Margaret Emily "Maggie" Wheeler (née Jakobson; born August 7, 1961) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Janice on the sitcom Friends. She was also a recurring character on Everybody Loves Raymond as Linda and Anita Warrell on the sitcom Ellen.

Personal life

Wheeler was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Barbara, a writer, and John Jakobson, a member of the New York Stock Exchange. She is married to Daniel Borden Wheeler, and has two children.


In the 1980s, Wheeler (under her maiden name of Jakobson) briefly dabbled in voice acting on the animated series SilverHawks, where she provided all the female voices, specifically the villainess Melodia and the heroine Steelheart/Emily Hart, and on the Karate Kat and Mini-Monsters segments of The Comic Strip.

It was rumored that Wheeler auditioned for the role of Monica Geller, however after many interviews she stated that it was a false rumour, she was however invited to play Janice Goralnik, a recurring character who was a frequent love interest of main character Chandler Bing. She appeared at least once in each season; her 19 episodes tie her with Christina Pickles for Friends’ second most frequent guest actor, behind only Elliott Gould's 20 episodes.

She also auditioned for the role of Debra Barone, on the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Although she was the producers' choice, CBS ended up selecting Patricia Heaton. Instead, Wheeler played the recurring role of Debra's friend, Linda.

According to Kathy Griffin's autobiography, Official Book Club Selection, Wheeler was cast in the role of Vicki for the pilot episode of Suddenly Susan and was eventually replaced by Griffin.

She had a star billing in the first season of Ellen. She appeared on the hit comedy Seinfeld in the episode "The Fix-Up", as one of Elaine's friends who is set up with George. She has appeared in many other television programs, including Drake & Josh, ER, The X-Files, The War at Home, Will & Grace, Jack and Jill, How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In 1997, Wheeler voiced Harley Quinn's replacement in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Millions". In 1998, she appeared in the remake of Disney'sThe Parent Trap, playing the younger of a mother-daughter pair of camp counselors. She also guest starred in the Disney Channel Original SeriesShake It Up as Dina's Mom.

In 2005, Wheeler starred opposite David DeLuise on the NBC pilot The Sperm Donor. Wheeler provided the voice of Odile in Barbie of Swan Lake, and in 2010 she voiced Trinette in four episodes of Archer on FX.


1982Soup for OneNurse
1983PortfolioAssistant Choreographer
1984New Show, TheThe New ShowVarious4 episodes
1985Paper Chase, TheThe Paper ChaseEpisode: "The Day Kingsfield Missed Class"
1986SilverHawksMelodia / Steelheart (voice)TV series
1987The Comic Strip

Karate Kat

Ciaobaby and Meowbaby - (voices)TV series
1987Someone to LoveAttendee
1989Mortal SinsMarie
1989New Year's DayLucy
1990L.A. LawPaula LightsEpisode: "The Good Human Bar"
1991Dream OnBonnie DeckerEpisode: "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh"
1992SeinfeldCynthiaEpisode: "The Fix-Up"
1992Civil WarsEpisode: "Mob Psychology"
1992Doogie Howser, M.D.Elena SpencerEpisode: "What You See Ain't Necessarily What You Get"
Episode: "The Patient in Spite of Himself"
1993Sexual HealingSuzanne
1994X-Files, TheThe X-FilesDet. Sharon LazardEpisode: "Born Again"
1994–2004FriendsJanice Litman-Goralnik (née Hosenstein)19 episodes
1994–1996EllenAnita Warrell13 episodes
1995Pride & JoyFlight AttendantEpisode: "Terror at 30,000 Feet"
1996–2004Everybody Loves RaymondLinda Gruenfelder11 episodes
1998New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman AdventuresFake Harley (voice)Episode: "Joker's Millions"
1998Love Boat: The Next WaveCindyEpisode: "True Course"
1998Parent Trap, TheThe Parent TrapMarva Kulp, Jr
1999Get RealJenniferEpisode: "Pilot"
2001Jack & JillKristen MossEpisode: "Crazy Like a Fox, Hungry Like the Wolf"
Episode: "Bag Full of Love"
2001It's Like, You Know...RachelEpisode: "Walking Tall"
2002Will & GracePollyEpisode: "Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard"
2002Justice LeagueAntiope / Perfume Lady
Firefighter / Pilot (voice)
Episode: "Fury: Part 1"
Episode: "Fury: Part 2"
2003CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationStand-Up ComedianEpisode: "Last Laugh"
2003Barbie of Swan LakeOdile (voice)Video
2003Lilo & Stitch: The SeriesAdditional VoicesEpisode: "Kixx: Experiment 601"
2004Kim PossibleDr. Renton (voice)Episode: "Motor Ed"
2005Paine ManagementJeanine BernsenTV movie
2005Fat ActressWoman Diapering BabyEpisode: "Charlie's Angels or Too Pooped to Pop"
2005Higglytown HeroesStreet Sweeper Hero (voice)Episode: "Higgly Frog Day/Eubie's Ele-Fantastic Adventure"
2005E-RingInvestigatorEpisode: "Escape and Evade"
2006Drake & Josh3rd Cousin DeniseEpisode: "Alien Invasion"
2006Dr. Dolittle 3Brown Hen / Fluffy Hen (voice)Video
2006ERAmy KellermanEpisode: "Ames v. Kovac"
2006Friday Night LightsTeacherEpisode: "It's Different for Girls"
2007War at Home, TheThe War at HomeMindyEpisode: "It's a Lower-Middle-Upper-Middle Class Problem"
Episode: "The War of the Golds"
2007Walking DreamsJenny
2007How I Met Your MotherMargaretEpisode: "Dowisetrepla"
2009Without a TraceGail MenkenEpisode: "Wanted"
2009Breakdown, TheThe BreakdownJennifer
2009ArcherReceptionist (voice)Episode: "Mole Hunt"
2010ArcherTrinette Magoon (voice)Episode: "Training Day"
Episode: "Dial M for Mother"
Episode: "Blood Test"
Episode: "Stage Two"
2010Glenn Martin DDS(voice)Episode: "Jackie of All Trades"
2011Shake It UpMrs. GarciaEpisode: "Twist it Up"
Episode: "In The Bag it Up"
2011Curb Your EnthusiasmIlene SolotaroffEpisode: "Palestinian Chicken"
2012CalifornicationOphelia Robbins5 episodes
2014Hot in ClevelandRachel (Melanie's Childhood friend)Season 5 Episode 14 "Murder House"
2015The 3 Tails: A Mermaid AdventureMaria