EXCLUSIVE: Lily Tomlin Says She’s ‘Trying’ to Get Dolly Parton on ‘Grace and Frankie’

“We’re trying [to get her on the show],” Tomlin told ET’s Nancy O’Dell on the red carpet. “She has so much stuff this year that I don’t know if she’s going to be able to do it.”

“Jane and I both want her on the show. [We would be] very, very excited to have her on the show,” she added. “One of these days we’re trying to work it in.”


Laughing With Lily Tomlin, From Laugh-In to Grace and Frankie

What led you to show business?

When I was a child, I invented shows I did on my back porch. I’d do everything—tell jokes, do magic tricks, tap dance, whatever I thought was engaging. I sold tickets. I’d cast the other kids.

No stage fright?

I was fearless. I didn’t fear anybody or anything when I was a kid. I constantly was striving to challenge myself. It’s when I got into [show] business that I started to fear things [laughs].


Lily Tomlin to receive the SAG Life Achievement Award

Award-winning actress Lily Tomlin will be honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony, the organization announced Thursday. Previous honorees include Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore.

The award recognizes career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Tomlin will accept the prize during the SAG Awards, which will air Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. ET.

Tomlin’s major credits include Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Murphy Brown, Nine to Five, Sesame Street, The Magic School Bus, The West Wing, and most recently, the film Grandma, as well as Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie. Tomlin is also an executive producer on Grace and Frankie, which she stars on alongside Jane Fonda.