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Kaitlin Olson

Kaitlin Olson

Kaitlin Olson is one reason women are fast becoming a force in the comedy world. Well known for her unique blend of character and comedic acting, she has left her mark on some of television's hottest shows.

This fall, Olson returns to FX for Season 5 of the critically acclaimed series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The press has picked up on her performance as Sweet Dee, declaring her the next queen of comedy.

Olson is currently shooting the romantic comedy Leap Year. She stars as Libby, best friend to Amy Adams' character, Anna.

Olson also stars in the independent film Weather Girl, winner of the Best Film Award at this year's Vail Film Festival. The comedy will go on to screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival this summer. She plays a morning show co-host opposite Mark Harmon. The ensemble cast also includes Jane Lynch, Jon Cryer and Blair Underwood.

Olson has been praised for crafting unique and memorable characters for several shows. On Curb Your Enthusiasm, she plays Larry's sister-in-law Becky. On FX's The Riches, she played the one-armed neighbor Hartley Underwood. And on The Drew Carey Show, she was Mimi's nemesis Traylor for two seasons. Other television credits include Miss Match, The George Lopez Show and Out of Practice.

Also known for her improv talent, Olson began her career with a highly coveted spot in The Groundlings Sunday Company, a training ground for such comics as Will Ferrell and Phil Hartman. The showcase led to her casting in several improv/hidden camera shows, including Punk'd, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment and Meet the Marks. She was also a series regular on FOX's Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show.

Olson was born and raised in Tigard, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Theatre Arts. She lives in Los Angeles with husband, Rob McElhenney, and their dog, Oscar.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Kaitlin Olson Facts

OccupationActress, Comedian
BirthdayAugust 18, 1975 (42)
SignLeo
BirthplacePortland, Oregon, USA
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Kaitlin Olson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Finding Dory
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: The Complete Season 11
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 7
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 6
The Gang Gets Racist
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Complete Seasons 1-5 + A Very Sunny Christmas Special
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Season 3
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2
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