Olson at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International.
August 18, 1975 |
Tigard, Oregon, U.S.
Olson was born in Tigard, Oregon. Her father, Donald Olson, worked as the publisher of the Portland Tribune. She studied theatre at the University of Oregon, and later moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally.
Olson was a part of the improvisational group the Groundlings. She toured with the USO to Bosnia, Kosovo, and Norway. She made several guest appearances in films and television series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Out of Practice, Miss Match, Family Guy, and Punk'd. She had a minor role in the film Coyote Ugly.
In 2004, she was cast as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds in the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She also voiced Ethel in the first season of the Comedy Central animated series Brickleberry. She had a recurring role as Hartley Underwood, the "one-armed" neighbor in the FX series The Riches.
Olson married her It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star, Rob McElhenney, in California on September 27, 2008. The couple had their first child, a boy named Axel Lee, on September 1, 2010. Olson went into labor at a Philadelphia Phillies game, and Axel was born in their home as planned. Their second son, Leo Grey McElhenney, was born on April 5, 2012.
|2000||Eyes to Heaven|
|2000||Coyote Ugly||Bidding Customer|
|2001||Fugly||Cha Cha||Short film|
|2002||Meet the Marks||Kaitlin Marks|
|2010||Held Up||Rocky 2|
|2016||Finding Dory||Killer Whale||Voice|
|2000–2007||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Becky||6 episodes|
|2002–2004||The Drew Carey Show||Traylor||12 episodes|
|2003||Miss Match||Jillian||Episode: "Who's Sari Now?"|
|2004||Significant Others||Lauren||Episode: "The First Time"|
|2004||George Lopez||Janet||Episode: "Home Sweet Homeschool"|
|2005||Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show||Various Characters|
|2005–present||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds||103 episodes|
|2006||Out of Practice||Debbie||Episode: "Model Behavior"|
|2007||The Riches||Hartley Underwood||5 episodes|
|2011||Family Guy||Brenda Quagmire||Voice
|2012||Unsupervised||Carol / Danielle||Voice
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