Jennifer Elise Cox
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Jennifer Elise Cox
|Born||November 29, 1969|
New York City, U.S.
Life and career
After graduating from a performing arts high school Cox moved to Los Angeles with her mother, Kate. She attended the California Institute of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting. While getting into acting, Cox scooped ice cream at Ben & Jerry's, and made money by playing cards when she was struggling.
In 1995 Cox won over the role she became widely known for, middle-child Jan Brady in the film The Brady Bunch Movie, a pastiche role she originated off-Broadway in The Real Live Brady Bunch. Speaking of the cast, "We instantly bonded", said Cox. "We instantly thought of each other as family, as The Brady Bunch."
The film opened at #1 at the box office with $14,827,066 and grossed $46,576,136, in the U.S. and Canada and $7,500,000 overseas making a total gross of $54,076,136 worldwide. Although the film received a mixed reception, Cox's performance was praised. Patrick Phillips from Pop Culture Tonight called her performance "excellent, yet underrated".
While a reviewer from The Motion Pictures stated "Cox pulls off all of [The] nuttiness perfectly. She is without a doubt the best part of the movie." A week after the Brady bunch movie's opening she had a guest spot on The George Wendt Show. The same year she reprised her role as Jan Brady for the TV series Wings, and portrayed Shannon, a student at the women's studies program, on the TV series Murphy Brown.
In 1996, she costarred alongside Michael Gross and Hilary Swank In the horror film Sometimes They Come Back... Again, reprised her role of Jan Brady in the Brady Bunch sequel A Very Brady Sequel, and guest starred on an episode of The Parent 'Hood.
In 1998 she had a recurring role as social outcast Felice on the sitcom Clueless, and reprised her role of Jan Brady on the TV series Moesha. That year she also had small bits in the films Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Can't Hardly Wait.
In 1999 she signed on to star alongside Jean Smart in Tiara Tango, later retitled Forever Fabulous. The film went through a troubled history while being made, as actresses Cathy Moriarty and Suzanne Pleshette both had parts before quitting due to massive rewrites of the script. The film struggled with money and due to budget constraints, an entire scene had to be eliminated and rewritten. Cox stated she didn't even receive a salary for recording the film's voice-over narration. The film premiered at the 1999 Austin Film Festival. Cox had a small role in the film EdTV.
In 2000, she guest starred on an episode of Sex and the City, and on an episode of Will & Grace. It took several takes just for Will & Grace star Debra Messing to get past the first line of Cox's character, Nurse Pitman. Messing would later tell US Weekly this was because she couldn't "look at her without seeing Jan Brady."
However, due to low ratings the show was canceled. The next year it was announced Cox would reunite with The Brady Bunch Movie co-star and friend Alanna Ubach, in Life After Donna Dell. Described as a dark, campy, 1950s musical, it was written by Ubach herself. However, the film was later scrapped.
In August 2006 she began playing the recurring role of receptionist Tiffany Riley Clarke on Lovespring International. However, the show was cancelled months later. Soon after, she was cast as Amy Anderson, a recurring role on the improvised American comedy series 10 Items or Less. She would go on to play the character till 2009, when this show was cancelled.
In 2009 she made five appearances on the Lifetime original sitcom Rita Rocks. She was in talks to play the character more for the next season, however Lifetime canceled the series. The next year she played a small role in the film The Back-Up Plan.
In 2011 she had roles on multiple films, Balls to the Wall, Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury, Eating Out: The Open Weekend, A Holiday Engagement and Spooky Buddies. She also had a recurring role on Pretty the Series, and she joined the cast of Web Therapy as the recurring role of Gina Spinks. She would play Gina until August 11, 2015, when Showtime cancelled the series after four seasons.
|1995||The Brady Bunch Movie||Jan Brady|
|1996||Sometimes They Come Back... Again||Jules Martin|
|1996||A Very Brady Sequel||Jan Brady|
|1999||Forever Fabulous||Corinne Daly|
|2005||Rainbow's End||Boss||Short film|
|2006||The Enigma with a Stigma||Theresa Herman|
|2007||Cook Off!||Cassandra Dougherty|
|2009||Jesus People: The Movie||Trinity Celeste|
|2010||Evil Shrink||Molly||Short film|
|2010||The Back-up Plan||Sales assistant|
|2011||Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury||Rita|
|2011||Spooky Buddies||Mrs. Carroll|
|2011||Eating Out: The Open Weekend||Hotel Clerk|
|2012||Love or Whatever||Kelsey|
|2012||Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups||Blue Bright|
|2013||Platypus the Musical||Patti Johnson||Short film|
|2013||Out West||Prissy Alcott|
|1995||The George Wendt Show||Ashley||Episode: "Prom Night: The Return"|
|1995||Wings||Jan Brady||Episode: "A House to Die For"|
|1995||Murphy Brown||Shannon||Episode: "The Feminine Critique"|
|1996||The Parent 'Hood||Chris||Episode: "Labor Daze"|
|1996||A Weekend in the Country||Arista Farrell||Television film|
|1997||Clueless||Feliec Lasser||2 episodes|
|1998||Moesha||Jan Brady||Episode: "Hello, What's This?"|
|2000||Will & Grace||Nurse Pittman||Episode: "The Hospital Show"|
|2003||The Gavin Crawford Show||Tandy||Episode: "1.21"|
|2003||Greetings from Tucson||Gabby||Episode: "The Breakup"|
|2003||Rock Me, Baby||Kate||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2004||Wanda Does It||Jen||Episode: "Wanda Does Repo"|
|2005||My Wife and Kids||Nancy||Episode: "Silence Is Golden"|
|2005||Six Feet Under||Mary||3 episodes|
|2005||The Comeback||Miss Hollywood||Episode: "Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs"|
|2005||Twins||Cara||Episode: "Sister's Keeper"|
|2005||Todd's Coma||Trina||Television film|
|2006||Twins||Cara||Episode: "Blast from the Past"|
|2006||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Natalie||Episode: "A Long Day's Journey Into Stan"|
|2006||CSI: NY||Melanie Stefano||Episode: "Run Silent, Run Deep"|
|2006||Lovespring International||Tiffany Riley Clark||13 episodes|
|2006||Nip/Tuck||Annie McNamara (2026)||Episode: "Conor McNamara, 2026"|
|2006–2008||10 Items or Less||Amy Anderson||13 episodes|
|2007||Mind of Mencia||Chelsea Clinton||Episode: "Sensitivity Training"|
|2008||Pushing Daisies||Elise Hofer||Episode: "Robbing Hood"|
|2009||Privileged||Jennifer||Episode: "All About Betrayal"|
|2009||Rita Rocks'||Miss Ricker||5 episodes|
|2009||Eastwick||Karen||Episode: "Magic Snow and Creepy Gene"|
|2010||Pair of Kings||Lady of the Cave||Episode: "Kings of Legend: Part Two"|
|2010–2011||Pretty||Lucy Devonshire||5 episodes|
|2011||Holiday Engagement||Connie||Television film|
|2011–2015||Web Therapy||Gina Spinks||21 episodes|
|2012||In Plain Sight||Beth Wilcox / Beth Webb||Episode: "Four Marshals and a Baby"|
|2013||The Client List||Olivia||Episode: "I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent"|
|2013||2 Broke Girls||Miss Trudy||Episode: "And the Window of Opportunity"|
|2014||Back to Christmas||Ginny||Television film|
|2015||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Lizzie||Episode: "The Gang Beats Boggs"|
|2016||Idiotsitter||Tanzy Russell||10 Episodes|
- "Jennifer Elise Cox Biography". Fandango.
- "See the kids from 'The Brady Bunch Movie' Then and now". The Fw. January 15, 2012.
- Beth Pinkser (March 10, 1995). "Channeling Jan in the new 'Brady Bunch' movie". Entertainment Weekly.
- "FLASHBACK: 'The Brady Bunch Movie' Turns 20! On Set With the Grooviest Cast of '94". Entertainment Weekly. February 17, 2015.
- "Actor's Dialogue: Jennifer Elise Cox and Alanna Ubach". Backstage.
In which Cox pulled off a great Jan Brady
- "We're celebrating THE BRADY BUNCH with actress Jennifer Elise Cox ("The Brady Bunch Movie") & the executive producer ("The Brady Bunch") Lloyd Schwartz". Pop Culture Tonight. August 23, 2015.
- Lindsey (October 8, 2013). "Classics Of The Corn: The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)". The Motion Pictures.
"Cox pulls off all of that nuttiness perfectly. She is without a doubt the best part of the movie.
- "Actor's Dialogue: Jennifer Elise Cox and Alanna Ubach". Backstage.
- "'Sex and The City': Guest Stars Of Season 3". Access Hollywood. May 30, 2008.
- ""Will & Grace" - The Hospital Show (2000)". imdb.com.
- "Jennifer Elise Cox - Will and Grace - Nurse Pittman Outtake". Youtube.
- "WB buys into ‘Hype,’ orders pilot", Variety, January 16, 2000.
- Renewals and cancellations for basic cable series, TVSquad.com, December 1, 2006.
- "TV Q&A with Rob Owen". Post-Gazette.com. November 13, 2009. Archived from the original on November 16, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
- Lifetime Cancels "Rita Rocks" Archived 2010-01-14 at the Wayback Machine., Entertainment Weekly, January 11, 2010.
- N'Duka, Amanda (11 August 2015). "Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' Cancelled By Showtime After 4 Seasons".