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Born: April 6, 1983 Cause of Death:
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Hilarious and high-spirited aptly described one of Hollywood's more endearing starlets, Eliza Coupe. The blonde-haired beauty first gained widespread notoriety for her portrayal of the mega-driven Denise "Jo" Mahoney on the hit medical comedy series "Scrubs" (ABC, 2001-2010). The actress-comedienne continued to pop up on the silver screen and on numerous popular television shows, including the film "I Think I Love My Wife" (2007), the HBO series "12 Miles of Bad Road" (2008) and the movie "Somewhere" (2010). It was her next project that put her on the map. Coupe and her fellow cast mates from the hit comedy series "Happy Endings" (ABC, 2011- ) created a huge buzz with audiences and critics following the show's 2011 premiere. As Jane Williams, Coupe played one of the close friends and a wife on this updated version of the popular comedy series, "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). Although über-motivated Jane's happy ending involved having two high-brow children who grow up to become world leaders. It was harder to determine what Coupe's own happy ending would be, but based on her comedic skills and track record as a dependable, engaging ensemble player, Coupe's future in Hollywood seemed limitless.Born on...

Hilarious and high-spirited aptly described one of Hollywood's more endearing starlets, Eliza Coupe. The blonde-haired beauty first gained widespread notoriety for her portrayal of the mega-driven Denise "Jo" Mahoney on the hit medical comedy series "Scrubs" (ABC, 2001-2010). The actress-comedienne continued to pop up on the silver screen and on numerous popular television shows, including the film "I Think I Love My Wife" (2007), the HBO series "12 Miles of Bad Road" (2008) and the movie "Somewhere" (2010). It was her next project that put her on the map. Coupe and her fellow cast mates from the hit comedy series "Happy Endings" (ABC, 2011- ) created a huge buzz with audiences and critics following the show's 2011 premiere. As Jane Williams, Coupe played one of the close friends and a wife on this updated version of the popular comedy series, "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). Although über-motivated Jane's happy ending involved having two high-brow children who grow up to become world leaders. It was harder to determine what Coupe's own happy ending would be, but based on her comedic skills and track record as a dependable, engaging ensemble player, Coupe's future in Hollywood seemed limitless.

Born on April 6, 1983 in Plymouth, NH, Eliza Coupe grew up in the small town where she attended Plymouth Regional High School. There she took part in the school's prestigious, award-winning theater program. Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, it was on the school's stage - and later, during her time performing at Los Angeles' Groundlings Theater - that she gained the confidence to pursue her chosen career as an actress and comedian. After graduating, she went on to further study theater at the California Institute of the Arts. In 2003, Coupe tackled her first acting gig, appearing as a soldier in an all-female troupe which toured France with a production of Shakespeare's, "King Lear." It was not until late 2005 however, that she began to attract serious attention as a comedienne when she performed a highly entertaining and irreverent one-woman sketch show titled "The Patriots." Directed by Anthony King, Coupe portrayed a number of diverse and hilarious characters. Premiering at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, her outstanding characterizations won her the Jury Award for Breakout Act of 2006 at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Following that, Variety named Coupe one of 10 comics to watch in 2006.

That same year, she scored a small part as Allison in the film short "The Day The World Saved Shane Sawyer" (2006). Her first major screen credit followed, in which she essayed a puppeteer in the comedy romance "I Think I Love My Wife," alongside comedy star and director Chris Rock. It was around that time that Coupe also became part of Sierra Mist's commercial campaign, alongside comics Jim Gaffigan, Michael Ian Black and Tracy Morgan. Coupe next landed a role on the short-lived MTV comedy series, "Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz" (2007). After that, she made more appearances on television series, including in a first-season episode of the musical comedy series, "Flight of the Conchords" (HBO, 2007) and on the short-lived comedy series "Unhitched" (Fox, 2008).

Not long after that, Linda Bloodworth Thomason cast Coupe as a regular on "12 Miles of Bad Road" alongside Lily Tomlin and Mary Kay Place. As Gaylor Shakespeare, she played Tomlin's youngest daughter in this comedy about an insanely wealthy, yet kooky Texas family and their real estate business. Also in 2008, Coupe landed a recurring role as Willow on Christina Applegate's comedy series "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09). Later that year, Coupe showed up in yet another recurring role, as Dr. Denise "Jo" Mahoney on the eighth season of the acclaimed medical comedy series "Scrubs," a story centering around intern John "J.D" Dorian's (Zach Braff) escapades at Sacred Heart Hospital. Coupe did such a good job in the role that during the ninth season of the series, she was upped to regular status on the popular show. At the same time she also appeared on the companion web series, "Scrubs: Interns." In 2009, Coupe garnered a leading role as the character Callie/Crossfade in the television movie "No Heroics" (ABC, 2009) and made a guest appearance on USA Network's popular series "Royal Pains" (2009- ). Continuing to raise her profile, she popped up in a bit part as a hotel room neighbor in Sofia Coppola's drama, "Somewhere" (2010).

It was in 2011 when Coupe scored another major coup - a starring role as Jane Williams on David Caspe's hit comedy series, "Happy Endings" alongside fellow up-and-coming stars Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Casey Wilson. A modern twist on the popular sitcom "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), the critical darling explored a group of close buddies living in Chicago whose characters defy stereotypes. As Alex's sister (Elisha Cuthbert), Jane is married to Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) and is the ultra-competitive controller of everything and everyone around her. Her comical Type-A character prided herself on getting tasks done flawlessly and in record time, much like Courteney Cox's Monica Gellar on "Friends." That same year, Coupe appeared in the romantic comedy movie "What's Your Number?" as well as popped up on the comedy series "Community" (NBC, 2009- ).

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Grew up in Plymouth, NH
2003:
Toured France playing a soldier in an all-female production of "King Lear"
2005:
Premiered her one-woman sketch show "The Patriots" at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
2007:
Made feature acting debut in "I Think I Love My Wife," starring Chris Rock and Kerry Washington
2007:
TV debut, HBO's "The Flight of the Conchords"
2008:
Joined the cast of HBO series "12 Miles of Bad Road," starring Lily Tomlin
2009:
Landed a recurring role as a medical intern on "Scrubs" (ABC); also co-starred on the series' Web spin-off "Scrubs: Interns"
2010:
Appeared in Sofia Coppola directed drama "Somewhere"
2011:
Co-starred as control freak Jane on ABC comedy series "Happy Endings"
2011:
Appeared in the comedy "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and Chris Evans
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