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Ana Gasteyer

Ana Gasteyer, 2007
Born Ana Kristina Gasteyer
May 4, 1967 (1967-05-04) (age 42)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Charlie McKittrick

Ana Kristina Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967) is an American stage, film and television actress, best known for her comedic roles when she was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2002.

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Personal life

Gasteyer was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Marianna, an artist, and Phil Gasteyer, the mayor of Corrales, New Mexico.[1] She graduated from Sidwell Friends School and Northwestern University. Ana and her husband Charlie have two children, a daughter, Frances, born in June 2002, and a son, Ulysses, born in March 2008.

Career

Gasteyer developed comedy experience with the famed Los Angeles improvsketch comedy group The Groundlings. Prior to joining SNL, she had small roles on Seinfeld (where she was a doomed customer of The Soup Nazi), as well as on the shows Party of Five, Hope & Gloria and NYPD Blue.

Gasteyer joined the cast of Saturday Night Live beginning in 1996 for 6 seasons.

Gasteyer left SNL in 2002. Since then, she has appeared in various television programs and films as well as in stage productions. In 2004, Gasteyer played the mother of the main character Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in the feature film Mean Girls, written by SNL castmate Tina Fey. The film also featured other former SNL castmates, including Fey, Tim Meadows, and Amy Poehler. She also appeared in the 2005 Showtime movie musical Reefer Madness as Mae, the doomed girlfriend of Jack and owner of the Reefer Den.

In June, 2005, Gasteyer starred as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West (for which she was nominated for a Jefferson Award), in the sit-down production of the musical Wicked at the Oriental Theater in Chicago, Illinois.[2] She and co-star Kate Reinders left the production on January 22, 2006. They were replaced by former Chicago Elphaba standby, Kristy Cates and former Broadway Glinda standby, Stacie Morgain Lewis.

After Wicked, Gasteyer starred in a revival of The Threepenny Opera on Broadway as Mrs. Peachum, along with Jim Dale, Alan Cumming, and Cyndi Lauper. The production ran from March 24 through June 25, 2006.[3][4]

Gasteyer then reprised the role as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. She began her run on October 10, 2006, replacing former actress Eden Espinosa, finishing on January 7, 2007.[5] She starred alongside former Wicked co-star, Kate Reinders who played the role of Glinda. They were replaced by Julia Murney as Elphaba and Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda, who starred in the production until October 9, 2007.

On April 12, 2007, it was announced that Gasteyer has joined the cast of the new musical, Writing Arthur, for the 2007 New Works Festival for TheatreWorks in California which ran from April 14-22.

Gasteyer performed in Chicago once again in the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion at Chicago Shakespeare Theater from October 2, 2007 to November 11, 2007.[6]

She was originally cast as Gloria in the Encores! Summer Series production of Damn Yankees, but was replaced by Megan Lawrence during rehearsals due to injury.[7]

Gasteyer took part in the reading of the Broadway musical version of "The First Wives Club."[8]

She most recently starred as Kitty Dean in the Broadway play, The Royal Family which began performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 15, 2009 and officially opened on October 8, 2009.[9] The show concluded its run on December 13, 2009.[10]

Gasteyer also starred as Frisco Kate Fothergill in the City Centers Encores! production of Girl Crazy, running from November 19-22, 2009.[11]

Saturday Night Live characters

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Original characters

  • Fast-talking MTV VJ Kincaid.
  • Daytime talk show hostess of Pretty Living, Gayle Gleeson

Celebrity impressions

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