Ana Gasteyer, 2007
|Born||Ana Kristina Gasteyer
May 4, 1967
Washington, D.C., US
|Alma mater||Northwestern University (B.A., 1989)|
Ana Kristina Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967) is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She is best known as a cast member on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2002 and for co-starring as Sheila Shay on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory.
Gasteyer was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer, an artist, and Phil Gasteyer, a lobbyist who later became the mayor of Corrales, New Mexico. Her maternal grandparents were Romanian and Greek. She graduated from Sidwell Friends School and Northwestern University. While a teenager, she was a talking head on an uncommercial segment (“What is a friend?” Her answer: “Someone you can be weird with.”) of the short-lived PBS show Powerhouse. During her freshman year, she lived on the fourth floor of Willard Residential College on campus and majored in voice. She later became a theater major.
Gasteyer developed comedy experience with the famed Los Angeles improv – sketch comedy group The Groundlings. She played small roles on Seinfeld (as a doomed customer of The Soup Nazi), as well as on the shows Party of Five, Frasier, Hope & Gloria and NYPD Blue. In 1996 Gasteyer joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Among her most popular characters were high school music teacher Bobbie Mohan-Culp, National Public Radio Delicious Dish host Margaret Jo McCullen, Lilith Festival feminist singer Cinder Calhoun, and her impression of Martha Stewart.
After six seasons, Gasteyer left SNL in 2002. Since then, she has appeared in various television programs and films as well as in stage productions. In 2004, Gasteyer played the mother of the main character Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in the feature film Mean Girls, written by SNL castmate Tina Fey. The film also featured other former SNL castmates, including Fey, Tim Meadows, and Amy Poehler. She also appeared in the 2005 Showtime movie musical Reefer Madness as Mae, the doomed girlfriend of Jack and owner of the Reefer Den.
On June 24, 2005, Gasteyer originated the role of Elphaba in the Chicago sit-down production of the musical Wicked. The production opened July 13, 2005. Gasteyer was nominated for a Jefferson Award for her performance. She played her final performance on January 22, 2006, replaced by her standby Kristy Cates. She later reprised the role in the Broadway production from October 10, 2006, through January 7, 2007.
On April 12, 2007, it was announced that Gasteyer has joined the cast of the new musical, Writing Arthur, for the 2007 New Works Festival for TheatreWorks in California which ran from April 14–22. Gasteyer performed in Chicago in the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion at Chicago Shakespeare Theater from October 2, 2007 to November 11, 2007.
She was originally cast as Gloria in the Encores! Summer Series production of Damn Yankees, but due to injury during rehearsals, she was replaced by Megan Lawrence. Gasteyer took part in the reading of the Broadway musical version of "The First Wives Club."
She starred as Kitty Dean in the Broadway play, The Royal Family which began performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 15, 2009 and officially opened on October 8, 2009. The show concluded its run on December 13, 2009. Gasteyer also starred as Frisco Kate Fothergill in the City Centers Encores! production of Girl Crazy, running from November 19–22, 2009.
Gasteyer appeared in season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's girlfriend.
As of March 2013, she is currently a spokeswoman of the Weight Watchers diet plan.
Gasteyer and her husband, Charlie, have two children, a daughter, Frances, born in June 2002, and a son, Ulysses, born in March 2008.
Saturday Night Live characters
- Bobbie Mohan-Culp, the operatic-voiced high school music teacher (with Will Ferrell)
- Margaret Jo McCullen, co-host of the NPR radio show Delicious Dish (with Molly Shannon)
- Gemini's Twin singer Jonette (with Maya Rudolph)
- Cinder Calhoun, a politically correct Lilith Fair singer
- Fast-talking MTV VJ Kincaid
- Daytime talk show hostess of Pretty Living, Gayle Gleeson
- Martha Stewart (sometimes performed topless)
- Céline Dion (on The Celine Dion Show)
- Katherine Harris
- Joy Behar
- Joan Rivers
- Sally Jesse Raphael
- Elizabeth Dole
- Kathy Griffin
- Carrie Donovan (Vogue style editor featured in the Old Navy commercials)
- Bea Arthur
- Barbra Streisand (auditioning for Star Wars)
- Helen Thomas
- Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Lisa Kudrow (as Phoebe Buffay)
- Seinfeld (TV series) ... Woman (1 episode, 1995)
- Saturday Night Live (TV series) ... Various (1996-2002)
- A Small Domain (1996) ... Mother
- Hope and Gloria (TV series) ... Girl (1 episode, 1996)
- Party of Five (TV series) ... Emcee (1 episode, 1996)
- NYPD Blue (TV series) ... Angie (1 episode, 1996)
- Courting Courtney (1997) ... Rosemary Colletti
- Meet the Deedles (1998) ... Mel
- Law & Order (TV series) ... Monica's Social Worker (1 episode, 1998)
- Just Shoot Me! (TV series) ... April (1 episode, 1998)
- Mad About You (TV series) ... Yoga Woman (1 episode, 1998)
- Dick (1999) ... Rose Mary Woods
- 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV series) ... Dr. Brand (1 episode, 2000)
- Geppetto (2000) ... Sra. Giovanni
- Woman on Top (2000) ... Claudia Hunter
- TV Funhouse (TV series) ... Various (2000-2001)
- What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) ... Ann Marie
- Frasier (TV series) ... Trish Haney (1 episode, 2002)
- I'm with Her (TV series) ... Bonnie (1 episode, 2003)
- Mean Girls (2004) ... Cady's Mom
- Reefer Madness: The Musical (2005) ... Mae Coleman
- The Procedure (2007) ... Denise
- Finn on the Fly (2008) ... Dr. Madsen
- The Women (2008) ... Pat
- Dare (2009) ... Ruth Berger
- Valentine (TV series) ... Mona McAllister (1 episode, 2009)
- The Electric Company (TV series) ... Sandy Scrambler (1 episode, 2009)
- Chuck (TV series) ... Dasha (1 episode, 2010)
- Running Wilde (TV series) ... Anna Lowry (1 episode, 2010)
- The Good Wife (TV series) ... Judge Patrice Lessner (3 episodes, 2010-2011)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV series) ... Jennifer (2 episodes, 2011)
- Suburgatory (TV series) ... Sheila Shay (series regular, 2011)
- Fun Size (2012) ... Jackie Leroux
- Robot & Frank ... Shoplady
- Rapture-Palooza (2013) ... Mrs. Lewis
- Geography Club (2013) ... Mrs. Toles
- Taubeneck, Anne, "The Good Wicked Witch", Northwestern Magazine, Winter 2005, Northwestern University
- "Ana Gasteyer Biography (1967-)". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- Ohnuma, Keiko (February 21, 2009). "Featured Artist: Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer". Sandoval Signpost. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Ana Gasteyer Joins Threepenny Opera Alongside Dale, Cumming, Falco and McKay". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "The Threepenny Opera Begins Final Performance Week, 6/20". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Q&A with Ana Gasteyer". Broadwayworld.com. 2005-07-13. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Green Again! Ana Gasteyer to Join Broadway's Wicked in October". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Brazier, Gasteyer, Voytko Are Passion's Trio in Chicago, Oct. 2-Nov. 11". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Lawrence Replaces Gasteyer in Encores! Damn Yankees". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Lenox, Carmello, Gasteyer, Oscar, Dossett, Harris and More Sing First Wives Club in NYC". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Ana Gasteyer Joins Cast of Broadway's Royal Family". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Royal Family Ends Its Broadway Reign Dec. 13". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Gasteyer, Knight, Kudisch, Diamantopoulos and Newton Will Be Girl Crazy at Encores!". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "STAGE TUBE: New Betty White SNL Promo! (TV Content)". Broadwayworld.com. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- Ana Gasteyer at the Internet Movie Database
- Ana Gasteyer at the Internet Broadway Database
- Ana Gasteyer at the Internet Off-Broadway Database