JENNIFER COOLIDGE ("Miss Elizabeth Charming") is a versatile character actress and experimental comedienne, best known for
playing Stifler's mom in American Pie .
She was born on August 28, 1961, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Her father, Paul Coolidge,
was a plastics manufacturer. Young Coolidge was dreaming of becoming a singer. She attended
Norwell High School and Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned her bachelor's
degree in theatre in 1985. She moved to New York and joined the Gotham City improv group.
Then, she headed to Los Angeles where she became a long-running member of "The
Groundlings" comedy troupe. Coolidge made her television debut in a guest role on NBC's
Seinfeld (1990), playing a voluptuous masseuse who won't offer her professional services to
boyfriend Jerry in a 1993 episode. The following year, she had a regular gig on ABC's short-
lived sketch series She TV (1994), then briefly became a cast member and writer on another
short-lived sketch comedy series, Fox's Saturday Night Special (1996) produced by Roseanne
Barr. Coolidge made her big screen debut as a nurse in Not of This Earth (1995), then in the
courtroom comedy Trial and Error (1997). Then, she appeared in small roles in several more
feature films, and also continued her television work. Coolidge had her breakthrough role in
American Pie (1999), as a boozed-up and sultry mom who seduces her son's classmate with the
comment that she liked her scotch and men the same way: aged 18 years. She recreated the
character in the sequel American Pie 2 (2001). Then, she reprised her role as "Paulette" opposite
Reese Witherspoon in the Legally Blonde franchise. Although, she lost the part of "Lynette
Scavo" on Desperate Housewives (2004) to Felicity Huffman, Coolidge graced several TV
comedies as well, with major guest appearances on Frasier (1993) and Sex and the City (1998).
Then, she landed a recurring role in the NBC sitcom Joey (2004), as "Bobbie Morgenstern",
Joey's agent, appearing in 37 episodes over two seasons.
Eventually, Coolidge emerged as a versatile character actress with her no-holds-barred approach
to comedy and her vanity-free comfort with playing uninhibited, unappealing characters, and
delivering lines with sexual innuendo. Her talent shines in a range of characters, from a gold-
digging dog owner in Best in Show (2000), to a scheming wife of an elderly mogul in Down to
Earth (2001), to an opportunistic mother in American Dreamz (2006). Coolidge's gift for altering
her appearance and manner, as well as her mastery of timing, shines in her perfectly hideous performance as "Fiona", a wicked stepmother in A Cinderella Story (2004) opposite Hilary Duff,
for which Coolidge won a 2005 Teen Choice Award. Her lasting collaboration with director
Christopher Guest continued in For Your Consideration (2006).
Coolidge has been sharing her time between her two homes, one is in Hollywood, California, and
one in New Orleans, where she bought a historic mansion before the Hurricane Katrina hit the
city, and then became involved in its restoration.