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Lily Tomlin's Emmy nomination gives ageism in Hollywood a needed kick in the gut.

'I feel kind of like the television Meryl Streep. She’s got like 20 nominations, but hers are all Oscars.'

Lily Tomlin's Emmy nomination gives ageism in Hollywood a needed kick in the gut.

This year, Lily Tomlin was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Frankie in "Grace and Frankie."

Tomlin was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, continuing to prove she's the real deal. How many memorable roles can you think of when you see that face? A lot, right?

The comedian has been up for an Emmy a whopping 23 times throughout her 40-year career, and this is Tomlin's second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.


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"I feel kind of like the television Meryl Streep," Tomlin told The Daily Beast. "She’s got like 20 nominations, but hers are all Oscars."

This year, Tomlin is nominated for her perfectly eccentric character on the hilarious Netflix series where she stars opposite her longtime friend (and "Nine to Five" costar) Jane Fonda. The fact that they're both on-screen together again is enough reason to tune in.

With this nomination, Tomlin proves there is definitely a place for woman of a certain age on television.

In "Grace and Frankie," she plays an older divorceé who's forced to rethink her life after discovering her longtime husband is gay.

Ageism is live and well in Hollywood. When actors are cast, they're usually asked to play stereotypically slow and non-tech savvy characters. Ageist comments are also incredibly common. And a study recently found that only 11% of roles in films go to actors who are 60 years old and up.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Image by Chris Delmas/Getty Images.

Tomlin's nomination is much-needed proof that age is just a number, especially for Hollywood's leading women.

"There was a time, when I first started cresting over 50 or something, when I would get offers for a supporting kind of role," Tomlin told the Daily Beast. "And she was always just dotty, that’s all. Her age and everything was always what she was defined by and how funny she was in her dottiness. Needless to say, I didn’t take those parts."

Fingers crossed that Tomlin will take home the award and show everyone once and for all that age is nothing but a number. But even if she doesn't, we hope that her accolades will prove to casting agents that the tides are turning. Diversity on screen is definitely the new trend.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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