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Amy Meredith Poehler (born September 16, 1971) is an American actress and comedienne. Her love of improv led her to become one of the original members of the Upright Citizens Brigade. She was a cast member on the NBC television entertainment show Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2008. In 2004, she starred in the film Mean Girls alongside Tina Fey, with whom she worked again in Baby Mama in 2008 and Sisters in 2015. She has been nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on Saturday Night Live. She was the lead star of the NBC show Parks and Recreation. She hosted the Golden Globes in 2014 alongside Tina Fey and they are scheduled to host again in 2015.

Early life

Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts, the daughter of Eileen and Bill Poehler, both teachers.[1] A 1993 graduate of Boston College, Poehler was a member of America's oldest collegiate improv comedy troupe, My Mother's Fleabag. Her college room mate was future improv veteran and MTV host, Kara McNamara. After graduating from college, Poehler moved to Chicago, where she studied improv at Second City alongside friend and future co-star Tina Fey. She also studied with Del Close at ImprovOlympic, going on to become part of the touring company as well as teaching classes at iO.

Personal life


Poehler was married to Will Arnett, of the Fox comedy Arrested Development, and had a recurring role in the series as the nameless wife of Arnett's character George Oscar "G.O.B." Bluth II. Poehler and Arnett also played a quasi-incestuous brother-sister ice skating team in the 2007 film Blades of Glory. The couple also appeared in Horton Hears a Who!, and Monsters vs Aliens along with Arnett having a guest appearance on Parks and Recreation. Poehler and Arnett were divorced in late 2012.

In The Paz Show, she played Ping Big Penguin. She also created The Paz Show.[2]

Amy was named one of People magazine's 100 most beautiful


people for 2009.

On October 25, 2008, Poehler gave birth to Archibald "Archie" William Emerson Arnett just hours before the Saturday Night Live telecast. On August 6th 2010, Poehler gave birth to her second child, a son named Abel James Arnett.[3]

Poehler has been romantically linked with actor Nick Kroll. She has appeared on Kroll Show, Kroll's sketch-comedy series.


Year Film Role Other notes
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Ruth
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Susie
2004 The Devil and Daniel Webster Molly Gilchrest
Mean Girls Mrs. George
Envy Natalie Vanderpark
2006 Southland Tales Veronica Mung / Dream
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Truck Stop Waitress
2007 The Ex Carol Lane
Blades of Glory Fairchild Van Waldenberg
Shrek the Third Snow White Voice
Mr. Woodcock Maggie Hoffman
2008 Hamlet 2 Cricket Feldstein
Horton Hears a Who! Sally O'Malley Voice
Baby Mama Angie Ostrowski Won Best WTF Moment in 2009 MTV Movie Awards
2009 Spring Breakdown Gayle
Monsters vs. Aliens Computer Voice
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Eleanor Voice
2010 Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil Gretel Voice
Year Title Role Notes
1996–2000 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Stacy, Andy's little sister
various sketch roles
1998–2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Colby, various characters Main Role
2001–2008 Saturday Night Live Herself, various characters Regular
2002–present The Paz Show Ping Big Penguin (voice) Co-creator of series
2004–2005 Arrested Development Wife of Gob Recurring, 5 episodes
2005 SpongeBob SquarePants Gramma (voice) "Have You Seen This Snail?"
2005 The Simpsons Jenda (voice) "Future-Drama"
2008–2011 The Mighty B! Bessie Higgenbottom (voice)
Sissy Sullivan (voice)
Co-creator of series
2009–2015 Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope Main Role


  1. Amy Poehler Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  2. O'Neil, Tom. "Transcript: Our chat session with Will Arnett", The Los Angeles Times, 2006. Retrieved on May 7, 2007.
  3. Laudadio, Marisa (2008-10-26). "Amy Poehler Gives Birth to Baby Boy".,,20235875,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 

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