Margaret Emily Jakobson
New York City, U.S.
|Other names||Maggie Jakobson|
Margaret Emily Wheeler (née Jakobson) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Janice on the television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), Anita on Ellen (1994-1996), and Linda on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2004).
Wheeler was born Margaret Emily Jakobson in New York City, the daughter of Barbara, a writer, and John Jakobson, who began his career on Wall Street as one of the youngest members of the New York Stock Exchange. She was raised in a secular Jewish household and graduated from The Calhoun School in New York City.
In the 1980s, Wheeler (under her maiden name of Jakobson) briefly dabbled in voice acting on the animated series SilverHawks, where she provided all the female voices, specifically the villainess Melodia and the heroine Steelheart/Emily Hart, and on the Karate Kat and Mini-Monsters segments of The Comic Strip. She also starred in the 1989 film, New Year's Day, alongside David Duchovny.
After she became Maggie Wheeler, there has been a rumor that she auditioned for the role of Monica Geller in the series Friends. However, she denied this in an interview, stating that she only auditioned for the role of Janice Goralnik, which she was invited to play. Janice was a recurring character of the series and particularly known as a frequent love interest of main character Chandler Bing. She appeared at least once in each season; her 19 episodes tie her with Christina Pickles for Friends’ third most frequent guest actor, behind only Elliott Gould's 20 episodes, and James Michael Tyler's 150 episodes.
She also auditioned for the role of Debra Barone, on the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Although she was the producers' choice, CBS ended up selecting Patricia Heaton. Instead, Wheeler played the recurring role of Debra's friend, Linda.
She had a star billing in the first season of Ellen. She appeared on the hit comedy Seinfeld in the episode "The Fix-Up", as one of Elaine's friends who is set up with George. She has appeared in many other television programs, including Drake & Josh, ER, The X-Files, The War at Home, Will & Grace, Jack and Jill, How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
In 1998, she appeared in the remake of Disney's The Parent Trap, playing the younger of a mother-daughter pair of camp counselors. Wheeler provided the voice of Odile in Barbie of Swan Lake, and in 2010 she voiced Trinette in four episodes of Archer on FX.
|1982||Soup for One||Nurse|
|1987||Someone to Love||Attendee|
|New Year's Day||Lucy|
|1993||Sexual Healing||Suzanne||Short film|
|1998||The Parent Trap||Marva Kulp, Jr|
|2003||Barbie of Swan Lake||Odile||Voice role; direct-to-video film|
|2006||Dr. Dolittle 3||Brown Hen / Fluffy Hen|
|2015||The 3 Tails: A Mermaid Adventure||Maria|
|2019||The Addams Family||Trudy Pickering||Voice role|
|2021||Mark, Mary & Some Other People||Lisa|
|1984||The New Show||Various||8 episodes|
|1985||The Paper Chase||N/A||Episode: "The Day Kingsfield Missed Class"|
|1986||SilverHawks||Melodia / Steelheart||Voice role; main role|
|1990||L.A. Law||Paula Lights||Episode: "The Good Human Bar"|
|1991||Dream On||Bonnie Decker||Episode: "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh"|
|1992||Seinfeld||Cynthia||Episode: "The Fix-Up"|
|Civil Wars||Patricia McDermott||Episode: "Mob Psychology"|
|Doogie Howser, M.D.||Elena Spencer||Episodes: "What You See Ain't Necessarily What You Get", "The Patient in Spite of Himself"|
|1994||The X-Files||Det. Sharon Lazard||Episode: "Born Again"|
||Friends||Janice Litman-Goralnik (née Hosenstein)||Recurring role, 19 episodes|
|1994–1996||Ellen||Anita Warrell||Main role (season 1); guest role (season 3); 7 episodes|
|1995||Pride & Joy||Flight Attendant||Episode: "Terror at 30,000 Feet"|
|1996–2004||Everybody Loves Raymond||Linda Gruenfelder||Recurring role, 11 episodes|
|1998||The New Batman Adventures||Fake Harley (voice)||Episode: "Joker's Millions"|
|Love Boat: The Next Wave||Cindy||Episode: "True Course"|
|1999||Get Real||Jennifer||Episode: Pilot|
|2001||Jack & Jill||Kristen Moss||Episodes: "Crazy Like a Fox, Hungry Like the Wolf", "Bag Full of Love"|
|It's Like, You Know...||Rachel||Episode: "Walking Tall"|
|2002||Will & Grace||Polly||Episode: "Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard"|
|Justice League||Antiope / Perfume Lady/ Firefighter / Pilot||Voice role; episode: "Fury: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Stand-Up Comedian||Episode: "Last Laugh"|
|2004||Kim Possible||Dr Renton||Voice role; episode: "Motor Ed"|
|2005||Paine Management||Jeanine Bernsen||Television movie|
|Fat Actress||Woman Diapering Baby||Episode: "Charlie's Angels or Too Pooped to Pop"|
|Higglytown Heroes||Street Sweeper Hero||Voice role; episode: "Higgly Frog Day/Eubie's Ele-Fantastic Adventure"|
|E-Ring||Investigator||Episode: "Escape and Evade"|
|2006||Drake & Josh||Denise||Episode: "Alien Invasion"|
|ER||Amy Kellerman||Episode: "Ames v. Kovac"|
|Friday Night Lights||Teacher||Episode: "It's Different for Girls"|
|2007||The War at Home||Mindy||Episodes: "It's a Lower-Middle-Upper-Middle Class Problem", "The War of the Golds"|
|How I Met Your Mother||Margaret||Episode: "Dowisetrepla"|
|2009||Without a Trace||Gail Menken||Episode: "Wanted"|
|The Breakdown||Jennifer||Unsold television pilot|
|2009–2012, 2017||Archer||Trinette McGoon||Voice role; 11 episodes|
|2010||Glenn Martin DDS||N/A||Voice role; episode: "Jackie of All Trades"|
|2011||Shake It Up||Mrs Garcia||Episodes: "Twist it Up", "In The Bag it Up"|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||Ilene Solotaroff||Episode: "Palestinian Chicken"|
|The Closer||Gail's friend||Episode: "Road Block"|
|2013||Californication||Ophelia Robbins||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Rachel (Melanie's Childhood friend)||Episode: "Murder House"|
|2015||I Didn't Do It||Fortune Teller||Episode: "The Bite Club"|
|2016||Maron||Steph||Episode: "Shrink and Kink"|
|2018||Shameless||Fiona's lawyer||Episodes: "A Gallagher Pedicure", "Sleepwalking"|
|The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants||Lunch Lady (voice) / Mrs. Yewh (voice) / T.P. Mummy (voice)||Episodes: "Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Perilous Misfortune of the T.P. Mummy", "Captain Underpants and the Squishy Predicament of the Stanley Peet's Stinky Pits"|
|2021||Friends: The Reunion||Herself||Television special|
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- Gladstone, Douglas. "Oh. My. Gawd. Janice from 'Friends' is a choir director". Times of Israel. The Times of Israel. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
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