Mo Collins

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Mo Collins
BornMaureen Ann Collins
(1965-07-07) July 7, 1965 (age 49)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1996–present
 
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For the American football player, see Mo Collins (American football).
Mo Collins
BornMaureen Ann Collins
(1965-07-07) July 7, 1965 (age 49)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1996–present

Maureen Ann "Mo" Collins (born July 7, 1965) is an American actress and comedian. Collins is perhaps best known for being a member of the ensemble on FOX's sketch comedy series MADtv. She became well known for several characters during her tenure on the show.

She was a cast member from the 4th season (1998) through the 9th season (2004); she only appeared in fourteen episodes during season 9 due to contractual reasons. She returned to MADtv in the 10th season for one episode, and again when she made an appearance on the 300th Episode doing her popular character Lorraine Swanson.

Career[edit]

MADtv[edit]

Collins joined the cast of MADtv at the beginning of season 4 (Fall 1998) and stayed until the end of season 9 (Spring 2004), despite appearing in only 14 episodes during the ninth season. Her popular stint on the show lead her to come back to guest star in 2005 during Season 10 and in 2007 during the 300th episode on season 13. She was also known for trying to stifle laughter during some of her skits much like Harvey Korman on The Carol Burnett Show.[citation needed]

Her most featured and arguably most popular characters were Doreen, the screechy-voiced mother of overgrown toddler Stuart (when Mo Collins left the show, Doreen was written off as being asleep after her latest alcoholic bender or never mentioned); the odd, annoying, confused middle-aged woman Lorraine, and the perpetually unlucky Trina.

Collins also did a multitude of celebrity impressions, including Alanis Morissette, Angelina Jolie, Audrey Meadows, Barbara Bush, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cher, Diane Sawyer, Dina Lohan, Judy Garland, Jenilee Harrison, Jenny Jones, Mary Tyler Moore (in several "modern day spin" parodies of The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Mary Hart, Courteney Cox, Madonna, Martha Stewart, Pink, Shakira, Pamela Anderson, Teri Hatcher, Catherine Hicks, Jane Kaczmarek (as Lois on a Malcolm in the Middle parody called Malcolm X in the Middle), and Penny Marshall.

Other credits[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Collins is in remission from a rare form of cancer known as GIST. She was diagnosed in spring 2011 by a stroke of luck when she happened to notice an odd lump in her abdomen. Said Collins: "I would have done nothing about it. I was 44, feeling healthy, everything was going great for me, but my fiancé, Alex said, ‘You need to get it checked out’". She learned she had a primary tumor in her duodenum and was able to find a doctor who knew enough to know that she needed to see a specialist.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, liferaftgroup.org/, April 2013; accessed October 26, 2014.

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