Yet she excelled on the stage, and Graham quickly took to acting in community theatre and other small productions. Graham graduated from Barnard College in 1990 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. Career After completing her education, Graham moved to New York City where she became a cocktail waitress and aspiring actress. In 1995, she relocated to Hollywood.
Beginning with Season 7 episode "To Whom It May Concern" and continuing through out the rest of the season, Graham 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. In 2007, Gilmore Girls was cancelled. In addition to her many guest starring and co-starring roles on prime-time television, Graham 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 Graham 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. In an episode of Law & Order, she acted with Scott Cohen, who would later play Graham's love interest 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 (her attempts to be Lisa's friend at any and all costs wore thin after a while). In 2000, Graham earned her breakthrough role as Lorelai 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. Graham returned to her guest-starring roots when she portrayed herself in two episodes of NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Graham 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.
Graham is also one of the most frequent guests on The Ellen Degeneres Show, having appeared a total of eight times to date. Graham'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. She appears in the movie Evan Almighty, playing the role of Evan's wife. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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