|Birth name||Susan Essman|
|Born||May 31, 1955|
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
|Medium||Film, television, stand-up|
|Education||State University of New York, Purchase (BFA)|
|Notable works and roles||Curb Your Enthusiasm|
Susan Essman (born May 31, 1955) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, writer and television producer, best known for her role as Susie Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bobbi Wexler on Broad City, and the voice of Mittens in Bolt.
Essman was born on May 31, 1955 in The Bronx, New York City, and was raised in the suburb of Mount Vernon. Her father, Leonard Essman, was an internist and clinical oncologist. Her mother, Zora (née Pressman), taught Russian at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the great granddaughter of silent film actor and Russian opera impresario Leo Feodoroff. Essman is Jewish; her grandparents emigrated from Russia and Poland. She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Purchase College.
Essman has been traveling and appearing at clubs throughout the country for more than three decades. In 1988, she appeared on HBO with Joy Behar and other rising female comedians on On Location: Women of the Night II. On January 5, 1989, she was a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Her first half-hour special premiered on September 20, 1992 on HBO’s One Night Stand. As much of her comedy draws from her ethnic background, she has been featured in such documentaries as, Heroes of Jewish Comedy and A History of Jewish Comedy.
Essman began her acting career with small parts in two 1988 films – Crocodile Dundee II and Punchline – but is best known for her role as Susie Greene, the wife of Jeff Greene (portrayed by Jeff Garlin), on the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Essman told The New York Times that, by the show's third season, she could not "walk down the street anymore without people stopping her and begging her to say [her character's catchphrase] 'You fat fuck'". In 2007, Slate named Essman's character one of the best on television, and a reason the publication looked forward to the return of the show.
She also provided the voice of Helen Higgins on the Comedy Central series Crank Yankers; she was an occasional correspondent on the first season of the network's The Daily Show. She appeared on Comedy Central's Roast of Bob Saget on August 17, 2008 and provided the voice of "Mittens" (the cat) in the 2008 Disney animated film, Bolt, and later reprised the role in the 2009 short Super Rhino, released on the film's home media. She also made an appearance on the Regis Philbin version of Million Dollar Password.
Essman was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002 and used to be a pescatarian—"Not a moral thing," she explains, but "aesthetic"; chicken "grosses me out"—and "lives on sushi". She married Jim Harder, a commercial real estate broker, in September 2008. She owns a Shih Tzu named Popeye.
|1988||Crocodile Dundee II||Subway Tour Guide|
|1991||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze||Soho Woman|
|1997||What's Your Sign?||Carla|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Ellen Friedman|
|2005||The Man||Lt. Rita Carbone|
|1988–1989||Baby Boom||Charlotte Elkman||13 episodes|
|1991–1992||True Colors||Mrs. Wampler||2 episodes|
|1993||Women Aloud||Panelist||Episode: Waist Management|
|1994||Hardcore TV||Sports Lady||2 episodes|
|1995||Ned and Stacey||Aunt Ceil||"Thanksgiving Day Massacre"|
|1998||Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||Self (voice)||Episode: Waltz|
|2000–present||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Susie Greene||Main role; 65 episodes|
|2002||The King of Queens||Marcia||Episode: No Orleans|
|2002||Law and Order: Criminal Intent||Ron Sherwood's Secretary||Episode: Badge|
|1997–2002||Law & Order||Performer||2 episodes|
|2002–2003||Crank Yankers||Helen Higgins (voice)||4 episodes|
|2003||Kim Possible||Sadie (voice)||"Car Trouble"|
|2006||Dora the Explorer||Queen Bee (voice)||Episode: Dora's First Trip|
|2009||Loving Leah||Malka||Television film|
|2009–present||American Dad!||Mrs. Lonstein (voice)||Recurring role|
|2012||Adventure Time||Barb (voice)||Episode: Web Weirdos|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Judge Clarice Karl||Episode: Front Page News|
|2015||Weird Loners||Evelyn Goldfarb||2 episodes|
|2015–2019||Broad City||Bobbi Wexler||8 episodes|
|2015–2018||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Arlene Heller||4 episodes|
|2016–2019||Those Who Can't||Leslie Brohn||10 episodes|
|2017||The Goldbergs||Edie Robb||Episode: So Swayze It's Crazy|
|2018||Beat Bobby Flay||Self (guest)||Episode: Skirting By|
|2019||Bless This Mess||Donna||7 episodes|
|2020||Harley Quinn||Sharon Quinzel, Grandma Quinzel (voice)||Episode: "Bensonhurst"|
|2022||Hacks||Elaine Carter||2 episodes|
|2022||Bob's Burgers||Lorraine (voice)||Episode: "Sauce Side Story"|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Nominated|||
|2015||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series||Broad City||Nominated|
|2018||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Nominated|
- "May 31: On This Day in History". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 31, 2022. Retrieved January 5, 2023.
Notable people born on this day include ... "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Susie Essman, who was born in 1955
- New York Times, March 5, 2003: "Eating Hollywood Style, With Thin Air on the Side".
- Westbrook, Caroline (October 7, 2007). "Susie Essman bio interview". www.somethingjewish.co.uk. Archived from the original on January 5, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
Both my parents are Jewish...
- CINDY SHER on October 04, 2012 (October 4, 2012). "JUF News | Veteran comics Susie Essman and Richard Lewis to bring the laughs to JUF's Vanguard Nov. 5". Juf.org. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
- Slate, Lapidos, Juliet. November 23, 2003: "Oh, How We've Missed You! The Best Characters on Television"
- Wadler, Joyce (October 7, 2009). "At Home With Susie Essman". The New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2009.
- "Ep 58: Susie Essman".
- SEPT. 13, 2008 (September 13, 2008). "Essman, Harder Marry". The New York Times. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
- Famous Shih Tzu Dogs – Celebrities Who Own a Shih Tzu allshihtzu.com
- "Susie Essman with Joy Behar: What Would Susie Say?". 92y.org. October 25, 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2021.