Philipps at the Teen Choice Awards in 2010
Elizabeth Jean Philipps
June 25, 1979
|Alma mater||Loyola Marymount University|
Marc Silverstein (m. 2007)
Elizabeth Jean "Busy" Philipps (born June 25, 1979)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. 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).
Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by Paul Feig and executive-produced by Judd Apatow that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. The show follows gifted high schooler Lindsay Weir, who befriends a gang of slacker "freaks", and her younger brother Sam, as he and his geek friends navigate high school. Eighteen episodes were completed, but the series was canceled after only 12 had aired. A fan campaign persuaded NBC to broadcast three of the remaining episodes in July 2000, with the rest of the unaired episodes airing that fall on Fox Family Channel.
Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college that ran from 1998 to 2003. The series stars James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery, Katie Holmes as his best friend and love interest Joey Potter, Joshua Jackson as their fellow best friend Pacey Witter, and Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley, a New York City transplant to the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts zip code 90108, where the series was set. The show was created by Kevin Williamson and debuted on The WB on January 20, 1998. It was produced by Columbia TriStar Television and was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.
ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist and medical doctor Michael Crichton that aired on NBC from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009, with a total of 331 episodes spanning over 15 seasons. It was produced by Constant c Productions and Amblin Television, in association with Warner Bros. Television. ER follows the inner life of the emergency room (ER) of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and various critical issues faced by the room's physicians and staff. The show is the second longest-running primetime medical drama in American television history behind Grey's Anatomy, and the 4th longest medical drama across the globe. It won 23 Primetime Emmy Awards, including the 1996 Outstanding Drama Series award, and received 124 Emmy nominations. ER won 116 awards in total, including the Peabody Award, while the cast earned four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama Series. As of 2014, ER has grossed over $3 billion in television revenue.
Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.She got the nickname "Busy" as a child; sources conflict on whether the nickname came from her parents or a babysitter named Susie. 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. She has stated that, at age 14, she was raped by her then-boyfriend, whom she refers to as "Trey" in her published memoirs. Though she found the event emotionally scarring, she did not consider it rape until decades later.
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, 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 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.
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 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 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").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.
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 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'").She made her film debut in the comedy The Smokers in 2000, and had various small appearances on television.
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 .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".
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.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.
During her second year on ER, her character headed to South America to "fulfill her Christian mission".Philipps had a co-credit for the storyline of the 2007 comedy film Blades of Glory . A year later, Philipps returned to being in front of the camera with a supporting role in Made of Honor .
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 .She routinely contributed to the Thrilling Adventure Hour , a live stage radio show. Her primary recurring character is the Red Plains Rider.
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.
Philipps starred on the HBO series Vice Principals , which premiered in 2016.
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.
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!
Philipps' memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, was released October 18, 2018.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.
Philipps married screenwriter Marc Silverstein in 2007.They have two daughters: Birdie Leigh (born August 13, 2008), whose godmother is actress Lizzy Caplan; and Cricket Pearl (born July 2, 2013).
|2000||The Smokers||Karen Carter|
|2002||Home Room||Alicia Browning|
|2004||Mummy an' the Armadillo||Carol Ann|
|2004||White Chicks||Karen Googlestein|
|2005||Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story||Additional Voices||Voice|
|2008||Made of Honor||Melissa|
|2009||He's Just Not That into You||Kelli Ann|
|2011||I Don't Know How She Does It||Wendy Best|
|2012||The Reef 2: High Tide||Cordelia||Voice|
|2012||Made in Cleveland||Shannon|
|2013||A Case of You||Ashley|
|2014||Jason Nash is Married||Busy Philipps|
|2018||I Feel Pretty||Jane|
|1999||Saving Graces||Mindy||TV series|
|1999–2000||Freaks and Geeks||Kim Kelly||18 episodes|
|2000||Malcolm in the Middle||Meghan||Episode: "High School Play"|
|2001||Anatomy of a Hate Crime||Chasity Pasley||TV movie|
|2001||Spring Break Lawyer||Jenny||TV movie|
|2001||Dead Last||Tracy Sallback||Episode: "Death Is in the Air"|
|2001–2003||Dawson's Creek||Audrey Liddell||39 episodes|
|2003||Criminology 101||Polly||TV movie|
|2004||Foster Hall||Peg Hall||TV movie|
|2005||Life As We Know It||Alex Morrill||2 episodes|
|2005||Testing Bob||Madison 'Maddie' West||TV movie|
Episode: "Threat Levels"
|2005||Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!||Korlianne||Voice|
Episode: "Girl Trouble"
|2005–2006||Love, Inc.||Denise Johnson||22 episodes|
|2006–2007||ER||Dr. Hope Bobeck||19 episodes|
|2007||Entourage||Cheryl||Episode: "Dog Day Afternoon"|
|2007||How I Met Your Mother||Rachel||Episode: "Third Wheel"|
|2008–2009||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Kacy Corbin||5 episodes|
|2009||Kath & Kim||Whitney||Episode: "Competition"|
|2009–2015||Cougar Town||Laurie Keller||96 episodes|
|2011||Community||Greendale Team Member||Episode: "For a Few Paintballs More"; uncredited|
Episode: "We've Got Fish Spirits"
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Busy Philipps||Episode: "A Reunion..."|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: "RuPaul's Gaff In"|
|2013||Arrested Development||Joan||Episode: "Borderline Personalities"|
|2014–2018||Drunk History||Various||3 episodes|
|2014||Garfunkel and Oates||Karen||Episode: "Hair Swap"|
|2015||Bottom's Butte||Beverly Bottom||Voice|
|2016||New Girl||Connie||Episode: "300 Feet"|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Courtney Woodpatch-Newton||Episode: "Miso Dead"|
|2016–2017||Vice Principals||Gale Liptrapp||14 episodes|
|2016||Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Cate Kates||Episode: "Spiritual Gurus"|
|2017||The Odd Couple||Natasha||Episode: "Should She Stay or Should She Go?"|
|2017||Chopped Junior||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: "Curry Hurry"|
|2017||The Sackett Sisters||Mandy Sackett||NBC sitcom pilot|
|2017||Beat Bobby Flay||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: “Tame the Flame”|
|2018–2019||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Sheba Goodman||2 episodes|
|2018||Busy Tonight||Herself (host)||Also executive producer|
|2018||Camping||Allison||Episode: "Up All Night"|
|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|
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