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Born: July 27, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Island, New York, USA Profession: comedian, screenwriter, actor, producer

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Carol Leifer took the business of making people laugh very seriously. As one of stand-up comedy's most original female performers, Leifer did not have to look too hard or too far for material for her act. She made people laugh simply by jokes and sharp observations on subjects close to her heart - her Jewish upbringing, relationship issues, and the wacky incidents that occurred in her daily life. Throughout her career, the renowned comedienne headlined numerous comedy specials including "Caroline Doesn't Leifer Anymore" (Cinemax, 1988), "Carol Leifer Comedy Cruise" (Showtime, 1989), and made frequent appearances on "Comedy Central Presents" (1998- ). As a writer, Leifer lent her comedic genius to many hit shows like "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), starring her former one-time boyfriend, Jerry Seinfeld. Their relationship triggered longtime rumors that the legendary sitcom's Elaine Benes character was based on Leifer, but she later insisted the rumors were untrue. As an author, Leifer composed the entertaining book of essays, When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win (2009) in which the now 40-year-old came out as gay. Content with her longtime comedic...

Carol Leifer took the business of making people laugh very seriously. As one of stand-up comedy's most original female performers, Leifer did not have to look too hard or too far for material for her act. She made people laugh simply by jokes and sharp observations on subjects close to her heart - her Jewish upbringing, relationship issues, and the wacky incidents that occurred in her daily life. Throughout her career, the renowned comedienne headlined numerous comedy specials including "Caroline Doesn't Leifer Anymore" (Cinemax, 1988), "Carol Leifer Comedy Cruise" (Showtime, 1989), and made frequent appearances on "Comedy Central Presents" (1998- ). As a writer, Leifer lent her comedic genius to many hit shows like "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), starring her former one-time boyfriend, Jerry Seinfeld. Their relationship triggered longtime rumors that the legendary sitcom's Elaine Benes character was based on Leifer, but she later insisted the rumors were untrue. As an author, Leifer composed the entertaining book of essays, When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win (2009) in which the now 40-year-old came out as gay. Content with her longtime comedic career, a philanthropic Leifer gave Donald Trump a run for his money during her stint on "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2009- ) in 2010. Throughout her long career -whether by writing scripts or performing on stage - Leifer kept her audiences in stitches decade after decade by staying true to her comedic roots.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Funny People (2009)
2.
 Bee Movie (2007)
3.
 Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Party Guest
5.
 Alan Brady Show, The (2003) Voice
6.
 I Love the '70s (2003) Interviewee
8.
 Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999) Interviewee
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Starred in own sitcom, "Alright Already" for The WB
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Began performing stand-up in the 1970s
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Discovered by David Letterman while performing in a comedy club in the 1980s
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Performed on NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman" multiple times
1985:
Wrote for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1988:
Headlined her own special on Cinemax titled, "Carol Doesn't Leifer Anymore"; produced by David Letterman
1993:
Worked as a writer and producer on NBC's "Seinfeld"; reportedly was the model for the character of Elaine (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
1997:
Was a writer-producer on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO)
1997:
Starred in, created and executive-produced the WB sitcom, "Alright Already"
1999:
Co-produced and wrote for the short-lived ABC sitcom, "It's Like, You Know..."
2001:
Created the short-lived CBS sitcom, "The Ellen Show"
2003:
Was a consulting producer on ABC's "I'm with Her"
2007:
Co-executive producer for the first season of "Rules of Engagement" (CBS)
2010:
Joined the third season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice"
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Education

Binghamton University: Vestal , New York -

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