American Female Comedians

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Lucille Ball
(Actress)

Lucille Ball
8
Birthdate: August 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States
Died: April 26, 1989

One of the most popular actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, Lucille Ball created the sitcom, I Love Lucy, in 1951. In 1962, she started managing the Desilu Productions, becoming the first woman to run a major TV studio. The recipient of two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lucille Ball was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1984.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(Known for Her Work in 'Saturday Night Live')

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
8
Birthdate: January 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

An actress and comedian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won more Screen Actors Guild Awards and more Emmy Awards than any other artist in American television history. In 2016, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. In 2018, she was presented with America's highest comedy honor - The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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Kate McKinnon
(Actress, Comedian)

Kate McKinnon
16
Birthdate: January 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sea Cliff, New York, United States

Kate McKinnon is a popular American actress and comedian known for her work in sketch comedy series, such as Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show. She is also famous for co-creating a web-series called Notary Publix and an audio series titled Heads Will Roll. An openly gay actress, McKinnon serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

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Amy Poehler
(Actress, Comedian)

Amy Poehler
7
Birthdate: September 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States

The co-founder of Upright Citizens Brigade, an improvisational-comedy troupe, Amy Poehler went on to utilize her comedic skills to establish herself as a prominent Hollywood personality. Over the years, she has played a crucial role in enhancing the popularity of American television, for which she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Tina Fey
(Actress & Comedian Best Known for Her Work in Comedy Sketch Series 'Saturday Night Live')

Tina Fey
12
Birthdate: May 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
Emmy-winning comedian Tina Fey became the first female head writer of SNL. She wrote the series 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the film Mean Girls. Her impersonation of Sarah Palin on SNL won her the AP Entertainer of the Year award. She has also written a bestselling memoir.

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Carol Burnett
(Actress)

Carol Burnett
8
Birthdate: April 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

Carol Burnett inspired a lot of women and set off a chain reaction by hosting her groundbreaking show The Carol Burnett Show. Regarded as one of USA's most cherished entertainers, Carol continues to enhance the lives of millions, for which she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has also won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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Mindy Kaling
(Actress, Comedian Known for Her Role in the Series 'The Office' and 'The Mindy Project')

Mindy Kaling
6
Birthdate: June 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Actress, comedian, and writer Mindy Kaling first gained international fame with her work in the NBC sitcom, The Office, for which she was nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards. She earned a bachelor's degree in playwriting before beginning her career. As the child of immigrants from India, she is one of the few Indian-American women active in the industry.

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Tiffany Haddish
(Stand-Up Comic and Actress - The First Black Female Stand-up Comic to Host 'Saturday Night Live')

Tiffany Haddish
13
Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

African-American comedian and actress, Tiffany Haddish, gained fame with the ensemble comedy film Girls Trip. Earlier, a difficult childhood turned her towards comedy. After appearing in a comedy competition, sketch comedies and numerous minor roles in films and television, she made the heads turn with her brilliant performance in television series, Real Husbands of Hollywood, If Loving You Is Wrong and The Carmichael Show.

 9 
Kathryn Hahn
(Actress)

Kathryn Hahn
8
Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westchester, Illinois, USA

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Betty White
(First Lady of Television)

Betty White
5
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31, 2021

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

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Catherine O'Hara
15
Birthdate: March 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Primetime Emmy-winning Canadian-American actor and comedian Catherine O'Hara soared to fame with the sketch-comedy show SCTV. She is known for her frequent appearances in the films of Tim Burton and Christopher Guest. She is the sister of singer Mary Margaret O'Hara and is herself a fairly decent singer.

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Mary Steenburgen
9
Birthdate: February 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, United States

Mary Steenburgen is an American actress and musician. Also an active humanitarian, Steenburgen has been involved with several groups that work towards the welfare of people and the environment. In 2005, she inspired students at the Clinton School of Public Service with her lecture on students' role in public service.

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Lisa Kudrow
(Actress Best Known for Her Role of 'Phoebe Buffay' in the Sitcom 'Friends')

Lisa Kudrow
12
Birthdate: July 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States

An actress, writer, singer, and comedian, Lisa Kudrow gained international fame for portraying the iconic character Phoebe Buffay in one of the most popular American sitcoms of all time - Friends. She is also one of the highest-grossing film actresses as her movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide.

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Ellie Kemper
(Actress)

Ellie Kemper
8
Birthdate: May 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Ellie Kemper is best known for her SAG Award-nominated role of Erin Hannon in The Office and her Emmy-nominated role of Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She has written comedy skits, contributed to The Onion, and released a book. She has also worked on an audio book.

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Lily Tomlin
(Comedienne & Actress)

Lily Tomlin
7
Birthdate: September 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Lily Tomlin is an American comedian, actress, singer, and writer. Tomlin has earned several award nominations for her performance in films and TV series, such as Nashville and Grace and Frankie. An openly lesbian actress, Lily Tomlin serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

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Chelsea Peretti
(Actress, Comedian)

Chelsea Peretti
6
Birthdate: February 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Contra Costa County, California, United States
Best known as Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chelsea Peretti has also performed as part of the comedy troupe Variety SHAC. She has written for The Huffington Post, founded by her brother, and for magazines such as Playgirl and Jest. She has also released an EP and launched a podcast.

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Rue McClanahan
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Role as Blanche Devereaux on TV Sitcom ‘The Golden Girls’)

Rue McClanahan
6
Birthdate: February 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Healdton, Oklahoma, United States
Died: June 3, 2010

Rue McClanahan was an actress and comedian. Apart from being an actress, McClanahan was also an animal welfare advocate and one of the first celebrity patrons of the popular animal rights organization, PETA. She also supported nonprofit organizations, such as Alley Cat Allies. A woman ahead of her time, Rue McClanahan was a supporter of same-sex marriage and gay rights.

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Joan Cusack
(Actress)

Joan Cusack
6
Birthdate: October 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Actress and comedian, Joan Cusack was born to a family with a legacy in acting. Talented and ambitious from a young age, she started by playing small roles in films before gaining popularity with her performance in the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. She has also acted in numerous critically acclaimed films.

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Fran Drescher
(Actress, Comedian)

Fran Drescher
9
Birthdate: October 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

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Estelle Getty
(Actress)

Estelle Getty
6
Birthdate: July 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: July 22, 2008
Estelle Getty is best known for her Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning performance as Sophia Petrillo in The Golden Girls. Fans also loved her in Mask and Stuart Little. She also wrote an autobiography, released an exercise video for the elderly, and helped set up a hospice for AIDS patients.

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Cloris Leachman
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Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: January 27, 2021

Cloris Leachman is an actress and comedian. One of the most decorated American actresses of all time, Cloris Leachman has won several prestigious awards in an illustrious career spanning more than seven decades; she is the most awarded actress in the history of Emmy Awards, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She has also received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.

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Jennifer Coolidge
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Birthdate: August 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Jennifer Coolidge is an American actress. She is known for playing Jeanine Stifler in the sex comedy film series American Pie. Also known for her charity work, Coolidge has had a major impact working with organizations that support animal rights and AIDS assistance. Thanks to her performance in Legally Blonde, her voice has been the subject of a famous impression.

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Megan Mullally
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Birthdate: November 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Megan Mullally is best known as Karen Walker from Will & Grace, a role that earned her two Emmys and three SAG Awards. She has also hosted The Megan Mullally Show and been part of series such as Childrens Hospital. She and her husband wrote a bestselling book, too.

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Leslie Jones
(Comedian)

Leslie Jones
11
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Eartha Kitt
(Singer with a Distinctive Voice Known for her Hits "Let's Do It", and "C'est si bon")

Eartha Kitt
4
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

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Gilda Radner
(Comedian)

Gilda Radner
5
Birthdate: June 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 20, 1989

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Jane Krakowski
(Actress, Singer)

Jane Krakowski
7
Birthdate: October 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, United States
Jane Krakowski is best known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Jenna Maroney in 30 Rock. Fans also loved her in the films Pixels and Ice Age, and as Jacqueline White in the series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. A talented theater actor, she has won a Tony and two Drama Desk awards.

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Cecily Strong
(Actress)

Cecily Strong
5
Birthdate: February 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States

Cecily Strong is an American comedian and actress best known for her work in the popular sketch comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live. In 2015, she was part of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner where she was the featured entertainer; she took digs at the US Secret Service, news organizations, the state of Indiana, and President Barack Obama.

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Kristen Schaal
(Actress, Known for Her Voice Roles on “Bob's Burgers” and “Mabel Pines” on Disney's “Gravity Falls”)

Kristen Schaal
5
Birthdate: January 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Longmont, Colorado, United States
Kristen Schaal is best known for her Emmy-nominated voice roles, mostly as Sarah Lynn, in BoJack Horseman and her Annie Award-winning voice role as Louise Belcher in Bob's Burgers. Fans also loved her as Mel in Flight of the Conchords. She has also co-written a book with her husband.

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Patricia Heaton
7
Birthdate: March 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Madeline Kahn
(Former Actress whose credits include History of the World, Part I, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein)

Madeline Kahn
3
Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 3, 1999

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Alex Borstein
(Best Known for Voicing ‘Lois Griffin’ on the Animated Comedy TV Series ‘Family Guy’)

Alex Borstein
6
Birthdate: February 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Alexandrea Borstein is best known as the voice of Lois Griffin in Family Guy and as Susie Myerson from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, both of which fetched her Emmys. She also appeared on MADtv, both as a writer and a performer, and wrote for Casper and Pinky and the Brain.

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Iliza Shlesinger
6
Birthdate: February 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

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Tracey Ullman
(Comedienne Who Introduced the Simpsons on Her Show, ‘The Tracey Ullman Show')

Tracey Ullman
14
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

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Maya Rudolph
(Actress)

Maya Rudolph
2
Birthdate: July 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States

A multi-talented personality, Maya Rudolph is known for her acting, singing, and comedic skills. Apart from playing supporting roles in popular films, such as 50 First Dates and Grown Ups, Maya played a crucial role in Saturday Night Live from 2000 to 2007, during which she impersonated personalities like Kamala Harris, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award.

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Whitney Cummings
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Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

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Bonnie Hunt
(Actress, comedian whose roles include Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Cheaper by the Dozen)

Bonnie Hunt
6
Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Kristen Wiig
(Actress, Comedian)

Kristen Wiig
2
Birthdate: August 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States

Like many American comedians, Kristen Wiig is also a product of the television show, Saturday Night Live. She then became a successful writer and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for her work in the film Bridesmaids (2011). An influential woman, Kristen was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World list in 2012.

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Amy Sedaris
(Actress, Comedian)

Amy Sedaris
4
Birthdate: March 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Endicott, New York, United States
Amy Sedaris is best known as Jerri Blank from the series Strangers with Candy and its prequel movie. She was also nominated for two Emmys for her comedy series At Home with Amy Sedaris. Some of her other notable projects are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mandalorian, and BoJack Horseman

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Teri Garr
(Actress)

Teri Garr
3
Birthdate: December 11, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Teri Garr is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Sandra Lester in Tootsie. Fans also loved her in Mr. Mom, One from the Heart, and After Hours. After revealing her long struggle with multiple sclerosis, she began raising awareness about the condition and retired from acting.

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Roseanne Barr
(Stand-Up Comedian and Actress Known for Her TV Sitcom ‘Roseanne’)

Roseanne Barr
9
Birthdate: November 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Roseanne Barr was initially a stand-up comedian in Colorado clubs. She shot to fame with her Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning sitcom Roseanne and The Roseanne Show. Roseanne was canceled in 2018, due to a racist tweet posted by her. She was earlier criticized for singing the national anthem disrespectfully.

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Wendi McLendon-Covey
5
Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bellflower, California, USA

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Rachael Harris
6
Birthdate: January 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Worthington, Ohio, USA

 44 
Carol Kane
(Actress)

Carol Kane
4
Birthdate: June 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Carol Kane is an American comedian and actress known for her work across all three major acting mediums. Although she has appeared in several films and TV series in a career spanning more than 50 years, Kane is still remembered for one of her earliest TV roles; Simka Gravas from Taxi, which earned her two Emmy Awards.

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Kristy McNichol
3
Birthdate: September 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Kristy McNichol is a retired American comedian, singer, and actress. After being born into a middle-class family, McNichol started acting at a young age and went on to become one of the most popular teen stars of her generation. After her retirement, Kristy McNichol devoted her time to charity work and taught acting in Los Angeles.

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Anne Meara
(Actress)

Anne Meara
6
Birthdate: September 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 23, 2015
Comedian and actor Anne Meara, mother of actor Ben Stiller, was part of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara, along with her husband, Jerry Stiller. She appeared in series such as Archie Bunker's Place and many films, too. She also earned a Writers Guild Award for co-writing The Other Woman.

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Nancy Carell
(Actress)

Nancy Carell
4
Birthdate: July 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cohasset, Massachusetts, United States
Nancy Carell is best known for her stint on the shows Saturday Night Live, The Office, and The Daily Show. She created the comedy series Angie Tribeca, along with her husband, Steve Carell. She also lent her voice to the character Helen Goode in the animated series The Goode Family.

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Rachel Bloom
(Actress)

Rachel Bloom
7
Birthdate: April 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Vicki Lawrence
(Best Known for Her Character Mama 'Thelma Harper' in TV series 'The Carol Burnett Show')

Vicki Lawrence
3
Birthdate: March 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
Emmy-winning actor Vicki Lawrence is best known as Thelma Harper/Mama from The Carol Burnett Show. She later appeared as the same character in Mama's Family and the stage show Vicki Lawrence & Mama. Her track The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia aced both the U.S. and Canadian charts.

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Natasha Leggero
(Actress & Comedian Known for Her Work in the MTV Series 'The 70s House' and 'Chelsea Lately' Talk Show)

Natasha Leggero
4
Birthdate: March 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States

Natasha Leggero hosted the MTV reality series The 70s House. She has also been a panelist on Chelsea Lately. She is known for her satirical stance on celebrity culture and gained fame with the period sitcom Another Period. She has also voiced Shannon in Netflix's animated sitcom Hoops.