MAYA RUDOLPH (Burn) is most widely known for her turn on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," where she was one of the show's regular players for over seven years. Since her debut in 2000, Rudolph's memorable portrayals included Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston, Donatella Versace and Beyonce as well as such recurring sketches as "Wake Up Wakefield" and "Bronx Beat." Also on the small screen, she starred as Ava on the NBC comedy "Up All Night" for executive producer Lorne Michaels.
Rudolph will next be seen in The Way, Way Back, the directorial debut of Oscar winning writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. The film received rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and will be released by Fox Searchlight Pictures on July 5, 2013. Following that, Rudolph will reunite with cast-mates Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade in Grown Ups 2, which will be released July 12, 2013 by Sony Pictures. Additionally, Rudolph is currently in production on the animated film, The Nut Job.
Rudolph starred in Paul Feig's comedy Bridesmaids, which has grossed nearly $300 million in the box office worldwide and garnered numerous accolades since it opened May 13, 2011. In addition to being nominated for two Academy Awards, Bridesmaids was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and won the following awards: the 2011 AFI Film Award for AFI Movie of the Year, the 2012 Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy Movie, the 2012 People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Movie, and Comedy Central's 2012 Comedy Award for Best Film.
Most recently, Rudolph teamed up with musician Gretchen Liberum to form the female-fronted Prince cover band, "Princess." In tribute to His Purple Majesty, the duo became an immediate internet success last year when they performed "Darling Nikki" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Since then, the band has continued performing hit-after-hit as Prince fans everywhere have tuned in praising their pristine mimicry of the artist.
Rudolph has lent her voice to such films as Zookeeper and Shrek the Third, and has appeared in Friends With Kids, Grown Ups, Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, Mike Judge's Idiocracy, and Miguel Arteta's Chuck & Buck.
In 2009, she earned rave reviews for her performance opposite John Krasinski in the comedic and heartfelt film Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes from a script by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida.
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