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Sara Rue (born January 26, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for her performances as Carmen Ferrara on Popular , and as Claude Casey on Less than Perfect . In 2011, she hosted The CW reality series Shedding for the Wedding. She had a recurring role in the comedy Rules of Engagement , where she played Brenda, the softball teammate and good friend of Jeff Bingham. She also had a regular role as Kim on the short-lived ABC sitcom Malibu Country , and appeared in the main cast of the TV Land comedy series Impastor . She is also known for her role as Olivia Caliban in the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events .
Popular is an American teenage comedy-drama that aired on The WB, created by Ryan Murphy and Gina Matthews, starring Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope as two teenage girls who reside on opposite ends of the popularity spectrum at their high school, but are forced to get along when their single parents meet on a cruise ship and get married. The show was produced by Touchstone Television and ran for two seasons on The WB from 1999 to 2001.
Less Than Perfect is an American sitcom created by Terri Minsky and starring Sara Rue and Sherri Shepherd which originally aired on ABC from October 1, 2002 to June 6, 2006. It follows Claude (Rue), who works at a television network named GNB, as well as her friends and colleagues.
The CW Television Network is an American English-language free-to-air television network that is operated by the CW Network, LLC, a limited liability joint venture between CBS Corporation, the former owners of United Paramount Network (UPN); and AT&T, whose WarnerMedia subsidiary is the parent company of Warner Bros., former majority owner of The WB. The network's name is an abbreviation derived from the first letters of the names of its two parent corporations.
Sara Rue was born Sara Schlackman in New York City, the daughter of Joan Schlackman (née Rue), a municipal employee and former actress, and Marc Schlackman, a stage manager.The elder of two daughters, she was raised in New York, where her parents were active in Broadway theatre. She is Jewish.
The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States and in the U.S. state of New York. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Broadway theatre, commonly known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.
Rue began her acting career at the age of nine, appearing in the 1988 film Rocket Gibraltar as Kevin Spacey's daughter. Rue played a very young Roseanne in the first meeting of Roseanne and Dan at a dance on the TV show Roseanne .
Rocket Gibraltar is a 1988 American drama film released directed by Daniel Petrie and starring Burt Lancaster, Suzy Amis, Patricia Clarkson, Frances Conroy, Sinead Cusack, John Glover, Bill Pullman, Kevin Spacey and Macaulay Culkin in his film debut.
Kevin Spacey Fowler is an American actor, producer and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the 1990s that culminated in his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects (1995) and an Academy Award for Best Actor for the midlife crisis-themed drama American Beauty (1999).
Roseanne is an American television sitcom starring Roseanne Barr. It revolves around the fictional Conner family. It aired on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997, and again from March 27, 2018 to May 22, 2018. Lauded for its realistic portrayal of a working-class American family, the series reached No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings from 1989 to 1990.
She starred in the comedy Grand , before going on to work on Phenom ; Minor Adjustments ; Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane ; ER ; The Division and Popular . From 2002 to 2006, she starred in the main role of Claude Casey on the ABC sitcom Less than Perfect . She has appeared in several films: A Map of the World , Can't Hardly Wait , A Slipping Down Life , Idiocracy , Gypsy 83 and had a small part as a babysitter in Gore Verbinski's adaptation of The Ring . She impressed director Michael Bay so much that a role was written into the movie Pearl Harbor for her.
Grand is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from January 18 to December 27, 1990. The series featured an ensemble cast including Pamela Reed, Bonnie Hunt, Michael McKean, John Randolph, Andrew Lauer, John Neville, Joel Murray and Sara Rue. It was created by Michael Leeson, executive produced by Leeson, Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner.
Phenom is an American sitcom about a tennis wunderkind that aired on ABC from September 14, 1993 to May 10, 1994. The series stars Angela Goethals, Judith Light, and William Devane.
Minor Adjustments is an American television sitcom that aired NBC from September 16, 1995 until November 26, 1995, and on UPN from January 23, 1996 until June 4, 1996. The series starred stand-up comedian Rondell Sheridan in his first headlined TV series, as a child psychologist and family man who has a remarkable ability in connecting with his young patients. Sheridan co-created the series with Ken Estin and Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, and it was produced by Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Rue appeared in the 2006 Mike Judge film Idiocracy , in the role of the Attorney General. In 2006, Rue starred in the stage musical Little Egypt with French Stewart, Jenny O'Hara and Gregg Henry at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles. She guest-starred in Two and a Half Men as Berta's pregnant youngest daughter. She had a stint on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory , playing Leonard Hofstadter's physician girlfriend Dr Stephanie Barnett for three episodes. Her first appearance on the show occurred on November 17, 2008. In 2009, Rue appeared in the movies Man Maid and For Christ's Sake . She starred on the short-lived 2009 series Eastwick , based on the novel and movie The Witches of Eastwick .
Michael Craig Judge is an Ecuadorian-born American animator, cartoonist, actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician, composer, filmmaker, and former physicist. Judge is the creator of the television series Beavis and Butt-Head, and co-creator of the television series King of the Hill (1997–2010), The Goode Family (2009), Silicon Valley (2014–present), and Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus (2017–present). He also wrote and directed the films Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996), Office Space (1999), Idiocracy (2006), and Extract (2009).
Idiocracy is a 2006 American science fiction dystopian comedy film directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, and Dax Shepard. The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military human hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where anti-intellectualism and commercialism have run rampant, and which is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.
Milton French-Stewart, known professionally as French Stewart, is an American actor, known for his role as Harry Solomon on the 1990s sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun and for his role as Chef Rudy on the sitcom Mom.
In October 2010, Rue joined the cast of Rules of Engagement in a recurring role as Brenda, Jeff and Audrey's new surrogate.
Rules of Engagement is an American sitcom that ran on CBS from February 5, 2007, to May 20, 2013, originally airing as a mid-season replacement. The series was produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions in association with CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television.
It was announced in December, 2011 that Rue would be writing and starring in a new show on The CW called Poseurs, about a young woman named Lucy whose life is upended when her fiancé moves out and her fresh-from-rehab collegiate best friend, Alexandra, moves in. The two friends pose as a lesbian couple and actually get married in order to stay in the nice apartment building that only allows married couples.
Rue starred in the ABC show Malibu Country as Reba McEntire's upbeat trophy wife neighbor, Kim Sallinger.Malibu Country ran for one season (2012–13). Rue had the title role of Deb Dorfman in the movie Dorfman in Love (2012).
Since 2014, Rue has appeared in a recurring role as Candace on the CBS sitcom Mom . In 2015, she was cast as main character Dora in the TV Land comedy Impastor .The show was cancelled after its second season in 2016. Rue has a recurring role as Nancy Granville on ABC's American Housewife .
In 2017, Rue was cast in the recurring role of Olivia Caliban on the second season of the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events .
Rue married director/writer/producer Mischa Livingstone in 2001, and they divorced in 2007.Rue married teacher Kevin Price on May 21, 2011, in a traditional Jewish wedding. She gave birth to their first child, a daughter in February 2013. She and Price adopted a second daughter in November 2016.
|1988||Rocket Gibraltar||Jessica Hanson|
|1992||Passed Away||Megan Scanlan|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Earth Girl|
|Nowhere to Go||a.k.a. Silent Hearts (USA: TV title)|
|1999||A Slipping-Down Life||Violet|
|A Map of the World||Debbie|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Nurse Martha|
|Gypsy 83||Gypsy Vale|
|2005||Barbara Jean||Barbara Jean||Short film|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Charlotte Lewis|
|Idiocracy||Attorney General "Fun Bags" (Uncredited)|
|2009||Not Since You||Sarah 'Doogs' Doogins|
|2010||For Christ's Sake||Candy|
|2011||Dorfman in Love||Deb Dorfman|
|1990||Grand||Edda Pasetti||Main role (26 episodes)|
|1992||Roseanne||Teenage Roseanne||Episode: "Halloween IV"|
|1993–94||Phenom||Monica||Recurring role (14 episodes)|
|1995||Blossom||Angie||Episode: "Mating Rituals"|
|1995||Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare||Jacquelyn||Television movie|
|1995–96||Minor Adjustments||Darby Gladstone||Main role (20 episodes)|
|1996||ER||Jane||Episode: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"|
|Pearl||Bertha Sugs||Episode: "Ticket to Ride "|
|For My Daughter's Honor||Kimberly Jones||Television movie; a.k.a. Indecent Seduction|
|1997||Ned & Stacey||Amy||Episode: "Prom Night"|
|Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Younger Sister (voice)||Episode: "The Golden Goose"|
|1998||Chicago Hope||Rhonda Fritz||Episode: "The Ties That Bind"|
|The Simple Life||Melanie||Episodes: "Pilot", "Sara's Ex", and "The Luke & Sara Show"|
|1999||Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Breeny Kennedy||Episodes: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoe", "To Jack, from Zoe", and "Sympathy for Jack"|
|2000, 2018||Will & Grace||Joyce Adler||Episodes: "Lows in the Mid-Eighties" (season 3), "One Job" (season 9)|
|1999–2001||Popular||Carmen Ferrara||Main role (43 episodes)|
|2002–03||The Division||Amanda McCafferty||Episodes: "Hide and Seek", "Remembrance", and "Acts of Betrayal"|
|2003||MADtv||The Babysitter||Episode #9.11|
|2002–06||Less than Perfect||Claudia "Claude" Casey||Main role (81 episodes)|
|2003||This Time Around||Gabby Castellani||Television movie|
|2006||Play Nice||Television movie|
|2006–07||Two and a Half Men||Naomi||Episodes: "Repeated Blows to His Unformed Head" and "Castrating Sheep in Montana"|
|2007||Nurses||Chris Korenek||Television movie|
|2008||The Big Bang Theory||Dr. Stephanie Barnett||Episodes: "The Lizard-Spock Expansion", "The White Asparagus Triangulation" and "The Vartabedian Conundrum"|
|Nightmare at the End of the Hall||Courtney||Television movie|
|2009||Leverage||Marissa Devins||Episode: "The Mile High Job"|
|2009–10||Eastwick||Penny Higgins||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2010||Private Practice||Shira Cole||Episode: "Til Death Do Us Part"|
|2011||Shedding for the Wedding||Herself – Host||Regular (5 episodes)|
|RuPaul's Drag Race 3||Herself – Guest Judge||Episodes: "Face, Face, Face of Cakes" and "RuPaul Rewind"|
|2012||Psych||Amy Alleris||Episode: "Heeeeere's Lassie"|
|2012–13||Malibu Country||Kim Sallinger||Main role (18 episodes)|
|2010–13||Rules of Engagement||Brenda||Recurring role (12 episodes)|
|2011||My Future Boyfriend||Elizabeth Barrett||Television movie|
|2014–16||Mom||Candace||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2015–16||Impastor||Dora Winston||Main role (20 episodes)|
|2015||Don't Wake Mommy||Beth||Television movie|
|2016-17||Bones||Karen Delfs||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2017||All For Love||Jo||Television Film (Hallmark)|
|2017–present||American Housewife||Nancy Granville||Recurring role|
|2018||A Series of Unfortunate Events||Olivia Caliban||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2018||The Rookie||Nell||Episode: "The Roundup"|
Merrin Melissa Dungey is an American film and television actress, known for her roles on the television series The King of Queens, Alias, Malcolm in the Middle, and Summerland. Dungey also appeared as Ursula on Once Upon a Time, and starred in the legal drama Conviction. Most recently, she appeared on the medical drama The Resident, and costars in the 2019 legal drama The Fix.
Sara Gilbert is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She is also co-host and creator of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk and has had a recurring role as Leslie Winkle on CBS's The Big Bang Theory.
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Rue, like Gould, is Jewish, so spicing up their characters with Jewish inflections came easily to both.