Maya Khabira Rudolph
July 27, 1972
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Cruz|
|Partner(s)||Paul Thomas Anderson (2001–present)[a]|
Maya Khabira Rudolph Anderson (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She first gained prominence in the 1990s as a member of the alternative rock band The Rentals, then joined the Groundlings improv troupe later in the decade. In 2000, she became a cast member on Saturday Night Live, then played supporting roles in films such as 50 First Dates (2004), A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and Idiocracy (2006).
After leaving Saturday Night Live in 2007, Rudolph appeared in films including Grown Ups (2010), Bridesmaids (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Inherent Vice (2014), Sisters (2015), CHiPs (2017), Life of the Party (2018), and Wine Country (2019). Her voice acting includes the animated films Shrek the Third (2007), Big Hero 6 (2014), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), The Emoji Movie (2017), The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), The Willoughbys (2020), The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) and Luca (2021).
Rudolph starred as Ava Alexander in the NBC sitcom Up All Night (2011–2012), and co-hosted the variety series Maya & Marty (2016) with Martin Short. She voiced various characters in the Netflix animated sitcom Big Mouth (2017–present), which won her Primetime Emmy Awards in 2020 and 2021, and the Fox animated sitcom Bless the Harts (2019–21). She appeared in the NBC fantasy comedy series The Good Place (2018–2020), for which she received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. For her portrayal of United States senator and vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She continued to reprise the role throughout 2020 while Harris campaigned for and was elected vice president.
Rudolph was born in Gainesville, Florida, to singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton and composer Richard Rudolph. Her mother was African-American and her father is Ashkenazi Jewish. Her paternal grandfather was Sidney Rudolph, a philanthropist who once owned all of the Wendy's and Rudy's restaurants in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Her great-grandfather was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, changed his surname from "Rudashevsky" to "Rudolph", and was one of the founding members of Congregation Beth Shalom, a Conservative Jewish synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rudolph's godmother was R&B singer Teena Marie.
Rudolph's parents moved to Los Angeles, California, when she and her brother Marc were very young, and they grew up primarily in the Westwood neighborhood. Near the end of the song "Lovin' You", Riperton repeats "Maya". She incorporated this into her performance on The Midnight Special. She died of breast cancer on July 12, 1979, at age 31, two weeks before Maya's seventh birthday. In 1990, Rudolph graduated from Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, where she befriended schoolmates Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, living in Porter College. She graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography.
Television and film
Rudolph was in the improv troupe, the Groundlings, where she met future Saturday Night Live cast member Will Forte. In May 2000, she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player from the final three episodes of the 1999–2000 season until 2007. She has made several cameo appearances over the years. Since the 45th-season premiere, she has occasionally portrayed Vice President Kamala Harris, a performance acknowledged by Harris.
She has appeared in many other television shows, including the CBS medical drama series City of Angels and Chicago Hope. She had small parts in Chuck & Buck, Gattaca, As Good as It Gets, Duplex and Duets; she was also a music supervisor for Duets. Her first prominent film role came in 2006 with A Prairie Home Companion. Earlier, she had costarred with Luke Wilson in the 2005 Mike Judge sci-fi comedy Idiocracy, although that film was shelved until September 2006 and then only given a limited release. She also guest-starred as Rapunzel in the DreamWorks animated film Shrek the Third. She guest-starred as Julia in The Simpsons episode "The Homer of Seville". Rudolph guest-starred as character Athena Scooberman in NBC's Kath & Kim, and starred in the film Away We Go with The Office star John Krasinski. In 2010, she appeared in Grown Ups starring Adam Sandler, where she played the wife of Chris Rock's character. In 2011, she appeared in Bridesmaids with Saturday Night Live colleague Kristen Wiig, and in 2013 she played a supporting role in The Way, Way Back as the girlfriend of Sam Rockwell's character. She co-starred in the NBC sitcom Up All Night, with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Rudolph's self-titled variety show television pilot aired on May 19, 2014, but the show did not go beyond that. It was later announced that she would star in an NBC variety series Maya & Marty with Martin Short, which debuted on May 31, 2016. Her next series, Forever, premiered on September 14, 2018, on Amazon Video. As a voice actor she had various roles in the Netflix animated series Big Mouth, premiering in 2017.
Prior to joining Saturday Night Live, Rudolph was a backing singer (1995–99) and briefly a keyboardist in the band the Rentals, with whom she toured briefly. She appears in the music videos of the songs "Waiting" and "Please Let That Be You". She sang backing vocals for "Barcelona" and "My Head Is in the Sun", both from the album Seven More Minutes. In 2004, she recorded a track with the Rentals frontman Matt Sharp, including a cover of Tegan and Sara's "Not Tonight". She performed "Together In Pooping" and "Little Roundworm" with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Robert Smigel) on his album Come Poop With Me. She is in a Prince cover band called Princess with her friend Gretchen Lieberum.
Rudolph has been in a relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson since 2001, whom she refers to as her husband, although they are not legally married. They live in the San Fernando Valley with their four children: daughters Pearl (born October 2005) and Lucille (born November 6, 2009), son Jack (born July 3, 2011), and daughter Ida (born August 2013).
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Policewoman|
|2000||Chuck & Buck||Jamilla|
|2004||Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie||Kanshasha X|
|50 First Dates||Stacy|
|2006||A Prairie Home Companion||Molly|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Rapunzel (voice)|
|2009||Away We Go||Verona De Tessant|
|Grown Ups||Deanne McKenzie|
|2011||Beastie Boys: Fight for Your Right (Revisited)||Skirt Suit||Short film|
|Friends with Kids||Leslie|
|2013||The Way, Way Back||Caitlyn|
|Grown Ups 2||Deanne McKenzie|
|2014||The Nut Job||Precious (voice)|
|Inherent Vice||Petunia Leeway|
|Big Hero 6||Aunt Cass (voice)|||
|2015||Strange Magic||Griselda (voice)|
|A Very Murray Christmas||Lounge Singer|
|The Angry Birds Movie||Matilda (voice)|
|Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||Deborah|
|My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea||Verti (voice)|
|2017||CHiPs||Sergeant Gail Hernandez|
|We Don't Belong Here||Joanne|
|The Emoji Movie||Smiler (voice)|
|The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||Precious (voice)|
|2018||Life of the Party||Christine Davenport|
|The Happytime Murders||Bubbles|
|2019||The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||Mom|
|The Angry Birds Movie 2||Matilda (voice)|
|2020||The Willoughbys||Nanny (voice)|
|Hubie Halloween||Mrs. Mary Hennessey|
|2021||The Mitchells vs. the Machines||Linda Mitchell (voice)|
|Luca||Daniela Paguro (voice)|
|1996–1997||Chicago Hope||Nurse Leah Martine||5 episodes|
|1997||The Devil's Child||Holly||Television film|
|2000||Action||Phina||Episode: "Dead Man Floating"|
|City of Angels||Nurse Grace Patterson||15 episodes|
|2000–2007||Saturday Night Live||Various roles||153 episodes|
|2006||Campus Ladies||Professor Theresa Winslow Fabre||Episode: "All Nighter"|
|2007||The Simpsons||Julia (voice)||Episode: "Homer of Seville"|
|2008–2009||Kath & Kim||Athena Scooberman||5 episodes|
|2009||The Mighty B!||Cherry (voice)||Episode: "The Dragonflies"|
|2011–2012||Up All Night||Ava Alexander||35 episodes|
|2012, 2021||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||2 episodes|
|2014||Portlandia||Anita||Episode: "Bahama Knights"|
|The Maya Rudolph Show||Herself||Variety special; also producer|
|Family Guy||JoAnne Shalit (voice)||Episode: "The Book of Joe"|
|2014–2015||The Awesomes||Lady Malocchio (voice)||9 episodes|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Maya Rudolph Wears a Black Skirt and Strappy Sandals"|
|The Spoils Before Dying||Fresno Foxglove||4 episodes|
|Drunk History||Griselda Blanco||Episode: "Miami"|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Jackie Wilder||Episode: "Organ Trail"|
|Maya & Marty||Herself / Co-Host||6 episodes; also writer and producer|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine||U.S. Marshal Karen Haas||Episodes: "Coral Palms, Part 1" & "Coral Palms, Part 2"|
|Documentary Now!||Anita||Episode: "Final Transmission"|
|The Grinder||Jillian||4 episodes|
|2016, 2018||Mike Tyson Mysteries||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2017||Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special||Herself||Variety special|
|Nobodies||Herself||Episode: "Mr. First Lady"|
|Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Dionne Warwick||Episode: "Kimmy Does a Puzzle!"|
|Tour de Pharmacy||Lucy Flerng||Television film|
|The Gong Show||Herself / Judge||Episode: "Megan Fox/Andy Samberg/Maya Rudolph"|
|2017–present||Big Mouth||Diane Birch / Connie / Various voices||41 episodes|
|2017–2021||Big Hero 6: The Series||Aunt Cass (voice)||31 episodes|
|2017||A Christmas Story Live!||Mother Parker||Television film|
|2018–2020||The Good Place||Judge Gen||12 episodes|
|2018||Forever||June Hoffman||8 episodes|
|I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman||Lady Liberty||Episode: "Cory Booker"|
|2019||The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience||Val Gal||Variety special|
|Nailed It!||Herself / Judge||Episode: "A Classic Christmess"|
|2019–21||Bless the Harts||Betty Hart, Norma (voice)||Series regular|
|2020||Mapleworth Murders||Broda Bcbillan||3 episodes|
|Eater's Guide to the World||Herself / Narrator||7 episodes|
|Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine||Andrea Steele||Television special|
|TBA||Baking It||Herself / Host||Upcoming|
|2006||"Dick in a Box"||The Lonely Island featuring Justin Timberlake||Girlfriend|
|2011||"Make Some Noise"||Beastie Boys||Metal Chick|
|2013||"Hugs"||The Lonely Island featuring Pharrell Williams||Drug dealing '80s Oprah|
|2020||"Imagine (Quarantine Edition)"||Artists for We Are One||Herself|||
Awards and nominations
- Rudolph refers to Anderson as her husband, although they are not married.
- Marine, Brooke (September 14, 2018). "Maya Rudolph Reveals Why She Calls Paul Thomas Anderson Her "Husband" Even Though They Are Not Married". W. Condé Nast. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
- McCarthy, Todd (February 13, 2004). "50 First Dates". Variety. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
- "Maya Rudolph" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). The Complete Marquis Who's Who. Marquis Who's Who. 2010. Gale Document Number: GALE K2014901123. Retrieved September 24, 2011. Gale Biography In Context.
- "Hollywood Now: Interfaith Celebs Maya Rudolph, Lea Michele & Big Brain Theory Winner". January 12, 2009.
- "Maya Rudolph Biography (1972–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- "The Essence of Lucinda". Ocala Star-Banner. June 6, 2001. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
- "Sidney J. Rudolph, Philanthropist and Restaurant Owner". Miami Herald. December 23, 1992. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
- Stated by Henry Louis Gates on the Finding Your Roots episode "In Search of Freedom", January 19, 2016, PBS
- "Top 10 little known facts about Teena Marie". CNN Entertainment. December 28, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
- Itzkoff, Dave (September 9, 2011). "Juggling a Comedy Series About Juggling Life's Tasks". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
- Minnie Riperton (1975). Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You (Live 1975). The Midnight Special (TV series). Event occurs at 03:07. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
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- Morris, Alex (May 8, 2014). "The New Carol Burnett: Maya Rudolph on Fulfilling Her Variety-Show Dream". Vulture. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
- "Maya Rudolph Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
- McGlynn, Katla (May 8, 2011). "'SNL': Pregnant Tina Fey & Maya Rudolph Sing Duet About Doin' It". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
- Adams, Char (December 20, 2015). "Amy Poehler Reunites with Maya Rudolph to Bring 'Bronx Beat' Back to SNL – and They Aren't Fans of Star Wars". People. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- DeSantis, Rachel (September 30, 2019). "Kamala Harris Responds After Maya Rudolph Hilariously Spoofs Her on Saturday Night Live". People. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
- Collins, Scott (May 19, 2014). "Maya Rudolph looks to spice up NBC with a variety show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- Littleton, Cynthia (February 12, 2016). "NBC Greenlights Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Show, Targets May Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- Pederson, Erik (August 2, 2018). "'Forever' Trailer: Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, A Ski Trip & A Changed Life In Amazon Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
- "Pixar's Luca teaser trailer gives Jacob Tremblay a sun-soaked Italian summer with sea monsters". ew.com. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
- "D'Angelo Performs Prince Tribute with Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum on Tonight Show". People. April 27, 2016.
- Stanhope, Kate (July 19, 2011). "It's a Boy for Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson". TV Guide. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Maya Rudolph Announces She's Pregnant on "The View"!". ABC. The Walt Disney Company. May 12, 2009. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
- D'Zurilla, Christie (March 21, 2011). "Maya Rudolph expecting baby No. 3 with Paul Thomas Anderson". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
- "Maya Rudolph Expecting Second Child". People.com. Time Inc. October 23, 2005. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
- Michaud, Sarah (December 4, 2009). "Maya Rudolph Welcomes a Girl". People.com. Time Inc. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
- "Maya Rudolph Welcomes Son Jack". People.com. Time Inc. July 19, 2011. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
- Eggenberger, Nicole (September 10, 2013). "Maya Rudolph Welcomes Fourth Child!". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Disney's 'Big Hero 6' Adds Maya Rudolph to Top-Secret Voice Cast (Exclusive)". April 28, 2014.
- "Cast Announcement: Six Reasons We Can't Wait to See Big Hero 6". Oh My Disney. July 13, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown & Jayma Mays Joining Disney+'s 'Enchanted' Sequel 'Disenchanted'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
- Porter, Rick (December 3, 2019). "Lorne Michaels' Quibi Murder Mystery Lines Up All-Star Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
- "Eater x hulu present Eater's Guide To The World". Eater (website). Retrieved November 21, 2020.
- Laura Smith-Spark (March 19, 2020). "Gal Gadot enlists celebrity help for coronavirus 'Imagine' video". CNN. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
- "Nominees/Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
- "Nominees/Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
- "Nominees/Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
- Hammond, Pete (November 19, 2020). "'Palm Springs', 'Lovecraft Country' Top Movie And Series Nominations For Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards; Netflix Lands 35 Nods". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
- Mitovich, Matt (July 13, 2021). "Emmys 2021: 'Mandalorian', 'The Crown' and 'WandaVision' Lead Nominations, 'Ted Lasso' Tops the Comedy Pack". TVLine. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
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