2009-11-06 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Lily Tomlin Comes To Westbury 11/20

Live Nation presents comedian Lily Tomlin at the Theatre at Westbury on Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. Tomlin joined the sketch comedy show Laugh - In. Some charact ers from the show have been associated with her throughout her career, including the wisecracking, snorting telephone operator, Ernestine; the bratty five-year-old Edith Ann, seated in an oversized rocking making rude noises while telling stories about her baby brother and pet dog Buster; and the Tasteful Lady, who lives a gracious, naive life of entitlement in the upper class and shades of whom show up in Tomlin's film role in All of Me. Additional characters include Susie the Sorority Girl, who appeared

on Tomlin's album Modern Scream and in her 1975 appearance on Saturday Night Live. Tomlin was one of the first female comedians to break out in male drag. Though drag had been around in Hollywood for some time by men, Tomlin broke new ground by not only crossing gender stereotypes, but racial ones as well. She accomplished this in the late 70s with her character Pervis Hawkins, a black rhythm-and-blues soul singer, with a mustache, beard and close-cropped afro hairstyle, dressed in a three-piece suit.

Tomlin is also well-noted for her versatility. In Robert Altman's Nashville, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she played Lin nea Reese, a straitlaced, gospel-singing, mother of two deaf children who has an affair with a country singer. She was also a secretary named Violet New stead in Nine to Five, performed several comedic roles in the 1981 film The Incredible Shrinking Wo m an, and was a sickly heiress in the Steve Mar tin comedy All of Me.

Since then Tomlin has continued to appear in a number of movies, plays and television shows. In 1985, she starred in the one-woman Broadway show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which won her a Tony Award.e comedy Big Business. Tomlin also appeared in two films by director David O. Russell, one as a peacenik Raku artist in Flirting with Disaster and later, as an existential detective in I • Huckabees. In addition, Tomlin voic ed Ms. Frizzle on the animated television series The Magic School Bus from 1994 to 1997. Also, in the 1990s, Tomlin appeared on the popular sitcom Murphy Brown as the title character's boss. In 2005 and 2006, she had a recurring role as Will Truman's boss Margot on Will & Grace.

She appeared on the dramatic series The West Wing for four years in the recurring role of presidential secretary Deborah Fiderer. In the fifth season of Desperate Housewives she has a recurring role as Roberta, the sister of Mrs. McCluskey. Tomlin and Kathryn Joosten have been in talks to star in a Desperate Housewives spin-off, which was given the green light in May 2009.

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