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Margaret Emily Wheeler (née Jakobson; born August 7, 1961) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Janice on the sitcom Friends. She was also a recurring character on Everybody Loves Raymond as Linda as well as Anita Warrell on the sitcom Ellen.
Wheeler in 2013
Margaret Emily Jakobson
August 7, 1961
Daniel Borden Wheeler (m. 1990)
Wheeler was born and raised in New York City, the daughter of Barbara, a writer, and John Jakobson, who began his career on Wall Street as one of youngest members of the New York Stock Exchange. She was raised in a secular Jewish household and graduated from The Calhoun School in New York City. She married Daniel Borden Wheeler in 1990. They have two children.
In the 1980s, Wheeler (under her maiden name of Jakobson) briefly dabbled in voice acting on the animated series SilverHawks, where she provided all the female voices, specifically the villainess Melodia and the heroine Steelheart/Emily Hart, and on the Karate Kat and Mini-Monsters segments of The Comic Strip.
After she became Maggie Wheeler, she auditioned for the role of Monica Geller. After many interviews she confirmed the same, she was however invited to play Janice Goralnik, a recurring character who was a frequent love interest of main character Chandler Bing. She appeared at least once in each season; her 19 episodes tie her with Christina Pickles for Friends’ third most frequent guest actor, behind only Elliott Gould's 20 episodes, and James Michael Tyler's 150 episodes.
She also auditioned for the role of Debra Barone, on the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Although she was the producers' choice, CBS ended up selecting Patricia Heaton. Instead, Wheeler played the recurring role of Debra's friend, Linda.
She had a star billing in the first season of Ellen. She appeared on the hit comedy Seinfeld in the episode "The Fix-Up", as one of Elaine's friends who is set up with George. She has appeared in many other television programs, including Drake & Josh, ER, The X-Files, The War at Home, Will & Grace, Jack and Jill, How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
In 2005, Wheeler starred opposite David DeLuise on the NBC pilot The Sperm Donor. Wheeler provided the voice of Odile in Barbie of Swan Lake, and in 2010 she voiced Trinette in four episodes of Archer on FX.
|1982||Soup for One||Nurse|
|1987||Someone to Love||Attendee|
|New Year's Day||Lucy|
|1993||Sexual Healing||Suzanne||Short film|
|1998||The Parent Trap||Marva Kulp, Jr|
|2003||Barbie of Swan Lake||Odile||Voice role; direct-to-video film|
|2006||Dr. Dolittle 3||Brown Hen / Fluffy Hen|
|2015||The 3 Tails: A Mermaid Adventure||Maria|
|1984||The New Show||Various||8 episodes|
|1985||The Paper Chase||N/A||Episode: "The Day Kingsfield Missed Class"|
|1986||SilverHawks||Melodia / Steelheart||Voice role; main role|
|1990||L.A. Law||Paula Lights||Episode: "The Good Human Bar"|
|1991||Dream On||Bonnie Decker||Episode: "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh"|
|1992||Seinfeld||Cynthia||Episode: "The Fix-Up"|
|Civil Wars||Patricia McDermott||Episode: "Mob Psychology"|
|Doogie Howser, M.D.||Elena Spencer||Episodes: "What You See Ain't Necessarily What You Get", "The Patient in Spite of Himself"|
|1994||The X-Files||Det. Sharon Lazard||Episode: "Born Again"|
||Friends||Janice Litman-Goralnik (née Hosenstein)||Recurring role, 19 episodes|
|1994–1996||Ellen||Anita Warrell||Main role (season 1); guest role (season 3); 7 episodes|
|1995||Pride & Joy||Flight Attendant||Episode: "Terror at 30,000 Feet"|
|1996–2004||Everybody Loves Raymond||Linda Gruenfelder||Recurring role, 11 episodes|
|1998||The New Batman Adventures||Fake Harley (voice)||Episode: "Joker's Millions"|
|Love Boat: The Next Wave||Cindy||Episode: "True Course"|
|1999||Get Real||Jennifer||Episode: Pilot|
|2001||Jack & Jill||Kristen Moss||Episodes: "Crazy Like a Fox, Hungry Like the Wolf", "Bag Full of Love"|
|It's Like, You Know...||Rachel||Episode: "Walking Tall"|
|2002||Will & Grace||Polly||Episode: "Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard"|
|Justice League||Antiope / Perfume Lady/ Firefighter / Pilot||Voice role; episode: "Fury: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Stand-Up Comedian||Episode: "Last Laugh"|
|2004||Kim Possible||Dr. Renton||Voice role; episode: "Motor Ed"|
|2005||Paine Management||Jeanine Bernsen||Television movie|
|Fat Actress||Woman Diapering Baby||Episode: "Charlie's Angels or Too Pooped to Pop"|
|Higglytown Heroes||Street Sweeper Hero||Voice role; episode: "Higgly Frog Day/Eubie's Ele-Fantastic Adventure"|
|E-Ring||Investigator||Episode: "Escape and Evade"|
|2006||Drake & Josh||Mindy's 3rd Cousin Denise||Episode: "Alien Invasion"|
|ER||Amy Kellerman||Episode: "Ames v. Kovac"|
|Friday Night Lights||Teacher||Episode: "It's Different for Girls"|
|2007||The War at Home||Mindy||Episodes: "It's a Lower-Middle-Upper-Middle Class Problem", "The War of the Golds"|
|How I Met Your Mother||Margaret||Episode: "Dowisetrepla"|
|2009||Without a Trace||Gail Menken||Episode: "Wanted"|
|The Breakdown||Jennifer||Unsold television pilot|
||Archer||Receptionist, Trinette Magoon||Voice role; 11 episodes|
|2010||Glenn Martin DDS||N/A||Voice role; episode: "Jackie of All Trades"|
|2011||Shake It Up||Mrs. Garcia||Episodes: "Twist it Up", "In The Bag it Up"|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||Ilene Solotaroff||Episode: "Palestinian Chicken"|
|The Closer||Gail’s friend||Episode: "Road Block"|
|2013||Californication||Ophelia Robbins||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Rachel (Melanie's Childhood friend)||Episode: "Murder House"|
|2015||I Didn't Do It||Fortune Teller||Episode: "The Bite Club"|
|2016||Maron||Steph||Episode: "Shrink and Kink"|
|2018||Shameless||Fiona's lawyer||Episodes: "A Gallagher Pedicure", "Sleepwalking"|
|The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants||Lunch Lady (voice) / Mrs. Yewh (voice) / T.P. Mummy (voice)||Episodes: "Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Perilous Misfortune of the T.P. Mummy", "Captain Underpants and the Squishy Predicament of the Stanley Peet's Stinky Pits"|
- "John Jakobson Obituary". Legacy. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
- Birk, Libby. "'Chicago P.D.' Actress Marina Squerciati Claims She's a Secret Daughter of Late Millionaire". Popculture. Entertainment Tonight / TV Guide Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
- Gladstone, Douglas. "Oh. My. Gawd. Janice from 'Friends' is a choir director". Times of Israel. The Times of Israel. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
- "Maggie Jakobson, Actress, Marries". The New York Times. October 21, 1990.
- Wightman, Catronia (September 15, 2014). "Friends Week: Maggie Wheeler on being Janice". Digital Spy. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
- Griffin, Kathy (2009). Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. Ballantine Books. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-345-51851-4.