Famous people are fun and engaging, and so wonderful to photograph! I was watching Lily Tomlin during this week of January 14th, 2019, on television, with Jane Fonda. Both are currently staring on the hit series Grace and Frankie on Netflix. Ellen DeGeneres was interviewing them on her daily show. In the interview, as it turns out, we learn that Jane Fonda is 81! and Lily Tomlin is 79. They do not look a day over 65! I think many of us were surprised to learn of their ages.
It reminded me that back on October 26, 2008, so over 10 years ago now, I was asked to photograph Lily Tomlin at a fundraiser in Minneapolis. Which meant, I got to meet Lily Tomlin! Face to face. Lily was just as funny and “real” as she seems. In the interview I saw this week with Jane Fonda, they were both asked to describe each other in one word. Jane called Lily a “genius.”
To be THAT funny all those years, you need to be smart. Really smart. I have photographed and met other comedians over the years and that is so true. Generally, I find that they are very well read and know a lot about every subject. Lily was truly touched by Jane’s comment about her being a genius. In turn, Lily called Jane: Adorable! 🙂 But back to the photography!
On that date, in 2008, after taking all the photos with the sponsors for the event, one of them asked ME if I wanted a photo with Lily! But, of course. Wow! Me and Lily! I LOVED how she cozied up to me in this photo. She did that many times with all the photos I took of her and the donors to the event I was photographed. I LOVED that. It really shows her personality- how fun, and caring, and loving is Lily. Still working at almost 80 years.
Quite the inspiration. Quite the woman. Here’s to you, Lily! For making us laugh all those years, and continuing to do so. And here’s to Lily and me!– I feel so fortunate that I got to both meet AND photograph this amazing woman. And now, I have this photograph to forever remember this moment! THAT’S what photographs are all about. So we will never forget. An incredible reminder of an amazing moment in time. Thank you Lily!
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