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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: City Of Edmonton News.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Rachel Dratch

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Famous For:
Saturday Night Live, The King of Queens, 30 Rock
Networth:
$3 Million
Currently Known For:
Actress, Comedian, and Writer
Famous Years:
1990s - Present
Birthdate:
February 22, 1966
Rachel Dratch


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  Famous For:
Saturday Night Live, The King of Queens, 30 Rock

  Networth:
$3 Million

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“I had always wanted to be on SNL, it’s not always great, but it’s this leftover childhood dream.” Rachel Dratch dabbled in acting in high school and knew she enjoyed it but never imagined she would make a career out of it. That all changed in the late 1980s when she moved to Chicago and studied improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic. She caught a huge break in the late 1990s and new millennium when she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Also adding in credits in The King of Queens, 30 Rock, Click, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, let’s take a closer look at Dratch’s journey to fortune and fame! Advertisements:

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Early Life and Career

Rachel Susan Dratch was born on February 22, 1966, in Lexington, Massachusetts where her father worked as a radiologist and her mother as a transportation director. Raised in a Jewish home alongside her younger brother Daniel, Dratch enjoyed a happy childhood and was dubbed the class clown by most of her teachers and friends at William Diamond Middle School. She discovered her knack for entertaining on the stage at Lexington High School where she appeared in several of the school’s productions. By then, she knew she preferred comedy over drama.

Confirming her interest in the performing arts at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 1986, she enrolled at Dartmouth College and earned her degree in drama and psychology in 1988. While at Dartmouth, she joined the improv comedy group “Said and Done.” After graduation, she moved from New Hampshire to Chicago, Illinois where she studied improv theater with ImprovOlympic and The Second City.

Dratch spent four years with The Second City and honed her talents in several revues. She rubbed elbows with future Saturday Night Live writers Adam McKay and Tina Fey, which foreshadowed her future as she teamed up with Fey to create their critically praised two-woman show, Dratch & Fey. They performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to rave reviews before the comedic duo parted ways, temporarily.

In the late 1990s, Dratch did the unthinkable when she left The Second City and ventured to Hollywood for bigger things. The gamble was huge and, like so many others, it didn’t pay off. “I left the Second City main stage and I went out to LA and nothing was happening,” she said. “That’s when I was worried that I would never work again. But a year later, I got Saturday Night Live.”

Rise to Fame

In 1999, Dratch’s career took a new turn when she was invited to join the cast of Saturday Night Live. On the series, she flourished and created a string of recurring characters including the Boston teen named Denise, the junior high school boy named Sheldon, and Debbie Downer. During her tenure on the show from 1999 to 2006, she saw dozens of other opportunities come her way as she made guest appearances on hit series like Third Watch (2000), Kim Possible (2002), Monk (2004), and Frasier (2004). She landed several recurring roles including that of Denise Ruth Battaglia on The King of Queens (2002-2004) and as various characters on 30 Rock (2006-2012).

After she left Saturday Night Live, Dratch struggled to find another major role. She lent her voice to several characters in Game Over (2004), O’Grady (2005-2006), Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2008), Squidbillies (2008), and Assy McGee (2008). She even ventured into film with minor roles in Looking for Kitty (2004), Her Minor Thing (2005), Winter Passing (2005), Click (2006), and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007). That’s when she accidentally started writing her book, Girl Walks Into a Bar…. Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, which was published in 2012.

“I didn’t originally intend on writing a book. I started writing during the day to feel like I was accomplishing something creative,” Dratch said. “I approached the literary agent at my acting agency because I wasn’t really acting much after SNL and 30 Rock, and I had a lot of time on my hands. While I was wasting a lot of time, I thought, if something funny happens, I should just write it down for a storytelling night or something like that. So, I’d write after I had a bad day dog-sitting, and all these stories eventually went into the book. I went to the literary agent at my acting agency and she really liked them, but they didn’t really have a place to go, so they kind of sat around for about a year.”

Dratch’s stories sat around until fate intervened and drastically changed the course of her life. After a string of terrible first dates, she met John Wahl, a California consultant in the natural foods industry. “I met John at a bar. I hate to give anyone encouragement that you’re going to meet someone at a bar,” she later said. “You go there a thousand times, and nothing happens. I’m no expert. Some people throw themselves into it and do the whole Internet thing. That wasn’t for me. I have to say it will happen when you’re not looking.”

Love took Dratch by complete surprise and, after six months of dating, Dratch learned she was pregnant. The 44-year-old Dratch and Wahl welcomed their son, Eli Benjamin, into the world on August 24, 2010. “Then I had this crazy life plot twist—meeting a guy and having a surprise baby at age 43—and then I went back and went, ‘Oh, now I have this crazy story on my hands.’ That’s when I wrote the proposal and got the book deal.”

With her book published in 2012, Dratch quickly settled into life as a mother after giving up on the idea once she turned 40. “You know when I was growing up, I knew I wanted to have kids but I knew I didn’t want to do it alone,” she admitted. “Then once I was 41, 42, I had to accept that I probably wouldn’t have kids unless I decided to adopt later on, but even then it would be with a partner.” Fast forward a decade and the now 53-year-old Dratch wouldn’t change a thing with her life or her career as she and Wahl have settled down in New York City to raise their son.

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