Valerie Ritchie Perrine is a retired American actress and model. For her role as Honey Bruce in the 1974 film Lenny, she won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, her other film appearances include Superman, The Electric Horseman, Superman II. Perrine began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl, she played soft-core pornography actress Montana Wildhack in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. Perrine was photographed nude for a pictorial layout in the May 1972 issue of Playboy appearing on the cover in August 1981, she became the first actress to appear nude on American television by exposing her breasts during the May 4, 1973, PBS broadcast of Bruce Jay Friedman's Steambath on Hollywood Television Theater. Only a few PBS stations nationwide carried the program. In 1973, she appeared in the episode "When the Girls Came Out to Play" of the romantic anthology television series Love Story.
In 1975, Perrine was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress and won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as comedian Lenny Bruce's wife, stripper Honey Bruce, in Bob Fosse's Lenny. She portrayed Carlotta Monti, mistress of W. C. Fields, in the biopic W. C. Fields and Me, she played moll of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, in Superman. For this role, she was nominated for the 1979 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, she reprised her role as Miss Teschmacher in Superman II. Perrine played Charlotta Steele, ex-wife of a rodeo champion played by Robert Redford, in The Electric Horseman, her career grew uneven after an appearance in Can't Stop the Music, for which she was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. This film has since become a cult classic. In 1982, she played the role of Marcy, the wife of a corrupt police officer, in The Border with Jack Nicholson. In 1986, she starred in the failed CBS comedy series Liz in Beverly Hills with Harvey Korman.
In the years since Perrine has worked in lower-profile projects, although she did have a small supporting role in the 2000 Mel Gibson film What Women Want. In 1995, Perrine made a guest appearance on the series Homicide: Life on the Street, playing an ex-wife of Richard Belzer's character, Detective John Munch. Perrine was born in Galveston, the daughter of Winifred "Renee", a dancer who appeared in Earl Carroll's Vanities, Kenneth Perrine, a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army. Kenneth Perrine was the grandson of Robert Allen Perrine, a descendant of Staten Island French Huguenot pioneer Daniel Perrin, Mary Staats, she of Dutch ancestry, her mother was Scottish, from Helensburgh in Dunbartonshire. Owing to her father's career, Perrine lived in many locations as the family moved to different posts. Now retired, Perrine has Parkinson's disease. Official website Valerie Perrine on IMDb
Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American actress. Described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is known for her versatility and accent adaptation. Nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, she has won three. Streep has received 31 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight - more nominations, wins, than any other actor, she has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and has been nominated for fifteen British Academy Film Awards, seventeen Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning two each. Streep made her stage debut in Trelawny of the Wells in 1975. In 1976, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and A Memory of Two Mondays. In 1977, she made her screen debut in the television film The Deadliest Season, made her film debut in Julia. In 1978, she won an Emmy Award for her role in the mini-series Holocaust, received her first Academy Award nomination for The Deer Hunter. Streep went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer, the Academy Award for Best Actress for Sophie's Choice and The Iron Lady.
Streep's other Oscar-nominated roles were in The French Lieutenant's Woman, Out of Africa, Evil Angels, Postcards from the Edge, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing, Music of the Heart, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia, August: Osage County, Into the Woods, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Post. She returned to the stage for the first time in over 20 years in The Public Theater's 2001 revival of The Seagull, won a second Emmy Award and a Golden Globe in 2004 for the HBO mini-series Angels in America. Streep was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004, Gala Tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2008, Kennedy Center Honor in 2011 for her contribution to American culture, through performing arts. President Barack Obama awarded her the 2010 National Medal of Arts, in 2014, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2003, the government of France made her a Commander of the Order of Letters, she was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2017. Mary Louise Streep was born on June 1949, in Summit, New Jersey.
She is the daughter of a commercial artist and art editor. She has two younger brothers: Harry William Streep III and Dana David Streep, who are actors. Streep's father Harry was of Swiss ancestry, her father's lineage traces back to Loffenau, from where her second great-grandfather, Gottfried Streeb, immigrated to the United States, where one of her ancestors served as mayor. Another line of her father's family was from Switzerland, her mother had English and Irish ancestry. Some of Streep's maternal ancestors lived in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, were descended from 17th-century immigrants from England, her eighth great-grandfather, Lawrence Wilkinson, was one of the first Europeans to settle in Rhode Island. Streep is the second cousin 7 times removed of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. Streep's maternal great-great-grandparents, Manus McFadden and Grace Strain, the latter the namesake of Streep's second daughter, were natives of the Horn Head district of Dunfanaghy, Ireland. Streep's mother, whom she has compared in both appearance and manner to Dame Judi Dench encouraged her daughter, instilled confidence in her from a young age.
Streep has said: "She was a mentor because she said to me,'Meryl, you're capable. You're so great.' She was saying, ` You can do. If you're lazy, you're not going to get it done, but if you put your mind to it, you can do anything.' And I believed her." Although Streep was more introverted than her mother, at times, when she needed an injection of confidence in adulthood, she would consult her mother, asking her for advice. Streep was raised as a Presbyterian in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, attended Cedar Hill Elementary School and the Oak Street School, a Junior High school back then. In her Junior High debut, she starred as Louise Heller in the play "The Family Upstairs". In 1963, the family moved to New Jersey, where she attended Bernards High School. Author Karina Longworth described her as a "gawky kid with glasses and frizzy hair", yet noted that she liked to show off in front of the camera in family home movies from a young age. At the age of 12, Streep was selected to sing at a school recital, leading to her having opera lessons from Estelle Liebling.
However, despite her talent, she has remarked that, "I was singing something I didn't feel and understand. That was an important lesson—not to do that. To find the thing that I could feel through." She quit after four years. Streep had many Catholic school friends, attended mass. Meryl was a high school cheerleader for the Bernards High School Mountaineers and was chosen as the homecoming queen her senior year, her family lived on Old Fort Road. Although Streep appeared in numerous school plays during her high school years, she was uninterested in serious theater until acting in the play Miss Julie at Vassar College in 1969, in which she gained attention across the campus. Vassar drama professor Clinton J. Atkinson noted, "I don't think anyone taught Meryl acting, she taught herself." Streep demonstrated an early ability to mimic accents and
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is a 1969 American comedy drama film directed by Paul Mazursky, written by Paul Mazursky and Larry Tucker, who produced the film, starring Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon. The original music score was composed by Quincy Jones; the cinematography for the film was by Charles Lang. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including ones for Cannon. Patricia Welles wrote the paperback novel from Paul Larry Tucker's screenplay. After a weekend of emotional honesty at an Esalen-style retreat, Los Angeles sophisticates Bob and Carol Sanders return home determined to embrace complete openness, they share their enthusiasm and excitement over their new-found philosophy with their more conservative friends Ted and Alice Henderson, who remain doubtful. Soon after, filmmaker Bob has an affair with a young production assistant on a film shoot in San Francisco; when he gets home he admits his liaison to Carol, describing the event as a purely physical act, not an emotional one.
To Bob's surprise, Carol is accepting of his extramarital behavior. Carol gleefully reveals the affair to Ted and Alice as they are leaving a dinner party. Disturbed by Bob's infidelity and Carol's candor, Alice becomes physically ill on the drive home, she and Ted have a difficult time coping with the news in bed that night. But as time passes they grow to accept that Bob and Carol are fine with the affair. Ted admits to Bob that he was tempted to have an affair once, but didn't go through with it. Don't waste it." During another visit to San Francisco, Bob decides to skip a second encounter with the young woman, instead returning home a day early. When he arrives, he discovers Carol having an affair with her tennis instructor. Although outraged, Bob realizes that the encounter was purely physical, like his own affair, he settles down and chats and drinks with the man. When the two couples travel together to Las Vegas and Carol reveal Carol's affair to Ted and Alice. Ted admits to an affair on a recent business trip to Miami.
An outraged Alice demands that this new ethos be taken to its obvious conclusion: a mate-sharing foursome. Ted is reluctant, explaining that he loves Carol "like a sister," but acknowledges that he finds her attractive. After discussing it, all four climb into bed together. Swapping partners and Alice kiss fervently, as do Ted and Carol, but after a few moments all four stop; the scene cuts to the couples walking to the elevator, riding it down, walking out of the casino hand-in-hand with their original partners. A crowd of men and women of various cultures and races congregate in the casino parking lot, wherein the four main characters exchange long stares with each other and with strangers, reminiscent of the non-verbal communication shown in the early scene at the retreat. Over this final scene, the film's theme song reminds the viewer that "what the world needs now is love." The credits roll. Natalie Wood as Carol Sanders Robert Culp as Bob Sanders Elliott Gould as Ted Henderson Dyan Cannon as Alice Henderson Horst Ebersberg as Horst Lee Bergere as Emilio Donald F. Muhich as Psychiatrist Noble Lee Holderread Jr. as Sean Sanders K. T. Stevens as Phyllis Celeste Yarnall as Susan Lynn Borden as Cutter Greg Mullavey as Group Leader Linda Burton as Stewardess Leif Garrett as Jimmy Henderson The film score was composed and conducted by Quincy Jones and featured Jackie DeShannon performing Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and Sarah Vaughan performing "I know that my Redeemer liveth" from Part III of Handel's Messiah.
The soundtrack album was released on the Bell label in 1969. The Vinyl Factory said "in 1969, Jones produced this sparkling score, with its lavish string arrangements and jazzy interludes.... What sounds like a lot work went into an unconventional soundtrack for an unconventional movie about sexual experimentation". All compositions by Quincy Jones except where noted "Main Title From Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" − 2:24 "Sun Dance" − 3:46 "Giggle Grass" − 2:30 "Sweet Wheat" − 3:31 "What The World Needs Now" − 3:07 "What The World Needs Now" − 3:48 "Celebration of Life " − 2:54 "Sun Dance " − 3:31 "Dynamite" − 2:34 "Flop Sweat" − 3:27 Unidentified orchestra arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones Merrilee Rush, Sarah Vaughan − vocals Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice became the signature film of Paul Mazursky and was a critical and commercial success, it was the fifth highest-grossing film of 1969. After this film's release, it led to other movies dealing with wife swapping and other types of experimentation with interpersonal relationships inside American society.
Mazursky himself would do a few more stories set in California, including Alex in Wonderland and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. Writing in The New Yorker the film critic Pauline Kael praised both the film and director Mazursky, calling it "a slick, whorey movie, the liveliest American comedy so far this year. Mazursky, directing his first picture, has developed a style from satiric improvisational revue theatre—he and Tucker were part of the Second City troupe—and from TV situation comedy, with skill and wit, has made this mi
The Seduction of Joe Tynan
The Seduction of Joe Tynan is a 1979 American political drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg, produced by Martin Bregman. The screenplay was written by Alan Alda, who played the title role; the film stars Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep, with Rip Torn, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Kimbrough, Carrie Nye. Meryl Streep said that she was on "automatic pilot" during filming because she went to work not long after the death of John Cazale, adding that she got through the process due to Alda's support. Joe Tynan is a liberal U. S. senator from New York with possible presidential ambitions. For the time being, he is weighing the nomination of a potential Supreme Court justice, with the elderly Sen. Birney urging him to support the nominee. Tynan is married, with two children, his frequent work-related absence is an occupational hazard tolerated by wife Ellie, busy studying for a new career as a therapist; when he travels to Louisiana to investigate the nominated judge, he encounters labor lawyer Karen Traynor, who knows of evidence revealing the nominee to be unfit.
Their time together results in the married Karen beginning a romantic affair. While back in Washington, D. C. engaging in a friendly rivalry with Southern senator Kittner and preparing for the party's upcoming national convention, Tynan begins to realize that Sen. Birney is suffering from a form of early dementia. Ellie, discovers his relationship with Karen, causing considerable friction at home. Tynan breaks off the affair, makes amends to his wife as he delivers a speech at the convention. Alan Alda as Joe Tynan Barbara Harris as Ellie Tynan Meryl Streep as Karen Traynor Rip Torn as Senator Kittner Melvyn Douglas as Senator Birney Charles Kimbrough as Francis Carrie Nye as Aldena Kittner Michael Higgins as Senator Pardew Blanche Baker as Janet Chris Arnold as Jerry Maureen Anderman as Joe's Secretary John Badila as Reporter on TV Screen Robert Christian as Arthur Briggs Maurice Copeland as Edward Anderson Lu Elrod as Congresswoman at Party Marian Hailey as Sheila Lerner The Seduction of Joe Tynan received a mixed-to-positive critical reception.
The film holds an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on six reviews. Wins Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: LAFCA Award, Best Supporting Actor, Melvyn Douglas. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures: NBR Award, Best Supporting Actress, Meryl Streep. National Society of Film Critics: NSFC Award, Best Supporting Actress, Meryl Streep. New York Film Critics Circle Awards: NYFCC Award, Best Supporting Actress, Meryl Streep. American Movie Awards: Marquee, Best Actor, Alan Alda; the Seduction of Joe Tynan on IMDb The Seduction of Joe Tynan at Rotten Tomatoes
Lena Maria Jonna Olin is a Swedish actress. She has been nominated for several acting awards, including a Golden Globe for The Unbearable Lightness of Being and an Academy Award for Enemies, A Love Story. Other well-known films in which she has appeared include Chocolat, directed by her husband Lasse Hallström, Queen of the Damned and The Reader. Olin was a main cast member in the second season of the television series Alias. Olin starred in the Swedish sitcom Welcome to Sweden. Olin, the youngest of three children, was born in Sweden. An older brother died of cancer in 1960, 10 years old, she is the daughter of director Stig Olin. She studied acting at Sweden's National Academy of Dramatic Art. In October 1974, at age 19, Olin was crowned Miss Scandinavia 1974 in Finland. Olin worked both as a hospital nurse before becoming an actress. Olin performed for over a decade with Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre-ensemble in classic plays by William Shakespeare and August Strindberg, appeared in smaller roles of several Swedish films directed by Bergman and in productions of Swedish Television's TV-Theatre Company.
Ingmar Bergman cast Olin in Face to Face. She acted at the national stage in Stockholm in several productions directed by Bergman, with Bergman's production of King Lear she toured the world—Paris, New York, Copenhagen and Oslo, among others. Critically acclaimed stage performances by Olin at Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre included the leading part as The Daughter in A Dream Play by Strindberg, Margarita in the stage adaption of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, Ann in Edward Bond's Summer, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare, Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, the title role in Ingmar Bergman's rendition of Strindberg's Miss Julie, her neurotic Charlotte in the contemporary drama Nattvarden by Lars Norén. In 1980, Olin was one of the earliest winners of the Ingmar Bergman Award, initiated in 1978 by the director himself, one of the two judges. Olin's international debut in a lead role on film was in Bergman's After the Rehearsal.
Two years earlier, she appeared in a small role in Alexander. In 1988, Olin starred with Daniel Day-Lewis in her first major part in an English speaking and internationally produced film, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, followed by Sydney Pollack's Havana, Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate, many others. In 1989, Olin earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Enemies: A Love Story, in which she portrayed the survivor of a Nazi death camp. In 1994 Olin starred in Romeo Is Bleeding and played what is her most extreme character to date. Olin and director Lasse Hallström collaborated on the film Chocolat, which received five Academy Award nominations, on Casanova. From 2002 to 2006, Olin appeared opposite Jennifer Garner in her first American television role, starting on the second season of the successful television series Alias as Irina Derevko. For her work on the series, Olin received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2003. Olin received good reviews for her part in Alias—particularly her chemistry with Victor Garber, who played her former husband and sometime-enemy Jack Bristow—and was rumored to have been offered a salary in excess of US$100,000 per episode to remain part of the cast.
She left the show after her only season. In May 2005, Olin returned to Alias for a two-episode appearance at the end of the show's fourth season, subsequently appeared again in the fifth season in a cameo in December 2005, following a four-month hiatus she appeared again in April 2006, for the finale on 22 May 2006. In 2005, Olin returned to Sweden for a brief period of filming and starred in a supporting role in Danish director Simon Staho's film Bang Bang Orangutang. In 2008, Olin had a small but significant role in the Oscar-nominated film The Reader, playing a Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz death march in a trial in the 1960s and the woman's daughter twenty years later. Lena Olin starred in the US-Polish independent drama film Maya Dardel in the year 2017. An upcoming project is said to be Daughter of the Queen of Sheba. From the mid 1970s through the end of the 1980s, Olin was for many years the partner of Swedish actor and Royal Dramatic Theatre colleague Örjan Ramberg, they had Auguste Rahmberg.
The relationship ended in the late 1980s. She had a brief relationship with Richard Gere, her co-star in Mr. Jones, before marrying Lasse Hallström in 1994. In 1992, Olin had met film director Lasse Hallström in Sweden. Two years in 1994, they married in Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm, they have Tora. The couple lives in New York. Lena Olin on IMDb Lena Olin at the TCM Movie Database
Barton Fink is a 1991 American period film written, produced and edited by the Coen brothers. Set in 1941, it stars John Turturro in the title role as a young New York City playwright, hired to write scripts for a film studio in Hollywood, John Goodman as Charlie Meadows, the insurance salesman who lives next door at the run-down Hotel Earle; the Coens wrote the screenplay for Barton Fink in three weeks while experiencing difficulty during the writing of Miller's Crossing. They began filming the former; the film is influenced by works of several earlier directors Roman Polanski's Repulsion and The Tenant. Barton Fink had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1991. In a rare sweep, it won the Palme d'Or, as well as awards for Best Best Actor. Although the film was a box office disappointment, only grossing $6 million against its $9 million budget, it received positive reviews and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Prominent themes of Barton Fink include the writing process; the diverse elements of the film have led it to defy efforts at genre classification, with the work being variously referred to as a film noir, a horror film, a Künstlerroman, a buddy film.
It contains various literary allusions and religious overtones, as well as references to many real-life people and events – most notably the writers Clifford Odets and William Faulkner, of whom the characters of Barton Fink and W. P. Mayhew are seen as fictional representations. Several features of the film's narrative an image of a woman at the beach which recurs throughout, have sparked much commentary, with the Coens acknowledging some intentional symbolic elements while denying an attempt to communicate any single message in the film. Despite disagreement over certain details of the work, Barton Fink continues to be positively received, with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman among its admirers. In 1941, Barton Fink's first Broadway play, Bare Ruined Choirs, has achieved critical and popular success, his agent informs him that Capitol Pictures in Hollywood has offered him a thousand dollars per week to write film scripts. Barton hesitates, worried that moving to California would separate him from "the common man", his focus as a writer.
He accepts the offer and checks into the Hotel Earle, a large and unusually deserted building. His room is draped in subdued colors. In his first meeting with Capitol Pictures boss Jack Lipnick, Barton explains that he chose the Earle because he wants lodging, "less Hollywood". Lipnick promises that his only concern is Barton's writing ability and assigns his new employee to a wrestling film. Back in his room, Barton is unable to write, he is distracted by sounds coming from the room next door, he phones the front desk to complain. His neighbor, Charlie Meadows, is the source of the noise and visits Barton to apologize, insisting on sharing some alcohol from a hip flask to make amends; as they talk, Barton proclaims his affection for "the common man", Charlie describes his life as an insurance salesman. Barton falls asleep, but is awakened by the incessant whine of a mosquito. Still unable to proceed beyond the first lines of his script, Barton consults producer Ben Geisler for advice. Irritated, the frenetic Geisler takes him to lunch and orders him to consult another writer for assistance.
While in the men's room, Barton meets the novelist William Preston "Bill" Mayhew, vomiting in the next stall. They discuss movie writing and arrange a second meeting in the day; when Barton arrives, Mayhew is drunk and yelling wildly. His secretary, Audrey Taylor, reschedules the meeting and confesses to Barton that she and Mayhew are in love; when they meet for lunch, Mayhew and Barton discuss writing and drinking. Before long, Mayhew argues with Audrey, slaps her, wanders off, drunk. Rejecting Barton's offer of consolation, Audrey explains that she feels sorry for Mayhew since he is married to another woman, "disturbed". With one day left before his meeting with Lipnick to discuss the movie, Barton phones Audrey and begs her for assistance, she visits him at the Earle, after she admits that she wrote most of Mayhew's scripts, they have sex. When Barton awakens the next morning, he, hears the sound of the mosquito, finds it on Audrey's back, slaps it dead; when Audrey does not respond, Barton turns her onto her side only to find that she has been violently murdered.
He has no memory of the night's events. Horrified, he asks for help. Charlie disposes of the body and orders Barton to avoid contacting the police. After a meeting with an unusually supportive Lipnick, Barton tries writing again and is interrupted by Charlie, who announces he is going to New York for several days. Charlie asks him to watch it. Soon afterward, Barton is visited by two police detectives, who inform him that Charlie's real name is Karl "Madman" Mundt. Mundt is a serial killer wanted for several murders. Stunned, Barton examines the box. Placing it on his desk without opening it, he begins writing and produces the entire script in one sitting. After a night of celebratory dancing, Barton returns to find the detectives in his room, after
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, writer and producer. Tomlin began her career as a stand-up comic as well as performing Off-Broadway during the 1960s, her breakout role was on the variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973. She stars on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie as Frankie Bergstein. In 1974, Tomlin was cast by Robert Altman in her first film. In 1977, her performance as Margo Sperling in The Late Show won her the Best Actress Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and nominations for the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Lead Actress, her other notable films include 9 to 5, All of Me, Big Business, Flirting with Disaster, Tea with Mussolini, I Heart Huckabees, Grandma. Her signature role was written by her partner, Jane Wagner, in a show titled The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe which opened on Broadway in 1985 and won Tomlin the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, she is known as the voice of Ms. Frizzle on the children's series The Magic School Bus.
She won her first Emmy Awards in 1974 for producing her own television special, Lily. Tomlin won a Grammy Award for her 1972 comedy album This Is a Recording. In 2014, she was given Kennedy Center Honors and in 2017 she received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Tomlin was born in Detroit, the daughter of Lillie Mae, a housewife and nurse's aide, Guy Tomlin, a factory worker, she has a younger brother named Richard Tomlin. Tomlin's parents were Southern Baptists who moved to Detroit from Paducah, during the Great Depression, she is a 1957 graduate of Cass Technical High School. Tomlin attended Wayne State University and studied biology, she auditioned for a play, it sparked her interest in a career in the theatre and she changed her major. After college, Tomlin began doing stand-up comedy in nightclubs in Detroit and in New York City, she continued studying acting at the HB Studio. Her first television appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965. In 1969, after a stint as a hostess on the ABC series Music Scene, Tomlin joined NBC's sketch comedy show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.
Signed as a replacement for the departing Judy Carne, Tomlin was an instant success on the established program, in which in addition to appearing in general sketches and delivering comic gags, she began appearing as the regular characters she created. Ernestine snorted when she let loose a barbed response or heard something salacious, her opening lines were the comical "one ringy dingy... two ringy dingy", and, "is this the party to whom I am speaking?" In the sketches, Ernestine was at her switchboard taking calls. She called her boyfriend, Vito, a telephone repair man, or her pal Phoenicia, another operator. Tomlin reprised the role in 2016 for a TV ad as part of PETA's campaign against SeaWorld, Tomlin has reprised the role on several episodes of Sesame Street. Edith Ann is a precocious five-and-a-half-year-old girl who waxes philosophical on everyday life, either about life as a kid or things for which she feels she has the answers, although she is too young to understand, she ends her monologues with "And that's the truth", punctuating it with a noisy raspberry.
Edith Ann sits in an oversized rocking chair with her rag doll and talks of life at home with her battling parents and bullying older sister, Mary Jean. Edith Ann has an oversized, playfully aggressive dog named Buster and a boyfriend named Junior Phillips, a unrequited love. Tomlin voiced her in two prime-time cartoon adaptations of the character that aired on ABC in 1994. Mrs. Judith Beasley is a housewife and mother from Calumet City, chosen for television commercials and offers "good consumer advice", she appears in the film The Incredible Shrinking Woman as the lead character's neighbor. Mrs. Earbore is a somewhat prudish and prissy, conservatively dressed middle-aged apolitical woman who dispenses advice on gracious living and a life of elegance. Susie the Sorority Girl is a blonde collegiate. Humorless and melodramatic, her biggest worries are the likes of who took her missing album by The Carpenters; the Consumer Advocate Lady is a dour, austere woman who rigidly inspects and tests products for their alleged value.
The Consumer Advocate Lady is something of a variation of Mrs. Beasley. Lucille the Rubber Freak is a woman addicted to eating rubber, whose monologue details her habit from its beginning to her obsessive rock bottom. Tomlin performed this character as part of her Laugh-In audition. Tess/Trudy is a homeless bag lady who accosts theater-goers and various passers-by with her offbeat observations and tales of communications with extraterrestrials. Bobbi-J