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Elizabeth Regen

Elizabeth Regen co-stars in NBC's new comedy Whoopi as Rita, the extroverted and culturally confused girlfriend of hotelier Mavis Rae's (series star Whoopi Goldberg) conservative brother Courtney -- where she steals laughs as the target of wrath from Goldberg's resentful title character. Nonetheless, Rita is second nature to me -- she is really part of my soul, says Regan, good-naturedly. Born and raised in Tribeca, Regen participated in and observed New York City life while riding the subways, ushering at Broadway theaters and attending public school. Regen would later rely on these culturally enhancing experiences as background to prepare for her current role in Whoopi

At a very young age, Regen had little doubt that she wanted to act as she recalls dressing up in her mother's clothes and using her imagination to flesh out a new character. She attended New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in the dramatic writing program where she earned both her bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees. She also received the John Golden Playwrights' Prize for the full-length play that she wrote, The Big i.

Regen's movie acting credits include The Professional (with Natalie Portman) as well as independent films, Black and White, Snapped and Love the Hard Way(with Adrien Brody). Among Regen's guest-starring TV credits are NBC's Law & Order, Big Apple, Sex and the City and comedy sketches on Late Night with David Letterman.

In addition, Regen recently wrapped production in the film Parting Words, where she played the lead, Laura.

Regen resides in Manhattan with her 2-year-old daughter and longtime boyfriend.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

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