Alison Brie was born in Hollywood, California and grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena. Interested in acting at an early age, she began her career performing in community theater shows at the Jewish Community Center in Los Feliz. Her very first role was "Toto" in the Wizard of Oz.
After graduating from South Pasadena High School in 2001; Alison attended California Institute of the Arts where she received her BFA in Acting. While there, she was one of the original cast members in the world premiere of The Peach Blossom Fan, performed as the inaugural theater production at Disney's REDCAT Theater in Downtown LA.
During that period, Alison also studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.
Since graduating, she has continued to work in all forms of media, including film, television, and theater. She has performed in the Blank Theater Company's Young Playwright's festival and in shows at the Odyssey, Write-Act, and Rubicon Theaters, receiving an Indy Award for her haunting performance as "Ophelia" in the Rubicon's production of Hamlet.
She has performed guest spots for Comedy Central. One of Brie's first television roles was the minor character Nina, a novice hairdresser, on Hannah Montana in 2006. She also landed leading roles in a few independent films before landing her TV roles as Trudy Campbell on Mad Men in 2007 and Annie Edison on Community.
On April 15, 2010, Brie co-hosted G4's Attack of the Show. Brie has also appeared for a short segment on the G4 show, Web Soup.
She has a role in the upcoming film Montana Amazon. She made Maxim's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99. She has a role in Scream 4 due out in April of 2011.
In 2012, she starred in The Five Year Engagement with Emily Blunt.
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|As Trudy Campbell on Mad Men.|
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|As Annie Edison on Community.|
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