Lisa Ann Walter (born August 3, 1963) is an American actress, comedian, writer and film producer. She has appeared in such films as the 1998 version of The Parent Trap, Bruce Almighty, Shall We Dance, and War of the Worlds. Walter also created and starred in the short-lived 1996–1997 sitcom, Life's Work. She was a judge on ABC's reality television series The Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?. She also won for her charity in a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link.

Early life

Walter was born and raised in suburban Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., where she remembers "always liking to show off" as a child. Her mother was of Italian descent and her father was from a family from Alsace, and had German ancestry. She was a high-achieving student and always the class clown. Walter's father worked at NASA and indulged his own love of performing after-hours in local community theater. Her mother was a teacher, later working at the local courthouse. Her parents, both native New Yorkers, divorced when Walter was in elementary school. She attended Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland, finally studying drama at the Catholic University of America under the tutelage of the renowned Father Gilbert Hartke. She began appearing in various regional and dinner theater productions, and met her future spouse, Sam Baum, while performing in "A Streetcar Named Desire". They married before moving to New York City, where both began various day jobs while raising their baby, shoehorning in frequent auditions and roles various off-Broadway venues. Walter performed at amateur night contests at some of the noted comedy clubs.


After five years of standup comedy, she was cast to star in her own Fox Network comedy series, My Wildest Dreams, followed by an ABC sitcom, Life's Work, which she both created and starred in. Walter also co-starred in the Bravo series Breaking News and in the NBC sitcom Emeril.

In addition to Bruce Almighty (2003) and Shall We Dance (2004), Walter co-starred in the Disney film The Parent Trap (1998); in the remake of the original classic, she appeared as the nanny to Dennis Quaid's character's daughter, who was played by a young Lindsay Lohan. Prior to that, she played Whoopi Goldberg's tarty sidekick Claudine in Eddie (1996).

In early 2007, Walter had a supporting role as Mabel the bartender in the MyNetworkTV soap opera Watch Over Me. That summer, she served as a judge on the ABC reality TV show The Next Best Thing, which searched for the best celebrity impersonators in America.

In the Spring of 2008, she was in the comedy film Drillbit Taylor, and also starred on the VH1 reality series Celebracadabra, in which celebrities competed to see who was the best magician among them. She made it to the final three but was eliminated in the sixth episode. She has developed a series for the Oxygen network called Dance Your Ass Off. On December 19, 2011, she appeared on "Rizzoli & Isles" as a dance and ballet coach, J.J. It was far from her usual role, as she played a very serious character in a drama. Her comic memoir, "The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me" was published in May 2011.

Beginning in May 2011, Walter hosted a talk show on Los Angeles radio station KFI. Known as "The Fabulous Lisa Ann Walter Show," the program aired for three hours each Saturday and Sunday. In August 2014, Walter quit in order to focus on her acting career.

Personal life

Walter resides in Los Angeles with her four children, including son Jordan, daughter Delia, and twin boys Simon and Spencer. She is developing enough material for a return to standup comedy. She remains good friends with British actor Simon Kunz who portrayed her love interest in The Parent Trap.



1998Parent Trap, TheThe Parent TrapChessy
2000Get Your StuffNancy Perry
2001Early Bird SpecialJanet
2003Bruce AlmightyDebbie
2004Shall We Dance?Bobbie
2005War of the WorldsBartender
2005Trouble with Dee Dee, TheThe Trouble with Dee DeeDee Dee Rutherford
2006Room 6Sgt. Burch
2006Coffee DateSara
2006Man vs. MondayJoanShort film
2007Entry LevelKathie
2008Drillbit TaylorDolores
2010WreckageDr. Richardson
2010KillersOlivia Brooks
2010Monsters Under the BedLeslie BransonShort film
2012Wedding DayChef Cherie
2013Feels So GoodLisa Wright
2014Wish WizardHelgaShort film
2015You Can't Have ItSuzanne
2015Dependent's DayBettePost-production
2015LA Spinster, TheThe LA SpinsterLisaShort film, filming


1995My Wildest DreamsLisa McGinnisMain role
1996–1997Life's WorkLisa Ann HunterMain role
1997Late BloomerCassie BalticTV film
1998Love Boat: The Next Wave, TheThe Love Boat: The Next WaveAudrey Cranston"How Long Has This Been Going On?"
2000Curb Your EnthusiasmNurse"Interior Decorator"
2000–2001EmerilCassandra GilmanRecurring role
2001Strong MedicineRita Harper"Hot Flash"
2002Breaking NewsRachel GlassMain role
2004Las VegasRose Gluck"Sons and Lovers"
2006Modern MenIris"Kyle Dates Up"
2006Nip/TuckMrs. Hickock"Reefer"
2006Watch Over MeMabel"Pilot", "The Engagement", "Goodbye"
2011Rizzoli & IslesCoach JJ"Don't Stop Dancing, Girl"
2013–2015Exes, TheThe ExesMargo"Defending Your Wife", "What Dreams May Come", "Along Came Holly"