Jenna Fischer

Active - 2000 - 2018  |   Born - Mar 7, 1974 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Matthew Tobey

First rising to fame for her deadpan performance as receptionist Pam Beesly on NBC's The Office, Jenna Fischer was born in Indiana and spent the first several years of her career primarily appearing in bit parts in small indie films and guest spots on TV shows.

In 2000, while auditioning for what would be one of her first onscreen jobs, Fischer met filmmaker James Gunn. Not only did she land a small role in the film, she and Gunn were subsuquently married for eight years. In 2004, they collaborated on the satirical mockumentary LolliLove, which saw Fischer directing and the couple co-writing and starring together. But it was in 2005 when Fischer's career truly took off. Cast as Pam on the U.S. adaptation of the acclaimed Britcom The Office, Fischer soon found herself perhaps the most beloved cast member of one of the country's most popular television shows. She was even named to People's 50 Most Beautiful People.

Fischer would parlay her TV fame into a movie career as well, appearing in a number of comedies, like Blades of Glory, The Brothers Solomon, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, A Little Help, Hall Pass, and more.

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  • 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.