Maggie Wheeler

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Maggie Wheeler
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Wheeler in 2013
Born
Margaret Emily Jakobson

New York City, U.S.
Other namesMaggie Jakobson
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)
Daniel Wheeler
(m. 1990)
Children2

Margaret Emily Wheeler (née Jakobson) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Janice on the television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), Anita on Ellen (1994-1996), and Linda on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2004).

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Early life

Wheeler was born Margaret Emily Jakobson in New York City, the daughter of Barbara, a writer, and John Jakobson, who began his career on Wall Street as one of the youngest members of the New York Stock Exchange. [1] She was raised in a secular Jewish household and graduated from The Calhoun School in New York City. [2]

Career

In the 1980s, Wheeler (under her maiden name of Jakobson) briefly dabbled in voice acting on the animated series SilverHawks , where she provided all the female voices, specifically the villainess Melodia and the heroine Steelheart/Emily Hart, and on the Karate Kat and Mini-Monsters segments of The Comic Strip . She also starred in the 1989 film, New Year's Day, alongside David Duchovny.

After she became Maggie Wheeler, there has been a rumor that she auditioned for the role of Monica Geller in the series Friends . However, she denied this in an interview, stating that she only auditioned for the role of Janice Goralnik, which she was invited to play. [3] Janice was a recurring character of the series and particularly known as a frequent love interest of main character Chandler Bing. She appeared at least once in each season; her 19 episodes tie her with Christina Pickles for Friends’ third most frequent guest actor, behind only Elliott Gould's 20 episodes, and James Michael Tyler's 150 episodes.

She also auditioned for the role of Debra Barone, on the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond . Although she was the producers' choice, CBS ended up selecting Patricia Heaton. Instead, Wheeler played the recurring role of Debra's friend, Linda.

According to Kathy Griffin's autobiography, Official Book Club Selection, Wheeler was cast in the role of Vicki for the pilot episode of Suddenly Susan and was eventually replaced by Griffin. [4]

She had a star billing in the first season of Ellen . She appeared on the hit comedy Seinfeld in the episode "The Fix-Up", as one of Elaine's friends who is set up with George. She has appeared in many other television programs, including Drake & Josh , ER , The X-Files , The War at Home , Will & Grace , Jack and Jill , How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm .

In 1997, Wheeler voiced Harley Quinn's replacement in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Millions".

In 1998, she appeared in the remake of Disney's The Parent Trap , playing the younger of a mother-daughter pair of camp counselors. Wheeler provided the voice of Odile in Barbie of Swan Lake , and in 2010 she voiced Trinette in four episodes of Archer on FX.

In 2011, she guest-starred in the Disney Channel series Shake It Up as Dina's mom.

Personal life

She has been married to sculptor Daniel Borden Wheeler since 1990. [5] [6]

Filmography

Film roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
1982 Soup for One Nurse
1983PortfolioAssistant Choreographer
1987 Someone to Love Attendee
1989Mortal SinsMarie
New Year's Day Lucy
1993 Sexual Healing SuzanneShort film
1998 The Parent Trap Marva Kulp, Jr
2003 Barbie of Swan Lake OdileVoice role; direct-to-video film
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Brown Hen / Fluffy Hen
2007Waking DreamsJenny
2015The 3 Tails: A Mermaid AdventureMaria
2019 The Addams Family Trudy PickeringVoice role
2021 Mark, Mary & Some Other People Lisa
Television roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
1984 The New Show Various8 episodes
1985 The Paper Chase N/AEpisode: "The Day Kingsfield Missed Class"
1986 SilverHawks Melodia / SteelheartVoice role; main role
1990 L.A. Law Paula LightsEpisode: "The Good Human Bar"
1991 Dream On Bonnie DeckerEpisode: "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh"
1992 Seinfeld CynthiaEpisode: "The Fix-Up"
Civil Wars Patricia McDermottEpisode: "Mob Psychology"
Doogie Howser, M.D. Elena SpencerEpisodes: "What You See Ain't Necessarily What You Get", "The Patient in Spite of Himself"
1993 Sexual Healing Suzanne
1994 The X-Files Det. Sharon LazardEpisode: "Born Again"
  • 1994–2004
Friends Janice Litman-Goralnik (née Hosenstein)Recurring role, 19 episodes
1994–1996 Ellen Anita Warrell Main role (season 1); guest role (season 3); 7 episodes
1995 Pride & Joy Flight AttendantEpisode: "Terror at 30,000 Feet"
1996–2004 Everybody Loves Raymond Linda GruenfelderRecurring role, 11 episodes
1998 The New Batman Adventures Fake Harley (voice)Episode: "Joker's Millions"
Love Boat: The Next Wave CindyEpisode: "True Course"
1999 Get Real JenniferEpisode: Pilot
2001 Jack & Jill Kristen MossEpisodes: "Crazy Like a Fox, Hungry Like the Wolf", "Bag Full of Love"
It's Like, You Know... RachelEpisode: "Walking Tall"
2002 Will & Grace PollyEpisode: "Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard"
Justice League Antiope / Perfume Lady/ Firefighter / PilotVoice role; episode: "Fury: Parts 1 & 2"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Stand-Up ComedianEpisode: "Last Laugh"
2004 Kim Possible Dr RentonVoice role; episode: "Motor Ed"
2005Paine ManagementJeanine BernsenTelevision movie
Fat Actress Woman Diapering BabyEpisode: "Charlie's Angels or Too Pooped to Pop"
Higglytown Heroes Street Sweeper HeroVoice role; episode: "Higgly Frog Day/Eubie's Ele-Fantastic Adventure"
E-Ring InvestigatorEpisode: "Escape and Evade"
2006 Drake & Josh DeniseEpisode: "Alien Invasion"
ER Amy KellermanEpisode: "Ames v. Kovac"
Friday Night Lights TeacherEpisode: "It's Different for Girls"
2007 The War at Home MindyEpisodes: "It's a Lower-Middle-Upper-Middle Class Problem", "The War of the Golds"
How I Met Your Mother MargaretEpisode: "Dowisetrepla"
2009 Without a Trace Gail MenkenEpisode: "Wanted"
The BreakdownJenniferUnsold television pilot
2009–2012, 2017 Archer Trinette McGoonVoice role; 11 episodes
2010 Glenn Martin DDS N/AVoice role; episode: "Jackie of All Trades"
2011 Shake It Up Mrs GarciaEpisodes: "Twist it Up", "In The Bag it Up"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Ilene SolotaroffEpisode: "Palestinian Chicken"
The Closer Gail's friendEpisode: "Road Block"
2013 Californication Ophelia RobbinsRecurring role, 5 episodes
2014 Hot in Cleveland Rachel (Melanie's Childhood friend)Episode: "Murder House"
2015 I Didn't Do It Fortune TellerEpisode: "The Bite Club"
2016 Maron StephEpisode: "Shrink and Kink"
2018 Shameless Fiona's lawyerEpisodes: "A Gallagher Pedicure", "Sleepwalking"
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Lunch Lady (voice) / Mrs. Yewh (voice) / T.P. Mummy (voice)Episodes: "Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Perilous Misfortune of the T.P. Mummy", "Captain Underpants and the Squishy Predicament of the Stanley Peet's Stinky Pits"
2021 Friends: The Reunion HerselfTelevision special

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