Amy Poehler Biography

(Actress, Comedian)

Birthday: September 16, 1971 (Virgo)

Born In: Newton, Massachusetts, United States

Amy Poehler is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. She is known for her appearance as a featured regular in the hit TV show ‘Saturday Night Live.’ She is also known for her appearance in the series ‘Parks and Recreation.’ Having dreamt of carving a niche for herself in the field of comedy and acting, she joined a number of comedy theaters, such as ‘ImprovOlympics,’ ‘Upright Citizens Brigade,’ and ‘Second City.’ She then went on to make a name for herself with her rib-tickling performances on television shows that aired on ‘Comedy Central.’ She has received a number of honorable awards and nominations for her works in the field of comedy and has made an indelible impression as a comedian. She is of Irish, Portuguese, and English ancestry, and believes that her motley background was instrumental in her success as a comedian. She has also starred in a number of films and shows, including ‘Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Shortcut to Happiness,’ ‘Shrek the Third,’ ‘Horton Hears a Who!,’ ‘Megamind,’ and ‘30 Rock.’

Quick Facts

Age: 52 Years, 52 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Will Arnett (m. 2003–2016)

father: William Poehler

mother: Eileen Poehler

children: Abel Arnett, Archie Arnett

Born Country: United States

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Height: 5'2" (157 cm), 5'2" Females

Ancestry: Portuguese American, German American, British American, Irish American

Notable Alumni: Burlington High School

U.S. State: Massachusetts

City: Newton, Massachusetts

Founder/Co-Founder: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

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education: Boston College, Burlington High School

Childhood & Early Life

Amy Meredith Poehler was born on 16 September 1971, in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, to William Grinstead Poehler and Eileen Frances. Both her parents were school teachers in Newton, Massachusetts. She was raised in Burlington and graduated from ‘Burlington High School’ in 1989.

She studied at ‘Boston College,’ where she became a member of the improvisation troupe, ‘My Mother’s Fleabag.’ She graduated from the university in 1993, with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications.

She then moved to Chicago city, where she joined ‘Second City’ and the ‘ImprovOlympic’ group. She became friends with Ian Roberts and Matt Besser with whom she performed improv. Later, they moved to New York City in 1996.

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Together with Ian Roberts and Matt Besser, she scored regular gigs on the popular show ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien.’ In 1998, the trio debuted in ‘Comedy Central’ with half-hour sketch comedies.

Poehler was taken aboard the ‘Saturday Night Live’ crew during the 2001-2002 season. Subsequently, she started gaining popularity and became part of the main cast during her first season.

In 2004, she appeared in the film ‘Mean Girls,’ playing the role of Rachel McAdams’ on-screen mother. Interestingly, Rachel McAdams is only a few years younger than Poehler.

During the 2004-2005 season, she co-anchored ‘Weekend Update’ along with her friend, Tina Fey. When Fey left the show, Poehler co-hosted the show along with Seth Meyers.

She appeared with her husband Will Arnett in the series ‘Arrested Development.’ They then appeared as a brother-sister skating duo in the 2007 film, ‘Blades of Glory.’

In 2008, she once again appeared with Tina Fey in ‘Baby Mama’ where she played the role of a surrogate mother who carries the child of Tina Fey’s character. After a brief hiatus from ‘Saturday Night Live,’ she returned to the show in November 2008.

She announced that she would star in a new series called ‘Parks and Recreation.’ Premiering on April 9, 2009, the first season received tepid reviews from the audience. However, the successive seasons were given rave reviews by audiences and critics.

From 2009 to 2010, she often appeared as a guest on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Weekend Update’ in a number of episodes, such as ‘Really!?! With Seth and Amy’ and ‘The Women of SNL’ specials.

From 2010 to 2013, she voiced many characters in films and television series, including ‘Megamind,’ ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.’ She also made appearances in projects like ‘30 Rock,’ ‘Louie,’ ‘The Greatest Event in Television History,’ and the comedy sequel ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’

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In 2015, Poehler starred in the blockbuster hit animated movie ‘Inside Out,’ voicing the character of ‘Joy.’ Apart from voicing the character, she was also credited for adding her own dialogue for the character. She voiced the same character in the short film ‘Riley’s First Date?’ which was set in the world of ‘Inside Out.’

She collaborated with her friend Tina Fey for the movie ‘Sisters,’ which was released in 2015. She also starred in the film ‘The House’ (2017) alongside Will Ferrell.

The year 2019 marked her directorial debut as she directed the comedy film ‘Wine Country.’ With an ensemble cast of Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Paula Pell, and Tina Fey among others, the film premiered on ‘Netflix.’ Loosely based on a trip to the Napa Valley, the film received positive reviews.

From 2015 to 2019, she guest-starred in a number of shows, including ‘Maya & Marty,’ ‘Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe,’ and ‘Difficult People.’ She also hosted an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

In 2020, she joined the lead cast of the American adult animated sitcom ‘Duncanville’ where she voiced ‘Duncan Harris and Annie Harris. She also voiced herself on the show. The series was canceled after 3 seasons in 2022.

In 2021, she directed and co-produced the comedy-drama film ‘Moxie’ where she also played the role of ‘Lisa.’ The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. In 2022, she hosted the second season of the baking reality series ‘Baking It.’

She next starred in the 2023 film ‘First Time Female Director’ written, directed, and co-produced by Chelsea Peretti. The film premiered at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival.

Major Works

She appeared as a full member of the hit NBC show, ‘Saturday Night Live’ from 2001 to 2008. Through the seasons, she has played notable characters on the show including ‘Amber’, a hypoglycemic reality show opponent, her spoof on the presidential elections as ‘Hilary Clinton’ and ‘Zoe Anderton’, a Spy Glass co-host, who is palpably in love with David Beckham. Her wry humor combined with her on-stage gimmicks has made her one of the most popular personalities on Saturday Night Live in her 138 shows.

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Awards & Achievements

She won a ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ for ‘Saturday Night Live.’

In 2009, she won the ‘MTV Movie Award’ under the ‘Best WTF Moment’ category for her performance in the romantic comedy film ‘Baby Mama.’

She was presented with ‘The Comedy Award’ under the ‘Best Comedy Actress’ category for ‘Parks and Recreation’ in 2012.

She won the ‘Gracie Award’ for ‘Outstanding Female Actor’ for ‘Parks and Recreation’ in 2013. In 2014, she won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy’ for ‘Parks and Recreation.’

In 2016, she was honored with the ‘Best Virtual Performance’ award for the movie ‘Inside Out.’

Personal Life & Legacy

On August 29, 2003, she married Will Arnett with whom she starred in ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Monsters vs. Aliens,’ and ‘Blades of Glory.’ They were blessed with their first child in 2008.

In 2010, she gave birth to their second child. Just two years later, the couple announced that they were going to split. Eventually, they got divorced in July 2016.

She started dating actor Nick Kroll in 2013 but the couple parted ways in 2015.

She is a staunch feminist, which is clearly evident in her humor.

She loves mimicking other artists and has impersonated several artists, including Jenna Bush, Ann Coulter, Paula Abdul, Fergie, Madonna, Sharon Osbourne, Dakota Fanning, and Britney Spears.


Two of her movies, ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Envy,’ were released on the same day.

Amy Poehler Movies

1. Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011)

  (Comedy, Short, Music)

2. Mean Girls (2004)


3. Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

  (Adventure, Musical, Music, Comedy)

4. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

  (Comedy, Romance)

5. Hamlet 2 (2008)

  (Comedy, Music)

6. Blades of Glory (2007)

  (Comedy, Sport)

7. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)


8. Sisters (2015)


9. Man of the Year (2006)

  (Comedy, Thriller, Drama, Romance)

10. Baby Mama (2008)

  (Comedy, Romance)


Golden Globe Awards
2014 Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Parks and Recreation (2009)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2016 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (1975)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2016 Best Virtual Performance Inside Out (2015)
2009 Best WTF Moment Baby Mama (2008)

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