Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lily Tomlin - Ungirdled Celebrity Of The Week!

Ungirlded Women have fond memories of watching Lily’s characters Ernestine, Edith Ann and others on the sketch comedy show Laugh-In.  Since then, Lily has delighted us in many film roles, including those in 9 to 5, Nashville, All of Me, I Heart Huckabees and many others.  She has appeared in numerous TV specials and series including roles in Murphy Brown, The West Wing and Desperate Housewives.  She is the winner of a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy and has been nominated for an Academy Award.  She is also an accomplished writer and producer.

Born in Detroit on September 1, 1939, Lily was obviously Ungirdled even as a young girl.  I’ll never forget reading that when she and her younger brother Richard were growing up, they decided the living-room sofa would look better as a sectional. Being practical as well as Ungirdled and crafty, Lily and Richard reportedly took a saw to the family couch and divided it into three pieces.

Some favorite quotes from Lily:

• Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.

• For fast-acting relief try slowing down.

• I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.

• I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

• I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.

• If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?

• If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.

•  Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.

•  Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.

•  The road to success is always under construction.

•  The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

•  Why is it that when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic?

Click here for quick, lovely walk down memory lane with Lily

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