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Also Known As: Maya Khabira Rudolph Died:
Born: July 27, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Gainesville, Florida, USA Profession: actress, comedienne, music supervisor

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Maya Rudolph emerged as a face in the crowd on television's most popular sketch-comedy show to become a respected and sought-after actress in her own right. After landing early minor roles on various television series and in the occasional high-profile film like "As Good as It Gets" (1997), Rudolph's big break came in 2000 when she joined the regular cast of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). During her seven years on the show, she established herself as one of the most memorable female performers in its history with her wildly diverse characters and commanding vocal ability. Rudolph continued to pursue a feature film career in the off-season as well, with turns in projects like Adam Sandler's "50 First Dates" (2004), writer-director Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" (2006) and the DreamWorks animated smash "Shrek the Third" (2007). Post-"SNL," Rudolph garnered rave reviews and newfound respect as an actress for her starring role as an expectant mother alongside John Krasinski in Sam Mendes' low-key dramedy "Away We Go" (2009). She went on to enjoy not only critical acclaim, but box office success alongside former "SNL" cohort Kirsten Wiig in the breakout comedy smash "Bridesmaids" (2011) while...

Maya Rudolph emerged as a face in the crowd on television's most popular sketch-comedy show to become a respected and sought-after actress in her own right. After landing early minor roles on various television series and in the occasional high-profile film like "As Good as It Gets" (1997), Rudolph's big break came in 2000 when she joined the regular cast of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). During her seven years on the show, she established herself as one of the most memorable female performers in its history with her wildly diverse characters and commanding vocal ability. Rudolph continued to pursue a feature film career in the off-season as well, with turns in projects like Adam Sandler's "50 First Dates" (2004), writer-director Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" (2006) and the DreamWorks animated smash "Shrek the Third" (2007). Post-"SNL," Rudolph garnered rave reviews and newfound respect as an actress for her starring role as an expectant mother alongside John Krasinski in Sam Mendes' low-key dramedy "Away We Go" (2009). She went on to enjoy not only critical acclaim, but box office success alongside former "SNL" cohort Kirsten Wiig in the breakout comedy smash "Bridesmaids" (2011) while simultaneously returning to weekly TV with a co-starring role on "Up All Night" (NBC, 2011- ). Rudolph's seemingly limitless versatility, combined with the invaluable comedic training in Studio 8H had positioned her as one of the most welcome presences in both film and television.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Nest, The (2015)
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 Nut Job, The (2014)
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 Turbo (2013)
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 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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 Zookeeper (2011)
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 Bridesmaids (2011)
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 MacGruber (2010)
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 Grown Ups (2010)
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Formed the nine-piece funk band Super Sauce with classmates; played synthesizer and sang vocals
1995:
Joined former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp in the band The Rentals; played keyboard and sang vocals
1996:
Made acting debut on six episodes of "Chicago Hope" (CBS) as Nurse Leah Martine
1997:
Played a policewoman in James L. Brooks' acclaimed feature "As Good As It Gets"
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Joined the famous The Groundlings improv troupe in Los Angeles
2000:
Played the recurring role of Nurse Grace Patterson on the short-lived CBS series "City of Angels"
2000:
Had a supporting role in Mike White's "Chuck & Buck"
2000:
Reunited with her childhood friend Gwyneth Paltrow in the karaoke comedy "Duets"; her father Richard Rudolph served as the movie's music supervisor
2000:
Joined "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) as a featured performer
2001:
Became a regular "Saturday Night Live" cast member
2004:
Played a small role in "50 First Dates," starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler
2006:
Landed first prominent film role in Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion"
2006:
Co-starred with Luke Wilson in the Mike Judge sci-fi comedy "Idiocracy"
2007:
Voiced Rapunzel in the animated film "Shrek the Third"
2008:
Had a recurring role as Athena Scooberman in NBC's "Kath & Kim"
2009:
Co-starred with John Krasinski in the Sam Mendes-directed indie "Away We Go"
2010:
Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider
2011:
Played the bride-to-be in the comedy hit "Bridesmaids"
2011:
Cast as a high maintenance daytime talk show host on NBC comedy series "Up All Night"; co-starred with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett
2012:
Cast in the ensemble comedy "Friends with Kids," written and directed by co-star Jennifer Westfeldt
2013:
Featured in "The Way Way Back," "Grown Ups 2" and "Turbo" within weeks of each other during the summer-movie season
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Education

Saint Augustine by the Sea School: Santa Monica , California -
Crossroads School: Santa Monica , California -
University of California, Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz , California - 1995

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father:
Richard Rudolph. Songwriter, producer. Worked with daughter as music supervisors of "Duets" (2000).
mother:
Minnie Ripperton. Singer. Born November 8, 1947; died of breast cancer on July 12, 1979; singer with a five-octave range, scored her biggest hit with 1974's "Lovin' You".

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