Retta

Retta

Highest Rated: 100% Operator (2016)

Lowest Rated: 17% Father Figures (2017)

Birthday: Apr 12, 1970

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Inspired by the likes of Roseanne, Drew Carey and Tim Allen, Retta began her career as a stand-up-comedienne before making the leap to television, eventually becoming a permanent fixture on critical darling "Parks and Recreation" (NBC 2009-15) as sassy Benz-loving dating expert Donna Meagle. Born Marietta Sirleaf in New Jersey, Retta initially considered becoming an opera singer before studying for a sociology degree at Duke University, NC. Taking a year out before medical school, she worked as a contract chemist for GlaxoSmithKline but after realizing that medicine wasn't her calling, soon moved to Los Angeles to pursue a comedy career instead. In 1997, Retta made her on-screen debut as a hostess in teen sitcom "Moesha" (UPN 1996-2001) and first started earning money as a stand-up on the college circuit a year later. After winning Comedy Central's Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition, she performed at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival, and ventured into the film world with minor roles as office manager Bruna in bawdy comedy "Slackers" (2002) and Sad Eyed Sadie in the cameo-filled "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2003). Following small parts in TV movie "Complex" (2005) and eponymous sitcoms "Freddie" (ABC 2005-06) and "Rodney" (ABC 2004-06), Retta returned to the big screen as an evidence room cop in twisty legal thriller "Fracture" (2007), became the penultimate notch on Simon Baker's bedpost in the dark sci-fi comedy "Sex and Death 101" (2007) and appeared as a receptionist in South Korean action fantasy "Dragon Wars: D War" (2007). While in 2008, she guested as a hardware store clerk in "It's Always Sunny Philadelphia" (FX, 2005-) and added to her filmography with bit-parts in interconnecting drama "Reservations" (2008), Ice Cube vehicle "First Sunday" (2008) and rom-com "Kissing Cousins" (2008). But she achieved her big break a year later when she was cast as no-nonsense office manager Donna Meagle in the award-winning "Parks and Recreation" (NBC 2009-15), regularly stealing scenes from her more high-profile co-stars with just a single perfectly-delivered one-liner. As Retta's visibility in the show gradually began to increase, she also became an in-demand talk show guest and was invited to host the 3rd Critics TV Choice Awards. While after showing up in an episode of "Kroll Show" (Comedy Central, 2013-15), she appeared as Leah in body image rom-com "Muffin Top: A Love Story" (2014) and Sydney in indie comedy "Sex Ed" (2014).

Highest rated movies

Operator Good Boys Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Sex Ed
Where's the Money Father Figures

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% 86% Good Boys Lucas' Mom (Character) $83.1M 2019
17% 25% Father Figures Annie (Character) $16.8M 2017
20% 46% Where's the Money Roberta (Character) - 2017
56% 46% The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Maggie the Cheerleader (Voice) $59.3M 2017
100% 60% Operator Pauline "Roger" Rogers (Character) - 2016
64% 58% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Ida Stricker (Character) $20.0M 2016
No Score Yet 85% Muffin Top: A Love Story Leah (Character) - 2014
64% 40% Sex Ed Sydney (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 41% Kissing Cousins Shawna the Chef (Character) - 2008

TV

Credit
86% 74% Good Girls Ruby Hill (Character) 2018-2021
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2015-2016 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2021
91% 57% Duncanville Makeover Station Employee/Sandy (Guest Voice) 2021
No Score Yet 39% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014-2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet 83% Match Game Guest 2020
No Score Yet 23% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2020
86% 11% Get Organized With The Home Edit Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home Movie: The Princess Bride Mom (Character) 2020
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014 2020
100% 87% DuckTales Mystical Harp (Guest Voice) 2020
82% 15% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carpool Karaoke Music Performer 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jerry O' Guest 2019
No Score Yet 50% Busy Tonight Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019
No Score Yet 41% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline & Friends Guest 2018
No Score Yet 69% Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Barbara (Character) 2015-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jess Cagle Interview Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2015 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2014 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2014 2017-2018
No Score Yet 54% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2016
93% 89% Parks and Recreation Donna Meagle (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2009-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Meredith Vieira Show Guest 2015
No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Pete Holmes Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fashion Police Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bethenny Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012-2013
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anderson Host 2012
100% No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents Black Woman (Character) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents Unknown (Character) 2004