55 years old (Born on September 28, 1964)
comedian, actress, political activist, writer; She is famous from Ben Stiller Show, Cop Land.Married boyfriend Robert Cohen in 1992 at a Las Vegas drive-in chapel as a joke. They had gone to Vegas with the rest of the cast of "The Ben Stiller Show" (1990) and decided to get married along with some of the other crew members. After their relationship ended they never officially got divorced. In March 2003, she made an appearance on CNN`s "Crossfire" (1982) to discuss the international situation involving Iraq. She is a vegetarian. Has a tattoo on her arm which reads "think". Turned down two roles later given to Courtney Cox-Arquette: Gale Weathers in Scream, and Monica Geller in "Friends". Both very successful parts.
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Daughter of Carmine Garofalo.
Wrote a book with Ben Stiller: Feel This Book : An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction (1999).
Hosted the 1996 MTV Movie Awards (1996) (TV) along with Ben Stiller.
At one point or another, has worked with every member of the Kids in the Hall.
She has 15 tattoos.
In his DVD commentary for Dogma (1999), director Kevin Smith said that in retrospect he wished he offered the role of Bethany to Garofalo instead of Linda Fiorentino, whom he found very difficult to work with and on some days, she in fact wasn`t even speaking to him. Garofalo appeared in Dogma (1999) as Liz at the abortion clinic.
Was the original choice to play Monica on "Friends" (1994), but turned down the role.
Graduated from James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas class of `82 after being transferred her senior year.
Studied History at Providence College, a Catholic college in Rhode Island.
Was offered the role of Gale Weathers in the movie Scream (1996/I), but turned it down to do the movie Sweethearts (1996). Courteney Cox then got the role and Scream (1996/I) which went on to gross more than $100 million, whereas Sweethearts (1996) went straight to video.
She has referred to "Saturday Night Live" (1975) as the worst experience in her professional life.
Is of Italian and Irish descent.
Briefly lived in Minnesota at the beginning of her stand-up career.
Was offered the Dorothy Boyd role in Jerry Maguire (1996) by Cameron Crowe, if she could lose weight, but after trimming down, she learned that Renu00e9e Zellweger had won the part instead in what was to become a career-launching smash hit.
It is said that Daria Morgendorfer, self-titled character of, "Daria" (1997), the spin-off of "Beavis and Butt-Head" (1993) , was modeled after her. While the Daria character did exist long before the creators chose to model the character after Garafolo (as a character in the original "Beavis and Butt-Head" (1993) show), she was a background character (with a line of dialog every once in a while) and was therefore not developed.
Garofalo, barely five feet tall, sometimes had to stand on a box just to be in the same frame with 6-foot co-star Uma Thurman in The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996).
Laura San Giacomo`s role (Maya Gallo) in "Just Shoot Me!" (1997) is based on Garofalo.
Was offered the Dorothy Boyd role in Jerry Maguire (1996) by Cameron Crowe, if she could lose weight, but after trimming down, she learned that Renée Zellweger had won the part instead in what was to become a career-launching smash hit.
In 1984, she had br**st reduction surgery. The surgery reduced her measurement from a 36D cup to a B cup.
Traveled widely with Margaret Cho on the comedy club circuit. They blamed each other for their bad smoking habits.
Lives in New York City and Los Angeles.
Is very good friends with Ben Stiller. Both had short lived tenures on "Saturday Night Live" (1975), both starred on "The Ben Stiller Show" (1992), they have collaborated on movies together, and have written and created other comedy shows together. Garofalo has said that she works well with Stiller because they are complete opposite personalities, hers being caustic and political while Stiller is more go with the flow and silly, and they are able to fill in the gaps the other person misses.
Auditioned for the role of Marla Singer in Fight Club (1999).
Her production company is: I Hate Myself Productions.
Attended Madison High School in Madison, New Jersey.
Admitted in 2003 interviews that she had overcome a sobriety problem with alcohol.
Guest-starred in two "Law & Order" (1990) episodes, the first one called "D-Girl" and in a "The Sopranos" (1999) called "D-Girl". The "D" stands for "development". In the film industry, a D-girl is a low-level executive who considers scripts for further development.