Mindy Kaling biography
A Wrinkle in Time
Date of Birth: June 24, 1979
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Indian immigrants, Mindy Kaling was born Vera Mindy
Chokalingam. She graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private Cambridge school in
Mindy attended to Danforth College the following year, where she joined the improv comedy
troupe The Dog Day Players, as well as writing for the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, the
college’s humor magazine.
She graduated from Danforth in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in playwriting. While a student at
Danforth, she worked as an intern on The Late Night with Conan O’Brien, but later
described herself as being a terrible intern because she was a "Conan stalker."
After college, Mindy moved to New York City where she did stand-up comedy. It wasn’t until 2004
that she got her big break on the American version of the popular British TV sitcom The
Office, playing Kelly Kapoor, a customer service rep, who wanted to be in love and married.
Mindy also wrote 22 episodes of the show, went on to direct two episodes and became a producer of
the show in 2006. As a producer/writer of the show, she was received five Emmy nominations.
Mindy left the series after its eighth season to produce another comedy series. She pitched a
new show to Fox called The Mindy Project, which she would not only star in, but write and
produce. The show premiered in 2012 on the Fox Network. Mindy played a romantically frustrated
obstetrician, balancing her personal and professional life. The series was a huge hit during its
run. Fox canceled the show after three seasons but it was then picked up by Hulu for an upcoming
Mindy has also appeared in several films. Her movie debut was in the 2005 comedy The
40-Year-Old Virgin starring her The Office co-star Steve Carell. She's had
several small roles in films, including Unaccompanied Minors and License to Wed. Mindy also appeared in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, playing a tour guide. She has voiced characters in the animated films Despicable Me, Wreck-It Ralph and Inside Out (2015).
Other movies include No Strings Attached (2011) and The Five-Year Engagement (2012). More recently, she starred in The Night Before (2015).
Mindy, who lives in Los Angeles, made the 2013 list of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential
People in the World.