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Busy Philipps

Philipps at the New York Television Festival, 2009
Born Elizabeth Jean Philipps
June 25, 1979 (1979-06-25) (age 30)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Other name(s) Busy Philips
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Marc Silverstein (2007–present) 1 child

Elizabeth Jean Philipps (born June 25, 1979), known professionally as Busy Phillips, is an American film actress, perhaps best known for her supporting roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek. She has also performed significant roles in films like The Smokers (2000), as Karen Carter, the drama film Home Room (2002) as Alicia Browning, she appeared in White Chicks (2004), played a supporting role in Made of Honor (2008) and appeared in He's Just Not That Into You (2009), starring Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and Drew Barrymore. Currently plays Laurie Keller in the television series Cougar Town.[1]


Early Life

Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Her parents gave her the nickname Busy because, as an infant, she was always moving, and the nickname stuck; it even appears on her driver's license. She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attended Loyola Marymount University at the same time as former boyfriend, Colin Hanks and Linda Cardellini.


Philipps worked the toy-fair circuit as a real-life Barbie before making her show-business debut. Her first major role was as the part of Kim Kelly in Freaks and Geeks, in which she appeared in 17 of 18 episodes, the exception was the episode titled "Chokin' & Tokin'". She later made her film debut in comedy The Smokers in 2000, as well as various other cameos on television.

In 2001, Philipps was cast as Audrey Liddell in the teen drama Dawson's Creek. She was a series regular in seasons 5 and 6, appearing in 46 episodes, before the show finished in 2003. Her role of Audrey earned Philipps a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of "TV - Choice Sidekick".[2] She was later ranked #58 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001.[3] Philipps later appeared in two films, Home Room (2002) and White Chicks (2004). She was cast in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc., in a role originally intended for Shannen Doherty. The show lasted for one season (2005-2006) before being cancelled. In 2006, she had a major recurring role as Hope Bobeck on ER. During her second year on ER, her character headed to South America to "fulfill her Christian mission".[4] Philipps had a co-credit for the storyline of the 2007 comedy film Blades of Glory.[5] A year later, Philipps returned to being in front of the camera with her supporting role in Made Of Honor.

While pregnant with her first child, Philipps taped scenes for The Sarah Connor Chronicles.[6] Philipps also made a brief appearance in He's Just Not That Into You as the character of Kelli Ann. Currently, Philipps plays Laurie Keller in the television series Cougar Town.

Personal life

Philipps married Marc Silverstein in 2007. She is an avid Tori Amos fan. Philipps is the godmother of Matilda Rose Ledger, daughter of actor Heath Ledger and actress Michelle Williams; actor Jake Gyllenhaal is the godfather. Busy Philipps gave birth to Birdie Leigh Silverstein, on Wednesday, August 13, 2008.[7] Actress Lizzy Caplan is the godmother of Birdie.


Year Film Role Notes
1999 Freaks and Geeks Kim Kelly 1999–2000 (18 episodes)
2000 The Smokers Karen Carter
Malcolm in the Middle Meghan Episode: "High School Play"
2001 Dawson's Creek Audrey Liddell 2001–2003 (46 episodes)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Television - Choice Sidekick
2002 Home Room Alicia Browning
2004 White Chicks Karen
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Herself Voice
American Dad! Dana (voice) Episode: "Threat Levels"
Love, Inc. Denise Johnson 2005–2006 (13 episodes)
2006 ER Hope Bobeck 2006–2007 (14 episodes)
2007 Entourage Cheryl Episode: "Dog Day Afternoon"
How I Met Your Mother Rachel Episode: " Third Wheel "
2008 Made of Honor Melissa
2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Kacy Corbin 5 episodes
Kath & Kim Whitney Episode: "Competition"
Cougar Town Laurie Keller 8 episodes
He's Just Not That Into You Kelli Ann


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