The Cast of '9 to 5': Where Are They Now?

Playing Where Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin Are 38 Years After '9 to 5'

The cast of the beloved 1980 comedy "9 to 5" are gearing up for a sequel.

Jane Fonda confirmed that she and her original co-stars, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin, are on board with the new project, which will be written by Rashida Jones and Pat Rosnick.

“Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it,” she told reporters at a Television Critics Association press event on Wednesday.

Since the comedy won our hearts nearly 40 years ago, each of the stars has enjoyed a stand-out career.

Lily Tomlin

Tomlin, now 78, starred in the movie as Violet Newstead, the office's senior supervisor.

The award-winning actress has made audiences laugh throughout her career appearing in films like 1993’s "The Beverly Hillbillies," 1996’s "Flirting with Disaster," and 2004’s "I Heart Huckabees."

She's continued to work in television and has been featured in “Will and Grace,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The Magic School Bus,” and “Sesame Street."

She also stars in the hit Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie,” with her “9 to 5” co-star Jane Fonda.

Tomlin married her partner of more than four decades, writer Jane Wagner, in 2013. The pair has worked on comedy projects together throughout their relationship, scoring Emmy Awards in the '70s and 80s.

Jane Fonda

Fonda, now 80, starred as Judy Bernly in “9 to 5” and following the film’s success, she spent most of the 1980s as a fitness guru.

Fonda also received critical acclaim for her role in the 1981 film, “On Golden Pond,” which starred her father, Peter Fonda, as well as her "9 to 5" co-star Dabney Coleman.

She became part of a power couple when she married media mogul Ted Turner in 1990 but the couple divorced in 2001.

Fonda continues to act, appearing in films like “Monster in Law,” “Georgia Rule,” “Youth,” and has been a longtime advocate for human rights and the environment. 

She currently stars alongside Tomlin in “Grace and Frankie.”

Dolly Parton

Parton, 72, was already a star in the country music world when she made her big screen debut in "9 to 5" as secretary Doralee Rhodes. She also wrote and performed the movie’s theme song, which earned her an Academy Award nomination.

Following the success of the film, Parton appeared in films including “Straight Talk,” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” which also featured Tomlin and Dabney Coleman. 

While she continues to write, record, and tour, Parton is also known for her amusement park and museum, Dollywood, located in Tennessee, as well as her philanthropic work with children. In 1995 she launched "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library" gifting books to children all over the world.

Of the “9 to 5” sequel, Parton told ET that they previously considered a second movie but it never made sense until today. 

“Until just recently [with] all the equal work for equal pay and all the harassment in the workplace [backlash] – we decided that we are going to try to do another one,” she said. “This new idea [is] going to bring some new girls in ... and they're gonna find us, the old characters. We've all come up with a business of our own. So, they come to find us just to get some input."

Dabney Coleman

Coleman, 86, played the boss Franklin Hart Jr. in the film. Since “9 to 5,” he has consistently worked and appeared in films like “Tootsie,” “War Games,” “Dragnet,” “Domino,” and “Rules Don’t Apply.”

He has also had a successful television career staring in shows like “Ray Donovan,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Recess.” 

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