Lily, I absolutely LOVED "Grace and Frankie." Have followed your career for years...you are amazing! Thank u for all the laughs and tears.
I have been a fan of yours since I was a student at Turlock High School back in the 70's. Edith Ann is my favorite, but all of your characters are wonderful. I've watched all your shows and movies. So to be able to see you in person was a dream come true. You put on a wonderful performance. My face hurt for hours after just from smiling and laughing so much from your show. You were even better than I thought you'd be.Everyone there felt the same. I was sorry to have the night end. I know I speak for others when I say, I do hope you will come back and visit us again soon. You were just awesome!! Sincerely, Kelly
January 16, 2016 Dear Lily: You don't know what a feel-good relief this is to be able to write to you on your site. For awhile, you did not have the guestbook feature on. This will be brief: I loved that lady I was mistreating while literally unconscious with my eyes open...and I think my eyes closed sometimes, too. I think my disorder has to do with blood vessels dilating and salts and things dissolving in my blood and molecules coming apart due to the lowered blood pressure. I have always had beautifully low blood pressure. 110/70, most of the time... Do not ever feel worried about my degree of concern for myself, my relatives, my animals, my friends, people I like, people who don't know me, etc. Oh, I promised brevity, here....Um, I am your, 'heart'. Sorry if I said otherwise. I was unconscious, but felt impelled by a wiser part of myself to be protective of myself and maybe, just maybe say rude things to you and present, and interact really badly. But my humor at the time was sarcastic. My literally singing, "Too bad I'm not in love with yoooouuuu...." was supposed to be a joke. My telling you that marriage between two lesbians was absurd was an invitation to prove you were serious. And if I remember correctly, I only said, "I divorce you," once, then a second time. I did not say it for the required third time. Did I? NO. You wouldn't let me, I don't think. So, technically, I am still wife to you. Tell Jane, she is and was the best imaginary friend I have ever had. She worked magic; she promised she would... *I don't know.* It hurt me to hear the pain in your voice when you begged me, and you said, "But you're my heart...And I don't know why you're behaving this way..." My god, how was I behaving??? I remember thinking that, when you said it. And as I walked away, I kind of (and you'll like this part)...I descended into unconsciousness, and I don't remember anything accept the look that was on your face when I had turned back around...Then you said, "Please..." And you were wearing a loose, white t-shirt. I kept walking and then...blank. Uh, did I try to jump into the Hudson River? Oh, to drown in 4 feet of water??? hahahahahahaha. I was completely unconscious. I swear to you. And I do not have dissociative disorder, which is behavioral. I have a neurological issue, which may suggest the death of certain brain cells from lack of oxygen when my vessels dilate. (cerebral hypoxia is similar.) Thank you to my Lily Tomlin, and thank you to Paul Weitz who I wonder may now look familiar, for showing me in your movie, "Grandma" that children should unwittingly be seen, filmed, and then presented publicly by adults at some point. Hahahahahahaha. I was so young and brilliant and in unbreakable character (yes, Lily Tomlin and Carol Burnett and the cast of Saturday Night Live taught me how to, respectively: invent characters, improvise characters for the context of sketch, and improvise characters in sketches upon being prompted with suggestions from the audience). I did not see a camera most of the time when outside, or inside, or in my fantastic, fun private rooms... I literally thought my "audience" only knew me in my imagination...But truly, I was glad and grateful to have you and certain other people and characters watching over me, and laughing, and crying...I genuinely thought it was my imagination that Lily Tomlin was watching me act, and literally 'live characterologically' (
Dear Ms Tomlin, I enjoyed your show in Turlock tonight. As I was walking to my car I was listening to see if people were complaining or grumbling about the show. People seemed to be doing regular chit chat until I heard one older woman say "Do you think she wrote that into the show?" Her husband replied "No, I think she just went cold" To which she replied "oh" and they walked on. I did hear a women as we were walking to our car say "Augh! Now they opened the gate", (Turlock High has a street going through it and they lock the gate when they don't want people parking on campus). "Oh well" said the other gal, it's not like we don't need the exercise". Our cars were 2/10th of a mile from the front door. This is a long way of saying people were more upset that we couldn't park on campus than that you read the jokes from a binder. And you don't have to worry about being written about in the paper. People who can read don't read the Turlock Journal, they'd read the Modesto Bee and I'm sure the Bee doesn't send reporters to Turlock. And if you are in the Journal you'd be after the fishing report and the rainfall for the year totals so not to worry. I can make fun of Turlock because I'm from Oakdale. Turlock must love comedians, because when Bill Cosby came, it was right after the news of his alleged affairs and sexual harassment charges. The cops were in full force ready (all 10 of them) and we arrived early so we wouldn't have to walk by any picketers or people yelling obscenities. Just one guy showed up with a smallish cardboard sign to protest. The Cos put on a good show and everyone had a good evening. Guess this is a really long way of saying "no worries, come on back any time". Janet
Dear Lily, First off you ROCK! My name is Whitney (36) and want to say THANK YOU for being such a positive role model and force in this world! Our planet needs more powerful positive and inspirational women like you! One of my close friends at the senior community where I'm the director of programming (NYC) knows you...her name is Sondra Green (88 years young) former diction teacher in Vassar's drama dept. She sends a big HELLO to you! I took her to see GRANDMA and she loved it! We BOTH LOVED it so much that I saw it 3 times! After we left the film she said, "Gosh I wish I could get in touch with Lily to congratulate her." Just got her NetFlix set up and now she is binge watching GRACE & FRANKIE! (I've already seen the entire season 10 times now, HA!) Sondra sends her sincerest warmest greetings and congrats on all that is happening for you right now! Me too! Thank you for being you! Great website by the way.
I am a filmmaker and actress here in Salt Lake City and will be hosting a panel at the official Park City Film Studio Lounge on January 25th. I love your candor, and have great respect for your experience in film, as an actress, producer, and more. I would love to have you on our panel, should you be in town for Sundance. If you are familiar with Tony Toscano, of Talking Pictures, I work with him on Talking Pictures. Much Respect and Admiration, CiCi Chambers
Just wanted to tell Lily that she looks so beautiful in Grace and Frankie! Your face is flawless, wrinkle free and I want your thick hair. Great show!
Was at your one woman show in Los Angeles the night you broke your ankle and you sat on a stool and spoke to and took questions from the audience. I knew I loved you, but that night was amazing. Got a rain check and came back for a matinee. I still have my program and recently came across it. As someone else said, "you are a national treasure!" The Tomlin/Wagner partnership has given us so much wonderful entertainment. May you two keep doing what you do best. On another note, I was wondering if you own the copyright to your Ernestine character and image. A local person has published an HOA phone book with Ernestine on the cover.
Many years of watching your films and tv made me smile (A Lot) :} and cry. If you do nothing else. You have made the world a better place. But please do keep on keeping on. Thank you!!
Dear Lily and Jane sorry to contact here but have no other way to do it. I'm an educator in Australia and I have a concept to support students, teachers and families when someone comes out. Would really like to run idea pass you guys thank you for taking to time to read this. Love Timothy
Welcome to Portland, Lilly!! I emigrated to Portland back in 1985 as a lesbian refuge from Knoxville TN. It was a time of not being able to hold hands in public, getting kicked out of teaching jobs because you were queer, and wistfully singing "Water Fall" by Chris Wiliamson under my breath at the Kroger Store just enough to raise eyebrows and smiles of encouragement, because they had no idea what I was singing about. Thank you for visiting Queer-Landia and reminding us where we have been, the humor of our pain, and the joy of finding love. I hope to see you on the 16th as I am buying tickets for my wife, Ayana, and I - it will be her 56th birthday present. Thank you for being real and true to yourself!!!
In 1963, we performed together in the MU show, "Detroit In Revue", at Wayne State University. I was the on stage pianist, and the show was so successful that they decided to take parts of it on the road all the way to the Unstabled, a coffeehouse on Cass Ave. near campus. Remember? You probably don't, but it was wonderful to experience your so obviously outstanding talent at that early time in your career. I have been so happy to see your success over these many, many, many (I'll stop there)-years. I think of you and I think of other connections: renting your mother's garage in Highland Park (we lived on Eason and shared an alley), your brother, Richard, reupholstered our sofa, but I digress. You achieved wonderful and so well deserved stardom and success. I pursued a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and entered private practuce. After a lifetime in Michigan, my husband & I recently moved to Portland. I was so happy to learn that you would be performing here. It seemed like a great chance for us to see you perform again and take our daughter and son-in-law to experience your talent in person (not just on film and through my reminiscences). Unfortunately by the time we heard about the Portland performance, it was too late. Your show is essentially sold out. Sad for us, but terrific for you. Congratulations on your continuing success and my very best wishes for a jam-packed, fun-filled future! All the best, Janet. Oh, and we love "Grace and Frankie"!!
i just want to thank you for the years of making me laugh... you are a national treasure!!!! thank you so much!!! you have got me though many hard times
Hi Lily and Jane, Please come to New Zealand. The entire country would turn out to see you. I know it's a small country...but that would still be a lot of people. I'm sure we could get you a good deal on a sheepskin rug. Best wishes, Lisa
Lily, I look forward to your Portland Show on January 16th. I would appreciate it very much if you would mention the Portland zoo Elephants from the stage and encourage the audience to think hard about the reality of the lives of captive Elephants. Thank you. And thanks for many years of great entertainment!!
Lily! You are coming to Portland Oregon. You have made me laugh for so many years and got me laughing again after the deaths of my dad, mom and my brother when I thought I would never laugh again. Bless you! I can't afford tickets but we are going to walk by the theater and know you are in there!!
Lily, I remember when I was just a kid of 8 years old, I bought your first album. I played it all the time until I had every routine down to every word. I even was able after a time do impersonations of you. Now a grown gay man about to be married for the first time in my life I get to see you on stage in Portland. I would love to purchase a backstage pass and meet you in person. I have been following you for all these years. This would be a dream come true. Fondly, Charles
You both are amazing people doing wonderful things for the world. Thank you. If you ever want to endow a great Communication department at a lovely little university full of people doing wonderful things for the world, let me know. We'll let you name it something funny!
I have enjoyed you since Edith Ann was 5 years old.
the world is a better place for the joy you have given to others. Redecorated my office recently and Ernestine has the place of honor on my wall.