Nicole Sullivan

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Nicole Sullivan

Sullivan in 2003
BornNicole Julianne Sullivan
(1970-04-21) April 21, 1970 (age 42)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian, voice artist
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Jason Packham (m. 2006) «start: (2006)»"Marriage: Jason Packham to Nicole Sullivan" Location: (linkback://
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Nicole Sullivan

Sullivan in 2003
BornNicole Julianne Sullivan
(1970-04-21) April 21, 1970 (age 42)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian, voice artist
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Jason Packham (m. 2006) «start: (2006)»"Marriage: Jason Packham to Nicole Sullivan" Location: (linkback://

Nicole Julianne Sullivan (born April 21, 1970) is an American actress, comedian and voice artist. Sullivan is best known for her six seasons (1995–2001) on the sketch comedy series MADtv and five seasons (2001–2005, 2007) on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens.

She has played a recurring character on Scrubs and Let it Shine Disney Channel Original Movie voiced the villainous Shego in Disney's Kim Possible. She had recurring voice roles on Family Guy and voiced "Franny Robinson" in Disney's Meet the Robinsons. From 2008 to 2009, Sullivan starred and was the lead of her own Lifetime television series Rita Rocks. Currently, she voices Marlene in series The Penguins of Madagascar. Sullivan also currently appears as Jules's (Courteney Cox) therapist Lynn Mettler, on the comedy Cougar Town. More previously she acted as Lyla in the Disney channel original movie Let it Shine.


Early life

Sullivan was born in Manhattan, New York, the daughter of Edward C. Sullivan, a New York State assemblyman.[1] She took dance classes at age 7 and performed in Off Broadway and Broadway productions with the First All-Children's Theatre. Sullivan's mother, a business woman, and her father, who represented Manhattan's 69th Assembly District in the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 2002, moved the family upstate to Middleburgh, New York, in 1982. During high school, Nicole was class treasurer throughout her junior year. She played soccer in high school, recorded statistics for the boys’ basketball team and was a member of student council.

After graduating from Middleburgh in 1987,[2] she attended Northwestern University as a theatre major. She studied William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and Greek tragedies, while working two jobs to pay her way through college and writing plays and sketches for the student theatre. Sullivan spent her junior year in London, studying at the British American Drama Academy and became a member of the Greenwich Shakespeare Company. Sullivan graduated from Northwestern with honors, and then moved to Los Angeles before getting sporadic guest-starring roles.



Sullivan was among the original cast members on MADtv when it premiered in 1995. She created numerous characters; her most popular was the mean-spirited Vancome Lady. Sullivan's other characters included X-News reporter Amy, dimwitted Antonia, Eracists leader Debbie, News at 6's Diane Lawyer-Trabajo (pronounced "trebalyo"), racist country singer Darlene McBride, and Latina bimbo Lida. Sullivan appeared with Michael McDonald in a MADtv sketch about making an audition tape to appear on Law & Order that mocked their acting prowess; she later guest-starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Contact". Sullivan was featured in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Making Music Magazine.[3]


Sullivan's impersonations included Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore, Justin Timberlake, Hillary Clinton, Mary-Kate Olsen, Jennifer Aniston, Nancy Reagan, Meg Ryan, Celine Dion, Melanie Griffith, Jenna Elfman, Uma Thurman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kim Cattrall, Beth Broderick, Anne Robinson, Helen Hunt, Edie Falco (as Carmela Soprano from The Sopranos), Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, and Lucille Ball (as Lucy Ricardo in a trio of I Love Lucy parodies), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Voice acting projects

Sullivan was originally cast as Turanga Leela, one of the main characters in the animated series Futurama, which premiered in 1999.[4] Due to a casting change, Katey Sagal was instead given the role before the series even aired.[5]

Sullivan has voiced Marlene the Otter on The Penguins of Madagascar, a spin-off series from the successful hit movies, Madagascar, Madagascar Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which aired on Nickelodeon, Shego on Kim Possible; Joan of Arc on Clone High; Mira Nova on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command; and Joan on the Family Guy episode, "I Take Thee Quagmire", along with several other one time voices on the show. Sullivan has also starred in a pilot called, Me and My Needs, that was rejected by ABC. She played Franny Robinson in Meet the Robinsons. Also, Sullivan was a voice actor in the Monsters, Inc. video game. She played Luna in the 2007 video game Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. In 2012, she also provided the voice of Supergirl in Super Best Friends Forever, a series of animated shorts airing on Cartoon Network's DC Nation block.[6]

Personal life

Sullivan is married to actor Jason Packham.[7] They have two sons named Dashel Pierce and Beckett Edward.[8] The Packham family currently lives in California.

Sullivan won the first edition of Celebrity Poker Showdown. Her charity was Alley Cat Allies, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to transforming communities to protect and improve the lives of cats, which received $100,000 as a result of her victory. She has most recently become the latest in a long line of celebrities to endorse the Jenny Craig weight loss system after losing 35 pounds while on the program as of October 2009.

Selected filmography

2000Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure BeginsMira Nova (Voice)Direct-to-DVD release
2002The Third WheelSallyUncredited
2005Guess WhoLiz Klein
Sesame Street's All-Star AlphabetLetter ADirect-to-DVD release
2006The Ant BullyAnt #9Voice
2007Meet the RobinsonsFrannyVoice
2008Supehero MovieJulia Riker
2009Black DynamitePatricia Nixon
17 AgainNaomi
2012Let It ShineLylaDisney Channel Original Movie
1991Herman's HeadYoung Woman1 episode
1994Party of FiveTerry1 episode
Models Inc.Elaine1 episode
1995–2001MADtvVarious roles140 episodes
1997The Drew Carey ShowDiane Pulaski1 episode
Fired UpDebbie3 episodes
1999Suddenly SusanClaire Teevens, Nate's Ex-wife1 episode
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJen Caulder1 episode
TitusCarol1 episode
2000–2001Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandMira Nova (Voice)60 episodes
2000–2002Baby BluesBizzy the Baby-Sitter (Voice)3 episodes
2000–presentFamily GuyVarious characters (Voice)22 episodes
2001According to JimAlicia1 episode
2001–2007The King of QueensHolly Shumpert/Marilyn (1 episode)49 episodes
2001–2009ScrubsJill Tracy6 episodes
2002–2003Clone HighJoan of Arc/Marie Curie (Voice)13 episodes
2002–2007Kim PossibleShego (Voice)40 episodes
2003Less than PerfectDeirdre Bishop2 episodes
Miss MatchRachel1 episode
2004Crank YankersEsperanza Thomas (Voice)1 episode
2005MonkJanet Novak1 episode
Kim Possible Movie: So the DramaShego (Voice)Television movie
Hot PropertiesChloe Reid13 episodes
2006American Dad!Janice (Voice)1 episode
Boston LegalJoan Rubin1 episode
Brandy & Mr. WhiskersGerri (Voice)2 episodes
2007RainesCarolyn Crumley7 episodes
My BoysKimmie2 episodes
Slacker CatsLouise (Voice)2 episodes
2008Head CaseHerself2 Episodes
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationNancy Twicker1 episode
The Suite Life of Zack & CodyMiss Klotz1 episode
2008–2009The Secret SaturdaysDrew Saturday (Voice)21 episodes
Rita RocksRita Clemens40 episodes
2009LeverageHeather Moscone1 episode
True Jackson, VPKreuftlva1 episode
2009–presentThe Penguins of MadagascarMarlene (Voice)37 episodes
2010Numb3rsNancy Hackett1 episode
$#*! My Dad SaysBonnieMain cast
The DoctorsHerselfGuest
2012RuPaul's Drag RaceHerselfGuest Judge
Super Best Friends ForeverSupergirl (voice)TV short
The GameSadie1 episode
2012–presentCougar TownLynn Mettlerrecurring role throughout season three


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