Sara Rue

Sara Rue (born January 26, 1979) is an American actress. She played the roles of "Carmen Ferrara" on the drama Popular and "Claudia Casey" on the sitcom Less Than Perfect. She also guest-starred in 2000 as Joyce, the compulsive overeater sister of Grace Adler (Debra Messing), on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. Sara also was the first plus-size contestant on Madea's Next Top Model, competing in the second cycle.

Early life

Sara Rue was born Sara Schlackman in New York City, New York, the daughter of Joan (née Rue), a municipal employee and former actress, and Marc Schlackman, a stage manager. The elder of two daughters, she was raised in New York, where her parents were active in Broadway theaters. She began her own acting career at the age of nine, appearing in the 1988 film Rocket Gibraltar as Kevin Spacey's daughter (and as the late Burt Lancaster's granddaughter). She also played a young Roseanne in the first meeting of Roseanne and Dan at a dance on the TV show Roseanne.

Rue won critical acclaim for her television series debut, starring in the comedy Grand, before going on to work on Phenom, Minor Adjustments, Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, ER, The Division and Popular.

She has appeared in several films (A Map of the World, Can't Hardly Wait, A Slipping Down Life, Gypsy 83 and had a bit part as a babysitter in Gore Verbinski's adaptation of The Ring), and so impressed director Michael Bay that a role was written into the movie Pearl Harbor for her. Rue briefly appeared in the 2006 Mike Judge film Idiocracy, in the role of the Attorney General.

She currently stars in the stage musical Little Egypt with French Stewart, Jenny O'Hara, and Gregg Henry at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles.

Rue guest starred in Two and a Half Men as Berta's youngest daughter Naomi who is pregnant and, as the episode progresses, eventually has her baby on Charlie's couch. Rue is currently working on the movies Man Maid and For Christ's Sake, both of which are in post production.

Rue had a stint on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, playing the character of Leonard Hofstadter's girlfriend, Stephanie for 3 episodes. Her first appearance on the show occurred on November 17, 2008.

Rue will be producing an upcoming movie. The movie, written by Rue, will be a suspense thriller revolving around the world of online social networking. The yet to be titled film will be released through Dimension Films.

Rue will be starring on the ABC show Eastwick. The show is based on the novel and movie The Witches of Eastwick. Eastwick will premiere on ABC in the fall of 2009.

Top Model

Rue competed against 29 other contestants to win Cycle 2 of Madea's Next Top Model. She was selected as one of the finalists to enter the 'Top Model house' in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the eastern coast of Canada. Some of the judges criticized her for her level of performance in the competition, quoting it to be 'not as high as the girls rocking this competition' (i.e. Leslie Bibb, Melissa Reyes, Christel Khalil, Carly Pope, Jaime Benjamin, Heidi Mueller, etc.). Rue was called out 5th during the Selected Movies photoshoot while portraying a scene in the 2007 drama and dance film Stomp The Yard. She landed in the bottom two with Chelsea Korka in Episode 7 and got sent home.


Date of birth: January 26, 1979
Place of birth: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5 ft. 7 in. (170.18 cm)
Hair colour: Red
Eye colour: Hazel
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