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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Exclusive: Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner Tie the Knot

Back in August, Huffington Post reported that, in the immediate wake of DOMA being struck down along with Proposition 8, Lily Tomlin and her partner, Jane Wagner, intended to get married.

Wrote Huff Post: The women, who met in 1971 and started dating shortly after, didn't think they would see such a milestone in their lifetime.... "You don't really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice," the 73-year-old [Tomlin] said. "Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very very happy about it."

None other than iconic gossip columnist Liz Smith announced in her Chicago Tribune column of January 3: And my longtime friends, Lily Tomlin and her love, the writer Jane Wagner, got married on the eve of 2014. ... My wish is that their happiness will be as great as their combined talents.

Oddly, there has been very little press surrounding this ceremony. Well, hey, now you've got it from me, your most reliable infotainment source!

Tomlin is best known for her film roles in Nashville, The Late Show (with art Carney), Moment to Moment (opposite John Travolta), The Incredible Shrinking Woman, All of Me (with Steve Martin), Big Business (with Bette Midler), Tea with Mussolini (with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Cher), I Heart Huckabees and A Prairie Home Companion.

Lily Tomlin first received wide recognition when she became a member of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In on tv. She's recorded a number of successful comedy albums and has guested on several tv series, such as Will & Grace, Murphy Brown, The West Wing, The Simpsons and the short-lived Malibu County as Reba McIntire's mother, Lillie Mae (Tomlin's real-life mother's name).

Tomlin was the first to have a one-woman show on Broadway with Appearing Nitely at the Biltmore Theatre in April 1977.  In 1985, she had an even larger smash hit with The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by Jane Wagner (who also wrote several of Lily's movie scripts).

Lily basically came out at the Oscars when she said: "How did it feel to play a heterosexual? I've seen these women all my life, I know how they walk, I know how they talk ...."

Lily has won four Emmys, two Tonys, two Drama Desk Awards and an Outer Critics Circle Award. She and Jane Wagner received a star together on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame in 2012. Jane has won three Emmys, two Sundance Film Festival Awards, two Peabody Awards, a New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Award, San Francisco International Film Festival Award and an Annie Award.

Congratulations in the new year, Lily and Jane, on tying the knot! We love and admire you and your work, as well as your influence on entertainment in all media.

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