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Lisa Ann Walter (born August 3, 1963) is an Americanmarker actress, comedienne, writer and film producer. She has appeared in such films as the 1998 version of The Parent Trap, Bruce Almighty, Shall We Dance, and War of the Worlds as Cheryl. Walter also created and starred in the short-lived 1996-1997 sitcom, Life's Work. She was a judge on ABC's reality television series The Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?.

Biography

Early life

Walter was born in rural Pennsylvaniamarker and raised in suburban Silver Spring, Marylandmarker, near Washington, D.C.marker, where she remembers "always liking to show off" as a child. Her father was a geophysicist at NASA and indulged his own love of performing after-hours in local community theater. She attended Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland. Eventually, Walter studied drama at the Catholic University of Americamarker where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree and began appearing in various regional and dinner theater productions. Walter moved to New Yorkmarker and performed at amateur night contests at some of the noted comedy clubs. She married and became a young mother at 24, but she soon had audiences roaring with her dead-on perspectives on kids, domestic life and social issues.

Career

After five years of standup comedy, she was cast to star in her own Fox Network comedy series, My Wildest Dreams, followed by an ABC sitcom, Life's Work, which she both created and starred in. Walter also co-starred in the critically acclaimed Bravo series Breaking News and in the NBC sitcom Emeril.

On the feature side, in addition to Bruce Almighty (2003) and Shall We Dance (2004), Walter received rave reviews co-starring in the hit Disney film The Parent Trap (1998). In the remake of the original classic, she appeared as the nanny to Dennis Quaid's daughter, who was played by a young Lindsay Lohan. Prior to that, Walter played Whoopi Goldberg's tarty sidekick Claudine in Eddie (1996).

In early 2007, Walter had a supporting role as Mabel the bartender in the MyNetworkTV soap opera Watch Over Me. That summer, she served as a judge on the ABC reality TV show The Next Best Thing, which searched for the best celebrity impersonators in America.

In the Spring of 2008, Walter was seen in the comedy film Drillbit Taylor, and also starred on the VH1 reality series Celebracadabra, in which celebrities competed to see who was the best magician among them. She made it to the final three but was eliminated in the sixth episode. She has developed a series for the Oxygen network called Dance Your Ass Off.

Personal life

Walter resides in Los Angeles with her four children, including son Jordan, daughter Delia, and twin boys Simon and Spencer. "I was taught a strong work ethic by my parents, and I'm not happy unless I'm doing two - or even three -- things at once," says Walter. "I enjoy working and raising a family, and I wouldn't want to do one without the other." While she is developing enough material for a return to standup comedy, Walter loves gourmet cooking, reading biographies, dancing and blues music.

Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Eddie Claudine  
1997 Late Bloomer (TV) Cassie Baltic
1998 The Parent Trap Chessy  
2000 Get Your Stuff Principal Perry  
2001 Early Bird Special Janet  
2003 Farm Sluts Sexy Feminist Executive  
Bruce Almighty Debbie  
2004 Shall We Dance Bobbie  
2005 Coffee Date Sara  
War of the Worlds Bartender Cheryl  
The Trouble with Dee Dee Dee Dee Rutherford  
2006 Man vs. Monday Joan  
Graduation Carol  
Coffee Date Sara  
Room 6 Sgt. Burch  
2007 Entry Level Kathie  
Twisted Doctor Richardson Post-production (as of June 2007)
2008 Celebracadabra Herself  
Drillbit Taylor Ryan's Mom




References

  1. Lisa Ann Walter Biography (1963-)

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