Jane Wagner

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Jane Wagner
JaneWagnerSept2011.jpg
Wagner in September 2011
Born (1935-02-26) February 26, 1935 (age 79)
Morristown, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter, director, producer
Spouse(s)

Lily Tomlin (m. 2013)

  • (domestic partner, 1971-2013)

Jane Wagner (born February 26, 1935) is an American writer, director and producer. Wagner is best known as Lily Tomlin's comedy writer, collaborator and wife.[1][2][3]

She is the author of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The Incredible Shrinking Woman and other Tomlin vehicles.

Early life and education[edit]

Wagner was born and raised in Morristown, Tennessee, where she quickly developed a penchant for writing. She attended Morristown High School, where she wrote for the school newspaper. At 17, she left the hills of East Tennessee to pursue an acting career in New York City, where she also studied painting and sculpture at the School of Visual Arts and piano.

Career[edit]

Early in her life she toured with the Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia, and later became a designer for such firms as Kimberly-Clark and Fieldcrest.

She made her writing debut with the CBS afternoon special J.T. (1969), for which she won the Peabody Award – and drew the attention of Tomlin, who was looking for someone to help develop the Laugh-In character Edith Ann. It was the beginning of a collaboration that continues to this day.

Wagner has been nominated for Grammy Awards, with Tomlin, for the comic’s recorded albums, and has won three Emmy Awards and a Writers Guild of America award, also with Tomlin, for the comic’s television specials.

She also wrote and directed Moment by Moment, starring Tomlin and John Travolta, and wrote The Incredible Shrinking Woman, which starred Tomlin.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe won Wagner a Special Award from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and a New York Drama Desk Award. The film adaptation of the play brought Wagner a Cable ACE Award.

Wagner also won a second Peabody for the ABC special, Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noel (1996).

Since its launch in 2008, Wagner has been a contributor for wowOwow.com, a new website for women to talk culture, politics and gossip.

Honors, awards and nominations[edit]

Annie Award
1997: nominated - Best Individual Achievement: Writing in a TV Production - Edith Ann's Christmas: Just Say Noel

Emmy Award
1993: nominated - Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
1981: won - Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Lily: Sold Out
1981: nominated - Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Lily: Sold Out
1976: won - Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special - The Lily Tomlin Special
1976: nominated - Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Special - The Lily Tomlin Special
1974: won - Outstanding Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music - Lily

New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
1997: won - Best Short - 2 or 3 Things But Nothing for Sure

Peabody Award
1996: won - Edith Ann's Christmas: Just Say Noel
1970: won - J.T.

San Francisco International Film Festival
1997: won - Silver Spire: Film & Video Short Documentary - 2 or 3 Things But Nothing for Sure

Sundance Film Festival
1997: won - Grand Jury Prize: Documentary - Girls Like Us
1995: won - Special Jury Prize: Short Filmmaking - Tom's Flesh

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Christopher. "Congratulations!: Lily Tomlin Marries Longtime Partner Jane Wagner". Instinct Magazine. Instinct Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Smith, Liz (3 January 2014). "Was life a 'Cabaret' for Bob Fosse? Yes, no, maybe". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Shulman, Randy (2006-04-27), "Lily Tomlin - The actress discusses her career, her upcoming show at Bethesda's Strathmore, and life with her partner Jane Wagner", Metro Weekly, retrieved 2007-07-03 

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