Lisa Edelstein (/ˈliːsə ˈɛdəlstiːn/; born May 21, 1966) is an American actress and playwright best known for playing Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the medical drama series House M.D..
Early life and education
Edelstein was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Bonnie and Alvin Edelstein. Her father is a pediatrician at Chilton Memorial Hospital (since retired). Her family is Jewish. The youngest of three children, she was raised in Wayne, New Jersey, and attended Wayne Valley High School, graduating in 1984.
At 16, Edelstein was a cheerleader for Donald Trump's New Jersey Generals. Edelstein soon encountered trouble when she organized a protest, because the team was forcing the cheerleaders to go and stand in bars while wearing their uniforms. Edelstein said she felt this was "akin to prostitution" and started a cheerleader strike.
She moved to New York City at the age of eighteen to study theatre at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While living in New York, she became involved in the club scene (known there only as "Lisa E.") and caused enough of a stir in the community to be dubbed New York City's "Queen of Downtown" by writer and fellow celebutante James St. James, who briefly refers to Edelstein in his 1999 book Disco Bloodbath.
After being dubbed a "celebutante" by The New York Times magazine during her club kid days Edelstein used her new-found celebrity to write, compose, and star in an original musical called Positive Me in response to the growing AIDS crisis of the 1980s. After hosting Awake on the Wild Side for MTV in 1990, she spent the early 1990s appearing in guest roles on several popular comedies, including Mad About You, Wings, and The Larry Sanders Show. On Sports Night, she played a sports reporter who claimed to be a former lover of Josh Charles's character whom he did not remember. On Seinfeld, she played George Costanza's frustrated girlfriend, the "Risotto Girl" (the only girlfriend of George's to appear in multiple episodes other than Susan Ross).
Bigger roles in TV dramas soon followed, among them the lesbian sister on ABC's Relativity (1996); a high-priced call girl turned Rob Lowe's date on The West Wing (1999); an assigned male at birth (AMAB) transgender woman on Ally McBeal (2000); and Ben Covington's (Scott Speedman) girlfriend on Felicity (2001). She also continued to land guest star spots on such shows as ER, Frasier, Just Shoot Me!, Without a Trace, and Judging Amy.
She has lent her voice to several animated programs including King of the Hill, American Dad!, Superman: The Animated Series (as Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's bodyguard, a role she later reprised in several episodes of Justice League), Legend of Korra (as Kya, Tenzin's sister) and the video game adaptation of Blade Runner (1997). Edelstein's film credits include small parts and cameos in What Women Want, Keeping the Faith, As Good as It Gets, and Daddy Day Care.
From 2004 to 2011, she played Dr. Lisa Cuddy, the Dean of Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital and frequent character foil and ex-girlfriend to title character Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) on Fox's TV series House. In May 2011, Edelstein announced that she would not return for the eighth and final season of House.
Edelstein starred in the Lifetime network movie Special Delivery with Brenda Song. In June 2011, it was revealed that she would join the cast of The Good Wife for a "juicy" multi-episode arc in the third season. She played Celeste Serano, an attorney and one of Will Gardner's (Josh Charles) old flames, in an echo of the relationship between their Sports Night characters.
Edelstein joined sixth season of the ABC series Castle for a multi-episode arc in 2013.
She is set to star in the lead role of the cable network Bravo new series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, based on the book series by Vicki Iovine in 2015.
Edelstein appeared on the September 2010 cover of H magazine. She posed naked for PETA in an ad promoting vegetarianism, a diet she has followed for most of her life.
|1991||The Doors||Makeup artist|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Woman at table|
|1998||Susan's Plan||Penny Myers|
|1998||Indiscreet||Beth Sussman||Television movie|
|1998||L.A. Without a Map||Sandra|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Ali Decker|
|2000||What Women Want||Dina|
|2001||Black River||Laura||Television movie|
|2003||A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster||Maeve Fox||Television movie|
|2003||Daddy Day Care||Crispin's mother|
|2005||Say Uncle||Sarah Faber|
|2005||Fathers and Sons||Irene||Television movie|
|2008||Special Delivery||Maxine Carter||Television movie|
|2011||Night of the Hurricane||Sharri Rothberg||Television movie|
|2012||Blue-Eyed Butcher||Kelly Siegler||Television movie|
|2013||She Loves Me Not||Amy|
|1992||L.A. Law||Francine Flicker||Episode: "My Friend Flicker"|
|1992||Mad About You||Lynne Stoddard||Episode: "Out of the Past"|
|1993||Good Advice||Robin||Episode: "The Kiss"|
|1993||Wings||Marsha Peebles||Episode: "Labor Pains"|
|1994||The Larry Sanders Show||Diane French||Episode: "The Mr. Sharon Stone Show"|
|1994||Wild Oats||Unknown||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1995–1997||Almost Perfect||Patty Karp||9 episodes|
|1995||Partners||Cindy Wolfe||Episode: "Who's Afraid of Ron and Cindy Wolfe?"|
|1995||Superman: The Animated Series||Mercy Graves||8 episodes|
|1996||Ned & Stacey||Janine||Episode: "Friends and Lovers"|
|1996–1997||Relativity||Rhonda Roth||17 episodes|
|1997||ER||Aggi Orton||Episode: "Ambush"|
|1998||Just Shoot Me!||Erin Simons||Episode: "Sewer!"|
|1998||Frasier||Caitlin||Episode: "Frasier Gotta Have It"|
|1999||Sports Night||Bobbi Bernstein||3 episodes|
|1999–2000||The West Wing||Laurie "Brittany" Rollins||5 episodes|
|2000||Grosse Pointe||Shawn Shapiro||Episode: "Satisfaction"|
|2000–2001||Ally McBeal||Cindy McCauliff||5 episodes|
|2002||Leap of Faith||Patty||6 episodes|
|2003||Without a Trace||Dr. Lianna Sardo||Episode: "Moving On"|
|2003||The Practice||Diane Ward||2 episodes|
|2003||Justice League||Mercy Graves||2 episodes|
|2004||Judging Amy||Sylvia Danforth||Episode: "The Quick and the Dead"|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Mercy Graves||Episode: "Clash"|
|2007||King of the Hill||Alexis||Episode: "The Powder Puff Boys"|
|2004–2011||House||Lisa Cuddy||153 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Drama Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2007–2011||American Dad!||Sharri Rothberg||6 episodes|
|2011||Childrens Hospital||Herself/Lisa Cuddy||Episode: "Run, Dr. Lola Spratt, Run!"|
|2011||The Good Wife||Celeste Serano||3 episodes|
|2011||Paul The Male Matchmaker||Jillian||Episode: "Know When You Are Not Ready"|
|2012||Elementary||Heather Van Owen||Episode: "The Long Fuse"|
|2013||House of Lies||Brynn||2 episodes|
|2013||Scandal||Mrs. Stanner||Episode: "Top of the Hour"|
|2013||The Legend of Korra||Kya||9 episodes|
|2013||Castle||Rachel Mccord||3 episodes|
|2015||Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce||Abby||Series lead|
- In 2005, she accepted the award for Television Series drama at the 10th Annual Satellite Awards for her portrayal of Dr. Lisa Cuddy on House, M.D.
- In 2011, she won the People's Choice Award for Best Drama Actress in a TV Series for her portrayal of Dr. Lisa Cuddy on House, M.D.
- at the Internet Movie Database
- at AllMovie