Jennifer Coolidge

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Coolidge in 2012
Born (1961-08-28) August 28, 1961 (age 61) [1]
Years active1993–present

Jennifer Coolidge (born August 28, 1961) is an American actress. She is primarily a character actress with roles in comedic film and television.


Coolidge had supporting roles in the American Pie film series (1999–2012) and the Legally Blonde film series (2001–2003). She has regularly collaborated with Christopher Guest on his mockumentary films, such as Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), For Your Consideration (2006), and Mascots (2016). She has also appeared in the films A Cinderella Story (2004), Click (2006), Date Movie (2006), Epic Movie (2007), Promising Young Woman (2020), and Single All the Way (2021).

On television, Coolidge has appeared in the sitcoms Joey (2004–2006), The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–2012), and 2 Broke Girls (2011–2017), and the drama series The Watcher (2022). She gained acclaim for starring as Tanya McQuoid, an insecure rich woman, in the HBO anthology series The White Lotus (2021–2022), winning a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Early life

Coolidge was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gretchen (née Knauf) and Paul Constant Coolidge, a plastics manufacturer.[ citation needed ] She was raised in Norwell, Massachusetts. Coolidge played the clarinet and went to orchestra camp for three summers as a child. [2] She attended Norwell High School, the Cambridge School of Weston, and pursued university studies at Emerson College in Boston and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. [3] During college, Coolidge wanted to become a dramatic actress like Meryl Streep, but instead became a comedic character actress. [4]

While in New York, Coolidge worked as a waitress in a restaurant alongside another aspiring actress, Sandra Bullock. [5]


1993–1999: Early career

Coolidge played supporting roles in several comedy movies and guest roles on television. [6] She made her first appearance on television in the Seinfeld episode "The Masseuse". She had small roles appearing in such films as A Bucket of Blood , Plump Fiction , and A Night at the Roxbury . She also voiced Luanne's beauty school teacher, Miss Kremzer, in a recurring role on King of the Hill . She worked with The Groundlings, an improv and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles. [7]

1999–2006: Breakthrough

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Coolidge in 2005

In 1999, Coolidge got her big break playing Jeanine Stifler, or "Stifler's mom" in American Pie . The film was a box-office hit and took in a gross worldwide revenue of $235,483,004. [8] [9] In 2001, she reprised her role in American Pie 2 . Later in that same year, she had a supporting role in Legally Blonde as Paulette Bonafonté Parcelle the manicurist. Legally Blonde was a box-office hit, grossing US$96 million domestically. [10] The film's box-office success led to her reprising the role in its 2003 sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde , but the movie was not as financially successful as the first film and generated mostly negative reviews. [11] In 2003, she again played Jeanine Stifler in American Wedding .

In 2003, she played the protagonist's agent Luise in Testosterone filmed in Argentina starring David Sutcliffe as Dean Seagrave and Antonio Sabato, Jr. as Pablo.

In 2004, she had a supporting role in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story playing Hilary Duff's character's vain, self-absorbed stepmother. The film went on to become a moderate box office hit despite negative critical reviews. [12] [13]

Coolidge nearly received the role of Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives , but it eventually went to Felicity Huffman. [14] From 2004 to 2006, Coolidge had a role in the NBC comedy series Joey as Joey Tribbiani’s oversexed agent Roberta "Bobbie" Morganstern. During its second season, she went from a recurring character to a more prominent role, appearing in 37 out of 46 episodes in the series. NBC officially canceled the series in May 2006, citing low ratings. [15] [16] She originally starred in an episode of Friends in its final season as Amanda, an obnoxious acquaintance whom Phoebe Buffay and Monica Geller try to shake off. Prior to her Friends appearance she was a regular on She TV, a short-lived sketch comedy that also featured Nick Bakay, Elon Gold, Simbi Khali, and Linda Kash. She also has appeared on According to Jim , playing Roxanne, Jim's sister and in an episode of Sex and the City , and on Frasier as Frederica, Martin Crane's new physical therapist. Coolidge also appeared in the children's comedy Slappy and the Stinkers, and as the voice of Aunt Fanny in the animated feature Robots . The film was accompanied by an original short animated film based on Robots, titled Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty , in which she reprised her role. [17] [18]

In late 2005, Coolidge was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [19] In 2006, she guest starred on an episode of Top Chef , and played as Adam Sandler's wife's friend, Janine, in the comedy film Click . From 2000 to 2006 she played comic parts in the improv mockumentaries Best in Show , A Mighty Wind , and For Your Consideration , all directed by Christopher Guest. [20]

2006–2011: Supporting roles in comedies and television work

She appeared in the 2006 film Date Movie as a spoof of Barbra Streisand's Meet the Fockers character. The film received unfavorable critic reviews and Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 77th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 6%. [21] However, Variety did praise Coolidge for providing a few bright moments with a spot-on spoof of Barbra Streisand, albeit otherwise unimpressed describing the film as "padded and repetitious". [22]

Epic Movie , released in 2007 and made by the same people behind Date Movie, was the first movie in which she received a starring role. In the film she played the "White Bitch" (the White Witch) of Gnarnia (Narnia), a lampoon of the Disney and Walden Media film The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A. O. Scott of The New York Times called the film "irreverent and also appreciative, dragging its satiric prey down to the lowest pop-cultural denominator" and added, "The humor is coarse and occasionally funny. The archly bombastic score ... is the only thing you might call witty. But happily, Jennifer Coolidge and Fred Willard show up ... to add some easy, demented class." [23]

During 2007, Coolidge appeared on Thank God You're Here and The Closer , on TNT. In 2008, she guest starred on The Secret Life of the American Teenager as a call girl. [6] In the second season, she was a frequently recurring character, now playing the fiancé of Ben's dad and future stepmother of Ben. She also starred in the 2008 Lifetime Television film Living Proof . Coolidge appeared in the 2008 film Soul Men as Rosalee. [24]

In 2009, Coolidge took a dramatic role in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans as Genevieve McDonagh. The film premiered on September 9, 2009, at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, and it opened in general release in the United States on November 20, 2009. [25] Also In 2009, she starred alongside Heather Graham and Amber Heard in ExTerminators , a black comedy about a set of women who form their own "silent revolution", wreaking havoc on the abusive men in their lives.

In 2010, Coolidge appeared in another film starring Hilary Duff titled Beauty & the Briefcase , an ABC Family television film produced by Image Entertainment that originally aired on April 18, 2010. [26] It was based on the novel Diary of a Working Girl by Daniella Brodsky. [27] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on February 8, 2011. [28]

2011–2019: American Reunion, 2 Broke Girls, and other roles

Coolidge reprised her role as Stifler's Mom [29] in an American Pie sequel which opened in North America on April 6, 2012.

In June 2011, Coolidge curated a Blake Nelson Boyd art show in New Orleans. [30] In the same month Coolidge began to do standup comedy. She hosted the “Women in Film” at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It went over so well, that she decided to take an act on the road. Coolidge ended up doing shows all over the country and the world for two years, Scotland included. [31] Coolidge told Australian radio show The Kyle & Jackie O Show that she would be touring Australia as part of her Yours for the Night stand-up tour. [32]

In October 2011, Coolidge began a recurring role in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls as Sophie Kaczyński, a Polish neighbor of the two lead characters. [33] She was later promoted to main cast from season 2 up until the show's cancellation in 2017. [34]

During 2013, additional voice cast members were announced for B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations , including Coolidge as Carol Sue, a transitions-relations officer. [35] Film distributor 20th Century Fox set November 6, 2015, for the film's release date (which was moved a few months later up to September 25), [36] In 2014, Los Angeles Times reported that the film had been delayed again, with no replacement release date set. [37] It was reported the film's concept has gone back to development. [38] Also in 2013, Coolidge and actress Megan Mullally joined the cast of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day ; Coolidge playing Ms. Suggs, the driving instructor. [39] The film was released in North America on October 10, 2014.

The next year, she had a voice role in Hell and Back , and had a cameo in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip . [40] In 2016 she appeared in Mascots , directed by Christopher Guest. [20] In 2017, Coolidge lent her voice to portray Mary Meh in The Emoji Movie . [41] In 2018, Coolidge made an appearance in Ariana Grande's music video for her song "Thank U, Next".

2020–present: The White Lotus, and critical acclaim

In 2020, she starred in Like a Boss , the first studio comedy film of the 2020s, for Paramount Pictures, co-starring with Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek. [42] Coolidge had a supporting role in Emerald Fennell's directorial debut Promising Young Woman as the mother of Carey Mulligan's character, Cassie. The movie received universal acclaim upon release. [43]

In October 2020, Coolidge was cast as Tanya, a troubled woman on vacation, in Mike White's comedy-drama series The White Lotus and began filming shortly after in Hawaii. The show premiered in July 2021 and was widely praised, with Coolidge receiving critical acclaim and winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance. [44] [45] Coolidge reprised her role for the second season.

In 2021, she starred in the Netflix Christmas romantic comedy Single All the Way alongside Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, and Kathy Najimy. [46] In 2022, Coolidge starred in Netflix's mini-series The Watcher along with Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale. [47]

Personal life

Coolidge dated comedian Chris Kattan. [48]

After having visited New Orleans up to ten times a year over ten years, [49] Coolidge purchased a house there in 2005. [50] Interior scenes from The Beguiled (2017) were filmed in Coolidge's New Orleans mansion. [51]

Her charitable work and activism includes supporting AIDS assistance [52] and animal rights. [53]

Coolidge loves animals and has a pet dog named Chuy that was rescued from a meat factory in Korea. [2]



1995 Not of this Earth Nurse
A Bucket of Blood Stupid girl
Love and HappinessJeringir
1997 Plump Fiction Sister Sister
Trial and Error Jacqueline "Jackie" Turreau
1998 Slappy and the Stinkers Harriet
A Night at the Roxbury Hottie police officer
Brown's Requiem Helen
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Woman at football game
American Pie Jeanine Stifler
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Betty
Best in Show Sherri Ann Cabot
2001 Down to Earth Mrs. Belinda Wellington
Legally Blonde Paulette Bonafonté
Pootie Tang Ireenie
American Pie 2 Jeanine StiflerUncredited Cameo
Zoolander American designer
2003 A Mighty Wind Amber Cole
As Virgins FallJanice Denver
Carolina Aunt Marilyn
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Paulette Bonafonté Parcelle
American Wedding Jeanine Stifler
Testosterone Louise
2004 A Cinderella Story Fiona Montgomery
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events White-Faced Woman #1
2005 Robots Aunt Fanny (voice)
2006 Date Movie Roz Fockyerdoder
American Dreamz Martha Kendoo
Click Janine
For Your Consideration Whitney Taylor Brown
2007 Epic Movie The White Bitch of Gnarnia
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Daisy (voice)Direct-to-DVD
Foreign Exchange Principal Lonnatini
Igor Jaclyn / Heidi (voice)
Soul Men Rosalee
2009 ExTerminators Stella
A Good FuneralHelen
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Genevieve McDonagh
Gentlemen Broncos Judith Purvis
2010The Jack of SpadesMonica
Beauty & the Briefcase Felisa McCollin
2011 Mangus! Cookie Richardson
2012 American Reunion Jeanine Stifler
2013 Austenland Miss Elizabeth Charming
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Ms. Suggs
2015 Hell and Back Durmessa (voice)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Mrs. PriceCameo [40]
2016 Mascots Jolene Lumpkin
2017 The Emoji Movie Mary Meh (voice)
2020 Like a Boss Sydney
Promising Young Woman Susan Thomas
Bobbleheads: The Movie Binky (voice)Direct-to-video
2021 Swan Song Dee Dee Dale
Arlo the Alligator Boy Stucky (voice)
Single All the Way Aunt Sandy
2023 Shotgun Wedding CarolPost-production
We Have a Ghost Post-production


1993 Seinfeld JodiEpisode: "The Masseuse"
1994She TVVarious
1995 The Monroes Marcia KellyEpisode: "Educating Billy"
1996 Saturday Night Special Various
1997–1999 King of the Hill Miss June Kremzer (voice)4 episodes
1998 Alright Already RhondaEpisode: "Again with the Hockey Player: Part 1"
Rude Awakening Sue2 episodes
Men in White Television film
1999 Ladies Man HelenEpisode: "Neutered Jimmy"
2001 The Andy Dick Show Nancy BuntingEpisode: "Kid Krist"
Frasier FredericaEpisode: "Forgotten But Not Gone"
Sketch PadThe Groundlings
2002 Do Over Gwen BrodyEpisode: "Cold War"
Women vs. MenShellyTelevision film
2003–2004 According to Jim Roxanne3 episodes
2003 Sex and the City VictoriaEpisode: "The Perfect Present"
Friends Amanda BuffamonteeziEpisode: "The One with Ross's Tan"
2004 Game Over Ramona (voice)Episode: "Into the Woods"
MADtv Herself / IvankaSeason 9, episode 23
2004–2006 Joey Roberta "Bobbie" MorgansternMain cast; 37 episodes
2004 Father of the Pride Tracy (voice)Episode: "And the Revolution Continues"
As Told by Ginger Nikki Laporte (voice)Episode: "The Wedding Frame"
2005 Hopeless Pictures Traci (voice)3 episodes
2006 Comic Relief 2006 "Fur"Stand-up comedy benefit concert in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
2007–2009 Nip/Tuck Candy Richards / CoCo3 episodes
2008–2009 Yin Yang Yo! Coop's mother (voice)4 episodes
2008 The Closer Angie SerabianEpisode: "Dial M for Provenza"
2008–2012 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Betty35 episodes
2008 Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Fannie Mae (voice)Episode: "Mom Fight"
Living Proof TishTelevision film
2009 Kath & Kim LenoreEpisode: "Celebrity"
Party Down Bobbie St. Brown2 episodes
The Life & Times of Tim Various voices3 episodes
2010–2013 Hero Factory Daniella Capricorn (voice)5 episodes
2011–2014 Fish Hooks Ms. Lynne Lips (voice)Recurring
2012 The Game MarissaEpisode: "Skeletons"
Napoleon Dynamite Mrs. Jane Moser (voice)2 episodes
2012–2017 2 Broke Girls Sophie KaczyńskiRecurring (season 1); main cast (season 2–6) 122 episodes
2012–2016 Gravity Falls "Lazy" Susan Wentworth (voice)Recurring
2015 Glee Whitney S. Pierce2 episodes
Inside Amy Schumer Cleopatricia ShermanEpisode: "Babies and Bustiers"
TripTank Mom (voice)Episode: "Steve's Family"
2017 American Dad! Caroline (voice)Episode: "A Whole Slotta Love"
2018–2022 The Loud House Myrtle (voice)5 episodes
2019 The Cool Kids BonnieEpisode: "Sid's Ex-Wife"
2020 Royalties Miriam Hale3 episodes
2020–2021 The Fungies! Dr. Nancy (voice)Regular role
2021 Rick and Morty Daphne (voice)Episode: "A Rickconvenient Mort"
I Heart Arlo Stucky (voice)3 episodes
Ten Year Old Tom Dakota's Mom (voice)5 episodes
2021–2022 The White Lotus Tanya McQuoid [54] Main cast
2022 The Watcher Karen Calhoun7 episodes

Video games

2005 Robots Aunt FannyVoice [55]

Music videos

2018"Thank U, Next" Ariana Grande Paulette Bonafonte [56]


2001–2002 The Women Edith Potter American Airlines Theatre 77 performances
2010 Elling Reidun Nordsletten / Gunn / Poet / Johanne Ethel Barrymore Theatre 9 performances

Awards and nominations

AACTA International Awards 2022 The White Lotus Best Actress in a SeriesNominated [57]
2023 Pending [58]
Critics' Choice Television Awards 2022 The White Lotus Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Won [59]
2023 Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won [60]
Dorian Awards 2022 The White Lotus Best Supporting TV PerformanceWon [61]
Wilde Artist AwardNominated
Wilde Wit AwardWon
Drama Desk Awards 2003 The Women Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Nominated [63]
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2004 A Mighty Wind Best Cast Won [64]
Golden Globe Awards 2022 The White Lotus Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [65]
2023 Best Supporting Actress – Limited or Anthology Series or Television Film Won [66]
Gotham Awards 2006 For Your Consideration Best Ensemble Cast Nominated [67]
2021 The White Lotus Outstanding Performance in a New Series Nominated [68]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards 2022 The White Lotus Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast or Cable Limited, Anthology Series, or MovieWon [69]
Primetime Emmy Awards 2022 The White Lotus Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Won [70]
Provincetown International Film Festival Awards 2015Faith Hubley Memorial AwardWon [71]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2022 The White Lotus Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated [72]
2023 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Pending [73]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Pending
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards 2006 Date Movie Most Annoying Fake Accent – FemaleNominated [74]
Teen Choice Awards 2005 A Cinderella Story Choice Movie: Sleazebag Won [75]

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