American Pie Mom
Groundlings comedy troupe veteran Jennifer Coolidge is widely popular as Stifler's (played by Seann William Scott) well-preserved, boozed-up mom who beds her son's high school classmate in the American Pie films (1999; 2001 and 2003). She was also credited in such films as Trial And Error (1997), A Night At The Roxbury (1998), Best in Show (2000), A Cinderella Story (2004; as Hilary Duff’s wicked stepmother Fiona), Legally Blonde (2001) and its sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003; as Paulette, the manicurist), A Mighty Wind (2003), Robots (2005; the voice of Aunt Fanny), Date Movie (2006), American Dreamz (2006), Click (2006), For Your Consideration (2006) and the newly-released Epic Movie (2007). She also played the regular role of Joey's oversexed agent Bobbie Morganstern (2004-2006) on NBC’s sitcom, "Joey." Next, she will co-star with Luke Wilson in Chris D'Arienzo's film version of Frank Turner Hollon's novel, Barry Munday, and will join the voice cast of Anthony Leondis-directed CG-animated feature comedy Igor, voicing the role of Sybil the village vixen.
On personal front, the 5' 10'' tall, voluptuous blonde was romantically linked to actors Banks McClintock and Chris Kattan (born October 19, 1970; dated and lived together in 2001).
Childhood and Family:
On August 28, 1963, Jennifer Coolidge was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Norwell High School in Norwell, Massachusetts and spoke at graduation in 2002. She also went to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts
A Mighty Wind
"Well, when I was six years old I told my parents that I wanted to be a dump picker and a lullaby singer for a living. And what I meant was I wanted to go to the dump and pick things out that could be restored and then I would go door to door and sing lullabies." Jennifer Coolidge.
Beginning her performing career in New York as a member of the Gotham City Improv group, Jennifer Coolidge relocated to Los Angeles where she joined renowned sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings alongside Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, and Michael McDonald. After being discovered in the early 1990s, she had her early television credit with a guest role as a masseuse who won't offer her professional talents to boyfriend Jerry in a November 1993 episode of NBC Emmy-winning sitcom "Seinfeld." She followed it up with a regular on ABC short-lived sketch comedy series "She TV" and Fox’s "Saturday Night Special," a competitor to “Saturday Night Live” with a similar format of comedy skits and musicians.
Meanwhile, Coolidge was featured on Showtime movies Not of This Earth and Bucket of Blood (both in 1995). She also made her big-screen debut in Jonathan Lynn's inane courtroom comedy Trial and Error, starring "Seinfeld" alum Michael Richards and Jeff Daniels, followed by a co-starring role in Barnet Kellman's kids’ comedy Slappy and the Stinkers and a cameo as a hot traffic cop in John Fortenberry's comedy film based on a recurring skit on television's long-running Saturday Night Live, A Night at the Roxbury, starring Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan and Molly Shannon. On the small screen, she had a recurring voice role as Miss Kremzer (1997-1999) on the Fox satirical animated sitcom "King of the Hill" and a two-episode recurring role as Sue (1998) on the Showtime more adult sitcom "Rude Awakening." She was also spotted as a guest in a February 1998 episode of The WB sitcom "Alright Already."
In 1999, Coolidge broke the big screen in the Weitz brothers' popular comedy movie American Pie, playing Stifler's (played by Seann William Scott) well-preserved, boozed-up mom who beds her son's high school classmate. She later reprised her role in its next sequels: American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003). During that time, she also appeared as Betty, the most silent hairstylist who hears everyone's problems and theories in writer-director Greg Berlanti's gay-themed film, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (starring Timothy Olyphant, Zach Braff and Dean Cain), and as the gold-digging owner of Rhapsody in White, a perfectly manicured poodle and returning champion in Christopher Guest's mockumentary Best in Show (starring Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Fred Willard).
Coolidge also co-starred as the scheming wife of an elderly tycoon (played by Brian Rhodes) in the Weitz brothers' remake of the 1978 film Heaven Can Wait, Down to Earth (2001; starring Chris Rock) and as Paulette, the unlucky but good-natured manicurist befriended by fashion plate sorority girl turned Harvard Law student (played by Reese Witherspoon) in Robert Luketic's comedy film based on the novel by Amanda Brown, Legally Blonde (also in 2001). She later reprised her role in its next installment, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003).
Meanwhile, Coolidge appeared on Broadway in the revival of Clare Boothe Luce's comedy play "The Women," made a guest appearance in an April 2001 episode of NBC popular sitcom "Frasier" and o-starred in the Showtime-aired romantic comedy "Oooph!," which was set to debut in the 2001-2002 season. Back to the wide screen, Coolidge had a brief cameo as famed designer Donna Karan in Ben Stiller's fashion model espionage satire Zoolander, which was based on a pair of short films for the VH1 Fashion Awards television show in 1996 and 1997, and reteamed with Rock in writer-director Louis C.K.'s comedy film Pootie Tang (2001), which was adapted from a comedy sketch which first appeared on The Chris Rock Show.
After guest starring in an episode of HBO popular comedy series "Sex and the City" and a recurring role on ABC sitcom "According to Jim," Coolidge, who had a guest stint in an October 2003 episode of NBC huge hit sitcom “Friends,” landed a semi-regular role as dim but sweet actor Joey Tribbiani's oversexed agent Bobbie Morganstern (2004-2006) on NBC’s Matt LeBlanc spin-off sitcom, "Joey." She said: “(I play) Joey’s new agent. I’m very excited. I love the cast and Matt LeBlanc’s just a doll. We all love him. I did it as kind of a guest star thing.”
During her “Joey” years, Coolidge was cast as Hilary Duff's wicked stepmother Fiona in Mark Rosman's modern-day take on the classic story of Cinderella, A Cinderella Story (2004; also starring Chad Michael Murray), and appeared in Brad Silberling's adaptation of Daniel Handler’s books, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. She also lent her voice to Aunt Fanny in Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha's computer-animated film Robots (2005) and co-starred in Michael Traeger's independent comedy about six friends who decide to make a full length amateur adult film, The Amateurs (set for release in 2007). Additionally, she played Mandy Moore's mother in Paul Weitz's political satire American Dreamz and was cast by director Christopher Guest to play a producer in his comedy movie For Your Consideration (both in 2006).
2006 also saw Coolidge in Aaron Seltzer's spoof of romantic comedies, Date Movie (with Sophie Monk, Alyson Hannigan and Adam Campbell; she played a spoof of Barbra Streisand's Meet the Fockers character), Frank Coraci's Oscar-nominated comedy/drama/fantasy film Click (starring Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale; she played Sandler's wife's friend Janine) and writers-directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's newly-released spoof/parody film, Epic Movie (costarring with Kal Penn and Adam Campbell; she played the cold-hearted white b***h).
Coolidge is currently filming Chris D'Arienzo's film version of Frank Turner Hollon's novel, Barry Munday (starring Luke Wilson) and is attached to join the voice cast of Anthony Leondis-directed CG-animated feature comedy Igor, voicing the role of Sybil the village vixen.
- Teen Choice: Choice Movie Sleazebag, A Cinderella Story, 2005
- Florida Film Critics Circle: Best Ensemble Cast, A Mighty Wind, 2004