|Birth name||Susan Essman|
May 31, 1955 |
The Bronx, New York City
|Medium||Film, television, stand-up|
|Spouse||Jim Harder (2008–present)|
Susan "Susie" 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 and the voice of Mittens in Bolt.
Essman was born in The Bronx, New York City, and was raised in the middle-class New York City suburb of Mount Vernon. Her father, Leonard Essman, was an internist who died in 2001. Her mother, Zora, taught Russian at Sarah Lawrence College. Essman is Jewish. She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Purchase College.
Essman has been traveling and appearing at clubs throughout the country for more than two decades. Her first half-hour special appeared on Comedy Central in 1992; 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".
On October 15, 2004, she performed at the Friars Club roast of Donald Trump, in which she lampooned the tycoon with lines like "Donald, did you enjoy your meal? I heard your hair ordered the salmon" and "I'm so not your type. I'm smart, my boobs are real, and I speak English." Essman made her U.K. standup comedy debut at the Corn Exchange at the Newbury Comedy Festival in July 2007. While in England, she appeared on the British television show 8 Out of 10 Cats.
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 Disney animated film, Bolt, and reprised the role in the 2009 short Super Rhino. She also made an appearance on the Regis Philbin version of Million Dollar Password.
Essman is 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 Sumo.
|1988||"Crocodile" Dundee II||Tour Guide|
|1991||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze||Soho Woman|
|1998||The Siege||Protest Speaker|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Ellen Friedman|
|2002||The Secret Lives of Dentists||Nurse|
|2005||The Man||Lt. Rita Carbone|
|1988–1989||Baby Boom||Charlotte Elkman||13 episodes|
|1992||True Colors||Jewel||Episode: "Art Attack"|
|1994||Hardcore TV||Sports Lady||2 episodes|
|1995||Ned & Stacey||Aunt Ceil||Episode: "Thanksgiving Day Massacre"|
|1997; 2004||Law & Order||Ms. Shapiro / Veronica Reynolds||2 episodes|
|2000–2011||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Susie Greene||52 episodes|
|2002||The King of Queens||Marcia||Episode: "No Orleans"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Ron Sherwood's Secretary||Episode: "Badge"|
|2003||Kim Possible||Sadie (voice)||Episode: "Car Trouble"|
|2002–2003||Crank Yankers||Helen Higgins (voice)||4 episodes|
|2004||Dora the Explorer||Queen Bee (voice)||Episode; "Dora's First Trip"|
|2012||Adventure Time||Barb (voice)||Episode: "Web Weirdos"|
|2015||Broad City||Bobbi Wexler||2 episodes|
|2015||Weird Loners||Evelyn Goldfarb||2 episodes|
|2015||Late Night Joy||Co-Host||5 episodes|
- New York Times, March 5, 2003: "Eating Hollywood Style, With Thin Air on the Side".
- Westbrook, Caroline (October 7, 2007). "Susie Essman interview". www.somethingjewish.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
Both my parents are Jewish...
- Official Susie Essman website
- 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 2009-10-31.
- Essman, Harder Marry
- Famous Shih Tzu Dogs – Celebrities Who Own a Shih Tzu allshihtzu.com
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