Lily Tomlin Marries Jane Wagner, 'Laugh-In' Star's Partner of 42 Years

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Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 10:17 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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After 42 years together, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner finally married on New Year's Eve in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles.

"They're very happy," Jennifer Allen, Tomlin's representative, told People magazine.

Renowned columnist and friend of the couple Liz Smith first reported the marriage last week.

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"My longtime friends, Lily Tomlin and her love, the writer Jane Wagner, got married on the eve of 2014," Smith wrote in the Chicago Tribune. "My wish is that their happiness will be as great as their combined talents."

Tomlin, the 74-year-old comedian who gained fame on the 1960s sketch comedy show "Laugh-In," and Wagner, a 78-year-old writer, first met in 1971 when they worked together on on Tomlin's comedy album, "This Is a Recording." They became close collaborators on many other projects over the next few decades, including films like "Moment by Moment," "The Incredible Shrinking Woman," and "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe."

Tomlin detailed their professional relationship in a 1988 interview with People.

"We share similar feelings about people and about the world," she said of Wagner. "She's able to verbalize it and I'm able to physicalize it. She writes satirically but tenderly, and she loves farce and black comedy and broad slapstick. When you put all this together and make an audience laugh and be moved, it's just glorious."

Tomlin and Wagner began talk of marriage over the summer after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down California's Proposition 8, making gay marriage legal.

"We're thinking maybe we'll get married," Tomlin told E! News at the time. "You didn't think that would happen. It's pretty remarkable… You don't really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very, very happy about it."

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