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Kaitlin Olson
Born August 18, 1975 (1975-08-18) (age 34)
Troutdale, Oregon, US
Spouse(s) Rob McElhenney (2008-present)

Kaitlin Olson (born August 18, 1975) is an American actress best known for playing Deandra Reynolds on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Becky on Curb Your Enthusiasm.


Early life and career

Born in Cedar Mill, Oregon, Olson is the daughter of a previous publisher of The Portland Tribune.[1] At the age of 12, she was involved in a serious bicycle accident requiring reconstructive surgery.[1] She attended the University of Oregon majoring in theater. She later moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally.

Olson was a part of the famed improvisational group the Groundlings.[1] She made several guest appearances in films and TV series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm (as Becky, Larry David's sister-in-law) and The Drew Carey Show (as Mimi Bobeck's nemesis, Traylor). Olson toured with the USO to Bosnia, Kosovo and Norway. Olson has appeared on The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Out of Practice, Miss Match and Punk'd. She had a minor role in the film Coyote Ugly.[2]

In 2005, she was cast as Deandra Reynolds in the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[3]

She had a recurring role as Hartley Underwood, the "one-armed" neighbor in the FX series The Riches.

Personal life

In September 2007, Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Olson and co-star/creator of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney, had been dating for over a year.[4] They later became engaged and were married on September 27, 2008 in California.[5][6] They are now expecting their first child.

Cultural references

Olson was named the 2008 "Mailbag Crush" by Sports Illustrated's sports writer Stewart Mandel in his College Football Mailbag online column. She follows in the footsteps of actresses Jenna Fischer and Jordana Spiro.[7]

TV Guide chose Olson for its September 13, 2007 "Crushes" column by Damian Holbrook, which states: "Olson's working an unconventional beauty-meets-bawdy vibe we haven't seen (or enjoyed so much) since...Julia Louis-Dreyfus set the bar so high on Seinfeld."


Title Year Role Notes
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2005-present Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds Starring role
Punk'd 2008 Herself/Multiple Characters 2 episodes
The Riches 2007 Hartley Underwood 5 episodes
Out of Practice 2006 Debbie 1 episode
Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show 2005 herself 6 episodes (4 aired)
George Lopez 2004 Janet 1 episode
The Drew Carey Show 2003-2004 Traylor 12 episodes
Significant Others 2004 Lauren 1 episode
Drew Carey's Green Screen Show 2004 Herself Pilot Episode
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000-present Becky 6 episodes
Miss Match 2003 Jillian 1 episode
Meet the Marks 2002 Kaitlin Marks (Daughter) multiple episodes


Title Year Role
Leap Year 2010 Libby
Weather Girl 2009 Sherry
Scapegoats (short) 2003 Jeannie
Fugly (short) 2001 Cha Cha
Coyote Ugly 2000 Bidding Customer
Jacks 2000 Jocelyn
Eyes to Heaven 2000


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