"Since 2002, Tomlin has had a recurring role as the president's sometimes eccentric but dynamic executive secretary, Deborah Fiderer, on NBC's "The West Wing."
A dedicated fan of the series since it began in 1999, Tomlin said she lobbied the show's creator, Aaron Sorkin, for a role.
"I adored the show, I said, this is a great show, I want to be on this show," she said.
Tomlin said Fiderer is one character she can't take credit for creating.
"Certainly, Aaron wrote a real interesting character to begin with," Tomlin said, noting that while Fiderer had a distinguished professional resume, she was also prone to odd career choices like alpaca farming and professional gambling.
As a semi-regular in the series, Tomlin was contracted to appear in 10 episodes per season since the September 2002 arrival of the character. However, with President Bartlet's second term coming to a close, Tomlin said she expects to appear in about half as many shows in the upcoming seventh season."
Friday, August 12, 2005
Lily Tomlin in New Jersey
From an article on Lily Tomlin's appearance next Sunday in Harvey Cedars, NJ:
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