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Ali Wentworth

Ali Wentworth

Ali Wentworth (born January 12, 1965) is an American actress, comedian, author, and producer.

Early life

Wentworth's mother, Muffie Cabot (née Mabel Bryant Hobart), was Nancy Reagan's White House social secretary from 1981 to 1983. Her father, Eric Wentworth, was a reporter for The Washington Post. Her stepfather, Henry Brandon, was the Washington correspondent for The Sunday Times of London, and her maternal grandmother was Janet Elliott Wulsin, an explorer.

Wentworth attended the Dana Hall School for Girls in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and studied drama at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York before she graduated from New York University.



Wentworth debuted as a cast member on the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color from 1992 to 1994. On the program, she was known for performing impressions of Cher, Amy Fisher, Hillary Clinton, Princess Diana, Brooke Shields, Lisa Marie Presley, Sharon Stone, and other characters. Her recurring characters included Candy Cane, a deranged kids' show host who had had a string of bad relationships with her male coworkers, and the promiscuous teenaged daughter of Grandpa Jack McGee (Jim Carrey) on The Dysfunctional Home Show.

Wentworth made appearances as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 1995, she played Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriend Sheila ("Schmoopie") in the memorable "Soup Nazi" episode of Seinfeld. She had a recurring role as the boss of the title character on the WB series Felicity.

In 2003, she co-hosted the syndicated talk show Living It Up! with Ali & Jack with Jack Ford. Since that show's cancellation and before, she has been a regular part of the guest host rotation for Live with Kelly and Ryan when Kelly Ripa was on vacation or had other commitments.

Wentworth starred in the comedy Head Case on the Starz television network. She guest starred on the NBC show The Marriage Ref. She hosted Daily Shot, a short daily talk-show segment on Yahoo! Shine.

In 2016, Wentworth created and starred in Nightcap as the lead character Staci Cole. The series was broadcast for two seasons.

Wentworth appeared as a celebrity guest on the July 23, 2017, episode of The $100,000 Pyramid, opposite Kathy Najimy, helping her contestant partner win the $150,000 grand prize. In 2020, Wentworth launched a podcast Go Ask Ali in partnership with shondaland audio. In 2022, she published a book, Ali's Well That Ends Well, about finding humor in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personal life

Wentworth is married to George Stephanopoulos, ABC News chief anchor, correspondent, and former political adviser to the Clinton administration. They met on a blind date in April 2001 and were engaged two months later. They married on November 20, 2001, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on New York City's Upper East Side in a lengthy service. They have two daughters: Elliott Anastasia Stephanopoulos (born September 9, 2002) and Harper Andrea Stephanopoulos (born June 2, 2005).

In an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Wentworth said a "well-known writer" once offered $40,000 to spend a night with her.


  • The WASP Cookbook, Warner Adult, 1997 ISBN 978-0-446-91210-5
  • Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales, 2012, Harper Collins ISBN 978-0-06-209809-2
  • Happily Ali After: And Other Fairly True Tales, HarperCollins, 2015 ISBN 978-0-062-23849-8 ISBN 0062238493
  • Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade), Harper, 2018 ISBN 978-0062466013
  • Ali's Well that Ends Well, HarperCollins, 2022 ISBN 978-0063242166

Screen credits


  • 1992: In Living Color ... Various (63 episodes, 1992–1994)
  • 1994: Hardball ... Lee Emory (unknown episodes)
  • 1995: Seinfeld ... Sheila (1 episode, 1995)
  • 1996: Life Among the Cannibals ... Suicidal Singer
  • 1996: Big Packages ... Susan
  • 1996: Jerry Maguire ... Bobbi Fallon
  • 1997: Trial and Error ... Tiffany Whitfield
  • 1997: The Real Blonde ... Raina
  • 1997: The Love Bug (TV) ... Alex Davis
  • 1999: Office Space ... Anne
  • 1999: Felicity ... Abby (2 episodes)
  • 2000: Meeting Daddy  ... Melanie Branson
  • 2001: Call Me Claus ... Lucy
  • 2009: It's Complicated ... Diane
  • 2016–2017: Nightcap ... Staci Cole


  • 2012–14: Daily Shot With Ali Wentworth ... Host
  • 2014: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee ( ... Herself (season 5, episode 6)
  • 2015–22: Live with Kelly and Ryan ... Guest Host
  • 2022: Would I Lie to You? (US)... Herself (Episode: "Banana Bread")
  • 2022: The Parent Test...Host

Writer / Producer

  • 2007: Head Case (28 episodes, 2007–2009)
Collection James Bond 007


External links

  • Ali Wentworth at IMDb
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Alexandra Wentworth in Starz Head Case
  • Head Games with Ali Wentworth Archived February 16, 2020, at the Wayback Machine,, Laura Swisher, January 30, 2008

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