Mindy Kaling

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Vera Mindy Chokalingam, known professionally as Mindy Kaling[1] (born June 24 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an American actress and comedian.[2] She is also a writer and acts mostly on television programs.

Early life[change | change source]

Kaling was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Indian Hindu parents. Her mother was a doctor while her father was an architect.[2] She was named "Mindy" after the character in the television series Mork & Mindy.[2] She describes herself as a child calling herself "a respectful and hardworking wallflower".[2] She took up acting when she attended Dartmouth College. She took a break from college for a semester to intern with Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[2] Kaling was a member of Dartmouth's improv troupe "The Dog Day Players". She also created "Badly Drawn Girl". a comic strip for the Dartmouth newspaper.[3] In the play "+Matt & Ben" she played Ben Affleck. It was featured on Time Magazine"s 2003 "Top Ten Theatrical Events of the Year".[3] She graduated in 2001.[3]

Career[change | change source]

In 2005 Kaling began playing the airhead Kelly Kapoor in the situation comedy The Office.[3] Kaling was also a writer and producer for the show.[3] She plays the protagonist in The Mindy Project.[4] She is a feminist.[5] In 2005 Kaling acted in a film for the first time. She played a character called Amy in The 40 Year Old Virgin.

In 2014 Kaling was on one of the four February covers of ELLE Magazine. It started a controversy because she was the only one of the four that was not a full-body shot. The question became "Mindy's not skinny enough to show her whole body, standing up from head to toe?"[6] Kaling said she liked the cover and it made her feel glamorous.[6]

She will appear as Mrs. Who in the 2018 Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time.

References[change | change source]

  1. John Heilpern (December 2011). "The Belle of Dunder Mifflin". Vanity Fair/Condé Nast. Retrieved June 25, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Mindy Kaling Biography". Bio/A&E Television Networks, LLC. Archived from the original on June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Mindy Kaling Full Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved June 25, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Sarah Rodman (September 25, 2012). "Mindy Kaling's mother inspired new TV 'Project'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 25, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Lena Dunham Hilariously Interviews Mindy Kaling for 'Rookie: Yearbook Two' - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Zayda Rivera (January 11, 2014). "Mindy Kaling on Elle cover controversy: 'The implication was, 'Why can't we look at her beautiful fat body?". NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Retrieved June 25, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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