Biography

After studying ballet as a child, Mullally transitioning to acting while in college. She spent some time in the Chicago theater scene, but eventually moved to Hollywood and snagged a leading role on the short-lived series The Ellen Burstyn Show in 1986. Over the next decade, the comic actress struggled to find work before upping her profile opposite Matthew Broderick in the 1995 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. A succession of TV guest spots followed before she landed her signature, Emmy-winning role as a high-pitched princess on Will & Grace. Mullally proved so popular with audiences that once the sitcom ended in 2006, she launched her own eponymous talk show. Off-screen, she is married to character actor Nick Offerman and sings for the cover band Supreme Music Program.

Fast Facts

  • Father was a contract player for Paramount and mother was a model.
  • Studied ballet from the age of 6 and performed with the American Ballet Theater in New York City in the summers while attending high school.
  • Attended Northwestern University and studied English Literature and Art History, but left college without graduating.
  • Had her own one-woman show titled Sweetheart in 1999.
  • Has been a singer and performer in her own singing group called The Supreme Music Program.
  • First film role was as a call girl in the movie Risky Business.

Awards

  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Nick Offerman — Husband
  • Carter Mullally Jr. — Father
  • Michael Katcher — Ex-husband
  • Martha Mullally — Mother

College

  • Attended Northwestern University, English Literature y Art History, Evanston, IL

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  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Birthday: November 12, 1958, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Dancer
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