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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 4, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor, comedian, musician, office temp, switchboard operator, restaurant hostess

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A comedic powerhouse with real vocal talent, Ana Gasteyer springboarded from The Groundlings to "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), where she quickly established herself as a first-rate impersonator, nailing wickedly clever takes on Martha Stewart and Celine Dion. Among her breakout characters included the earnestly awful folk singer Cinder Calhoun, Molly Shannon's soft-spoken NPR "Delicious Dish" co-host, and along with Will Ferrell, a husband-and-wife team of white-bread music teachers who throw themselves into passionate but terrible covers of popular songs. An under-the-radar MVP, Gasteyer parlayed her "SNL" goodwill into small roles in "Dick" (1999), "Woman on Top" (2000) and "What Women Want" (2000), but earned her biggest movie success as the anthropologist mother of Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in Tina Fey's blockbuster "Mean Girls" (2004). She showed off her amazing pipes in "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical" (2005), and to greater acclaim as Elphaba in the stage musical "Wicked," a role she reprised on Broadway. She made a cameo in "The Women" (2008) and played a mayor in Tyler Perry's "We the Peeples" (2011). The actress also notched two recurring roles: a quirky judge on "The Good Wife"...

A comedic powerhouse with real vocal talent, Ana Gasteyer springboarded from The Groundlings to "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), where she quickly established herself as a first-rate impersonator, nailing wickedly clever takes on Martha Stewart and Celine Dion. Among her breakout characters included the earnestly awful folk singer Cinder Calhoun, Molly Shannon's soft-spoken NPR "Delicious Dish" co-host, and along with Will Ferrell, a husband-and-wife team of white-bread music teachers who throw themselves into passionate but terrible covers of popular songs. An under-the-radar MVP, Gasteyer parlayed her "SNL" goodwill into small roles in "Dick" (1999), "Woman on Top" (2000) and "What Women Want" (2000), but earned her biggest movie success as the anthropologist mother of Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in Tina Fey's blockbuster "Mean Girls" (2004). She showed off her amazing pipes in "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical" (2005), and to greater acclaim as Elphaba in the stage musical "Wicked," a role she reprised on Broadway. She made a cameo in "The Women" (2008) and played a mayor in Tyler Perry's "We the Peeples" (2011). The actress also notched two recurring roles: a quirky judge on "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ) and an overbearing suburbanite in "Suburgatory" (ABC, 2011- ). Proving her versatility in musical theater as well as onscreen, Ana Gasteyer earned a stellar reputation as an ace scene-stealer and comedic force who enlivened every project in which she appeared with her unique, offbeat energy.

Born May 4, 1967 in Washington, DC, Ana Kristina Gasteyer earned considerable professional theatrical and comedic experience in a variety of productions, including playing the famed housekeeper Alice in the national tour of the popular stage show "The Real Live Brady Bunch." A member of the famed improv group The Groundlings, Gasteyer booked a fun cameo in 1995 as a customer menaced by "The Soup Nazi" on an especially memorably episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) but achieved breakout fame the following year when she landed a cast slot on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). Showing zero vanity and a killer, go-for-broke comedic instinct, Gasteyer quickly distinguished herself as one of the all-time great impersonators on the long-running series with brilliant impressions of over-composed popular icons including a deliciously twisted take on Martha Stewart. A musician and trained singer, Gasteyer often essayed vocalist characters, including painfully earnest folk singer Cinder Calhoun and pop diva Celine Dion ("zee greatest singer in zee world!"). The former performance earned the actress an in-character spot on the real-life female folk tour Lilith Fair in 1998, while the latter impersonation landed her an in-character spot on the special "VH1 Divas Live '99" as well as several winking appearances on the famously good-natured Dion's subsequent tours.

Appearing on the show during an era of increased gender equality, Gasteyer's success as an all-around comedic force helped send another nail into the notorious "SNL" "boys' club" reputation. Quickly becoming a mainstay thanks to her talent at revealing the wackiness behind unnaturally earnest characters, Gasteyer created such unforgettable comedic gems as Molly Shannon's deceptively mild-mannered "Delicious Dish" NPR radio co-host and the over-enunciating middle school music department singer Bobbi Mohan-Culp, who along with husband Marty (Will Ferrell), presents surprisingly intense medleys of butchered popular songs. During her reign on "SNL," Gasteyer racked up an impressive slew of TV guest spots on the era's top sitcoms as well, including a sharp spot as a sexy nanny who takes charge of David Spade's man-child on "Just Shoot Me!" (NBC, 1997-2003), as well as small film roles, such as a funny turn as Nixon's shockingly agile secretary Rose Mary Woods in the political parody comedy "Dick" (1999).

Gasteyer next stole scenes in the Penelope Cruz farce "Woman on Top" (2000) and in Nancy Meyers's Mel Gibson fantasy "What Women Want" (2000). In real-life, she became pregnant in late 2001, and continued to perform on "SNL" while pregnant. But after giving birth in June 2002, she opted not to return to the grind of the series. Friend and fellow "SNL" cast member Tina Fey gifted Gasteyer with the role of the anthropologist mother to the socially naïve Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in the influential smash "Mean Girls" (2004). The actress then played Mae, a marijuana-addicted moll, in the tongue-in-cheek "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical" (2005), but turned her focus to musical theater, wowing critics and fans with her performances as Mrs. Peachum in "The Threepenny Opera" and as Elphaba in "Wicked." She reprised the latter role on Broadway, and continued to maintain an acclaimed presence treading the boards. Back onscreen, Gasteyer notched a comedic cameo in Diane English's long-delayed remake of "The Women" (2008) and reunited with many of her talented fellow female "SNL" alumnae for the Emmy-winning, highly-rated Betty White Mother's Day special in 2010. Gasteyer recurred as a quirky judge on "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ) and played a mayor in Tyler Perry's family dramedy "We the Peeples" (2011). Fans were delighted when it was announced that the talented actress had landed her most prominent sitcom role thus far, recurring as an overachieving, alpha suburbanite on the highly anticipated sitcom "Suburgatory" (ABC, 2011- ).

By Jonathan Riggs

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 That's My Boy (2012)
2.
 Fun Size (2012)
3.
 Finn on the Fly (2010)
4.
 Dare (2009)
5.
 The Women (2008)
6.
 Reefer Madness (2005)
7.
 Mean Girls (2004) Betsy Heron, Cady'S Mom
8.
9.
 Woman on Top (2000) Claudia Hunter
10.
 Geppetto (2000) Signora Giovanni
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Made stage debut as Alice in the national touring company of "The Real Live Brady Bunch"
1995:
Feature film debut in the romantic comedy "Courting Courtney" (released 1998)
1995:
Was featured in the legendary "Soup Nazi" episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC)
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Was a member of The Groundlings sketch comedy troupe
1996:
Guest starred on the FOX drama "Party of Five"
1996:
Was a regular cast member on the long-running sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1998:
Had a featured supporting role as rodent expert Mel in the live-action Disney comedy "Meet the Deedles"
1998:
Performed as fictional singer-songwriter Cinder Calhoun on the Lilith Fair tour after the character debuted on the "SNL" segment "Weekend Update"
1999:
Thanks to her memorable impersonation of Celine Dion, was featured in the music special "VH1 Divas Live '99"
1999:
Played Nixon's longtime secretary Rosemary Woods in the Watergate comedy "Dick"
2000:
Featured in the independent "Home Sweet Hoboken"; screened at Sundance
2000:
Appeared as herself in a two-episode arc of "3rd Rock From the Sun" (NBC) that takes the out of this world gang to Manhattan
2000:
Acted in the comedy feature "What Women Want"
2001:
Joined the Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show"; replaced Joan Jett in the role of Columbia
2001:
Featured in the comedy "What's the Worst That Could Happen?"
2004:
Played the mother of Lindsay Lohan in the feature film "Mean Girls"; written by SNL castmate Tina Fey
2005:
Co-starred with Steven Weber in Showtime's movie adaptation of "Reefer Madness," an off-Broadway musical that was itself based on a hysterical 1930s film
2005:
Starred as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the sit-down production of "Wicked" at the Oriental Theater in Chicago
2006:
Starred as Mrs. Peachum in a revival of "The Threepenny Opera" on Broadway
2006:
Reprised the role as Elphaba in "Wicked" on Broadway
2007:
Performed in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Passion" at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2009:
Cast as Kitty Dean in the Broadway play, "The Royal Family"
2009:
Cast in "Girl Crazy," a production of Encores! at New York City Center
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Education

Sidwell Friends High School: Washington , Washington D.C. -
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -

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husband:
Charlie McKittrick. Graphic designer. Had attended high school together; remet c. 1991; married on November 9, 1996.

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mother:
Marianna Gasteyer.
brother:
Stephen Gasteyer. Sociologist. Older.

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