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    17 Reasons Lily Tomlin Will Forever Be The Queen Of Comedy

    Happy Birthday, you comic genius.

    1. Time declared her the Queen of Comedy in 1977, and she has not backed down since:

    Tomlin was the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show with her premiere of Appearing Nitely at the Biltmore theatre in April 1977.

    2. She's 76 and shows no signs of slowing down. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role in Grace and Frankie.

    3. The nomination makes perfect sense because she's SO FUNNY:

    4. Tomlin's all about empowering yourself:

    5. She's not afraid to speak out for pay equality for women.

    6. Lily Tomlin never chooses parts that were degrading to women:

    7. She doesn't give a fuck what you think about her pits:

    8. Tomlin starred in the hit 9 to 5, a movie that proved that female leads could kill at the box office:

    9. She can make imagining murder relatable:

    10. Tomlin is hilarious as a blonde bombshell...

    11. ...or a construction guy:

    12. Did you know Lily Tomlin was the voice of The Magic School Bus's Ms. Frizzle from 1994 to 1997? WHAT CAN'T SHE DO?

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    13. Her characters are amazing. Susie the Sorority Girl hits as hard today as it did 35 years ago.

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    14. Ernestine, one of Tomlin's most successful characters, was created to mock the seemingly omnipotent telephone service.

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    In 1972, This Is A Recording, an album of Ernestine's run-ins with customers over the phone was released. She earned a Grammy award that year for Best Comedy Recording.

    15. In her 1973 TV special, Tomlin played a housewife in a commercial slowly realizing her husband was having an affair. It's perfect:

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    16. Lily Tomlin has been with her wife and collaborator, Jane Wagner, for over 40 years. Talk about #couplegoals.

    17. She knows good comedy: