Lily Tomlin with Herry from her Sesame Street appearance.

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin with the Muppet Gang.


Tomlin as "Ernestine" with Oscar.

Lily Tomlin (b. 1939) is an actress and comedienne who made her first television appearance in 1969 on The Merv Griffin Show. Her extensive film credits include Nine to Five (with Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda), All of Me (with Steve Martin), and Nashville, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Tomlin received a Tony Award as Best Actress in a Play in 1986 for The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life, a one-woman Broadway show written and directed by her partner, Jane Wagner. Tomlin is also known for her role as the voice of Ms. Frizzle ("The Frizz") on The Magic School Bus.

Tomlin has appeared with the Muppets frequently, not only as herself, but also as two characters she made famous on the television show Laugh-In: Ernestine, a gum-chewing, wisecracking, snorting telephone operator whose famous line was "One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy;" and Edith Ann, a five-year-old child often seen in an oversized rocking chair making rude noises.


  • Appeared in Sesame Street inserts as her little girl character, Edith Ann beginning in Season 7. One such skit teamed her with Herry Monster to discuss pride. Other Edith Ann segments include monologues on counting to 5 (or the refusal to do so) and the art of sandwich preparation.
  • Guest starred as Ernestine on the PBS special Sesame Street Stays Up Late in 1993. Tomlin appears in her Ernestine persona as a telephone operator who serves as a conduit through which Oscar speaks with his family.
  • Appeared as Deborah Fiderer in a 2004 episode of The West Wing that featured the Sesame Street Muppets.


  1. The Street We Live On timeline, broadcast version

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