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April 21, 2015

Incident took place more than three decades before Tomlin publicly acknowledged being a lesbian

In the early 1970s, Lily Tomlin guested on NBC's The Tonight Show when host Johnny Carson asked her the question.

It wasn't 'Are you gay?' But it might as well have been.

Carson asked Tomlin, then one of the stars of TV's Laugh In, about being single without children.

When Tomlin answered that she wasn't interested in having kids, she remembers the audience became 'deathly still.'

December 4, 2014

'I wanted to be acknowledged for my work. I didn’t want to be that gay person who does comedy'

Lily Tomlin wants to make this much clear: 'I never did not come out.'

But she did turn down a Time Magazine cover in 1975 to announce she was gay - a step Ellen DeGeneres would take with the same magazine 22 years later.

It wasn't known publicly until recent years is that Tomlin, 75, and her frequent professional collaborator Jane Wagner have been a solid couple for more than four decades.

The couple got married last New Year's Eve.

September 9, 2014

Prestigious honor recognizes living artists for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts

Comedy icon Lily Tomlin has become the first out lesbian to be selected for a prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

It was announced Tuesday (9 September) that Tomlin will be honored in December alongside singer Al Green, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, and singer-songwriter Sting.

Given annually since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have grown to become one of the most prestigious honors for any performer. They recognize living artists for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

March 19, 2014

9 to 5 co-stars will play women whose husbands have left them - for each other in Grace and Frankie

More than 30 years after they starred in the film 9 to 5, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting for a new Netflix comedy series.

In Grace and Frankie, the acclaimed actresses will play two women whose husbands have left them - for each other.

Complicating matters is that Grace (Tomlin) and Frankie (Fonda) are each other's longtime nemeses and now find their lives permanently intertwined.

March 27, 2013

In 1975, she says 'it probably would have been tsunami-like'

It was in 1997 that Ellen DeGeneres caused a national wave of publicity and debate when she was featured on the cover of TIME magazine with this headline: 'Yep, I'm Gay.'

Twenty-two years earlier, that cover could have been Lily Tomlin's.

Now 73, one of the stars of new movie Admission a cast member of the ABC sitcom Malibu Country, Tomlin did not publicly discuss being a lesbian until 2001 although it had long been an open secret.

'TIME magazine offered me the cover in 1975 if I would come out,' Tomlin tells Entertainment Weekly.

August 21, 2012

Diller: 'My  first audience were gay people because they have a great sense of humor'

Just a month after her 95th birthday,  legendary comic Phyllis Diller died on Monday (20 August) at home in Los Angeles surrounded by her family.

Diller began working as a stand-up comic in the 1950s and is credited with paving the way for the likes of Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr and Margaret Cho, among others.

Diller had a gay following from the beginning.

'My first audience were gay people because they have a great sense of humor,' she once said. 'They love comedy and they love to laugh. How do you think they got the word gay put on them?'

August 10, 2012

Legendary star plays Reba McEntire's outspoken mom on new ABC sitcom

It was more than 40 years ago that Lily Tomlin came to fame as a cast member of TV's Laugh-In where the world was introduced to such characters as condescending telephone operator Ernestine and a precocious five-and-a-half year old named Edith Ann.

In the new ABC sitcom Malibu Country, the legendary performer unveils a new character to audiences: an outspoken Southern woman named Lillie Mae whose daughter is played by Reba McEntire.