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Born: November 12, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer

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Petit and perky, her small frame belied the vast reservoir of talent possessed by actress-dancer-vocalist, Megan Mullally, who became one of the most cherished fixtures on television with her side-splitting portrayal of Karen Walker on the hit sitcom, "Will & Grace" (1998-2006). When starting out in the business, she was nearly cast as the female lead in "Risky Business" (1983). There were other minor roles in films like "Last Resort" (1986), and unsuccessful attempts to headline a series, with failed projects like "The Ellen Burstyn Show" (ABC, 1986-87). However, after two high-profile Broadway revivals - "Grease" (1994) and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1995) - Mullally landed the role of perpetually drunk Karen on "Will & Grace," making her one of television's brightest stars during the show's peak. After the show completed its eight-year run, Mullally turned her attention to a short-lived daytime talk show endeavor, "The Megan Mullally Show" (syndicated, 2006-07), continued to perform with her band, Supreme Music Program, and made numerous guest appearances on shows like "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2008- ), the latter, alongside series regular and husband, actor Nick...

Petit and perky, her small frame belied the vast reservoir of talent possessed by actress-dancer-vocalist, Megan Mullally, who became one of the most cherished fixtures on television with her side-splitting portrayal of Karen Walker on the hit sitcom, "Will & Grace" (1998-2006). When starting out in the business, she was nearly cast as the female lead in "Risky Business" (1983). There were other minor roles in films like "Last Resort" (1986), and unsuccessful attempts to headline a series, with failed projects like "The Ellen Burstyn Show" (ABC, 1986-87). However, after two high-profile Broadway revivals - "Grease" (1994) and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1995) - Mullally landed the role of perpetually drunk Karen on "Will & Grace," making her one of television's brightest stars during the show's peak. After the show completed its eight-year run, Mullally turned her attention to a short-lived daytime talk show endeavor, "The Megan Mullally Show" (syndicated, 2006-07), continued to perform with her band, Supreme Music Program, and made numerous guest appearances on shows like "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2008- ), the latter, alongside series regular and husband, actor Nick Offerman. The very definition of a "triple-threat," Mullally's versatility ensured that she would remain a sought-after commodity for some time, although it would be as lovable lush Karen Walker for which she would be best remembered.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Trouble Dolls (2014)
2.
 Gay Dude (2014)
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 G.B.F. (2013)
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 Smashed (2011)
9.
 Fame (2009)
10.
 Bee Movie (2007)
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Studied and performed with the Oklahoma City Ballet, while still in high school
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Spent six years working in Chicago theater
1981:
Made television debut in the CBS movie, "The Children Nobody Wanted"
1983:
Film debut as a call girl in "Risky Business"
1986:
Debuted as a series regular on ABC's "The Ellen Burstyn Show" playing the title character's daughter
1986:
Had a small role, opposite Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, in the film "About Last Night"
1992:
Played an overenthusiastic new nurse on the short-lived FOX sitcom, "Rachel Gunn, R.N."
1993:
Provided the voice of Pebbles Flinstone in the ABC specials, "I Yabba-Dabba Doo!" and "Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby"
1994:
Made Broadway debut as the role of Marty in the revival of "Grease"
1995:
Co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
1998:
Breakthrough role as the ditsy trophy wife Karen Walker on the NBC sitcom, "Will & Grace"; earned Golden Globe (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), Emmy (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) and SAG (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007) nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2001:
Played Brendan Fraser's self-absorbed sister in "Monkeybone"
2001:
Acted in the ensemble of "Speaking of Sex"; premiered at the Chicago Film Festival
2002:
Had featured role in "Stealing Harvard"
2005:
Cast as a junior high principal in the Comedy "Rebound," starring Martin Lawrence
2006:
Hosted the syndicated daytime talk show, "The Megan Mullally Show"
2007:
Joined Mel Brooks' Broadway musical, "Young Frankenstein," as Elizabeth
2009:
Cast in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "In The Motherhood"
2009:
Played a voice instructor in the feature remake of "Fame"
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -
The School of American Ballet: New York , New York -
Casady School: Oklahoma City , Oklahoma -

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husband:
Michael Katcher. Executive. Married briefly in the early 1990s; CBS casting vice president.
companion:
Nick Offerman. Actor. Engaged since 2002; married September 20, 2003.

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father:
Carter Mullaly Jr. Actor. Was contract player at Paramount in the 1950s.
mother:
Martha Mullaly. Former model.

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