Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Her parents gave her the nickname Busy because as an infant she was always moving. The nickname stuck; it even appears on her credit cards, but not her drivers license (as she stated on an episode of Wendy Williams 12-7-10). She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attended Loyola Marymount University at the same time as Linda Cardellini and former boyfriend Colin Hanks.
Philipps worked the toy-fair circuit as a real-life Barbie before making her show-business debut. Her first major role was as the part of Kim Kelly in Freaks and Geeks, in which she appeared in 17 of 18 episodes (the exception being the episode titled "Chokin' & Tokin'"). She later made her film debut in comedy The Smokers in 2000, as well as various other cameos on television.
In 2001, Philipps was cast as Audrey Liddell in the teen drama Dawson's Creek. She was a series regular in seasons 5 and 6, appearing in 46 episodes, before the show finished in 2003. Her role of Audrey earned Philipps a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of "TV - Choice Sidekick". She was later ranked #58 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001. Philipps later appeared in two films, Home Room (2002) and White Chicks (2004). She was cast in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc., in a role originally intended for Shannen Doherty. The show lasted for one season (2005–2006) before being cancelled. In 2006, she had a major recurring role as Hope Bobeck on ER. During her second year on ER, her character headed to South America to "fulfill her Christian mission". Philipps had a co-credit for the storyline of the 2007 comedy film Blades of Glory. A year later, Philipps returned to being in front of the camera with her supporting role in Made of Honor.
While pregnant with her first child, Philipps filmed scenes for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Philipps also made a brief appearance in He's Just Not That Into You as the character of Kelli Ann. Currently, Philipps plays Laurie Keller in the television series Cougar Town. Philipps also routinely contributes to the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a live stage radio show. Her primary reoccurring character is the Red Plains Rider.
On a 2010 appearance of Chelsea Lately, Phillips commented that she auditioned for the hit television show Glee just one week after giving birth, following a pregnancy during which she gained 80 pounds.
Philipps married screenwriter Marc Silverstein in 2007. She gave birth to Birdie Leigh Silverstein, on August 13, 2008. Actress Lizzy Caplan is the godmother of Birdie.
Philipps is the godmother of Matilda Rose Ledger, daughter of actor Heath Ledger and actress Michelle Williams; actor Jake Gyllenhaal is the godfather.
|Marc Silverstein||(1 June 2007 - present) 1 child|
Auditioned for the role of Lindsay Weir on "Freaks and Geeks" (1999) before being cast as Kim Kelly.
Auditioned for the television show "Roswell" (1999).
Her parents gave her the nickname Busy, because as an infant she was always moving, the name stuck, and it even appears on her credit cards.
Raised in Scottsdale, Arizona
She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona where she was taught by high-school theatre teacher Deborah Carrick.
Worked the toy fair circuit as a real-life Barbie before making her show-business debut.
Filmed a pilot for a 2004 TV series for NBC called "Foster Home" with Macaulay Culkin, but the show was never picked up.
One of Busy's hobbies is designing, creating, and baking very intricate, theme based, custom designed cakes, such as a multiple level cake based on the movie Tangled (2010) (based on the fairy tale "Rapunzel"), which she made for her 3 1/2 year old daughter, Birdie. Busy brought pictures of the "Tangled cake" for her March 14, 2012 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003).
Daughter, Birdie Silverstein's godmother is Lizzy Caplan.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 29, a daughter Birdie Leigh Silverstein on August 13, 2008. Child's father is her husband, Marc Silverstein.
Expecting her 2nd child with her husband Marc Silverstein. [December 10, 2012]
(October 2002) she is now a cast regular in the TV drama "Dawson's Creek" (1998).
(January 2008) She is starring in the film Made of Honor (2008), due out in May 2008.
(January 2008) She plays "Hope Bobeck" on the TV drama "ER" (1994).
(September 2008) Plays the landlady, Kacy Corbin, on Fox's, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (2008).
(September 2009) Starring as _'Laurie Keller'_ in ABC's "Cougar Town" (2009).
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