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Busy Philipps

Busy was born Elizabeth Jean Phillips in Illinois, US. She became interested in acting when she was in fourth grade and was always starring in school productions. In the summer, she would attend theater camp. She is more commonly known as a television actress, getting her first break on Freaks and Geeks (1999). She joined Dawson's Creek (1998) and ... See full bio »

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 2016-2017 Vice Principals (TV Series) (pre-production)
Gale Liptrapp
- Episode #2.3 (2017) ... Gale Liptrapp
- Episode #2.2 (2017) ... Gale Liptrapp
- Episode #2.1 (2017) ... Gale Liptrapp
- Episode #1.9 (2016) ... Gale Liptrapp
- Episode #1.8 (2016) ... Gale Liptrapp
 2015/VI The Gift
 2015 Thrilling Adventure Hour Live
Red Plains Rider
 2014 Garfunkel and Oates (TV Series)
- Eggs (2014) ... Karen
- Hair Swap (2014) ... Karen
 2014 Jason Nash Is Married
 2013 Made in Cleveland
 2013 Arrested Development (TV Series)
- Borderline Personalities (2013) ... Joan
 2013 A Case of You
 2010-2013 Jason Nash Is Married (TV Series short)
- Episode #2.1 (2013) ... Sarah
- Nana Is Sick (2010) ... Sarah
- Beth the Designer (2010) ... Sarah
- I'm Sick (2010) ... Sarah
- Pot for Cancer (2010) ... Sarah
 2012/IV Revolution (Short)
 2012 Blue Briefs
Emily (segment: "Revolution")
 2011 Happy Endings (TV Series)
- The Code War (2011) ... Girl (uncredited)
 2011 I Don't Know How She Does It
Wendy Best
 2011 Fish Hooks (TV Series)
- We've Got Fish Spirit (2011) ... Clamanda (voice)
 2010 Funny or Die Presents... (TV Series)
Cute Girl
- Episode #1.1 (2010) ... Cute Girl
 2009 Kath & Kim (TV Series)
- Competition (2009) ... Whitney
 2008 House Poor (TV Series)
 2007 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
- Third Wheel (2007) ... Rachel
 2007 Derek and Simon: The Show (TV Series short)
- In Character (2007) ... Julia
 2007 Entourage (TV Series)
- Dog Day Afternoon (2007) ... Cheryl
 2005-2006 Love, Inc. (TV Series)
Denise Johnson
- Friends (2006) ... Denise Johnson
- Dream On (2006) ... Denise Johnson
- Full House (2006) ... Denise Johnson
- Fired Up (2006) ... Denise Johnson
- Cursed (2006) ... Denise Johnson
 2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (TV Series)
- Girl Trouble (2005) ... Korlianne (voice)
 2005 Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (Video)
Additional Voices (voice)
 2005 American Dad! (TV Series)
- Threat Levels (2005) ... Dana (voice)
 2005 Testing Bob (TV Movie)
Madison 'Maddie' West
 2004 Mummy an' the Armadillo
Carol Ann
 2004 Foster Hall (TV Movie)
Peg Hall
 2003 Criminology 101 (TV Movie)
 2002 Home Room
Alicia Browning
 2002 Undeclared (TV Series)
- The Day After (2002) ... Kelly
- Truth or Dare (2002) ... Kelly
 2001 Dead Last (TV Series)
Tracy Sallback
- Death Is in the Air (2001) ... Tracy Sallback
 2001 Spring Break Lawyer (TV Movie)
 2001 Anatomy of a Hate Crime (TV Movie)
Chasity Pasley
 2000 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series)
- High School Play (2000) ... Meghan (as Busy Phillips)
 2000 The Smokers
Karen Carter
 1999 Saving Graces (TV Series)
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[on the death of James Gandolfini] So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. He was such an amazing actor and by all accounts a wonderful person.


Godmother of Matilda Ledger, the daughter of her Dawson's Creek (1998)co-star Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger. See more »

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