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Also Known As: Cheryl Ann O'Teari Died:
Born: September 19, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: comedian, writer, actor, singer, bartender, secretary

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From the onset of her first appearances on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Cheri Oteri fully explored her gifts for provoking laugher. Her spot-on mimicry of celebrities such as Barbara Walters and Judge Judy Sheindlin, along with a wide range of bawdy and perky originals - including cheerleader Arianna, feisty Rita Del Vecchio and talk show host Cass Van Rye - helped the petite comedy dynamo anchor the show's late 1990s resurgence, stirring viewer adulation and kick-starting her big screen career.

From the onset of her first appearances on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Cheri Oteri fully explored her gifts for provoking laugher. Her spot-on mimicry of celebrities such as Barbara Walters and Judge Judy Sheindlin, along with a wide range of bawdy and perky originals - including cheerleader Arianna, feisty Rita Del Vecchio and talk show host Cass Van Rye - helped the petite comedy dynamo anchor the show's late 1990s resurgence, stirring viewer adulation and kick-starting her big screen career.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Bad Parents (2013)
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 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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 Surveillance (2008)
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 Shrek the Third (2007)
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 Southland Tales (2006)
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 Surviving Eden (2006)
10.
 Ant Bully, The (2006)
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Raised in Philadelphia, PA
1989:
Moved to LA
1990:
Worked as coordinator for the promotions department of A&M Records
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Was a member of the Groundlings comedy troupe; first collaboration with Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan
1995:
Joined the cast of NBC sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live"; left at the end of the 1999-2000 season
1997:
Played Jim Carrey's wacky receptionist in the blockbuster comedy "Liar, Liar"
1997:
Made a memorable guest appearance as an incompetent assistant in the hit NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me"
1999:
Had featured role as the mayor in comic caper "Inspector Gadget"
2000:
Reprised guest role on NBC's "Just Shoot Me"; received Emmy nomination
2000:
Played the Courtney Cox character in the popular "Scream" spoof "Scary Movie"
2000:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "Love & Sex" opposite Jon Favreau and Famke Janssen
2000:
Signed development deal with CBS for own sitcom
2001:
Reteamed with Favreau and Janssen for the mob comedy "Made"
2006:
Cast in the computer-animated "The Ant Bully" directed by John Davis
2006:
Cast as a professional dog-killer in the mockumentary "Surviving Eden"
2007:
Voiced Sleeping Beauty in "Shrek the Third"
2007:
Co-starred in Richard Kelly's ensemble film, "Southland Tales"
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Education

Archbishop Prendergast High School: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

Notes

Cheri Oteri refuses to divulge her age in interviews, stating that she loves playing characters of all ages.

"I just thought, [comedy] is like being in love. When I do well, I can't sleep because I'm so excited. And when I do awful, I can't sleep because I feel so bad." --Oteri to US, December 1996.

"When I was a kid, I used to just study people. Now, as an adult, I'm being everybody I ever watched." --Oteri to Rolling Stone, November 27, 1997.

"I'm the kind of person who needs to know someone really well before I decide if I want to go out with them. I want to know I want to have coffee with them before I have coffee with them. I'm picky. I know how to be alone." --Oteri quoted by the Associated Press, July 17, 2000.

"I totally existed in my imagination. When I woke up in the morning, the curtain went up! When I went to sleep, it went down. I took my bow, and I got into my bottom bunk. There are kids who entertain themselves. It's a form of escape, to make yourself laugh. My mom probably thought, 'I don't know whether Cheri's masturbating or what the hell she's doing in there.'" --Oteri to US Weekly, July 17, 2000.

"I've been going to the movies by myself forever. The only problem is sharing the experience. To this day, if something makes me laugh, I always hit the person next to me. They look at me like, 'Yeah, I saw it. Keep your hands to yourself.'" --Oteri to US Weekly, July 17, 2000.

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