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Born: October 10, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Spokane, Washington, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, accountant

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This softly pretty comic writer-performer is only one of many women whose talent was largely wasted on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (on which she was featured from 1989-94). Sweeney was best known for her popular recurring character Pat, an annoying, androgynous, bespectacled person whose gender remained a mystery. The character was even the centerpiece of a feature, "It's Pat!" (1994), which was afforded only a regional release before being shunted off to the video shelves.

This softly pretty comic writer-performer is only one of many women whose talent was largely wasted on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (on which she was featured from 1989-94). Sweeney was best known for her popular recurring character Pat, an annoying, androgynous, bespectacled person whose gender remained a mystery. The character was even the centerpiece of a feature, "It's Pat!" (1994), which was afforded only a regional release before being shunted off to the video shelves.

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DIRECTOR:

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  God Said, Ha! (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Monsters University (2013) Ms. Squibbles
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3.
 Don't Come Knocking (2005) Cast
4.
 Clockstoppers (2002) Zak'S Mother
5.
 Beethoven's 3rd (2000)
6.
 Whatever It Takes (2000) Kate Woodman
7.
 Stuart Little (1999) Mrs Keeper
8.
 Thick As Thieves (1999) Sarah
9.
 God Said, Ha! (1998)
10.
 Vegas Vacation (1997) Mirage Reception Person
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Worked as an accountant at a motion picture studio
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Joined the Los Angeles based improv group The Groundlings where Phil Hartman became her mentor
1989:
First TV guest shot, "Murphy's Law" (ABC)
1989:
Spent four seasons as an ensemble member on the NBC variety series "Saturday Night Live"
1989:
TV-movie debut, "Dinner at Eight" (TNT)
1990:
Feature acting debut, "Gremlins 2: The New Batch"
1994:
Appeared at the closing ceremonies of The 1994 Gay Games in her Pat persona at NYC's Yankee Stadium
1994:
Feature debut as co-screenwriter, character creator and star, "It's Pat"
1995:
Underwent treatment for cervical cancer while taking care of her dying brother
1996:
Premiered one-woman show "God Said, 'Ha!'", a comic look at her life; after Broadway production, show was filmed, turned into a CD and a book
1998:
Joined cast of the CBS sitcom "George & Leo"
1999:
Feature directorial debut with "God Said, Ha!'"
2000:
Provided voice for the animated series "Baby Blues" (The WB)
2000:
Co-starred in the direct-to-video release "Beethoven's 3rd"
2001:
Had co-starring role in The WB sitcom "Maybe It's Me"
2006:
Cast in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" written by and starred Sam Shepard
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Education

University of Washington: Seattle , Washington -

Notes

"I feel really good about 'Satruday Night Live.' I don't wish I was still there, but I'm glad I once was. It takes too much energy to remember the bad stuff, like crying over a skit that didn't get on. What I remember are all the great experiences and wonderful friends." --Julia Sweeney, quoted in THE NEW YORK POST, November 19, 1996

"I used to be spastically ambitious and obsessed with work. Now I'm taking an easier view of things. After all I've been through, life doesn't seem like such a race anymore." --Julia Sweeney, quoted in PEOPLE, August 7, 1995

Sweeney's brother Michael and father Robert made cameo appearances in "It's Pat!" (1994).

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husband:
Stephen Hibbert. TV writer. Married c. 1989; divorced in 1994.

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father:
Bob Sweeney. Retired federal prosecutor.
mother:
Jeri Sweeney.
brother:
Mike Sweeney. Was box office employee for L.A.'s Groundlings comedy troupe; died of lymphoma April 1, 1995 at age 31.
brother:
Jim Sweeney. Younger.
sister:
Meg Sweeney. Younger; married and lives in Japan.
brother:
Bill Sweeney. Younger.
daughter:
Tara Mulan Sweeney. Chinese; born in 1999; adopted by Sweeney in 2001.
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"God Said 'Ha!'" Bantam Books

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