Jennifer Coolidge

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Jennifer Coolidge
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Coolidge at Romy 2012
Born(1961-08-28) August 28, 1961 (age 52)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1993–present
 
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Jennifer Coolidge
ROMY 2012 19 Jennifer Coolidge.jpg
Coolidge at Romy 2012
Born(1961-08-28) August 28, 1961 (age 52)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1993–present

Jennifer Coolidge (born August 28, 1961)[1] is an American actress and comedian, known for playing "Stifler's mom", the MILF in the film American Pie (1999); Hilary Duff's stepmother in A Cinderella Story (2004); Paulette, the manicurist in Legally Blonde (2001) and its sequel; the voice of Aunt Fanny in the animated feature Robots (2005); for her role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Betty; and for her regular role in the NBC sitcom Joey as Joey's agent, Bobbie Morganstern. She is also a regular actor in Christopher Guest's mockumentary films. Coolidge is an alumna of The Groundlings, an improv and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles.[2] She stars in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls as Sophie, Max and Caroline's Polish upstairs neighbor who owns a cleaning business.

Early life[edit]

Coolidge was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Gretchen (née Knauff) and Paul Constant Coolidge, a plastics manufacturer.[3] She was raised in Norwell, Massachusetts, and has a brother, Andrew, and two sisters, Elizabeth and Susannah. Coolidge attended Norwell High School, the Cambridge School of Weston, Emerson College in Boston and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.[4] Her charitable work has included a history of supporting AIDS assistance[5] and animal rights.

Career[edit]

Coolidge in 2012

Coolidge is known for her supporting roles in several comedy movies and guest spots on television.[6] Having made one of her first appearances in the Seinfeld episode "The Masseuse", as well as appearing in a recurring role on King of the Hill as Luanne's beauty school teacher, Miss Kremzer, Coolidge is best known for playing "Stifler's mom", the consummate "MILF", in the American Pie films, though she is also known for supporting parts in other films, including Hilary Duff's stepmother in A Cinderella Story; Paulette, the manicurist in Legally Blonde and its sequel; "Hottie Police Officer" in A Night at the Roxbury; and the voice of Aunt Fanny in the animated feature Robots.

Coolidge in 2005

She has played comic parts in the improv mockumentaries Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration, all directed by Christopher Guest.[7] She also appeared in the 2006 film Date Movie as a spoof of Barbra Streisand's Meet the Fockers character. Epic Movie, released in 2007 and made by the same people behind Date Movie, was the first movie in which she starred; in it, she played the "White Bitch" (the White Witch) of Gnarnia (Narnia), a lampoon of the Disney and Walden Media film The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Coolidge had a regular role in the NBC sitcom Joey as Joey's agent, appearing in 37 out of 46 episodes in the series. She originally starred in an episode of Friends in its final season as Amanda, a tactless and uninhibited wannabe whom Phoebe and Monica try to shake off. Prior to her Friends appearance she was a regular on She TV, a very short-lived sketch comedy that also featured Nick Bakay, Elon Gold, Simbi Khali, and Linda Kash. She also has appeared on According to Jim, playing Jim's sister and in an episode of Sex and the City, and on Frasier as Frederica, Martin Crane's new physical therapist. Coolidge also appeared in the kiddie comedy Slappy and the Stinkers and as Adam Sandler's wife's friend, Janine, in the 2006 comedy film Click.

In 2005, Coolidge was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[8] In 2006, she guest starred on an episode of Top Chef.

In 2007, Coolidge appeared on Thank God You're Here and The Closer, on TNT. In 2008, she guest starred on The Secret Life of the American Teenager as a call girl.[6] In the second season, she is a frequently recurring character, playing the fiance of Ben's dad and future stepmother of Ben. She also starred in the 2008 television film Living Proof.

In 2011, Coolidge curated a Blake Nelson Boyd art show in New Orleans.[9]

In June 2011, Coolidge told Australian radio show The Kyle & Jackie O Show that she would be touring Australia as part of her Yours for the Night stand-up tour.[10]

In October 2011, Coolidge began a recurring role in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls as Sophie Kachinsky, a Polish neighbor of the two lead characters.[11] She has since been promoted to main cast.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Not of This EarthNurse
1995Bucket of Blood, AA Bucket of BloodStupid girl
1995Love and HappinessJeringir
1997Plump FictionSister Sister
1997Trial and ErrorJacqueline "Jackie" Turreau
1998Slappy and the StinkersHarriet
1998Men in WhiteN/ATelevision film
1998Night at the Roxbury, AA Night at the RoxburyHottie Police Officer
1998Brown's RequiemHelen
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeWoman at football game
1999American PieJeanine Stifler (Stifler's mom)
2000Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, TheThe Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic ComedyBetty
2000Best in ShowSherri Ann Cabot
2001Down to EarthMrs. Wellington
2001Legally BlondePaulette Bonafonté
2001Pootie TangIreenie
2001American Pie 2Jeanine Stifler (Stifler's mom)Uncredited
2001ZoolanderAmerican designer
2002Women vs. MenShellyTelevision film
2003Mighty Wind, AA Mighty WindAmber Cole
2003As Virgins FallJanice Denver
2003CarolinaAunt Marilyn
2003Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & BlondePaulette Bonafonté Parcelle
2003American WeddingJeanine Stifler (Stifler's mom)
2003TestosteroneLouise
2004Cinderella Story, AA Cinderella StoryFiona MontgomeryTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie Sleazebag
2004Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsWhite-faced woman
2005RobotsAunt FannyVoice only
2006Date MovieRoz Fockyerdoder
2006American DreamzMartha Kendoo
2006ClickJanine
2006For Your ConsiderationWhitney Taylor Brown
2007Epic MovieThe White Bitch of Gnarnia
2008Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the ChiefDaisyVoice only; direct-to-video
2008Foreign ExchangePrincipal Lonnatini
2008IgorJaclyn/HeidiVoice only
2008Living ProofTishTelevision film
2008Soul MenRosalee
2009ExTerminatorsStella
2009Good Funeral, AA Good FuneralHelen
2009Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, TheThe Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New OrleansGenevieve McDonagh
2009Gentlemen BroncosJudith Purvis
2010Jack of Spades, TheThe Jack of SpadesMonica
2010Beauty & the BriefcaseFelisa McCollinTelevision film
2011Mangus!Cookie Richardson
2012American ReunionJeanine Stifler (Stifler's mom)
2013AustenlandMiss Elizabeth Charming
2014Hell & BackDurmessaVoice only; post-production
2014Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayMs. SuggsPost-production
2015B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly OperationsCarol SueVoice only; Post-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1993SeinfeldJodiEpisode: "The Masseuse"
1994She TVVarious
1995Monroes, TheThe MonroesMarcia KellyEpisode: "Educating Billy"
1996Saturday Night SpecialVarious
1997–1999King of the HillMiss KremzerVoice only; 4 episodes
1998Alright AlreadyRhondaEpisode: "Again with the Hockey Player: Part 1"
1998Rude AwakeningSue2 episodes
1999Ladies ManHelenEpisode: "Neutered Jimmy"
2001Andy Dick Show, TheThe Andy Dick ShowNancy BuntingEpisode: "Kid Krist"
2001FrasierFredericaEpisode: "Forgotten But Not Gone"
2001Dead LastAnnaleeEpisode: "Laughlin It Up" (unaired)
2001Sketch PadThe Groundlings
2002Do OverGwen BrodyEpisode: "Cold War"
2003Burbs, TheThe BurbsN/AUnsold FX pilot
2003–2004According to JimRoxanne3 episodes
2003Sex and the CityVictoriaEpisode: "The Perfect Present"
2003FriendsAmanda BuffamonteeziEpisode: "The One with Ross's Tan"
2004Game OverRamonaVoice only; episode: "Into the Woods"
2004MADtvHerself/IvankaSeason 9, episode 23
2004–2006JoeyRoberta "Bobbie" MorgansternMain cast
2004Father of the PrideTracyVoice only; episode: "And the Revolution Continues"
2004As Told by GingerNikki LaporteVoice only; episode: "The Wedding Frame"
2005Hopeless PicturesTraciVoice only; 3 episodes
2006If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home by NowSherryUnsold Fox pilot
2006Comic Relief 2006"Fur"Stand-up comedy benefit concert in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
2007Family of the YearJackie HollowayUnsold ABC pilot
2007–2009Nip/TuckCandy Richards/CoCo3 episodes
2008–2009Yin Yang Yo!Coop's motherVoice only; 4 episodes
2008Closer, TheThe CloserAngie SerabianEpisode: "Dial M for Provenza"
2008–2012Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American TeenagerBetty35 episodes
2008Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the WorldFannie MaeVoice only; episode: "Mom Fight"
2009Kath & KimLenoreEpisode: "Celebrity"
2009Party DownBobbie St. Brown2 episodes
2010, 2012Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of TimVarious voices3 episodes
2010–2013Hero FactoryDaniella Capricorn5 episodes
2011Help WantedLeanneUnsold NBC pilot
2011–2014Fish HooksMs. LipsVoice only; Recurring role
2012Game, TheThe GameMarissaEpisode: "Skeletons"
2012Napoleon DynamiteMrs. MoserVoice only; 2 episodes
2012–present2 Broke GirlsSophie KaczynskiRecurring (season 1); main cast (season 2–present)
2012–presentGravity FallsLazy SusanVoice only; Recurring role

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