Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein is well known for her role as the uptight, conservative surgeon in the medical drama series DrHouse. The show’s success made her reprise her role as Dr Lisa Cuddy for eight consecutive seasons. She was awarded the People’s choice awards for favorite TV drama actress and nominated for Outstanding performance by an Ensemble in the Screen Actors Guild awards for her role as Dr Lisa Cuddy. The talented actress is also a playwright and a prominent activist.


Lisa Edelstein was born on 21st of May, 1966 to Alvin Edelstein and Bonnie Edelstein. She was born and raised in Boston,Massachusetts. Her father Bonnie is a Pediatrician and worked with the Chilton memorial hospital. Her mother Alvin is a social worker. Lisa has Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish ancestry.

The talented actress graduated from the Wayne Valley High School in 1984. While in school, she was a prominent cheerleader. She did cheerleading for New Jersey Generals. The club was owned by Donald Trump. Lisa initiated a protest citing derogatory treatment of cheerleaders and this earned a lot of attention.

Later, the vivacious actress enrolled at Tisch School of Arts and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. Lisa originally started out as a playwright. She wrote and performed a play about AIDS which garnered wide praise in the New York theatre circuit. Following this, she started playing small roles in various TV shows. Edelstein’s big break came when she was roped in to play Dr Lisa Cuddy in the widely popular medical drama DrHouse. She appeared as one of the main characters and eventually the girlfriend of the protagonist Dr House, played by the hugely famous Hugh Laurie.

Post her starring in Dr House, Lisa has appeared at several other TV shows and also worked as a voice over artist in several animation films. Lisa had previously dated Petri Raisanen, Norman Kali and Giammario Villa. From 2014, she has been married to artist Robert Russell. The couple live in Los Angeles, California. Lisa is worth around 6.5 million USD. The actress is a staunch supporter of vegetarianism and has appeared in several campaigns of People for Ethical treatment of Animals (PETA)


Lisa garnered a lot of attention when she appeared in PositiveMe, a musical that she wrote composed and performed. The musical was about AIDS and it gathered widespread fame. Following this, she appeared in small roles in several TV shows such as Wings, The Larry Sanders Show, and Mad about You etc. Slowly, she started getting bigger roles in Relativity, Ally McBeal, Felicity, etc.

Lisa’s biggest break was when she was signed to play the role of Dr Lisa Cuddy, a very conventional and finicky surgeon who is at constant loggerheads with the protagonist Dr House. Her performance attracted a lot of fame and she won the people’s Choice awards is also a voice over artist and voiced for several movies such as Blade Runner, Justice League, American Dad etc. She is an animal lover and is the ambassador of Best Friends Society.

Last Modified: Mar 7, 2020

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