Megan Mullally

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Megan Mullally
Megan Mullally by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mullally at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born(1958-11-12) November 12, 1958 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Michael A. Katcher
(1992–1996)
Nick Offerman
(2003–present)
Website
www.meganmullally.net
 
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Megan Mullally
Megan Mullally by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mullally at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born(1958-11-12) November 12, 1958 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Michael A. Katcher
(1992–1996)
Nick Offerman
(2003–present)
Website
www.meganmullally.net

Megan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress and singer.

After working in theatre in Chicago, Mullally moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and began to appear in supporting roles in film and television productions. She made her Broadway debut in Grease in 1994 and she has since appeared in several Broadway musicals. From 1998 until 2006, she played Karen Walker on the TV sitcom Will & Grace. From 2006 until early 2007, Mullally hosted the short lived talk show The Megan Mullally Show. She has since appeared in guest-starring roles in television programs such as Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, 30 Rock, Up All Night, Boston Legal, and a GLAAD Award-winning episode of The New Adventures of Old Christine. In 2010, Mullally starred as Lydia in the second season of Party Down. She also co-stars as Chief on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital, and has recurred as Tammy Swanson on NBC's Parks and Recreation (playing her real-life husband, Nick Offerman's, ex-wife), Dana Hartz on ABC's Happy Endings, and Aunt Gayle on the FOX animated comedy Bob's Burgers.

She received seven consecutive Emmy Award nominations for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" for her role on Will & Grace, winning twice in 2000 and 2006. She has also received four Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance, and was nominated for four Golden Globe awards.

Early life[edit]

Mullally was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Martha (née Palmer) and Carter Mullally, Jr., an actor who was a contract player with Paramount Pictures in the 1950s.[1] Mullally moved to her father's native Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of six.[2] She is of Irish ancestry on her father's side. She studied ballet from the age of six and performed at the Oklahoma City Ballet during high school, also studying at the School of American Ballet in New York City.

Following her graduation from Casady School, she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied English Literature and Art History, and subsequently became active in Chicago theatre.

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Mullally moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1985.[citation needed] Two weeks later, she was signed by the William Morris Agency.[citation needed] One of her first acting spots was on a McDonald's commercial that also featured John Goodman.[citation needed] She made her series debut in 1986 in The Ellen Burstyn Show. She subsequently guest starred on sitcoms such as Seinfeld, Frasier, Wings, Ned and Stacey, Mad About You, Caroline in the City and Just Shoot Me!. She played a central character in a season-five episode of Murder, She Wrote, "Coal Miner's Slaughter", recalling in 2012, "I hadn't gotten a job for so long, and I was in a complete panic because I didn't know how I was going to pay my rent. So I get a call one day from my agent that I'd gotten offered a guest role, and it paid $5,000. I literally fell down onto my knees and testified and wept. I played some former protégée of Jessica Fletcher. It's one of my favorite things I've ever shot."[3]

In 1990, Mullally tested for the co-starring role of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld.[3] Mullally in 1998 landed the role of Karen Walker, Grace Adler's sarcastic, pill-popping assistant, in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in both 2000 and 2006, and was nominated in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and with cast members Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Sean Hayes, she shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2001. She is the first of only two actresses to win a SAG Award three years in a row. She was nominated each year from 2000 until 2003, for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

In 2005, Mullally saw comedian and actor Bill Hader performing with his Second City class in Los Angeles, and shortly thereafter brought Hader to the attention of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Also in 2005, Mullally was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award "in recognition of her innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television".[4]

Following Will & Grace, Mullally hosted her own talk show, The Megan Mullally Show from 2006-2007. She has hosted Saturday Night Live, guest-hosted the Late Show with David Letterman, hosted the 2006 TV Land Awards, and been a featured performer twice on the Tony Awards. She has been featured in advertisements for M&M's, Old Navy, and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

Mullally guest-starred on the Season Three premiere of NBC's hit show 30 Rock. Other appearances include Kathy Griffin: My Life on The D-List, Campus Ladies, director/actor David Wain's "Wainy Days," an episode of HBO's Funny or Die, and the Funny or Die web video "That's What She Said".

Mullally has guest-starred five times as Tammy Swanson on the NBC series Parks and Recreation, in the episodes "Ron and Tammy" "Ron & Tammy: Part Two", "Li'l Sebastian", "Ron and Tammys" and "The Trial of Leslie Knope". Mullally plays the role of the second ex-wife of the character Ron Swanson, played by her real-life husband, Nick Offerman.[5]

She co-starred in 2010 as Lydia on the Starz ensemble series Party Down.[6] Mullally currently co-stars as "Chief" on the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. In 2011, Mullally began a recurring role as Dana Hartz, the mother of Penny (Casey Wilson), on the ABC sitcom Happy Endings. The following months, Fox announced Mullally would join the series Breaking In when the show returned for a second season on March 6, 2012.

Theater[edit]

Mullally made her Broadway debut as Marty in the 1994 revival of Grease, and subsequently appeared as Rosemary in the hit 1995 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opposite Matthew Broderick. In 2007, Mullally starred as Elizabeth in Mel Brooks' original Broadway musical, Young Frankenstein. She can be heard on the cast albums of all three productions.

In 1996, she starred in You Never Know at the Pasadena Playhouse. Mullally appeared in 2000 as Pamela in the multiple award-winning production of Chuck Mee's The Berlin Circle, for which she won both the LA Weekly Theatre Award and the Backstage West Garland Award. Mullally starred as Beverly in the acclaimed production of Adam Bock's The Receptionist at the Odyssey Theatre (notably, the longest sold-out run of a show in that theatre's history), for which she was awarded the 2010 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Performance by an Actress.

Mullally is also a Chicago theater veteran[citation needed] and member of Los Angeles theatre company The Evidence Room.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

Mullally is a member of the band Supreme Music Program.[7] SMP has released three albums to date, The Sweetheart Break-In, Big as a Berry and Free Again!.[7][8]

Mullally and Stephanie Hunt formed the band Nancy and Beth in 2012. They went on tour in March 2013, along with Megan's husband Nick Offerman.

Film[edit]

Mullally has appeared in Marc Forster's Sundance competition entry Everything Put Together, Anywhere But Here with Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman, About Last Night with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, Speaking of Sex with James Spader, and Stealing Harvard with Tom Green and Jason Lee. Mullally played a singing teacher in the 2009 film remake of Fame,[9] and can be heard on the soundtrack recording. Additionally, Mullally sang the song "Long John Blues" (performed on-screen by Kristen Bell) in 2010's Burlesque. She recently played the role of a mother in the 2013 indie film The Kings of Summer.

Personal life[edit]

Mullally's first marriage, in the mid-1990s, was to talent agent Michael Katcher.[10]

In 2000, Mullally met actor Nick Offerman while doing a play together in Los Angeles. The two married in 2003. Offerman guest-starred on Will & Grace during its fourth season; in return, Mullally has guest-starred on Parks and Recreation, on which Offerman plays a lead role. Mullally plays Tammy, the conniving ex-wife of Offerman's character Ron Swanson, appearing in six episodes so far.

In 1999, Mullally commented in an interview in The Advocate magazine, "I consider myself bisexual, and my philosophy is, everyone innately is."[11] In March, 2013, while on the talk show Kathy, she appeared with her husband and fellow guest Michelle Trachtenberg, and when Kathy opened a poll of who is heterosexual, Mullally raised her hand. Subsequent, post-Advocate interviews with websites AfterEllen in 2006 and Queerty in 2009 again supported the stance that Mullally was heterosexual.[12][13] In a 2010 interview with The Advocate she clarified the confusion regarding her comment in 1999, stating: "I know the gay community wants me to be bisexual, but unfortunately I’m not as bisexual as people have wanted me to be. I am married to a man, we’ve been together 10 years, and I’ve never had sex with a woman. But I do still think everybody has an ability to love that isn’t limited by gender."[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1983Risky BusinessCall Girl
1985Once BittenSuzette
1986Last ResortJessica Lollar
1986About Last Night...Pat
1991Queens LogicDolores
1999Anywhere But HereWoman Buying Car
1999Best Man in Grass CreekCo-Worker
2000Everything Put TogetherBarbie
2001MonkeyboneKimmy Miley
2001Speaking of SexJennifer Klink
2002Stealing HarvardPatty Plummer
2004Teacher's PetAdele (voice)
2005ReboundPrincipal Walsh
2007Bee MovieTrudy (voice)
2009FameMs. Fran Rowan
2010BurlesqueVoice OnlyVoice for "Long John Blues"
2012Gay DudeMatt's Mom
2012SmashedPrincipal Barnes
2013The Kings of SummerMrs. Keenan
2013G.B.F.Mrs. Van Camp

Television[edit]

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Children Nobody Wanted, TheThe Children Nobody WantedSharonTelevision film
1985First StepsCathyTelevision film
1986Tall Tales & LegendsPosyEpisode: "Pecos Bill"
1986American PlayhouseLilahEpisode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"
1986–1987Ellen Burstyn Show, TheThe Ellen Burstyn ShowMolly Brewer Ross13 episodes
1988Murder, She WroteMolly ConnorsEpisode: "Coal Miner's Slaughter"
1989Almost GrownBrideEpisode: "The Hat That Fell from Space"
1989China BeachCindyEpisode: "The World: Part 2"
1990WingsCindyEpisode: "There Once Was a Girl from Nantucket"
1990Rainbow DriveAva ZieffTelevision film
1991Timeless Tales from HallmarkVoiceEpisode: "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"
1991Dear JohnMollyEpisode: "Molly and Me"
1991My Life and TimesSusan6 episodes
1991, 1993Herman's HeadYvonneEpisodes: "Fatal Distraction", "I Wanna Go Home"
1992Fish PolicePearl (voice)6 episodes
1992Rachel Gunn, R.N.Becky Jo13 episodes
1993I Yabba-Dabba Do!Pebbles Flintstone (voice)Television film
1993SeinfeldBetsyEpisode: "The Implant"
1993Hollyrock-a-Bye BabyAdditional VoicesTelevision film
1994Batman: The Animated SeriesCindy (voice)Episode: "House and Garden"
1994CouplesBethTelevision film
1997Ned and StaceyWendyEpisode: "Where My Third Nepal Is Sheriff"
1997FrasierBeth ArmstrongEpisode: "Four for the Seesaw"
1997Mad About YouJaneEpisode: "Guardianhood"
1997Naked Truth, TheThe Naked TruthVanessaEpisode: "He Ain't Famous, He's My Brother"
1997Caroline in the CityVanessaEpisode: "Caroline and the Decanter"
1997Extreme GhostbustersAdditional voicesEpisode: "The True Face of a Monster"
1998Just Shoot Me!Stephanie Griffin-CooperEpisode: "Amblushed"
1998WinchellJune WinchellTelevision film
1998–2006Will & GraceKaren Walker194 episodes
20003rd Rock from the SunRenata AlbrightEpisode: "Les Liaisons Dickgereuses"
2002King of the HillTeresaEpisode: "Beer and Loathing"
2002Pact, TheThe PactMelanie GoldTelevision film
2006Peep and the Big Wide WorldPink Quack (voice)Episode: "Quack Quack/One Duck Two Many"
2006How I Met Your MotherBarney's Mother (voice)Episode: "Single Stamina" (Uncredited)
2006Campus LadiesMs. PowellEpisode: "The Dare"
2006–2007Megan Mullally Show, TheThe Megan Mullally ShowHerselfHost; Talk show
2007Boston LegalRenata HillEpisode: "The Bride Wore Blood"
2008Bad Mother's HandbookNanTelevision film
2008, 201330 RockBev3 episodes
2008New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old ChristineMargaretEpisode: "Unidentified Funk"
2008, 2010–presentChildrens HospitalChiefWeb series–10 episodes (2008); TV series (2010–present)
2009In the MotherhoodRosemary7 episodes
2009–2012Parks and RecreationTammy Swanson6 episodes
2010Party DownLydia Dunfree10 episodes
2011–2013Bob's BurgersGayle / Various voices5 episodes
2011–2013Happy EndingsDana Hartz3 episodes
2012Up All NightShayna Mund2 episodes
2012Breaking InVeronica Mann13 episodes
2012–presentRandy Cunningham: 9th Grade NinjaMrs. Marilyn Driscoll (voice)
2013Out ThereRose Stevens (voice)
2013Axe CopVarious voices
2013–presentSofia the FirstMiss Nettle (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Megan Mullally Biography (1958-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. ^ Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio
  3. ^ a b "Megan Mullally on... Megan Mullally". Entertainment Weekly (1198). March 16, 2012; posted online March 09, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Past Recipients". Wif.org. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  5. ^ Adam Bryant (2 October 2009). "Exclusive: Megan Mullally Plays Ex on Parks and Recreation". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  6. ^ Holmes, Linda (2010-04-23). "'Party Down': Proving It Is Possible To Soldier On Without Jane Lynch : Monkey See". NPR. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  7. ^ a b "Megan Mullally and Supreme Music Program. NEW CD: Free Again! On iTunes, CDBaby.com, DigStation.com". Supremeprogram.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Megan Mullally and Supreme Music Program: Big as a Berry CD Information". Supremeprogram.com. 2003-12-31. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  9. ^ "Allen, Mullally, Grammer, Dutton & Neuwirth Join FAME Film Remake". Broadwayworld.com. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  10. ^ "The Megan Mullally Picture Pages". Superiorpics.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  11. ^ Bardin, Brantley (November 23, 1999). "The Advocate's 25 Coolest Women". The Advocate. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Warn, Sarah (2006-12-03). "Megan Mullally backpedals on bisexuality". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  13. ^ "Megan Mullally on In the Motherhood, Bisexuality and That Karen & Jack Spin-Off / Queerty". Queerty.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  14. ^ Voss, Brandon (2010-04-16). "Megan Mullally Her Lips Are Unsealed". Advocate.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  • Megan Mullally, Biography Resource Center Online. Gale Group, 1999.
  • Jamie Painter Young, Clowning Glory. Back Stage. 19 Dec. 2003: B-38.

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