Lisa Edelstein

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Lisa Edelstein( /ˈlsəˈɛdəlstn/; born May 21, 1967) is an American actress and playwright. She is best known for her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the television dramaHouse.

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 Lisa Edelstein's Early life and education

Edelstein was born to a Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Alvin and Bonnie Edelstein. Her father is a pediatrician at Chilton Memorial Hospital .(since retired). The youngest of three children, she was raised in Wayne, New Jersey ,and attended Wayne Valley High School , graduating in 1984.[dead link]

At 16, Edelstein was a cheerleader for Donald Trump 's New Jersey Generals . Edelstein soon encountered trouble when she organized a protest, because the team was forcing the cheerleaders to go and stand in bars while wearing their uniforms. Edelstein said she felt this was "akin to prostitution" and started a cheerleader strike.

She moved to New York City at the age of 18 to study theatre at New York University 's Tisch School of the Arts .[citation needed]While living in New York, she became involved in the club scene (known there only as "Lisa E.") and caused enough of a stir in the community to be dubbed New York City's "Queen of Downtown" by writer and fellow celebutante James St. James , who briefly refers to Edelstein in his 1999 bookDisco Bloodbath.

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 Lisa Edelstein's Career


After being dubbed a " celebutante " byThe New York Timesmagazine during her club kid daysEdelstein used her new-found celebrity to write, compose, and star in an original musical calledPositive Mein response to the growing AIDS crisis of the 1980s.After a brief stint hostingAwake on the Wild Sidefor MTV in 1990,she spent the early 1990s appearing in guest roles on several popular comedies, includingMad About You,Wings,The Larry Sanders Show,Sports NightandSeinfeld, where she played George Costanza 's frustrated girlfriend, the "Risotto Girl" (the only girlfriend of George's to appear in multiple episodes other than Susan Ross ).

Edelstein picketed during the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, which halted the production ofHouse.

Bigger roles in TV dramas soon followed, among them the lesbian sister on ABC'sRelativity(1996); a high-priced call girl turned Rob Lowe 's date onThe West Wing(1999); an assigned male at birth (AMAB) transgender woman onAlly McBeal(2000); and Ben Covington's ( Scott Speedman ) girlfriend onFelicity(2001). She also continued to land guest star spots on such shows asER,Frasier,Just Shoot Me!,Without a Trace, andJudging Amy.

The actress has lent her voice to several animated programs includingKing of the Hill,American Dad!,Superman: The Animated Series(as Mercy Graves , Lex Luthor 's bodyguard, a role she later reprised in several episodes ofJustice League) and the video game adaptation ofBlade Runner (1997). Edelstein's film credits includeWhat Women Wantwith Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt ,Keeping the Faithwith Ben Stiller and Edward Norton , a cameo inAs Good as It Getswith Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt , andDaddy Day Carewith Eddie Murphy .

From 2004 to 2011, she played Dr. Lisa Cuddy , the Dean of Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital and frequent character foil and ex-girlfriend to title character Gregory House ( Hugh Laurie ) on Fox 's TV seriesHouse, M.D.In May 2011, Edelstein announced that she would not return for the eighth season ofHouse.

Edelstein starred in the Lifetime network movieSpecial Deliverywith Brenda Song .In June 2011, it was revealed that she would join the cast ofThe Good Wifefor a "juicy" multi-episode arc. She plays Celeste Serano, an attorney and one of Will Gardner's ( Josh Charles ) old flames.

Other appearances

Edelstein appeared on the September 2010 cover ofHmagazine.She posed naked for PETA in an ad promoting vegetarianism, a diet she has followed for most of her life.

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 Lisa Edelstein's Filmography


1991 The Doors Makeup artist
1997 As Good as It Gets Woman at table
1998 Indiscreet Beth Sussman
1998 Susan's Plan Penny Myers
1998 L.A. Without a Map Sandra
1999 30 Days Danielle
2000 Keeping the Faith Ali Decker
2000 What Women Want Dina
2001 Black River Laura
2002 Obsessed Charlotte
2003 Daddy Day Care Crispin's mother
2003 A Date with Darkness: the Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster Maeve Fox
2005 Fathers and Sons Irene
2005 Say Uncle Sarah Faber
2008 Special Delivery Maxine Carter
2012 Blue-Eyed Butcher Kelly Siegler


1992 L.A. Law Episode: "My Friend Flicker"
1992 Mad About You Lynne Stoddard Episode: "Out of the Past"
1993 Good Advice Robin Episode: "The Kiss"
1993 Seinfeld Karen 2 episodes
1993 Wings Marsha Peebles Episode: "Labor Pains"
1994 The Larry Sanders Show Diane French Episode: "The Mr. Sharon Stone Show"
1994 Wild Oats Episode #1.1
1995 to 1997 Almost Perfect Patty Karp 9 episodes
1995 Partners Cindy Wolfe Episode: "Who's Afraid of Ron and Cindy Wolfe?"
1996 to 1997 Relativity Rhonda Roth 17 episodes
1995 Superman: The Animated Series Mercy Graves 8 episodes
1996 Ned & Stacey Janine Episode: "Friends and Lovers"
1997 ER Aggi Orton Episode: "Ambush"
1998 Just Shoot Me! Erin Simons Episode: "Sewer!"
1998 Frasier Caitlin Episode: "Frasier Gotta Have It"
1999 Sports Night Bobbi Bernstein 3 episodes
1999 to 2000 The West Wing Laurie "Brittany" Rollins 5 episodes
2000 Grosse Pointe Shawn Shapiro Episode: "Satisfaction"
2000 to 2001 Ally McBeal Cindy McCauliff 5 episodes
2001 to 2002 Felicity Lauren 6 episodes
2002 Leap of Faith Patty 6 episodes
2003 Without a Trace Dr. Lianna Sardo Episode: "Moving On"
2003 The Practice Diane Ward 2 episodes
2003 Justice League Mercy Graves(Voice) 2 episodes
2004 Judging Amy Sylvia Danforth Episode: "The Quick and the Dead"
2004 to 2011 House Lisa Cuddy 153 episodes
2005 Justice League Unlimited Mercy Graves (Voice) Episode: "Clash"
2007 King of the Hill Alexis (Voice) Episode: "The Powder Puff Boys"
2007 to 2011 American Dad! Sharri Rothberg (Voice) 6 episodes
2011 Childrens Hospital Herself/Lisa Cuddy 1 episode
2011 The Good Wife Celeste Serano 3 episodes

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 Lisa Edelstein's Awards

In 2011, she won the People's Choice Award for Best Drama Actress in a TV Series for her portrayal of Dr. Lisa Cuddy onHouse, M.D.

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 Lisa Edelstein's References

  1. Chase's Calendar of Events, 2011 Edition. McGraw-Hill Professional. 2010. p. 282. ISBN 0-07-174026-0. 
  2. Laufenberg, Norbert B. (2005). Entertainment Celebrities. Trafford Publishing. p. 203. ISBN 1-4120-5335-8. 
  4. Vaughan, Bonnia. "Small-Screen GemLisa Edelstein – The actress talks about her role on Relativity", Entertainment Weekly, October 6, 2008. Retrieved March 31, 2011. "Thanks to Relativity – and her role as lovelorn lesbian Rhonda – the Wayne, N.J., native has another opportunity to set a strong example."
  5. Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2007. "Lisa Edelstein: Class of 1984, Wayne Valley High School"
  6. Lisa Edelstein Talks About Being a Cheerleader for Donald Trump (VIDEO) [1]
  7. James St. James. Party Monster. Simon & Schuster, 2003.
  8. "Theater". New York Magazine (New York Media, LLC) 22 (45): 150. November 13, 1989. ISSN 0028-7369. 
  9. "Lisa Edelstein Interview". Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  10. "House Shocker: A 'Disappointed' Lisa Edelstein Calls It Quits". TV Line. May 17, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011. 
  11. Kimberly Nordyke (January 15, 2008) House actress making "Delivery" for Lifetime Reuters. Accessed 2008-01-16.
  12. "Lisa Edelstein moves from House to The Good Wife". June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  13. Edelstein on the cover of the September 2010 H mag at H's official site; Retrieved September 17, 2010
  14. Christina Everett, "'House' Star, 44, Poses Nude for PETA," NY Daily News, April 18, 2012.
  15. "People's Choice Awards Nominees and Winners 2011". Retrieved January 9, 2012. 

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