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Jane Wagner
Born February 2, 1935 (1935-02-02) (age 75)
Morristown, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter, director, producer
Domestic partner(s) Lily Tomlin (ca. 1972-present)

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 life partner.[1]

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

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Biography

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.

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, Jane Wagner has been a contributor for wowOwow.com. A new website for women to talk culture, politics and gossip.

Awards and nominations

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 Special: Comedy-Variety or Music - The Lily Tomlin Special
1974: won - Best 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

  1. ^ 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, http://www.metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=2088, retrieved 2007-07-03 

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.

Jane Wagner (born 2 February 1935) American playwright and actress, best known as Lily Tomlin's comedy writer, collaborator, and companion.

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Sourced

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1985)

As performed by Lily Tomlin
  • Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.
    • "Trudy"
  • Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it....
    • "Trudy"
  • Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.
    • "Trudy"
    • Unsourced variant: Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.
  • When you're dancing the mystical dance of the molecules, you're not the one who's leading.
    • "Trudy"
  • It's my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
    • "Trudy"
    • Unsourced variants: I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
      Man invented language to satisfy his deep inner need to complain.
  • All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.
    • "Chrissy"
  • If I had known what it would be like to have it all... I might have been willing to settle for less.
    • "Lyn"
  • Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.
    • As "Chrissy"
  • No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up.
    • Lily
    • Unsourced variant: No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.
  • I bet the worst part about dying is the part where your whole life passes before you.
  • Your problem is your role models were models.
  • I swear people don't want sex so much as they want somebody who'll listen to 'em ... the first thing you learn after fellatio is how to listen.
  • Remember we're all in this alone.
The best mind-altering drug is truth.

Other material for Lily Tomlin

Material in Lily Tomlin's acts credited to Wagner at Tomlin's official site.
  • Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.
  • For fast acting relief, try slowing down.
  • If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?
  • If the formula for water is H2O, is the formula for an ice cube H2O squared?
  • If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?
  • If you read a lot of books, you're considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well-viewed.
  • Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
  • The best mind-altering drug is truth.
  • The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
  • Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying — but when God talks to us, we're said to be schizophrenic?
  • Interviewer: You once said you had a drug problem...
    Lily: Yeah, I still do. It's so hard to find good grass these days.

Unsourced

  • Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself.

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