Merrin Dungey is an American actress renowned for her role as Kelly Palmer in the American sitcom, The King of Queens. She started her career in the showbiz industry at the age of 24. The actress hasn’t made much of a mark in filmography, however, huge fandom in TV. Before entering the entertainment industry, she was a ballet dancer as well as a great ice skater.
Merrin Dungey was the Youngest to Win UCLA Acting Award
Merrin was born on August 6, 1971, in Sacramento, California, USA. The actress was involved in the entertainment industry long before making her career as an actress.
She loved dancing from an early age. She started ballet dancing at the age of four, for instance. Before discovering her skills in acting, she also did some ice skating.
Merrin’s father’s name is Don Dungey and her mother’s name is Judith Dungey. She also has an elder sister, Channing Dungey. Channing Dungey is the president of ABC Entertainment Group.
The 49-year-old actress grew up in her hometown. She passed the high school from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento in 1989. Likewise, she joined UCLA to major in English. However, she ended up graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Arts.
At first, she intended to major in English. Then, while in her sophomore years, she participated in school plays. Eventually, she won the UCLA Acting Award. Moreover, she was the youngest to ever win the award. As a result, she changed her major to theatre.
Before landing a recurring role in the ABC sitcom, The King of Queens, the actress had to work three-day jobs to make ends meet. She used to work as a personal assistant to an executive at Warner Bros Studios. However, she also did part-time jobs as a waitress and food delivery girl at Zone.
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Merrin Has Been Active in the Showbiz Industry For Over Two Decades
The actress began her acting career in 1995. She debuted on the big screen, portraying Monique in the TV series, Martin. Then, she had minor roles before making it to the film. Her first film role was Sheila Bradley in Deep Impact (1998).
The diva started gaining fame after her role as Kelly Palmer in the ABC sitcom, The King of Queens. However, she only got a prominent role in the series, Alias (2001).
Merrin is a Married Woman
The Alias’ actress is married to a wonderful man, Matthew Drake. The couple exchanged their wedding vows in May 2007 in a Mariachi-themed wedding in the Mexican resort city of Cancun.
Merrin and Matthew have been married for over 13 years. In addition, they have two beautiful children, born in 2008 and 2011.
Merrin Dungey Net Worth
With a career of over two decades, the actress has been part of many TV shows and films. She particularly has rocked in TV in contrast to movies. Through her career in the showbiz industry, she has amassed a whopping sum of $3 million as her net worth.
Merrin is of black ethnicity, with chocolate color skin tone, black hair, and dark eyes. She stands 5’6” tall and has a slender body.
The hot actress has even appeared on the cover of some leading magazines, including People and Ebony.
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