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Zimmer at the 21st Annual Environmental Media Awards in October 2011
October 11, 1970 |
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Spouse(s)||Russ Lamoureux (2010–present)|
Constance Zimmer (born October 11, 1970) is an American actress perhaps best known for her role as Dana Gordon in HBO's Entourage and as Claire Simms on the critically acclaimed ABC legal comedy-drama Boston Legal. She also starred on NBC's short-lived series Love Bites. She currently stars in the Netflix Original Series House of Cards.
Zimmer was born in Seattle, Washington, to Ingrid Mueller and Gunter Zimmer. She has German ancestry. Zimmer decided to pursue a career in acting after she fell in love with the craft as a high school student. Following high school, she was accepted to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena. After finishing there, she continued to study with Stella Adler and Arthur Mendoza. Between acting projects, Zimmer earned a living as a professional fundraiser for charitable foundations such as AIDS Project Los Angeles, Tuesday's Child, and The American Cinematheque.
Her stage career was highlighted with her award-winning portrayal in a Los Angeles production of Catholic School Girls, where she won a Dramalogue for Best Actress. After starring in several national commercials, most notably for Duracell, she started making guest appearances in such shows as the comedy Ellen, Seinfeld, The X-Files, Gideon's Crossing, and The King of Queens, as well as having recurring roles in The Wayans Bros., Hyperion Bay, and The Trouble With Normal. During that same period, she was cast in a few independent movies such as Spin Cycle, Home Room, and Warm Blooded Killers.
Zimmer eventually booked her first TV series regular role on the NBC comedy Good Morning, Miami as the lazy and burned-out office assistant, Penny Barrington. After the series got cancelled, she spent the second season recurring as Sister Lilly Waters in the CBS drama, Joan of Arcadia, as well as guest-starring in episodes of NYPD Blue and Jake in Progress. Also in 2005, she acted in the short film Just Pray, directed by Tiffani Thiessen. It was accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival.
In early 2006, Zimmer was cast as Brianna, the competitive law undergrad, in the ABC crime/drama series In Justice. She joined the cast of Boston Legal, where she played associate attorney Claire Simms on the show's third season. Her character did not return in season 4. Zimmer also portrayed industry powerhouse and studio executive Dana Gordon in the HBO original series Entourage from 2005 to 2011, arguably her most known role to date.
More recently, she performed in the world-premiere play, Girls Talk, alongside Brooke Shields, Andrea Bendewald, and Nicole Paggi. The play was written and directed by Roger Kumble. She also starred in the NBC summer series Love Bites as Colleen Rouscher and had a guest appearance on USA’s Royal Pains, playing psychiatrist Dr. Abby Burton.
On January 5, 2008, Constance Zimmer gave birth to daughter, Colette Zoe. The father is Zimmer's partner, Russ Lamoureux. On June 20, 2010, it was announced that Zimmer and Lamoureux were engaged  with the couple getting married in October of the same year.
Zimmer is an involved AIDS activist and attends a lot of celebrity benefits for charity. Among those she supports are the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Heifer International. She has also become a partner in the store opening of House of Petro Zillia in Los Angeles.
|1993||The Day My Parents Ran Away||Girl in line||TV movie|
|1997||Quicksilver Highway||Female patient||TV movie|
|1998||Senseless||Zestfully Clean Woman|
|1999||Warm Blooded Killers||Vicky Portenza|
|2001||Farewell, My Love||Kyle|
|2002||Home Room||Assistant Kelly|
|2003||Mystery Woman||Cassie Tilman / Cassie Thomas (in end credits)||TV movie|
|2005||Just Pray||Corley James||Short film|
|2006||Damaged Goods||Angel||Short film|
|2008||Chaos Theory||Peg the Teacher|
|1994||Babylon 5||Young woman patient||Episode: The Quality of Mercy|
|1997||Ellen||Riot Girl||Episode: Just Coffee?|
|Unhappily Ever After||LaVerne||Episode: Tiffany, the Home Wrecker|
|1998||Seinfeld||Waitress #2||Episode: The Wizard|
|Jenny||Kaleigh||Episode: A Girl’s Gotta Come through in a Clutch|
|Diagnosis: Murder||Lisa Blake||Episode: An Education in Murder|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Millie||Episode: Reunion|
|The Wayans Bros.||Vanessa||2 episodes|
|Felicity||Girl||Episode: The Last Stand|
|The King of Queens||Jenny||Episode: Fixer Upper|
|1998–1999||Hyperion Bay||2 episodes|
|1999||Chicago Hope||Dana||Episode: A Goy and his Dog|
|2000||The X-Files||Phoebe||Episode: First Person Shooter|
|Rude Awakening||Sandi||Episode: Star 80 Proof|
|Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Mary||Episode: The Find|
|2000–2001||The Trouble With Normal||Kristen||4 episodes|
|2001||Gideon's Crossing||Jessica Kagen||Episode: Dr. Cherry Must Be Stopped|
|FreakyLinks||Tori Spangler||Episode: Subject: The Stone Room|
|The Fighting Fitzgeralds||Beth||5 episodes|
|Philly||Pamela Tommasino||Episode: Blown Away|
|2002||My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star||Siobahn! Ross [sic]||3 episodes|
|2002–2004||Good Morning, Miami||Penelope "Penny" Barnes Barrington||40 episodes, series regular|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Zoe Prentiss||Episode: Dress for Success|
|2004–2005||Joan of Arcadia||Sister Lilly Watters||11 episodes|
|2005||Jake in Progress||Greta||Episode: Henry Porter and the Coitus Interruptus|
|2005–2006||Out of Practice||Naomi||2 episodes|
|2006||In Justice||Brianna||13 episodes, series regular|
|2006–2007||Boston Legal||Claire Simms||23 episodes, series regular|
|2007||Notes from the Underbelly||Kelly||Episode: Oleander|
|2009||Pushing Daisies||Coco Juniper||Episode: Window Dressed to Kill|
|Cupid||Hallie Butler||Episode: The Great Right Hope|
|The New Adventures of Old Christine||Amy Hunter||2 episodes|
|Entourage||Dana Gordon||21 episodes|
|2011||Love Bites||Colleen Rouscher||7 episodes|
|Royal Pains||Dr. Abby Burton||Episode: A Little Art, A Little Science|
|2013||House of Cards||Janine Skorsky||9 episodes, series regular|
|2013||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Alana Cahill||5 episodes|
|2013||The Newsroom||Taylor Warren||5 episodes|
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- "Biography". Constance Zimmer official website. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- "Entourage’s Constance Zimmer welcomes baby girl". People. January 17, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- "Entourage star Constance Zimmer engaged". TV Guide. June 20, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- "Constance Zimmer of Entourage gets married". People. October 12, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2013.