Maya Rudolph was born in Gainesville, Florida, on July 27th, 1972, to Dick Rudolph, a music producer, and soul singer Minnie Riperton. In 1973, Maya, her parents, and her older brother, Marc Rudolph, moved to California to further Minnie's music career. Here Minnie recorded "Lovin' You", her most famous single, in which one can hear her sing "Maya, Maya, Maya" at the end of the song; Riperton claimed that this song was used as a lullaby for Maya.
During adolescence, Maya attended St. Augustine by the Sea School, where she met childhood friend, Gwyneth Paltrow. The Paltrows and the Rudolphs became family friends and, in 2000, Dick Rudolph and Maya filled the role of music supervisors on the Bruce Paltrow-directed film Duets (2000), which starred Gwyneth.
In 1990, Maya enrolled at the University of California at Santa Cruz, majoring in photography. It was here that Maya formed the band "Supersauce" with fellow students. After graduation in 1994, Maya left the band and soon joined The Rentals, fronted by Weezer bassist Matt Sharp. Maya was featured on the 1999 release "Seven More Minutes", where she sang backup vocals on "Barcelona" and "My Head is in the Sun". Maya began touring with the group, singing backup and playing Moog synthesizer. When The Rentals disbanded, Maya decided to pursue her dream of a career in comedy, joining the famed troupe "The Groundlings".
On May 6, 2000, Maya joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" (1975). and has since become one of that show's most popular performers. Favorite sketches include a dead-on impression of fashion diva Donatella Versace; high school flake "Megan", the host of her own morning talk show, "Wake-up WakeField"; and one of the members of the R&B parody "Gemini's Twin".
In 2005, Maya gave birth to her first child with director Paul Thomas Anderson; in 2006, she was cast in the film, A Prairie Home Companion (2006), directed by the legendary Robert Altman and based on the NPR show by Garrison Keillor.
Is the daughter of the late singer Minnie Riperton, best known for her 1975 #1 pop hit "Lovin' You.".
Keyboardist and a singer for the Weezer spin-off band The Rentals. She toured with the group in 1996 and sang on its latest album.
Childhood friends with Gwyneth Paltrow.
Older brother Marc Rudolph is a music engineer.
Attended St. Augustine by the Sea School with Gwyneth Paltrow.
Is a vegetarian.
Appeared with Donatella Versace at the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion awards.
Formed and sang in the jazz-funk band "Supersauce" while attending the University of California at Santa Cruz. She left the band when she graduated and later joined The Rentals, singing backup vocals on the album "Seven More Minutes". She can be heard on "Barcelona" and "My Head is in the Sun". Rudolph left The Rentals to join "The Groundlings" to pursue a career in comedy, which eventually led her to "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
Voted #20 on Entertainment Weekly's list of Funniest People in America in April 2004
Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her daughter Lucille in order to resume filming "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
Was 5 months pregnant with her daughter Lucille when she completed filming on Grown Ups (2010).
Was 7 months pregnant with her son Jack when she took maternity leave from filming "Up All Night" (2011).
Her mother, Minnie Riperton, died when Maya was only 6 years old.
Her paternal grandfather, Sidney J. Rudolph, owned all of the Wendy's and Rudy's restaurants in Dade County, Florida, where he was known for his philanthropic donations.
Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her son Jack to resume filming "Up All Night" (2011).
Has been in a relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson and they have 3 children together.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a daughter Pearl Minnie Anderson on October 15, 2005. Child's father is her boyfriend, Paul Thomas Anderson.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 37, a daughter Lucille Anderson on November 6, 2009. Child's father is her boyfriend, Paul Thomas Anderson.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 38, a son Jack Anderson on July 3, 2011. Child's father is her boyfriend, Paul Thomas Anderson.
Expecting her 4th child with her boyfriend Paul Thomas Anderson. [February 16, 2013]
[on having 3 kids and a career] I thought, 'Just make it work. I had people that I trust telling me that we'll make it work. And here we are, trying to make it work. I think it's all doable.
If there's ice cream present, ordering is a no brainer. I think all of us need to have ice cream whenever possible. My go-to is mint chip.
Donatella Versace gave me pointers - a lot of them. She said she would never wear fake diamonds. I let the costume department know.
I've met people who are baffled by children, as though they were never children themselves. I think that people who don't like kids are awful people.
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