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Jennifer Westfeldt
Jennifer Westfeldt
(born February 2, 1970)[1][2] is an American actress and screenwriter known for the 2001 independent film Kissing Jessica Stein, her 2004 Tony nomination for Wonderful Town, and her 2011 film Friends with Kids.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Acting career 3 Personal life 4 Awards and nominations 5 Further reading 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Westfeldt was born in Guilford, Connecticut, the daughter of Constance "Connie" (née Meyers), a therapist, and Patrick McLoskey Westfeldt, Jr., an electrical engineer.[3][4][5] Westfeldt's mother is Jewish.[6] She graduated from Guilford High School and attended Yale University, where she sang with the a cappella group Redhot & Blue.[2] Acting career[edit] Westfeldt started her career as a New York-based theater actor, and has starred in over 25 Off-Broadway and regional productions. She first came to Hollywood in 1997. That year, she co-wrote and starred in an Off-Broadway play with Heather Juergensen called Lipschtick: The Story of Two Women Seeking the Perfect Shade that caught the attention of Hollywood studios. It was optioned by Radar Pictures and made into Kissing Jessica Stein, in which Westfeldt and Juergensen starred. In 2001, Westfeldt starred as Jessica in Kissing Jessica Stein. The film was an extended version of one of the sketches Westfeldt and Juergensen had written for Lipschtick.[7] For her role, Westfeldt won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Comedy, an Indie Spirit nomination for Best First Screenplay with Juergensen, and a Special
Special
Jury Prize for Writing and Acting at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.[citation needed] The film also won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Audience Favorites Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Miami Film Festival, Best Feature at the Louisville Jewish Film Festival, and the GLAAD Media Award. In 2004, Westfeldt starred opposite Paul Schneider in the film How to Lose Your Lover. Westfeldt wrote, produced, and starred alongside Chris Messina
Chris Messina
in Ira & Abby, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2006, and was released by Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures
in September 2007. Westfeldt won Best Actress at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival for her performance as Abby, and the film won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Jury Prize for Best Feature at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, and the Audience Award at The Boston Jewish Film Festival. In 2011, she wrote, produced, starred and made her directorial debut in Friends with Kids. The cast included Westfeldt's boyfriend, Jon Hamm. The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, and was released by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions in March 2012. Westfeldt was cast in a series regular role for Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place alongside Ryan Reynolds, Traylor Howard and Richard Ruccolo during its first season on ABC in 1997. In 2001 she was featured in three episodes of Judging Amy. In 2007, she was cast as the lead of ABC's Notes from the Underbelly, directed and executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld. Notes ran for two seasons on ABC. Her recent television credits include memorable arcs on ABC's hit Grey's Anatomy, as well as starring in the TV movie Before You Say I Do (2009) opposite David Sutcliffe.[8] Additional television credits include appearances in The Gene Pool, Dante, Hack, Snoops, and The Untitled New York Project. In 2010, she was a guest star on Numb3rs
Numb3rs
and the show 24. She first appeared in the first four episodes of season eight and returned in the final episodes of the series. She provided the voice of Kit Luntayne in the Martha Speaks episodes "Cora! Cora! Cora!" and "Cora Encore!" Westfeldt has starred in over 25 Off-Broadway and regional productions.[citation needed] She made her 2004 Broadway debut in a revival of Wonderful Town. Her performance won her a Theatre World Award,[citation needed] a Drama League Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut[citation needed] and a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.[citation needed] Her stage work includes the world premiere of Joe Gilford's Finks at the Powerhouse Theater, opposite Josh Radnor
Josh Radnor
(2008); the world premiere of Cusi Cram's A Lifetime Burning Primary Stages (2009); Three Sisters at LA Theaterworks (2011) and the world premiere of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff at the Powerhouse Theater, opposite Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear
(2012). In 2014 she starred alongside Chloë Grace Moretz
Chloë Grace Moretz
in the Off-Broadway play The Library directed by Steven Soderbergh.[9][10][11] She played Pauline Brooks in the TV Lands TV series Younger in 2017. Personal life[edit] In 1997, Westfeldt began a relationship with actor Jon Hamm. They owned homes in Los Angeles and the Upper West Side
Upper West Side
in New York City. In an interview discussion about his relationship with Westfeldt, Hamm said: "We may not have a piece of paper that says we're husband and wife, but after 10 years, Jennifer is more than just a girlfriend. What we have is much deeper and we both know that. To me, people [should] get married when they're ready to have kids, which I'm not ruling out." In April 2009, Hamm and Westfeldt formed their own production company, Points West Pictures. Hamm and Westfeldt are advocates of animal rescue and have adopted a mixed breed dog named Cora from the Much Love Animal Shelter in California. In September 2015, Hamm and Westfeldt announced they were ending their relationship. Awards and nominations[edit]

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Awards and nominations: feature film and theatrical

Year Title Role Award/ Nomination

2002 Kissing Jessica Stein Jessica Stein Golden Satellite – Best Actress in a Comedy – 2003

Kissing Jessica Stein Acting and Writing Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
Special
Special
Jury Award – 2001

Kissing Jessica Stein Acting and Writing Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
– Audience Award, Best Feature – 2001

Kissing Jessica Stein Acting and Writing Chicago International Film Festival – Audience Award – 2001

Kissing Jessica Stein Acting and Writing Miami International Film Festival – Best Feature – 2001

Kissing Jessica Stein Acting and Writing GLAAD Media Award
GLAAD Media Award
– 2003

Kissing Jessica Stein Acting and Writing Deauville Film Festival – Grand Special
Special
Prize nomination

2003 Kissing Jessica Stein Acting and Writing Indie Spirit nomination, Best Screenplay

Wonderful Town Eileen Sherwood Theater World – Outstanding Broadway Debut – 2004

Wonderful Town Eileen Sherwood Drama League Award

2004 Wonderful Town Eileen Sherwood Tony Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

2007 Ira & Abby Abby HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen – Best Actress

Ira & Abby Acting and Writing HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen – Best Feature

Ira & Abby Abby Puerto Vallarta Film Festival – Best Actress

Ira & Abby Abby Boston Jewish Film Festival – Audience Award, Best Feature – 2006

Further reading[edit]

Jennifer Westfeldt
Jennifer Westfeldt
and Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
discuss baseball, Vulture, October 2012 Westfeldt interview about Friends with Kids, New York Times, March 2012 Jennifer Westfeldt
Jennifer Westfeldt
interview, GQ magazine, March 2012 Jennifer Westfeldt
Jennifer Westfeldt
discusses fashion, More magazine, February 2013

References[edit]

^ "Jennifer Westfeldt". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved September 7, 2015.  ^ a b "Jennifer Westfeldt: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 21, 2010.  ^ "meyers westfeldt". Google news. July 15, 1994. Retrieved April 25, 2013.  ^ "jennifer-westfeldt connie". Google news. March 7, 2002. Retrieved April 25, 2013.  ^ Rosen, Steven (September 13, 2007). "Film: Opposites attract—and seek therapy—in 'Ira & Abby'". Jewish Journal. Retrieved March 12, 2012. ...the 36-year-old Jewish-raised, Yale-educated actress...  ^ Bloom, Nate. "Interfaith Celebrities: The Long Line of Interfaith Indianas". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved January 13, 2013.  ^ "Kissing Jessica Stein". Variety. May 2, 2001. Retrieved October 21, 2010.  ^ "Jennifer Westfeldt- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 25, 2013.  ^ "The Library". The Public Theater. Retrieved 3 February 2017.  ^ Healy, Patrick (16 January 2014). "Soderbergh to Direct New Play at Public Theater". Arts Beat (blog). The New York Times.  ^ Rooney, David (16 January 2014). " Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
to Direct Off-Broadway Play Starring Chloe Grace Moretz". The Hollywood Reporter. 

External links[edit]

Jennifer Westfeldt
Jennifer Westfeldt
on IMDb Jennifer Westfeldt
Jennifer Westfeldt
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Jennifer Westfeldt
Jennifer Westfeldt
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Interview on AOL Television

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