New Tricks for Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda


It’s late afternoon in a West Hollywood Hotel, and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are talking about–what else?–soup.

“Was your soup good?” Fonda asks Tomlin.

“Yeah, but I had it yesterday,” Tomlin says. “It’s quite bland. I like bland food for the most part.” She pauses, considering. “They didn’t put a broccoli at the bottom of it.” Then, bitterly: “Which I was sort of planning on.”

Fonda finishes her rock shrimp. “Mine was so good, I might eat that piece I dropped on the floor,” she says.

They aren’t the only stylishly dressed older ladies dining in this restaurant, quibbling about the cuisine and sniping affectionately with each other. But unlike many women in their age bracket who have long since retired, Fonda, 77, and Tomlin, 75, are still hard at work, reunited in their first co-starring venture since the 1980 comedy 9 to 5, which matched them with Dolly…

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