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Lauri Hendler is an American actress, comedian, and voice artist. She is best known for her role as Pee-wee Herman’s girlfriend, Gina, on the CBS television series Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986–1991), and for voicing the character of Janine Melnitz in the Ghostbusters franchise.

Hendler was born in New York City, the daughter of Barbara (née Bloom), a teacher, and Joel Hendler, a writer and editor. She has two older brothers, David and Peter. Hendler grew up in the New York metropolitan area and graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1981. She attended Yale University, where she studied drama and was a member of the improv comedy group Purple Crayon.

After graduation, Hendler moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career with guest appearances on television shows such as Cheers, Family Ties, and The Golden Girls. In 1986, she landed the role of Gina on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which she played for five seasons. Hendler also voiced the character of Janine Melnitz in the Ghostbusters franchise, appearing in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991) and the films Ghostbusters II (1989) and Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009).

In addition to her work on television and in film, Hendler has also appeared onstage, including a starring role in the Broadway production of The Heidi Chronicles in 1989.

Hendler has been married to actor Paul Reiser since 1988. The couple have two children.

Hendler’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million.

General Info

Full NameLauri Hendler


MoviesHigh School U.S.A., The Story Beyond the Still
TV ShowsWing Commander Academy, Gimme a Break!, A New Kind of Family

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Inclusion Criteria2017post-productionDr. Greta Brinkman
Veep2016TV SeriesHeckler
The Middle2015TV SeriesTeacher
Saints Row IV2013Video GameJane Valderamma (voice, as Laurie Hendler)
Shameless2013TV SeriesActivist Mother
Southland2012TV SeriesBuzby
Saints Row: The Third2011Video GameJane Valderamma (voice)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011Video GameAlea Qunitus / Colette Marence / Elda Early-Dawn / ... (voice)
Torchwood2011TV SeriesAngry Nurse
The Story Beyond the Still2011ShortNurse 2
Faux Baby2008TV SeriesCarrie
Saints Row 22008Video GameJane Valderama (voice)
ER2006TV SeriesLenore Bee
Strong Medicine2004TV SeriesSuzanne Simmonds
Without a Trace2004TV SeriesMrs. Levine
Citizen Baines2001TV SeriesPanero
Becker2001TV SeriesMrs. Howarth
The West Wing2000TV SeriesLawyer
Charmed2000TV SeriesSocialite
Wing Commander Academy1996TV SeriesLindsay 'Payback' Price / Maya McEaddens
Harry and the Hendersons1993TV SeriesMary
FernGully: The Last Rainforest1992Additional Voice (voice)
Eerie, Indiana1991TV SeriesFifi
The Flamingo Kid1989TV ShortNikki Willis
Heartbeat1989TV SeriesCleo Flemming
Mr. Belvedere1987TV SeriesBobbi Bilinski
ABC Afterschool Specials1978-1987TV SeriesDiane Sherman / Carrie Mills / Teague Harrington
Gimme a Break!1981-1986TV SeriesJulie Kanisky Julie Kanisky Maxwell Julie Kaniksy
High School U.S.A.1983TV MovieNadine
Why Us?1981TV ShortZoey Sanborn
Magnum, P.I.1980TV SeriesNancy
The Promise of Love1980TV MovieLaurie
Portrait of an Escort1980TV MovieMandy
A New Kind of Family1979-1980TV SeriesHillary Flanagan
ABC Weekend Specials1978-1979TV SeriesLittle Lulu
The Child Stealer1979TV MovieAndrea
Three's Company1978TV SeriesLaurie
Lou Grant1978TV Series5th Grader
CHiPs1978TV SeriesRobin


E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The $10,000 Pyramid1983-1987TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Super Password1984-1987TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Celebrity Double Talk1986TV SeriesHerself
Circus of the Stars #101985TV Special documentaryHerself - Trapeze Artist
Body Language1985TV SeriesHerself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Go1983TV SeriesHerself


Nominated Awards

1987Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Performance by a Young Actress in a Long Running Series Comedy or DramaGimme a Break! (1981)
1985Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Television Comedy SeriesGimme a Break! (1981)
1984Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Comedy SeriesGimme a Break! (1981)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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