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KALEY CUOCO

Kaley Cuoco

Born Kaley Christine Cuoco
November 30, 1985
Camarillo, California, U.S.
Other names Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Occupation Actress

Kaley Christine Cuoco (/ˈkeɪli ˈkwoʊkoʊ/ KAY-lee KWOH-koh; born November 30, 1985) is an American actress. After a series of supporting film and television roles in the late 1990s, she landed her breakthrough role as Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules, on which she starred from 2002 to 2005. Thereafter, Cuoco appeared as Billie Jenkins on the final season of the television series Charmed (2005–2006). Since 2007, she has starred as Penny on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, for which she has received Satellite, Critics’ Choice, and People’s Choice Awards. Cuoco’s film work includes roles in To Be Fat like Me (2007), Hop (2011) and Authors Anonymous (2014). She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. In October 2017, Cuoco founded Yes, Norman Productions.

Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, the elder daughter of Layne Ann (Wingate), a homemaker, and Gary Carmine Cuoco, a realtor. Her father is of Italian descent while her mother is of English and German ancestry. Her sister, Briana, competed on the fifth season of The Voice. As a child, Cuoco was a regionally ranked amateur tennis player, a sport she took up when she was 3 years old. She stopped playing at the age of 16.

Career
Cuoco made her first feature film appearance as the young Karin Carter in the 1995 action thriller Virtuosity. From 2000 to 2001, Cuoco appeared on the CBS sitcom Ladies Man and in 2000 she portrayed former The Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick in the TV movie Growing Up Brady as well as starring in the Disney Channel original film Alley Cats Strike. In September 2002, Cuoco began a starring role as Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules. Bridget was the oldest child, despite Cuoco being six years younger than Amy Davidson, who played her younger sister. Because of low ratings, ABC canceled the series on May 17, 2005.

Cuoco starred in the Lifetime film To Be Fat like Me, which premiered on January 8, 2007. She played a minor role in the Prison Break episodes “The Message” and “Chicago”, as well as starring in the comedy horror spoof Killer Movie in 2008. She also appeared in the 2010 film The Penthouse. In 2011, Cuoco appeared in Allure magazine’s annual “Naked Truth” feature. That same year, she appeared in the films Hop and The Last Ride. She was also chosen to host the Teen Choice Awards in 2011,[18] as well as the People’s Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013. Cuoco is a regular on Priceline.com commercials as the daughter of William Shatner’s character.

In October 2017, Cuoco founded Yes, Norman Productions, a film and television production company which entered an exclusive multi-year first look production deal with Warner Bros. Television. The company optioned the rights to The Flight Attendant, a book written by author Chris Bohjalian, which will be developed into an limited series, with Cuoco to star and executive produce.

Personal life

While working on The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco privately dated co-star Johnny Galecki for roughly two years until December 2009, while their characters on the show were also dating. She told CBS Watch in September 2010 that they have remained on good terms since ending their relationship.[23] She became engaged to addiction specialist Josh Resnik in October 2011, but they ended their engagement by March 2012. Cuoco subsequently became engaged to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting in September 2013, after three months of dating. They married on December 31, 2013, in Santa Susana, California. On September 25, 2015, it was announced that the two decided to divorce. The divorce was finalized in May 2016. Following the split, she began dating equestrian Karl Cook in late 2015. They became engaged on November 30, 2017, Cuoco’s 32nd birthday.

Cuoco received significant media attention surrounding a remark she made in an interview with Redbook magazine. When asked if she considered herself a feminist, Cuoco responded:

Is it bad if I say no? I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that’s because I’ve never really faced inequality…I cook for Ryan five nights a week: it makes me feel like a housewife. I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men.]

In subsequent interviews, Cuoco has apologized for and retracted these statements, telling Cosmopolitan magazine, “of course I’m a fucking feminist. Look at me. I bleed feminism.”

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Quicksand: No Escape Connie Reinhardt
1995 Virtuosity Karin Carter
1997 Picture Perfect Little girl
1997 Toothless Lori
1998 Mr. Murder Charlotte Stillwater
2000 Alley Cats Strike Elisa Bowers
2000 Growing Up Brady Maureen McCormick
2000 Can’t Be Heaven Teresa Powers
2003 A Merry Mickey Celebration Herself
2004 Debating Robert Lee Maralee Rodgers
2004 Crimes of Fashion Brooke Sarto
2004 The Hollow Karen
2005 Lucky 13 Sarah Baker
2006 Separated at Worth Gabby
2006 Wasted Katie Cooning
2006 Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion – Diamondz Kirstee Smith Voice
2007 To Be Fat like Me Alyson Schmidt
2007 Cougar Club Amanda
2008 Killer Movie Blanca Champion
2010 The Penthouse Erica Roc
2011 Hop Samantha O’Hare
2011 The Last Ride Wanda
2014 Authors Anonymous Hannah Rinaldi
2015 The Wedding Ringer Gretchen Palmer
2015 Burning Bodhi Katy
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Eleanor Voice
2016 Why Him? Justine (AI) Voice
2017 Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie Herself

Television

Year Title Role Notes

1994 My So-Called Life Young Angela Chase Episode: “Father Figures”
1994 Northern Exposure Miranda Episode: “Hello, I Love You”
1996 Ellen Little Ellen Morgan Episode: “The Bubble Gum Incident”
2000 Homewood PI Lauren Crane Episode: “Pilot”
2000 Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush Ashley
2000–01 Ladies Man Bonnie Stiles Main role (Season 2); 8 episodes
2001 7th Heaven Lynn Episode: “Relationships”
2002 First Monday Alyssa Episode: “Pilot”
2002 The Ellen Show Vanessa Episode: “Shallow Gal”
2002 The Nightmare Room Kristin Ferris Episode: “My Name is Evil”
2002–05 8 Simple Rules Bridget Hennessy Main role; 76 episodes
2004 The Help Carly Michaels Episode: “Pilot”
2004 Complete Savages Erin Episode: “For Whom the Cell Tolls”
2004 Punk’d Herself Season 3, Episode 3
2004 10.5 Amanda Williams Main role; 2 episodes
2004–06 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Brandy Harrington (voice) Main role; 77 episodes
2005–06 Bratz Kirstee Smith (voice) Main role (Season 1); 17 episodes
2005–07 Loonatics Unleashed Paula Hayes / Weather Vane (voice) Recurring role; 3 episodes
2005–06 Charmed Billie Jenkins Main role (Season 8); 22 episodes
2006 Secrets of a Small Town Misty Anders Episode: “Pilot”
2007 Prison Break Sasha Murray Episodes: “The Message” and “Chicago”
2007–present The Big Bang Theory Penny Main role
2012 Drew Peterson: Untouchable Stacy Peterson Television film
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: “Kaley Cuoco Wears a Black Blazer and Slip on Sneakers”

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