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Born: July 11, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paterson, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, improvisational acting teacher, receptionist

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Although comedic character actress Mindy Sterling had been working in film and television for nearly two decades, it was not until she portrayed Dr. Evil's shrieking Germanic henchwoman, Frau Farbissina, in Mike Myers' spy spoof "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997) and its sequels that she achieved a degree of popular recognition. Sterling moved to Los Angeles from Miami in the early 1970s, where she joined the improvisational comedy troupe the Groundlings. While there, she not only improved her skills, but created long-lasting professional relationships with such notables as Phil Hartman and Lisa Kudrow. Work on high-profile series, including turns on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98) and "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) preceded her breakout performance as Farbissina in Myers' hit comedy and its sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999). With her Hollywood stock on the rise, Sterling landed co-starring roles in features like "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999) and recurring turns on popular series like "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-12). Utilizing her highly animated features and razor-sharp comic sensibilities honed during her years at the Groundlings, Sterling ensured...

Although comedic character actress Mindy Sterling had been working in film and television for nearly two decades, it was not until she portrayed Dr. Evil's shrieking Germanic henchwoman, Frau Farbissina, in Mike Myers' spy spoof "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997) and its sequels that she achieved a degree of popular recognition. Sterling moved to Los Angeles from Miami in the early 1970s, where she joined the improvisational comedy troupe the Groundlings. While there, she not only improved her skills, but created long-lasting professional relationships with such notables as Phil Hartman and Lisa Kudrow. Work on high-profile series, including turns on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98) and "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) preceded her breakout performance as Farbissina in Myers' hit comedy and its sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999). With her Hollywood stock on the rise, Sterling landed co-starring roles in features like "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999) and recurring turns on popular series like "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-12). Utilizing her highly animated features and razor-sharp comic sensibilities honed during her years at the Groundlings, Sterling ensured herself a lengthy career on screens big and small.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Despicable Me 3 (2017)
3.
 Waiting, The (2016)
4.
 Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire (2012) Lita Rutland
5.
 Any Day Now (2012)
6.
 Mars Needs Moms (2011)
8.
 Alpha and Omega (2010)
9.
 Jesus People (2009)
10.
 Spring Breakdown (2009)
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1956:
Moved from Paterson, New Jersey to Miami, Florida at age two (date approximate)
1967:
Enrolled by father in private acting classes, training in Shakespeare at age 13 (date approximate)
:
Worked in community theater in Miami
1973:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career (date approximate)
1973:
Landed a recurring role on the syndicated children's series "Dusty's Treehouse" (date approximate)
1981:
Had a bit part in "The Devil and Max Devlin"
1984:
Joined the Los Angeles based Groundlings comedy troupe (date approximate); worked alongside actors Jon Lovitz and Kathy Griffin
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Began teaching improvisational acting at Groundlings, counting Keanu Reeves, Lisa Kudrow, Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan among her students
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Met Mike Myers when he did guest stints at Groundlings
1997:
Had featured role as Frau Farbissina, Dr Evil's calculating associate, in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"; also first collaboration with actor Seth Green who played Dr Evil's son Scott
1999:
Reteamed with Green for the teen horror comedy "Idle Hands"
1999:
Reprised role of Frau Farbissina, with a more central and provocative role, in the summer hit sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"; initial collaboration with actor Verne Troyer who played Mini-Me
1999:
Featured as Kirstie Alley's sidekick and the coordinator of a local teen beauty pageant in Michael Patrick Jann's satire "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
2000:
Appeared in Ron Howard's live action adaptation of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", starring Jim Carrey; Verne Troyer also in the cast
2002:
Co-starred with Mike Myers in "Austin Powers in Goldmember"
2006:
Voiced the female Ox in "Ice Age: The Meltdown"
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husband:
Brian Gadson.

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brother:
Mark Sterling. Younger.
son:
Max Gadson. Born c. 1995.

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