Wendi McLendon-Covey

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Wendi McLendon-Covey
Wendi McLendon-Covey 2012.jpg
McLendon-Covey in 2012
Born Wendy Anne McLendon[1]
(1969-10-10) October 10, 1969 (age 44)
Bellflower, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedienne, writer, producer
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Greg Covey (1996–present)

Wendi Anne McLendon-Covey (born October 10, 1969) is an American actress, writer, producer and comedian. She is best known for her roles as Deputy Clementine Johnson in the Comedy Central series Reno 911! (2003–2008), as Liz on CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement (2010–2013) and as Beverly Goldberg in the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs (2013–present). In film, McLendon-Covey is best known for her role as Rita in the 2011 comedy film Bridesmaids.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

McLendon-Covey was born Wendy Anne McLendon in Bellflower, California. She graduated from California State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and Creative Writing.[2] She received her Screen Actors Guild card while in lingerie promoting NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me!.[2]

McLendon-Covey performed at improv comedy show in 2010

McLendon-Covey is well known for her ability as an improvisational actress. She was a member of The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2009.[2][3] While a member of the Groundlings, McLendon-Covey was a classmate of comedians Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, with whom she would later star in the film Bridesmaids.[4]

From 2003 to 2008, McLendon-Covey starred as Deputy Clementine Johnson on the Comedy Central television series Reno 911!, and resulted in a 2007 film. She also starred in the Lifetime comedy show Lovespring International in 2006 and has provided commentary for E!, TV Guide Channel, and VH1. In 2007 she starred in the comedy film Reno 911!: Miami, based on Comedy Central's Reno 911!, and also appeared in Bewitched (2005), and Over Her Dead Body (2008). She produced, wrote and starred in the 2007 independent comedy film Cook-Off!.[2] McLendon-Covey also guest-starred on television series such as The Office, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Cougar Town.

Bridesmaids and current career[edit]

In 2011, McLendon-Covey starred in the financially successful and critically lauded comedy film Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper.[5] Beginning in July that same year, she began starring in national TV ads for a new campaign by Hillshire Farm.[6] From 2010 to 2013, she had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.[7] She also had guest-starring roles in Fox's short-lived sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter,[8] TV Land' Hot in Cleveland,[9] and ABC's Modern Family.[10]

McLendon-Covey at the International Press Academy’s 12th Annual Satellite Awards in 2007

McLendon-Covey appeared in the 2012 romantic comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting, directed by Kirk Jones,[11] as well had cameo in Steven Soderbergh's movie Magic Mike.[12] She will have roles in the Christmas comedy movie A White Trash Christmas about a white-trash mom visited by three ghosts intent on showing her a path to a brighter future,[13] and in the comedy-drama film Claire's Cambodia directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning Stacy Sherman about three estranged sisters dealing with the death of their father.[14] She also starred in the 2012 comedy pilot Waffle Hut.[15]

In February 2012, McLendon-Covey was cast opposite Goldie Hawn in the HBO comedy pilot The Viagra Diaries, created by Sex and the City creator and executive producer Darren Star, but when Hawn exited the pilot, McLendon-Covey also left the show.[16] After she received five offers, she won the female lead role on ABC's comedy pilot Only Fools And Horses with John Leguizamo and Christopher Lloyd.[17][18] She also played one of the leads in Tyler Perry's film The Single Moms Club, which opened on March 14, 2014.[19][20] Also she starred in A Friggin' Christmas Miracle as Robin Williams' daughter,[21] Blended as Drew Barrymore's character best friend.,[22][23] and appeared in Think Like a Man Too.[24]

In January 2013, McLendon-Covey was cast in the lead role of the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs, created by Adam F. Goldberg.[25][26]

Personal life[edit]

McLendon-Covey has been married to Greg Covey since 1996.[2] They live in Long Beach, California.



Year Film Role Notes
2001 Henry and Marvin Judy Short film
2005 Bewitched E! Anchor
2006 Cook-Off! Pauline Solfest US Comedy Arts Festival for Best Comedy Performance in Film
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Deputy Clementine Johnson
2007 Closing Escrow Hillary US Comedy Arts Festival for Best Comedy Performance in Film
2007 Goldfish Mrs. Jenkins
2008 Over Her Dead Body Lona
2009 Boutonniere Mrs. Pruitt
2009 Spooner Linda
2009 Jesus People: The Movie Jenna Bosch
2010 Starlight & Superfish Dawn
2010 Douchebag Mary Barger
2010 Tug Taylor
2010 Public Relations Candice
2010 The Search for Santa Paws Ms. Stout
2011 Sometimes Pretty Girls Tootsie
2011 Bridesmaids Rita New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
MTV Movie Award for Best Gut-Wrenching Performance
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Emsemble
Nominated—People's Choice Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Acting Emsemble
2012 Holiday Road Rosman
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Kara
2012 Magic Mike Tara Scenes deleted
2012 Date and Switch Linda
2012 Sleeping Around Emma Cooney
2013 All American Christmas Carol Marjorie
2014 Cuban Fury Carly
2014 The Single Moms Club Jan
2014 Blended
2014 Think Like a Man Too Tish
2014 Claire's Cambodia Sharon
2014 A Friggin' Christmas Miracle Shauna


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Lovespring International Lydia Mayhew Series regular, 13 episodes
2008 Greek Connie Episode: "Spring Broke"
2003–2008 Reno 911! Deputy Clementine Johnson Series regular, 73 episodes
2008 The Office Concierge Marie Episode: "Business Trip"
2008 Kath & Kim Lucy Episode: "Friends"
2009 10 Things I Hate About You Vivian Episodes: "Light My Fire" and " Dance Little Sister"
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place Dr. Ice Episode: "Three Monsters"
2011 Cougar Town Vice Principal Episode: "You're Gonna Get It!"
2011 Svetlana Phoebe 2 episodes
2011 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Deanna Episodes: "Pilot" and "Teenage Girlfriends"
2010–2013 Rules of Engagement Liz Recurring role, 14 episodes
2012 Hot in Cleveland Sandy Episode: "God and Football"
2012 Wedding Band Barb Henderson Episode: "I Don't Wanna Grow Up"
2012 Waffle Hut Reba TV Pilot
2012 Only Fools And Horses Ruby Ross TV Pilot
2012 The Looney Tunes Show Patricia Bunny voice
2012–2013 Modern Family Pam Episodes: "Schooled" and "The Wow Factor"
2013–present The Goldbergs Beverly Goldberg Series regular


  1. ^ "Wendy A McLendon, Born 10/10/1969 in California". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org. 1969-10-10. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Wendi McLendon-Covey Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  3. ^ Biography for Wendi McLendon-Covey on IMDB
  4. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Wendy McLendon-Covey RossCarey.com
  5. ^ "Wendi McLendon-Covey | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  6. ^ Hillshire Farm(R) Introduces Brand New Campaign That is "So Good. They'll Think It's for Them" MarketWatch (July 5, 2011). Retrieved on 9-25-11.
  7. ^ Kelsea Stahler, Exclusive: We Chat With 'Rules of Engagement's' Wendi McLendon-Covey, Hollywood.com, October 08, 2011
  8. ^ Masters, Megan (2011-09-13). "Exclusive: I Hate My Teenage Daughter Casts Bridesmaids Scene-Stealer". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  9. ^ Tanner Stransky, 'Bridesmaids' comedienne to guest star on 'Hot in Cleveland' -- EXCLUSIVE, Entertainment Weekly, November 14, 2011
  10. ^ Nadel, Nick (2012-08-13). "'Modern Family': Wendi McLendon-Covey to guest as a lesbian mom | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  11. ^ Rose, Lacey; Kit, Borys (July 13, 2011). "'Bridesmaids' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (September 6, 2011). "'Bridesmaids' Actress Signs on for 'Magic Mike'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  13. ^ Scott Harris,'Bridesmaids' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Gets 'Trash'ed, nextmovie.com, November 8, 2011
  14. ^ Brian Brooks, Mary Kay Place, Sarah Paulson, Mamie Gummer Set For ‘Claire’s Cambodia’, Deadline.com, March 1, 2012
  15. ^ 'Bridesmaid' Wendi McLendon-Covey Falls For 'Magic Mike'
  16. ^ Nellie Andreeva, ‘Bridesmaids’ Wendi McLendon-Covey Cast In Goldie Hawn’s HBO Pilot ‘Viagra Diaries’, Deadline.com, February 8, 2012
  17. ^ Nellie Andreeva,‘Bridesmaids’ Wendi McLendon-Covey To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Only Fools & Horses’ Deadline.com, March 7, 2012
  18. ^ Kristina Bustos, 'Only Fools and Horses' US casts 'Bridesmaids' Wendi McLendon-Covey, Digital Spy, March 7, 2012
  19. ^ Jeff Sneider, McLendon-Covey married to 'Single Mom's Club, Variety, November 8, 2012
  20. ^ Tyler Perry Casting Up 'Single Mom's Club' Adds 'Bridesmaids' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey, IndieWire, November 8, 2012
  21. ^ Lucas Shaw (March 18, 2013). "‘Bridesmaids’ Actress, Tim of ‘Tim & Eric’ Join Robin Williams, Joel McHale in Yule Comedy (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  22. ^ "'Bridesmaids' Actress Joins Adam Sandler Comedy for Warner Bros. (Exclusive) | The Wrap Movies". Thewrap.com. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  23. ^ Hibberd, James. "Casting Net: Alec Baldwin for Cameron Crowe pic; Plus Ethan Hawke, more | Inside Movies | EW.com". Insidemovies.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  24. ^ 0 Like2 Dislike6 May 28, 2013 by Brian Gallagher (2013-05-28). "Think Like a Man Too Begins Production in Las Vegas". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  25. ^ Wendi McLendon-Covey To Star In Adam Goldberg’s 1980s Comedy Pilot At ABC
  26. ^ Wendi McLendon-Covey cast in Adam Goldberg's ABC comedy pilot

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