Date of Birth : Mar 16th 1967
Graham, an Irish American, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Donna Grant, a fashion buyer, and Lawrence Graham, a candy industry lobbyist who was the former President for the chocolate and confection industry association. Her parents divorced when she was five, prompting Graham and her father to move to the D.C. area, where he became a congressional staffer. Graham traveled extensively with her father while growing up.
Graham discovered acting while in elementary school and further honed her talent at Langley High School, where she took part in the drill team. Yet she excelled on the stage, and Graham quickly took to acting in community theatre and other small productions. Graham graduated from Barnard College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After moving to Texas in 1992, she earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting Performance from Southern Methodist University.
After completing her education, Graham moved to New York City where she became a cocktail waitress and aspiring actress. In 1995, she relocated to Hollywood.
In addition to her many guest starring and co-starring roles on prime-time television, Graham starred in three failed sitcoms, including Townies (with Molly Ringwald and Jenna Elfman) and the short-lived sitcom Lush Life (with Lori Petty and Karyn Parsons). Between 1996 and 1997 Graham became a regular guest star on several hit NBC shows. She played a graduate student who caught the eye of Dick on Third Rock from the Sun, Richard’s dim-witted girlfriend on Caroline in the City, and Jerry’s speed-dial ranking girlfriend on Seinfeld. She played a Hollywood producer in a three-part episode of Law & Order, where she acted opposite Scott Cohen, who would later play Graham’s love interest on Gilmore Girls. Her most notable guest performance was as a highly-inept efficiency expert on Newsradio. The show’s producers hoped to add her to the cast, but test audiences responded poorly to the new character (her attempts to be Lisa’s friend at any and all costs wore thin after a while).
In 2000, Graham landed her breakthrough role as the comedic character Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, the program that would finally launch her to stardom. For her work she received a nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) at the 2001 Golden Globe Awards. Beginning with Season 7 episode “To Whom It May Concern” and continuing through out the rest of the season, Graham served as a producer on Gilmore Girls. TV Guide reported that she received the position in an attempt to persuade her to sign for an eighth season.