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Kristen Wiig

As one of the stars of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Kristen Wiig created numerous hilariously offbeat characters - from serial braggart Penelope to mischievous grade-schooler Gilly - that had the live audience and viewers at home laughing before she could deliver a punch line. Wiig immersed herself not only in her subtly deranged original characters, but also in her spot-on celebrity impersonations that ranged from politician Nancy Pelosi's deadpan stare to Kathie Lee Gifford's belligerent morning show antics. Wiig's comic wit and charm also translated successfully on the big screen, with hilarious appearances as a snotty television executive in "Knocked Up" (2007), a loopy yoga instructor in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (2008), and an overwhelmed maid of honor in "Bridesmaids" (2011). Like "SNL" legends Gilda Radner, Molly Shannon and Tina Fey before her, Wiig made her own mark in the world of comedy and proved that being seriously funny was far from just a man's game. After "Bridesmaids," which she co-wrote, made her a mainstream comedy star, Wiig went on to star in films both comic ("Friends With Kids," "Ghostbusters") and serious ("The Skeleton Twins," "Welcome To Me"), making her one of the biggest SNL-to-movies stars since the show's glory days. Her supporting roles in high-profile films ranging from science fiction blockbuster "The Martian" (2015) to Darren Aronosky's oblique parable "mother!" (2017) gave her a sideline career as a compelling character actress as well as being a comic powerhouse.
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