Sara Rue

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Rue in September 2010
Sara Schlackman

(1979-01-26) January 26, 1979 (age 40)
Years active1988–present
Mischa Livingstone
(m. 2001;div. 2007)

Kevin Price
(m. 2011)

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 .

<i>Popular</i> (TV series) television series

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.

<i>Less than Perfect</i> television series

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 American broadcast television network

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.


Early life

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. [1] The elder of two daughters, she was raised in New York, where her parents were active in Broadway theatre. She is Jewish. [2]

New York City Largest city in the United States

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Broadway theatre class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

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 .

<i>Rocket Gibraltar</i> 1988 film by Daniel Petrie

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 American actor, director and producer

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).

<i>Roseanne</i> American sitcom

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.

<i>Grand</i> (TV series) TV series

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.

<i>Phenom</i> (TV series) television series

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 .

Mike Judge American animator

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).

<i>Idiocracy</i> 2006 American science fiction comedy film by Mike Judge

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. [3]

<i>Rules of Engagement</i> (TV series) TV series (2007-2013)

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. [4]

Rue starred in the ABC show Malibu Country as Reba McEntire's upbeat trophy wife neighbor, Kim Sallinger. [5] Malibu Country ran for one season (2012–13). Rue had the title role of Deb Dorfman in the movie Dorfman in Love (2012). [6]

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 . [7] 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 . [8]

Personal life

Rue married director/writer/producer Mischa Livingstone in 2001, and they divorced in 2007. [9] Rue married teacher Kevin Price [10] on May 21, 2011, in a traditional Jewish wedding. [11] [12] She gave birth to their first child, a daughter in February 2013. [13] She and Price adopted a second daughter in November 2016. [14]



1988 Rocket Gibraltar Jessica Hanson
1992 Passed Away Megan Scanlan
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Earth Girl
Nowhere to Goa.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
2002 The Ring Babysitter
2005Barbara JeanBarbara JeanShort film
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director Charlotte Lewis
Idiocracy Attorney General "Fun Bags" (Uncredited)
2008Man MaidTorry
2009Not Since YouSarah 'Doogs' Doogins
2010 For Christ's Sake Candy
2011Dorfman in LoveDeb Dorfman
2013 Miss Dial Sam


1990 Grand Edda PasettiMain role (26 episodes)
1992 Roseanne Teenage RoseanneEpisode: "Halloween IV"
1993–94 Phenom MonicaRecurring role (14 episodes)
1995 Blossom AngieEpisode: "Mating Rituals"
1995Family Reunion: A Relative NightmareJacquelynTelevision movie
1995–96 Minor Adjustments Darby GladstoneMain role (20 episodes)
1996 ER JaneEpisode: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Pearl Bertha SugsEpisode: "Ticket to Ride "
For My Daughter's Honor Kimberly JonesTelevision movie; a.k.a. Indecent Seduction
1997 Ned & Stacey AmyEpisode: "Prom Night"
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Younger Sister (voice)Episode: "The Golden Goose"
1998 Chicago Hope Rhonda FritzEpisode: "The Ties That Bind"
The Simple Life MelanieEpisodes: "Pilot", "Sara's Ex", and "The Luke & Sara Show"
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane Breeny KennedyEpisodes: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoe", "To Jack, from Zoe", and "Sympathy for Jack"
2000, 2018 Will & Grace Joyce AdlerEpisodes: "Lows in the Mid-Eighties" (season 3), "One Job" (season 9)
1999–2001 Popular Carmen FerraraMain role (43 episodes)
2002–03 The Division Amanda McCaffertyEpisodes: "Hide and Seek", "Remembrance", and "Acts of Betrayal"
2003 MADtv The BabysitterEpisode #9.11
2002–06 Less than Perfect Claudia "Claude" CaseyMain role (81 episodes)
2003 This Time Around Gabby CastellaniTelevision movie
2006Play NiceTelevision movie
2006–07 Two and a Half Men NaomiEpisodes: "Repeated Blows to His Unformed Head" and "Castrating Sheep in Montana"
2007NursesChris KorenekTelevision movie
2008 The Big Bang Theory Dr. Stephanie BarnettEpisodes: "The Lizard-Spock Expansion", "The White Asparagus Triangulation" and "The Vartabedian Conundrum"
Nightmare at the End of the HallCourtneyTelevision movie
SpacedAprylTelevision movie
2009 Leverage Marissa DevinsEpisode: "The Mile High Job"
2009–10 Eastwick Penny HigginsMain role (13 episodes)
2010 Private Practice Shira ColeEpisode: "Til Death Do Us Part"
2011 Shedding for the Wedding Herself – HostRegular (5 episodes)
RuPaul's Drag Race 3 Herself – Guest JudgeEpisodes: "Face, Face, Face of Cakes" and "RuPaul Rewind"
2012 Psych Amy AllerisEpisode: "Heeeeere's Lassie"
2012–13 Malibu Country Kim SallingerMain role (18 episodes)
2010–13 Rules of Engagement BrendaRecurring role (12 episodes)
2011 My Future Boyfriend Elizabeth BarrettTelevision movie
2014–16 Mom CandaceRecurring role (7 episodes)
2015–16 Impastor Dora WinstonMain role (20 episodes)
2015 Don't Wake Mommy BethTelevision movie
2016-17 Bones Karen DelfsRecurring role (7 episodes)
2017All For LoveJoTelevision Film (Hallmark)
2017–present American Housewife Nancy GranvilleRecurring role
2018 A Series of Unfortunate Events Olivia CalibanRecurring role (7 episodes)
2018 The Rookie NellEpisode: "The Roundup"

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