Lily Tomlin and Family Help Others, While Sharing The Memory Of Their Mother
Actress, Lily Tomlin, currently starring with Reba McEntire, on ABC's Malibu Country recently ventured to Palm Springs to dedicate a special community project. Along with Nashville residents, and my friends, Nashville residents; Tennesse Michael and her brother Richard Tomlin, were on hand last month, dedicating the "Lillie Mae Tomlin" kitchen, within the Hanson House. Lillie Mae Tomlin, the mother of Lily and Richard passed away in July of 2005.
The Hanson House's website refers to their facility as a "home away from home, for the families and loved ones of critically ill or injured patients in the Palm Springs area hospitals". The facility provides low or no cost accommodations in a Spanish style mansion.
Creating a kitchen in memory of her mother was dear to the comedian's heart, she told the The Desert Sun, "Her place was called "the lily pad" an her solution to everything was, "Come in the kitchen, and we'll make it better".
It was a family reunion of sorts as well, Tennessee Michael and Richard Tomlin, are former residents of the Palm Springs area, they joined their famous sister, and other old friends. Tomlin and partner, Jane Wagner held an intimate Q&A session as a fundraiser for the organization, raising $25,000 from the 150 guests. Brother Richard and Tennessee Michael also performed during the week at one of the resort area's hotel. Tennessee Michael, served as a producer for many of the shows that Richard Tomlin performed at the Palm Springs Marquis Resort and Hotel, when they lived in the area.