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Born: July 19, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor

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Clea Lewis' role as Audrey Penney, with her squeaky voice and totally negative attitude about everyone and everything which constantly annoys her neighbor Ellen DeGeneres on "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98), turned out to be her breakthrough part. The petite Ohio-born actress began as a child performer with the Cleveland Playhouse. After receiving her degree from Brown, she headed to Chicago where she spent three years with the famed Second City improvisational troupe. Lewis then moved to California expecting to earn an MFA degree at the University of San Diego. While on summer break, she began auditioning in Los Angeles, and won a guest appearance on "Doogie Howser, M.D.", followed by one on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". In 1992, Lewis had landed a regular role as the secretary on "Flying Blind", a short-lived Fox sitcom, and a part in her first feature, Stephen Frears' "Hero". Still, it was what was supposed to be guest appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' ABC show that launched Lewis. She was a person Ellen did not wish to socialize with, but felt obligated to do so. The audience soon understood Ellen's reluctance, but also enjoyed the character of Audrey. The producers asked Lewis to return and eventually...

Clea Lewis' role as Audrey Penney, with her squeaky voice and totally negative attitude about everyone and everything which constantly annoys her neighbor Ellen DeGeneres on "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98), turned out to be her breakthrough part. The petite Ohio-born actress began as a child performer with the Cleveland Playhouse. After receiving her degree from Brown, she headed to Chicago where she spent three years with the famed Second City improvisational troupe. Lewis then moved to California expecting to earn an MFA degree at the University of San Diego. While on summer break, she began auditioning in Los Angeles, and won a guest appearance on "Doogie Howser, M.D.", followed by one on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". In 1992, Lewis had landed a regular role as the secretary on "Flying Blind", a short-lived Fox sitcom, and a part in her first feature, Stephen Frears' "Hero". Still, it was what was supposed to be guest appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' ABC show that launched Lewis. She was a person Ellen did not wish to socialize with, but felt obligated to do so. The audience soon understood Ellen's reluctance, but also enjoyed the character of Audrey. The producers asked Lewis to return and eventually signed her as a regular on the revamped show, "Ellen". Lewis also played a small role in the remake of "Diabolique" and won praise for her role in "The Rich Man's Wife" (both 1996).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Life of Crime (2014)
3.
 Motherhood (2009)
5.
 Perfect Stranger (2007)
6.
7.
 Tom Sawyer (2000) Voice Of Amy Lawrence
8.
 Scotch and Milk (1998) Ilsa
9.
 Rich Man's Wife, The (1996) Nora Golden
10.
 Diabolique (1996) Lisa Campos
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Began performing as a child; worked at Cleveland Playhouse
1987:
Member of Second City troupe in Chicago
1991:
TV episodic debut, "Doogie Howser"
1992:
Feature film debut, "Hero"
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Appeared as regular in Fox sitcom "Flying Blind"
1994:
Made guest appearance as Audrey, an annoying neighbor, on "These Friends of Mine", starring Ellen DeGeneres
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Series retitled "Ellen"; Lewis joins cast as a regular
1997:
Voiced character of Nicky on the ABC Saturday morning animated series "Disney's Pepper Ann"
1998:
Returned to series TV as a regular on the CBS sitcom "Maggie Winters"
1999:
Acted in Off-Broadway production of "Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -
London Academy of Music and Art: -
Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island - 1987
University of California at San Diego: San Diego , California - 1990

Notes

"People in the supermarket really like Audrey. And they relate to her in a way I never anticipated. A lot of people say, 'Oh, I have friend just like Audrey. I don't know what to do about her.' So, Audrey is a good outlet for people." Clea Lewis in USA TODAY July 5, 1995

Lewis attended the Sundance Playwrights Conference in 1995.

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companion:
Adam Goldberg. Actor, director. No longer together.
husband:
Peter Ackerman. Actor.

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son:
Stanley Keats Ackerman. Born in February 2002 in NYC.

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