Jennifer Coolidge

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Jennifer Audrey Coolidge (born August 28, 1961) is an American actress. Primarily noted for her roles in comedic film and television, she may be best known for her roles as Jeanine "Stifler's Mom" Stifler in the American Pie film series (1999-2012) and as Paulette Bonafonté Parcelle in the Legally Blonde film series (2001-2003). She is a regular actor in Christopher Guest's mockumentary films, such as Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), For Your Consideration (2006), and Mascots (2016). Coolidge is an alumna of The Groundlings, an improv and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles.

Coolidge also appeared in the films A Cinderella Story (2004), Robots (2005), Click (2006), Date Movie (2006), American Dreamz (2006), Epic Movie (2007), Igor (2008), Soul Men (2008), Gentlemen Broncos (2009), Austenland (2013), Like a Boss (2020), Promising Young Woman (2020), and Single All the Way (2021). On television, she is known for her roles as Roberta "Bobbie" Morganstern in the NBC sitcom Joey (2004-2006), Betty in the ABC Family teen drama series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2012), Zofia "Sophie" Kaczyński in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls (2011-2017), and Tanya McQuoid in the HBO anthology series The White Lotus (2021), the latter of which earned her critical acclaim, winning a Primetime Emmy Award and a Critics' Choice Television Award, and receiving nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. +more Most recently, she appeared in The Watcher on Netflix.

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Early life

Coolidge was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gretchen (née Knauff) and Paul Constant Coolidge, a plastics manufacturer. She was raised in Norwell, Massachusetts. +more She is one of four children, with a brother, Andrew, and two sisters, Elizabeth and Susannah. Coolidge attended Norwell High School, the Cambridge School of Weston, and pursued university studies at Emerson College in Boston and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. While in New York, Coolidge worked as a waitress in a restaurant alongside future Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock. Coolidge played the clarinet and went to orchestra camp for three summers as a child.

During college, Coolidge wanted to become a dramatic actress like Meryl Streep, but instead became a comedic character actress.

Career

1993-1999: Early career

Coolidge is known for her supporting roles in several comedy movies and guest roles on television. She made her first appearance on television in the Seinfeld episode "The Masseuse". +more Before gaining recognition, she received small roles appearing in such films as A Bucket of Blood, Plump Fiction, and A Night at the Roxbury. She also voiced Luanne's beauty school teacher, Miss Kremzer, in a recurring role on King of the Hill.

1999-2006: Breakthrough with American Pie and Legally Blonde

In 1999, Coolidge got her big break playing Jeanine Stifler, or "Stifler's mom" in American Pie. The film was a box-office hit and took in a gross worldwide revenue of $235,483,004. +more In 2001, she reprised her role in American Pie 2. Later in that same year, she had a supporting role in Legally Blonde as Paulette Bonafonté Parcelle the manicurist. Legally Blonde was a box-office hit, grossing US$96 million domestically. The film's box-office success led to her reprising the role in its 2003 sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, but the movie was not as financially successful as the first film and generated mostly negative reviews. In 2003, she again played Jeanine Stifler in American Wedding.

In 2003, she played the protagonist's agent Luise in Testosterone filmed in Argentina starring David Sutcliffe as Dean Seagrave and Antonio Sabato, Jr. +more as Pablo.

In 2004, she had a supporting role in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story playing Hilary Duff's character's vain, self-absorbed stepmother. The film went on to become a moderate box office hit despite negative critical reviews.

Coolidge nearly received the role of Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives, but it eventually went to Felicity Huffman. From 2004 to 2006, Coolidge had a role in the NBC comedy series Joey as Joey Tribbiani’s oversexed agent Roberta "Bobbie" Morganstern. +more During its second season, she went from a recurring character to a more prominent role, appearing in 37 out of 46 episodes in the series. NBC officially canceled the series in May 2006 citing low ratings. She originally starred in an episode of Friends in its final season as Amanda, an obnoxious acquaintance whom Phoebe Buffay and Monica Geller try to shake off. Prior to her Friends appearance she was a regular on She TV, a short-lived sketch comedy that also featured Nick Bakay, Elon Gold, Simbi Khali, and Linda Kash. She also has appeared on According to Jim, playing Roxanne, Jim's sister and in an episode of Sex and the City, and on Frasier as Frederica, Martin Crane's new physical therapist. Coolidge also appeared in the children's comedy Slappy and the Stinkers, and as the voice of Aunt Fanny in the animated feature Robots. The film was accompanied by an original short animated film based on Robots, titled Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty, in which she reprised her role.

In late 2005, Coolidge was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2006, she guest starred on an episode of Top Chef, and played as Adam Sandler's wife's friend, Janine, in the comedy film Click. +more From 2000 to 2006 she played comic parts in the improv mockumentaries Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration, all directed by Christopher Guest.

2006-2011: Supporting roles in comedies and television work

She appeared in the 2006 film Date Movie as a spoof of Barbra Streisand's Meet the Fockers character. The film received unfavorable critic reviews and Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 77th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 6%. +more However, Variety did praise Coolidge for providing a few bright moments with a spot-on spoof of Barbra Streisand, albeit otherwise unimpressed describing the film as "padded and repetitious".

Epic Movie, released in 2007 and made by the same people behind Date Movie, was the first movie in which she received a starring role. In the film she played the "White Bitch" (the White Witch) of Gnarnia (Narnia), a lampoon of the Disney and Walden Media film The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. +more A. O. Scott of The New York Times called the film "irreverent and also appreciative, dragging its satiric prey down to the lowest pop-cultural denominator" and added, "The humor is coarse and occasionally funny. The archly bombastic score . is the only thing you might call witty. But happily, Jennifer Coolidge and Fred Willard show up . to add some easy, demented class. ".

During 2007, Coolidge appeared on Thank God You're Here and The Closer, on TNT. In 2008, she guest starred on The Secret Life of the American Teenager as a call girl. +more In the second season, she was a frequently recurring character, now playing the fiancé of Ben's dad and future stepmother of Ben. She also starred in the 2008 Lifetime Television film Living Proof. Coolidge appeared in the 2008 film Soul Men as Rosalee.

In 2009, Coolidge took a dramatic role in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans as Genevieve McDonagh. The film premiered on September 9, 2009, at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, and it opened in general release in the United States on November 20, 2009. +more Also In 2009, she starred alongside Heather Graham and Amber Heard in ExTerminators, a black comedy about a set of women who form their own "silent revolution", wreaking havoc on the abusive men in their lives.

In 2010, Coolidge appeared in another film starring Hilary Duff titled Beauty & the Briefcase, an ABC Family television film produced by Image Entertainment that originally aired on April 18, 2010. It was based on the novel Diary of a Working Girl by Daniella Brodsky. +more The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on February 8, 2011.

2011-2019: American Reunion, 2 Broke Girls, and other roles

It was reported in October 2008 that Universal Pictures was planning to produce a third theatrically released sequel to American Pie. In April 2010, the film entered pre-production, and in May 2011, Coolidge signed on to reprise her role of Stifler's Mom. +more The film opened in North America on April 6, 2012.

In June 2011, Coolidge curated a Blake Nelson Boyd art show in New Orleans. In the same month Coolidge began to do standup comedy. +more She hosted the “Women in Film” at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It went over so well, that she decided to take an act on the road. Coolidge ended up doing shows all over the country and the world for two years, Scotland included. Coolidge told Australian radio show The Kyle & Jackie O Show that she would be touring Australia as part of her Yours for the Night stand-up tour.

In October 2011, Coolidge began a recurring role in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls as Sophie Kaczyński, a Polish neighbor of the two lead characters. She was later promoted to main cast from season 2 up until the show's cancellation in 2017.

During 2013, additional voice cast members were announced for +moreO. :_Bureau_of_Otherworldly_Operations'>B. O. O. : Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, including Coolidge as Carol Sue, a transitions-relations officer. Film distributor 20th Century Fox set November 6, 2015, for the film's release date (which was moved a few months later up to September 25), In 2014, Los Angeles Times reported that the film had been delayed again, with no replacement release date set. It was reported the film's concept has gone back to development. Also in 2013, Coolidge and actress Megan Mullally joined the cast of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Coolidge playing Ms. Suggs, the driving instructor. The film was released in North America on October 10, 2014.

The next year, she had a voice role in Hell and Back, and had a cameo in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. In 2016 she appeared in Mascots, directed by Christopher Guest. +more In 2017, Coolidge lent her voice to portray Mary Meh in The Emoji Movie. In 2018, Coolidge made an appearance in Ariana Grande's music video for her song "Thank U, Next".

2020-present: Promising Young Woman, The White Lotus, and Netflix Series

In 2020, she was starred in Like a Boss, the first studio comedy film of the 2020s, for Paramount Pictures, co-starring with Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek. Coolidge had a supporting role in Emerald Fennell's directorial debut Promising Young Woman as the mother of Carey Mulligan's character, Cassie. +more The movie received universal acclaim upon release. In October 2020, Coolidge was cast as Tanya, a troubled woman on holiday, in Mike White's comedy-drama series The White Lotus and began filming shortly after in Hawaii. The show premiered in July 2021 and was widely praised, with Coolidge receiving critical acclaim and winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance.

In 2021, she starred in the Netflix Christmas romantic comedy Single All the Way alongside Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers and Kathy Najimy.

In 2022, Coolidge starred in Netflix's mini-series The Watcher along with Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale.

Personal life

Coolidge dated comedian Chris Kattan.

After having visited New Orleans up to 10 times a year over a period of 10 years, Coolidge purchased two homes in that city in 2005. Interior scenes from The Beguiled (2017) were filmed in one of Coolidge's New Orleans homes.

Her charitable work and activism have included a history of supporting AIDS assistance and animal rights. She is also known for her support of the LGBT+ community and is widely considered to be a gay icon.

Coolidge loves animals and has a pet dog named Chuy that was rescued from a meat factory in Korea.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Not of this EarthNurse
1995A Bucket of BloodStupid girl
1995Love and HappinessJeringir
1997Plump FictionSister Sister
1997Trial and ErrorJacqueline "Jackie" Turreau
1998Slappy and the StinkersHarriet
1998A Night at the RoxburyHottie police officer
1998Brown's RequiemHelen
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeWoman at football game
1999American PieJeanine Stifler
2000The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic ComedyBetty
2000Best in ShowSherri Ann Cabot
2001Down to EarthMrs. Belinda Wellington
2001Legally BlondePaulette Bonafonté
2001Pootie TangIreenie
2001American Pie 2Jeanine StiflerUncredited Cameo
2001ZoolanderAmerican designer
2003A Mighty WindAmber Cole
2003As Virgins FallJanice Denver
2003CarolinaAunt Marilyn
2003Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & BlondePaulette Bonafonté Parcelle
2003American WeddingJeanine Stifler
2003TestosteroneLouise
2004A Cinderella StoryFiona Montgomery
2004Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsWhite-Faced Woman #1
2005RobotsAunt Fanny (voice)
2006Date MovieRoz Fockyerdoder
2006American DreamzMartha Kendoo
2006ClickJanine
2006For Your ConsiderationWhitney Taylor Brown
2007Epic MovieThe White Bitch of Gnarnia
2008+more_Dolittle:_Tail_to_the_Chief'>Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the ChiefDaisy (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2008Foreign ExchangePrincipal Lonnatini
2008IgorJaclyn / Heidi (voice)
2008Soul MenRosalee
2009ExTerminatorsStella
2009A Good FuneralHelen
2009Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New OrleansGenevieve McDonagh
2009Gentlemen BroncosJudith Purvis
2010The Jack of SpadesMonica
2010Beauty & the BriefcaseFelisa McCollin
2011Mangus!Cookie Richardson
2012American ReunionJeanine Stifler
2013AustenlandMiss Elizabeth Charming
2014Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayMs. Suggs
2015Hell and BackDurmessa (voice)
2015Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road ChipMrs. PriceCameo
2016MascotsJolene Lumpkin
2017The Emoji MovieMary Meh (voice)
2020Like a BossSydney
2020Promising Young WomanSusan Thomas
2020Bobbleheads: The MovieBinky (voice)Direct-to-video
2021Swan SongDee Dee Dale
2021Arlo the Alligator BoyStucky (voice)
2021Single All the WayAunt Sandy
2023Shotgun WeddingCarolPost-production
TBAWe Have a GhostPost-production
TBALegally Blonde 3Paulette ParcellePre-production
TBAPierre the Pigeon-HawkAunty PeggyPre-production
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Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993SeinfeldJodiEpisode: "The Masseuse"
1994She TVVarious
1995The MonroesMarcia KellyEpisode: "Educating Billy"
1996Saturday Night SpecialVarious
1997-1999King of the HillMiss June Kremzer (voice)4 episodes
1998Alright AlreadyRhondaEpisode: "Again with the Hockey Player: Part 1"
1998Rude AwakeningSue2 episodes
1998Men in WhiteN/ATelevision film
1999Ladies ManHelenEpisode: "Neutered Jimmy"
2001The Andy Dick ShowNancy BuntingEpisode: "Kid Krist"
2001FrasierFredericaEpisode: "Forgotten But Not Gone"
2001Sketch PadThe Groundlings
2002Do OverGwen BrodyEpisode: "Cold War"
2002Women vs. MenShellyTelevision film
2003-2004According to JimRoxanne3 episodes
2003Sex and the CityVictoriaEpisode: "The Perfect Present"
2003FriendsAmanda BuffamonteeziEpisode: "The One with Ross's Tan"
2004Game OverRamona (voice)Episode: "Into the Woods"
2004MADtvHerself / IvankaSeason 9, episode 23
2004-2006JoeyRoberta "Bobbie" MorgansternMain cast; 37 episodes
2004Father of the PrideTracy (voice)Episode: "And the Revolution Continues"
2004As Told by GingerNikki Laporte (voice)Episode: "The Wedding Frame"
2005Hopeless PicturesTraci (voice)3 episodes
2006Comic Relief 2006"Fur"Stand-up comedy benefit concert in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
2007-2009Nip/TuckCandy Richards / CoCo3 episodes
2008-2009Yin Yang Yo!Coop's mother (voice)4 episodes
2008The CloserAngie SerabianEpisode: "Dial M for Provenza"
2008-2012The Secret Life of the American TeenagerBetty35 episodes
2008Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the WorldFannie Mae (voice)Episode: "Mom Fight"
2008Living ProofTishTelevision film
2009+moreS. _TV_series)'>Kath & KimLenoreEpisode: "Celebrity"
2009Party DownBobbie St. Brown2 episodes
2010 2012The Life & Times of TimVarious voices3 episodes
2010-2013Hero FactoryDaniella Capricorn (voice)5 episodes
2011-2014Fish HooksMs. Lynne Lips (voice)Recurring
2012The GameMarissaEpisode: "Skeletons"
2012Napoleon DynamiteMrs. Jane Moser (voice)2 episodes
2012-20172 Broke GirlsSophie KaczyńskiRecurring (season 1); main cast (season 2-6) 122 episodes
2012-2016Gravity Falls"Lazy" Susan Wentworth (voice)Recurring
2015GleeWhitney S. Pierce2 episodes
2015Inside Amy SchumerCleopatricia ShermanEpisode: "Babies and Bustiers"
2015TripTankMom (voice)Episode: "Steve's Family"
2017American Dad!Caroline (voice)Episode: "A Whole Slotta Love"
2018-2022The Loud HouseMyrtle (voice)5 episodes
2019The Cool KidsBonnieEpisode: "Sid's Ex-Wife"
2020RoyaltiesMiriam Hale3 episodes
2020-2021The Fungies!Dr. Nancy (voice)Regular role
2021Rick and MortyDaphne (voice)Episode: "A Rickconvenient Mort"
2021I Heart ArloStucky (voice)3 episodes
2021Ten Year Old TomDakota's Mom (voice)5 episodes
2021-presentThe White LotusTanya McQuoidMain cast
2022The WatcherKaren CalhounRecurring
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Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005RobotsAunt FannyVoice

Music videos

YearTitleArtistRole
2018"Thank U, Next"Ariana GrandePaulette Bonafonte

Theatre

YearTitleRoleVenueNotes
2001-2002The WomenEdith PotterAmerican Airlines Theatre77 performances
2010EllingReidun Nordsletten / Gunn / Poet / JohanneEthel Barrymore Theatre9 performances

Living people

LGBT rights activists from the United States

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Primetime Emmy Award winners

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