Elisabeth Moss

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Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss LF.jpg
Moss at the International Press Academy's 12th Annual Satellite Awards, December 16, 2007
Born(1982-07-24) July 24, 1982 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1990–present
ReligionScientology
Spouse(s)Fred Armisen
 (m. 2009–11)
 
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Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss LF.jpg
Moss at the International Press Academy's 12th Annual Satellite Awards, December 16, 2007
Born(1982-07-24) July 24, 1982 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1990–present
ReligionScientology
Spouse(s)Fred Armisen
 (m. 2009–11)

Elisabeth Singleton Moss[1] (born July 24, 1982)[2] is an American actor. Her notable roles include Peggy Olson, secretary-turned-copywriter on the AMC series, Mad Men (2007–present); Zoey Bartlet, the youngest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet, on the NBC television series The West Wing (1999–2006); and Robin Griffin in the miniseries Top of the Lake (2013), the latter of which won her a Golden Globe and Satellite Awards for Best Actress in a Miniseries and/or TV film.

Early life and career[edit]

Elisabeth Moss was born in 1982 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of musicians.[3] She was first seen onscreen in 1990, when she appeared in the NBC miniseries Lucky/Chances.[4]

From 1992 until 1995, Moss appeared in seven episodes of the TV series Picket Fences, as Cynthia Parks.[4] Moss provided the voice of Holly DeCarlo, a main character in the 1992 TV special Frosty Returns. In 1993, she provided the voice of Michelle in the animated film Once Upon a Forest. That year, she appeared in the television remake of Gypsy. In 1994, Moss played Harvey Keitel's younger daughter in the film Imaginary Crimes. The following year, she appeared in the remake of the Walt Disney Pictures film Escape to Witch Mountain, and as a young Ashley Judd in the TV-movie biopic Love Can Build A Bridge.[4]

Moss in November 2010

From 1999 to 2006, she played Zoey Bartlet in 25 episodes of the White House TV drama The West Wing.[4] In 1999, she had a supporting role as a patient in a mental institution in Girl, Interrupted, opposite Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.[4] That same year, she had a small role as Katie Brockett in the movie Mumford, playing the daughter of a woman with a shopping addiction.

Moss went on to do Heart of America and three other films in 2004. That year, she also made the movie Virgin,[4] for which she was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award. She also appeared in the film Day Zero.

She had a role in the 2005–2006 science fiction series Invasion,[4] and a 2007 episode of Grey's Anatomy entitled "My Favorite Mistake".[5]

Moss with then-husband at the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2009

Since July 2007, she has played Peggy Olson, secretary-turned-copywriter in the AMC dramatic series Mad Men. In 2009, 2011 and 2013, Moss was nominated for an Emmy[6] for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[7][8] In 2010, she was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy.[9]

Moss made her Broadway début in October 2008, playing the role of Karen in the 20th Anniversary revival of Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet.[10] She also starred in the 2008 horror film The Attic, and appeared in Did You Hear About the Morgans?, playing Sarah Jessica Parker's assistant.[11] Moss's West End début was as Martha Dobie in Lillian Hellman's play The Children's Hour, which opened at The Comedy Theatre, London on January 22, 2011.[12]

Moss played detective Robin Griffin in the 2013 Sundance Channel miniseries Top of the Lake, a co-production by the Sundance Channel, the UK's BBC Two and Australia's UKTV. It was written and directed by Oscar-winner Jane Campion.[13][14] For her role, Moss received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film.

It was announced in June 2014 that Moss would join the cast of the upcoming film High Rise directed by Ben Wheatley. It is set to release sometime in 2015.[15]

Personal life[edit]

After meeting Fred Armisen in October 2008,[16] Moss became engaged to him in January 2009.[17] They wed on October 25, 2009, in Long Island City, New York.[18] Moss and Armisen separated in June 2010,[19] and in September, Moss filed for a divorce,[19] which was finalized on May 13, 2011.[20] In a March 2012 interview, Moss commented on her relationship with Armisen, saying "one of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, 'He's so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.' To me, that sums it up."[13]

Moss is a Scientologist.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Suburban CommandoLittle Girl
1993Once Upon a ForestMichelle (voice)
1993Recycle Rex(voice)Short film
1994Imaginary CrimesGreta Weiler
1995Escape to Witch MountainAnnaDisney TV Movie
1995Separate LivesRonni Beckwith
1995Last Supper, TheThe Last SupperJenny Tyler
1997Thousand Acres, AA Thousand AcresLinda
1998AngelmakerLittle TurcottShort film
1999The JoyridersJodi
1999MumfordKatie Brockett
1999Anywhere but HereRachel
1999Girl, InterruptedPolly 'Torch' Clark
2002West of HereCherise
2002Heart of AmericaRobin Walters
2003TemptationWind / Morgan
2003VirginJessie Reynolds
2003Missing, TheThe MissingAnne
2005Bittersweet PlacePaulie Schaffer
2007Attic, TheThe AtticEmma CallanVideo
2007They Never Found HerAnnaShort film
2007Day ZeroPatricia
2007HonoredKatieShort film
2008El caminoLily
2008New Orleans, Mon AmourHyde
2009Did You Hear About the Morgans?Jackie Drake
2010Pack, TheThe PackDiana Whelan
2010Buddy Story, AA Buddy StorySusan
2010Get Him to the GreekDaphne Binks
2011Green Lantern: Emerald KnightsArisia Rrab (voice)Video
2012Smoking/Non-SmokingDiana Whelan
2012Darling CompanionGrace
2012On the RoadGalatea Dunkel
2014Listen Up PhilipAshley
2015High Rise
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1990Bar GirlsRobinTV movie
1990Lucky ChancesLucky - Age 6TV miniseries
1991Anything but LoveEpisode: "A Tale of Two Kiddies"
1992Midnight's ChildChristinaTV movie
1992Frosty ReturnsHolly (voice)TV short
1992–1995Picket FencesCynthia Parks7 episodes
1993Batman: The Animated SeriesKimmy Ventrix (voice)Episode: "See No Evil"
1993Johnny BagoAgnesEpisode: "Hail the Conquering Marrow"
1993AnimaniacsKatrina (voice)Episode: "O Silly Mio/Puttin' on the Blitz/The Great Wakkorotti"
1993GypsyBaby LouiseTV movie
1995Escape to Witch MountainAnnaTV movie
1995Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a BridgeEarly Teen Ashley JuddTV movie
1995Freakazoid!Kathy / Additional VoicesEpisode: "Candle Jack/Toby Danger in Doomsday Bet/The Lobe"
1996It's Spring Training, Charlie BrownGirl Player (voice)TV short
1999Earthly PossessionsMindyTV movie
1999–2006West Wing, TheThe West WingZoey Bartlet25 episodes
2001SpiritKellyTV movie
2003Practice, TheThe PracticeJessica PalmerEpisode: "Rape Shield"
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryKatie NevinsEpisode: "Baby Boom"
2005–2006InvasionChristina5 episodes
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentRebecca ColemarEpisode: "The Good"
2007Grey's AnatomyNina RogersonEpisode: "My Favorite Mistake"
2007MediumHaley Heffernan / JennieEpisode: "No One to Watch Over Me"
2007Ghost WhispererNikki DrakeEpisode: "Unhappy Medium"
2007–presentMad MenPeggy OlsonLead role
2008Fear ItselfDanny BannermanEpisode: "Eater"
2008Saturday Night LivePeggy Olson (uncredited)Episode: "Jon Hamm/Coldplay"
2009MercyLucy MortonEpisode: "The Last Thing I Said Was"
2013Top of the LakeRobin GriffinTV series
2013The SimpsonsGretchenEpisode: "Labor Pains"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
YearAwardCategoryProductionResult
2001Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young ActressThe West WingNominated
2004Director's Choice AwardBest ActressVirginWon
Independent Spirit AwardBest Female LeadNominated
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesMad MenNominated
2009Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Series, DramaNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2010Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
Golden NymphOutstanding Actress - Drama SeriesNominated
2011Nominated
Golden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
PRISM AwardPerformance in a Drama Series EpisodeNominated
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Drama ActressNominated
2012Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Drama ActressNominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Drama ActressNominated
Best Movie/Miniseries ActressTop of the LakeWon
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesMad MenNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesTop of the LakeNominated
2014Golden Globe AwardBest Actress in a Miniseries or Television MovieWon
Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Miniseries or TV FilmWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television FilmNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to her record at the State of California, California Birth Index, 1905–1995, Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at FamilyTreeLegends.com
  2. ^ "Elisabeth Moss". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Elisabeth Moss Biography (1983–)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Elisabeth Moss- Biography". Movies. Yahoo. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "My Favorite Mistake". TV.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Elisabeth Moss Emmy Nominated
  7. ^ "Emmy nominations". Emmys. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Nominations Released for Prime-Time Emmys" July 14, 2011, New York Times
  9. ^ "2010 Primetime Emmy Nominations". 
  10. ^ "Elisabeth Moss Joins 'Speed-The-Plow' Cast 2008/07/22". Broadway World. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  11. ^ Scheck, Frank. (TV channel)|y "Did You Hear About the Morgans? – Film Review", Hollywood Reporter, December 15, 2009
  12. ^ "Children's Hour". Ambassadortickets. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  13. ^ a b "Mad Woman, Bad Girl". New York Post. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  14. ^ SundanceChannel.com
  15. ^ Leo Barraclough. "Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss Join Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’". Variety. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Barnes, Brooks. "She’s Nothing Like Peggy, or Is She?", The New York Times, June 5, 2009
  17. ^ "Mad Men Actress and SNL Star Are Engaged", People, 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  18. ^ "Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss Marries SNL's Fred Armisen", People, 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  19. ^ a b Oh, Eunice (2010-09-20). "Elisabeth Moss Files for Divorce from Fred Armisen". People. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  20. ^ "Elisabeth Moss, Fred Armisen divorce official" May 19, 2011, MSNBC
  21. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2009-06-05). "She’s Nothing Like Peggy, or Is She?". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 

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