Paula Cale

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Not to be confused with Paula Cole.
Paula Cale
Born Paula Korologos
(1970-06-02) June 2, 1970 (age 44)
Great Falls, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Bennett Cale (1995–1999; divorced)
Michael Lisbe (2006–present)

Paula Cale (born June 2, 1970) is an American actress best known for her role as Joanie Hansen on the television series Providence.

Early life[edit]

Born Paula Korologos in Great Falls, Virginia, she is Greek American and a practicing member of the Mormon faith. She is the youngest of three children, with a sister, Ann, and brother, Philip.

Her father, Tom C. Korologos, worked as a top Capitol Hill lobbyist; a Congressional liaison during the Nixon and Ford presidential administrations; and worked closely with President George W. Bush. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the US Ambassador to Belgium. Her mother, Joy, was a homemaker and chairwoman of the Fairfax County School Board, who died in 1997 from a brain cancer melanoma.[citation needed]

Cale attended Langley High School and interned in the Ronald Reagan-era White House. Following her graduation in 1988, she studied to be a teacher for one year at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, then transferred to the prestigious Goodman School of Theatre at DePaul University in Chicago, where she won a scholarship to study drama and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting 1993.[citation needed]


Following her graduation from DePaul University, Cale originated the role of Suzanne in the Steppenwolf Theatre production of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile in Chicago and came to Los Angeles with the production in 1995, where Candice Bergen spotted her and later offered Cale the recurring role of McGovern, a reporter in Murphy Brown. Soon after, Cale was starring in two different comedies on two different networks simultaneously. She played a sassy waitress in Local Heroes and portrayed the neurotic wife of comedian Dave Chappelle in Buddies.[1]

She then went to New York City to appear in numerous stage shows, appearing on Broadway theatre in The Night of the Iguana and followed by playing her favorite role as Gilda Radner in off-Broadway's Bunny, Bunny. When she returned to Los Angeles, she guest-starred in two episodes of NBC's The Naked Truth as Téa Leoni's sister and Cybill as Cybill Sheridan's long lost niece. After a successful career as a television and Broadway actor, she first hesitated when asked to audition for the drama Providence.[1]

In 2002, Cale played Dean Martin's first wife Betty Martin in Martin and Lewis alongside Jeremy Northam as Dean and Sean Hayes as his manic partner Jerry Lewis. In 2005, Cale was to co-star in a new ABC sitcom, In the Game, before the show was canceled. She starred in the 2008 TV movie Living Proof on Lifetime.[1] In 2015, she starred alongside Jennifer Aniston in Cake in which she played Carol.[1]

Personal life[edit]

From 1995 to 1999, she was married to actor Bennett Cale. On July 29, 2006, she married Los Angeles screenwriter Michael Lisbe. Cale currently resides in Los Angeles, where she performs volunteer work for her church.[1]