Jennifer Coolidge wins the first-ever Emmy and chooses to dance while being played

From “Best in Show” to best in class acting.

Jennifer Coolidge won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her role as Tanya McQuoid in “white lotusMonday – marking the most prestigious award the 61-year-old comedian has received in his nearly 20-year career.

Coolidge’s acceptance speech was as offbeat as many of his performances. She made jokes about taking a lavender bath which made her puffy – and seemed to swear a lot. But the moment that made her acceptance speech truly great was when the music started playing, signaling that it was time for her to wrap it up and walk off stage — and she chose to rebel instead.

“Wait, wait, one thing! Wait! Wait. OK,” she said before starting to dance to the exit music.

Coolidge — a graduate of famed Los Angeles improv troupe The Groundlings — began her professional career as Jerry Seinfeld’s massage therapist in a 1993 episode “Seinfeld.” From there, she landed roles in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” in 1999 and “A Night at the Roxbury” in 1998, the latter co-starring Groundlings alum Will Ferrel.

Coolidge’s breakout role came in 1999 when she played Stiffler’s mother in the ‘American Pie’ franchise — a part that launched the term ‘MILF’ into the air and which Coolidge recently joked about. helped her sleep with “like 200 people”.

But at the time, sleep probably wasn’t an option for Coolidge as his career quickly took off – landing beloved roles like Paulette in 2001’s ‘Legally Blonde’ and becoming a regular cast member in Christopher’s mockumentaries. Guest as 2003’s “Best in Show”. A Mighty Wind” and 2006’s “For Your Consideration”.

Yet her once-promising career began to falter in the 2010s when she began to regulate herself to mostly comedic guest roles as a token quirky character in bigger projects. At the time, she also seemed to be tired of Hollywood and expressed her resentment that actresses had to be thin to book interesting roles.

“I probably fucked up a lot of big roles,” Coolidge told the Miami New Times. in 2011. “I don’t take any of this very seriously. Like, I’d be on set with girls that weren’t eating, and I’d be like, ‘Oh, too bad you’re not eating.’ It never occurred to me to join them.

“I want the parts, but I don’t want to work so hard for them. Starving yourself seems like too much of a commitment,” she added.

Coolidge told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” in January that his mid-2010s career had entered a self-proclaimed “dead zone.”

That was until pop star Ariana Grande said she was a fan of Coolidge and made an impression of her on “The Tonight Show” in 2018 — and a friend of Coolidge’s encouraged her to reach out to Grande.

Coolidge did, and the move completely revived his career.

“And then the next thing you know, I was like going to her house to do a wardrobe fitting for ‘thanks, next,'” Coolidge told Fallon in January.

Then, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Coolidge’s friend Mike White offered him the role of Tanya McQuoid in “White Lotus” — a part he had written with Coolidge in mind.

Coolidge told Fallon in January that she initially didn’t want to take on the role due to insecurities about her body, joking that during the pandemic she was eating “maybe six pizzas a day.”

“I tried to find ways to get out of it,” she admitted.

White texted Coolidge asking if she was “scared” to play the part – and with a friend’s encouragement – she accepted the gig.

Coolidge’s Tanya — a needy and involved woman who travels to Hawaii to scatter her mother’s ashes — has quickly become a fan favorite on “White Lotus.”

The role earned him a 2022 Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series in March and an Emmy on Monday.

Hoping all longtime Coolidge fans do the fold and click in his honour.


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