Molly Ephraim was an American actress who appeared in several movies, television, and Broadway plays, including movies like A Few Good Men, Everybody Loves Raymond, Dog Poop, Ordinary Joe, Pretty Woman, and Chicago. She is best known for her contribution as Mandy in the ABC comedy Last Man Standing. Mandy is a clerk at a comic book store who happens to bump into Ben Affleck’s character in the movie. They hit it off and soon fall in love. Mandy runs into trouble when a group of bank security agents tries to bust her and Ben learn that he needs Mandy’s help to get into the comic book store.
Molly Ephraim was born in Louisiana and is of French and Jewish descent. She grew up in Seattle, Washington and graduated from college in Washington State. After graduation, she moved to California where she worked as an assistant public defender. After becoming a public defender, she worked on several different law and television shows, such as Scrubs, Frasier, Cheers, Seinfeld, Smallville, Frasier, Parks and Recreation, House, and Everwood. Molly Ephraim then went on to star in her own short-lived series entitled Mommy’s Friend.
Molly Ephraim’s acting career also included a role on Broadway as Desiree du Chauvet, an African-American maid. The role initially went to Rosa Salazar in an episode of Cheers, but was eventually changed to Mandy, who appeared in the final episodes of Rent. She appeared in a number of other television shows including Royal Punctum, Hawaii Five-0, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The Mentalist. It should be noted that she only had one episode of Smallville, which was not produced in the U.S., thus making her one of the few characters to appear on both American and television shows in this timeframe.
Molly Ephraim Measurements
|6 inches (91 cm)
|5 ft 7 in tall or else 1.75 m or 175 cm
|55 Kg or 121 lbs.
While her acting career has spanned the country, Molly Ephraim’s greatest performance may have been as a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on The West Wing. As President Bartlet tries to balance his duties between his work and his personal life, he seeks the aid of several different people in his life. Some of these people are his mother, grandmother, Reuben Feffer, his best friend, counselor, and speechwriter. As the show progresses, we see the relationship of each of these key players change, develop, and fall in love.
Molly Ephraim’s first and most notable acting break was in the late eighties, playing the title role in the cult comedy classic Everybody Loves Raymond. The role saw her playing the very first black female role on television, something that would be something of a rarity for an actress at that point in time. Although no TV shows of that era featured a majority of women of color, her role in Everybody Loves Raymond paved the way for many others. Other notable roles that she has since given were on The OC, Smallville, Chuck and Mary Spaulding, Brides, and several other early showings on television.
Following the series finale of Everybody Loves Raymond, Molly Ephraim appeared in a number of other acclaimed and memorable shows, most notably the movie adaptation of the same character as well as the musical Little Red Riding Hood. She also had a chance to revisit her epically-popular role as the headstrong yet pitiably dull princess in the sequel to Everybody Loves Raymond, called The Princess and the Pea. After a successful Broadway run and critical acclaim, Molly Ephraim quickly found herself back in the spotlight, starring in a number of dramas and action films throughout the 1990s. She later went on to star in a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including Pretty Woman, L.J. Smith’s Angels with Dirty Faces, Rob Reiner’s Wildfire, the Harry Potter film series, and finally, A History of Women, which was made by directs Helen Mirren and Steven Soderbergh.