Kaitlin Olson

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Kaitlin Olson
Kaitlin Olson by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Born(1975-08-18) August 18, 1975 (age 39)
Tigard, Oregon, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Rob McElhenney (m. 2008)
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Kaitlin Olson
Kaitlin Olson by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Born(1975-08-18) August 18, 1975 (age 39)
Tigard, Oregon, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Rob McElhenney (m. 2008)

Kaitlin Olson (born August 18, 1975) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds in the television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Early life[edit]

Olson was born in Tigard, Oregon.[1] Her father, Donald Olson, worked as the publisher of the Portland Tribune.[2] She studied theatre at the University of Oregon,[3] and later moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue acting professionally.


Olson was a part of the improvisational group the Groundlings.[1] She toured with the USO to Bosnia, Kosovo, and Norway. She made several guest appearances in films and television series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Out of Practice, Miss Match, Family Guy, and Punk'd. She had a minor role in the film Coyote Ugly.[4]

Olson at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2011

In 2004, she was cast as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds in the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[5] She also voiced Ethel in the first season of the Comedy Central animated series Brickleberry. She had a recurring role as Hartley Underwood, the "one-armed" neighbor in the FX series The Riches.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2007, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Olson and co-star/creator of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney, had been dating for over a year.[6] They later became engaged and were married on September 27, 2008 in California.[7][8] The couple had their first child, a boy named Axel Lee, on September 1, 2010. Olson went into labor at a Philadelphia Phillies game. Axel Lee was born in their home as planned.[9] Their second son, Leo Grey McElhenney, was born on April 5, 2012.


Olson was named the 2008 "Mailbag Crush" by Sports Illustrated writer Stewart Mandel in his College Football Mailbag SI.com column.[10]



2000Eyes to Heaven
2000Coyote UglyBidding Customer
2001FuglyCha ChaShort film
2002Meet the MarksKaitlin Marks
2003ScapegoatsJeannieShort film
2009Weather GirlSherry
2010Leap YearLibby
2010Held UpRocky 2
2013The HeatTatiana
2016Finding DoryKiller Whale


2000–2007Curb Your EnthusiasmBecky6 episodes
2002–2004The Drew Carey ShowTraylor12 episodes
2003Miss MatchJillianEpisode: "Who's Sari Now?"
2004Significant OthersLaurenEpisode: "The First Time"
2004George LopezJanetEpisode: "Home Sweet Homeschool"
2005Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch ShowVarious Characters
2005–presentIt's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaDeandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds103 episodes
2006Out of PracticeDebbieEpisode: "Model Behavior"
2007The RichesHartley Underwood5 episodes
2011Family GuyBrenda QuagmireVoice
2 episodes
2012UnsupervisedCarol / DanielleVoice
7 episodes
Season 1


  1. ^ a b Bartels, Eric (June 27, 2006). "Comedian gets funny in Philly". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  2. ^ Bartels, Eric. "Comedian gets funny in Philly". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Biography". tv.com. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Seen on the screen". News & Observer. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  5. ^ Cunningham, Amrie (September 13, 2007). "Interview: Kaitlin Olson". TheTVaddict.com. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  6. ^ Gross, Dan (September 4, 2007). "It's Sunny for McElhenney". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  7. ^ "'It's Always Sunny' Stars Wed!". Entertainment Tonight. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  8. ^ "OK! Exclusive: Kaitlin Olson & Rob McElhenney Wed". OK!. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney Welcome Son Axel Lee". People.com. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  10. ^ Mandel, Stewart (2008-07-02). "Unveiling the Mailbag Crush, my surprise teams for '08 and more". SI.com. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 

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