Jennifer Coolidge in 2012
August 28, 1961 |
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Jennifer Coolidge (born August 28, 1961) is an American actress and comedian best known for playing "Stifler's mom," the MILF in the film American Pie (1999); Hilary Duff's stepmother in A Cinderella Story (2004); Paulette, the manicurist in Legally Blonde (2001) and its sequel; the voice of Aunt Fanny in the animated feature Robots (2005); for her role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Betty; and for her regular role in the NBC sitcom Joey as Joey's agent, Bobbie Morganstern. She is also a regular actor in Christopher Guest's mockumentary films. Coolidge is an alumna of The Groundlings, an improv and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles. Currently she has a main role in 2 Broke Girls as Sophie, Max and Caroline's Polish upstairs neighbor who owns a cleaning business, from episode 14 of season 1 to present.
Early life 
Coolidge was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Gretchen (née Knauff) and Paul Constant Coolidge, a plastics manufacturer. She was raised in Norwell, Massachusetts, and has a brother, Andrew, and two sisters, Elizabeth and Susannah. Coolidge attended Norwell High School, the Cambridge School of Weston, Emerson College in Boston and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Her charitable work has included a history of supporting AIDS assistance and animal rights.
Coolidge is known for her supporting roles in many comedy movies and guest spots on television. Having made one of her first appearances in the Seinfeld episode "The Masseuse", as well as appearing in a recurring role on King of the Hill as Luanne's beauty school teacher, Miss Kremzer, Coolidge is best known for playing "Stifler's mom," the consummate "MILF," in the American Pie films, though she is also known for supporting parts in other films, including Hilary Duff's stepmother in A Cinderella Story; Paulette, the manicurist in Legally Blonde and its sequel; "Hottie Police Officer" in A Night at the Roxbury; and the voice of Aunt Fanny in the animated feature Robots.
She has played comic parts in the improv mockumentaries Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration, all directed by Christopher Guest. She also appeared in the 2006 film Date Movie as a spoof of Barbra Streisand's Meet the Fockers character. Epic Movie, released in 2007 and made by the same people behind Date Movie, was the first movie in which she starred; in it, she played the "White Bitch" (the White Witch) of Gnarnia (Narnia), a lampoon of the Disney and Walden Media film The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Coolidge had a regular role in the NBC sitcom Joey as Joey's agent, appearing in 37 out of 46 episodes in the series. She originally starred in an episode of Friends in its final season as Amanda, a tactless and uninhibited wannabe whom Phoebe and Monica try to shake off. Prior to her Friends appearance she was a regular on She TV, a very short-lived sketch comedy that also featured Nick Bakay, Elon Gold, Simbi Khali, and Linda Kash. She also has appeared on According to Jim, playing Jim's sister and in an episode of Sex and the City, and on Frasier as Frederica, Martin Crane's new physical therapist. Coolidge also appeared in the kiddie comedy Slappy and the Stinkers and as Adam Sandler's wife's friend, Janine, in the 2006 comedy film Click.
In 2007, Coolidge appeared on Thank God You're Here and The Closer, on TNT. In 2008, she guest starred on The Secret Life of the American Teenager as a call girl. In the second season, she is a frequently recurring character, playing the fiance of Ben's dad and future stepmother of Ben. She also starred in the 2008 television film Living Proof.
|1997||Plump Fiction||Sister Sister|
|Trial and Error||Jacqueline 'Jackie' Turreau|
|Slappy and the Stinkers||Harriet|
|A Night at the Roxbury||Hottie Cop|
|1999||American Pie||Jeanine Stifler (Stifler's Mom)|
|Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Woman at Football Game|
|2000||Best in Show||Sherri Ann Ward Cabot|
|The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy||Betty|
|2001||American Pie 2||Jeanine Stifler (Stifler's Mom)|
|Legally Blonde||Paulette Bonafonté|
|Down To Earth||Mrs. Wellington|
|2003||American Wedding||Jeanine Stifler (Stifler's Mom)|
|Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde||Paulette Bonafonté|
|A Mighty Wind||Amber Cole|
|As Virgins Fall||Janice Denver|
|2004||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||White Faced Woman|
|A Cinderella Story||Fiona Montgomery||Teen Choice Award - Choice Movie Sleazebag|
|2005||Robots||Aunt Fanny||voice only|
|American Dreamz||Martha Kendoo|
|Date Movie||Roz Fockyerdoder|
|For Your Consideration||Whitney Taylor Brown|
|2007||Epic Movie||White Bitch|
|2008||Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief||Daisy||voice only|
|Foreign Exchange||Principal Lonnatini|
|The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Genevieve|
|The Jack of Spades||Monica|
|2010||Beauty and the Briefcase||Felisa||TV film|
|A Good Funeral||Helen|
|2012||American Reunion||Jeanine Stifler (Stifler's Mom)|
|1997–1999||King of the Hill||Miss Kremzer (voice)||four episodes|
|2001||Frasier||Frederica||"Forgotten But Not Gone"|
|2003||Sex and the City||Victoria||"The Perfect Present"|
|Friends||Amanda Buffamonteezi||"The One with Ross's Tan"|
|As Told by Ginger||Nikki Laporte||"Wedding Frame" parts 1, 2, and 3|
|2003–2004||According to Jim||Roxanne||"Vegas, Baby: Part 1", "Vegas, Baby: Part 2", "The Baby"|
|2004||Father of the Pride||Tracy (voice)||"And the Revolution Continues"|
|2004–2006||Joey||Bobbie Morganstern||series regular|
|2006||Comic Relief 2006||"Fur"||charity event in the wake of Hurricane Katrina|
|2006–2009||Yin Yang Yo||Coop's Mother (voice)||two episodes|
|2007–2009||Nip/Tuck||Candy Richards/CoCo||"Candy Richards", "Carly Summers", "Roxy St. James"|
|2008||The Closer||Angie Serabian||"Dial M for Provenza"|
|The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Betty||First appearing in "Slice of Life", Recurring character from Season 2 to Present|
|2009||Kath & Kim||Lenore||"Celebrity"|
|Party Down||Bobbie St. Brown||"James Randolph High School Twentieth Reunion", "Stennheiser-Pong Wedding Reception"|
|2010–2011||LEGO Hero Factory||Daniella Capricorn||"Von Nebula", "Ordeal of Fire", "Breakout" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|2011–||2 Broke Girls||Sophie Kachinsky||Recurring Character season 1, Main season 2-present|
|2011–||Fish Hooks||Ms. Lips||Recurring character|
|2012–||Gravity Falls||Lazy Susan (voice)||Recurring character|
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- Aid For AIDS Celebrity Support. aidforaids.net
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- Jennifer Coolidge to Join Cast of CBS' 2 Broke Girls – Theater News – Oct 27, 2011. Theatermania.com (2011-10-27). Retrieved on 2012-07-12.
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