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Jennifer Coolidge is an American actress who plays one of the White-Faced Women in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Biography

She was born on August 28, 1961, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to Gretchen (Knauff) and Paul Constant Coolidge, a plastics manufacturer. Young Coolidge was dreaming of becoming a singer. She attended Norwell High School and Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned her bachelor's degree in theatre in 1985. She moved to New York and joined the Gotham City improv group. Then, she headed to Los Angeles where she became a long-running member of "The Groundlings" comedy troupe. Coolidge made her television debut in a guest role on NBC's Seinfeld (1989), playing a voluptuous masseuse who won't offer her professional services to boyfriend Jerry in a 1993 episode. The following year, she had a regular gig on ABC's short-lived sketch series She TV (1994), then briefly became a cast member and writer on another short-lived sketch comedy series, Fox's Saturday Night Special (1996) produced by Roseanne Barr. Coolidge made her big screen debut as a nurse in Not of This Earth (1995), then in the courtroom comedy Trial and Error (1997). Then, she appeared in small roles in several more feature films, and also continued her television work. Coolidge had her breakthrough role in American Pie (1999), as a boozed-up and sultry mom who seduces her son's classmate with the comment that she liked her scotch and men the same way: aged 18 years. She recreated the character in the sequel American Pie 2 (2001). Then, she reprized her role as "Paulette" opposite Reese Witherspoon in the "Legally Blonde" franchise. Although, she lost the part of "Lynette Scavo" on Desperate Housewives (2004) to Felicity Huffman, Coolidge graced several TV comedies as well, with major guest appearances on Frasier (1993) and Sex and the City (1998). Then, she landed a recurring role in the NBC sitcom Joey (2004), as "Bobbie Morgenstern", Joey's agent, appearing in 37 episodes over two seasons.

Eventually, Coolidge emerged as a versatile character actress with her no-holds-barred approach to comedy and her vanity-free comfort with playing uninhibited, unappealing characters, and delivering lines with sexual innuendo. Her talent shines in a range of characters, from a gold-digging dog owner in Best in Show (2000), to a scheming wife of an elderly mogul in Down to Earth (2001), to an opportunistic mother in American Dreamz (2006). Coolidge's gift for altering her appearance and manner, as well as her mastery of timing, shines in her perfectly hideous performance as "Fiona", a wicked stepmother in A Cinderella Story (2004) opposite Hilary Duff, for which Coolidge won a 2005 Teen Choice Award. Her lasting collaboration with director Christopher Guest continues in For Your Consideration (2006).

She has been sharing her time between her two homes, one is in Hollywood, California, and one in New Orleans, where she bought a historic mansion before the Hurricane Katrina hit the city, and then became involved in its restoration.[1]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Not of This Earth Nurse
1995 A Bucket of Blood Stupid Girl
1995 Love and Happiness Jeringir
1997 Plump Fiction Sister Sister
1997 Trial and Error Jacqueline
1998 Slappy and the Stinkers Harriet
1998 Men in White
1998 A Night at the Roxbury Hottie Cop
1998 Brown's Requiem Helen
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Woman at Football Game
1999 American Pie Stifler's Mom
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Betty
2000 Best in Show Sherri Ann Cabot
2001 Down to Earth Mrs. Wellington
2001 Legally Blonde Paulette
2001 Pootie Tang Ireenie
2001 American Pie 2 Stiler's Mom Uncredited
2001 Zoolander American Designer
2002 Stage on Screen: The Women Edith Potter
2002 Women vs. Men Shelly
2002 The Burbs
2003 A Mighty Wind Amber Cole
2003 As Virgins Fall Janice Denver
2003 Carolina Aunt Marilyn
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Paulette Parcelle
2003 American Wedding Stifler's Mom
2003 Testosterone Louise
2003 Citizen Tony Lillypop Voice
2004 A Cinderella Story Fiona
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events White Faced Woman
2005 Robots Aunt Fanny Voice
2005 Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty Aunt Fanny Voice

Short

2006 Date Movie Roz Funkyerdoder
2006 American Dreamz Martha Kendoo
2006 Click Janine
2006 If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now Sherry
2006 For Your Consideration Whitney Taylor Brown
2007 Epic Movie White Bitch
2007 The Captain Baby Short
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Daisy Voice
2008 Foreign Exchange Principal Lonnatini
2008 Igor Jaclyn / Heidi Voice
2008 Living Proof Tish
2008 Soul Men Rosalee
2009 ExTerminators Stella
2009 A Good Funeral Helen
2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Genevieve
2009 Gentlemen Broncos Judith
2010 Beauty & the Briefcase Alicia
2010 Lego Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies Reporter Voice
2010 Jack of Spades Monica
2011 Mangus! Cookie Spedgewick
2012 American Reunion Stifler's Mom
2013 Austenland Miss Elizabeth Charming
2013 2 Broke Girls Spectaculat Superbowl Commercial Sophie Kachinsky Short
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Ms. Suggs
2015 Hell and Back Durmessa Voice
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Ms. Price
2016 Mascots Jolene Lumpkin
2017 The Emoji Movie Mary Meh Voice
2017 The New Adventures of Max Mrs. Toadstool / Canary Voice
2018 Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next Paulette
2019 The Fancies Fancy Nancy Voice

Short

2020 Like a Boss
2020 Promising Young Woman Susan
2020 Swan Song Dee Dee Dale
Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk Aunty Peggy Voice

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Seinfeld Jodi One Episode
1994 She TV Various One Episode
1995 The Monroes Marcia Kelly One Episode
1996 Saturday Night Special Various
1998 Alright Already Rhonda One Episode
1998 Rude Awakening Sue
1997-1999 King of the Hill Miss Kremzer Voice
1999 Ladies Man Helen One Episode
2001 The Andy Dick Show Nancy Bunting One Episode
2001 Frasier Frederica One Episode
2001 Dead Last Annalee One Episode
2001 Sketch Pad The Groundlings
2002 Do Over Gwen Brody One Episode
2003 Sex and the City Victoria One Episode
2003 Friends Amanda Buffamonteezi One Episode
2003-2004 Accoring to Jim Roxanne
2004 Game Over Ramona / Amazon One Episode
2004 Father of the Pride Tracy Voice

One Episode

2004 As Told by Ginger Nikki LaPorte Voice

One Episode

2005 Hopeless Pictures Traci Voice

One Episode

2004-2006 Joey Bobbie Morganstern
2007 Family of the Yearr Jackie Holloway One Episode
2008 The Closer Angie Serabian One Episode
2008 Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Fannie Mae Voice

One Episode

2007-2009 Nip/Tuck Candy Richards / Coco
2009 Kath & Kim Lenore One Episode
2009 Party Down Bobbie St. Brown
2009 Bollywood Hero Jennifer Coolidge
2012 The Game Marissa One Episode
2010-2012 The Life & Times of Tim Amber / Debbie's Mom Voice
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Mrs. Moser Voice
2008-2012 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Betty
2011-2012 Fish Hooks Ms. Lips / Doris Voice
2010-2013 Hero Factory Reporter / Daniella Capricorn
2013 Gravity Falls Shorts Lazy Susan Voice

One Episode

2015 Glee Whitney S. Pierce
2015 Inside Amy Schumer Cleopatricia Sherman One Episode
2015 TripTank Mom Voice

One Episode

2012-2016 Gravity Falls Lazy Susan / Additional Voices Voice
2017 American Dad! Caroline Voice

One Episode

2012-2017 2 Broke Girls Sophie Kachinsky
2019 The Cool Kids Bonnie One Episode
2018-2019 The Loud House Myrtle Voice

Sources

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