Lily Tomlin admits that Jane Fonda impressed her the first time they met
Lily Tomlin reflects on her long-term relationship with Jane Fonda!
Both actresses have dominated the entertainment industry for decades and have earned icon status for themselves with their many performances. In addition to being Hollywood veterans, the dynamic couple are best friends, with whom they have bonded for more than ten years.
From their co-stars to their off-camera fun, the couple are as close as two peas in a pod. How did their beautiful friendship begin? In a recent interview, Tomlin spilled the beans about the buddies’ first meeting.
Lily Tomlin admits she was smitten by Jane Fonda when they first met
The 83-year-old “Grandma” star continues to make waves in the entertainment industry with her comedic acting skills. Tomlin recently starred alongside her best friend Fonda in Moving On.
At the premiere of the couple’s latest film ET Online I have to ask the Grammy winner about his relationship with Fonda. Recalling the duo’s first meeting at the Ahmanson, a famous theater in Los Angeles, Tomlin admitted it was love at first sight.
Although the meeting took place decades ago, the actress could not forget how impressed she was by her friend’s sense of beauty and fashion. “It was absolutely like a glittering trip. It was very charming. He had on a black cape and boots, big tall boots, and a lot of that hair,” gushed the stand-up personality.
“We were all very excited behind the scenes at Ahmanson,” the host continued, admitting that she couldn’t pinpoint the exact year the friends met. “I did my show there in ’73 or something.” I don’t remember the year.”
In “Moving On,” Fonda and Tomlin showcase their friendship as they play the duo Claire and Evelyn. Their characters were grieving the loss of their mutual friend Joyce, who was suspected of being murdered by her husband.
As the comedian recalled, the old pals first met backstage in 1977 in Tomlin’s one-woman comedy “Appearing Nitely.” However, the Tony Award winner was a fan of Fonda even before their first meeting. The “A Prairie Home Companion” actress fell in love with the 85-year-old after seeing her in the 1971 film “Klute.”
Three years after things went behind the scenes, the duo starred alongside country music legend Dolly Parton in the movie 9 to 5. Fonda admitted that it took her a year to get her co-stars involved in the blockbuster film.
Working together on the comedy helped the actresses form the long relationship they have today. In a 2015 TED talk, the Detroit native explained how the film improved their friendship.
“We laughed so much; we realized we have so much in common. Here she is (Jane) as the king of Hollywood; I’m like a tough kid from Detroit; (Dolly’s) a Southern kid from a poor town in Tennessee. And we found that as women we are so in sync,” gushed the SAG nominee.
The 83-year-old echoed similar sentiments in a 2017 interview, saying: “We’ve been friends ever since. We are friends because I love him. I know Jane has my back whenever she can.
Fonda’s feelings for the “Barefoot in the Park” star were mutual, as the Oscar winner gushed about her love for Tomlin to Jimmy Kimmel in 2019. In the words of the blonde beauty, “I’m in awe of him. He always says something very funny. I can’t believe what a funny bone he has and I’ve loved him ever since I saw him.
Jane Fonda revealed the biggest regret of her life
Last month, The Blast reported that the “My Life So Far” author spoke about her “biggest regret” and admitted that she regretted the way she raised her children. The 85-year-old explained her lack of parenting expertise, which made her feel uneasy about her past actions.
“I’m really afraid of coming to the end of life with a lot of regrets when I don’t have time to do anything about it. And that’s one of the reasons I try, I try to get everything done before I get to the end,” Fonda revealed in a heart-to-heart interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace.
“I wasn’t the kind of mother I wanted my kids to be,” the Golden Globe winner continued. “I have great, great children, they’re talented and smart, and I just didn’t know how to do it.”
The New Yorker noted that she learned more about parenting through her charity, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. Thanks to this new wisdom, the mother of three became more aware of her children.