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Nicole Julianne Sullivan (born April 21, 1970) is an Americamarker actress, comedienne and voice artist.

Nicole Sullivan is best known for her six seasons (1995-2001) on the sketch comedy series MADtv and five seasons (2001-2005, 2007) on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. She has played a recurring character on Scrubs and voices the villainous Shego in Disney's Kim Possible, Drew from Cartoon Network's The Secret Saturdays, and Louise on the ABC Family series Slacker Cats. She also had recurring voice roles on Family Guy and voiced "Franny Robinson" in Disney's Meet the Robinsons. In October 2008, Sullivan currently stars in the Lifetime TV show Rita Rocks. She currently voices the character of Marlene in Nickelodeon's series, The Penguins of Madagascar.

Early life

Sullivan was born in Manhattan, New Yorkmarker, the daughter of Edward C. Sullivan, a New York Statemarker assemblyman. She took dance classes at age 7 and performed in Off Broadway and Broadwaymarker productions with the First All-Children’s Theatre. Sullivan's mother, a business woman, and her father, who represented Manhattan's 69th Assembly District in the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 2002, moved the family upstate to Middleburgh, New Yorkmarker in 1982. During high school Nicole was class treasurer throughout her junior year. She played soccer in high school, recorded statistics for the boys’ basketball team and was a member of student council. She has most recently become the latest in a long line of celebrities to endorse the Jenny Craig weight loss system after losing 35 pounds while on the program as of October 2009.

After graduating from Middleburgh in 1987, she attended Northwestern Universitymarker as a theatre major. She studied William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Anton Chekov, Henrik Ibsen and Greek tragedies, while working two jobs to pay her way through college and writing plays and sketches for the student theatre. Sullivan spent her junior year in Londonmarker, studying at the British American Drama Academy and became a member of the Greenwich Shakespeare Company. Sullivan graduated Northwestern with honors, then moved to Los Angelesmarker before getting sporadic guest-starring roles.

Career

MADtv

Sullivan was among the original cast members on MADtv when it premiered in 1995. She created numerous characters; her most popular was the mean-spirited Vancome Lady. Sullivan's other characters included X-News reporter Amy, dimwitted Antonia, Eracists leader Debbie, News at 6's Diane Lawyer-Trabajo (pronounced "trebalyo"), racist country singer Darlene McBride, and Latina bimbo Lida. Sullivan appeared with Michael McDonald in a MADtv sketch about making an audition tape to appear on Law & Order that mocked their acting prowess; she later guest-starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Contact".

Sullivan's impersonations included Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore, Justin Timberlake, Hillary Clinton, Mary-Kate Olsen, Jennifer Aniston, Nancy Reagan, Meg Ryan, Celine Dion, Melanie Griffith, Kathie Lee Gifford, Uma Thurman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kim Cattrall, Beth Broderick, Anne Robinson, Helen Hunt, Edie Falco (as Carmela Soprano from The Sopranos), Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, and Lucille Ball (as Lucy Ricardo in a trio of I Love Lucy parodies), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

She left the show in 2001.

Television appearances

Sullivan has made appearances in the following shows:

Year Title Role Other notes
19952001 MADtv Various Characters Sketch comedy
1997 The Drew Carey Show Diane As a cocktail waitress who is married to Drew for a week
1999 Law & Order:Special Victims Unit Rape Victim High powered executive that gets raped on her morning subway train ride
20002002 Baby Blues Bizzy
20012005 The King of Queens Holly Shumpert Prior to the introduction of Holly Shumpert, she played a saleslady in 1 episode
2005 American Dad! Various
2006 Boston Legal Joan Rubin
2007 Raines Carolyn
2007 My Boys Kim As Kenny's pregnant girlfiend
2008 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Miss Klotz Head of the S.S. Tipton
2008— Rita Rocks Rita Clemens Main role


Filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1997 Fairfax Fandango
2002 Bar Hopping Mara
2002 The Third Wheel Sally
2005 Guess Who Liz Klein
2005 Barry Dingle Ethel Shivers
2005 The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend Pregnant Make-Out Girl
2005 "Sesame Street: All-Star Alphabet" The Letter A Also stars Stephen Colbert as The Letter Z
2006 One Sung Hero Nancy Nosenchuck
2007 Meet the Robinsons Franny Robinson
2008 Superhero Movie Rick Riker's Mother
2009 17 Again Naomi
2009 Black Dynamite Pat Nixon
2009 Zac Efron's Pool Party Randi


Voice acting projects

Sullivan has voiced Shego on Kim Possible; Joan of Arc on Clone High; Mira Nova on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command; and Joan on the Family Guy episode, "I Take Thee Quagmire," along with several other one time voices on the show. Sullivan has also starred in a pilot called, Me and My Needs, that was rejected by ABC. She plays Franny Robinson in Meet the Robinsons. Also, Sullivan was a voice actor in the Monsters, Inc. video game, but not in the film of the same name, despite what many sources state. She was originally cast in the cartoon series Futurama to play Turanga Leela; however, she was replaced by Katey Sagal by the time the show aired.

Voice credits

Year Title Role Other notes
1997 Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny Various Characters Video game
1999 Family Guy Various Voices Animated comedy TV series
2000 Hey Arnold! Suzie Kokoshka
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Princess Mira Nova
2002–2007 Kim Possible Shego
2002 Clone High Joan of Arc
2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Gerri
2007 Meet the Robinsons Franny Robinson
2007 Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters Luna, Computer voice Video game
2007 Slacker Cats Louise
2008 The Secret Saturdays Drew Saturday
2009 The Penguins of Madagascar Marlene


Personal life

Sullivan is married to actor Jason Packham. On May 12, 2007, Sullivan gave birth to a son, Dashel Pierce Packham, via caesarean section. The couple had their second son on Aug 31, 2009 and named him Beckett Edward Packham.Sullivan won the first edition of Celebrity Poker Showdown. Her charity was Alley Cat Allies, a national advocacy group for feral and homeless cats, which received $100,000 as a result of her victory.

She appeared on the show It's Me or the Dog along with her 4 dogs to combat their peeing & barking problems.

References

  1. Nicole Sullivan Biography (1970-)
  2. http://teacherweb.com/NY/MiddleburghCentralSchool/HighSchool/t.stm
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmPNHxjGZtQ

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