Birth Name: Lauren Helen Graham
Birth Date: March 16, 1967
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Height: 5' 9"
A tall, attractive brunette who excels at playing comic roles with whip-fast dialogue, Lauren Graham was the highlight of several failed TV series until finally snaring her breakout role as Lorelai Gilmore, the wisecracking young mother who shares a sisterly bond with her teen daughter in the WB's "Gilmore Girls" (2000- ).
An only child born in Honolulu but raised in Northern Virginia after her parents divorced and her single father took a congressional staffer position in Washington, D.C., she began her show business career while an undergraduate, performing with the a capella/comedy troupe the Metronomes. After majoring in English at Barnard and graduating with an MFA from Dallas' Southern Methodist University, Graham moved to New York, landed an agent and has worked fairly steadily since. After a few stage appearances, in 1995 she relocated to Los Angeles and landed the recurring role of Shelley, the perky but needy girlfriend of artist Richard Karinsky on the NBC sitcom "Caroline in the City."
"Good Company" (CBS, 1996) offered Graham her first regular series role as a bright copywriter while "Townies" (ABC, 1996) cast her as a twentysomething new mother trying to get her live-in boyfriend to the altar. While most praised the shows three female leads (Graham, Jenna Elfman and Molly Ringwald), she was singled out for her skill in negotiating her character's mercurial moods. Following a three-episode 1997 guest arc on "Law & Order" and a subsequent one-shot as Jerry Seinfeld's speed-dial-obsessed girlfriend on "Seinfeld," the actress then won kudos for her playing the perky but ruthless efficiency expert Andrea in a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio" during the 1997-98 season.
Graham segued to the big screen in a supporting role in "Nightwatch" and had a larger part as a soap opera actress in "Confessions of a Sexist Pig" (both 1998). She rounded out the year by appearing in support of Renee Zellweger in "One True Thing" and returning to series TV as Molly, the former girlfriend, now best buddy of advertising executive "Conrad Bloom" in the short -lived 1998 NBC sitcom. In 1999 she appeared opposite Billy Burke as the title character's girlfriend in "Dill Scallion," director Jordan Brady's low-budget mockumentary about a country-music star that has steadily gained a devoted cult following.
When she found out that she had been hired for ''Gilmore Girls'' in 2000 Graham was headlining a short-lived NBC show called ''M.Y.O.B.'' as Opal Marie Brown, a high school administrator trying to keep the lid on a rebellious niece. She was hired in ''second position'' for ''Gilmore Girls,'' meaning the producers would have to recast if ''M.Y.O.B'' to which she was legally bound was picked up for a full season but the sit-com bombed after only five airings. Free to move forward with "Gilmore Girls," Graham finally found the perfect star vehicle for all of her comedic strengths, as well as her inherent relateability. Playing the fast-talking but financially struggling 30-ish mom Lorelai, who has to turn to the wealthy, proper and hypercritical parents whom she's been estranged from for 16 years in order to fund her bright daughter's education, Graham and her young co-star Alexis Bledel struck a chord with TV viewers and the warm, family-friendly but never saccharine "Gilmore Girls" became one of the WB's most reliable ratings-grabbers. The role would also earn Graham a Family Television Award as best actress, as well as nominations from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Upon the success of "Gilmore Girls" Graham continued to land movie roles as her schedule allowed, appearing in the indie romantic comedy "Lucky 13" and as Keanu Reeves' girlfriend in "Sweet November" (2001). Throwing her TV image aside, she had a memorable turn romping with a seedy Billy Bob Thornton as the sex-crazed department store Santa groupie Sue in director Terry Zwigoff's gleefully cynical comedy "Bad Santa" (2003). She also played a high school principal who clashes with Navy SEAL-turned-government babysitter Vin Diesel in the Disney comedy "The Pacifier" (2005).
Lauren Graham Filmography
Evan Almighty (2007) .... Evan's Wife
Because I Said So (2007) .... Maggie
"Gilmore Girls" .... Lorelai Gilmore
... aka Gilmore Girls: Beginnings (USA: rerun title)
Gnome (2005/I) .... Amanda
The Pacifier (2005) .... Principal Claire Fletcher
... aka Gnome (Philippines: English title)
... aka Pacificateur, Le (Canada: French title)
The Moguls (2005) .... Peggy
... aka The Amateurs (USA: new title)
The Life Coach (2005) .... Dr. Sue Pegasus
Lucky 13 (2005/I) .... Abbey
Seeing Other People (2004) .... Claire
Bad Santa (2003) .... Sue
... aka Badder Santa (USA: longer version)
The Third Wheel (2002) (uncredited) .... Woman at Party
... aka Padre de familia (USA: Spanish title)
- Road to Europe (2002) TV Episode (voice) .... Mother Maggie
Chasing Destiny (2001) (TV) .... Jessy James
Sweet November (2001) .... Angelica
"M.Y.O.B." (2000) TV Series .... Opal Marie Brown
Dill Scallion (1999) .... Kristie Sue
"Conrad Bloom" (1998) TV Series .... Molly Davenport
One True Thing (1998) .... Jules
Confessions of a Sexist Pig (1998) .... Tracy
... aka Taste of Love (USA)
"NewsRadio" .... Andrea
... aka The Station
- The Millennium (1997) TV Episode .... Valerie
"Law & Order"
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- Judgement in L.A.: Showtime (1997) TV Episode .... Lisa Lundquist
- Judgement in L.A.: Turnaround (1997) TV Episode .... Lisa Lundquist
- Judgement in L.A.: D-Girl (1997) TV Episode .... Lisa Lundquist
Nightwatch (1997) .... Marie
"Townies" (1996) TV Series .... Denise Garibaldi Callahan
"Caroline in the City" .... Shelly
... aka Caroline (USA: promotional abbreviation)
"Good Company" (1996) TV Series .... Liz Gibson
"3rd Rock from the Sun"
... aka 3rd Rock (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Life As We Know It
- Dick's First Birthday (1996) TV Episode .... Laurie Harris
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