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Ms. Swan on MADtv
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Alexandrea Borstein (born February 15, 1971) is an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. She is best known for voicing the role of Lois Griffin on the animated comedy series Family Guy (1999–present), for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award from multiple nominations.
Actress, Voice Actress, Writer, Producer, And Comedian
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
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Actress | Writer | Producer
Date of Birth 15 February 1973, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth Name Alexandrea Borstein
Height 5' (1.52 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Alex Borstein was born on February 15, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Alexandrea Borstein. She is an actress and writer, known for MADtv (1995), Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) and Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005). She has been married to Jackson Douglas since 1999. They have two children.
Jackson Douglas (1999 - present) (filed for divorce) (2 children)
She became engaged to be married when her boyfriend Jackson Douglas proposed to her during the taping of a MADtv (1995) skit.
Was the original choice for Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls (2000). The role was performed by Melissa McCarthy.
Left MADtv (1995) at the end of the 2001-2002 season.
Ms. Swan, her most famous and lovable character on MADtv (1995), was based on a combination of Borstein's real life grandmother and Björk.
Her school bus driver was John Malkovich.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in the film Littleman (2006), however, she failed to receive a nomination.
Is currently on a nationwide stand-up comedy tour
Was heavily pregnant with her daughter Henrietta while filming on "Shameless"' season 3. Her character Lou Deckner also became pregnant. Lou gave birth after events of episode 6, 4 months after Borstein gave birth herself.
Her husband of 15 years Jackson Douglas filed for divorce from her. [October 2014]
Her father was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Polish Jewish immigrants. Her mother is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant; she was born in Budapest, and moved to the United States after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a son named Barnaby Borstein Douglas on September 8th, 2008. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 10 oz. Child's father is her now estranged husband, Jackson Douglas.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 39, a daughter named Henrietta Borstein Douglas on October 1, 2012. Child's father is her now estranged husband, Jackson Douglas.
Was heavily pregnant with her daughter Henrietta while filming on "Shameless"' season 3. Her character Lou Deckner also became pregnant because of it. Her character reportedly was in a labor at the end of 6th episode. Borstein gave birth 4 months before this episode aired.
Personal Quotes (7)
I'm still auditioning and doing other movie parts, but I really like the developing and the writing. You have more control over your destiny.
I think I was born because my parents had two boys and wanted to give it one more go and try for a girl... they got me instead.
I have no point in my system or morals where I say, 'This is too far.'
I got my degree in rhetoric.
Every comic is really a frustrated rock star.
Usually, impersonations come out of something you dig, because you're listening to it over and over. And you kind of start developing... You're really trying to emulate them, then you realize, 'I sound ridiculous doing this. Oh, hey, maybe this is a funny impersonation.'
Television and film acting is really fun because you are working with other people and you are not completely responsible for the outcome of the project.
Alexandrea "Alex" Borstein (born February 15, 1971) American actress, singer, voice actress, writer and comedienne. She is best known for her long-running role as Lois Griffin on the animated television series Family Guy, and as a cast member on the sketch comedy series MADtv. A native of Highland Park, Illinois, Borstein is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she studied rhetoric. She was trained in improvisational comedy at the ACME Comedy Theatre, near Hollywood, California, and was selected to join MADtv after being scouted by talent agents who noticed her work at the theatre. She was a writer and voice actor for several television shows, including Casper, Pinky and the Brain and Power Rangers: Zeo, before joining the cast of MADtv as a featured player, and later as a repertory player in 1997. As an actress, she has made appearances in such films as The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Catwoman and Dinner for Schmucks.
Active - 1999 - 2015 | Born - Feb 15, 1973 in Highland Park, IL | Genres - Comedy
Biography by Jason Buchanan
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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Alexandrea Borstein (born February 15, 1971) is an American actress, voice actress, writer, producer, and comedian. She is best known for her long-running role as Lois Griffin on the animated television series Family Guy, and has had lead roles as Dawn Forchette in the medical comedy series Getting On, Susie Myerson in the historical comedy-drama series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and as various characters on the sketch comedy series MADtv. Borstein has held supporting roles in films including The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), Catwoman (2004), Ted (2012), ParaNorman (2012), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014), and The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
A native of Deerfield, Illinois, Borstein is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she studied rhetoric. She was trained in improvisational comedy at the ACME Comedy Theatre, near Hollywood, California, and was selected to join MADtv after being scouted by talent agents who noticed her work at the theatre. She was a writer and voice actor for several television shows, including Casper, Pinky and the Brain, and Power Rangers: Zeo, before joining the cast of MADtv in 1997 as a featured player, becoming a repertory player mid-season.
Borstein was born in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb north of the city of Chicago, in 1973 (according to her own official website), though some sources still say 1971. She was raised in Deerfield, Illinois Borstein has two elder brothers. Her parents, Irv and Judy Borstein, are both mental health professionals. Borstein is Jewish. Her father is from Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother, a Holocaust survivor, was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, and moved to the United States after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Borstein attended San Francisco State University.
Borstein is divorced from actor and writer Jackson Douglas, whom she met while studying improv at the ACME Comedy Theatre. Douglas proposed to her during the taping of a MADtv skit; the couple married in 1999. Douglas filed for divorce in October 2014. In the DVD commentary for the Family Guy episode "Stewie Kills Lois" – at the time she was pregnant – she joked about the possibility of naming her baby Stewie. They have a son named Barnaby Borstein Douglas (born September 8, 2008)[ and a daughter named Henrietta Borstein Douglas (born October 1, 2012).
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