A native of Portville, NY, actress Riki Lindhome attended Syracuse University and moved into professional assignments following graduation, initially with a spate of television roles (usually single or multi-episode guest turns) on series including Gilmore Girls and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Following a small supporting role as Hilary Swank's sister in Clint Eastwood's 2004 Best Picture sleeper Million Dollar Baby (Eastwood and Lindhome reteamed four years later for the period drama Changeling), the up-and-coming actress moved more squarely into teen-oriented work; assignments included the Dane Cook/Kate Hudson romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl (2008) and the Wes Craven/Sean S. Cunningham slasher remake Last House on the Left (2009).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Cast by Tim Robbins in 2004 for his off-Broadway play Embedded, which went on to do a national tour and dates in London, England.
- Attended band camp at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania at the same time as future comedy partner Kate Micucci; the two were re-introduced several years later in Los Angeles at the Uprights Citizen Brigade Theater by comedian Doug Benson.
- In 2006, co-directed Life is Short with Dori Oskowitz, which starred Samm Levine, Seth MacFarlane, and Alexis Bledel.
- Half of the comedy/music group, Garfunkel & Oates, whose names were inspired from musicians Art Garfunkel and John Oates. In 2008, the group was the opening act for John Oates and performed the song "Maneater" with him on stage.
- Co-directed a short film entitled Imaginary Larry in 2009 with Dori Oskowitz that starred both Lindhome and Micucci.
- Her podcast Making It includes interviews with people in the entertainment industry and their success stories.