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Comedian Kristen Wiig's Saturday Night Live characters Penelope and Gilly, and spot-on impressions of Suze Orman and Nancy Pelosi, have become fan favorites.
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she made her film debut in 2007's Knocked Up. She then went on to star in the films Adventureland, Extract, Whip It and MacGruber.
After graduating from Rochester's Brighton High School, Wiig enrolled at the University of Arizona as an art student. It was there that Wiig, a natural introvert, enrolled in her first acting class. "I was terrified," she said. "I don't really like talking in front of groups of people. Through high school if ever I had to give a speech, I would try to get out of it or not go to school that day ... But I took the class, and I liked it, and the teacher was really encouraging for me to keep doing it."
After arriving in Los Angeles, Kristen Wiig took a job folding clothes at the store Anthropologie. The string of odd jobs she held over the next few years included selling peaches at a farmer's market, catering Hollywood events, babysitting, working in a floral design shop and selling hot dogs at the mall. She was unsatisfied with traditional acting classes. Then a co-worker took her to a show at the Groundlings, the celebrated improv troupe that launched the careers of Saturday Night Live (SNL) stars like Will Ferrell and Maya Rudolph. Wiig was hooked. "That place changed my life," she said.
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