Susie Essman

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Susie Essman
Susie Essman at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Essman at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Whatever Works.
Birth name Susan Essman
Born (1955-05-31) May 31, 1955 (age 58)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Medium Film, television, stand-up
Nationality American
Years active 1988-present
Spouse Jim Harder (2008-present)
Website susieessman.com

Susan "Susie" Essman (born May 31, 1955) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, writer, television producer, and voice artist, best known for her role as Susie Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm. She is also known as the voice of Mittens in Bolt.

Early life[edit]

Essman was born Susan Essman in New York City, New York on May 31, 1955. She was raised in the middle-class New York City suburb of Mount Vernon. Her father Leonard Essman was an internist; he died in 2001. Her mother Zora taught Russian at Sarah Lawrence College.[1] Essman is Jewish.[2][3] She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Purchase College.

Career[edit]

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Essman has been traveling and appearing at clubs throughout the country for more than two decades. Her first half-hour special appeared on Comedy Central in 1992; as much of her comedy draws from her ethnic background, she has been featured in such documentaries as, "Heroes of Jewish Comedy" and "A History of Jewish Comedy".

On October 15, 2004, she performed at the Friars Club roast of Donald Trump, in which she lampooned the tycoon with lines like "Donald, did you enjoy your meal? I heard your hair ordered the salmon" and "I'm so not your type. I'm smart, my boobs are real and I speak English."[4] Essman made her UK standup debut at the Corn Exchange at the Newbury Comedy Festival in July 2007. While in England, she appeared on the British television show 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Essman is best known for her role as Susie Greene, the wife of Jeff Greene (portrayed by Jeff Garlin), on the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Essman told the New York Times that by the show's third season, she could not "walk down the street anymore without people stopping her and begging her to say [her character's catchphrase] 'You fat fuck.'"[1] In 2007, Slate named Essman's character one of the best on television, and a reason the publication looked forward to the return of the show.[5]

She also provided the voice of Helen Higgins on the Comedy Central series Crank Yankers; she was an occasional correspondent on the first season of the network's The Daily Show. She made memorable comic cameos in three 1988 films — "Crocodile" Dundee II, Baby Boom and Punchline. She appeared on Comedy Central's Roast of Bob Saget on August 17, 2008 and provided the voice of "Mittens" (the cat) in the Disney animated film, Bolt, and reprised the role in the 2009 short Super Rhino. She also made an appearance on the Regis Philbin version of Million Dollar Password.[citation needed]

In October 2013 she had a sell out run at London's Soho Theatre.

Writing[edit]

Essman's book, What Would Susie Say: Bullshit Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy, was published in October 2009 by Simon and Schuster.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Essman does not eat meat—"Not a moral thing," she explains, but "aesthetic"; chicken "grosses me out"—and "lives on sushi".[1] She married Jim Harder, a commercial real estate broker, in September 2008.[7] She owns a Shih Tzu named Sumo.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1988 "Crocodile" Dundee II Tour Guide
1988 Punchline Lilah's Hairdresser
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Soho Woman
1997 Volcano Anita
1998 The Siege Protest Speaker
2000 Keeping the Faith Ellen Friedman
2002 The Secret Lives of Dentists Nurse
2005 The Man Lt. Rita Carbone
2008 Bolt Mittens Voice only
2009 Loving Leah Malka
2009 Make My Day
2010 Cop Out Laura

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c New York Times, March 5, 2003: "Eating Hollywood Style, With Thin Air on the Side".
  2. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (2007-10-07). "Susie Essman interview". www.somethingjewish.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-06-23. "Both my parents are Jewish..." 
  3. ^ http://www.juf.org/news/local.aspx?id=417463
  4. ^ Official Susie Essman website
  5. ^ Slate, Lapidos, Juliet. November 23, 2003: "Oh, How We've Missed You! The Best Characters on Television"
  6. ^ Wadler, Joyce (October 7, 2009). "At Home With Susie Essman". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  7. ^ Essman, Harder Marry
  8. ^ Famous Shih Tzu Dogs - Celebrities Who Own a Shih Tzu allshihtzu.com

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