Maya Rudolph Biography

(Actress, Comedian and Singer)

Birthday: July 27, 1972 (Leo)

Born In: Gainesville, Florida, United States

Maya Khabira Rudolph is a popular American actor, musician, and comedian. Maya followed in her mother’s footsteps and started making appearances in local theatre during her childhood. She was also drawn towards music. As she grew older, Maya Rudolph began exploring areas, such as acting. Over the course of her career, she has tried her hand at playing the keyboard, singing, acting, and voice acting. Other than playing the keyboard, she also plays ukulele. She has stated in interviews that comedy is the most exciting thing that one could do. It was her dream from the age of five to appear on the ‘Saturday Night Live’ television show and her dream was realized in the year 2000. Maya Rudolph has been nominated for the prestigious ‘Emmy Awards’ and ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards’ for her performances. She has a Jewish ancestry from her father’s side and African-American lineage from her mother’s side.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Maya Khabira Rudolph

Age: 51 Years, 51 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Paul Thomas Anderson

father: Richard Rudolph

mother: Minnie Riperton

siblings: Marc Rudolph

children: Jack Anderson, Lucille Anderson, Minnie Ida Anderson, Pearl Minnie Anderson

Born Country: United States

Quotes By Maya Rudolph Jewish Actresses

Ancestry: Lithuanian American

U.S. State: Florida

More Facts

education: University Of California, Santa Cruz

  • 1

    What are some popular movies featuring Maya Rudolph?

    Some popular movies featuring Maya Rudolph include "Bridesmaids," "Idiocracy," "Away We Go," "The Way, Way Back," and "Grown Ups."
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    What are some TV shows where Maya Rudolph has appeared as a guest star?

    Maya Rudolph has made guest appearances on TV shows such as "The Good Place," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Simpsons," and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
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    In which comedy sketch show did Maya Rudolph gain recognition for her comedic talents?

    Maya Rudolph gained recognition for her comedic talents on "Saturday Night Live" where she was a cast member from 2000 to 2007.
  • 4

    What genre of music is Maya Rudolph known for performing in her musical career?

    Maya Rudolph is known for performing in the genre of R&B and soul music with her band, Maya Rudolph & The Prince Revue.
Childhood & Early Life
Maya Rudolph was born on 27 July 1972, in Florida, USA, to Minnie Riperton, a well-known singer and songwriter, and Richard Rudolph, a composer, lyricist, and producer. Her brother Marc grew up to become a music engineer. Her mother passed away due to cancer when Maya was seven years old.
Her family moved to California when she was very young. She did her schooling at ‘Sea School’ in St. Augustine and later graduated from the ‘Crossroads School’ in Santa Monica, California.
She then enrolled for a course in photography at the ‘University of California’ in 1990. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from ‘Porter College’ in 1995. While in college, she formed a musical band named ‘Supersauce’ with fellow students.
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After college, Maya Rudolph pursued her interest and began her career with the improv comedy troop, ‘The Groundlings.’ She was able to perform well and showcase her talent in acting during this phase. She also appeared in minor roles in movies like ‘As Good As It Gets’ (1997) and ‘Gattaca’ (1997). Meanwhile, from 1996 to 1997, she appeared in the TV series ‘Chicago Hope.’
In 2000, she received a breakthrough when she joined ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL), a popular television live comedy show. She became a featured player in ‘SNL,’ appearing in three seasons from 1999 to 2000. Along with her acting capabilities, her talent as a singer was also used throughout the show. In the year 2000, she also landed a recurring role in the TV series ‘City of Angels.’
In 2001, Maya Rudolph became a cast member of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ She was much appreciated for her command over a wide range of accents that allowed her to portray different characters with ease. She played characters of various ethnicities, including Hispanic, Asian, North European, and Black.
She made her last appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ on November 2007. However, she went on to appear on the show as a guest in 2008, 2009, and 2010. She made a comeback on the show in 2012 as a host. During her time in the show, she came up with more than 50 celebrity impressions. Most popular of these include Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Darcel Wynne, Diana Ross, Halle Berry, Ivanka Trump, Jennifer Lopez, Lisa Kudrow, Lisa Ling, Michelle Obama, Nelly Furtado, Paris Hilton, Tyra Banks, Valerie Simpson, and Whitney Houston.
Her first major movie role came in 2006 when she was cast in the film ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’ She also starred in the movie ‘Idiocracy’ which released later that year.
In 2007, she voiced the character of ‘Rapunzel’ in the movie ‘Shrek the Third.’ Some of the other movies where she lent her voice include ‘Zookeeper’ (2011), ‘Turbo’ (2013), ‘The Nut Job’ (2014), ‘Big Hero 6’ (2014), and ‘Strange Magic’ (2015).
In 2010, Maya Rudolph acted in the movie ‘Grown Ups,’ starring alongside Adam Sandler. The next year, she appeared in the movie ‘Bridesmaids.’ In 2011, she also acted in ‘Friends with Kids.’
In 2013, she appeared in a supporting role in the film ‘The Way, Way Back.’ She also co-starred in the situational comedy ‘Up All Night.’ The following year, she appeared in the crime comedy–drama film ‘Inherent Vice.’
On May 2014, a television pilot titled ‘The Maya Rudolph Show’ was aired. The show was an attempt to revisit the classic variety show format. Maya Rudolph co-produced and starred in the show.
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In 2015, she played roles in the romantic comedy movie ‘Maggie’s Plan’ and musical comedy film ‘A Very Murray Christmas.’ She was then seen in the comedy film ‘Sisters’ (2015) and drama film ‘We Don’t Belong Here’ (2017). Meanwhile, she also voiced a character in the animated comedy film ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ (2016).
From 2017 to 2019, she was cast in many films like ‘CHiPs,’ ‘Life of the Party,’ ‘Wine Country,’ and ‘Booksmart.’ On June 2017, she was chosen to voice a character named ‘Nanny’ in the animated comedy movie ‘The Willoughbys.’
Major Works
Maya Rudolph is best-known for her performances in the ‘Saturday Night Live’ TV show. Her performances earned her a huge fan following in a limited period of time.
Personal Life & Legacy
Maya Rudolph started a relationship with American film director and producer Paul Thomas Anderson in 2001. They have four children together – Pearl Bailey Anderson (2005), Lucille Anderson (2009), Jackson Wright Anderson (2011), and Minnie Ida Anderson (2013).
Facts About Maya Rudolph
Maya Rudolph is a talented singer and has performed in several musical acts, showcasing her impressive vocal range and versatility.
She is known for her spot-on impressions of celebrities such as Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, and Whitney Houston, adding a humorous element to her comedy performances.
Maya Rudolph is a proud mother of four children and often incorporates her experiences as a parent into her comedy routines, offering a relatable and endearing perspective on motherhood.
In addition to her work in comedy, Maya Rudolph has also lent her voice to various animated films and TV shows, bringing her unique charm and wit to beloved characters.
Maya Rudolph comes from a talented and artistic family, as her mother was the acclaimed singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton, known for her hit song "Lovin' You." This musical background has undoubtedly influenced Maya's own creative pursuits and performances.

Maya Rudolph Movies

1. Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011)

  (Comedy, Short, Music)

2. As Good as It Gets (1997)

  (Romance, Drama, Comedy)

3. Gattaca (1997)

  (Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi)

4. The Way Way Back (2013)

  (Drama, Comedy)

5. Booksmart (2019)


6. Away We Go (2009)

  (Romance, Comedy, Drama)

7. 50 First Dates (2004)

  (Comedy, Romance)

8. Bridesmaids (2011)

  (Romance, Comedy)

9. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

  (Drama, Musical, Music, Comedy)

10. Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special (2017)

  (Musical, Comedy, Music, Romance)


Primetime Emmy Awards
2020 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (1975)
2020 Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Big Mouth (2017)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2012 Best Gut-Wrenching Performance Bridesmaids (2011)

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