Lisa Ann Walter

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Lisa Ann Walter
Born (1963-08-03) August 3, 1963 (age 56)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian, producer, writer
Years active1995–present

Lisa Ann Walter (born August 3, 1963) is an American actress, comedian, writer and film producer.[1] She has appeared in such films as the 1998 version of The Parent Trap, Bruce Almighty,[1] Shall We Dance,[1] and War of the Worlds.[1] Walter also created and starred in the short-lived 1996–1997 sitcom, Life's Work. She was a judge on ABC's reality television series The Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?. She also won for her charity in a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link.

Early life[edit]

Walter was born and raised in suburban Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., where she remembers "always liking to show off" as a child. Her mother was of Italian descent and her father was from a family from Alsace, and had German ancestry.[2][3][4] She was a high-achieving student and always the class clown. Walter's father worked at NASA and indulged his own love of performing after-hours in local community theater. Her mother was a teacher, later working at the local courthouse. Her parents, both native New Yorkers, divorced when Walter was in elementary school. She attended Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland, finally studying drama at The Catholic University of America under the tutelage of the renowned Father Gilbert Hartke. She began appearing in various regional and dinner theater productions, and met her future spouse, Sam Baum, while performing in "A Streetcar Named Desire". They married before moving to New York City, where both began various day jobs while raising their baby, shoehorning in frequent auditions and roles various off-Broadway venues. Walter performed at amateur night contests at some of the noted comedy clubs.

Personal life[edit]

Walter resides in Los Angeles with her four children, including son Jordan, daughter Delia, and twin boys Simon and Spencer. She is developing enough material for a return to stand-up comedy. She remains good friends with British actor Simon Kunz and Elaine Hendrix, with both of whom she acted in The Parent Trap.


After five years of standup comedy, she was cast to star in her own Fox Network comedy series, My Wildest Dreams, followed by an ABC sitcom, Life's Work, which she both created and starred in. Walter also co-starred in the Bravo series Breaking News and in the NBC sitcom Emeril.

In addition to Bruce Almighty (2003) and Shall We Dance (2004), Walter co-starred in the Disney film The Parent Trap (1998); in the remake of the original classic, she appeared as the nanny to Dennis Quaid's character's daughter, who was played by a young Lindsay Lohan. Prior to that, she played Whoopi Goldberg's tarty sidekick Claudine in Eddie (1996).

In early 2007, Walter had a supporting role as Mabel the bartender in the MyNetworkTV soap opera Watch Over Me. Later that May she served as a judge on the ABC reality TV show The Next Best Thing, which searched for the best celebrity impersonators in America.

In early 2008, Walter was in the comedy film Drillbit Taylor, and also starred on the VH1 reality series Celebracadabra, in which celebrities competed to see who was the best magician among them. She made it to the final three but was eliminated in the sixth episode. She has developed a series for the Oxygen network called Dance Your Ass Off. On December 19, 2011, she appeared on Rizzoli & Isles as a ballet coach, J.J. It was far from her usual role, as she played a very serious character in a drama. Her comic memoir, "The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me" was published in May 2011.

Beginning in May 2011, Walter hosted The Fabulous Lisa Ann Walter Show, a talk show on the Los Angeles radio station KFI. The program aired for three hours each Saturday and Sunday. In August 2014, Walter quit in order to focus on her acting career.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Eddie Claudine
1998 The Parent Trap Chessy
2000 Get Your Stuff Nancy Perry
2001 Early Bird Special Janet
2003 Bruce Almighty Debbie
2004 Shall We Dance? Bobbie
2005 War of the Worlds Cheryl
2005 The Trouble with Dee Dee Dee Dee Rutherford
2006 Room 6 Sgt. Burch
2006 Coffee Date Sara
2006 Man vs. Monday Joan Short film
2007 Graduation Carol
2007 Entry Level Kathie
2008 Drillbit Taylor Dolores
2010 Wreckage Dr. Richardson
2010 Killers Olivia Brooks
2010 Monsters Under the Bed Leslie Branson Short film
2012 Wedding Day Chef Cherie
2013 Feels So Good Lisa Wright
2014 Wish Wizard Helga Short film
2015 You Can't Have It Suzanne
2015 Dependent's Day Bette
2015 The LA Spinster Lisa Short film
2017 The Ice Cream Truck Christina Film
2019 Stripped Margot Mathison post-production



  1. ^ a b c d "Lisa Ann Walter". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Lisa Ann Walter [@LisaAnnWalter] (July 23, 2014). ".@UCFH @WendyLiebman I'M part German, but not FROM there. Comedy is idiomatic. Germans find crazy shit funny. Physical humor, Mr. Bean shit" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Actress recalls her Italian family's love of food".
  4. ^ "Pennsylvanianscollaborate On 'Life's Work'". tribunedigital-mcall.


External links[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 My Wildest Dreams Lisa McGinnis Main role
1996–1997 Life's Work Lisa Ann Hunter Main role
1997 Late Bloomer Cassie Baltic TV film
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Audrey Cranston "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm Nurse "Interior Decorator"
2000–2001 Emeril Cassandra Gilman Recurring role
2001 Strong Medicine Rita Harper "Hot Flash"
2002 Breaking News Rachel Glass Main role
2004 Las Vegas Rose Gluck "Sons and Lovers"
2006 Modern Men Iris "Kyle Dates Up"
2006 Nip/Tuck Mrs. Hickock "Reefer"
2006 Watch Over Me Mabel "Pilot", "The Engagement", "Goodbye"
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Coach JJ "Don't Stop Dancing, Girl"
2013–2015 The Exes Margo "Defending Your Wife", "What Dreams May Come", "Along Came Holly"
2016 The Odd Couple
2017 GLOW Lorene "Debbie Does Something"
2019 Grey’s Anatomy Shirley Gregory "Reunited"