Busy Philipps

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Busy Philipps
Busy Philipps at TCA 2010.jpg
Philipps at the New York Television Festival, 2009
BornElizabeth Jean Philipps
(1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 35)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesBusy Philipps
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Marc Silverstein (m. 2007)
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Busy Philipps
Busy Philipps at TCA 2010.jpg
Philipps at the New York Television Festival, 2009
BornElizabeth Jean Philipps
(1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 35)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesBusy Philipps
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Marc Silverstein (m. 2007)

Elizabeth Jean Philipps (born June 25, 1979),[1] known professionally as Busy Philipps, is an American actress, known for her supporting roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek. She has also performed significant roles in films like The Smokers (2000), as Karen Carter, the drama film Home Room (2002) as Alicia Browning, she appeared in White Chicks (2004), played a supporting role in Made of Honor (2008) and appeared in He's Just Not That Into You (2009). She plays Laurie Keller in the TV series Cougar Town for which she won a Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Critic's Choice Television Award in 2011.[2]

Early life[edit]

Elizabeth Jean Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois.[1] Her parents gave her the nickname Busy because as an infant she was always moving.[3] She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attended Loyola Marymount University at the same time as Linda Cardellini and former boyfriend Colin Hanks.


Philipps worked the toy-fair circuit as a real-life Barbie before making her show-business debut,[3] Her first major role was Kim Kelly in Freaks and Geeks, in which she appeared in all but one of its eighteen episodes (the exception being the episode titled "Chokin' & Tokin'"). She later made her film debut in comedy The Smokers in 2000, as well as various other cameos on television.

In 2001, Philipps was cast as Audrey Liddell in the teen drama Dawson's Creek. She was a series regular in seasons 5 and 6, appearing in 46 episodes, before the show finished in 2003. Her role of Audrey earned Philipps a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of "TV - Choice Sidekick".[4] She was later ranked #58 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001.[5] Philipps later appeared in two films, Home Room (2002) and White Chicks (2004). She was cast in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc., in a role originally intended for Shannen Doherty. The show lasted for one season (2005–2006) before being cancelled. In 2006, she had a major recurring role as Hope Bobeck on ER. During her second year on ER, her character headed to South America to "fulfill her Christian mission".[6] Philipps had a co-credit for the storyline of the 2007 comedy film Blades of Glory.[7] A year later, Philipps returned to being in front of the camera with her supporting role in Made of Honor.

Philipps has also made appearances in He's Just Not That Into You as the character of Kelli Ann and on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. Since 2009, Philipps has portrayed Laurie Keller in the television series Cougar Town. Philipps also routinely contributes to the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a live stage radio show. Her primary reoccurring character is the Red Plains Rider.[8]

On a 2010 appearance on Chelsea Lately, Phillipps commented that she auditioned for the hit television show Glee just one week after giving birth, following a pregnancy during which she gained 80 pounds.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Philipps married screenwriter Marc Silverstein in 2007. They have two daughters: Birdie Leigh (born August 2008),[10] whose godmother is actress Lizzy Caplan;[11] and Cricket Pearl (born July 3, 2013).[12][13]

Philipps is the godmother of Matilda Rose Ledger, born in 2005 to actor Heath Ledger and Philipps's Dawson's Creek co-star Michelle Williams.[14]



2000Smokers, TheThe SmokersKaren Carter
2002Home RoomAlicia Browning
2004Mummy an' the ArmadilloCarol Ann
2004White ChicksKaren
2005Stewie Griffin: The Untold StoryAdditional VoicesVoice
2008Made of HonorMelissa
2009He's Just Not That Into YouKelli Ann
2010RevolutionEmilyShort film
2011I Don't Know How She Does ItWendy Best
2012The Reef 2: High TideCordeliaVoice
2012Made in ClevelandShannon
2013A Case of YouAshley
2014"Jason Nash is Married"Busy Philipps


1999Saving GracesMindyTV series
1999–2000Freaks and GeeksKim Kelly18 episodes
2000Malcolm in the MiddleMeghanEpisode: "High School Play"
2001Anatomy of a Hate CrimeChasity PasleyTV movie
2001Spring Break LawyerJennyTV movie
2001Dead LastTracy SallbackEpisode: "Death Is in the Air"
2001–2003Dawson's CreekAudrey Liddell39 episodes
2002UndeclaredKelly2 episodes
2003Criminology 101PollyTV movie
2004Foster HallPeg HallTV movie
2005Life As We Know ItAlex Morrill2 episodes
2005Testing BobMadison 'Maddie' WestTV movie
2005American Dad!DanaVoice
Episode: "Threat Levels"
2005Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!KorlianneVoice
Episode: "Girl Trouble"
2005–2006Love, Inc.Denise Johnson22 episodes
2006–2007ERDr. Hope Bobeck19 episodes
2007EntourageCherylEpisode: "Dog Day Afternoon"
2007How I Met Your MotherRachelEpisode: "Third Wheel"
2008–2009Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesKacy Corbin5 episodes
2009Kath & KimWhitneyEpisode: "Competition"
2009–2015Cougar TownLaurie Keller96 episodes
2011CommunityGreendale Team Member (uncredited)Episode: "For a Few Paintballs More"
2011Fish HooksClamandaVoice
Episode: "We've Got Fish Spirits"
2012Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23HerselfEpisode: "A Reunion..."
2012RuPaul's Drag Race All StarsHerself (Guest Judge)Episode: "RuPaul's Gaff In"
2013Arrested DevelopmentJoanEpisode: "Borderline Personalities"
2014Drunk HistoryElizabeth WaringEpisode: "Charleston"
2014Garfunkel and OatesKarenEpisode: "Hair Swap"


  1. ^ a b "Busy Philipps Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Busy Philipps profile on IMDB.com". 
  3. ^ a b "Busy Philipps- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Awards for Busy Philipps". imdb. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2001". Maxim.com. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  6. ^ "Busy Philipps Checks Out of the ER". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  7. ^ "blades of glory". Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Thrilling Adventures with Nathan Fillion". November 16, 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chelsea Lately: Busy Philipps". YouTube. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Josh Grossberg (2008-08-14). "Busy Phillips' Little Bundle of Joy". E Online. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  11. ^ "Update: Actress Busy Philipps expecting first child, a girl". People. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  12. ^ Finn, Natalie (July 4, 2013). "Busy Philipps Welcomes a Baby Girl With Husband Marc Silverstein". E! Work. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Busy Philipps Names Daughter Cricket Pearl". People. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ravitz, Justin (December 10, 2012). "Busy Philipps Is Pregnant With Second Child!". Us Weekly. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 

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