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Philipps at the Teen Choice Awards in 2010
Elizabeth Jean Philipps

(1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 39)
Alma mater Loyola Marymount University
  • Actress
Years active1999–present
Marc Silverstein (m. 2007)

Elizabeth Jean "Busy" Philipps (born June 25, 1979) [1] is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. She is known for her roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), Dawson's Creek (2001–03) and ER (2006–07), and for her portrayal of Laurie Keller on the ABC series Cougar Town (2009–15), for which she received a Critics' Choice Television Award. [2] She has also appeared in numerous films, such as The Smokers (2000), Home Room (2002), White Chicks (2004), Made of Honor (2008), He's Just Not That into You (2009), The Gift (2015), and I Feel Pretty (2018).

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Early life

Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. [1] [3] She got the nickname "Busy" as a child; sources conflict on whether the nickname came from her parents [4] or a babysitter named Susie. [5] Busy stated on her TV show Busy Tonight that her mother gave her the nickname, but stated during her book tour that her babysitter gave her the nickname. She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. [6] She has stated that, at age 14, she was raped by her then-boyfriend, whom she refers to as "Trey" in her published memoirs. [7] Though she found the event emotionally scarring, she did not consider it rape until decades later. [4]

Oak Park, Illinois Village in Illinois, United States

Oak Park is a village adjacent to the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the 29th largest municipality in Illinois as measured by population in the 2010 U.S. census. As of the 2010 United States Census the village had a population of 51,878.

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States, and the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, which is often referred to as "Chicagoland." The Chicago metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States; the fourth largest in North America ; and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area.

Chaparral High School (Arizona) Arizona High School

Chaparral High School is a public high school located in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. Its mascot is the firebird, and the school colors are scarlet, red, and gold. Chaparral opened in February, 1973 with 800 students comprising freshman, sophomore and junior classes. The principal was James Curlett. The initial structures were built at a cost of $3.5 million. Chaparral's first graduates were the class of 1974.

She attended Loyola Marymount University at the same time as Freaks and Geeks costar Linda Cardellini and Colin Hanks; she dated Hanks for several years after they left school. [3] [8] [9] [10]

Loyola Marymount University Jesuit university in Los Angeles

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a private Jesuit and Marymount research university in Los Angeles, California. The university is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and one of five Marymount institutions of higher education.

Linda Cardellini American actress

Linda Edna Cardellini is an American actress and voice actress. She is known for playing Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), Samantha Taggart on ER (2003–09) and Meg Rayburn on Bloodline (2015–17). She received an Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Sylvia Rosen on Mad Men (2013–15).

Colin Hanks American actor

Colin Lewes Hanks is an American actor, director and producer. He is known for starring in films such as Orange County, King Kong, The House Bunny, and The Great Buck Howard. His television credits include Roswell, Band of Brothers, Dexter, Fargo, The Good Guys, and Life in Pieces. He is the eldest son of actor Tom Hanks.


While still in high school, Philipps worked the toy-fair circuit as a real-life Barbie ("Cool Teen Skipper"). [5] Among the people who saw her at a toy convention was actress Sharon Stone, who was impressed with Philipps' performance and told Philipps that she would be a star. [4]

Barbie fashion doll brand manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc.

Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.

Sharon Stone American actress and fashion model

Sharon Vonne Stone is an American actress, producer, and former fashion model. After modelling in television commercials and print advertisements, she made her film debut as an extra in Woody Allen's comedy-drama Stardust Memories (1980). Her first speaking part was in Wes Craven's horror film Deadly Blessing (1981), and throughout the 1980s, Stone went on to appear in films such as Irreconcilable Differences (1984), King Solomon's Mines (1985), Cold Steel (1987), and Above the Law (1988). She found mainstream prominence with her part in Paul Verhoeven's action film Total Recall (1990).

Her first major role was Kim Kelly in the 1999-2000 comedy-drama TV series Freaks and Geeks ; Philipps appeared in all but one of the shows' 18 episodes (the exception being the episode "Chokin' & Tokin'"). [3] [10] She made her film debut in the comedy The Smokers in 2000, and had various small appearances on television.

<i>The Smokers</i> (film) 2000 film

The Smokers is a 2000 American drama-thriller film directed and written by Christina Peters. It was released to DVD on February 5, 2002.

In 2001, Philipps was cast as Audrey Liddell in the teen drama Dawson's Creek . [3] [11] She was a series regular in seasons 5 and 6, appearing in 46 episodes, before the show finished in 2003. Her portrayal of Audrey earned Philipps a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of "TV - Choice Sidekick". [12]

The Teen Choice Awards is an annual awards show that airs on the Fox television network. The awards honor the year's biggest achievements in music, film, sports, television, fashion, and more, voted by viewers living in the United States, aged 13 and over through various social media sites.

Philipps then appeared in two films, Home Room (2002) and White Chicks (2004). She was cast in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc. , in a role originally intended for Shannen Doherty. [13] The show lasted for one season (2005–2006). In 2006, she had a major recurring role as Hope Bobeck on ER , alongside her Freaks and Geeks co-star Linda Cardellini. [3] [11]

During her second year on ER, her character headed to South America to "fulfill her Christian mission". [14] Philipps had a co-credit for the storyline of the 2007 comedy film Blades of Glory . [3] [11] [15] A year later, Philipps returned to being in front of the camera with a supporting role in Made of Honor . [3]

Philipps also made appearances in He's Just Not That into You as the character of Kelli Ann and on an episode of How I Met Your Mother .

From 2009 to 2015, Philipps portrayed Laurie Keller in the television series Cougar Town . [11] She routinely contributed to the Thrilling Adventure Hour , a live stage radio show. [16] Her primary recurring character is the Red Plains Rider. [17]

On a 2010 appearance on Chelsea Lately , Philipps commented that she auditioned for the hit television show Glee just one week after giving birth, following a pregnancy during which she gained 80 pounds. [18]

Philipps starred on the HBO series Vice Principals , which premiered in 2016. [19]

In 2017, Philipps signed on as co-lead opposite Casey Wilson in Tina Fey's comedy pilot, The Sackett Sisters, for NBC, but the series was not picked up. [20]

In 2018, Phillips played the role of Sheba in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt .

Philipps has a late-night talk show called Busy Tonight . The show premiered on October 28, 2018 on E! [21]


Philipps' memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, was released October 18, 2018. [7] Her memoir includes a passage in which the actress describes a physical altercation that took place between James Franco and herself while on the set of Freaks and Geeks. Distressed by the amount of attention drawn to just this incident within her story, Philipps hopes the audience will see the bigger picture she is addressing about women's equality on set and off. [22]

Personal life

Philipps married screenwriter Marc Silverstein in 2007. [3] [11] [23] They have two daughters: Birdie Leigh (born August 13, 2008), [24] whose godmother is actress Lizzy Caplan; [25] and Cricket Pearl (born July 2, 2013). [26] [27] [28]



2000 The Smokers Karen Carter
2002 Home Room Alicia Browning
2004Mummy an' the ArmadilloCarol Ann
2004 White Chicks Karen Googlestein
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Additional VoicesVoice
2008 Made of Honor Melissa
2009 He's Just Not That into You Kelli Ann
2010RevolutionEmilyShort film
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Wendy Best
2012 The Reef 2: High Tide CordeliaVoice
2012 Made in Cleveland Shannon
2013 A Case of You Ashley
2014Jason Nash is MarriedBusy Philipps
2015 The Gift Duffy
2018 I Feel Pretty Jane


1999Saving GracesMindyTV series
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Kim Kelly18 episodes
2000 Malcolm in the Middle MeghanEpisode: "High School Play"
2001Anatomy of a Hate CrimeChasity PasleyTV movie
2001 Spring Break Lawyer JennyTV movie
2001 Dead Last Tracy SallbackEpisode: "Death Is in the Air"
2001–2003 Dawson's Creek Audrey Liddell39 episodes
2002 Undeclared Kelly2 episodes
2003Criminology 101PollyTV movie
2004Foster HallPeg HallTV movie
2005 Life As We Know It Alex Morrill2 episodes
2005Testing BobMadison 'Maddie' WestTV movie
2005 American Dad! DanaVoice
Episode: "Threat Levels"
2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! KorlianneVoice
Episode: "Girl Trouble"
2005–2006 Love, Inc. Denise Johnson22 episodes
2006–2007 ER Dr. Hope Bobeck19 episodes
2007 Entourage CherylEpisode: "Dog Day Afternoon"
2007 How I Met Your Mother RachelEpisode: "Third Wheel"
2008–2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Kacy Corbin5 episodes
2009 Kath & Kim WhitneyEpisode: "Competition"
2009–2015 Cougar Town Laurie Keller96 episodes
2011 Community Greendale Team MemberEpisode: "For a Few Paintballs More"; uncredited
2011 Fish Hooks ClamandaVoice
Episode: "We've Got Fish Spirits"
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Busy PhilippsEpisode: "A Reunion..."
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself (guest judge)Episode: "RuPaul's Gaff In"
2013 Arrested Development JoanEpisode: "Borderline Personalities"
2014–2018 Drunk History Various3 episodes
2014 Garfunkel and Oates KarenEpisode: "Hair Swap"
2015Bottom's ButteBeverly BottomVoice
2016 New Girl ConnieEpisode: "300 Feet"
2016 Angie Tribeca Courtney Woodpatch-NewtonEpisode: "Miso Dead"
2016–2017 Vice Principals Gale Liptrapp14 episodes
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Cate KatesEpisode: "Spiritual Gurus"
2017 The Odd Couple NatashaEpisode: "Should She Stay or Should She Go?"
2017 Chopped Junior Herself (guest judge)Episode: "Curry Hurry"
2017The Sackett SistersMandy SackettNBC sitcom pilot
2017 Beat Bobby Flay Herself (guest judge)Episode: “Tame the Flame”
2018–2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Sheba Goodman2 episodes
2018 Busy Tonight Herself (host)Also executive producer
2018 Camping [29] AllisonEpisode: "Up All Night"

Awards and nominations

2003 Teen Choice Awards Dawson's Creek "Choice TV: Sidekick"Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Cougar Town Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won [12]

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