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Megan Mullally
Born November 12, 1958 (1958-11-12) (age 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981 – present
Spouse(s) Michael A. Katcher
(1992–1996)
Nick Offerman
(2003–present)
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Megan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress, singer and media personality.

After working in theatre in Chicago, Mullally moved to Los Angeles in 1981, and appeared in small or supporting roles in film and television productions. She made her Broadway debut in 1994, and has appearance in several musical theatre productions.

From 1998 until 2006, she played Karen Walker on the TV sitcom Will & Grace. She won two Emmy Awards from seven consecutive nominations in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and was nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award.

From 2006 until early 2007, Mullally hosted the talk show The Megan Mullally Show, but it was cancelled due to poor ratings. She has since appeared in guest roles in several television programs.

It was recently announced that Mullally is working on a new Broadway musical entitled Karen: The Musical, where she will reprise her role of Karen Walker from Will & Grace.[1]

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Early life

Mullally was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Martha (née Palmer), a model, and Carter Mullally, Jr., an actor who was a contract player with Paramount Pictures during the 1950s.[2] Mullally moved to her father's native Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of seven.[3] She studied ballet from the age of six and performed in a ballet company during high school. She spent her summers in Los Angeles because of her mother's work.[4]

Following her graduation from Casady School, she attended Northwestern University in suburban Chicago; she went on to study English Literature and Art History but after two years she dropped out. However, she became active in local theaters. She worked in Chicago theater for six years.

Career

Television

Mullally moved to Los Angeles in 1981. After two weeks as a client with the William Morris Agency, she began appearing in bit parts in films and television, such as Murder She Wrote with Angela Lansbury. She made her series debut in The Ellen Burstyn Show and guest starred in popular sitcoms such as Seinfeld, Frasier, Wings, Ned and Stacey, Mad About You, and Just Shoot Me!. She auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Elaine on Seinfeld; Julia Louis-Dreyfus was cast.

In 1998, Mullally began the role of Karen Walker, Grace Adler's shrill-voiced, pill-popping, eccentric assistant in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000 and 2006, and was nominated in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. She twice won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, in 2002 and 2003, and with cast members Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Sean Hayes, she shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2000. She was nominated each year from 2000 until 2003, for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film. Although her own voice has a fairly high range, she developed an exaggeratedly high one for the character. However, in the pilot episode of the series, she used her real voice. Will & Grace ended in May 2006.

In 2005, Mullally "discovered" comedian and actor Bill Hader while he was with the troupe "Animals From The Future," bringing Hader to the attention of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels.

Following Will & Grace, Mullally hosted her own talk show, The Megan Mullally Show, which was launched in September 2006. It was canceled in early 2007 due to poor ratings.[5][6]

Mullally was the host of the 2006 TV Land Awards. She has been featured in advertisements for M&M's candies and the website CheapTickets. Mullally has a voice cameo as the mother of Neil Patrick Harris' character in a recurring role on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and guest starred on Campus Ladies. She was in one episode of the drama Boston Legal in 2007.

On July 3, 2008, Mullally appeared in an episode of Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List, and appeared on NBC's hit show 30 Rock on October 30 in the episode "Do-Over", alongside her friend Tina Fey. Mullally played a social worker, part of an adoptive agency, who made Liz (Fey) jump through hoops to prove she was qualified to have a child.

Starting March 2009, Mullally co-starred in the ABC sitcom In The Motherhood, where she acts out real-life stories submitted by mothers. The final episode of the failed sitcom aired on June 25, 2009.[7]

Mullally guest-starred in the Parks and Recreation episode "Ron and Tammy" as Tammy, ex-wife of her real-life husband, Nick Offerman, who plays "Ron Swanson" on the show.[8]

Theatre and music

She made her Broadway debut in 1994 in a revival of Grease in the role of Marty, with Rosie O'Donnell and later appeared in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Matthew Broderick. She is heard in the cast albums of both productions.

In Los Angeles, she has appeared in her own one-woman show, Sweetheart, in 1999; in Charles L. Mee's The Berlin Circle, for which she won both the LA Weekly Theater Award and the Back Stage West Garland Award in 2000; and in Kelly Stuart's Mayhem in 2003. She is a member of the Evidence Room theater company.

Mullally starred in the new Mel Brooks musical, Young Frankenstein, as Elizabeth. The role was made famous by Madeline Kahn in the original film. She is featured on the cast album and performs "Please Don't Touch Me," "Deep Love," and "Surprise." Her character is the wealthy fiancée of the title character, Dr. "Fronkensteen", who breaks her engagement with Frankenstein after falling in love with his monster. Her co-stars included Tony Award-winners Roger Bart, Sutton Foster, Andrea Martin, and Shuler Hensley. Rehearsals for the production began in June 2007 and a pre-Broadway run opened to mixed reviews in Seattle, Washington. The show premiered after previews on November 8, 2007. Mullally performed her final performance at the Hilton Theatre on August 3, 2008 to focus on the new television series in which she will play the role of Alicia Silverstone's mother.[9] Michele Ragusa took over the role of Elizabeth following Mullally's departure.

Mullally is set to play Chloe Haddock from the 1991 rendition of Lips Together, Teeth Apart[10] opening at the American Airlines Theatre on April 29th, 2010.[11]

Mullally is also a singer and performs in her own group called The Supreme Music Program. The band has released three albums, The Sweetheart Break-In, Big as a Berry and Free Again!. She recorded a duet with Carly Simon on the track The Right Thing To Do for the Will & Grace: Let the Music Out! soundtrack. The third album from the SMP was originally titled The Many Moods… Vol, 1. However, the title was changed before going to print. The third album, Free Again!, was released online on July 28, 2007. She also had recorded with Meat Loaf.

She will be starring in a new Broadway musical entitled Karen: The Musical. This musical will have Mullally reprising her role of Karen Walker from Will & Grace. Mullally stated that the show is currently being written and composed. She has stated in an interview that the show may also involve the Will & Grace recurring guest star Leslie Jordan in his role as Beverley Leslie.[12]

Film

Her feature film debut was as a call girl in Risky Business and has parts in Stealing Harvard, Anywhere but Here and the Martin Lawrence comedy Rebound. She also is a voice actress who has done work on several cartoons, such as the 1990s version The Flintstones, Batman: The Animated Series, King of the Hill, the Disney feature film Teacher's Pet, and the Dreamworks film Bee Movie. She also had a role in the 2001 film "Monkeybone" as the sister of a character played by Brendan Fraser. Mullally filled the role of a voice instructor in the film remake of Fame, which also starred Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Paul McGill and Paul Iacono.[13]

Personal life

In 1999, Mullally reportedly commented in an interview in The Advocate magazine, "I consider myself bisexual, and my philosophy is, everyone innately is."[14]

Mullally dated actor William H. Macy while in college.[15] Her first marriage, in the mid-1990s, was to talent agent Michael Katcher. In 2003, Mullally married actor Nick Offerman, who guest-starred on Will & Grace during its fourth season. She and Offerman currently live in West Hollywood, California. Her husband Nick Offerman is now on Parks and Recreation with longtime friend Amy Poehler, playing her boss Ron. Mullally appears in "Ron and Tammy", episode 2.8 of Parks and Recreation, playing Tammy, Ron's conniving ex-wife.

She has said in interviews that she has frequently been approached by fans while grocery shopping, some of whom tell her "My friends tell me I'm just like Karen", to which she said she replies, "Oh, honey, take stock of your life, because that's not a compliment!"

Filmography

References

  • Megan Mullally, Biography Resource Center Online. Gale Group, 1999.
  • Jamie Painter Young, Clowning Glory. Back Stage. 19 Dec. 2003: B-38.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Megan Mullally (born 12 November 1958) is an actress, comedienne, singer and dancer.

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  • It doesn't matter who you love, it's that you love. Who cares if men marry men or women marry women? In San Francisco you don't care, and I applaud that. And I applaud Mayor Newsom for being so brave.
    • Upon receiving GLAAD's Golden Gate Award, which honors a member of the entertainment or media community for their outstanding contribution in combating homophobia
  • See, I thought that Jay has had too many high class, very hoity-toity guests on this week. And I wanted to bring everything down a notch or two.
    • Appearing on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"

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  • "He's kicking such major ass that it's insane!"
  • It is no big deal to me. I have always been attracted to women, and I went on dates with women if they asked me.... It did not seem that different to me. But then I met my [husband], and now he is the apple of my eye.
  • I consider myself bisexual, and my philosophy is, everyone innately is, although I've never had a full-on relationship with a woman, just a couple of what I'd term half-assed dalliances. So I haven't explored it to the degree that I'd like to, but I'll tell you, I'm open to it. And I don't have any problem saying that.
  • [Madonna] worked so hard that it was really very touching. She’s a perfectionist and there’s never been anyone on the show that wanted to rehearse more than Madonna did. She wanted to rehearse her scenes over and over again.
  • Chicago is my favorite American city. ... I like all the museums. I love the Art Institute. I love all the theatre and the blues clubs and bars, and the people are so great. I think Chicago is the perfect blend of a big city with a Midwestern finish on it. Everybody is really nice but it is a sophisticated city. I love the park. I love the zoo. I love the lake. The whole thing.
  • I like to take chances, and that's the key to comedy -- dancing like an idiot but doing it with wild abandon.
  • I said, `Now, wait a minute, so you're telling me you want this fish who lives in a fish tank in a dentist's office to be a fictitious character from an NBC sitcom?' I mean, it just doesn't make any sense to me. It's like, why would you want Mickey Mouse to be the lead in the `House of the Seven Gables' or something.
    • On being fired from "Finding Nemo" for refusing to do her Karen voice
  • I couldn't pronounce my last name until I was, like, 11.
  • Well, I was missing my earplugs. And the way that I found out why they're missing is because the little Elmo -- his five pounds -- came in to the bedroom and deposited something on -- he came in from outside, he put something on the rug and was going to eat it. And I walked over and it was an earplug that had already been in and back out -- and apparently so delicious ... he wanted it again!
    • On her new dog, Elmo.
  • One day when I'm walking and I see -- at first I thought maybe he was resting -- but I saw a big dead seal on the beach, which was really sad. However, the thing that I thought was puzzling was there was a couple, a young guy and a girl on a beach towel not 15 feet from this big, dead mammal, and I look up and they're waving at me, like, 'Isn't it a pretty day?' And I'm like, 'There's a big dead seal right there.' They're putting on lotion. It was just bizarre. And, curtain. I just didn't want to be at the beach anymore.
  • My off-white poodle. She doesn't consider herself to be gay, but I have my hunch.
    • On the gayest thing in her home.
  • So I light the fire with the lighter and then I'm like, 'Now, how am I going to light the candles?' And I'm racing through the house, tearing open drawers and throwing things out of closets, looking for matches ... and I had just lit the fire with the thing!!! And then I was like, 'How did I light the fire?' So then l took the thing and lit the candles.
  • I'm going to climb up this ladder, you understand, to this gate that's like this high and I'm going to pass two dogs and some bags and myself over the thing into a cab driver's arms. THAT's my plan!
  • My best friend was at the grocery store standing behind these two guys in line, and one of the guys told the other that I was a man. He said, 'If you look closely, you can tell that she is,' and the other guy was like, 'Oh, my God! Now that you mention it, she is a man!'. So I'm denying that I'm a man.
  • I should have my 'girl citizenship' revoked. I never get facials. I never get my nails done. I'm so busy.
  • I like looser clothes, which always prompts my mom to say something classic like, 'You have such a darling figure - show it off more!'
  • One tabloid had an article about how I was an irresistible sex- and man-magnet and how men flock to me. Of course, they were absolutely correct...
  • I am terrified of mayonnaise. It was so bad when I was little that my friends would chase me around the house with a jar of mayonnaise and a knife.
  • I've been going to the same grocery store for 13 years, and all of a sudden one day everybody was like, 'Oh, my God...'
    • On sudden fame.
  • You don't need someone else's approval to do what you want; just figure it out and do it, damn it!
  • I'm really good at staying home all day in my pajamas because I had a [dad] who did that.
  • Two days ago, I dreamt I married a 5-year-old boy. He treated me like a queen and was perfectly lovely. We took a driving trip for our honeymoon. Then it dawned on me: 'Oh my God! He doesn't have a driver's license! We could get arrested!'"
  • If I weren't an actress playing a socialite, I'd have lavender hair, wear crappy vintage clothes and have tattoos. I'd be some kind of crazy lawless rebel - an alternative underground riot girl.
  • People see you one way and think, 'That's not her real thing, she's just putting that on now.' But that is! That's where my creativity really resides. Where it all springs. My characters are really bizarre. They're kind of dark and not really considered great people. It all comes from the same dark place, it's just filtered through comedy.
  • A lot of people come up to me and say, 'Oh God, I'm just like Karen, that's what they [tell me] at the office'. I'm like, 'You know what? The people in your office may not be giving you a compliment. You may be getting fired soon.'

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