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Alex Borstein



Best known for her roles as the outrageous Mrs. Swan on MADtv and devoted wife Lois on the hit Fox series Family Guy, comedic female talent Alex Borstein has been keeping busy on screens both large and small ever since appearing in a handful of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in the mid-'90s. Born in Highland Park, Chicago, and raised in the nearby suburb of Deerfield, Borstein moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1980 and eventually enrolled in San Francisco State University. It was there that the aspiring comic began trying her talent at improvisational theater, and shortly after graduation she would begin performing at the ACME Comedy Theatre. Small roles in The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and a short-lived spin-off were quick to follow, with her stint on MADtv beginning in 1997.



While many fans cited her as a highlight of MADtv thanks to her outlandish characters and quick wit, Borstein was also eager to launch a film career and could frequently be seen in features such as Showtime, Bad Santa, and Catwoman. With a distinctive voice that seemed to lend itself well to animated performances, Borstein was cast as levelheaded housewife Lois on Family Guy in 1999. It was around this time that she also continued her small-screen trajectory with a handful appearances on the wildly popular family drama Gilmore Girls.



In 2005, Borstein took a turn for the dramatic in the monochromatic period drama Good Night, and Good Luck, with subsequent television roles on Drawn Together and Robot Chicken serving well to balance out the seriousness of the critically acclaimed Edward R. Murrow drama. The following year, Borstein brought her popular stage show to viewers across the nation with the release of Drop Dead Gorgeous (In a Down to Earth Bombshell Sort of Way) on home video. In 2007, Borstein was paired with Good Night, and Good Luck star Jeff Daniels once again in the tense crime thriller The Lookout. As the years rolled on, Borstein would continue to remain a force on screen, appearing in movies like Killers, Dinner for Schmucks, and Ted.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
19% Love the Coopers
  • Angie
2015
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Millie
2014
87% ParaNorman
  • Mrs. Henscher
2012
67% Ted
  • John's Mom
2012
No Score Yet Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
  • Actor
2012
11% Killers
  • Lily Bailey
2010
No Score Yet Family Guy Presents: It's a Trap
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Family Guy - Blue Harvest
  • Actor
2008
87% The Lookout
  • Mrs. Lange
2007
12% Little Man
  • Janet
2006
No Score Yet Alex Borstein - Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Actor
2006
93% Good Night, And Good Luck
  • Natalie
2005
No Score Yet Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Billy's Dad Is a Fudge-Packer
  • Actor
2004
9% Catwoman
  • Sally
2004
39% Seeing Other People
  • Tracy
2004
78% Bad Santa
  • Milwaukee Mom with Photo
2003
40% The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  • Miss Ungermeyer
2003
No Score Yet Dawg
  • Darcy Smits
2002

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011-2016
  • Screenwriter
62% Life in Pieces
2015
  • Lynette
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Appearing
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Gilmore Girls
2000-2016
  • Celine Miss Celine
92% Shameless
2011
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Evelyn
35% Bordertown
2016
  • Voice
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • Co-producer
  • Lois Griffin
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • Performer
  • Actor
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
86% Getting On
2013-2014
  • Dawn Forchette
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005
  • Voice
43% MADtv
2016
  • Performer

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