Alrighty, folks! It finally happened. Lily Tomlin visited us at Nancy's studio last weekend and we are still basking in her positive energy.
Here's the skinny... Lily was in town last Saturday to perform her one-woman show at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie. Weeks prior to the show, Nancy reached out to Lily to make plans for a studio visit, because how perfect would it be for her to see where Frankie's work is made?!
The plan was to bring Lily over to the studio once she had arrived in the city on Friday. We were so excited and nervous, but when the time came, she had gotten stuck in traffic and needed the night to rest and prepare for the two shows she was performing the next day.
Nancy and I were really bummed out, but when Nancy got home, Lily CALLED her saying that she was bummed out too and that she still wanted to see the studio even if they had to do it after the show.
So Nancy and David had a blast at the show. It was a comical retrospective of some of her characters from the past. They met up with Lily backstage after the show and that is when the hugging started. After a few more hugs, Lily, Nancy, and David, hopped into the Rosen Jag. They drove Lily to see Robbie Tollin's former family home. Robbie is the Executive Producer of Grace And Frankie and the reason why David and Nancy are married. They fell in love in that house. There isn't a good photo of Nancy and Lily because they were goofing off too much, but we'll show you anyway.
Nancy describes her visit with Lily as "very organic". It was as if Lily was an old friend visiting from out of town after years of being away. When they finally got to Nancy's studio Lily was blown away. She didn't realize that the studio is a proper space and not just a room in a warehouse with other studios. It's a storefront. She wanted to take photos of Nancy in front of it. They went inside and Lily got the full tour. Nancy showed her all the nooks and crannies of the space and also showed her work that she made for the for the show that didn't make the cut like the infamous poodle painting. She has four different versions of that piece because she needed to get it just right. Each painting has to get Marta's stamp of approval and some of those poor pups just weren't cutting it. I think Lily got a kick out of it.
We are truly grateful that Lily got to come see what goes on at 7004 N California, for her friendship, and support of the arts. She is indeed a legend, an immense beam of light, and a kind soul. We love you, Lily. Come back any time.