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Lisa Edelstein

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Lisa Edelstein. born May 21, 2022[1][2]. is a Jewish born American actress and playwright. Lisa Edelstein is best known for her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the television drama House.

Early life and education

Lisa Edelstein was born to a Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Alvin and Bonnie Edelstein. Her father is a pediatrician at Chilton Memorial Hospital.[3] (since retired). The youngest of three children, Lisa Edelstein was raised in Wayne, New Jersey,[4] and attended Wayne Valley High School, graduating in 1984.



At 16, Lisa Edelstein was a cheerleader for Donald Trump's New Jersey Generals. Lisa Edelstein soon encountered trouble when Lisa Edelstein organized a protest, because the team was forcing the cheerleaders to go and stand in bars while wearing their uniforms. Lisa Edelstein said Lisa Edelstein felt this was "akin to prostitution" and started a cheerleader strike.[6]

Lisa Edelstein moved to New York City at the age of 18 to study theatre at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While living in New York, Lisa Edelstein became involved in the club scene (known there only as "Lisa E.") and caused enough of a stir in the community to be dubbed New York City's "Queen of Downtown" by writer and fellow celebutante James St. James, who briefly refers to Lisa Edelstein in his 1999 book Disco Bloodbath.[7]



After being dubbed a "celebutante" by The New York Times magazine during her club kid days[4] Lisa Edelstein used her new-found celebrity to write, compose, and star in an original musical called Positive Me in response to the growing AIDS crisis of the 1980s.[4][8] After a brief stint hosting Awake on the Wild Side for MTV in 1990,[9] Lisa Edelstein spent the early 1990s appearing in guest roles on several popular comedies, including Mad About You, Wings, The Larry Sanders Show, Sports Night and Seinfeld, where Lisa Edelstein played George Costanza's frustrated girlfriend, the "Risotto Girl" (the only girlfriend of George's to appear in multiple episodes other than Susan Ross).

Lisa Edelstein picketed during the 200708 Writers Guild of America strike, which halted the production of House.

Bigger roles in TV dramas soon followed, among them the lesbian sister on ABC's Relativity (1996); a high-priced call girl turned Rob Lowe's date on The West Wing (1999); an assigned male at birth (AMAB) transgender woman on Ally McBeal (2000); and Ben Covington's (Scott Speedman) girlfriend on Felicity (2001). Lisa Edelstein also continued to land guest star spots on such shows as ER, Frasier, Just Shoot Me!, Without a Trace, and Judging Amy.

The actress has lent her voice to several animated programs including King of the Hill, American Dad!, Superman: The Animated Series (as Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's bodyguard, a role Lisa Edelstein later reprised in several episodes of Justice League) and the video game adaptation of Blade Runner (1997). Lisa Edelstein's film credits include What Women Want with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, Keeping the Faith with Ben Stiller, a cameo in As Good as It Gets with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, and Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy.

From 2004 to 2011, Lisa Edelstein played Dr. Lisa Cuddy, the Dean of Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital and frequent character foil and ex-girlfriend to title character Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) on Fox's TV series House, M.D. In May 2011, Lisa Edelstein announced that Lisa Edelstein would not return for the eighth season of House.[10]

Lisa Edelstein starred in the Lifetime network movie Special Delivery with Brenda Song.[11] In June 2011, it was revealed that Lisa Edelstein would join the cast of The Good Wife for a "juicy" multi-episode arc. Lisa Edelstein plays Celeste Serano, an attorney and one of Will Gardner's (Josh Charles) old flames.[12]

Other appearances

Lisa Edelstein appeared on the September 2010 cover of H magazine, .[13] Lisa Edelstein posed naked for PETA in an ad promoting vegetarianism, a diet Lisa Edelstein has followed for most of her life.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Doors Makeup artist  
1997 As Good as It Gets Woman at table  
1998 Indiscreet Beth Sussman  
1998 Susan's Plan Penny Myers  
1998 L.A. Without a Map Sandra  
1999 30 Days Danielle  
2000 Keeping the Faith Ali Decker  
2000 What Women Want Dina  
2001 Black River Laura  
2002 Obsessed Charlotte  
2003 Daddy Day Care Crispin's mother  
2005 Fathers and Sons Irene  
2005 Say Uncle Sarah Faber  
2008 Special Delivery Maxine Carter  
2012 Blue-Eyed Butcher Kelly Siegler  


Year Title Role Notes
1992 L.A. Law   Episode: "My Friend Flicker"
1992 Mad About You Lynne Stoddard Episode: "Out of the Past"
1993 Good Advice Robin Episode: "The Kiss"
1993 Seinfeld Karen 2 episodes
1993 Wings Marsha Peebles Episode: "Labor Pains"
1994 The Larry Sanders Show Diane French Episode: "The Mr. Sharon Stone Show"
1994 Wild Oats   Episode #1.1
1995 to 1997 Almost Perfect Patty Karp 9 episodes
1995 Partners Cindy Wolfe Episode: "Who's Afraid of Ron and Cindy Wolfe?"
1996 to 1997 Relativity Rhonda Roth 17 episodes
1995 Superman: The Animated Series Mercy Graves 8 episodes
1996 Ned & Stacey Janine Episode: "Friends and Lovers"
1997 ER Aggi Orton Episode: "Ambush"
1998 Just Shoot Me! Erin Simons Episode: "Sewer!"
1998 Frasier Caitlin Episode: "Frasier Gotta Have It"
1999 Sports Night Bobbi Bernstein 3 episodes
1999 to 2000 The West Wing Laurie "Brittany" Rollins 5 episodes
2000 Grosse Pointe Shawn Shapiro Episode: "Satisfaction"
2000 to 2001 Ally McBeal Cindy McCauliff 5 episodes
2001 to 2002 Felicity Lauren 6 episodes
2002 Leap of Faith Patty 6 episodes
2003 Without a Trace Dr. Lianna Sardo Episode: "Moving On"
2003 The Practice Diane Ward 2 episodes
2003 Justice League Mercy Graves (Voice) 2 episodes
2004 Judging Amy Sylvia Danforth Episode: "The Quick and the Dead"
2004 to 2011 House Lisa Cuddy 153 episodes
2005 Justice League Unlimited Mercy Graves (Voice) Episode: "Clash"
2007 King of the Hill Alexis (Voice) Episode: "The Powder Puff Boys"
2007 to 2011 American Dad! Sharri Rothberg (Voice) 6 episodes
2011 Childrens Hospital Herself/Lisa Cuddy 1 episode
2011 The Good Wife Celeste Serano 3 episodes


In 2011, Lisa Edelstein won the People's Choice Award for Best Drama Actress in a TV Series for her portrayal of Dr. Lisa Cuddy on House, M.D.[15]


  1. ^ Chase's Calendar of Events, 2011 Edition. McGraw-Hill Professional. 2010. p. 282. ISBN 0-07-174026-0.
  2. ^ Laufenberg, Norbert B. (2005). Entertainment Celebrities. Trafford Publishing. p. 203. ISBN 1-4120-5335-8.
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c Vaughan, Bonnia. "Small-Screen GemLisa Edelstein The actress talks about her role on Relativity", Entertainment Weekly, October 6, 2008. Retrieved March 31, 2011. "Thanks to Relativity and her role as lovelorn lesbian Rhonda the Wayne, N.J., native has another opportunity to set a strong example."
  5. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2007. "Lisa Edelstein: Class of 1984, Wayne Valley High School"
  6. ^ Lisa Edelstein Talks About Being a Cheerleader for Donald Trump (VIDEO) [1]
  7. ^ James St. James. Party Monster. Simon & Schuster, 2003.
  8. ^ "Theater". New York Magazine (New York Media, LLC) 22 (45): 150. November 13, 1989. ISSN 0028-7369.
  9. ^ "Lisa Edelstein Interview". Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  10. ^ "House Shocker: A 'Disappointed' Lisa Edelstein Calls It Quits". TV Line. May 17, 2022. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  11. ^ Kimberly Nordyke (January 15, 2022) House actress making "Delivery" for Lifetime Reuters. Accessed 2008-01-16.
  12. ^ "Lisa Edelstein moves from House to The Good Wife". June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  13. ^ Lisa Edelstein on the cover of the September 2010 H mag at H's official site; Retrieved September 17, 2021
  14. ^ Christina Everett, "'House' Star, 44, Poses Nude for PETA," NY Daily News, April 18, 2012.
  15. ^ "People's Choice Awards Nominees and Winners 2011". Retrieved January 9, 2022.

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