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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 May 1980Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Birth NameElizabeth Claire Kemper
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ellie Kemper was born on May 2, 1980 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Elizabeth Claire Kemper. She is an actress, known for 21 Jump Street (2012), The Office (2005) and Bridesmaids (2011). She has been married to Michael Koman since July 7, 2012.

Spouse (1)

Michael Koman (7 July 2012 - present)

Trivia (14)

Went to John Burroughs School in St. Louis where former alumnus Jon Hamm was her drama teacher.
She auditioned for Saturday Night Live (1975).
She's an alumna of The P.I.T in New York City and performed there with many improvisers including Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Chris Caniglia and Joe Lipari.
She is the granddaughter of Mildred Lane Kemper, the namesake of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri), for which the family donated $5 million.
Her father David Woods Kemper was chairman & CEO of Commerce Bancshares, a bank holding company founded by the Kemper family. (Her paternal great-great-grandfather was banker William Thornton Kemper, Sr.).
Older sister of television writer Carrie Kemper.
Is of Italian (from her maternal grandfather), German, English, and Scottish descent.
Attended Princeton University, graduating in 2002 with a degree in English. She subsequently studied English for a year at Oxford University.
While attending Princeton, she was a member of Quipfire!, a renowned improvisational comedy group, and also the Princeton Triangle Club, a touring musical comedy theater troupe.
Played field hockey at Princeton in the 1999 season, though she claims she sat on the bench "roughly 97%" of the time. Her field hockey team went to the national championship in her freshman year, but she quit the team in later years to focus on theater.
A contributing writer for the satirical newspaper "The Onion", she also has been published in "McSweeney's", the literary journal founded by Dave Eggers.
Auditioned for a role in Parks and Recreation (2009), a comedy series launched by the creators of The Office (2005). She did not receive the part, but received a call back to audition for a supporting role in "The Office" as Erin Hannon, a receptionist/secretary who replaced the character of Pam Beesly Halpert when Pam left Dunder Mifflin to join the Michael Scott Paper Co. Kemper was cast in the role and started appearing in the show in April 2009. Although the character was originally intended for 4 episodes, the producers were impressed with Kemper and signed her as a regular in the sixth season.
Announced on 12/7/11 on Conan O'Brien's show that she was engaged to former Conan writer, Michael Koman.
Like Amy Poehler and other Saturday Night Live (1975) cast members Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon, she performed at Manhattan's Upright Citizens Brigade improvisational comedy group, usually for free.

Personal Quotes (18)

I think I get certain pleasure from writing what I'm performing.
I loved 'Freaks and Geeks.' I don't know a better show.
I guess it's easier to think badly and then be pleasantly surprised.
I can't do impressions.
Los Angeles survives on that which is unpredictable. The unexpected courses through its very veins.
In Los Angeles, people dress with the deep and earnest hope that people will do nothing but stare at them.
Improv is mostly what I've studied.
If you're going to plan a wedding, then a certain amount of suffering is not a choice.
I wrote comedy sketches in college.
I want to be a morning-talk-show host. I love Kelly Ripa's job. She gets to live in New York and has this amazing job hosting a talk show.
I need to make sure that when I'm running out to the drugstore I'm not wearing a Biore strip or something. Not that I expect anyone to recognize me, but on the off chance they do, I just don't want to embarrass myself.
Growing up, I had one very specific idea of what a wedding should be, and that was the wedding of Fraulein Maria and Captain von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music.'
One nice thing that I have discovered about Los Angeles is the enthusiasm with which people dress.
New York is like the weirdest city in the United States, in a great way, and Los Angeles is probably more similar to most of America.
Most New Yorkers want to look amazing, and they want you to understand that they look amazing, but they also want you to stop staring at them.
My painting teacher in high school used to say, 'I can't paint like I want to, but through practice I'll get better.' But I don't think that's true. I think sometimes you just can't paint.
It's interesting because with a lot of people who I've met in comedy, it seems not to matter what your background is. In terms of formal schooling - I feel like that's a nineteenth century term - but in terms of where you went to high school or college, or wherever, all that really is irrelevant, I have found, in comedy.
I've never had prejudice against me because of being a woman in comedy, I've never felt any sort of unfairness because of that - but I do think it is naive to think that it doesn't exist.

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