Gretchen Knauff – New Director of Disability Services for the City of New Haven
Gretchen Knauff, a 1994 graduate of Yale University, will serve as director of disability services in New Haven. She will succeed attorney Michelle Duprey, who recently took a position with the city Office of Corporation Counsel as deputy corporation counsel.
She is an American actress, comedian and activist who has starred in the television shows Joey (2004-2006), The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008), 2 Broke Girls (2011) and The White Lotus (2021). She also portrayed Tanya McQuoid on the HBO anthology series The White Lotus, winning a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role.
Jennifer Audrey Coolidge (born August 28, 1961) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as Jeanine Stifler in American Pie.
Coolidge was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Gretchen (nee Knauff) and Paul Constant Coolidge, a plastics manufacturer. She grew up mainly in Norwell, Massachusetts and graduated from Norwell High School. She subsequently attended Emerson College in Boston and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
After college, she relocated to Los Angeles and began acting in small roles. She also took part in a sketch comedy troupe, The Groundlings, located in Los Angeles.
In 1999, she gained her first big break as “Jeanine Stifler” in the American Pie film series. She later reprised her role in American Pie 2 and Legally Blonde.
As a comedic actress, Coolidge’s characters are usually larger-than-life in their expressions and mannerisms. She has a long list of popular movie and television roles that include Jeanine Stifler in American Pie, Paulette Bonafonte Parcelle in Legally Blonde, Betty in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Zofia Kaczynski in 2 Broke Girls.
Her work has won her several awards and accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the American television series The White Lotus. She has also lent her voice to various animated films such as Robots, The Emoji Movie, Fish Hooks and Gravity Falls. She is also an alumna of the improv comedy troupe The Groundlings.
She has also starred in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and 2 Broke Girls.
Jennifer Audrey Coolidge is an American actress and comedian, born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28, 1961. She is the daughter of Gretchen Knauff and Constant Coolidge, and attended Norwell high school, Cambridge School of Weston, Emerson College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
She gained widespread recognition for her roles as Paulette Bonafonte in the film Legally Blonde (2001), Fiona Montgomery in A Cinderella Story (2004), and Jeanine Stifler’s mom in the American Pie movie series. She was also a regular performer in Christopher Guest’s mockumentary films, such as Best in Show (2000) and A Mighty Wind (2003).
In her twenties, she performed improv with Los Angeles-based Groundlings. She then landed a recurring role on the sitcom 2 Broke Girls as Sophie Kaczynski.
She later made her film debut in the comedy Not of this Earth (1995) and has appeared in many other movies. She is a popular performer in Christopher Guest’s mockumentary movies, such as Best in Show (2000) and For Your Consideration (2006). Her other films include Click (2006), Date Movie 2006, Epic Movie (2007), American Dreamz (2006), Soul Men (2008) and Gentlemen Broncos (2009) among others. She is currently starring in the HBO drama The White Lotus as Tanya.
She has also starred in Living Proof and Soul Men.
Gretchen Knauff ’94 is the new director of disability services for the City of New Haven, taking over from Michelle Duprey ’93. She has had a 30-year career in disability work, and previously served as executive director of Disability Rights Connecticut.
She has starred in the TV shows Thank God You’re Here, The Closer and Lifetime’s Living Proof. She has also acted in many films including American Pie, Legally Blonde and A Cinderella Story. She has also lent her voice to the characters of Yin Yang Yo in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Mary Meh in The Emoji Movie.
Coolidge was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28, 1961. She is the youngest of four children, with a brother Andrew and two sisters, Elizabeth and Susannah. She was raised in Norwell, Massachusetts. She attended Norwell High School, Cambridge School of Weston and Emerson College.
She was a clarinetist and spent three summers at orchestra camp as a child. She aspired to be a severe Actress like Meryl Streep in college but changed her mind and pursued comedy. She has since received numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award. She currently lives in Los Angeles. She is married to Mark Aselton and has two children.
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