Ali Wentworth

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Ali Wentworth
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Wentworth at the 2012 premiere of What to Expect When You're Expecting
Alexandra Wentworth

EducationNew York University (BA)
  • Actress
  • comedienne
  • author
  • producer
Years active1992–present
(m. 2001)
RelativesHenry Brandon, stepfather
Janet Elliott Wulsin, grandmother

Alexandra "Ali" Wentworth is an American actress, comedian, author, and producer.

Early life[edit]

Wentworth's mother, Muffie Cabot (née Mabel Bryant Hobart), was Nancy Reagan's White House Social Secretary from 1981 to 1983.[1][better source needed] Her father, Eric Wentworth, was a reporter for The Washington Post.[2] Her stepfather, Henry Brandon, was the Washington correspondent for The Sunday Times of London,[2] and her maternal grandmother was explorer Janet Elliott Wulsin.[citation needed]

Wentworth attended the Dana Hall School for Girls in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and studied drama at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York before graduating from New York University.[2][3]


Wentworth debuted as a cast member on the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color from 1992 to 1994, where she was known for impressions of Cher, Amy Fisher, Hillary Clinton, Princess Diana, Brooke Shields, Lisa Marie Presley, Sharon Stone, and other characters. Her recurring characters included Candy Cane, a deranged kids' show host who had had a string of bad relationships with her male coworkers, and the promiscuous teenage daughter of Grandpa Jack McGee (Jim Carrey) on The Dysfunctional Home Show.

Wentworth made correspondent appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 1995, she played Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriend Sheila ("Schmoopie") in the memorable "Soup Nazi" episode of Seinfeld. She had a recurring role as the boss of the title character on the Warner Bros. (WB) series Felicity. In 2003, she co-hosted the syndicated talk show Living It Up! with Ali & Jack with Jack Ford.

Wentworth starred in the comedy Head Case on the Starz television network.[4][5] She guest starred on the NBC show The Marriage Ref.

Wentworth hosts Daily Shot, a short daily talk show segment on Yahoo! Shine.[6]

In 2016, Wentworth created and starred in Nightcap as the lead character Staci Cole.[7] The series lasted two seasons.

Wentworth appeared on the July 23, 2017 episode (S2 E07) of the "$100,000 Pyramid" (The $100,000 Pyramid) as a celebrity guest opposite Kathy Najimy, helping her contestant partner win the $150,000 grand prize.[8][9]

In 2020, Wentworth launched a podcast Go Ask Ali in partnership with shondaland audio.[10][11]

In 2022, Wentworth published Ali's Well That Ends Well, finding humor in the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Wentworth is married to George Stephanopoulos, ABC News chief anchor, correspondent and former political adviser to the Clinton administration. They met on a blind date in April 2001, were engaged two months later, and were married on November 20, 2001, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on New York City's Upper East Side.[13][14] They have two daughters: Elliott Anastasia Stephanopoulos (born September 9, 2002) and Harper Andrea Stephanopoulos (born June 2, 2005).[15][16]

In an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Wentworth said a "well-known writer" once offered $40,000 for a night with her.[17]


  • The WASP Cookbook, Warner Adult, 1997. ISBN 978-0-446-91210-5.
  • Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales, 2012, Harper Collins ISBN 978-0-06-209809-2
  • Happily Ali After: And Other Fairly True Tales, HarperCollins, 2015. ISBN 978-0-062-23849-8. ISBN 0062238493.
  • Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade), Harper, 2018. ISBN 978-0062466013.
  • Ali's Well that Ends Well, HarperCollins, 2022. ISBN 978-0063242166

Screen credits[edit]



  • 2012: Daily Shot With Ali Wentworth ... Herself (2012— )
  • 2014: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee ( ... Self (season 5, episode 6)
  • 2022: Live with Kelly and Ryan - Guest Host

Writer / Producer[edit]


  1. ^ Colacello, Bob. The White House's Dinner Theater, Vanity Fair, June 2010.
  2. ^ a b c People "Bubbled Up", March 8, 1999, Retrieved April 13, 2020
  3. ^ Newsmakers, Bard - The Annandale Triangle, February 2012.
  4. ^ Strauss, Gary (March 19, 2009). "In Starz's 'Head Case,' it takes one to know one". USA Today. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (March 4, 2009). "She'll Interpret, or Become, a Nightmare". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Daily Shot at Yahoo!
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 12, 2016). "Pop Orders 'Traci From Nightcap' Comedy Series Starring Ali Wentworth". Deadline. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "S2 E07 Ali Wentworth vs. Kathy Najimy and Cobie Smulders vs. Ryan Eggold". ABC. July 23, 2017. Archived from the original on August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  9. ^ @PyramidABC (July 23, 2017). "Things that Shoot to the Top of the Winner's Circle" (Tweet). Retrieved August 3, 2017 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (August 31, 2021). "Shondaland Audio & iHeartMedia Team With Iyanla Vanzant On Podcast Series 'The R Spot'". Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  11. ^ Wolff, Natasha (October 13, 2020). "10 Questions With Ali Wentworth". Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "The Hilarious Ali Wentworth Shares the Story of Going "Face to Face With the Law" in New Book". May 10, 2022. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
  13. ^ "Stephanopoulis bride's reluctance short-lived". The Post and Courier. November 27, 2001. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  14. ^ "George's Bottom Line". Good Morning America Blogs. ABC News. Archived from the original on December 6, 2009.
  15. ^ Grove, Lloyd (July 23, 2003). "Ali and George, Living It Up". Washington Post. p. C03. Archived from the original on September 19, 2012.
  16. ^ Sachs, Mark (May 15, 2009). "Ali Wentworth, 'Head Case'". Los Angeles Times.
  17. ^ Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, First Cup: Episode 20, "Ali Wentworth: I'm Going to Take a Percocet"

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