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Born: December 29, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Huntsville, Alabama, USA Profession: comedian, voice actor, columnist, producer, waitress

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An inventive and politically astute comedian, Paula Poundstone adhered to the same sort of observational techniques used by Mort Sahl, George Carlin or Ellen DeGeneres rather than relying on the quick quip or pre-fab jokes. She rose to prominence during the 1980s boom in comedy clubs. Poundstone's wry, improvisatory style and offbeat, off-the-cuff remarks delighted audiences and her popularity allowed her to make the transition from cult figure to TV star.

An inventive and politically astute comedian, Paula Poundstone adhered to the same sort of observational techniques used by Mort Sahl, George Carlin or Ellen DeGeneres rather than relying on the quick quip or pre-fab jokes. She rose to prominence during the 1980s boom in comedy clubs. Poundstone's wry, improvisatory style and offbeat, off-the-cuff remarks delighted audiences and her popularity allowed her to make the transition from cult figure to TV star.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Wisecracks (1991) Herself
2.
 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time (2004) Honoree (Archival Footage)
5.
8.
 CLIO AWARDS, THE (1995)
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Raised in Sudbury, Massachusetts
1979:
Began performing comedy at "open mike" nights at local clubs
1980:
Moved to San Francisco (date approximate)
1987:
Early TV credit in the Showtime special "Just for Laughs"
1987:
Was one of the participants in the HBO comedy special "Women of the Night"
1988:
Served as an executive consultant on the Showtime series "Poison"
1989:
Made first of multiple appearances at "Comic Relief" (aired on HBO)
1989:
Guest starred in an episode of the Fox sitcom "It's Garry Shandling's Show"
1990:
Headlined the HBO special "Paula Poundstone: Cats, Cops and Stuff"; also wrote
1991:
Was one of the female comedians profiled in the documentary "Wisecracks"; released in the USA in 1993
1992:
Hosted HBO's "The Paula Poundstone Show", a comedy/talk program
1992:
Served as "official correspondant" for "The Tonight Show" during the US Presidential race
1993:
Made dramatic acting debut in an episode of NBC's "Reasonable Doubts"
1993:
During the annual telecast of the Emmy Awards, provided backstage commentary
1993:
Starred in the short-lived ABC variety series "The Paula Poundstone Show"
1994:
Was a commentator in the pre- and post-shows for the Academy Awards
1995:
Made contributions to the PBS program "Life & Times"; received L.A. Area Emmy nominations
1996:
Executive produced, wrote and starred in the HBO comedy special "Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard"
1997:
Was a roving correspondant for the syndicated "Rosie O'Donnell Show"
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Had recurring role on the CBS sitcom "Cybill"
1998:
Starred in the busted Fox sitcom pilot "Paula", loosely inspired by her life as a foster mom
1999:
Wrote episodes and voiced the lead character of a single mother raising two foster children in the animated series "Home Movies" (UPN)
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Was a panelist on the syndicated game show "To Tell the Truth"
2001:
Arrested and charged with committing lewd acts on a child and child endangerment; released on $200,000 bail; pleaded innocent at July 3rd arraignment
2001:
Admitted through her attorney that she was battling alcoholism (July)
2001:
On September 12, pleaded no contest to child endangerment on Wednesday in return for all sex charges to be dropped; sentenced to five years' probation and 180 days in an alcohol-treatment center in October; returned to court in November for violating probation and was briefly jailed; in December was released from rehab center and allowed to travel to fulfill performance commitments
2001:
Resumed performing career with an appearance in Santa Cruz, California (December 14)
2002:
Regained full legal custody of her three adopted children she lost last year after pleading no contest to child endangerment,
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Notes

In 1993, after receiving certification, Poundstone became a foster mother.

Poundstone was a producer and voice performer on the children's audio book project "Completely Yours".

She has been a contributing columnist to Mother Jones magazine.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Jack Poundstone. Electrical engineer. Moved family to Massachusetts in 1960 one month after Paula was born; Poundstone is reportedly estranged from her parents.
mother:
Vera Poundstone. Poundstone is reportedly estranged from her parents.

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