Busy Philipps

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Busy Philipps
Busy Philipps at TCA 2010.jpg
Philipps at the Teen Choice Awards in 2010
Born Elizabeth Jean Philipps
(1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 38)
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Marc Silverstein (m. 2007)
Children 2

Elizabeth Jean "Busy" Philipps (born June 25, 1979)[1] is an American actress, known for her supporting roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek. She has also performed significant roles in films like The Smokers (2000), as Karen Carter, the drama film Home Room (2002) as Alicia Browning, she appeared in White Chicks (2004), played a supporting role in Made of Honor (2008) and appeared in He's Just Not That Into You (2009). She played Laurie Keller in the TV series Cougar Town for which she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011.[2]

Early life[edit]

Elizabeth Jean Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois.[1][3] Her parents gave her the nickname Busy because as an infant she was always moving.[4] She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.[5] She attended Loyola Marymount University at the same time as Freaks and Geeks costar Linda Cardellini and former boyfriend Colin Hanks.[3][6][7][8]


Philipps worked the toy-fair circuit as a real-life Barbie ("Cool Teen Skipper") before making her show-business debut.[4] Her first major role was Kim Kelly in Freaks and Geeks, in which she appeared in all but one of its eighteen episodes (the exception being the episode titled "Chokin' & Tokin'").[3][8] She later made her film debut in comedy The Smokers in 2000, as well as various other cameos on television.

In 2001, Philipps was cast as Audrey Liddell in the teen drama Dawson's Creek.[3][9] She was a series regular in seasons 5 and 6, appearing in 46 episodes, before the show finished in 2003. Her role of Audrey earned Philipps a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of "TV - Choice Sidekick".[10] Philipps later appeared in two films, Home Room (2002) and White Chicks (2004). She was cast in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc., in a role originally intended for Shannen Doherty.[11] The show lasted for one season (2005–2006) before being cancelled. In 2006, she had a major recurring role as Hope Bobeck on ER, alongside her Freaks and Geeks co-star Linda Cardellini.[3][9] During her second year on ER, her character headed to South America to "fulfill her Christian mission".[12] Philipps had a co-credit for the storyline of the 2007 comedy film Blades of Glory.[3][9][13] A year later, Philipps returned to being in front of the camera with her supporting role in Made of Honor.[3]

Philipps has also made appearances in He's Just Not That Into You as the character of Kelli Ann and on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. From 2009 to 2015, Philipps portrayed Laurie Keller in the television series Cougar Town.[9] Philipps also routinely contributes to the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a live stage radio show.[14] Her primary recurring character is the Red Plains Rider.[15]

On a 2010 appearance on Chelsea Lately, Philipps commented that she auditioned for the hit television show Glee just one week after giving birth, following a pregnancy during which she gained 80 pounds.[16]

Philipps stars on the HBO series Vice Principals, which premiered in 2016.[17]

In 2017, Philipps signed on as co-lead opposite Casey Wilson in Tina Fey's comedy pilot The Sackett Sisters for NBC.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Philipps dated Colin Hanks in the 1990s, while in college. Philipps married screenwriter Marc Silverstein in 2007.[3][9][19] They have two daughters: Birdie Leigh (born August 13, 2008),[20] whose godmother is actress Lizzy Caplan;[21] and Cricket Pearl (born July 3, 2013).[22][23][24]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Smokers, TheThe Smokers Karen Carter
2002 Home Room Alicia Browning
2004 Mummy an' the Armadillo Carol Ann
2004 White Chicks Karen Googlestein
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Additional Voices Voice
2008 Made of Honor Melissa
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Kelli Ann
2010 Revolution Emily Short film
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Wendy Best
2012 The Reef 2: High Tide Cordelia Voice
2012 Made in Cleveland Shannon
2013 A Case of You Ashley
2014 Jason Nash is Married Busy Philipps
2015 The Gift Duffy


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Saving Graces Mindy TV series
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Kim Kelly 18 episodes
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Meghan Episode: "High School Play"
2001 Anatomy of a Hate Crime Chasity Pasley TV movie
2001 Spring Break Lawyer Jenny TV movie
2001 Dead Last Tracy Sallback Episode: "Death Is in the Air"
2001–2003 Dawson's Creek Audrey Liddell 39 episodes
2002 Undeclared Kelly 2 episodes
2003 Criminology 101 Polly TV movie
2004 Foster Hall Peg Hall TV movie
2005 Life As We Know It Alex Morrill 2 episodes
2005 Testing Bob Madison 'Maddie' West TV movie
2005 American Dad! Dana Voice
Episode: "Threat Levels"
2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Korlianne Voice
Episode: "Girl Trouble"
2005–2006 Love, Inc. Denise Johnson 22 episodes
2006–2007 ER Dr. Hope Bobeck 19 episodes
2007 Entourage Cheryl Episode: "Dog Day Afternoon"
2007 How I Met Your Mother Rachel Episode: "Third Wheel"
2008–2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Kacy Corbin 5 episodes
2009 Kath & Kim Whitney Episode: "Competition"
2009–2015 Cougar Town Laurie Keller 96 episodes
2011 Community Greendale Team Member (uncredited) Episode: "For a Few Paintballs More"
2011 Fish Hooks Clamanda Voice
Episode: "We've Got Fish Spirits"
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Herself Episode: "A Reunion..."
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself (Guest Judge) Episode: "RuPaul's Gaff In"
2013 Arrested Development Joan Episode: "Borderline Personalities"
2014–2016 Drunk History Elizabeth Waring / Eleanor Roosevelt 2 episodes
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Karen Episode: "Hair Swap"
2015 Bottom's Butte Beverly Bottom Voice
2016 New Girl Connie Episode: "300 Feet"
2016 Angie Tribeca Courtney Woodpatch-Newton Episode: "Miso Dead"
2016–present Vice Principals Gale Liptrapp 7 episodes
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Cate Kates Episode: "Spiritual Gurus"
2017 The Odd Couple Natasha Episode: "Should She Stay or Should She Go?"
2017 Chopped Junior Herself (Guest Judge) Episode: "Curry Hurry"
2017 The Sackett Sisters Mandy Sackett NBC sitcom pilot

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result
2003 Teen Choice Awards Dawson's Creek "Choice TV: Sidekick" Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Cougar Town Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won[10]


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  2. ^ "Busy Philipps". IMDb. 
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  5. ^ Angelowicz, Ami (July 27, 2012). "All The Famous People Who Went To Our High Schools". The Frisky. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Soriano, César G. (January 10, 2002). "Colin Hanks follows his dad's lead". USA Today. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ Turner, Lauren (February 12, 2016). "66 Celebrity Couples You Most Definitely Forgot About". Pop Sugar. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Kaufman, Amy (March 14, 2011). "Judd Apatow's 'Freaks and Geeks' gang reminisces -- and mocks James Franco". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c d e O'Toole, Lesley (February 4, 2015). "Busy Philipps Pours One Out for ‘Cougar Town’". Backstage. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Awards for Busy Philipps". IMDb. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ Brownfield, Paul (September 22, 2005). "Don't make a date with 'Love, Inc.'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  12. ^ Mitovich, Matt (August 31, 2007). "Busy Busy Philipps Checks Out of the ER". TV Guide. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  13. ^ Halterman, Jim (September 29, 2009). "COUGAR TOWN’s Busy Philipps on being a troublemaker". Jim Halterman. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  14. ^ Weber, Sarah (March 17, 2015). "Preparing for the end of 'Thrilling Adventure Hour'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  15. ^ Arnold, Joel (February 5, 2014). "Inside ‘The Thrilling Adventure Hour’ Podcast with Ben Acker and Ben Blacker". SplitSider. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Busy Philipps on Chelsea Lately". YouTube. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 30, 2015). "Busy Philipps Joins HBO Comedy Series ‘Vice Principals’". Deadline. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 17, 2017). "‘Sackett Sisters’: Busy Philipps To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot Produced By Tina Fey". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  19. ^ Pearson, Jennifer (June 16, 2015). "'Here's to 80 more years': Busy Philipps celebrates eighth wedding anniversary to Marc Silverstein with gorgeous flashback photo". The Daily Mail. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  20. ^ Grossberg, Josh (August 14, 2008). "Busy Phillips' Little Bundle of Joy". E Online. Retrieved October 19, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Update: Actress Busy Philipps expecting first child, a girl". People. March 12, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ Finn, Natalie (July 4, 2013). "Busy Philipps Welcomes a Baby Girl With Husband Marc Silverstein". E! Work. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  23. ^ Ehrich Dowd, Kathy (July 10, 2013). "Busy Philipps Names Daughter Cricket Pearl". People. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  24. ^ Rothman, Michael (June 5, 2014). "Busy Philipps: My Husband Used Our Wedding Vows in a Channing Tatum Movie". ABC News. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 

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