Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Highest Rated: 82% Phoenix, Oregon (2019)

Lowest Rated: 17% Say Uncle (2005)

Birthday: May 21, 1966

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Brassy and beautiful actress Lisa Edelstein had been catching the eye of television audiences for the better part of the last two decades with brave and funny performances in a variety of network series ranging from "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1990-98) and "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), to her breakout role of tough hospital administrator Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the Fox medical drama, "House" (2004-12). Born in Boston, MA on May 21, 1966, Edelstein made a splash in New York in the '80s as a celebrated member of the city's nightlife scene (so much so that the New York press dubbed her a "top celebutante" in 1986). At the same time, Edelstein was also pursuing a degree in theater at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and used her training to co-write and produce one of the first AIDS-related musical productions, "Positive Me," which made its debut at La Mama in 1989. The following year, television viewers got their first look at Edelstein when she co-hosted MTV's ill-fated attempt at a morning program, "Awake on the Wild Side" (1990). The program lasted less than a year, and Edelstein quickly graduated to small roles in films like "The Doors" (1991) and "Love Affair" (1994). Her first attention-grabbing role was Karen, the risotto-loving girlfriend to George Costanza (Jason Alexander) in two 1993 episodes of "Seinfeld;" the turn (which continued to garner Edelstein praise through the years) was followed by nine episodes on the forgettable CBS comedy "Almost Perfect" (1995-96), which thankfully introduced her to TV producer, Thomas Schlamme, with whom she would work on several subsequent shows. A memorable turn as a lesbian on Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick's short-lived cult series "Relativity" (ABC, 1996-97) came later, as did an appearance as a documentarian on the 1997 live episode of "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Edelstein also branched out into voice-over work for the video game adaptation of "Blade Runner" (1997) and the highly regarded "Superman: The Animated Series" (WB, 1996-2000), for which she voiced Mercy Graves, henchwoman to Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown); Edelstein returned to the character for "The Superman/Batman Movie" in 1998, and several episodes of "Justice League" (Cartoon Network, 2001-06). Edelstein logged numerous episodic appearances for the next few years, as well as a few supporting roles in features like "As Good As It Gets" (1997) and "30 Days" (1999), before reuniting with Schlamme for writer Aaron Sorkin's criminally underrated comedy series, "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000), in which Edelstein appeared twice as Bobbi Bernstein, a sports anchor with a perceived grudge against series regular Josh Charles. The collaboration scored again with Sorkin and Schlamme's next program, "The West Wing," in which she enjoyed several appearances as Rob Lowe's romantic interest, a law student who also moonlights as an escort. In 2000, Edelstein took on another challenging role, that of James LeGros' transsexual girlfriend on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). The following year, Edelstein earned the wrath of "Felicity" (WB, 1998-2002) fans by playing Lauren, who lures away and becomes pregnant by Felicity's love interest, Scott Speedman's Ben. More episodic appearances followed, including that of James Spader's love interest on "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), as well as features like "Daddy Day Care" (2003), before Edelstein landed on "House." The role of Cuddy was ostensibly that of foil to Hugh Laurie's eccentric and brilliant Dr. House, but Edelstein's particular knack with comedy granted the character a sharp wit of her own that gave their sparring a witty sparkle. And the show's creators wisely added a wrinkle to her character - that Cuddy wishes to have a baby so thus, seeks a sperm donor - which allowed for some likable romantic tension between these two ostensible foes. After "House" came to an end, Edelstein kept busy with short guest-star arcs on television series ranging from courtroom drama "The Good Wife" (CBS 2009-16) and romantic mystery-drama "Castle" (ABC 2009-16) to Seth MacFarlane's satiric cartoon "American Dad" (Fox 2005-14; TBS, 2014- ) and scabrous media satire "House of Lies" (Showtime 2012-16). Her next major TV role came as the star of the cable comedy-drama "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" (Bravo 2014- ), playing self-help author Abby McCarthy, whose divorce puts her life into an unexpected tailspin.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet 82% Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets Elly (Character) - 2021
82% 80% Phoenix, Oregon Tanya (Character) - 2019
81% 54% Joshy Claudia (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Hours Between Planes Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Loves Me Not Amy (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 53% Blue-Eyed Butcher Kelly Siegler (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 46% Special Delivery Maxine Carter (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 53% Fathers and Sons Irene (Character) - 2005
17% 41% Say Uncle Sarah (Character) $5.2K 2005
27% 48% Daddy Day Care Crispin's Mom (Character) $104.1M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Date With Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster Maeve Fox (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 38% Obsessed Charlotte (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 50% Black River Laura Crosby (Character) - 2001
69% 59% Keeping the Faith Ali Decker (Character) $37M 2000
54% 54% What Women Want Dina (Character) $182.8M 2000
80% 77% The Batman-Superman Movie Mercy Graves (Voice) - 1998
No Score Yet 21% Susan's Plan Penny Myers (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 63% L.A. Without a Map Sandra (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Indiscreet Beth Sussman (Character) - 1998


73% 46% 9-1-1: Lone Star Gwyneth Morgan (Guest Star) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2021 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2021 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Daily Guest 2019
No Score Yet 70% The Good Doctor Dr. Marina Blaize (Guest Star) 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016-2018
No Score Yet 74% Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Abby McCarthy (Character) 2014-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2017 2015 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Meredith Vieira Show Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2014
89% 79% The Legend of Korra Kya (Guest Voice) 2013-2014
82% 86% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
93% 73% Scandal Sarah Stanner (Guest Star) 2013
95% 89% Elementary Heather Vanowen (Guest Star) 2012
93% 92% The Good Wife Celeste Serrano (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 91% American Dad Sharri Rothberg (Guest Voice) 2010-2011 2007-2008
90% 96% House Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Character) 2004-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kilborn File Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet 71% King of the Hill Unknown (Guest Voice) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
27% No Score Yet Presidio Med Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 60% Felicity Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002
40% No Score Yet Leap of Faith Patty (Character) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
61% 70% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2000-2001
47% No Score Yet Grosse Pointe Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
75% 94% The West Wing Laurie (Guest Star) 1999-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grapevine Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
90% 100% Sports Night Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Doctors Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
8% No Score Yet Conrad Bloom Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
93% 95% Frasier Caitlin (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Shoot Me Erin Simon (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 80% ER Aggie Orton (Guest Star) 1997
80% No Score Yet Relativity Rhonda Roth (Character) 1996-1997
86% No Score Yet Almost Perfect Unknown (Guest Star) 1995-1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
89% 94% Seinfeld Karen (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Lynne Stoddard (Guest Star) 1992
71% No Score Yet Nothing Sacred Unknown (Guest Star)


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