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Kat Dennings Biography

Kat Dennings


Date of Birth
13 December 1986, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Name
Katherine V. Litwack

5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Biography
Kat Dennings was born Katherine Litwack in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, to Ellen (Schatz), a speech therapist and poet, and Gerald Litwack, a molecular pharmacologist. She is the youngest of five children. Her family is of Russian Jewish descent. Kat was predominantly home-schooled, graduating at the age of fourteen. Her family subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California to support Kat acting full-time.

After work doing commercials, she began work in television, starting with a role on HBO's Sex and the City (1998), following up with roles on Raising Dad (2001), The Scream Team (2002), Everwood (2002), Without a Trace (2002) and ER (1994), among others.

Kat made the move to the big screen with supporting roles in Raise Your Voice (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Big Momma's House 2 (2006). She later achieved a level of fame with roles in The House Bunny (2008) and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008).

Kat continues to act in feature films and is an avid video blogger. Since 2011, she has starred with Beth Behrs in the CBS television series 2 Broke Girls (2011).

  • Kat, who portrays Bob Saget's oldest daughter on Raising Dad (2001), was born on the same day and in the same year (June 13, 1986) as Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, who portrayed Saget's youngest daughter on Full House (1987).
  • Was originally cast as Laynie Hart on Everwood (2002), but the role was recast for unknown reasons. It later went to Nora Zehetner.
  • Most of the characters she plays tend to be "rebellious daughters" around 15 or 16.
  • Ranked #55 on Interview magazine's Hollywood faces to watch "Future Stars of Tomorrow".
  • Took piano lessons for her role as Sloane in Raise Your Voice (2004).
  • She is near-sighted.
  • Youngest of five children. Father is a molecular pharmacologist. Mother is a poet and speech therapist. Both are Jewish.
  • Of her family members, she has a mother named Ellie, a father named Gerald, a brother named Geoffrey, and a sister named Debbie.
  • Is best friends with her 2 Broke Girls (2011) co-star Beth Behrs.
  • Her favorite television series: Smallville (2001), South Park (1997), The Osbournes (2002), Absolutely Fabulous (1992), Roswell (1999), Dawson's Creek (1998), Neighbours (1985), That '70s Show (1998), The Simpsons (1989).
  • Is good friends with Evan Rachel Wood.
  • She collects old books and is a voracious reader.
  • Ranked #16 in People magazine's "25 Beauties (and Hotties) at 25" list in 2011.
  • Ranked #30 in Ask men's top 99 "most desirable" women of 2012.
  • Ranked #97 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2012 list.
  • Named as one of the "most desirable" famous women for 2013 in Ask men's list of top 99 "most desirable" women.
  • Kat and Josh Groban have been in a relationship since October 2014.
  • Trademarks:
  • Often plays rebellious characters with a sarcastic sense of humor
  • Dark lipstick and pale skin
  • Blue eyes and full pouty lips
  • Curvaceous, buxom figure
  • Deadpan delivery
  • Husky sultry voice
  • Quotes
  • There's nothing else I would rather do, unless there was a profession that involved cuddling bunny rabbits and kittens all day for money.
  • I've basically made a career out of my imagination. I feel very lucky.
  • (on Charlie Bartlett (2007)) I think it's an important movie for teenagers to see. There was a time when I thought I was crazy but really I was just a teenager. It's important to realize you're not the only person going through it.
  • I've had people tell me to get Mystic Tan, blonde highlights, choppy haircuts, but I've made a conscious decision not to cave.
  • I don't take crap from anyone, so that makes people think I'm rebellious. I'm not. I'm just not a pushover.
  • [on not going to night clubs] Ugh, you can't even talk in those places. Plus, I don't drink and I don't smoke and I don't like being around people who do.

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