Molly Ephraim

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Molly Ephraim
Molly Ephraim 2012.jpg
Ephraim in 2012
Born (1986-05-22) May 22, 1986 (age 31)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present

Molly Ephraim (born May 22, 1986) is an American actress who has appeared in films, on television, and in Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions. She is best known for playing the role of middle daughter and entrepreneur Mandy Baxter in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, which aired from October 2011 to March 2017.[1]

She also played Wendy Greenhut in the 2008 film College Road Trip, and Ali in Paranormal Activity 2 and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

Early life[edit]

Ephraim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Nina Zebooker and William Ephraim.[2] She was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She performed in shows at the Bucks County Playhouse as a child and in professional productions at the Prince Music Theater and Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia as a teenager. She graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Religious studies. At Princeton she was a member of the Triangle Club and performed in and choreographed various shows for Princeton University Players and Theatre Intime.[3] Ephraim was raised Jewish.[4]



Ephraim made her Broadway debut in 2002 as Little Red Riding Hood in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods, receiving a Drama League Award nomination. She was later seen as Bielke in the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof.[5] Off-Broadway, Ephraim played Rachel Stein in End Days at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2009.[6] She played Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Barrington Stage Company in 2008, in a remounting of the production with new direction by Jeremy Dobrish, and at the North Shore Music Theatre. In 2010, she played Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank at the Westport Country Playhouse.[7]

In 2015 Ephraim appeared as "Daphna Feygenbaum" in Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.[8]


Ephraim played Wendy Greenhut in the 2008 film College Road Trip. She had roles in episodes of the television shows Royal Pains (2009), Law & Order (2008), the Michael J. Fox-produced pilot Hench at Home (2003), and in the HBO pilot, The Wonderful Maladys. Ephraim played Ali Rey in the 2010 film Paranormal Activity 2 and the 2014 spin-off film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

Ephraim appeared as a series regular in the role of Mandy Baxter, one of Tim Allen's character's daughters, in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 College Road Trip Wendy Greenhut
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 Ali Rey
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Ali Rey
2015 Gravy Cricket
2018 The Front Runner Irene Kelly Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Hench at Home Ally Hench Unsold ABC pilot
2008 Law & Order Anne-Marie Liscomb Episode: "Tango"
2009 Royal Pains Beth Samuels Episode: "It's Like Jamais Vu All Over Again"
2010 The Wonderful Maladys Emo Girl Unsold HBO pilot
2011–2017 Last Man Standing Mandy Baxter Main cast, 130 episodes
2017–present Brockmire Bartender 5 episodes
2017 Halt and Catch Fire Alexa Vonn 5 episodes


  1. ^ ABC Unveils 2011-12 Schedule: New Comedy Block On Tuesday With Tim Allen., accessed May 17, 2011
  2. ^ "Molly Ephraim Biography". Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  3. ^ Rising star, Questions and answers with actress Molly Ephraim ’08, March 19, 2008
  4. ^ Molly Ephraim – Bad Jews By starrymag | June 9, 2015
  5. ^ "Funk, Doyle, Trimm, Hoty, Ephraim and Schwencke Join Roundabout's 'BYE BYE BIRDIE'". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  6. ^ "Ensemble Studio's END DAYS Makes Off Broadway Premiere 3/25". 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  7. ^ In the Attic With Anne Frank, New York Times review, October 8, 2010
  8. ^ "'Bad Jews': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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