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Today's birthday, August 22

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Today's birthday, August 22: American actress Kristen Wiig, (1973 -)

Before she made us laugh as the quirky and unstable Annie in the Bridesmaids movie, Kristen Wiig shined on the Saturday Night Live stage with her spot on impersonations and hilarious comedy sketches.

Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to parents Jon Wiig and Laurie Johnston.

While majoring in Art at the University of Arizona, Wiig attended her first acting class and enjoyed it so much she decided to pursue acting in Los Angeles a few years later.

It was in LA where Wiig auditioned and gained a spot on the celebrated improv troupe, The Groundlings, and soon established herself as a standout talent.

Her manager then encouraged her to audition for Saturday Night Live (SNL), and in mid-2005 she was hired for the show, making her debut the following November.

Wiig's characters on SNL - including naughty school girl Gilly and one-upping Penelope - became favourites among fans of the show, who also loved her impressions of financial adviser Suze Orman and Kris Jenner.

In 2009 she won an Emmy nomination for her work on SNL, and in the same year was named on the list of the 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly.

Following her success on SNL, Wiig made her film debut as the passive-aggressive TV executive in Knocked Up (2007), and then went on to star in several well received films such as Whip It (2009) and Adventureland (2009).

In 2011, Wiig co-wrote and starred in the box office hit Bridesmaids (2011), which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

Wiig made her final appearance as a cast member on SNL in 2012, and has since continued her work in film, including her most recent role in the remake of Ghostbusters (2016).

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