Childhood & Early Life
Graham was born to Donna Grant, a fashion buyer, and Lawrence Graham, a candy industry lobbyist who is the present President of National Confectioners Association.
Graham’s parents split-up when she was just five, and she moved to Washington D.C. along with her father, who became a Congressional Staffer there. She grew up in Northern Virginia in close proximity to Washington D.C.
Horse-riding was her leisure pursuit, but soon she took to acting, perfecting this art at Langley High School’s drill team.
She gained an Actor’s Equity Card in 1988 after being a part of Summer Stock at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan for two years. In the same year, Graham graduated from Bernard College of Columbia University, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.
After shifting to Texas in 1992, she earned a post-graduation degree in Acting Performance from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
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After finishing her formal education, Lauren moved back to New York City where she worked as a waitress. Although her first salaried job came later as a ‘Striker’, the mascot of US-based 1994 FIFA World Cup.
In 1995, she moved to Hollywood, California where she did various commercials for products such as Dimetapp and Lean Cuisine and hosted free preview weekends on ‘The Movie Channel.’
Her early works encompass many guest-starring and co-starring roles on prime-time television, including few of the failed sitcoms such as ‘Townies’, ‘Lush Life’ and ‘M.Y.O.B.’
Between 1996 and 1997, she became a regular guest star at many hit shows of NBC, such as ‘3rd rock from the sun’, ‘Caroline in the City’, ‘Law and Order’ and ‘NewsRadio.’
In 2000, she got her breakthrough role as Lorelei Gilmore of ‘Gilmore Girls’, an American comedy-drama series. Commencing with season 7 episode ‘To whom it may concern’, she worked as a producer till the closing stage of that season. TV Guide revealed later on that it was a mere persuasion to get her on eighth season of the series.
She also appeared in the second tournament of ‘Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown.’ After succeeding in her preliminary match, she came in second to another former NewsRadio star, Maura Tiemey, in the championship game.
Her film roles involve many student films of NYU and certain paramount studio releases including ‘Sweet November’, ‘Bad Santa’, ‘The Pacifier’, ‘Because I Said So’, ‘Evan Almighty’, ‘Flash of Genius’ etc. She performed in several short-films, including 15-minute long ‘Gnome’ as well.
She signed a seven-figure development deal with NBC in one of the year’s richest TV talent pacts but the deal ended cordially due to writers strike.
She also did Voice-over in national advertising for Kellogg’s Special K products, and American Express advertisements pioneering the launch of Plum Cards.
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She made her Broadway Theatre debut as Miss Adelaide in the restaging of play ‘Guys and Dolls’, which embarked on enacting the preview performances on February 5, 2009 and opened on March 1, 2009. The Production was shut down on June 14 after playing 113 shows and 28 previews.
On October 9, 2009, she replaced Maura Tierney in the television Series ‘Parenthood’ as a single mother Sarah Braverman. The series unveiled on NBC the following year and later underwent improvisations for a second season.
In January 2009, it was revealed that Graham would star in the comedy pilot, ‘The Bridget Show’ for ABC playing a talk show host and self-help guru who can’t let her ex-boyfriend go. Nonetheless, it was not given the series order.
In July 2012, she participated as a judge in the first episode of Season 10 of ‘Project Runway’, an American Reality Television Series.
Lately, she has debuted as a writer with her amusing and delightful novel titled ‘Someday, Someday, Maybe’, which is about a struggling actress in New York City. It is scheduled to release on April 30, 2013.
In 2002, Lauren dated Tate Donovan, whom she met in the play ‘Once in a Lifetime’ at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts. She later claimed that their personalities were incompatible.
In 2003, she dated actor Matthew Perry who played Chandler Bing on the famous series ‘Friends’ but they broke-up eventually.
She briefly dated Marc Blucas, an American Actor, in 2005. Apparently, it didn’t work out.
She is in a stable relationship with her ‘Parenthood’ co-star Peter Krause since 2010.