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Amy Meredith Poehler (born September 16, 1971) is an American comedic {{film}} and [[LiveActionTV television]] actress best known for being a former cast member on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and for producing, frequently directing, and starring as [[DeTerminator go-getter]] [[BlitheSpirit never-give-up]] government worker Leslie Knope on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. Like many of her fellow comedians, she was trained by the famed Creator/SecondCity improv troupe.

Poehler co-founded the Upright Citizens Brigade, an improv group that went on to have their own Creator/ComedyCentral sketch series and open theaters and training centers on both coasts. She also co-starred in the 2008 film ''Film/BabyMama'' with her former [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Weekend Update]] co-anchor TinaFey. She is also executive producing ''Series/WelcomeToSweden'', a sitcom that is created by and stars Greg Poehler, her brother. She makes occasional guest appearances playing a deranged version of herself, although in the show's universe she's not related to her brother's character.

On ''SNL'', her most notable recurring characters were Kaitlin (a hyperactive kid who pesters her older brother Rick [played by Horatio Sanz]), Nettie Bo Dance (wife of Percy Bo Dance [Darrell Hammond] from ''Appalachian Emergency Room''), Sally Needler (one half of The Couple Who Should Be Divorced [her husband, Dan, was played by Creator/SethMeyers]), Amber (a one-legged hypoglycemic with a flatulence problem), and Deidre Nicks (one of the hosts of ''The Cougar Den'', a talk show about older women who date younger men). Poehler's most popular celebrity impressions include Hillary Clinton, Avril Lavigne, Creator/DakotaFanning, Nancy Grace, Sharon Stone, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Rosie Perez. She also famously performed on the show's 30th season while [[ObviousPregnancy visibly pregnant]] with her first child, not taking off until she actually went into labor during that week's show.

Poehler was married to [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Will Arnett]], making them one of Hollywood's most ridiculously awesome couples, but they went through a divorce in 2012, which was apparently [[AmicableExes amicable]]. She's also an outspoken feminist who co-founded the website Smart Girls at the Party (now [[http://amysmartgirls.com Amy Poehler's Smart Girls]]), dedicated to young women who are "changing the world by being themselves".

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!!Roles:

* '''Film:'''
** ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer''
** ''Film/MeanGirls''
** ''Film/BladesOfGlory''
** ''[[HamletTwo Hamlet 2]]''
** ''Film/BabyMama''
** ''SpringBreakdown''
** ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''
* '''Television:'''
** ''TheUprightCitizensBrigade''
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''
** ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' - Played [[RealLifeRelative GOB's nameless wife]]
** ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''
** ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''
** ''Series/WelcomeToSweden''

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!!Associated tropes:

* HideYourPregnancy: '''Averted.''' During her first pregnancy, she continued to perform on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' until mere ''hours'' before she went into labor, with her [[ObviousPregnancy eventually massive baby bump]] getting worked into sketches.[[note]]When she was absent for that week's "Weekend Update," co-host Seth Meyers announced that she was off that night because she was having her baby, and the audience, who had followed her entire pregnancy, erupted in applause.[[/note]]
* LargeHam: "I can do the worm, I've served jail time, I got mad skin tags and I'm rocking one leg. '''JEAL-ESSS?!'''"
* PlayingGertrude: She's only a few years older than Creator/RachelMcAdams, who played her teenage daughter in ''Film/MeanGirls''.
* SesameStreetCred
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