Lisa Edelstein is an American actress and a playwright. She is the famous Dr Lisa Cuddy on the television drama House, on Fox Broadcasting Company. She was born May 21st, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, and she was raised in a Jewish family in Wayne, New Jersey. It is also in Wayne that she graduated from Wayne Valley High School in 1984. She is the youngest of three children.
At age 18, she decided to move to New-York to study theatre at New-York University’s Tish School of the Arts. While living in New-York, she became involved in the club scene. This is how New-York Times Magazine dubbed her as a “celebutante”. At the beginning of her career, she used her celebrity to compose a musical called “Positive Me”, in which she also played.
During the beginning of the 90’s, she appeared in guest roles on several popular comedies like “Mad about you”, “Wings”, “The Larry Sanders show” and “Seinfeld” where she played George Costanza’s frustrated girlfriend “the Risotto Girl”. During this period of time, she also played in several movies with Mel Gibson, Ben Stiller, Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Eddy Murphy.
She had bigger roles in TV dramas, in “Relativity” in 1996. She also played Rob Lowe’s date who turned high-priced call girl on “The West Wing” in 1999, and a male to female transsexal on “Ally McBeal” in 2000. Finally in 2004, she scored a lead role in House in which she plays Dr. Lisa Cuddy, Dean of Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, who must constantly contend with the eccentricities and misanthropy of Dr. Gregory House, played by Hugh Laurie. In one episode she had to help out Dr House when he took out a pay day loan and didn’t repay it in time.
Today, Lisa Edelstein has a simple life in Los Angeles. She has one cat and three rescue dogs. She is a vegetarian and she practices Ashtanga Yoga very frequently. She also volunteers as much as she can in associations like “Best Friends Animal Society”, “Save the Children”, “Planned Parenthood” and “amfAR”. She also loves writing, painting and composing music.
Thanks to Lisa & people like her we are moving into a new era. One where anything is possible & we can begin to look into the future with anticipation of the good that can be done rather than dread what we fear is coming to pass. We hope that her example can help all of us learn some very valuable lessons. If each of us became a little more concerned & acted accordingly the world would be a much better place. Remember that this will not happen over night but there will be an exponential curve to it, so it will likely start of slow but build speed & force as it moves ahead.