Jane Wagner Introduces Lily Tomlin to Jackie Curtis

Jane Wagner Introduces Lily Tomlin to Jackie Curtis

Before Jane Wagner became Lily Tomlin’s longtime collaborator and partner, she met Andy Warhol in 1965 and developed several Factory connections. The writer, artist, and Village resident was especially drawn to Jackie Curtis, who befriended Wagner and sometimes stopped by her apartment (and, on one occasion, called from jail for help after being arrested). “When Lily and I first met in New York, we fell in love,” she said, “and the only thing I could think of that I wanted to do with her was to see Jackie Curtis’s Vain Victory [at La MaMa] Lily just flipped over it. That’s how much I loved Jackie—there was so much to do in New York at that time, but that was the main thing I wanted to take her to.”

From Chapter 17 of The Downtown Pop Underground — order online, or from a local independent bookstore


La MaMa (final location)
74 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003