Wendi McLendon-Covey

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Wendi McLendon-Covey
Wendi McLendon-Covey 2012.jpg
McLendon-Covey in 2012
BornWendy Anne McLendon[1]
(1969-10-10) October 10, 1969 (age 45)
Bellflower, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedienne, writer, producer
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Greg Covey (1996–present)
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Wendi McLendon-Covey
Wendi McLendon-Covey 2012.jpg
McLendon-Covey in 2012
BornWendy Anne McLendon[1]
(1969-10-10) October 10, 1969 (age 45)
Bellflower, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedienne, writer, producer
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Greg Covey (1996–present)

Wendi Anne McLendon-Covey (born October 10, 1969) is an American actress, writer, producer and comedian.

McLendon-Covey began her career in the improvisational Comedy Central series Reno 911!, starring as Deputy Clementine Johnson from 2003–2008. She also had the lead role in the Lifetime short-lived comedy Lovespring International (2006). From 2010 to 2013 she had a recurring role on CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.

After her a breakout performance in the 2011 comedy film Bridesmaids, McLendon-Covey has appeared in a number of films, including What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), The Single Moms Club (2014), Blended (2014), and Think Like a Man Too (2014). In 2013 she began starring as Beverly Goldberg, a family matriarch, in the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs, for which she was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014.

Early life[edit]

McLendon-Covey was born in Bellflower, California, the daughter of Carolyn (née Lewis), an accountant, and David Robert McLendon, a former delivery driver for Coca Cola. She has Scottish and English ancestry.[2] She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and Creative Writing.[3] She received her Screen Actors Guild card while promoting NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me!.[3]


McLendon-Covey performed at improv comedy show in 2010


McLendon-Covey is well known for her ability as an improvisational actress. She was a member of The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2009.[3][4] While a member of the Groundlings, McLendon-Covey was a classmate of comedians Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, with whom she would later star in the film Bridesmaids.[5]

From 2003 to 2008, McLendon-Covey starred as Deputy Clementine Johnson on the Comedy Central television series Reno 911!, and resulted in a 2007 film. She also starred in the Lifetime comedy show Lovespring International in 2006 and has provided commentary for E!, TV Guide Channel, and VH1. In 2007 she starred in the comedy film Reno 911!: Miami, based on Comedy Central's Reno 911!, and also appeared in Bewitched (2005), and Over Her Dead Body (2008). She produced, wrote and starred in the 2007 independent comedy film Cook-Off!.[3] McLendon-Covey also guest-starred on television series such as The Office, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Cougar Town.

McLendon-Covey with The Goldbergs cast in 2014


In 2011, McLendon-Covey starred in the financially successful and critically lauded comedy film Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper.[6] Beginning in July that same year, she began starring in national TV ads for a new campaign by Hillshire Farm.[7] From 2010 to 2013, she had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.[8] She also had guest-starring roles in Fox's short-lived sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter,[9] TV Land' Hot in Cleveland,[10] and ABC's Modern Family.[11]

McLendon-Covey appeared in the 2012 romantic comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting, directed by Kirk Jones,[12] as well had cameo in Steven Soderbergh's movie Magic Mike.[13] She will have roles in the Christmas comedy movie A White Trash Christmas about a white-trash mom visited by three ghosts intent on showing her a path to a brighter future,[14] and in the comedy-drama film Claire's Cambodia directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning Stacy Sherman about three estranged sisters dealing with the death of their father.[15] She also starred in the 2012 comedy pilot Waffle Hut.[16]

In February 2012, McLendon-Covey was cast in the HBO comedy pilot The Viagra Diaries, created by Sex and the City creator and executive producer Darren Star, but when Hawn exited the pilot, McLendon-Covey also left the show.[17] After she received five offers, she won the female lead role on ABC's comedy pilot Only Fools And Horses.[18][19] She also played one of the leads in Tyler Perry's film The Single Moms Club (2014).[20][21] Also in 2014, she stars in A Friggin' Christmas Miracle as Robin Williams' character's daughter,[22] Blended, as Drew Barrymore's character's best friend,[23][24] and Think Like a Man Too.[25]

In January 2013, McLendon-Covey was cast in the lead role of the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs, created by Adam F. Goldberg.[26][27] McLendon-Covey's portrayal of the character received critical praise,[28] and she was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014.[29] Later in 2014, McLendon-Covey was cast opposite Sally Field in the comedy-drama film Hello, My Name Is Doris.[30]

McLendon-Covey at the International Press Academy’s 12th Annual Satellite Awards in 2007

In 2015, McLendon-Covey was cast as host on the ABC reality comedy series, Repeat After Me produced by Ellen DeGeneres.[31]

Personal life[edit]

McLendon-Covey has been married to Greg Covey since 1996.[3] They live in Long Beach, California.



2001Henry and MarvinJudyShort film
2005BewitchedE! Anchor
2006Cook-Off!Pauline SolfestUS Comedy Arts Festival for Best Comedy Performance in Film
2007Reno 911!: MiamiDeputy Clementine Johnson
2007Closing EscrowHillaryUS Comedy Arts Festival for Best Comedy Performance in Film
2007GoldfishMrs. Jenkins
2008Over Her Dead BodyLona
2009BoutonniereMrs. Pruitt
2009Jesus People: The MovieJenna Bosch
2010Starlight & SuperfishDawn
2010DouchebagMary Barger
2010Public RelationsCandice
2010The Search for Santa PawsMs. Stout
2011Sometimes Pretty GirlsTootsieShort film
2011BridesmaidsRitaNew York Film Critics Online Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
MTV Movie Award for Best Gut-Wrenching Performance
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Emsemble
Nominated—People's Choice Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Acting Emsemble
2012Holiday RoadRosman
2012What to Expect When You're ExpectingKara
2012Magic MikeTaraScenes deleted
201310 Rules for Sleeping AroundEmma Cooney
2013All American Christmas CarolMarjorie
2014Date and SwitchLinda
2014Cuban FuryCarlyCameo
2014The Single Moms ClubJan Malkovitch
2014Think Like a Man TooTish
2014Claire's CambodiaSharon
2014Merry Friggin' ChristmasShauna
2015Hello, My Name Is Doris


2006Lovespring InternationalLydia MayhewSeries regular, 13 episodes
2008GreekConnieEpisode: "Spring Broke"
2003–2008Reno 911!Deputy Clementine JohnsonSeries regular, 73 episodes
2008The OfficeConcierge MarieEpisode: "Business Trip"
2008Kath & KimLucyEpisode: "Friends"
200910 Things I Hate About YouVivianEpisodes: "Light My Fire" and " Dance Little Sister"
2009Wizards of Waverly PlaceDr. IceEpisode: "Three Monsters"
2011Cougar TownVice PrincipalEpisode: "You're Gonna Get It!"
2011SvetlanaPhoebe2 episodes
2011I Hate My Teenage DaughterDeannaEpisodes: "Pilot" and "Teenage Girlfriends"
2010–2013Rules of EngagementLizRecurring role, 14 episodes
2012Hot in ClevelandSandyEpisode: "God and Football"
2012Wedding BandBarb HendersonEpisode: "I Don't Wanna Grow Up"
2012Waffle HutRebaTV Pilot
2012Only Fools And HorsesRuby RossTV Pilot
2012The Looney Tunes ShowPatricia Bunnyvoice
2012–2013Modern FamilyPamEpisodes: "Schooled" and "The Wow Factor"
2013–presentThe GoldbergsBeverly GoldbergSeries regular
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series


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