Timeline

1960
Born on November 18, 1960 in Flushing, Queens, New York City.

Childhood
– Moved to NYC.
– Raised on her maternal grandmother’s 600-acre farm in Guilford, Vermont near Brattleboro.
– When mother lost farm, Elizabeth lived in a motel in Bernardston, Massachusetts.

1981
Performed at Chicago’s Goodman (in “A Christmas Carol”) and North Light (in “Les Belles Soeurs”) theaters.

1983
– Landed a role in the touring company of “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; made Broadway debut the following year in the same part.
– Off-off Broadway debut, “The Arbor” at La Mama.

1985
Appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival summer staging of “Measure for Measure” in NYC’s Central Park.

1986
Film acting debut, “About Last Night”…

1988
Breakthrough feature role as the toy company co-worker of Tom Hanks in “Big”.

1989
Acted in the sci-fi short “Teach 109”; aired on PBS’ “American Playhouse” in 1990.

1990
– Appeared in the short film “Between Cars” (aired on Ha! TV Comedy Network).
– Cast as Aidan Quinn’s wife in Barry Levinson’s “Avalon”.

1991
Portrayed a cancer patient who forms a bond with William Hurt’s title character in “The Doctor”.

1993
– Co-starred in the warm, nostalgic “Indian Summer”.
– TV-movie debut in the ABC based-on-fact drama “For Their Own Good”.

1994
Played Wilma to John Goodman’s Fred in the live-action version of “The Flintstones”.

1995
– Acted onstage in Los Angeles production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Four Dogs and a Bone”, helmed by film director Larry Kasdan.
– Had featured role in the female-driven “Moonlight and Valentino”.

1997
– Had leading role of a Catholic woman who adopted her former employer’s son to protect him from the Holocaust in the “Mamusha” segment of Showtime’s “Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women”.
– Starred in the NBC movie “Cloned”, as a woman who discovers her late son has been cloned.

1998
– Portrayed astronaut wife Marilyn Lovell in “The Original Wives Club” episode (directed by Sally Field) of the HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon”.

1999
– Appeared in “Crazy in Alabama”, directed by Antonio Banderas.
– Offered a convincing turn as a committed AIDS activist in the grim “I’m Losing You”, adapted by first-time director Bruce Wagner from his novel.

2000
– Cast as Sandra Bullock’s beleaguered older sister Lily in “28 Days”.
– Played the wife of a man whose lesbian aunt has died in the “1961” segment of HBO’s “If These Walls Could Talk 2”.
– TV series debut as regular, portraying the captain of a police precinct in the NBC sitcom “Battery Park”.

2001
Starred opposite Jeff Goldblum in the live-action/animated “Cats & Dogs”.

2003
Cast as the voice of Coral in the animated hit “Finding Nemo”.

2004
Starred as a drunken mother in the indie film “Kids in America”.

2005
– Played a Psychologist in the thriller “The Ring 2”
– Starred as Diane Lane’s sister in the romantic comedy “Must Love Dogs”.
– Cast as Celia Hodes, upstanding PTA mother on the Showtime dramedy series  “Weeds.”

2006- 2007
– Earned Golden Globe (2006, 2007) and Emmy (2006, 2007) nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
– Once again starred opposite Diane Lane in Griffin Dunne’s “Fierce People”.

2009
– Starred as Rhonda on a short film, “Le chat est mort” by Lynne Moses.
– Guest Star on the first episode from Last Season of Monk, playing Christine Rapp.
– Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series.

2011
– Cast as Bonnie O’Hare in CG/live-action family film “Hop”.
– Will Star as Janet Donohue, a teacher who deals patiently with his new candid personality alongside Michael Chiklis in CBS’ pilot “Vince Uncensored”
– Appeared on funny or DIE! on Booking Agents episode.
– Guest-Star as Gail Myers in The Closer – episode 07×14.

2012
– Worked on Diabetes Campaign: Diabetes Co-Stars.

2013
-Stars as Elaine in ABC’s comedy “How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)”.