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Kristen BellKristen Anne Bell, born July 18th, 1980 in Huntington Woods, Michigan - a suburb of Detroit. She is an American actress who started her acting career by performing in stage productions while attending the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

In 2001, she made her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and starred in the Broadway revival of The Crucible in 2002. In 2004, she appeared in the action thriller film Spartan and received critical praise for her performance in the television drama film Gracie's Choice.

Bell received critical acclaim for her first major role as the title character in the teenage drama television series Veronica Mars from 2004 to 2007. For her performance, she was awarded a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.

She reprised the role in the 2014 film continuation and the 2019 revival series. During her time on Veronica Mars, Bell starred as Mary Lane in the musical film Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical in 2005 - a reprise of the role she had played in the New York musical upon which the film was based.

From 2007 to 2008, Bell starred as Elle Bishop in the science fiction drama series Heroes. From 2007 to 2012, she voiced the titular narrator in the teen drama series Gossip Girl.

In 2008, she had her breakout film role as the title character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Since then she has appeared in a number of comedy films, including Couples Retreat in 2009, When in Rome in 2010, You Again in 2010, The Boss in 2016, Bad Moms in 2016, and A Bad Moms Christmas in 2017.

Kristen BellBell got further recognition for voicing Princess Anna in the Disney animated fantasy films Frozen in 2013 and Ralph Breaks the Internet in 2018, the short films Frozen Fever in 2015 and Olaf's Frozen Adventure in 2017, and the new film Frozen 2 in 2019.

From 2012 to 2016, Kristen starred as Jeannie van der Hooven, the female lead on the Showtime comedy series House of Lies.

Since 2016, she has starred in the lead role of Eleanor Shellstrop on the acclaimed NBC comedy series The Good Place, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.

Bell was raised by her mother, Lorelei (née Frygier), who is a registered nurse, and her father, Tom Bell, who works as a television news director in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her parents divorced when she was just two years old, and she has two stepsisters from her father's second marriage.

She also has two half-sisters and two half-brothers from her mother's second marriage. Her mother is of Polish descent and her father has German, Scottish and Irish lineage.

Bell stated that she did not like her first name at the age of four. Bell's mother convinced her to go by her middle name, Anne, instead; she used the name Annie until high school. Bell once broke both her wrists at the same time playing street hockey with friends.

Kristen BellJust before her freshman year of high school, Bell's parents decided to remove her from the public school system. She then attended Shrine Catholic High School in nearby Royal Oak, where she took part in the drama and music clubs.

During her time at the school, she won the starring role in the school's 1997 production of The Wizard of Oz, as Dorothy. Bell also appeared in productions of Fiddler on the Roof in 1995, Lady, Be Good in 1996, and Li'l Abner in 1998. Bell graduated in 1998, and in that same year she was named "Best Looking Girl" in the yearbook by student vote.

Shortly after her high school graduation, Bell moved to New York City to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in musical theater. In 2001, during her senior year, Bell left a few credits short of graduating in order to take a role in the Broadway musical version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

It was in 1992 that Bell attended her first audition and won a dual role as a banana and a tree in a suburban Detroit theater's production of Raggedy Ann and Andy.

Her mother had signed her with an agent before Bell was 13, which allowed her to appear in newspaper advertisements for several Detroit retailers and television commercials. She also began private acting lessons. In 1998, she appeared with an uncredited role in the locally filmed movie Polish Wedding.

Kristen BellIn 2001, she made her credited film debut in Pootie Tang. Her one line in the film was cut, and her appearance exists only as a scene shown during the credit sequence.

Additionally, she auditioned for the television series Smallville for the role of Chloe Sullivan, which eventually Allison Mack was signed for.

In 2002, she appeared in the Broadway revival of The Crucible with Liam Neeson, Angela Bettis and Laura Linney. Next Bell moved to Los Angeles in late 2002 because of her friendship with writers Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, and appeared in a handful of television shows as a special guest, finding trouble gaining a recurring role in a television series.

Bell later said she "tested like eight times and booked nothing and every show she had tested for got picked up", including auditions for Skin and a Norm Macdonald series.

In 2004, Bell appeared in the Lifetime television film Gracie's Choice, which received one of the network's highest ratings. She made her debut in a theatrically released film with David Mamet's Spartan, as Laura Newton, the kidnapped daughter of the U.S. President, acting alongside Val Kilmer.

Bell also guest-starred on the HBO drama Deadwood in a two-episode story arc ("Bullock Returns to the Camp" and "Suffer the Little Children").

Kristen BellAt 24, she won the role of the title character in UPN's drama Veronica Mars, which was launched in the fall of 2004. Created by Rob Thomas, the series starred Bell as the seventeen-year-old anti-establishment high school student/detective.

Bell drew on the parallels between the character of Veronica and her own life, since Bell's parents had divorced and her best friend had also died.

The series earned acclaim from television critics, as did Bell's performance. Some critics asserted that her performance was overlooked, and deserved consideration for an Emmy Award.

Aside from working on Veronica Mars, Bell starred in Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, reprising the role she played in the short-lived 2001 Off-Broadway musical.

The musical was a spoof of the 1936 exploitation film of the same name. Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical debuted on the Showtime network on April 16th, 2005.

Also in April, Bell starred as Gracie in Fifty Pills, an entry for the Tribeca Film Festival. She also appeared in a short independent film called The Receipt and the horror film Roman, which was directed by her Crucible co-star Angela Bettis.

Kristen BellReleased on August 11, 2006, Pulse starred Bell as the lead, Mattie. A remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo, the film grossed US$27.9 million worldwide but got negative responses from critics.

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter commented, "despite the starring presence of Kristen Bell, the young actress has far less interesting material to work with here than she does as her character in 'Veronica Mars' ."

Veronica Mars continued on UPN for a second season; then for the third season, the show was renewed and appeared on the newly created The CW. On January 19th, 2007, CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff announced that while she was pleased with the gradual improvement of Veronica Mars's ratings, the series would be put on hiatus after February sweeps to air a new reality series, Pussycat Dolls Present.

On May 17, 2007, Ostroff announced the cancellation of the series. A two-hour series finale aired in the United States on May 22nd, 2007, and on June 11th, 2007, Thomas officially announced in an email to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello that Veronica Mars had been canceled by the CW.

A Veronica Mars feature film and comic book series continuation had been discussed, and for a short time there was talk of another collaboration between Bell and creator Thomas that would be unrelated to the Veronica Mars series.

Following the cancellation of Veronica Mars, Bell voiced interest in appearing on Heroes because she was a fan. Then on July 29th, 2007, during a train ride back to Los Angeles from the San Diego Comic-Con with Heroes actors Zachary Quinto and Masi Oka, as well as writers from the series, the writers mentioned that if she "ever wanted to come on Heroes, to give us [ the writers] a call," to which Bell said she would "love to."

Kristen BellMeanwhile, there were discussions about a role on Lost, but Bell turned down the role of Charlotte Staples Lewis. Bell portrayed Elle Bishop on Heroes, a "mysterious young lady" with an "awesome power".

She did not have to audition for the role of Elle, who made her first appearance in an October 2007 episode, and appeared in twelve episodes during the run of the series.

The casting of Bell, Heroes creator Tim Kring explained, "was not easy to pull off", but because of the large ensemble cast of the series and multiple story arcs, "we found a way to jump into a small window in her schedule."

Bell lent her voice to the CW series Gossip Girl: she voiced the title character in every episode of the series, appearing in person only for a surprise cameo in the final episode, portraying herself.

Shortly after the cancellation of Veronica Mars in early 2007, Bell filmed on location in Hawaii for a starring role as the title character in the Judd Apatow comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She regarded the improvisational comedy in the film as "a lovely experience".

The film, written by and also starring Jason Segel, was released theatrically on April 18th, 2008, and greatly increased Bell's profile.

Bell lent her voice and likeness to the video game Assassin's Creed, which was released on November 13th, 2007, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and April 8th, 2008, for the PC.

Kristen BellBell reprised her role of Lucy in Assassin's Creed II released on November 17th, 2009, and again in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, released on November 16th, 2010.

In the spring of 2006, she finished filming the Star Wars-themed comedy Fanboys. Director Kyle Newman received additional funding to shoot new scenes, but the busy schedules of the actors only allowed for filming in September 2007. As a result, the release was delayed until January 14th, 2008.

Bell also starred in the 2009 comedies Serious Moonlight, alongside Meg Ryan, and Couples Retreat, which chronicles four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort. Jason Bateman played her husband.

She also provided the voice for Cora in Astro Boy. On March 31st, 2008, Bell began shooting the Mark Steven Johnson-written Disney film When in Rome on location in Rome and New York; the film was released in 2010.

Bell reprised her role as Sarah Marshall for a cameo appearance in the film Get Him to the Greek, a spin-off sequel from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, released June 4th, 2010.

She co-starred with singers Christina Aguilera and Cher in the musical film Burlesque, which was released on Thanksgiving in 2010. Bell had a cameo in the slasher horror film Scream 4, which was released on April 15th, 2011.

Kristen BellDuring 2012, Bell starred in the family drama film Big Miracle. She has also appeared in the music video for "Madder Red" by Brooklyn experimental rock band Yeasayer.

Bell portrayed Mary Magdalene in The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, dramatized audio adaptation of the New Testament that uses the RSV-CE translation.

Bell starred as Jeannie van der Hooven, the female lead on the Showtime comedy series House of Lies, which premiered on January 8th, 2012. The series ended on June 12th, 2016.

She appeared in a supporting role in the science-fiction comedy Safety Not Guaranteed in 2012. She also starred in the drama film The Lifeguard, written and directed by Liz W. Garcia, which began filming in July 2012 and was released in August 2013.

She also voiced Anna in Frozen, which was released on November 22nd, 2013. In 2013, for multiple episodes, Bell played Ingrid de Forest, an Eagleton City Councilwoman, on Parks and Recreation.

On March 13th, 2013, it was confirmed that a Veronica Mars film would finally be coming to fruition. Bell and series creator Rob Thomas launched a fundraising campaign to produce the film through Kickstarter and attained the $2 million goal in less than ten hours.

The main cast members of the series all reprised their roles in the feature film. Production of the film took place during summer 2013, and it was released theatrically and on video-on-demand on March 14th, 2014.

Kristen BellIn September 2014, Bell starred with her husband, Dax Shepard, in a commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It was so popular (with over 20 million YouTube views) that they did another for the holiday season. The ad agency McKinney was behind both.

In 2016, Bell voiced the sloth Priscilla in the animated comedy film Zootopia, and starred as Claire in the comedy film The Boss. Bell starred as Kiki in the 2016 comedy film Bad Moms, a role she reprised in the 2017 sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas.

In 2016, Bell began starring as Eleanor Shellstrop in the NBC comedy series The Good Place. Then in 2017, she appeared in the biographical comedy-drama The Disaster Artist, the action comedy CHiPs and the comedy How to Be a Latin Lover.

In November 2017, she played a housewife (with Dax Shepard as her husband) preparing for a Christmas party in Sia's music video for "Santa's Coming For Us".

In 2018, she began hosting the web series Momsplaining with Kristen Bell, with episodes airing on the Ellen DeGeneres video platform Ellentube. In the series, Bell gives new and expecting mothers tips about motherhood.

The title of the series is a pun on the commonly used term "mansplaining". Bell later starred in the Netflix comedy-drama film Like Father. She also voiced the character of Jade Wilson in the animated comedy film Teen Titans Go! To the Movies and reprised her voice role as Princess Anna in the animated comedy sequel film Ralph Breaks the Internet.

On September 20th, 2018, Hulu confirmed that Bell would reprise her role of Veronica Mars in an 8-episode fourth season of the drama series Veronica Mars. The series debuted in July 2019.

Kristen BellIn 2019, Bell again reprised her voice role as Princess Anna in the video game, Kingdom Hearts III and will return in the upcoming 2019 sequel, Frozen 2 that is scheduled to be released on November 22nd, 2019.

Bell will voice a main character in the Apple TV+ animated musical comedy series Central Park, which reunites her with Frozen co-star Josh Gad. Bell also served as host and executive producer on the Disney+ docuseries Encore!, which premiered in November 2019. She made her directorial debut with the eighth episode of the fourth season of The Good Place.

In 2006 and again in 2013, Bell was selected "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" on PETA's yearly poll. She was listed No. 68 on Maxim's 2005 "Hot 100" list, No. 11 in Maxim's 2006 "Hot 100" list, and No. 46 in Maxim's 2007 "Hot 100" list in which she was stated to have "single-handedly saved The CW from becoming the worst network ever."

In 2006, Maxim also placed Bell at the top of the "Fall TV's Criminally Sexy Investigators" List. In 2008, she was featured at No. 59 on AskMen's Top 99 Women of 2008 List. Reflecting on her admitted popularity with "geeks", Bell was voted the fourth-sexiest woman on TV by the staff at Wizard magazine.

Bell stated she never thought of herself as womanly because "I always play and look and act 10 years younger than I am." However, she said, "Something magical happened when I turned 25—I looked in the mirror and was like, 'You might not get carded for an R-rated movie anymore.' Like I didn't have a little stick figure anymore."

Bell has said that many of her characters are tomboys because she was "not homely enough to play the nerdy girl and not nearly pretty enough to play the pretty girl".

Kristen BellDespite "new celebrity" status, Bell claimed that she was not concerned because "no one ever recognizes me anyway". She has said that her friend Hayden Panettiere is more famous than she is and attracts more attention.

Bell explained, "I hang out with Hayden quite a bit - they never take pictures of me. I just step to the side, and I push myself in front of her when she wants to get out of it, or put her in the car."

In 2019, Bell was featured on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine's April/May issue. In the article, she discussed her snack bar company, This Saves Lives, which donates its profits from sales to help feed malnourished children around the globe.

Bell often attends fundraisers for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting animals.

She has had several dogs, including a Welsh Corgi-Chow Chow mix named Lola, a Welsh Corgi-Chihuahua mix named Shakey, and a black Labrador Retriever named Sadie, who was 11 years old when she was rescued from Hurricane Katrina and adopted by Bell in 2005.

Bell and other Veronica Mars cast members, including Ryan Hansen, are involved with the charity Invisible Children, Inc. The goal of the organization is to create awareness of the plight of Northern Ugandans who are caught in the midst of a civil war between the government and Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.

Bell has also done a public service announcement for Do Something's Healthy Living Campaign. In 2014, Bell launched a Prizeo campaign offering fans a chance to win a date with her in return for donating to Invisible Children, Inc.

In 2019, Bell and her husband Dax Shepard founded the company Hello Bello, a plant-based baby care product line. The product line focuses on creating environmentally friendly and affordable products. The company partnered exclusively with Walmart and the line is sold in all of their locations, as well as online.

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Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Polish Wedding Teenage girl Uncredited
2001 Pootie Tang Record executive's daughter
2002 People Are Dead Angela's friend #1
2003 The Cat Returns Hiromi (voice) English dub
2004 Spartan Laura Newton
2005 Reefer Madness Mary Lane
Deepwater Nurse Laurie
Last Days of America Friend in New York #1
The Receipt Pretty Girl Short film
2006 Fifty Pills Gracie
Pulse Mattie
Roman The Girl / Isis
2007 Flatland: The Movie Hex (voice) Short film
2008 Fanboys Zoe
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall
2009 Serious Moonlight Sara
Astro Boy Cora (voice)
Couples Retreat Cynthia
2010 Astro Boy vs. The Junkyard Pirates Cora (voice) Short film
Lost Masterpieces of Pornography< June Crenshaw
When in Rome Beth
Get Him to the Greek Sarah Marshall Cameo
You Again Marni Olsen
Burlesque Nikki
2011 Scream 4 Chloe
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Belinda St. Sing
Big Miracle Jill Jerard
Flatland 2: Sphereland Hex (voice)
Hit and Run Annie Also co-producer
Stuck in Love Tricia
2013 Movie 43 Supergirl Segment: "Super Hero Speed Dating"
Some Girl(s) Bobbi
The Lifeguard Leigh
Frozen Princess Anna (voice)
2014 Veronica Mars Veronica Mars Also executive producer
Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 Frozen Fever Anna (voice) Short film
2016 Zootopia Priscilla (voice)
The Boss Claire Rawlings
Bad Moms Kiki
2017 The Disaster Artist Herself
CHiPs Karen Baker
How to Be a Latin Lover Cindy
A Bad Moms Christmas Kiki
Olaf's Frozen Adventure Anna (voice) Short film
2018 Pandas Narrator Documentary
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Jade Wilson (voice)
Like Father Rachel Hamilton
Ralph Breaks the Internet Anna (voice)
2019 Frozen 2

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Shield Jessica Hintel Episode: "The Quick Fix"
American Dreams Amy Fielding Episode: "Act of Contrition"
The O'Keefes Virginia's Owner 2 episodes
The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay Alison Dodge Television film
Everwood Stacey Wilson Episode: "Extra Ordinary"
2004 Gracie's Choice Gracie Thompson Television film
Deadwood Flora Anderson 2 episodes
2004–2007,
2019
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars Lead role: 72 episodes
2007–2008 Heroes Elle Bishop Main cast (season 2)
Recurring (season 3): 12 episodes
2007–2012 Gossip Girl Gossip Girl (voice) Narrator: 120 episodes
Herself (season 6, episode 10)
2009 The Cleveland Show Mandy (voice) Episode: "Da Doggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance"
2009–2010 Party Down Uda Bengt 2 episodes
2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Hayley (voice) Episode: "Videogame Wizard"
Robot Chicken Hermione Granger / Sara Lee (voice) Episode: "Some Like It Hitman"
2012–2016 House of Lies Jeannie van der Hooven Lead role: 58 episodes
2012 Unsupervised Megan (voice) 13 episodes
Lovin' Lakin Herself Episode: "Lakin Runs Into Kristen Bell"
2012–2014 CMT Music Awards Herself / Co-Host Alongside Toby Keith and Jason Aldean
2013–2014 Parks and Recreation Ingrid de Forest 3 episodes
2013 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: "The One with the Friends"
Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular Special
2015 30th Independent Spirit Awards Herself / Host
Repeat After Me Herself Episode 1.2
The Simpsons Harper Jambowski (voice) Episode: "Friend with Benefit"
Liv and Maddie Herself Episode: "Ask Her More-a-Rooney"
It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown Herself / Host Special
2016 iZombie Herself (voice) Episode: "Fifty Shades of Grey Matter"
LEGO Frozen Northern Lights Anna (voice) Special
2016–present The Good Place Eleanor Shellstrop Lead role: 48 episodes
2017 Nobodies Herself Episode: "Too Much of a Good Thing"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself / Guest Host May 4, 2017; standing in for Jimmy Kimmel on paternity leave
BoJack Horseman Ruthie (voice) Episode: "Ruthie"
Family Guy Martha (voice) Episode: "Petey IV"
Encore! Herself / Host Special
2017–2018 Big Mouth Various voices 4 episodes
2018 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards Herself / Host Special
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself / Guest Host May 31, 2018; standing in for Ellen DeGeneres
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale Herself Episode: "Pizza Ghost"
2019 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Episode: "Compounding Pharmacies"
Encore! 12 episodes

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2007 Assassin's Creed Lucy Stillman
2009 Astro Boy: The Video Game Cora
Assassin's Creed II Lucy Stillman
2010 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
2013 Disney Infinity Princess Anna
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0
2019 Kingdom Hearts III

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Burning Love Mandy 4 episodes
2014 Play It Again, Dick Herself Based on Veronica Mars characters
2017
Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Original action-comedy series by YouTube Premium
2018–2019 Momsplaining with Kristen Bell Web series created by Ellen DeGeneres and Olly Nutrition

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2010 "Madder Red" Yeasayer
2017 "Santa's Coming For Us" Sia>

Theater

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Becky Thatcher Broadway
Reefer Madness Mary Lane Off-Broadway
2002 The Crucible Susanna Walcott Broadway
A Little Night Music Fredrika Armfeldt Kennedy Center, Washington
2003 Sneaux Sneaux Devareaux Los Angeles
2004 A Little Night Music Fredrika Armfeldt Los Angeles Opera
2014 Hair Sheila Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles



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