Lauren Helen Graham (born March 16, 1967) is an American actress and author. She is best known for her roles as Lorelai Gilmore on the television series Gilmore Girls (2000–2007 and 2016), for which she received nominations for Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and Satellite Awards, and as Sarah Braverman on the NBC television drama Parenthood (2010–2015).
Lauren Helen Graham
March 16, 1967
|Residence||Manhattan, New York, U.S.|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Partner(s)||Peter Krause (2010–present)|
Graham's film work includes roles in Sweet November (2001), Bad Santa (2003), The Pacifier (2005), Because I Said So (2007), and Evan Almighty (2007). She published her debut novel with Ballantine Books in 2013, Someday, Someday, Maybe. In 2016, Graham reprised her role as Lorelai Gilmore on Netflix's reunion miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and published a memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can.
Lauren Helen Graham was born on March 16, 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her mother, Donna Grant, was a fashion buyer, and her father, Lawrence Graham, is a candy industry lobbyist who has been president of the National Confectioners Association. Graham was raised in her father's Catholic faith (her maternal grandfather was a Baptist minister); she is of Irish, English, and Scottish descent. When Graham's father worked for the Agency for International Development in Vietnam, Lauren lived for a few years in Japan (her mother also grew up there, as the daughter of a missionary). Graham was five years old when her parents divorced and she moved to the Virginia suburbs of the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her father, who became a congressional staffer, while her mother left to pursue an artistic career, and lived in London until her death at age 61. Graham also spent a few of her childhood years in Southampton, New York. Graham has a half-sister and a half-brother from her father's second marriage and a British half-sister, Shade Grant, from her mother's second marriage, who works at a talent agency.
As a girl, Graham rode horses competitively, but soon switched to acting, honing her talent at Langley High School, where she took part in the drill team and graduated in 1984. She earned her actor's Equity Card in 1988 after two years in summer stock at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan. Graham went to New York University, but then transferred to Barnard College. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. After moving to Texas in 1992, Graham earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting Performance from Southern Methodist University.
After completing her education, Graham moved back to New York City where she earned her living as a waitress and tutor teaching SAT test prep for The Princeton Review. While she aspired to become an actress, she made publicity appearances wearing the costume of Striker, the dog mascot of the US-based 1994 FIFA World Cup. In 1995, she relocated to Hollywood. She appeared in various commercials for products such as Dimetapp and Lean Cuisine and hosted free preview weekends on The Movie Channel.
Between 1996 and 1997, Graham became a regular guest star on several hit NBC shows. She played a graduate student who caught the eye of Dick on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Richard's overly-optimistic girlfriend on Caroline in the City, and Jerry's speed-dial ranking girlfriend on Seinfeld. She played a Hollywood producer who had a love interest in Rey Curtis and a three-part episode of Law & Order, where she acted opposite Scott Cohen, who would later play one of Graham's love interests, Max Medina, on Gilmore Girls. She also portrayed an antagonizing but friendship-starved efficiency expert on Newsradio. In addition to her many guest starring and co-starring roles on prime-time television, Graham starred in four failed sitcoms, including Townies (with Molly Ringwald and Jenna Elfman), the short-lived sitcom Lush Life (with Lori Petty and Karyn Parsons), and M.Y.O.B, which was burned off by NBC in the summer months before the premiere of Gilmore Girls.
2000–08: Gilmore Girls and film rolesEdit
In 2000, Graham landed her breakthrough role as Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls - a witty "thirty-something" raising her teenage daughter in small town Connecticut. Graham said she felt "really connected to the material" and the script for the series resonated with her due to its complexities: "To me, this was one of the first times that I looked at something and I was like, 'It's serious and it's funny! It's deep and it's light,' especially then, I had never seen before." For her work she received a nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards and nominations at the 2001 and 2002 SAG Awards. Beginning with Season 7 episode "To Whom It May Concern" and continuing throughout the rest of the season, Graham served as a producer on Gilmore Girls. TV Guide reported that she received the position in an attempt to persuade her to sign for an eighth season. By the series' end, Graham wanted to move on. "I didn't feel we had anything without our creators," she reflected.
Graham returned to her guest-starring roots when she portrayed herself in two episodes of NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Graham has also appeared in the second season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, co-hosted by Dave Foley of Newsradio. After winning her preliminary match, she came in second to another former Newsradio star, Maura Tierney, in the championship game.
Graham has said that she enjoys playing in short films, and acting in the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She has performed in numerous short films, including the 15-minute-long Gnome. In 2007, Graham signed a seven-figure development deal with NBC in one of the year's richest TV talent pacts. Graham has also worked as the voice-over announcer in national advertising for Kellogg's various Special K products in 2007, and for American Express ads in 2008 introducing the Plum Card, which is targeted towards small and growing businesses.
2009–present: Broadway debut and ParenthoodEdit
Graham made her Broadway debut as Miss Adelaide in the revival of Guys and Dolls, which began preview performances at the Nederlander Theatre on February 5, 2009 and opened on March 1, 2009. Reviews for the production were mixed. The production closed June 14, playing 121 shows and 28 previews.
It was announced in January 2009 that Graham would star in the comedy pilot, The Bridget Show (previously Let It Go) for ABC playing a talk show host and self-help guru who fails to follow her own advice during a breakup. However, the pilot was not given a series order. In October 2009, it was announced that Graham would replace Maura Tierney in the television series Parenthood as single mother Sarah Braverman. Tierney left the show to seek treatment for cancer. The series debuted on NBC the following year, and ran for a total of six seasons.
In June 2010, it was confirmed that Graham would star in the upcoming Scream 4, but she left the project on June 30, 2010. In July 2012, Graham was a guest judge in the first episode of Season 10 of the reality television series Project Runway.
In 2015, Graham appeared in the adventure drama film Max, playing the mother of an American marine killed in Afghanistan who subsequently adopts his Malinois dog. Graham said she based her character on her grandparents who had different types of strength and that she felt connected to the film due to many in the film's choir having come from a church her grandfather attended. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and Joe Neumaier felt her role was too limited. The year also saw Graham beginning to appear recurrently in The Odd Couple, playing Gaby, the former wife of the series' main protagonist Oscar, and appear in an episode of the hidden camera comedy Repeat After Me.
Graham's first film in 2016 was the comedy-drama Joshy. Jesse Hassenger and Michael Arbeiter noted her small role in the film. In October 2016, Graham appeared in Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, playing the mother of Griffin Gluck's character. As a result of her own distaste for portions of her youth, Graham related to the title, sparking her initial interest in participating. That year Graham also reprised her role as Lorelai Gilmore on Netflix's reunion series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Graham said she first realized Gilmore Girls was still the subject of active interest when girls too young to have watched the series when it initially aired approached her during her Broadway debut Guys and Dolls, and admitted to crying while reading the script as she believed "it was just beautiful and fitting and what I wanted it to be and hoped for." Graham reflected that the project had more support from the beginning than any other she had been involved with and she continuously teared up out of appreciation for those working on the series and being able to reprise her role.
In October 2017, Graham appeared in three episodes of HBO's acclaimed comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, which returned after a six-year hiatus. She also voices the character Oxana Hauntley in the Disney Junior animated series Vampirina.
Graham's debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe (2013), was released by Ballantine Books (of Random House) on April 30, 2013. The comedic novel is a fictionalization of her experiences trying to become an actress in 1990s New York. In May 2013, the book entered the New York Times best seller list. Graham signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television and Ellen DeGeneres' production company A Very Good Production to adapt it into a TV series. Graham wrote the screenplay for a pilot episode but it was not picked up for filming.
In November 2016, Graham's second book was published: a collection of personal essays titled Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between). It was also a New York Times best seller.
Graham has adapted the novel The Royal We into a screenplay for CBS Films; she finished the script in mid-2017. She has optioned the rights for the novel Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith, Graham's book editor.
Since 2010, Graham has been in a relationship with actor Peter Krause. They first met in 1995 when they both appeared in the sitcom Caroline in the City, then became a couple while playing brother and sister on Parenthood. They live together in Los Angeles.
In the mid-1990s, Graham was roommates with actress Connie Britton. Graham owns an apartment in Manhattan and a house in Los Angeles. Graham remains involved with her Catholic faith by occasionally attending Mass. She is a registered Democrat.
|1998||Confessions of a Sexist Pig||Tracy|
|1998||One True Thing||Jules|
|1999||Dill Scallion||Kristie Sue|
|2002||The Third Wheel||Woman at Party||Uncredited|
|2004||Seeing Other People||Claire|
|2005||The Life Coach||Dr. Sue Pegasus|
|2005||The Pacifier||Principal Claire Fletcher|
|2006||Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal & the Fight for Coalfield Justice||Herself / Narrator||Documentary film|
|2007||Because I Said So||Dr. Maggie Wilder-Decker|
|2007||Evan Almighty||Joan Baxter|
|2008||Birds of America||Betty Tanager|
|2008||Flash of Genius||Phyllis Kearns|
|2009||The Answer Man||Elizabeth|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Fran Lockwood||Voice role|
|2010||It's Kind of a Funny Story||Lynn Gilner|
|2014||A Merry Friggin' Christmas||Luann Mitchler|
|2016||Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life||Jules Khatchadorian|
|1995–1996||Caroline in the City||Shelly||5 episodes|
|1996||3rd Rock from the Sun||Laurie Harris||Episode: "Dick's First Birthday"|
|1996||Good Company||Liz Gibson||Main role: 6 episodes|
|1996||Townies||Denise Garibaldi Callahan||Main role: 15 episodes|
|1997||Law & Order||Lisa Lundquist||3 episodes|
|1997||Seinfeld||Valerie||Episode: "The Millennium"|
|1998||Conrad Bloom||Molly Davenport||Main role: 15 episodes|
|2000||M.Y.O.B.||Opal Marie Brown||4 episodes|
|2000–2007||Gilmore Girls||Lorelai Gilmore||Main role: 153 episodes|
Also producer (season 7)
|2001||Chasing Destiny||Jessy James||TV movie|
|2002||Family Guy||Mother Maggie||Voice role
Episode: "Road to Europe"
|2006||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Herself / Host||Uncredited
Episodes: "The Long Lead Story", "The Wrap Party"
|2009||The Bridget Show||Bridget O'Shea||Unsold TV pilot|
|2010–2015||Parenthood||Sarah Braverman||Main role: 101 episodes|
|2011||Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Geoff Peterson||Voice role
|2012||Go On||Amy||Episode: "Dinner Takes All"|
|2012||Project Runway||Herself / Guest judge||Episode: "A Times Square Anniversary Party"|
|2014||Web Therapy||Grace Tiverton||Episodes: "Smile Through the Pain", "In Angus We Trust"|
|2014||Hollywood Game Night||Herself / Celebrity player||Episode: "The Pittsburgh Steal-ers!"|
|2015||The Late Late Show||Herself / Host||February 19 episode as part of show's three-month guest|
|2015||The Odd Couple||Gaby Madison||Episode: "The Audit Couple"|
|2015||Repeat After Me||Herself||Episode #1.7|
|2016||Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life||Lorelai Gilmore||Main role: 4 episodes|
|2017||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Bridget||3 episodes|
|2017–2018||Vampirina||Oxana Hauntley||Voice role|
|2018||The Peter Austin Noto Show||Santa's Helper #8||Episode: "Santas Helpers"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2001||Family Television Awards||Actress||Gilmore Girls||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2002||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Award||Individual Achievement in Drama||Nominated|
|2003||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Nominated|
|2004||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Nominated|
|2005||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Female Television Star||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Gilmore Girls||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Parental Units||Won|
|2006||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Parental Units||Won|
|Television Critics Association Award||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Parental Unit||Parenthood||Nominated|
|2012||Prism Awards||Performance for a Drama Episode||Nominated|
Works and publicationsEdit
- Graham, Lauren (2013). Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-53275-6. OCLC 964419268.
- Graham, Lauren (2016). Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between). New York: Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-425-28518-3. OCLC 967820013.
- Graham, Lauren (2018). In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-1-524-79959-5. OCLC 1004837849.
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I'm Irish Catholic,...
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- James, Caryn (September 18, 1996). "Men Will Be Boys, And Slobs and Dogs". New York Times.
- Rosenberg, Howard (September 18, 1996). "'Townies,' 'Men': Two Shows, One Thing on Their Minds". Los Angeles Times.
- Daley, Megan (October 5, 2015). "Gilmore Girls: Amy Sherman-Palladino and Lauren Graham look back 15 years later". Entertainment Weekly.
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- O'Neil, Tom. Transcript: Our Emmy chat with 'Gilmore Girls' star Lauren Graham, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
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- Elliott, Stuart. Q & A with Stuart Elliott, The New York Times, June 2, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
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- Jones, Kenneth (June 9, 2009). "Adelaide's New Lament: Broadway's Guys and Dolls to Close June 14". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
- "Pilot News: Lauren Graham's New Show Is a Go!". TV Guide. January 30, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
- Andreeva, Nellie (January 30, 2009). " 'Let It Go' gets go-ahead at ABC". Reuters. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
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- Scott, A. O. (June 25, 2015). "Review: In 'Max,' a Shellshocked Dog Reverts to His Heroic Self". New York Times.
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- McNary, Dave (June 24, 2015). "Lauren Graham, Josh Wiggins Celebrate Military Dog Heroes at 'Max' Premiere". Variety.
- Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy (June 25, 2015). "A movie as bizarre as the military mutt flick Max has no business being dull". AV Club.
Mom Pam (Lauren Graham) doesn't do much except cook and cry
- Neumaier, Joe. "'Max' review: You'll want to flee from this dog of a film".
Graham simply frets and frowns, and Haden Church dials down any charm to play a GOP dream demographic.
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- DeFore, Josh (January 25, 2016). "'Joshy': Sundance Review". Hollywood Reporter.
- Berkshire, Geoff (January 25, 2016). "Sundance Film Review: 'Joshy'". Variety.
- Hassenger, Jesse (August 11, 2016). "A talented comic cast does melancholy indie debauchery in Joshy". avclub.com.
- Arbeiter, Michael (August 12, 2016). "Joshy Has Some Laughs, But Can't Figure Out Why It Matters". Nerdist.
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