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Alex Borstein

Actress, Writer, Comedian and Voice Actor Known for "Family Guy" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

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Alex Borstein is an American actress, voice actress, writer and comedian. She is well known for her long-running role as Lois Griffin on the animated television series "Family Guy," and as a cast member on the sketch comedy series "MADtv." A native of Highland Park, Illinois, Borstein is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she studied rhetoric. She was trained in improvisational comedy at the ACME Comedy Theatre, near Hollywood, California, and was selected to join "MADtv" after being scouted by talent agents who noticed her work at the theatre. She was a writer and voice actor for several television shows, including "Casper," "Pinky and the Brain" and "Power Rangers: Zeo" before joining the cast of "MADtv" as a featured player, and later as a repertory player in 1997.

Borstein was perhaps best known on "MADtv" for her character Ms. Swan; her other recurring characters included Eracist Anne, "Stick Chick" Echo, singer Jasmine Wayne-Wayne, child prodigy Karen Goddard, lounge singer Shaunda, News at Six's outside-the-studio reporter Sue Napersville, and Cordo the GAP troll. When Seth Green made recurring appearances on the show as mean boss Mr. Brightling, Borstein would play his mother, Mama Brightling.

While working on "MADtv," Borstein met Seth MacFarlane, who was then preparing to launch the animated sitcom "Family Guy" on FOX. MacFarlane cast Borstein as the voice of key character Lois Griffin. After the show's debut in January 1999, "Family Guy" was cancelled by the network in 2000 and 2002 but returned in 2005 and is still on air today. As well as her role as the voice performer for Lois and several other characters throughout the series (including a brief appearance as Ms. Swan in a 2005 episode), Borstein is also a producer and staff writer. She has made at least three guest appearances, once as Lois Griffin, on the Comedy Central animated program "Drawn Together."

In 2000, Borstein was cast as Sookie St. James in the WB drama "Gilmore Girls." She portrayed Sookie in the pilot, but her "MADtv" contract prevented her from continuing in the role, which was recast with Melissa McCarthy. Borstein made recurring appearances on "Gilmore Girls" throughout the show's run, first as the harpist Drella.

As an actress, she has made appearances in such films as "Killers" and "Dinner for Schmucks." She played the school principal in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," the best friend of Halle Berry's character in "Catwoman," and an employee at CBS News in "Good Night, and Good Luck." She also had an uncredited cameo in the Will Ferrell movie "Kicking & Screaming" as an obnoxious coffee shop patron. She had a small role in the movie "Bad Santa" as well.

In 2010, Borstein joined the first season staff of the Showtime dramedy "Shameless," as a writer and supervising producer. In its second season she held the position of writer and consulting producer. She also guest starred in the first season episode "But at Last Came a Knock," as Lou Deckner.

Borstein is married to actor and writer Jackson Douglas, whom she met while studying improv at the ACME Comedy Theater. Douglas proposed to her during the taping of a "MADtv" skit; the couple married in 1999.

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Actress, Writer, Comedian and Voice Actor Known for "Family Guy" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

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Alex Borstein Biography

Alex Borstein is an American actress, voice actress, writer and comedian. She is well known for her long-running role as Lois Griffin on the animated television series "Family Guy," and as a cast member on the sketch comedy series "MADtv." A native of Highland Park, Illinois, Borstein is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she studied rhetoric. She was trained in improvisational comedy at the ACME Comedy Theatre, near Hollywood, California, and was selected to join "MADtv" after being scouted by talent agents who noticed her work at the theatre. She was a writer and voice actor for several television shows, including "Casper," "Pinky and the Brain" and "Power Rangers: Zeo" before joining the cast of "MADtv" as a featured player, and later as a repertory player in 1997.

Borstein was perhaps best known on "MADtv" for her character Ms. Swan; her other recurring characters included Eracist Anne, "Stick Chick" Echo, singer Jasmine Wayne-Wayne, child prodigy Karen Goddard, lounge singer Shaunda, News at Six's outside-the-studio reporter Sue Napersville, and Cordo the GAP troll. When Seth Green made recurring appearances on the show as mean boss Mr. Brightling, Borstein would play his mother, Mama Brightling.

While working on "MADtv," Borstein met Seth MacFarlane, who was then preparing to launch the animated sitcom "Family Guy" on FOX. MacFarlane cast Borstein as the voice of key character Lois Griffin. After the show's debut in January 1999, "Family Guy" was cancelled by the network in 2000 and 2002 but returned in 2005 and is still on air today. As well as her role as the voice performer for Lois and several other characters throughout the series (including a brief appearance as Ms. Swan in a 2005 episode), Borstein is also a producer and staff writer. She has made at least three guest appearances, once as Lois Griffin, on the Comedy Central animated program "Drawn Together."

In 2000, Borstein was cast as Sookie St. James in the WB drama "Gilmore Girls." She portrayed Sookie in the pilot, but her "MADtv" contract prevented her from continuing in the role, which was recast with Melissa McCarthy. Borstein made recurring appearances on "Gilmore Girls" throughout the show's run, first as the harpist Drella.

As an actress, she has made appearances in such films as "Killers" and "Dinner for Schmucks." She played the school principal in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," the best friend of Halle Berry's character in "Catwoman," and an employee at CBS News in "Good Night, and Good Luck." She also had an uncredited cameo in the Will Ferrell movie "Kicking & Screaming" as an obnoxious coffee shop patron. She had a small role in the movie "Bad Santa" as well.

In 2010, Borstein joined the first season staff of the Showtime dramedy "Shameless," as a writer and supervising producer. In its second season she held the position of writer and consulting producer. She also guest starred in the first season episode "But at Last Came a Knock," as Lou Deckner.

Borstein is married to actor and writer Jackson Douglas, whom she met while studying improv at the ACME Comedy Theater. Douglas proposed to her during the taping of a "MADtv" skit; the couple married in 1999.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alex Borstein for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Alex Borstein, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alex Borstein or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Alex Borstein?

    Booking fees for Alex Borstein, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alex Borstein, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alex Borstein?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alex Borstein for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alex Borstein for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alex Borstein or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alex Borstein or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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