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Friday, June 22, 2018

Lily Tomlin on roles for women, feminism and gay rights

Kennedy Center Honoree Lily Tomlin attends the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center Hall of States on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Washington.
Kennedy Center Honoree Lily Tomlin attends the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
at The Kennedy Center Hall of States on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Washington.

The “Laugh-In” star brings her classic characters to Minneapolis for Twin Cities Pride.

From workplace inequality to late-in-life divorce, Lily Tomlin has never shied away from topical, ripped-from-the-headlines subjects concerning women in her big- and small-screen roles.

Her latest performance in the Paul Weitz film “Grandma” — her first starring role in almost 30 years — as a lesbian matriarch who takes her granddaughter to get an abortion is getting festival acclaim. Her Net­flix series “Grace and Frankie,” which reunites her with “9 to 5” co-star Jane Fonda, follows the fraught friendship of two women whose husbands are in love with each other. It just got picked up for a second season.

But before all that, there was Edith Ann and Ernestine, just two of the beloved characters Tomlin created on “Laugh-In.” She’s bringing some of those greatest hits back to Minneapolis Thursday for “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin,” a Twin Cities Pride event.

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