Jenna Fischer

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Biography

  • Birth Place: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/07/1974, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor
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Although when off camera, Fischer is more charismatic — and more attractive — than the unassuming receptionist she portrays on The Office, this comic player does have one thing in common with her small-screen alter ego: administrative experience. An aspiring performer since childhood, her first acting class at age 5 was a family affair, as her mother was the teacher. After graduating college, she worked a host of administrative jobs in between gigs, popping up primarily on the small screen and in indie films such as The Specials, which was penned by her then-husband, writer/director James Gunn. With his support as a producer and actor, Fischer made her directorial debut with the 2004 mockumentary LolliLove. But her breakthrough came the next year, when she landed a spot on The Office as receptionist-turned-saleswoman Pam Beesly. Fischer easily transitioned to the big screen, with comedic turns in 2007's Blades of Glory and 2008's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Off screen, she is involved with various animal rescue organizations, such as Kitten Rescue and Rescue Rover.Jenna Fischer Fast Facts:
  • Began acting at age 5 at a workshop taught by her mother, where Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) was also a young student. 
  • Served as a telephone psychic prior to acting, but quit after two days, not even picking up her paycheck.
  • Like her Pam character in The Office, worked as a secretary and as a receptionist (and can type 85 words per minute).
  • Wrote, directed and starred in the 2004 film LolliLove, about a hip Tinseltown couple that tries to help homeless people.
  • Made two movies back-to-back opposite John C. Reilly- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) and The Promotion (2008).
  • Fell down a flight of stairs in May 2007 and fractured her back in four places.
  • Her July 2010 wedding to Lee Kirk was officiated by good friend (and Survivor host) Jeff Probst.
  • Has a passion for animals and volunteered with animal rescue organizations Kitten Rescue and Rescue Rover.
  • Jenna Fischer Relationships:
  • Isabel Ruby Lieberstein - Godchild
  • Emily - Sister
  • Anne Fischer - Mother
  • Harper Marie Kirk - Daughter
  • Lee Kirk - Husband
  • Jim Fischer - Father
  • James Gunn - Ex-husband
  • Weston Lee Kirk - Son
  • Jenna Fischer Awards:
  • 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, United States (BA in Theater)

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