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Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Highest Rated: 87% Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Lowest Rated: 6% Strangeland (1998)

Birthday: Jun 25, 1975

Birthplace: Redwood City, California, USA

After gaining fame as "mathlete" turned rebel on the critical and cult favorite television series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000), actress Linda Cardellini moved successfully into more mature and dramatic roles, playing soulful and independent women on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015) and "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007-2015) and in features like "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) and "Green Book" (2018). Born Linda Edna Cardellini on June 25, 1975 in Redwood City, California, she was the youngest of four children by businessman Wayne Cardellini and his wife, Lorraine. She gained her first exposure to performing at the age of 10 when she was given a singing role in a school play, and was soon a regular in school and community theater productions. After graduating from St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California in 1993, Cardellini moved to Los Angeles, where she landed her first television role as a series regular on ABC's "Bone Chillers" (1996), a children's series about supernatural goings-on at a high school. Guest roles on primetime series like "Third Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001) and occasional appearances in features like "Good Burger" (1997) led to recurring turns on "Guys Like Us" (UPN, 1998-1999) and "Boy Meets World" (ABC, 1993-2000) as a ski instructor who came between Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel's Topanga. But her true breakout came as Lindsay Weir, a suburban teenager whose soul-searching brings her in contact with a group of school outcasts in Judd Apatow's Emmy-winning "Freaks and Geeks." Though a consistent underdog in the ratings, the critical acclaim afforded to "Freaks" propelled its talented young cast, which included Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel, to greater fame; for Cardellini, that translated into a successful run as a character player in features, including back-to-back appearances as brainy Velma Dinkley in a live-action take on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon "Scooby-Doo" (2002) and "Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed" (2004). She also joined fellow former teen favorites Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway in Ang Lee's Oscar-winning "Brokeback Mountain," for which she played a waitress who indulges in a brief fling with Ledger. Between these efforts, Cardellini also began a six-year run on "ER" as no-nonsense nurse and single mother Samantha Taggart, whose story arcs included a romance with doctors Goran Visnjic and John Stamos, a kidnapping (and her murder of the kidnapper) and the death of her estranged mother. When "ER" ran its course in 2009, Cardellini worked steadily in independent features, including a critically praised turn as a veteran in "Return" (2011), but could be heard more frequently than seen thanks to a string of voice-over roles for animated projects like Mike Judge's "The Goode Family" (ABC, 2009), "Gravity Falls" (Disney Television, 2012-2016), Cartoon Network's "Regular Show" (2010-17) and "Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated" (Cartoon Network, 2010-13). But after several years of peripheral work, viewers earned a potent reminder of Cardellini's acting talent on "Mad Men," for which she played a lovelorn Catholic housewife who enters into a torrid relationship with Don Draper (Jon Hamm). For her performance, Cardellini received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series; the critical acclaim also led to more high-profile acting projects, including series regular work as an attorney caught up in family skullduggery on "Bloodlines" (Netflix, 2015-17) and a supporting turn as Laura Barton the wife of arrow-toting superhero Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Cardellini also showed her comic chops as Will Ferrell's wife in "Daddy's Home" (2015) and its 2017 sequel, and held her own opposite Michael Keaton in "The Founder" (2016) and Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in the Oscar-winning "Green Book." The following year proved to be one of Cardellini's busiest to date, with a starring role in the James Wan-produced supernatural thriller "The Curse of La Llorona" (2019), a reprise of Laura Barton in "Avengers: Endgame" (2019) and a starring role opposite Christina Applegate in the Netflix dark comedy "Dead to Me" (2019).


Highest Rated Movies



41% 25% Capone Mae Capone (Character) - 2020
28% 37% The Curse of La Llorona Anna Tate-Garcia (Character) $54.7M 2019
77% 91% Green Book Dolores (Character) $85.1M 2018
36% 69% Hunter Killer Jayne Norquist (Character) $15.7M 2018
84% 73% A Simple Favor Diana Hyland (Character) $53.5M 2018
21% 73% Austin Found Leanne (Character) - 2017
21% 50% Daddy's Home 2 Sara (Character) $104M 2017
80% 82% The Founder Joan Smith (Character) $12.8M 2016
31% 49% Daddy's Home Sarah (Character) $150.3M 2015
74% 46% Welcome to Me Gina Selway (Character) $625.7K 2014
62% 67% Kill the Irishman Joan Madigan (Character) $1.2M 2011
83% 42% Return Kelli (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 62% All-Star Superman Nasthalthia Luthor (Voice) - 2011
60% 45% The Lazarus Project Julie Ingram (Character) - 2008
16% 85% Grandma's Boy Samantha (Character) $6.1M 2006
87% 82% Brokeback Mountain Cassie (Character) $83M 2005
39% 43% American Gun Mary-Anne (Character) $24K 2005
22% 32% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Natalie Coolidge (Character) $25.7K 2004
22% 39% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Thelma (Character) $84.2M 2004
No Score Yet 51% Lollilove Linda (Character) - 2004
30% 38% Scooby-Doo Velma Dinkley (Character) $153.3M 2002
70% 72% Legally Blonde Chutney (Character) $96.5M 2001
No Score Yet 72% The Unsaid Shelly Hunter (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 36% The Prince and the Surfer Melissa (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dying to Live Leslie Dugger (Character) - 1999
6% 63% Strangeland Genevieve Gage (Character) $631.2K 1998
15% 55% Dead Man on Campus Kelly (Character) $15.1M 1998
32% 63% Good Burger Cardellini (Character) $23.7M 1997


69% 55% Muppets Now Unknown (Guest Star),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2019-2020
90% 90% Dead to Me Judy (Character) 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Unknown (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018-2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019
No Score Yet 51% Busy Tonight Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2016-2017
62% 76% Bloodline Meg Rayburn (Character) 2015-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanjay and Craig Megan Sparkles (Voice) 2013-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2016
100% 98% Gravity Falls Wendy (Voice) 2012-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet q Guest 2015
94% 96% Mad Men Sylvia Rosen (Guest Star) 2015 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2015
95% 84% New Girl Abby Day (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gravity Falls: Mabel's Guide to Life Wendy (Voice) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2013
No Score Yet 100% Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Marcy "Hot Dog Water" Fleach/Dark Lilith (Guest Voice) 2011-2013
No Score Yet 90% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2012 2008 2005
92% 80% Person of Interest Dr. Megan Tillman (Guest Star) 2011
36% No Score Yet The Goode Family Unknown (Voice) 2009
No Score Yet 80% ER Nurse Samantha Taggart (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comanche Moon Unknown (Character) 2008
69% No Score Yet The Twilight Zone Unknown (Character) 2002-2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lot Unknown (Character) 2001 1999
100% 96% Freaks and Geeks Lindsay Weir (Character) 1999-2000
No Score Yet 85% Boy Meets World Lauren (Guest Star) 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guys Like Us Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clueless Unknown (Guest Star) 1997


Elle Woods says: [Elle is cross-examining Chutney Windham] Ms. Windham, what had you done earlier that day?

Chutney says: I got up. Got a latte. Went to the gym. Got a perm and came home.

Elle Woods says: Where you got in the shower?

Marina R. Bickford says: I believe the witness has made it clear that she was in the shower. [Courtroom audience laughs]

Elle Woods says: Yes, your Honor.

Elle Woods says: [a sudden brainstorm comes over Elle] Ms. Windham, had you ever gotten a perm before?

Chutney says: Yes.

Chutney says: Two a year since I was 12. You do the math.

Elle Woods says: You know, a girl in my sorority, Tracy Marcinco got a perm once. We all tried to talk her out of it. Curls weren't a good look for her. She didn't have your bone structure, but thankfully that same day she entered the Pheta Delta Phi wet t-shirt contest where she was completely hosed to down from head to toe...

DA Joyce Rafferty says: Objection, why is this relevant?

Elle Woods says: I have a point, I promise.

Marina R. Bickford says: Then make it.

Elle Woods says: Chutney, why is it Tracy Marcinco's curls were ruined when she got hosed down?

Chutney says: Because they got wet.

Elle Woods says: Exactly. Because isn't the first cardinal rule of perm maintenance that you're forbidden to wet your hair for at least 24 hours after getting a perm at the risk of deactivating the immonium thygocolate?

Elle Woods says: And wouldn't somebody who had, say, 30 perms before in their life be well aware of this rule, and if in fact you weren't washing your hair as I suspect you weren't because your curls are still intact, wouldn't you have heard the gunshot, and if in fact you had heard the gunshot Brooke Windham wouldn't have had time to hide the gun before you got downstairs. Which means you would have had to found Brooke Windham with a gun in her hand to make your story plausible, isn't that right?

Chutney says: She's my age! Did she tell you that? How would you feel if your father married someone who was your age?

Elle Woods says: You, however, Chutney had time to hide the gun after you shot your father.

Chutney says: [Chutney is in tears] I didn't mean to shoot him! [points at Brooke] I thought it was YOU walking through the door! [Courtroom audience gasps]

Elle Woods says: Oh my God.

Marina R. Bickford says: Oh my God.

Brooke Taylor Windham says: Oh my God.

Marina R. Bickford says: Balliff, take the witness into custody, where she will be charged for the murder of Joseph Windham. Case dismissed. Mrs. Windham, you're free to go.

Brooke Taylor Windham says: Thank you, your honor.

Velma Dinkley says: We discovered the mastermind is Scrappy, who sadly was taken by evil.

Scrappy Rex says: (being taken to back of police truck) "so I got a little cranky!"

Scrappy Rex says: [being taken to back of police truck] So I got a little cranky!

Shaggy says: Jeez, Scrappy, no need to freak out and try killing all of humanity

Shaggy says: Jeez, Scrappy, no need to freak out and try killing all of humanity.

Scrappy Rex says: (in truck) "I would of gotten away with it! If it won't for you misable son's of a- (door closes)

Scrappy Rex says: [in truck] I would of gotten away with it! If it won't for you misable son's of a... [door closes]

Fred Jones says: (in daphne's body) Hey! I can look at myself naked!

Fred Jones says: [in Daphne's body] Hey! I can look at myself naked!

Velma Dinkley says: Oh brother.

Velma Dinkley says: All you care about are swimsuit models.

Fred Jones says: Hey, I am a man of substance. Dorky chicks like you turn me on, too.