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Between her acclaimed performance in Paul Weitz’s “Grandma” and the highly anticipated Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” comedy legend Lily Tomlin is set to have quite the on-screen resurgence this year. During one of Indiewire and Apple’s Tribeca Talks at the Apple Store in Soho, Manhattan, the outspoken actress gave a warm reflection on some of her earliest comedic influences, including Gene Carroll and Ann Sothern.
Marking Tomlin’s first leading role in 27 years, “Grandma” chronicles the road trip between Ellie (Tomlin), a lesbian poet whose long term life partner has died recently, and Sage (Julia Garner), her 18-year-old granddaughter. The two form a special bond along their travels as they come to terms with their individual troubles. Before screening at Tribeca, the comedy-drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it received similar praise, particularly for Tomlin’s performance.