Rudolph at the Up All Night Cast at Paley Center 2012
|Born||Maya Khabira Rudolph
July 27, 1972
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Cruz|
|Partner(s)||Paul Thomas Anderson
Maya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress and comedian. The daughter of singer Minnie Riperton and music composer Richard Rudolph, she was raised in Santa Monica, California, and graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1995. Following her graduation, she was a background singer and keyboardist for rock band The Rentals until they disbanded, and became a member of improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings. Rudolph rose to prominence on the NBC television show Saturday Night Live, where she was a cast member from 2000 to 2007. She has also starred in a number of films such as Idiocracy (2006), Away We Go (2009), Grown Ups (2010), Bridesmaids (2011), and Grown Ups 2 (2013). She starred as Ava Alexander in the NBC sitcom Up All Night from 2011 to 2013. Rudolph lives with film director Paul Thomas Anderson; the couple have four children together.
Rudolph was born in Gainesville, Florida. She is the daughter of soul singer Minnie Riperton and composer/songwriter/producer Richard Rudolph. Her father is an Ashkenazi Jew, and her mother was African-American. Her paternal grandfather was Sidney Rudolph, a philanthropist who once owned all of the Wendy's and Rudy's restaurants in Dade County, Florida. Her parents moved to Los Angeles when she and her brother Marc were very young, and they grew up primarily in the Westwood section.
Rudolph was in the studio when her mother recorded "Lovin' You". Near the end of the track, Riperton can be heard singing "Maya, Maya, Maya" to Rudolph. Riperton incorporated this into her performance of the song on The Midnight Special. Riperton died on July 12, 1979, at age 31, from breast cancer, just before Rudolph's seventh birthday. Rudolph's godmother was R&B singer Teena Marie.
In 1990, Rudolph graduated from Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, where she became friendly with fellow student Gwyneth Paltrow, and continued her education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she graduated in 1995 with a B.A. in photography from Porter College.
Saturday Night Live
In May 2000, Rudolph joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player for the final three episodes of the 1999–2000 season, after a stint as a member of The Groundlings improv troupe, where she met future Saturday Night Live cast member Will Forte.
Rudolph's characters on the show have included "Attorney Glenda Goodwin" and "Megan" from the "Wake Up, Wakefield!" sketches. Rudolph has done a number of celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live during her tenure, including Amanda Byram, Ananda Lewis, Barbra Streisand, Bern Nadette Stanis (as Thelma Evans on Good Times), Beyoncé, Charo, Christina Aguilera, Condoleezza Rice, Darcel Wynne, Diana Ross, Donatella Versace, Donna Fargo, Emily Robison, Fredricka Whitfield, Free, Gayle King, Halle Berry, Ivanka Trump, Ja'net Du Bois (as Willona Woods on Good Times), Jennifer Lopez, Joyce "Fenderella" Irby, Justin Guarini, Kara Saun, LaToya Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, Lisa Ling, Lucy Liu, Lynda Lopez, Macy Gray, Mario Vasquez, Mary Roach, Maya Angelou, Melinda Doolittle, Melissa Stark, Michelle Obama, Mýa, Nelly Furtado, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Oprah Winfrey, Paris Hilton, Patti LaBelle, Phylicia Rashad (as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show), Rocsi, Scott Joplin, Teresa Heinz, Terra Patrick, Tina Turner, Tyra Banks, Valerie Simpson, Vanessa Hudgens (as Gabriella Montez from High School Musical 3), Wanda Sykes and Whitney Houston.
Rudolph's musical talents were frequently employed on Saturday Night Live. She sang as Beyoncé Knowles in the Prince Show sketches, as the "Space Creature" in the Gays in Space sketches, except for the one on the Season 31 episode hosted by Peter Sarsgaard, because it aired around the time Rudolph was on maternity leave. Friend Will Forte substituted for her during that episode. Her ability to change her looks and her command of many accents also led to her playing an unusually wide range of ethnicities on the show, often with only a change of wigs. She has been white (Paris Hilton, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Lisa Kudrow), Asian (Lucy Liu, Lisa Ling), black (Diana Ross, Tina Turner), and Latina (Charo). As "Nooni Schoener," Rudolph, along with Fred Armisen, created a couple from an unspecified Scandinavian country, who have unplaceable accents and bewilderingly foreign manners. Rudolph was also able to play male characters such as Scott Joplin, Justin Guarini, and Mario Vazquez.
Her final show was on November 3, 2007, with host Brian Williams and musical guest Feist, the last episode before the writers' strike. She returned on October 25, 2008, in a featured guest appearance as Michelle Obama and sang a duet with Kenan Thompson about Amy Poehler's newborn. She then also appeared in the 2008 Christmas episode, where she reprised her role in the sketch Bronx Beat, with Amy Poehler. She also appeared in two sketches in the 2008–2009 season finale with Will Ferrell. She appeared in a Weekend Update Thursday sketch during the fall 2009–10 season as Oprah Winfrey speaking on behalf of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics. She also appeared on the show in May 2010 to perform in skits including "The Manuel Ortiz Show" with Betty White.
She returned to Saturday Night Live for the Season 36 premiere, hosted by Amy Poehler, performing the "Bronx Beat" sketch and that same season for episode 700, hosted by Tina Fey.
On February 18, 2012 she returned to Saturday Night Live as a host for the first time and reprised her roles in sketches such as "Bronx Beat".
Television and film
She had small parts in Chuck & Buck, Gattaca, As Good as It Gets, Duplex and Duets; she was also a music supervisor for Duets. Her first prominent film role came in 2006 with A Prairie Home Companion. Earlier, she had costarred with Luke Wilson in the 2005 Mike Judge sci-fi comedy Idiocracy, although that film was shelved until September 2006 and then only given a limited release. She also guest starred as Rapunzel in the DreamWorks animated film Shrek the Third. She guest starred as Julia in the The Simpsons episode "The Homer of Seville". Rudolph guest starred as character Athena Scooberman in NBC's Kath & Kim, and starred in the film Away We Go with The Office star John Krasinski. In 2010, she appeared in Grown Ups starring Adam Sandler, where she played the wife of Chris Rock's character. In 2011 she appeared in Bridesmaids, together with Saturday Night Live colleague Kristen Wiig. She costarred in NBC's latest sitcom, Up All Night, with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. After the cancellation of Up All Night, it has been speculated that she will host her own variety show.
Prior to joining Saturday Night Live, Rudolph was backing singer (1995-1999) and briefly a keyboardist in the band The Rentals, with whom she toured for a short time. She also appears in the music videos of the songs "Waiting" and "Please Let That Be You". She sang backing vocals for "Barcelona" and "My Head Is in the Sun," both from the album Seven More Minutes. In 2004, she recorded a track with The Rentals frontman Matt Sharp, including a cover of Tegan and Sara's "Not Tonight." Rudolph also performed "Together In Pooping" and "Little Roundworm" with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Robert Smigel) on his album Come Poop With Me. She is currently in a Prince (musician) cover band called Princess with her friend Gretchen Lieberum.
Rudolph has been in a relationship with director Paul Thomas Anderson since 2001. They live together in Los Angeles with their four children: daughters Pearl Minnie (born October 2005) and Lucille (born November 2009), son Jack (born July 2011), and a baby girl born in summer 2013.
Recurring characters on Saturday Night Live
- Megan, one of the cohosts of "Wake Up, Wakefield!"
- Jodi Dietz, one of the cohosts of "Bronx Beat"
- Beertje Van Beers
- Mrs. Denmont
- Britanica of Gemini's Twin
- Leilani Burke
- Cocktail Waitress
- Space Creature
- Donatella Versace
- Charli Coffee
- Glenda Goodwin
- Patti Sylviac
- Nuni Schoener
|As Good As It Gets||Rachel|
|2000||Chuck & Buck||Jamilla|
|2004||Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie||Kanshasha X|
|50 First Dates||Stacy|
|2006||A Prairie Home Companion||Molly|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Rapunzel||Voice Only|
|2009||Away We Go||Verona De Tessant|
|Grown Ups||Deanne McKenzie|
|Friends with Kids||Leslie|
|2013||The Way, Way Back||Caitlyn|
|Grown Ups 2||Deanne McKenzie|
|2014||The Nut Job||Precious||Voice Only|
|Inherent Vice||Petunia Leeway||Filming|
|1996–1997||Chicago Hope||Nurse Leah Martine||5 episodes|
|1997||The Devil's Child||Holly||TV movie|
|City of Angels||Nurse Grace Patterson||15 episodes
|2000–2007||Saturday Night Live||Various characters||149 episodes
|2006||Campus Ladies||Professor Theresa Winslow Fabre||1 episode|
|2007||The Simpsons||Julia||1 episode|
|2008–2009||Kath & Kim||Athena Scooberman||5 episodes|
|2011–2012||Up All Night||Ava Alexander||35 episodes
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Gotham Award||Best Ensemble Cast||A Prairie Home Companion||Nominated|
|2007||Broadcast Film Critics Association Award||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|2009||Chicago Film Critics Association Award||Best Actress||Away We Go||Nominated|
|Comedy Film Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|St Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Utah Film Critics Association Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Washington DC Film Critics Association Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2010||Black Reel Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2011||Phoenix Film Critics Society Award||Best Ensemble Casting||Bridesmaids||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actress: Comedy||Nominated|
|2012||Black Reel Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Award||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award||Best Cast||Nominated|
|Best Gut-Wrenching Performance||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2005||Satellite Award||Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy or Musical||Saturday Night Live||Nominated|
|2007||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2011||Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini Series or TV Movie||Up All Night||Nominated|
|2012||Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Saturday Night Live||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Up All Night||Nominated|
|NAMIC Vision Award||Best Performance - Comedy||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini Series or TV Movie||Pending|
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