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      Busy Philipps

      Busy Philipps

      Highest Rated: 91% The Gift (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 15% White Chicks (2004)

      Birthday: Jun 25, 1979

      Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, USA

      Actress Busy Philipps exuded an effervescence that made her a natural at portraying fun-loving and vivacious characters. She first showed off her exuberance as a bully with a mouth as big as her heart on the cult hit series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000), a sharp comedy about so-called losers trying to survive 1980s-era high school. Philipps then moved on to the critical darling "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), starring as a bubbly college student who shared a dorm room with the headstrong coed, Joey Potter (Katie Holmes). She also displayed her versatility with serious roles on the award-winning series "ER" (1994-2009), as well as on the sci-fi series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Fox, 2008-09), where she portrayed the sympathetic neighbor of Sarah Connor (Lena Headey). After dabbling in drama, she was pitch-perfect as a bodacious twenty-something who helped Courteney Cox get her groove back on the comedy series "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009-12; TBS, 2013-15), a role that finally marked Philipps as one of Hollywood's most talented character actresses. Elizabeth Jean Philipps was born on June 25, 1979 in Oak Park, IL, but was raised in Scottsdale, AZ. As a toddler, Philipps reportedly had such endless energy, her parents called her "Busy," a nickname that stuck - even appearing on her driver's license. She started acting in school productions, and was even voted Best Actress in her senior yearbook. After training at the Acting Lab of Arizona and at England's Oxford School of Drama, she performed at various community productions in the Scottsdale area. One of her earliest jobs was playing a real-life Barbie doll at a toy fair convention in New York. In 1999, Philipps landed a supporting role on "Freaks and Geeks," a subtle yet biting look at teenage life in the 1980s, as seen through the eyes of a trio of junior high school nerds, and a group of self-proclaimed teenaged freaks. Philipps played Kim Kelly, the brash school bully who eventually befriended good girl-turned-rebel, Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini). Created by director Judd Apatow, the show appealed mostly to Gen-Xers who recognized a bit of themselves as they tried to survive high school. While the well-written series departed from the typical over-hyped, over-glamorized teen dramas that dominated the networks at that time, it failed to attract a mainstream audience and was prematurely taken off the air. Thankfully, the show would later earn cult status, and Apatow and a good amount of the cast would go on to greater fame. After the infamous cancellation, Philipps stayed busy with guest-starring roles on the offbeat comedy series "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox, 2000-06), the post-collegiate drama "Undeclared" (Fox, 2001-02), and appeared in various made-for-TV movies. In 2003, Philipps joined the cast of "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), a popular teen drama that followed four friends living in a small coastal town, led by Dawson Leery (James van der Beek), an aspiring videographer torn between the lovelorn tomboy, Joey Potter (Katie Holmes), and the rebellious vixen, Jennifer Lindley (Michelle Williams). Philipps would portray an aspiring singer and the too-animated, over-the-top college roommate of Potter. The actress' first lead role on a television series was the on the UPN sitcom, "Love, Inc.," in which she played a successful dating consultant who struggles with finding love. In 2006, she checked into NBC's hit series "ER," with a recurring role as a devout Christian and intern who often clashed with her more liberal-minded colleagues. On "ER," she also happened to reunite with "Freaks and Geeks" co-star Cardellini. Philipps kept up her guest appearances on television, soon landing a recurring role on the action series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," a small screen spin-off of the blockbuster "Terminator" film franchise. On the series, Philipps portrayed Sarah Connor's (Lena Headey) pregnant and overly protective neighbor. While filming the sci-fi program, Philipps was also pregnant with her first child, Birdie Leigh, whom she would go on to have with her screenwriter husband Marc Silverstein. After many years paying her dues, Philipps landed a role on the ABC series, "Cougar Town," a comedy that was initially about recently divorced forty-something Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox), who was forced to reenter the dating scene, along with her friends (Philipps and Christa Miller). As the show progressed, it began to focus more on how Cobb's neurotic yet endearing personality affected her personal relationships. As she often had on shows in the past, Philipps often stole scenes as Cobb's feisty and party-going best friend and the show's resident troublemaker. After that series came to an end, Philipps co-starred in the dark comedy "Vice Principals" (HBO 2016-17) and appeared in the Amy Schumer comedy "I Feel Pretty" (2018). In 2018, Philipps co-starred in the Lena Dunham-produced comedy "Camping" (HBO 2018- ), hosted her own talk show "Busy Tonight" (E! 2018- ) and published her first book, a memoir called This Will Only Hurt A Little.

      Highest rated movies

      The Gift poster The Gift Home Room poster
      Home Room
      A Case of You poster
      A Case of You
      I Feel Pretty poster I Feel Pretty I Don't Know How She Does It poster
      I Don't Know How She Does It
      Made of Honor poster
      Made of Honor
      White Chicks poster
      White Chicks




      35% 35% I Feel Pretty Jane (Character) $48.8M 2018
      No Score Yet 88% FML Amanda (Character) - 2016
      91% 75% The Gift Duffy (Character) $43.8M 2015
      No Score Yet 38% Jason Nash Is Married Unknown (Character) - 2014
      47% 26% A Case of You Ashley (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 56% Made in Cleveland Shannon (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 24% The Reef 2: High Tide Cordelia (Voice) - 2012
      17% 32% I Don't Know How She Does It Wendy Best (Character) $9.7M 2011
      16% 55% Made of Honor Melissa (Character) $46.0M 2008
      No Score Yet 14% Mummy an' the Armadillo Carol Ann (Character) - 2004
      15% 55% White Chicks Karen (Character) $69.1M 2004
      55% 78% Home Room Alicia Browning (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 43% Anatomy of a Hate Crime Chasity Pasley (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I'm a Spring Break Lawyer Jenny (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 42% The Smokers Karen Carter (Character) - 2000


      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014 2019-2020 2022
      96% 82% Girls5eva Summer (Character) 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 25% Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Guest 2021
      81% 100% The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2012-2013 2016 2018 2021
      No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 54% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Search Party: The Podcast Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 50% Busy Tonight Executive Producer,
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010 2012 2014 2018
      No Score Yet 49% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2018
      No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2014 2018
      96% 83% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Sheba Goodman (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Rose Valland (Guest Star) 2016 2018
      83% 87% Vice Principals Gale Liptrapp (Character) 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedy Jam Self 2017
      No Score Yet 83% Match Game Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 66% The Odd Couple Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 0% Chopped Junior Judge 2016
      96% 74% Angie Tribeca Courtney Woodpatch-Newton (Guest Star) 2016
      95% 84% New Girl Connie (Guest Star) 2016
      89% 82% Cougar Town Laurie Keller (Character) 2009-2015
      No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Yo Gabba Gabba! Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2011 2013
      85% 84% Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2010 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2011
      100% 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010
      100% No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents Cute Girl (Character) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009-2010
      85% 85% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 2008-2009
      20% No Score Yet Kath & Kim Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 84% ER Dr. Hope Bobeck (Guest Star) 2006-2007
      84% 84% How I Met Your Mother Rachel (Guest Star) 2007
      65% 82% Entourage Cheryl (Guest Star) 2007
      13% No Score Yet Love, Inc. Unknown (Character) 2005-2006
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Dana (Guest Voice) 2005
      73% No Score Yet life as we know it Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 77% Dawson's Creek Audrey Liddell (Character) 2002-2003
      93% 90% Undeclared Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Last Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 90% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      100% 96% Freaks and Geeks Kim Kelly (Guest Star) 1999-2000