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Jennifer Coolidge        

TV and Film Actress; Known for her Role in "Legally Blonde" and "American Pie"

Jennifer Coolidge, a bombshell beauty with an offbeat sense of humor, proved to be a natural at improv and an enormously gifted comedian. Coolidge moved to Los Angeles and landed a spot in the famed Groundlings troupe, where she began to make a name for herself. Her TV debut came in 1993 as a masseuse who will not give her boyfriend Jerry Seinfeld a rubdown on a particularly memorable episode of "Seinfeld."

She landed a featured regular role on the short-lived sketch series "She TV" on ABC and then on the Roseanne-produced "Saturday Night Special" as a writer and performer. Coolidge made her big-screen debut in the inane courtroom comedy "Trial and Error. She continued to book small comedic parts that took advantage of her va-va-voom voluptuousness and inimitable off-kilter line readings, including a turn as a sexy cop in the "Saturday Night Live" sketch-turned-movie "A Night at the Roxbury." She recurred on the animated "King of the Hill" as the voice of Miss Kremzer, the frazzled beauty school teacher of Luanne Platter and had a bit part in the hit sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."

Coolidge broke out as a comedy star, however, for her turn in the blockbuster teen sex comedy "American Pie," in which she played Stifler's mom, the alluring and ultimate "MILF." She then played the hard-luck manicurist Paulette who benefits from the pretty-in-pink verve of Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde." Consistently surprising critics and audiences with her vanity-free, chameleonic performances and otherworldly gift for improv, Coolidge quickly became the go-to character actress who could add a quirky sparkle to any project, brightening such comedies as the rap-centric "Pootie Tang" and the male model send-up "Zoolander."

In 2004, she delighted as the Botoxed wicked stepmother in the Hilary Duff tween smash "A Cinderella Story" for which she won a Teen Choice Award. Invited to join the Academy in 2005, Coolidge channeled Barbra Streisand's "Meet the Fockers" character in the gross-out parody "Date Movie" and took a supporting role in the Adam Sandler magic-remote-control comedy "Click." Although the subsequent Guest mockumentary "For Your Consideration" was not the smash many hoped it would be, Coolidge remained at the top of her game for her small role as a dazzlingly dizzy movie producer. In the parody "Epic Movie," she conjured up laughs as the "White Bitch," an echo of Tilda Swinton's "White Witch" in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Coolidge provided voices for the John Cusack animated film "Igor" and appeared in the acclaimed "Living Proof," based on the real-life story of the search for a breast cancer cure. Many were delighted to hear that Coolidge would return yet again as the agelessly seductive Stifler's mom in "American Reunion," which reunited the original cast to much fanfare in 2012.

In October 2011, Coolidge began a role in "2 Broke Girls" as Sophie Kachinsky, a neighbor of the two leads. She has since been promoted to main cast.

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