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Maya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, and singer. Rudolph first gained prominence in the mid-1990s as a member of the alternative rock band The Rentals before joining The Groundlings improv troupe later in the decade. In 2000, Rudolph became a cast member on the NBC television series Saturday Night Live and subsequently appeared in supporting roles in films such as 50 First Dates (2004) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006).
Since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2007, Rudolph has appeared in Grown Ups (2010), Bridesmaids (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), and Sisters (2015). She has lent her voice to the animated films Shrek the Third (2007) and Big Hero 6 (2014). In addition to her film appearances, Rudolph starred as Ava Alexander on the NBC sitcom Up All Night from 2011 to 2012, and co-hosted her own variety show Maya & Marty. She appeared on The Good Place on NBC in 2018, an appearance that earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.Contents
Rudolph was born in Gainesville, Florida, the daughter of singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton and composer Richard Rudolph. Her mother was African-American and her father is Ashkenazi Jewish. Her paternal grandfather was Sidney Rudolph, a philanthropist who once owned all of the Wendy's and Rudy's restaurants in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Her great-grandfather was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, changed his surname from "Rudashevsky" to "Rudolph", and was one of the founding members of Congregation Beth Shalom, a Conservative Jewish synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Rudolph's parents moved to Los Angeles, California, when she and her brother Marc were very young, and they grew up primarily in the Westwood neighborhood. Near the end of the song "Lovin' You", Riperton can be heard singing "Maya" over and over again. Riperton incorporated this into her performance of the song on The Midnight Special. Riperton died on July 12, 1979, at age 31, from breast cancer. Rudolph's godmother was R&B singer Teena Marie. In 1990, Rudolph graduated from Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, where she became friendly with fellow students Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black, and continued her education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography from Porter College.Career This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (January 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Saturday Night Live
In May 2000, Rudolph joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player for the final three episodes of the 1999–2000 season, after a stint as a member of The Groundlings improv troupe, where she met future Saturday Night Live cast member Will Forte. Rudolph's musical talents were frequently employed on Saturday Night Live. She sang as Beyoncé Knowles in the Prince Show sketches, as the "Space Creature" in the Gays in Space sketches, except for the one on the season 31 episode hosted by Peter Sarsgaard, because it aired around the time Rudolph was on maternity leave. Forte substituted for her during that episode. Her ability to change her looks and her command of many accents also led to her playing an unusually wide range of ethnicities on the show, often with only a change of wigs. As "Nuni Shoener", Rudolph, along with Fred Armisen, created a couple from an unspecified Scandinavian country, who have unplaceable accents and bewilderingly foreign manners. Rudolph was also able to play male characters such as Scott Joplin, Justin Guarini, and Mario Vazquez.
Her final episode as a cast member was on November 3, 2007, with host Brian Williams and musical guest Feist, the last episode before the writers' strike. She returned on October 25, 2008, in a featured guest appearance as Michelle Obama and sang a duet with Kenan Thompson about Amy Poehler's newborn. She also appeared in the 2008 Christmas episode, where she reprised her role in the sketch Bronx Beat, with Amy Poehler. She also appeared in two sketches in the 2008–09 season finale with Will Ferrell. She appeared in a Weekend Update Thursday sketch during the fall 2009–10 season as Oprah Winfrey speaking on behalf of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics. She also appeared on the show in May 2010 to perform in skits including "The Manuel Ortiz Show" with Betty White. She returned to Saturday Night Live for the season 36 premiere, hosted by Amy Poehler, performing the "Bronx Beat" sketch and that same season for episode 700, hosted by Tina Fey. On February 18, 2012 she returned to Saturday Night Live as a host for the first time and reprised her roles in sketches such as "Bronx Beat". She once again returned to SNL on December 19, 2015 for the Christmas episode hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to reprise her role in the "Bronx Beat" sketch. She appeared once more on the 41st season finale (hosted by Fred Armisen) as Dilma Rousseff on Weekend Update.Characters
Rudolph's characters on the show have included "Attorney Glenda Goodwin" and "Megan" from the "Wake Up, Wakefield!" sketches. Rudolph did a number of celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live during her tenure, including Amanda Byram, Ananda Lewis, Barbra Streisand, Bern Nadette Stanis (as Thelma Evans on Good Times), Beyoncé, Charo, Christina Aguilera, Condoleezza Rice, Darcel Wynne, Diana Ross, Dilma Rousseff, Donatella Versace, Donna Fargo, Emily Robison, Fredricka Whitfield, Free, Gayle King, Orda Khan, Griselda Blanco, Halle Berry, Ivanka Trump, Ja'net Dubois (as Willona Woods on Good Times), Jennifer Lopez, Joyce "Fenderella" Irby, Justin Guarini, Kara Saun, La Toya Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, Lisa Ling, Liza Minnelli, Lucy Liu, Lynda Lopez, Macy Gray, Mario Vasquez, Mary Roach, Maya Angelou, Melinda Doolittle, Melissa Stark, Michelle Obama, Mýa, Nelly Furtado, Omarosa Manigault, Oprah Winfrey, Paris Hilton, Patti LaBelle, Phylicia Rashad (as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show), Rocsi, Scott Joplin, Teresa Heinz, Tera Patrick, Tina Turner, Tyra Banks, Valerie Simpson, Vanessa Hudgens (as Gabriella Montez from High School Musical 3), Wanda Sykes and Whitney Houston.
In addition to her work on Saturday Night Live, Rudolph has appeared on other television shows, including the CBS medical drama series City of Angels and Chicago Hope. She had small parts in Chuck & Buck, Gattaca, As Good as It Gets, Duplex and Duets; she was also a music supervisor for Duets. Her first prominent film role came in 2006 with A Prairie Home Companion. Earlier, she had costarred with Luke Wilson in the 2005 Mike Judge sci-fi comedy Idiocracy, although that film was shelved until September 2006 and then only given a limited release. She also guest-starred as Rapunzel in the DreamWorks animated film Shrek the Third. She guest-starred as Julia in The Simpsons episode "The Homer of Seville". Rudolph guest-starred as character Athena Scooberman in NBC's Kath & Kim, and starred in the film Away We Go with The Office star John Krasinski. In 2010, she appeared in Grown Ups starring Adam Sandler, where she played the wife of Chris Rock's character. In 2011, she appeared in Bridesmaids with Saturday Night Live colleague Kristen Wiig, and in 2013 she played a supporting role in The Way, Way Back as the girlfriend of Sam Rockwell's character. She co-starred in the NBC sitcom Up All Night, with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Rudolph's self-titled variety show television pilot aired on May 19, 2014, but the show did not go beyond that. It was later announced that she would star in an NBC variety series Maya & Marty with Martin Short, which debuted on May 31, 2016. Her next series, Forever, co-starring with Fred Armisen, premiered on September 14, 2018 on Amazon Video.Music
Prior to joining Saturday Night Live, Rudolph was backing singer (1995–99) and briefly a keyboardist in the band The Rentals, with whom she toured for a short time. She also appears in the music videos of the songs "Waiting" and "Please Let That Be You". She sang backing vocals for "Barcelona" and "My Head Is in the Sun", both from the album Seven More Minutes. In 2004, she recorded a track with The Rentals frontman Matt Sharp, including a cover of Tegan and Sara's "Not Tonight". Rudolph also performed "Together In Pooping" and "Little Roundworm" with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Robert Smigel) on his album Come Poop With Me. She is in a Prince cover band called Princess with her friend Gretchen Lieberum.Personal life
Rudolph has been in a relationship with director Paul Thomas Anderson since 2001. They live together with their four children. They have three daughters and one son: Pearl (born 2005), Lucille (born 2009), Jack (born 2011) and Minnie (born 2013).Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 1997 As Good as It Gets Policewoman 1997 Gattaca Delivery Nurse 2000 Chuck & Buck Jamilla 2000 Duets Karaoke Hostess 2003 Duplex Tara 2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Kanshasha X 2004 50 First Dates Stacy 2006 A Prairie Home Companion Molly 2006 Idiocracy Rita 2007 Shrek the Third Rapunzel (voice) 2009 Away We Go Verona De Tessant 2010 MacGruber Casey Fitzpatrick 2010 Grown Ups Deanne McKenzie 2011 Bridesmaids Lillian Donovan 2011 Zookeeper Mollie (voice) 2011 Friends with Kids Leslie 2013 The Way, Way Back Caitlyn 2013 Grown Ups 2 Deanne McKenzie 2013 Turbo Burn (voice) 2014 The Nut Job Precious (voice) 2014 Inherent Vice Petunia Leeway 2014 Big Hero 6 Aunt Cass (voice)  2015 Strange Magic Griselda (voice) 2015 Maggie's Plan Felicia 2015 A Very Murray Christmas Lounge Singer 2015 Sisters Brinda 2016 Mr. Pig Eunice 2016 The Angry Birds Movie Matilda (voice) 2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Deborah 2016 My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Verti (voice) 2017 CHiPs Sgt. Gail Hernandez 2017 We Don't Belong Here Joanne 2017 The Emoji Movie Smiler (voice) 2017 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Precious (voice) 2018 Life of the Party Christine Davenport 2018 The Happytime Murders Bubbles TBA Wine Country TBA Filming Television Year Title Role Notes 1996–97 Chicago Hope Nurse Leah Martine 5 episodes 1997 The Devil's Child Holly Television film 2000 Action Phina Episode: "Dead Man Floating" 2000 City of Angels Nurse Grace Patterson 15 episodes 2000–07 Saturday Night Live Various roles 143 episodes 2006 Campus Ladies Professor Theresa Winslow Fabre Episode: "All Nighter" 2007 The Simpsons Julia (voice) Episode: "Homer of Seville" 2008–09 Kath & Kim Athena Scooberman 5 episodes 2009 The Mighty B! Cherry (voice) Episode: "The Dragonflies" 2011–12 Up All Night Ava Alexander 35 episodes 2012 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Maya Rudolph/Sleigh Bells" 2014 Portlandia Anita Episode: "Bahama Knights" 2014 The Maya Rudolph Show Herself Variety special; also producer 2014 The Awesomes Mrs. Malocchio (voice) 5 episodes 2014 Family Guy Chloe (voice) Episode: "The Book of Joe" 2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Maya Rudolph Wears a Black Skirt and Strappy Sandals" 2015 The Spoils Before Dying Fresno Foxglove 4 episodes 2015 Drunk History Griselda Blanco Episode: "Miami" 2016 The Grinder Jillian 3 episodes 2016 Mike Tyson Mysteries Dilma Rousseff (voice) Episode: "Yves Klein Blues" 2016 Angie Tribeca Jackie Wilder Episode: "Organ Trail" 2016 Maya & Marty Herself (co-host) 6 episodes; also writer and producer 2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine U.S. Marshal Karen Haas 2 episodes 2016 Documentary Now! Anita Episode: "Final Transmission" 2017 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Herself Variety special 2017 Nobodies Herself Episode: "Mr. First Lady" 2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Dionne Warwick Episode: "Kimmy Does a Puzzle!" 2017 Tour de Pharmacy Lucy Flerng Television film 2017 The Gong Show Herself (judge) Episode: "Megan Fox/Andy Samberg/Maya Rudolph" 2017–present Big Mouth Diane Birch / Connie the Hormone Monstress / various voices 10 episodes 2017–present Big Hero 6: The Series Aunt Cass (voice) Series regular 2017 A Christmas Story Live! Mother Parker Musical special 2018 The Good Place Judge "Gen" Hydrogen 2 episodes (season 2) 2018 Forever June Awards and nominations This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately.