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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, and English 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.

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