Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda: Their 40 Year Friendship

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
September 1, 2020 - 16:02 / Anna Valenzuela Rosas

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda have been close friends through decades of Hollywood madness. The two met years ago and immediately clicked together. Ever since they have been working on projects, fighting for the environment and equal rights, and now starring in a new Netflix series Grace and Frankie together! Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are an inseparable duo!

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda have been lifelong friends for years. The two have had their own individual career arcs in Hollywood but have stood by each other through it all, romance, successes, failures, protests, arrests, you name it! Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda have been friends for an impressively long time and their comedic chemistry is one fans cannot get enough of, thank goodness for their new Netflix series, Grace and Frankie!

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda

Lily Tomlin was born September 1st, 1939 in Detroit Michigan, and Jane Fonda was born December 21st, 1937 in New York City. The two have their own incredible rises in Hollywood, Tomlin having great success in dramas and comedies, while Fonda was becoming the "It Girl" of Hollywood. The two were actually even competing for the same roles until they crossed paths in the 1980 comedy film Nine to Five where they starred alongside Dolly Parton! The trio take over their sexist, egocentric, manipulative, and bigoted boss played by Dabney Coleman in a hilarious revenge story of 3 ladies who have had enough. 

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman in 'Nine To Five' 1980.

Ever since this film, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda have been inseparable. Their friendship has withstood the test of time and has flourished and even boosted both of their individual careers. Their support of each other and side-by-side activism has been so heartwarming for their fans who always hope their on-screen friendships are real, and in this case it is! 

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda's Friendship

Both have been passionate activists for social justice and environmental issues such as LGBTQ+ rights and anti-fracking movements. Lily has been with her wife writer Jane Wagner since the 1970s although the two were not able to marry until it became legal, and Jane has always fought for the right for same-sex marriages. The two are frequently on the frontlines of powerful protests such as the anti-Dakota access pipeline fight and both have even been arrested at climate change protests Jane has put together. 

Flirting with Disaster star Lily Tomlin and Monster-in-Law star Jane Fonda spoke in a famous TED Talk in 2016 on the importance of female friendships and what brings the two of them together.

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in 2000.

Now they have a hit Netflix series starring Jane and Lily called Grace and Frankie. The hilarious show centers "Grace" and "Frankie" who form an unlikely friendship after each of their husbands announce they are in love with each other and intend to marry. Their respective husbands are played by Sam Waterson and Martin Sheen who leave their wives "Grace" and "Frankie" to fend for themselves and end up having to rely on each other and forming an adorable bond. It's a hilarious series you cannot miss! 

We love watching Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda together and cannot get enough of the sweetest Hollywood duo!

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda