Trudy was discussed thus in the 80s. Homelessness was not as easily compartmentalized as Green opines. But Tomlin was always applauded and admired for her affection for her characters. She found levels of humanity in them. Her Trudy was in the Tomlin DNA, and as a genuine multi-media star (this was post-Nashville), Tomlin protected the character with her own celebrity, if that makes sense. Strong, admired and gifted, can't yet quite bring that.