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Lauren Graham

Joan, "Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist"

Lauren Graham plays Joan on NBC’s new midseason drama “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”

Graham is an award-winning actress, producer and New York Times bestselling author, best known for her work on the critically acclaimed television shows “Parenthood” and “Gilmore Girls.” 

For her performance on “Gilmore Girls,” Graham was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series, and two Television Critics Association Awards for Individual Achievement in both Drama and Comedy. Additionally, she earned two Teen Choice Awards, a Best Actress nod from Viewers for Quality Television and was honored by Planned Parenthood as a “Champion of Choice” for her work with family issues on and off screen. 

Graham reprised her beloved role as Lorelai Gilmore in “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix” in 2016. She most recently appeared in the acclaimed HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and voiced the character Oxana Hauntley in the Disney Jr. animated series “Vampirina.” 

Graham’s debut novel, “Someday, Someday, Maybe,” the story of a struggling young actor trying to achieve her dreams in New York City - received glowing reviews, was called “a charmer of a first novel” by The Wall Street Journal and was a New York Times bestseller. She adapted the novel as a television series for Warner Bros TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production. 

In 2016, Graham released “Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), her first work of nonfiction. It is a collection of humorous and heartfelt essays about the awkward adolescent years, the confusing dating years and the fulfilling working years as an actor in New York and Los Angeles. She also gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Gilmore Girls” revival. The book ran on the New York Times bestsellers list for multiple weeks. 

On stage Graham starred as Miss Adelaide in the 2009 Broadway revival of the classic musical comedy “Guys & Dolls.” 

Graham holds a degree in English from Barnard College, and an M.F.A. from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU.