Lily Tomlin Recalls Her Intimate Wedding To Jane Wagner 42 Years After They Met: "It Was Sweet"

Date January 22, 2019

In 2013, Lily Tomlin finally married the love of her life, Jane Wagner. They never thought they would see the day that same-sex marriage became legal in America or get the chance to say their vows publicly.


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Love wins

Tomlin and Wagner had been together for more than 4 decades before they made it official.


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They met in 1971 and became a couple right away.


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The 9 to 5 star told a pre-Emmy Peer Group reception crowd in 2013 that finally getting the chance to say 'I do' was awfully nice.

You don't really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very very happy about it.

Tomlin recalls her wedding day

5 years down the line, Tomlin does not regret that decision. She recalled the life-changing day in an interview with People magazine. According to her, the day was really sweet and intimate.


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They tried to get their marriage license discreetly because they wanted the affair to be private. Days later, the two of them said 'I do' at a friend's home and used their own old rings because they didn't have the 'proper' ones. 

It was sweet. We didn’t have any rings, so I went into our jewelry and was digging out rings. I said, ‘We have to have some kind of rings!’

She turned down a huge chance to 'come out'

Tomlin has been very public about her sexuality, but in 1975, she famously turned down an offer to come out in Time magazine.


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She told Ellen DeGeneres that she'd refused the offer because she wanted to be acknowledged for her performance, not necessarily her personal life.

But she kind of regrets not taking that chance.

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