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Pressly at the Slim-Fast Fashion Show in January 2008
|Born||Jaime Elizabeth Pressly
July 30, 1977
Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Simran Singh (m. 2009–11)|
Jaime Elizabeth Pressly (born July 30, 1977) is an American actress and model. She is best known for playing Joy Turner on the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards (winning one) as well as a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has also appeared in films such as Poison Ivy: The New Seduction, Joe Dirt, DOA: Dead or Alive, and I Love You, Man.
Pressly was born in Kinston, North Carolina, the daughter of Brenda Sue (née Smith), a dance instructor, and James Liston Pressly, a car salesman. In 1992, she moved with her family to Costa Mesa, California, where she spent the first semester of her high school sophomore year.
By age 14, she had appeared on her first cover (Teen Magazine) and had become the official spokesmodel for the International Cover Model Search. At 15, she left school and went to Japan on a modeling contract. She succeeded in having herself legally emancipated from her parents at the age of 15 so she could travel to Japan, as neither of her parents could make the trip.
Pressly starred as "Violet" in the 1997 film Poison Ivy: The New Seduction. In 1998 she starred as "Nikki" on the short-lived TV series Push, and also played a recurring role as the undead assassin Mika in the TV action series Mortal Kombat: Conquest. From 1999-2001, she played "Audrey" on the drama series Jack and Jill. Pressly starred in the independent film Poor White Trash, playing scheming gold-digger Sandy Lake. She subsequently appeared in a number of films, including Not Another Teen Movie (playing Priscilla, a high school cheerleader) and Torque, as a crazed, motorcycle-riding criminal.
In 2001, she was made the new spokesmodel for Liz Claiborne Cosmetics and its fragrance Lucky You. In 2002, she was ranked #8 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World". In 2003, she launched a lingerie line, J'Aime, which later became a full sleepwear and ready-to-wear line. In 2006, Maxim magazine named her #34 on its annual list; she is also featured in its gallery. Pressly posed nude for the March 1998 and February 2004 issues of Playboy. She also appeared nude in the May 2006 issue of Allure.
Pressly guest-starred in episodes of several TV shows. In an episode of the WB series Charmed, she played Mylie, a mermaid trying to find love; (Alyssa Milano, who played Phoebe, later guest-starred on My Name is Earl.) Other series on which she made guest appearances were The Twilight Zone, Fastlane, Las Vegas, Becker, Night Man, Silk Stalkings, and others. She appeared in an episode of the prank series Punk'd.
Pressly sang "Fever" in an appearance with the band The Pussycat Dolls. She has appeared in a number of music videos, including "The Space Between" by Dave Matthews Band, "Girls of Summer" by Aerosmith, and the Marilyn Manson cover of "Tainted Love". On May 31, 2006, she hosted the first annual VH1 Rock Honors.
Pressly was a producer, as well as a star, in the 2005 movie Death to the Supermodels. She hosted the October 7, 2006, episode of Saturday Night Live. She guest-starred on an episode of MADtv (season 11), playing Hillary Clinton in a parody of My Name Is Earl, "My Name Is Dubya", in which George W. Bush (Frank Caliendo) makes a list of all the bad things he has done in the past and rectifies them one by one.
On December 3, 2009, it was announced that she would guest-star on an upcoming episode (series 4, episode 10) of the CBS comedy, Rules of Engagement. She would play a possible surrogate mother for Jeff and Audrey (Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price). She reprised her role in the fifth-season premiere (series 5, episode 1). She appeared in the Fox sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter, which aired from November 30, 2011 to March 20, 2012. In July 2012, Pressly starred in Jimbo Lee's Abby in the Summer.
In 2013, TV Land announced that Pressly was cast in the lead role for Jennifer Falls as Jennifer Doyle, a mother of a teenaged daughter, who must move in with Doyle's mother after being fired from a high-paying job. Doyle becomes a waitress in her brother's bar.
Friends since 1996, she started dating DJ Eric Calvo (DJ Eric Cubeechee) in 2004. After Pressly became pregnant, the two were engaged in October 2006. Pressly gave birth on May 11, 2007, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to their child, Dezi James Calvo. In a February 2007 interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Pressly said she wants the child to be bilingual (English/Spanish) to reflect Calvo's Cuban heritage. Pressly told People the name is part of a running joke, as Cuban-American Calvo does a Desi Arnaz impersonation, calling Pressly "Luuucy" when he comes home at night. In November 2008, the couple announced their separation.
Pressly said in a 2006 interview with Esquire that she almost purchased a ticket for a flight on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, but decided not to take the flight, because she felt it left too early in the morning.
In July 2009, Pressly was engaged to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh. They wed on September 26, 2009, at the Dick Clark estate. Guests, including Pressly's two-year-old son, attended the ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On January 21, 2011, Pressly filed for divorce from Singh, citing irreconcilable differences.
Pressly was arrested in Santa Monica, California, on the night of January 5, 2011, for suspicion of driving under the influence, a charge to which she eventually pleaded no contest and received three years of informal probation.
|1997||Mercenary||Pre-teen American Girl|
|1997||Poison Ivy: The New Seduction||Violet|
|1997||The Journey: Absolution||Allison|
|1997||Against the Law||Sally|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Beth||Credited as "Jamie Pressly"|
|2000||Poor White Trash||Sandy Lake|
|2001||Not Another Teen Movie||Priscilla||Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Line ("Oh, it's already been broughten!")|
|2005||Death to the Supermodels||Tiffany Courtney||Producer|
|2006||Bachelor Party Vegas||Herself|
|2007||DOA: Dead or Alive||Tina Armstrong|
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Mrs. Quilligan||Voice|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Denise McLean|
|2010||Beauty & the Briefcase||Kate White|
|2010||6 Month Rule||Claire|
|2012||The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure||Lola Sombrero|
|2014||Finders Keepers||Alyson Simon|
|2014||A Haunted House 2||Megan|
|2014||Making the Rules||Abby||Executive producer|
|1998||Push||Nikki Lang||Main cast|
|1998||Silk Stalkings||Kara Delaney||Episode: "Teacher's Pet"|
|1998||Night Man||Yvette||Episode: "Double Vision"|
|1998–99||Mortal Kombat: Conquest||Mika||3 episodes|
|1999–2001||Jack & Jill||Audrey Griffin||Main cast|
|2000||Best Actress||Karen Kroll||TV movie|
|2001||Going to California||Kylie Guartz||Episode: "This Year's Model"|
|2002||Charmed||Mylie||Episode: "A Witch's Tail, Part 1"|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Cindy||Episode: "Sensuous Cindy"|
|2002||The Johnny Chronicles||Charlie||TV movie|
|2003||Fastlane||Sara Matthews||Episode: "Strap On"|
|2003||Becker||Grace||Episode: "Sister Spoils the Turkey"|
|2004||Happy Family||Alex||2 episodes|
|2004||The Karate Dog||Ashley Wilkenson||TV movie|
|2004||Even Knievel||Linda Bork||TV movie|
|2005||Entourage||Herself||Episode: "My Maserati Does 185"|
|2005–09||My Name Is Earl||Joy Turner||Main cast
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
|2006||Mad TV||Herself||Episode: "11.13"|
|2006||Las Vegas||Kerry Kowalski||Episode: "Coyote Ugly"|
|2006||Saturday Night Live||Herself/Host||Episode: "Jaime Pressly/Corrine Bailey Rae"|
|2010||Beauty and the Briefcase||Kate||TV movie|
|2010||Rules of Engagement||Pam Milton||2 episodes|
|2010||Smoke Screen||Britt Shelley||TV movie|
|2010||Livin' on a Prayer||Steph||TV movie|
|2011–13||Raising Hope||Donna||3 episodes|
|2011–12||I Hate My Teenage Daughter||Annie Watson||Main cast|
|2012||Bad Girls||Melinda||TV movie|
|2012||The Greatest Footie Ads Ever||Deneice||TV movie|
|2013||Two and a Half Men||Tammy||2 episodes|
|2013||Phineas and Ferb||Rosie||Voice, Episode: "Mind Share"|
|2013||Melissa & Joey||Meredith||Episode: "A New Kind of Christmas"|
|2014||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||Episode: "50 Charades of Grey"|
|2014||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself (Guest Judge)||Episode: "Drag Queens of Comedy"|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Kelly||Episode: "Surprise!"|
|2014||Jennifer Falls||Jennifer Doyle||Main cast|
|2014–present||Mom||Jill Kendall||Recurring Season 2; Regular Season 3|
|2001||Dave Matthews Band||The Space Between|
|2002||Aerosmith||Girls of Summer|
|2002||Marilyn Manson||Tainted Love|
|2013||Michael Bublé||It's A Beautiful Day|
|2008||Saints Row 2||Jessica||Voice|
|2011||Apache Overdose Gangstar III||Allegra||Voice|
|2013||Apache Overdose Gangstar IV||Allegra||Voice|
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