Lauren Graham's Biography:
Lauren Helen Graham is an Irish American born March 16, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is an American actress best known for her starring role as Lorelie Gilmore on the long-running television series Gilmore Girls.
Lauren is the daughter of Donna Grant, a fashion buyer, and Lawrence Graham (Lauren is named after him), a candy industry lobbyist who was the former President for the chocolate and confection industry association.
Her parents divorced when she was five, prompting Lauren and her father to move to the D.C. area, where he became a congressional staffer. Lauren traveled extensively with her father while growing up.
Lauren discovered acting while in elementary school and further honed her talent at Langley High School, where she took part in the drill team. Yet she excelled on the stage, and Lauren quickly took to acting in community theatre and other small productions.
Lauren graduated from Barnard College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After moving to Texas in 1992, she earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting Performance from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.
After completing her education, Lauren moved to New York City where she became a cocktail waitress and aspiring actress, including her first paid work doing publicity appearances wearing the costume of Striker, the dog mascot of the US-based 1994 FIFA World Cup.
In 1995, she relocated to Hollywood, California. She appeared in various commercials for products such as Dimetapp and Lean Cuisine and hosted free preview weekends on The Movie Channel.
In addition to her many guest starring and co-starring roles on prime-time television, Lauren starred in three failed sitcoms, including Townies (with Molly Ringwald and Jenna Elfman) and the short-lived sitcom Lush Life (with Lori Petty and Karyn Parsons).
Between 1996 and 1997 Lauren became a regular guest star on several hit NBC shows. She played a graduate student who caught the eye of Dick on Third Rock from the Sun, Richard's dim-witted girlfriend on Caroline in the City, and Jerry's speed-dial ranking girlfriend on Seinfeld.
She played a Hollywood producer in a three-part episode of Law & Order, where she acted opposite Scott Cohen, who would later play one of Graham's love interests, Max Medina, on Gilmore Girls.
Her most notable guest performance was as a highly-inept efficiency expert on Newsradio. The show's producers hoped to add her to the cast, but test audiences responded poorly to the new character.
In 2000, Graham landed her breakthrough role as the comedic character Lorelie Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, the program that would finally launch her to stardom.
For her work she received a nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) at the 2001 Golden Globe Awards.
Beginning with Season 7 episode "To Whom It May Concern" and continuing through out the rest of the season, Lauren served as a producer on Gilmore Girls.
TV Guide reported that she received the position in an attempt to persuade her to sign for an eighth season although due to the transition from The WB to CW, the show was not renewed for an 8th Season
Lauren returned to her guest-starring roots when she portrayed herself in two episodes of NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
The actress has also appeared on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, co-hosted by Dave Foley of "News Radio." After winning her preliminary match, she came in second to another former Newsradio star, Maura Tierney, in the championship game.
On June 26, 2002, Graham was the last guest interviewed by Rosie O'Donnell on her daytime talk show.
Lauren Graham is also one of the most frequent guests on "The Ellen Degeneres Show", having appeared a total of eight times to date. During her visits to Ellen's show, the topic of Lauren's marital status (single) often is discussed.
Ellen has attempted to set Lauren up on dates. The two women have also discussed Lauren's on-off relationship with Matthew Perry, which as of May 2008 was again in the on position.
Matthew Perry and Lauren dated briefly in 2002. Although they ended their romantic connection, Lauren has told Ellen on her talk show that the two are friends.
Their romance was said to have been rekindled and made public at Ellen DeGeneres' 50th birthday party in Hollywood when the two were acting more like a romantic pair rather than just good friends.
Lauren's motion picture roles encompass several NYU student films and multiple major studio releases, including Bad Santa, The Pacifier, Sweet November, and Because I Said So.
Lauren co-starred in the 2007 movie "Evan Almighty", playing the role of Evan's long suffering wife, Joan Baxter.
Lauren has said that she enjoys playing in short films, and acting in the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
She has performed in numerous short films, including the 15-minute long Gnome, once viewable on YouTube, but removed for an undisclosed violation of their policy. The film has since been made available through the iTunes Store.
In 2007 Lauren Graham signed a seven-figure development deal with NBC in one of the year's richest TV talent pacts.
Currently Lauren is the voiceover announcer in national advertising for Kellogg's various Special K products, and in American Express ads introducing the Plum Card, which is targeted towards small and growing businesses.
As of 2010 Lauren Graham is co-starring in the new NBC series "Parenthood" as a divorced mom with two children. Her role is very different from that of Lorelei Gilmore but sparks of the original Lorelei spark through from time to time if you look for them.