She improv'd and impersonated several characters like Denise, a Boston teenager and Debbie Downer.Her other works include guest starring in "30 Rock", and made several comedies as well.
It’s unfair to focus on this is-she-ugly debate, but we’re vain and it’s important and because, damn it, I want to see Dratch in more stuff.
Much of the memoir concerns her late-in-life pregnancy (the “Midlife Miracle” of the title).
As Dratch writes—with serious charm—about her experience, she spares any bitterness toward anyone.
Her career did fall off pretty sharply after the 30 Rock thing, but I’ll argue that she just needs one more defining role to become a gay icon—so seriously, Hollywood make this gay icon status thing happen.
I didn’t realize how much discussion went on over Dratch’s looks until I Google image-searched “Rachel Dratch Maxim cover” to make sure that she was never, in fact, on the cover of Maxim.
I found a split-screen the magazine ran in an article, Dratch next to the Muppet character Gonzo.
Before she graduated, she also attended the National Theater Institute at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Plus, she became a member of the school's improv comedy group called "Said and Done." She graduated in 1988 and moved to Chicago, Illinois.
From there, she studied improvisational theater to further her education. Her big break came when she was cast as a "Saturday Night Live" member between 1999 to 2006.
Her career died down, and she had a lot of free time…so a baby happened. Her pregnancy came after she started to make peace with the fact she probably wouldn’t be a mother—for a lot of her life dating remained on hold because of her career and her love of hanging out with gay men (see: almost gay icon status). But here I was at forty, forty-one, forty-two, now forty-three.
With the same grace she showed writing about the 30 Rock re-casting, Dratch discusses wanting a child … I kept moving up the window of fertility and possibility, trying to adjust to the fact that I wasn’t having kids.
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