When it comes to showbiz relationships, Jane Wagner and her wife, Lily Tomlin have outlasted them all. Tomlin says the secret to their 46-year relationship is simply “a mutual admiration and respect”.
Tomlin and Wagner, who are partners in life and art, got married on New Year’s Eve, 2013, in an intimate ceremony at a friend’s house. Tomlin:
“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!'”
In 1975, Time Magazine offered Tomlin the cover if she declared herself a lesbian, and she declined. However, they are now among the most famous lesbian couples in the world. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center changed its name to the Lily Tomlin / Jane Wagner Art Cultural Center.
Their projects have included Tomlin’s Tony Award-winning one-woman show The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life In The Universe , which played on Broadway in 1977, toured and was adapted to a film in 1991, as well as the movie The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981).
Wagner has been nominated for a Grammy Award, and has won the Peabody Award, three Emmy Awards, and a Writers Guild of America Award. She also wrote and directed the monumental stinker Moment By Moment (1978) starring Tomlin and John Travolta.