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Maya Rudolph | Biography

“Saturday Night Live” fame Maya Rudolph aspired to become comedienne since her early age and as a young girl, she admired the comic talents of Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner. A veteran of Los Angeles’ comedy troupe “Groundlings”, Maya and her group member found fame after being cast in SNL. Though she can attribute the major portion of her success to SNL, her fame soared due to her performances in “City of Angels”, “Chicago Hope” and “Action”. Before debuting as an actress, Maya played the keyboard in the band, Super Sauce and The Rentals with whom she toured America and Europe. She has even lent her voice on the band’s album titled, “Seven More Minutes”.

27th of July 1972 born Maya Rudolph is a spawn of adored soul singer Minnie Riperton and Music Producer, composer and songwriter Richard Rudolph. Originally hailed from Gainesville, Florida, May spent her formative years in Southern California. A tragedy struck Maya when she was just seven year old, she lost her mom to breast cancer. She graduated through the Crossroads School located in Santa Monica, California. While studying at Crossroads, she met her future best buddies Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow. In 1995, she earned a BA in photography through Porter College of University of California, Santa Cruz. Throughout her childhood, may made appearance in local theater.

Married to long term partner Director Paul Thomas Anderson, Maya has four children with him. The couple gave birth to their first baby in 2005. They named her Pearl. They extended their family in 2009 with the birth of their second daughter Lucille. Their first son and third child, Jack took birth in 2011. Their fourth child, Minnie was born in 2013. Her romantic history includes actor Jerry C. Minor, singer Matthew Kelly Sharp and actor/comedian Christopher Lee. With time, her look has transformed noticeably, but the reason behind it is reported to be her motherhood and aging as no sign of plastic surgery can be traced on her face. Throughout her life, she has supported a number of charities and foundations that works for the betterment of society. She actively supports Milk+Bookies, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Free Arts for Abused Children.

While playing with the band, the multi-talent Maya started to hone her acting skills at the well known Groundlings Theater. In 1997, she scored her debut screen role in feature “Gattaca” followed by “As Good As It Gets” prior to landing a regular stint on the short-lived medical drama titled, “City of Angels”. SNL’s producer took a notice of her performance while she was working with the Groundlings and was hired on the show as a Featured Performer in 2000. She delivered a slew of fine performances that clearly demonstrated her musicality & her aptitude to morph into a diverse range of characters. In the fall of the following year, Maya advanced to full cast member. In the year that follows, May positioned herself as one of the strong and prominent female performers in the history of the show with characters such as Wanda Sykes, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Terra Patrick, Scott Joplin, Nelly Furtado, Lucy Liu, Donna Fargo, Darcel Wynne, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Bern Nadette Stanis and Amanda Byram to name a few. Meanwhile, Maya set her sight on the big screen, starring in the supporting role in 2000’s flick “Chuck and Buck” and “Duets”. Since then, she appeared in the poorly received flick “Duplex” and the popular comedy “50 First Dates”. In 2006, she portrayed Molly in “A Prairie Home Companion” and Rita in “Idiocracy”. Back on the small screen, she landed guest spot in series, such as “Campus Ladies” and “The Simpsons”. On the big screen, she has world in flicks, including “Away We Go”, ‘MacGruber”, “Grown Ups”, “Bridesmaids”, ‘Zookepper”, “Friends with Kids”, “The Way, Way Back”, “Grown Ups 2”, “The Nut Job”, “Inherent Vice” and “Big Hero 6” among others. She is currently filming “Sisters” and “Maggie’s Plan”. Her upcoming projects include “Angry Birds: “The Greens Are Gone” and “Spring”. On the small screen, her most recent projects include “Up All Night”, ‘The Maya Rudolph Show” and “Comedy Bang! Bang!”.  Her net worth is reported to be four million dollars. More information is available in wiki.

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