Jennifer Coolidge Biography
A character actress who has used her blond, voluptuous features to shrewd comic effect, Jennifer Coolidge appeared in some of the most celebrated film and TV comedies of the 1990s.
Perhaps best known by mainstream audiences for her role as Stifler’s mom in American Pie (1999), she has also done equally memorable work in films like Christopher Guest’s Best in Show (2000), which cast her as the lesbian trophy-wife of a frail and oblivious old multimillionaire.
Originally hailing from Boston, Coolidge began her professional acting career when she moved to New York, where she became a member of the Gotham City Improv group.
Work with the group led her to Los Angeles, where she continued to nurture a career in improvisational acting as a member of the Groundlings, the city’s legendary improv troupe.
In the early ’90s, Coolidge broke into television-acting through spots on various shows, including Seinfeld and the animated King of the Hill, and segued into films with her debut in the forgettable 1997 comedy Trial and Error.
The actress earned her first dose of recognition for her scene-stealing cameo as a high school student’s seductive mother in the blockbuster comedy American Pie, then further endeared herself to audiences a year later in both Best in Show and The Broken Hearts Club.
The latter cast her as a laconic but wildly popular hairdresser, capitalizing on the kind of deadpan glamour that was well on its way to becoming Coolidge’s trademark.
Coolidge had a regular role in the NBC sitcom Joey as Joey’s agent, appearing in 37 out of 46 episodes in the series. She originally starred in an episode of Friends in its final season as Amanda, a tactless and uninhibited wannabe whom Phoebe and Monica try to shake off. Prior to her Friends appearance she was a regular on She TV, a very 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 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 kiddie comedy Slappy and the Stinkers and as Adam Sandler’s wife’s friend, Janine, in the 2006 comedy film Click.
Coolidge made one of her first appearances in the Seinfeld episode “The Masseuse”. She also had a recurring role on King of the Hill as Luanne’s beauty school teacher, Miss Kremzer. In 2006, she guest starred on an episode of Top Chef.
Most recently, 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. In the second season, she is a frequently recurring character, playing the fiance of Ben’s dad and future stepmother of Ben. She also starred in the 2008 television film Living Proof.Related Information: