Murphy Brown, President Bartlett’s assistant, Debbie Fiderer, on The West Wing, the matriarch in Damages, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination among a slew of previous nominations and wins, and Lisa Kudrow’s narcissistic mother on Web Therapy.

Tomlin has also done voiceover work for a number of projects, including her role as science teacher Ms. Frizzle on the popular animated TV series The Magic School Bus, for which she won a Daytime Emmy; Tammy in The Simpsons’ “The Last of the Red Hat Mamas” episode; and Mommo in the animated feature film The Ant Bully (2006).

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‘Grace and Frankie’

Tomlin co-starred with Fonda in the 2015 series Grace and Frankie, in which they play two women whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands fall in love. Tomlin’s performance earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She was also nominated for two Golden Globes, one for her role on Grace and the other for her performance in Grandma.

Personal Life and Wife

In August 2013, it was reported that Tomlin and Wagner were planning to marry after 42 years together, an announcement that came soon after the federal ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, which declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and overturned Proposition 8.

On New Year’s Eve of 2014, 74-year-old Tomlin and 78-year-old Wagner married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles, California.

In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January 2019, Tomlin revealed that she had turned down an offer to “come out” on the cover of Time magazine in 1975. “I simply decided not to play their game,” Tomlin explained. “I wanted to be recognized for my accomplishments.”

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