Date of Birth: July 27, 1972
Maya Rudolph began her performing career with the famed improvisational troupe The Groundlings. In 2000, she made her debut on NBC's Saturday Night Live, where she continued as one of the show's regular players for over seven years. Rudolph's turns included memorably skewed portrayals of Oprah Winfrey, Donatella Versace, and Michelle Obama.
Her film work includes Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion; Mike Judge's Idiocracy; Bruce Paltrow's Duets; Peter Segal's 50 First Dates; Andrew Niccol's Gattaca; James L. Brooks' As Good As It Gets; and providing the voice of Rapunzel in Shrek the Third and playing Chris Rock's wife in Grown Ups (2010). She also starred in the wildly popular comedy Bridesmaids (2011) and then joined her co-stars Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm for Friends with Kids (2012).
The child of music producer Dick Rudolph and singer Minnie Riperton, Ms. Rudolph has followed in their footsteps by producing music, singing, and playing instruments in bands. On television she played a recurring role on the NBC comedy series Kath & Kim from 2008 to 2009.