Ana Gasteyer

Ana Gasteyer

Birth name: Ana Kristina Gasteyer
Born: May 4, 1967
Age: 51
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., US
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Biography

Ana Kristina Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known from her television roles such as being a cast member on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2002, and her sitcom roles on ABC's Suburgatory, Netflix's Lady Dynamite, and TBS's People of Earth.

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Early life

Gasteyer was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer, an artist, and Phil Gasteyer, a lobbyist who became the mayor of Corrales, New Mexico. Her maternal grandparents were Romanian and Greek. She graduated from Sidwell Friends School and Northwestern University School of Communication (1989). While a teenager, she was a pundit on an uncommercial segment ("What is a friend?" Her answer: "Someone you can be weird with.") of the short-lived PBS show Powerhouse. During her first year, she lived on the fourth floor of Willard Residential College on campus and majored in Voice. She later became a Theater major.

Career

Gasteyer developed comedy experience with the Los Angeles improv - sketch comedy group The Groundlings. She played small roles on Seinfeld (as a doomed customer of The Soup Nazi), as well as on the shows Party of Five, Frasier, Hope & Gloria and NYPD Blue. In 1996, Gasteyer joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Among her most popular characters were high school music teacher Bobbie Mohan-Culp, National Public Radio Delicious Dish host Margaret Jo McCullen, Lilith Fair feminist singer Cinder Calhoun, and her impressions of Martha Stewart and Celine Dion. In 2000, she and Chris Parnell auditioned to succeed Colin Quinn as co-anchors of the news parody segment Weekend Update, but the positions ultimately went to Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.

After six seasons, Gasteyer left SNL in 2002. Subsequently, she appeared in various television programs, films and 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.

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.

On June 24, 2005, Gasteyer originated the role of Elphaba in the Chicago sit-down production of the musical Wicked. The production opened July 13, 2005. Gasteyer was nominated for a Jefferson Award for her performance. She played her final performance on January 22, 2006, replaced by her standby Kristy Cates. She later reprised the role in the Broadway production from October 10, 2006, through January 7, 2007.

On April 12, 2007, the media announced that Gasteyer had joined the cast of the then new musical, Writing Arthur, for the 2007 New Works Festival for TheatreWorks in California, which ran from April 14 to April 22. Gasteyer performed in Chicago in the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion at Chicago Shakespeare Theater from October 2, 2007 to November 11, 2007.

She was originally cast as Gloria in the Encores! Summer Series production of Damn Yankees, but due to injury during rehearsals, she was replaced by Megan Lawrence. Gasteyer took part in the reading of the Broadway musical version of The First Wives Club.

She 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. The show concluded its run on December 13, 2009. Gasteyer also starred as Frisco Kate Fothergill in the City Centers Encores! production of Girl Crazy, running from November 19 to November 22, 2009.

She returned to Saturday Night Live for a special Mother's Day episode on May 8, 2010, and for another Mother's Day episode on May 11, 2012.

Gasteyer appeared in season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's girlfriend.

From 2011 to 2014, Gasteyer co-starred as Sheila Shay on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory, and as of March 2013, she was a spokeswoman for the Weight Watchers diet plan.

In 2014, taking advantage of her training as a singer, Gasteyer recorded and released I'm Hip, an album of jazz standards. "One Mint Julep" was one of the selections it included.

In 2016, Gasteyer was cast in a starring role on TBS's cult hit People of Earth, as the leader of an alien abductee support group. People of Earth, produced by Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels and created by David Jenkins, is now in its second season.

Personal life

Gasteyer and her husband, Charlie McKittrick, have two children, a daughter, Frances, born in June 2002, and a son, Ulysses, born in March 2008.

Saturday Night Live characters

Original characters

  • Bobbie Mohan-Culp, the operatic-voiced high school music teacher (with Will Ferrell)
  • Margaret Jo McCullen, co-host of the NPR radio show Delicious Dish (with Molly Shannon)
  • Gemini's Twin singer Jonette (with Maya Rudolph)
  • Cinder Calhoun, a politically correct Lilith Fair singer
  • Fast-talking MTV VJ Kincaid
  • Daytime talk show hostess of Pretty Living, Gayle Gleeson

Celebrity impressions

Filmography

Film

Title Role Year
A Small Domain Mother 1996
Courting Courtney Rosemary Colletti 1997
Meet the Deedles Mel 1998
Dick Rose Mary Woods 1999
Woman on Top Claudia Hunter 2000
What Women Want Sue Cranston 2000
What's the Worst That Could Happen? Ann Marie 2001
Mean Girls Betsy Heron 2004
Reefer Madness: The Musical Mae Coleman 2005
The Procedure Denise 2007
Finn on the Fly Dr. Madsen 2008
The Women Pat 2008
Dare Ruth Berger 2009
Robot & Frank Shop Lady 2012
That's My Boy Mrs. Ravensdale 2012
Fun Size Jackie Leroux 2012
Geography Club Mrs. Toles 2013
Peeples Mayor Hodge 2013
Rapture-Palooza Mrs. Lewis 2013
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Mrs. Gundermutt 2015
Wine Country TBA TBA

Television

Title Character Notes Year
Seinfeld Woman 1 episode 1995
Saturday Night Live Various 121 episodes 1996-2002
Hope and Gloria Girl 1 episode 1996
Party of Five Emcee 1 episode 1996
NYPD Blue Angie 1 episode 1996
Law & Order Monica's Social Worker 1 episode 1998
Just Shoot Me! April 1 episode 1998
Mad About You Yoga Woman 1 episode 1998
3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Brand 1 episode 2000
Geppetto Sra. Giovanni TV musical 2000
TV Funhouse Various voices 3 episodes 2000-2001
Frasier Trish Haney 1 episode 2002
I'm with Her Bonnie 1 episode 2003
Valentine Mona McAllister 1 episode 2009
The Electric Company Sandy Scrambler 1 episode 2009
Chuck Dasha 1 episode 2010
Running Wilde Anna Lowry 1 episode 2010
The Good Wife Judge Patrice Lessner 5 episodes 2010-2014
Curb Your Enthusiasm Jennifer 2 episodes 2011
Suburgatory Sheila Shay Series regular; 42 episodes 2011-2014
Family Guy Speed Dater (voice) 1 episode 2014
The Goldbergs Miss Cinoman Recurring character; 7 episodes 2014-2016
The Mindy Project Barb Gurglar 1 episode 2015
Girls Melanie Shapiro 1 episodes 2015
Younger Meredith Montgomery 1 episode 2015
Harvey Beaks Tara / Elderly Woman (voice) 6 episodes 2015-2016
Difficult People Woman at Cafe 1 episode 2015
Dawn of the Croods Meep (voice) 5 episodes 2015-2016
Celebrity Name Game Herself (celebrity guest) Episode: "Ana Gasteyer vs. Billy Gardell" 2015
Grease: Live Principal McGee TV special 2016
Mike Tyson Mysteries Genevieve (voice) 1 episode 2016
Maya & Marty Scientist 1 episode 2016
The Lion Guard Reirei (voice) 5 episodes 2016-present
Lady Dynamite Karen Grisham 17 episodes 2016-2017
The $100,000 Pyramid Herself (celebrity guest) Episode: "Ana Gasteyer vs. Rachel Dratch" 2016
People of Earth Gina Morrison Main cast 2016-present
Great News Kelly Episode: "Snowmagedon of the Century" 2017
A Christmas Story Live! Mrs. Schwartz Live televised performance 2017
Voltron: Legendary Defender Krolia (voice) 1 episode 2018-present

Web

Title Character Episodes Year
Going There with Ana Gasteyer Herself 9 2015-present
Charities

Ana Gasteyer supports the following charitable causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]