Nora Dunn stars in "iZombie" on The CW as Eva Moore.

Nora Dunn's five seasons on "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) benefited from the rich cast of characters that she created including "The Pat Steven's Show," whose famous guest stars included Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Breslin, and John Lithgow as Margaret Thatcher. Dunn's send up of soap opera diva Linda Dano made the popular sketch "Attitudes" a hilarious SNL staple, featuring such stars as John Malkovich and Christopher Walken. Her portrayal of lounge lizardess Liz Sweeney of the singing Sweeney Sisters has been mimicked by fans for years.

After five years of late-night pandemonium, Nora played lesbian television producer Norma Lear in NBC's primetime drama "Sisters" for three seasons. She invariably proves a notable addition to any series be it drama or comedy. She recurred on ABC's "Boston Legal" and CBS's "Shark," as well as playing such memorable characters as the head of a TV network on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and a marriage counselor to Ari and his wife on HBO's "Entourage." She reprises her role for the feature film adaptation of the series. She has also appeared in episodes of "Bones," "Hot in Cleveland," "Sirens," "Franklin & Bash," "The Neighbors," "Don't Trust the B — — in Apartment 23," "Harry's Law," "The Defenders," "Psych," "Private Practice," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Smantha Who?," "Numb3rs," "Criminal Minds" and the final episode of "Pushing Daisies."

In her first feature film role Dunn played opposite Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith in Mike Nichols' hit comedy "Working Girl". Though the role had just three scenes, the New York Times still praised her performance, saying she turned her uptight Wall Street executive "into a wicked Witch of the Westside." She was next cast by Jonathan Demme in the cult classic "Miami Blues" as a Cuban born homicide detective. Dunn worked again with Mike Nichols in "What Planet Are You From?," and subsequently appeared in the comedies "Bruce Almighty," "Heartbreakers," "Drop Dead Gorgeous," and "What's the Worst that Could Happen?," in which she played Danny Devito's Bostonian society wife, and worked with English director Lewis Gilbert in his musical "Stepping Out," and for Warren Beatty in his political satire "Bullworth."

She has weaved effortlessly between comedy and drama in memorable supporting roles such as the flamboyant, blasphemous Adriana Cruz in David Russell's chic anti-war epic "Three Kings." That performance garnered her praise and attention, prompting Peter Travers to write that she was "finally given the chance to show her chops as an actress." She continued to show her chops in films such as Gary Fleder's drama "Runaway Jury" with John Cusack and Gene Hackman, as the straight-laced boozer/juror Stella Hulic, and New Line's "Laws of Attraction," opposite Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore as a glitzy judge from Scarsdale whose Judge Judy tactics cause a split in the stars' already stressed marriage.

Dunn carved a presence in independent features as well, appearing in Finn Taylor's "Cherish" and "The Darwin Awards." She also played a sympathetic therapist in newcomer Greg Harrison's feature "November" (Sony Classics) starring Courtney Cox and a cameo as a bitchy publicist in past Sundance Film Festival's crowd-pleaser "Die Mommy Die." Dunn played a crazed right-winged fanatic in Richard Kelly's ("Donnie Darko") "Southland Tales." She appeared alongside Seth Rogen and James Franco in "Pineapple Express" and opposite Jeff Daniels, Kat Dennings and Olivia Thrilby in "The Answer Man," which competed at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. Dunn more recently was seen in Nancy Meyer's "It's Complicated," starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin, "LOL," alongside Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, "3, 2, 1 ... Frankie Go Boom," opposite Charlie Hunnam, and "The Guilt Trip," starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen.

Theater credits include the emotionally anguished housewife Bea Small in George Firth's drama, "Precious Sons" at The Blank Theater Co., "The Vagina Monologues" in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Fe and Gary Lennon's "Blackout." She wrote and starred in a one-woman show, "Small Prey" in 1997, which played to sold-out houses for sixteen weeks in Los Angeles. Harper/Collins published her book, "Nobody's Rib," in 1991.

Dunn was administered twelve years of Catholic tutelage and upon graduating from St. Mary's Academy pursued a career in painting at The Art Institute of Chicago. She studied at the Institute for three years, then moved to San Francisco where she began to study acting with Anne Macey at The Jean Sheldon Acting Workshop. She continued theater productions before turning her attention to comedic monologues and character studies. She returned to her native Chicago in 1982 and in 1983 was spotted by a team of "Saturday Night Live" talent scouts. Soon after she was whisked from her deli waitress position to New York City where she resided until 1992. She now lives in Los Angeles.


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Age: 65 years old
Birthday: April 29, 1952
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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