Lily Tomlin

It's all a laughing matter for Tomlin

Lily Tomlin plans to bring a lot of old friends with her to Baltimore's Lyric Opera House tomorrow night, including a precocious little kid named Edith Ann, a haughty telephone operator who goes by the name Ernestine, even Madame Lupe, the world's oldest living beauty expert.

Of course, they're all her. In the course of more than 40 years making people laugh, Tomlin has taken on a lot of personas. And unlike some comics, who live to constantly reinvent themselves and move on, the 69-year-old comedian is glad to bring her past along with her. Ernestine may not be saying the same things she was saying in 1971, when television audiences first encountered her on Rowan & Martin's...