Happy Birthday, Lauren Graham!

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Happy birthday to TV sweetheart Lauren Graham! The Gilmore Girls actress turns 50 years old today.

Most beloved for playing single mother Lorelai Gilmore for eight years on the aforementioned WB series, Graham started her acting career in college while earning a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University. According to Biography, she moved to New York City after graduation but struggled to find work as an actress, landing only a few commercial gigs.

A change of scenery was in order, so Graham left the Big Apple for the West Coast and was cast in the Lea Thompson series Caroline in the City in 1995. She also earned roles on the short-lived shows Townies with Molly Ringwald and Jenna Elfman, Good Company, Conrad Bloom and M.Y.O.B., as well as appeared on Seinfeld, Law & Order and NewsRadio

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Though Graham's resume was taking shape at a moderate pace, it was her role on Gilmore Girls, starting in 2000, that made Hollywood and TV fans take notice. There was something so special about the heartwarming relationship between Graham's Lorelai and costar Alexis Bledel's Rory. And audiences and critics appreciated the realness to which Lorelai dealt with her up and down relationships with her parents and lovers. Graham was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for her work on the series, and because of its popularity, the show was recreated in 2016 as a reunion miniseries on Netflix. There are even reports that a second revival is on the way.

Graham solidified her success through parts in a variety of movies, like Bad Santa in 2003, The Pacifier in 2005 and Evan Almighty in 2007, and with her next TV character, Sarah Braverman, on NBC's Parenthood. The show ran for five years, from 2010 to 2015, with a cult following – viewers tuning in each week to see the relatable disfunctions of a large family. Along with more acting cred, Parenthood also brought Graham love – she started dating her costar Peter Krause during filming, and she is still with him today.

Coming up on the horizon, Graham will star as the lead in a Fox comedy called Linda From HR, according to Deadline, as well as have a recurring role on the ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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