I cannot remember a time when I did not love Lily Tomlin. I grew up with her, watching her wait through the "ringy dingies" as the telephone operator. I loved watching her slide into that enormous chair and play the little girl Edith Ann. But my love wasn't relegated to small screen adventures like Laugh In and Sesame Street. By the time she played Violet Newstead in 9 to 5, and mixed poisonous revenge and cool-headed strength with animated fantasies, Tomlin was one of my favorite actresses.
I adored The Incredible Shrinking Woman, and loved watching her fight for supremacy with Steve Martin in All of Me. Whether partaking in kids fare or adult adventures, I was hooked. Tomlin had that right mix of humor and strength that made her irresistible on the big screen.