Lauren Graham

Active - 1997 - 2016  |   Born - Mar 16, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama, Crime

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Biography by Andrea LeVasseur

Born in Hawaii, actress Lauren Graham spent her childhood traveling with her single father. After earning her Bachelor's degree in English from Barnard College in New York City, she got her Master's in Acting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She then moved to California, where she began her professional acting career with appearances on Caroline in the City, Law & Order, and NewsRadio.

Graham's big break came in 2000 with the lead role on the WB family drama Gilmore Girls. As Lorelai Gilmore, the 32-year-old single mother of a teenager (Alexis Bledel), Graham earned several awards and nominations on the massively popular series. While the show itself earned critical acclaim, Graham gained much media exposure for her strong and independent yet conventionally attractive portrayal of a single mom. She would stick with the show for its entire seven year run, becomming a fully fledged star in the process. Graham would also appear in movies like Evan Almighty, Bad Santa, and The Answer Man, in addition to other succsful TV projects, like the starring role of Sarah Braverman on the series Parenthood.

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  • Parents divorced when she was 5 and her father, Lawrence Graham, raised her.
  • Participated in equestrian competitions in high school.
  • First paying acting job was as a pregnant teen in a Planned Parenthood training film, made while she was in high school.
  • Shared living space with actress Connie Britton in New York City just before Britton was cast in Spin City and Graham landed a recurring role on Caroline in the City.
  • Competed opposite Maura Tierney in Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2004. Graham later replaced Tierney in the role of Sarah Braverman on NBC's Parenthood after Tierney left the show to seek treatment for cancer.
  • Made Broadway debut in the revival of Guys and Dolls in February 2009.