Lily Tomlin Jokingly Comments On Her Friendship With Jane Fonda: "I Wonder Which One Of Us Will Go First"

Date May 21, 2019 18:21

Ever since Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin starred in the cult movie classic 9 to 5, the pair have been best of friends. The two Hollywood actress have been friends for four decades.


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Friendship goals

Lily Tomlin’s career in Hollywood started as a stand-up comic performing off-Broadway, whereas Jane Fonda is an award-winning actress, who is considered an icon for many young ladies just beginning their path in Hollywood.

The Hollywood veteran admitted she became a huge fan of Jane ever since she saw her in 1971 movie Klute. After she saw the film, Lily decided to have the exact same hairstyle Jane had in the movie.


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A few years later, Jane was taken by the actress’s one-woman show, Appearing Nitely, that she approached her to be a part of 9 to 5.

Both women currently star in Netflix original series Grace and Frankie, which focuses on the developing friendship between two women in their 70's, whose husbands ran away to be with each other.


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Lily’s 80th birthday

As a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 79-year-old opened up about her longtime friendship with fellow Grace and Frankie co-star Jane. Talking about the reboot of their hit 9 to 5, Lily said:

Jane and I were just chatting about it recently - and we hope that we live to see it! 'I said to her the other day, "I wonder which one of us will go first.

The veteran entertainer said Jane has always been fitness-focused. Lily admitted to cheating during exercises while they were filming 9 to 5.


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Lily said her longtime friend would likely be involved in plans for her 80th birthday bash in September. The Hollywood legend said that she intends to incorporate fundraising into it.

Jane told Ellen that she changed the idea for their 1980 satirical office comedy after seeing Lily’s live show. Plans to make a follow-up are already in works.


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The film stars both actresses, alongside Dolly Parton, as female secretaries who decide to overthrow their sexist boss. In 2005, the movie was voted number 74 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Funniest Movies.

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Jane and Lily have a friendship that has survived for a long time in Hollywood. The successful besties even did a TED Talk about it.

What do you love about Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's 4-decade friendship?