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Mindy Lee Sterling

(1953-07-11) July 11, 1953 (age 65)
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1973–present

Mindy Lee Sterling (born July 11, 1953) [1] is an American actress and voice actress. Among her most prominent roles are Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers series of comedy films, Principal Susan Skidmore on the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm , Ms. Endive in the Cartoon Network series Chowder , and on Nickelodeon as Lin Beifong in The Legend of Korra , and Miss Francine Briggs on iCarly .

Frau Farbissina character

Frau Farbissina, is a fictional character played by Mindy Sterling in the Austin Powers film series. Farbissina is a German attack and defence specialist and the founder of "the militant wing of the Salvation Army". She is also Dr. Evil's henchwoman and tries to help in his schemes to terrorize and take over the world. She has a heavy German accent, and is well known for a running gag in which she shouts her orders needlessly loud and screeching, often startling Dr. Evil. For her performances Sterling was nominated for Favorite Supporting Actress in a Comedy at the BMI Film & TV Awards.

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<i>A.N.T. Farm</i> American sitcom

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Early life

Sterling was born in Paterson, New Jersey. Her father is actor and comedian Dick Sterling. Her mother was a dancer. She has one brother, Mark Sterling. She is Jewish. [2] [3]

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Early career

Around 1973, Sterling landed a recurring role on the syndicated children's series Dusty's Treehouse . She later joined the L.A.-based comedy troupe The Groundlings.

The Groundlings Improv and theater group

The Groundlings are an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe and school based in Los Angeles, California. The troupe was formed by Gary Austin in 1974 and uses an improv format influenced by Viola Spolin, whose improvisational theater techniques were used by Del Close and other members of the Second City, located in Chicago and later St. Louis. They used these techniques to produce sketches and improvised scenes. Its name is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act III, Scene II: "...to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumbshows and noise." In 1975 the troupe purchased and moved into its current location on Melrose Avenue.

Film career

Despite having starred in numerous films in the 1980s and 1990s, it was her character Frau Farbissina, the diminutive and domineering Germanic cohort of Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery , that brought Sterling high praise for her work in films. In 1999, following the success of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me , Sterling appeared in Drop Dead Gorgeous (also 1999), and later reprised the character in Austin Powers in Goldmember . In 2000, she played one of the townspeople in the live-action adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas , and also provided additional voices in the 2018 CGI version, The Grinch . In 2012, she appeared in a book trailer for a parody of The Hunger Games entitled The Hunger Pains .

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Television career

Sterling on the red carpet at the premiere of "Cats for Cats" at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (2011) Mindy Sterling (red carpet).jpg
Sterling on the red carpet at the premiere of "Cats for Cats" at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (2011)

From 1990-91, she was one of the comedians in the satirical show On the Television . Sterling plays Christian Slater's secretary Arlene Scott in the show My Own Worst Enemy . She also played Judge Foodie on the Disney show That's So Raven and a volleyball coach on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody . She appeared as the wedding planner on the Friends episode "The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding" in 1996, and in 2004, as the casting director on the episode "Joey and the Big Audition" of Joey . Sterling has achieved success in teen sitcoms, playing Ms. Francine Briggs on iCarly , and in A.N.T. Farm as Principal Susan Skidmore. On April 25, 2013 before the finale of the second season of A.N.T. Farm, Sterling announced she would not be appearing on the show's third season due to family obligations. She announced in June 2012 that she may return in the fourth season, with guest appearances in season three.[ citation needed ] In 2000, Sterling appeared as a celebrity guest on Hollywood Squares . She returned to the show in 2002. Between 2002 and 2004, Sterling made guest appearances on the Donny Osmond version of the game show Pyramid . In 2010, she had a recurring role as bitter neighbour Mitzi Kinsky in Desperate Housewives . In 2013, she currently stars as Janice Nugent in the comedy series Legit . In 2018, she appeared in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Voice acting career

From 2007-2010, Sterling played Ms. Endive, the main antagonist to Mung Daal in Chowder . She also voiced the character Lin Beifong, the second Police Chief of Republic City and daughter of original chief Toph Beifong, in The Legend of Korra . Her many other voice-over credits include guest roles on The Wild Thornberrys , Invader Zim , Ice Age: The Meltdown , American Dragon: Jake Long , Higglytown Heroes , Robot Chicken , Mars Needs Moms , The Looney Tunes Show , Justice League Unlimited , Winx Club , Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated .

<i>Chowder</i> (TV series) cartoon series

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Toph Beifong fictional character in Avatar: The Last Airbender

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<i>The Legend of Korra</i> American animated television series

The Legend of Korra is an American animated television series created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino that aired on Nickelodeon from 2012 to 2014. A sequel to Konietzko and DiMartino's previous series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired from 2005 to 2008, the series is animated in a style strongly influenced by anime with most of the animation being done by Studio Mir of South Korea and some by Pierrot Co. of Japan.

Personal life


Sterling has one son, Max, b. 1994, who began a career in stand-up comedy in May 2016.[ citation needed ]


Sterling was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram in 1998. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and tamoxifen, she has remained cancer-free. [4]



1981 The Devil and Max Devlin Fan #1 at Grammy's
1986 House Woman in Bookstore
1987 The Brave Little Toaster Rob's mother, Two-Faced Sewing Machine (voice)(credited as Mindy Stern)
1994 The Favor Debbie Rollins
1995The Crazysitter
Man of the Year Cindee
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Frau Farbissina
Road Rules: All Stars Herself
1999 Idle Hands Lady Bowler
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Frau Farbissina
Drop Dead Gorgeous Iris Clark
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Clarnella
2001Barstow 2008Mona Finch
The Sky Is Falling Doris
Totally Blonde Ramona
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Frau Farbissina
2004 EuroTrip Old Woman in ConfessionalUncredited
2005The 12 Dogs of ChristmasMrs. Walsh
2006The Enigma with a StigmaPatricia Riley
Domestic Import Bernice Kimmelman
Ice Age: The Meltdown Female Ox (voice)
Getting Played Lydia
Pro-ChoiceDanny's MotherShort film
The Amazing Screw-On Head Aggie and Geraldine (voice)
2007FrankMonica Loveless
Reno 911!: Miami Spoder's Mom
The CaptainNedraShort film
Surf's Up Doris Flipkitz (voice) Deleted scenes
GoldfishTeacherShort film
Beyond the PaleMrs. Plotzkin
2008 Wieners Mrs. Applebaum
Happy WednesdayDeana WilliamsShort film
Extreme Movie Jane
2009 Spring Breakdown Lavonne
The Big IdeaIris PikarskiShort film
Jesus People: The Movie Claudia
2011 The Newest Pledge President Dumervile
Monster Mutt Helen
Mars Needs Moms The Supervisor (voice)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Female Insurance Agent
2012 Any Day Now Miss Mills
The Dog Who Saved the HolidaysGrandma BannisterVideo
2013 Monsters University Additional Voices
2014The Dog Who Saved EasterGrandma BannisterVideo
2015The Dog Who Saved SummerGrandma BannisterVideo
Minions Additional Voices
2016 The Good Neighbor Mae
2017 Despicable Me 3 Additional Voices
2018 All About Nina AmyPost-production


1986 Perfect Strangers HostessEpisode: "First Date"
1990 Working Tra$h MaryTV film
1991 On the Television Various roles7 episodes
Riders in the SkyLois, Stage Mother2 episodes
Evening Shade La WandaEpisode: "The Thanksgiving Show"
1992 The Larry Sanders Show'Writer3 episodes
1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Clara Meade2 episodes
1994 Good Advice JillEpisode: "Two Times Twenty"
1993, 1995 Family Matters Coach / Woman2 episodes
1995 Sister, Sister Denise's MomEpisode: "Single White Teenager"
Beyond FamilyMom ZumwaltTV film
1996 Friends Wedding PlannerEpisode: "The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding"
Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Mrs. FlecknerEpisode: "Some Assembly Required"
1997 Ellen June HaddassiEpisode: "Makin' Whoopie"
Alright Already MaxineEpisode: "Again with the Black Box"
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Lemur #2, Newscaster (voice)Episode: "Bogged Down"
Manhattan, AZ LonaRecurring role; 8 episodes
2001 Just Shoot Me! Mrs. LubitzEpisode: "The Gift Piggy"
Even Stevens Ms. LynchEpisode: "Uncle Chuck"
2002 Invader ZIM Countess von Verminstrasser (voice)Episode: "Megadoomer/Lice"
She Spies Ylva GalloEpisode: "The Martini Shot"
2003 Hidden Hills 2 episodes
On the Spot Fifi5 episodes
2004 Reno 911! Mrs. Leonard2 episodes
Joey The Casting DirectorEpisode: "Joey and the Big Audition"
30 Days Until I'm FamousLupe HorowitzTV film
2005 Unfabulous Superintendent Jackie BellEpisode: "The Grey Area"
That's So Raven Judge FoodieEpisode: "Food for Thought"
Cuts Ms. FennellEpisode: "Hair Tease"
Justice League Unlimited Enid Clinton (voice)2 episodes
2006 The King of Queens SherryEpisode: "Gambling N' Diction"
Lovespring International MonicaEpisode: "The Loser Club"
The Replacements Scoutleader Susan (voice)Episode: "The Jerky Girls"
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Sister RoseEpisode: "Volley Dad"
American Dragon: Jake Long Pix McGee, Mrs. Grumplestock (voice)2 episodes
Haversham HallHeadmistress Moira GrodnickelTV film
Come On Over Grandy2 episodes
2006–2007 Higglytown Heroes Aunt Mellie (voice)2 episodes
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm NurseEpisode: "The Bat Mitzvah"
Shredderman Rules Dr. Sheila VossTV film
2007–2008 Tak and the Power of Juju Chaka Ungataka (voice)2 episodes
2007–2012 iCarly Miss Francine BriggsRecurring role; 9 episodes
2007-2010 Chowder Ms. Endive (voice)49 episodes
2008 Scrubs Mrs. CropperEpisode: "My Manhood"
My Name Is Earl Mrs. ZaksEpisode: "The Magic Hour"
Rita Rocks Mrs. Portman, Towel customerEpisode: "Take This Job and Shove It"
My Own Worst Enemy Arlene ScottRecurring role; 5 episodes
Worst Week ElkaEpisode: "The Gift"
Unknown Sender DorisEpisode: "Spin Cycle"
2009 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Grandma BannisterTV film
2010 10 Things I Hate About You Cosmetics ShopperEpisode: "Too Much Information"
Svetlana MamaEpisode: "Throw Mama Back on the Plane"
Warren the Ape JudgeEpisode: "Anger Management"
Glory Daze Ticket LadyEpisode: "What's Love Got to Nude with It"
U.S.S. AlabamaDr. Lila CornTV film
Dick Tracy SpecialBerniceTV film
Lilly's LightPeachesTV film
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Grandma BannisterTV film
2010–2011 Desperate Housewives Mitzi KinskyRecurring role; 9 episodes
2010–2012 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Ms. Chicarelli (voice)2 episodes
2011 Elvira's Movie Macabre Ethel, Mistress of CraftsEpisode: "Untamed Women"
The Looney Tunes Show Beauty School Instructor (voice)Episode: "Beauty School"
The League NadiaEpisode: "The Out of Towner"
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Dean Fenk / Mom / Abigail Gluck (voice)2 episodes [5]
2 Broke Girls Mrs. SteinEpisode: "And the Very Christmas Thanksgiving"
The Dog Who Saved HalloweenGrandma BannisterTV film
2011–2013 A.N.T. Farm Principal Susan SkidmoreRecurring role; 21 episodes
2012–2014 The Legend of Korra Chief Lin Beifong (voice)Main (Book 1, 3-4), Recurring (Book 2); 29 episodes
2012 Winx Club Morgana (voice)Recurring role
2013 Incredible Crew TeacherSpecial Guest Role; "Student Dictator" sketch
Legit Janice NugentRecurring role; 14 episodes
Raising Hope ProsecutorEpisode: "Adoption"
2014 Good Morning Today Dr. Wilma FrankEpisode: "#1.20"
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Snow Leopard (voice)Episode: "The First Five"
Franklin & Bash Irina TanyaEpisode: "Spirits in the Material World"
A to Z Aunt JoEpisode: "D Is for Debbie"
2015 Breadwinners Buhdeuce's Mom (voice)Episode: "Birds of a Feather" [6]
The Soul Man Ms. StromanEpisode: "Who Let the Dog In?"
Pig Goat Banana Cricket Brainy Jane, Brainy Jane's Brain (voice)Episode: "The Tooth of My True Love"
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Lady Pipi Wuthering (voice)Episode: "Party Like It's 1899"
Young & Hungry MatildaEpisode: "Young & Christmas"
TripTank Caller / Fisherman Face / Older Woman (voice)3 episodes
2015–2017 Black-ish Pam / Pamela4 episodes
2015–present Con Man BobbieMain Cast; 16 episodes
Web series
2016 Animals. Psychic Lady (voice)2 episodes
The Detour BevEpisode: "The Pilot"
Mike Tyson Mysteries Bitsy Morgan (voice)Episode: "Unholy Matrimony"
The Adventures of Puss in Boots Miguela (voice)2 episodes
2017 Voltron: Legendary Defender Ryner (voice)2 episodes: "Greening the Cube", “Battle Scars”
School of Rock GloriaEpisode: "School of Trust"
2017-2018 The Loud House Dr. Shuttleworth (voice), Officer Schoffner (voice), Angry Officer (voice)2 episodes
2017 Hell's Kitchen HerselfGuest diner and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society contributor; Episode: "It's All Gravy"
2017–2018 The Goldbergs Linda Schwartz4 episodes
2017 Grace and Frankie Sally GasparEpisode: The Death Stick
2018 Hot Streets Dr. Jane BrainbrookEpisode: "Pilot"
Life in Pieces DesireeEpisode: "Reading Egg Nurse Neighbor"
One Day at a Time DeliaEpisode: "Citizen Lydia"
A Series of Unfortunate Events Elder AnnabelleEpisode: "The Vile Village" Pt. 1 and 2
Nobodies Deborah DiamondEpisode: "Kristen's Wiig"
Ghosted Gloria Stevens-JenniferEpisode: " The Article"
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Mrs. Sneedly (voice)13 episodes

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