Jennifer Coolidge Biography
Born: August 28, 1963
Date of Birth: August 28, 1963
Jennifer Coolidge's career began with the renowned Groundlings Theatre, and she then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College. Her first TV role came when she was chosen to play Jerry's girlfriend Jody on an episode on the hit sitcom Seinfeld. In 1994, Jennifer graduated to a regular role on the ABC-TV sketch comedy series, She-TV. Minor roles in low budget films such as Not of this Earth (1995), Plump Fiction (1997) and Slappy and the Stinkers (1998) followed, as well as a recurring role on Saturday Night Special—another sketch comedy series that also starred Roseanne. Jennifer played "Stupid Girl" in Showtime's TV movie Bucket of Blood, which featured Will Ferrell in a small role as "Young Man."
However, her breakout performance came in Christopher Guest's critically-acclaimed Best In Show (2000), playing a woman whose adoration for her 95-year-old husband is based upon shared love of things such as peas and soup. In 2001, Jennifer starred in the Broadway production of Claire Boothe Luce's comedy The Women and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Her rise to stardom was confirmed when she played Stifler's Mom in all three American Pie movies as well as Paulette, the innocent manicurist with an unexpected and hilarious tough side in Legally Blonde (2000) and Legally Blonde II: Red, White, and Blonde (2003) opposite Reese Witherspoon. Other film credits include Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), The Broken Hearts Club (2000), A Cinderella Story (2004,) Date Movie (2006) and American Reunion (2012). She also starred in the comedy flick Austenland (2013) and in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014). Her latest film credit is providing the voice of Mary Meh in the animated comedy The Emoji Movie (2017).
Television appearances include Ladies Man, King of the Hill, Frasier, Sex and the City, Friends and Joey.
Jennifer, who lives in Los Angeles, shared a 2004 Florida Film Critics Award as a member of the cast of A Mighty Wind (2003).