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Born: October 10, 1969 Cause of Death:
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Her quick wit and natural flair for comedy made Wendi McLendon-Covey "The Queen of Improv." McLendon-Covey earned her comedic stripes as a member of the famed improv and sketch comedy troupe, The Groundlings, where she developed outrageous characters that had audiences rolling in their seats. The actress landed her breakout role on the hit Comedy Central series "Reno 911!" (2003-09). The show satirized local law enforcement officers and the criminals they dealt with on a daily basis. McLendon-Covey played a sexually charged police officer that was inspired by a character she created during her time with The Groundlings. "Reno 911!" launched the actress⿿ acting résumé that included guest appearances on television shows and in featured film roles. In 2011, McLendon-Covey played a frustrated wife and mother who wants to break free from her mundane life in the comedy feature "Bridesmaids," a scene-stealing role that helped establish her career as one of Hollywood⿿s funniest women.She was born Wendy Anne McLendon on Oct. 10, 1969 in Bellflower, CA. The future star earned her bachelor⿿s degree in liberal studies and creative writing from California State University, Long Beach prior to joining the...

Her quick wit and natural flair for comedy made Wendi McLendon-Covey "The Queen of Improv." McLendon-Covey earned her comedic stripes as a member of the famed improv and sketch comedy troupe, The Groundlings, where she developed outrageous characters that had audiences rolling in their seats. The actress landed her breakout role on the hit Comedy Central series "Reno 911!" (2003-09). The show satirized local law enforcement officers and the criminals they dealt with on a daily basis. McLendon-Covey played a sexually charged police officer that was inspired by a character she created during her time with The Groundlings. "Reno 911!" launched the actress⿿ acting résumé that included guest appearances on television shows and in featured film roles. In 2011, McLendon-Covey played a frustrated wife and mother who wants to break free from her mundane life in the comedy feature "Bridesmaids," a scene-stealing role that helped establish her career as one of Hollywood⿿s funniest women.

She was born Wendy Anne McLendon on Oct. 10, 1969 in Bellflower, CA. The future star earned her bachelorâ¿¿s degree in liberal studies and creative writing from California State University, Long Beach prior to joining the L.A.-based improv group The Groundlings. Spending seven years with the celebrated comedy troupe allowed McLendon-Covey to create and develop a colorful range of characters, which she eventually adapted into in her mainstream acting projects. One such character was a raging nymphomaniac named Clementine. In 2003, McLendon-Covey was cast on the Comedy Central series "Reno 911!" about a wacky group of police officers and criminals in Nevada. Shot documentary style, "Reno 911!" parodied the long running series "COPS" (Fox, 1989- ) and starred a cast of improv actors such as Thomas Lennon (as sexually ambiguous and short-shorts-wearing Lieutenant Jim Dangle) and Niecy Nash (playing loudmouthed Deputy Raineesha Williams). McLendon-Covey played Deputy Clementine Johnson, a promiscuous, marijuana-smoking, cleavage-baring police officer. The buxom blonde was based on the actressâ¿¿ popular Groundlings character Clementine, a role that earned her the title of "Queen of Improv" from TV Guide. "Reno 911!" spent six years on air and often featured guest stars, including Rainn Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd.

McLendon-Covey made her feature film debut opposite Will Ferrell, Nicole Kidman and Shirley MacLaine in the Nora Ephron-directed comedy "Bewitched" (2005), in which she made a cameo as an entertainment reporter. McLendon-Coveyâ¿¿s improv background helped her land a featured role on "Lovespring International" (Lifetime, 2006). The series centered on the employees of a Southern California-based matchmaking service. The show also starred a pre-"Glee" (Fox, 2009- ) Jane Lynch, who played the manager of the fictional dating company. In 2007, McLendon-Covey reprised her Deputy Johnson role in "Reno 911!: Miami," a big screen adaptation of the comedy series that finds the Reno police department patrolling the streets of Miami Beach, FL. The hardworking actress made several guest appearances on critically acclaimed TV shows such as "The Office" (NBC, 2005- ) and "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009- ). She also wrote, produced and starred in the Web series "GILF" (2008). In 2011, McLendon-Covey returned to the big screen, along with a whoâ¿¿s-who of Hollywood comediennes, in "Bridesmaids." The Judd Apatow-produced film starred "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) alum Kristen Wiig as the maid of honor of her best friendâ¿¿s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. As one of the bridesmaids in the wedding party, McLendon-Coveyâ¿¿s character often expressed how much she hated being a wife and mother of three children.

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 Army of One (2016)
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 Blended (2014)
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 Gay Dude (2014)
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 Cuban Fury (2014)
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 Sleeping Around (2014)
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2002:
Launched acting career with The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, CA
2003:
Cast as Deputy Clementine Johnson on Comedy Central cop spoof "Reno! 911"
2005:
Made feature film debut as a news anchor in Nora Ephron's remake of "Bewitched"
2006:
Made feature writing and producing debut with "Cook-Off!"
2010:
Landed recurring role on "Rules of Engagement" (CBS)
2011:
Cast as wild bridesmaid Rita in comedy hit "Bridesmaids"
2012:
Joined ensemble cast of romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
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