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Name: Lisa Edelstein.                                                                   
Born: 21 May 1966 Boston, Massachusetts, USA                                           
Lisa Edelstein (born May 21, 1966) is an award-winning American actress and             
playwright. She currently stars as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on critically-acclaimed FOX           
drama, House.                                                                           
Lisa Edelstein was born to Jewish parents Alvin and Bonnie Edelstein in Boston,         
Massachusetts, USA. Her father is currently a pediatrician in New Jersey. One of       
three children, she was raised in Wayne, New Jersey and attended Wayne Valley           
High School, graduating in 1984. She moved to New York City at the age of 18           
to study theatre at New York University's Tisch School of the Fine Arts. While         
living in New York, she became involved in the club scene known 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 Newsweek magazine during her club kid days,       
Edelstein used her newfound celebrity to write, compose and star in an                 
original musical called Positive Me, in response to the growing AIDS crisis of         
the 1980s. After a brief stint hosting Awake on the Wild Side for MTV in 1990,         
she spent the early '90s appearing in guest roles on several popular comedies,         
including Mad About You, Wings, The Larry Sanders Show and Seinfeld, where she         
played George Costanza's frustrated girlfriend.                                         
Bigger roles in TV dramas soon followed, among them the lesbian sister on ABC's         
Relativity in 1996, Sam Seaborn's date turned high-priced call-girl on The West         
Wing in 1999, a male-to-female transsexual on Ally McBeal in 2000 and Ben's             
girlfriend on Felicity in 2001. She also continued to land guest star spots on         
shows such 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) and         
the 1997 video game adaptation of Blade Runner. Edelstein's film credits include       
What Women Want with Mel Gibson, Keeping the Faith with Ben Stiller, As Good as         
it Gets with Jack Nicholson, and Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy.                     
In 2004, she was cast as Dr. Lisa Cuddy, the Dean of Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro   
Teaching Hospital and frequent character foil to titular character Gregory House       
(Hugh Laurie) on FOX's hit show House, M.D..                                           
On January 14, 2008,Reuters reported that she will star in Lifetime Movie               
Network's Special Delivery alongside Brenda Song.