Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Her role as Lorelai Gilmore on TV series Gilmore Girls (2000-2006)

Background:

“These days I have to be extra nice in stores. It never fails that whenever I
look as bad as I can possibly look or I am sort of cranky because the store is
out of something, that is precisely the time when someone will recognize me and
say: ‘I really like your show.’” Lauren Graham

A Lofty, appealing TV and movie actress who stand outs at portraying comic roles
with whip-fast dialogue, Lauren Graham is best-known for her portrayal of
Lorelai Gilmore, the wisecracking young mother who shares a sisterly
acquaintance with her teenaged daughter in The WB’s hit show “Gilmore Girls”
(2000-?). For her virtuoso acting, Graham took home a 2001 Family Television
Award, as well as earned a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild nominations.
A regular on several short-lived shows, including “Good Company” (1996),
“Townies” (1996) and “M.O.Y.B” (2000), Graham also landed some notable roles in
the mid-to late ‘90s such as recurring roles on the NBC’s “Caroline in the
City,” “Law& Order” and “NewsRadio,” and a guest stint in the popular comedy
“Seinfeld.”

Graham’s fame, however, has not been limited to television. Kicking off her film
career in 1997 with the thriller Nightwatch, the attractive Graham has since
dotted her resume with a number of vehicles, including the hit comedy Bad Santa
(2003, opposite Billy Bob Thornton). Graham’s admirers should not miss her
attractive performance in the upcoming Because I Said So, and Evan Almighty, set
for release in 2007.

Off screen, Lauren Graham is Irish Catholic. She owns a production company named
Good Game, which she founded in 2003. On a personal front, the brunette beauty
is not married and currently resides in West Hollywood, where Gilmore Girls is
shot. As for her romantic life, during her senior year at Columbia University,
she dated Robert Maschio, but the relationship ended. She was once linked to
actor Tate Donovan, and more recently, she is dating actor Marc Blucas. Being
asked about guys she goes for, she said, “I wouldn’t pick anybody from ’N Sync.
I love Jeff Bridges. I like guys who have some gravity and look like they can
ride a horse.”


Drill Team

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of the President of the Chocolate Manufacturer’s Association Lawrence
Graham and his ex-wife Donna Grant, Lauren Helen Graham was born on March 16,
1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lauren was left under the guidance of her dad when
she was five after her mother departed the family to pursue a singing career in
London. Along with her father, Lauren traveled extensively as a child. She spent
her early years in Fairfax, Virginia before relocating to Washington D.C, in
which her father took a congressional staffer position. Lauren’s father
remarried in 1981, with stepmother Karen Graham, from whom she has two half
siblings: Maggie and Chris.

While growing up, tomboy Lauren had a passion for riding horse and dreamed of
becoming a jockey in the future. But, her height became an impediment (she was
to tall). Aside from horse back riding, young Lauren was interested in acting
from an early age. She was educated in Langley High School and was a member of
the Drill Team which is a blend of Cheerleading and Dance. She then attended
Barnard College/Columbia University in New York and received a B.A degree in
English in 1988. Moving to Texas, Lauren continued her study at Dallas’ Southern
Methodist University, where she graduated with a M.F.A degree in Acting in 1992.



Bad Santa

Career:

Hawaii-born, Virginia-raised actress Lauren Graham found acting while in
elementary school and performed in a number of theatrical presentations
throughout high school. She went on to hone in her crafts while attending
Barnard College, where she joined the female a capella/comedy troupe the
Metronomes. After completing her study, Graham, with a MFA degree in acting on
her pocket, moved to New York to give acting a try, while also working as a
cocktail waitress. While there, she snagged an agent and took part in a few
stage productions before finally making her way to Los Angeles to find more
work.

Arriving in Hollywood in 1995, Graham soon broke to television when she was cast
opposite Lea Thompson in the recurring role of Shelley, the lively but deprived
lover of artist Richard Karinsky in the first season of NBC’s sitcom “Caroline
in the City” (1995-96). After doing a spot on “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996),
she progressed to a series regular with roles in the short-lived CBS sitcom
“Good Company” (1996), playing smart copywriter Liz Gibson, and ABC’s momentary
comedy “Townies” (1996), in which she was singled out for her talent in settling
her character’s fast-talking and unpredictable moods as Denise Garibaldi
Callahan, the twentysomething new mom who attempts to get her live-in boyfriend
to the altar. The latter series saw her costar with Jenna Elfman, Molly Ringwald,
Dion Anderson and Billy Burr.

By year 1997, Graham had branched out to film acting. Making her motion picture
debut with a supporting part in the thriller Nightwatch (1997), which starred
Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor, the actress had her next exposure by
landing a larger turn as soap opera performer Tracy in director/actor Sandy
Tung’s Confessions of a Sexist Pig (1998). Next up for Graham, she had a
supporting role as Renee Zellweger’s best friend in the drama film One True
Thing (1998) and costarred as Kristie Sue, the romantic interest of the title
character (played by Billy Burke) in Dill Scallion (1999), a mockumentary about
the world of country music that featured cameos by Willie Nelson and LeAnn
Rimes.

Meanwhile, Graham had a three-episodic guest arc as Lisa Lundquist, a studio
executive who pursues Detective Reynaldo Curtis (Benjamin Bratt), in “Law&
Order” (1997), a one-line turn as Jerry Seinfeld’s speed-dial-obsessed
girlfriend Valerie in the hit comedy “Seinfeld” (1997) and a recurring role as
the efficiency specialist Andrea in NBC’s sitcom “NewsRadio” (1997), in which
her playful but merciless turn garnered Graham a lot of kudos. In 1998, she
returned to TV sitcom with a starring role in the NBC “Conrad Bloom,” playing
the ex-girlfriend-turn-best buddy of advertising executive Molly Davenport.
Unfortunately, the show, which cast Mark Feuerstein in the title role, was
stopped airing by the network after its 13th episode, that same year.

Continuing her work for TV, Graham essayed the starring role of Opal Marie
Brown, a high school officer who tries to keep the lid on a defiant niece in the
Don Roos-created comedy “M.O.Y.B” (2000). The NBC-aired series, however, was
axed after only five episodes due to low ratings. A veteran of short-lived
series, Graham’s career gained real impetus when she had a lead role in the WB
family drama “Gilmore Girls” (2000-?). As fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore, the
thirtysomething mother raising a teen (played by Alexis Bledel), Graham was
garnered with several nods during the first two seasons such as two Screen
Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen (2001 and 2002) and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in
a Television Series – Drama (2002).Graham’s impressive portrayal of sardonic and
hard-working single mom also won her a 2001 Family Television for Best Actress
as well as got her much media exposure. She was even named one of E! Online’s
“Hollywood’s Bachelorettes: Sexy and Single” in 2004. As for the show, the Amy
Sherman-created has received critical accolades and become one of the most
trustworthy ratings-grabbers at WB network.

While enjoying the success on the small screen, Graham kept on busy with other
projects. She made her big screen comeback by teaming up with Keanu Reeves and
Charlize Theron in the romance film Sweet November (2001), in which she appeared
as Reeves’ girlfriend Angelica. After costarring with Casper Van Dien and
Christopher Lloyd in the made-for-TV film Chasing Destiny (2001), she made a
cameo appearance as woman at party in the comedy/romance The Third Wheel (2002,
starred Luke Wilson, Denise Richards and Ben Affleck) and was memorable as the
sex-crazed department store Santa groupie Sue in the Billy Bob Thornton dark
comedy hit Bad Santa (2003) for director Terry Zwigoff. Next up were roles in
the comedy films Seeing Other People (2004) with Jay Mohr, Julianne Nicholson
and Andy Richter, director Chris Hall’s indie Lucky 13 (2005) opposite Brad
Hunt, Taryn Manning, Brande Roderick and Harland Williams, Josh Stolberg’s The
Life Coach (2005) and the Jeff Bridges and Tim Blake Nelson vehicle The Moguls
(2005). Additionally, she stared as a high school principal conflicting with
Navy SEAL-turned-government babysitter Vin Diesel in the Adam Shankman-helmed
The Pacifier (2005) and took part in a short movie called Gnome (2005).

Away from filmmaking throughout 2006, Graham can add Michael Lehmann’s Because I
Said So and the comedy/fantasy Evan Almighty (both 2007) to her imposing film
resume. The latter will see Graham sharing the screen with Johnny Simmons and
Jimmy Bennett.


Awards:

Family Television: Best Actress, Gilmore Girls, 2001
Perspective is the most important thing to have in life.More Lauren Graham quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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