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Retta Biography

Birth Name:
Marietta Sirleaf
Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Comedian, actor

Fast Facts

  • Parents are Liberian; her family is related to Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Planned to attend medical school, but changed her career path in 1996 when she participated in a local open-mic night
  • Made her TV debut on Moesha in 1997
  • Started a series of college comedy tours in 1998; received a nomination from Campus Activities Magazine for Female Comedian of the Year
  • Won Comedy Central's first Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition in 1999
  • Cast as a recurring guest star on NBC's Parks and Recreation in 2009 before becoming a series regular in the show's third season