Last Updated: January 4, 2024
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Net Worth:
$6 Million
Jun 25, 1979 (44 years old)
Oak Park
5 ft 5 in (1.67 m)
United States of America
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What is Busy Philipps' Net Worth?

Busy Philipps is an American actress, producer, and author who has a net worth of $6 million. Busy Philipps is best known for starring as Kim Kelly on "Freaks and Geeks" (1999–2000), Audrey Liddell on "Dawson's Creek" (2001–2003), and Laurie Keller on "Cougar Town" (2009–2015). Busy has more than 60 acting credits to her name, and she received a story credit on the 2007 comedy "Blades of Glory." She hosted the E! talk show "Busy Tonight" from 2018 to 2019 and served as an executive producer, and she published the memoir "This Will Only Hurt a Little" in 2018. Philipps has also appeared in the films "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009) and "I Feel Pretty" (2018) and the television series "ER" (2006–2007) and "Vice Principals" (2016–2017). In 2021, she began playing Summer Dutkowsky on Peacock's "Girls5eva."

Early Life

Busy Philipps was born Elizabeth Jean Philipps on June 25, 1979, in Oak Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Philipps' babysitter gave her the nickname "Busy" as a child. Busy became interested in acting in elementary school and performed in school plays. Philipps attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, then she enrolled at Loyola Marymount University. Busy attended Loyola Marymount at the same time as actor Colin Hanks and her future "Freaks and Geeks" co-star Linda Cardellini, and she dated Hanks after college.

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When Philipps was in high school, she appeared at toy fairs as a real-life Barbie. Actress Sharon Stone saw Busy at a toy convention and told her that she was talented and would be a star someday. Philipps made her TV debut on "Saving Graces" in 1999, and that year she also began playing Kim Kelly on NBC's "Freaks and Geeks," which was created by Paul Feig and executive produced by Judd Apatow. The cult classic also starred Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel, and it aired 18 episodes. In 2000, Busy appeared in the film "The Smokers" and guest-starred on "Malcolm in the Middle," followed by the 2001 television films "Anatomy of a Hate Crime" and "Spring Break Lawyer." From 2001 to 2003, she played Audrey Liddell on 46 episodes of The WB series "Dawson's Creek," and she met her best friend, Michelle Williams, on the set. Philipps appeared in the films "Home Room" (2002), "Mummy an' the Armadillo" (2004), and "White Chicks" (2004) and the TV movies "Criminology 101" (2003) and "Foster Hall" (2004), and she guest-starred on Apatow's Fox series "Undeclared" in 2002.

In 2005, Busy lent her voice to "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story," "American Dad!," and "Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!" and was cast as Denise Johnson on the UPN series "Love, Inc.," which ran for 22 episodes. From 2006 to 2007, she had a recurring role as Dr. Hope Bobeck on the NBC medical drama "ER," and she guest-starred on "Entourage" and "How I Met Your Mother" in 2007. Philipps appeared in the 2008 romantic comedy "Made of Honor," and she played Kacy Corbin on five episodes of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, she appeared in the film "He's Just Not That Into You," guest-starred on "Kath & Kim," and landed the role of Laurie Keller on the ABC (later TBS) sitcom "Cougar Town." The series co-starred Courteney Cox and Christa Miller and aired 102 episodes over six seasons. While starring on "Cougar Town," Busy appeared in the films "I Don't Know How She Does It" (2011), "Made in Cleveland" (2012), "A Case of You" (2013), and "Jason Nash is Married" (2014) and guest-starred on "Community" (2011), "Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23" (2012), "Arrested Development" (2013), and "Garfunkel and Oates" (2014).

Philipps co-starred with Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Joel Edgerton in the 2015 film "The Gift," and she appeared in three episodes of "Drunk History" between 2014 and 2018. In 2016, she guest-starred on "New Girl," "Angie Tribeca," and "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$," and began playing Gale Liptrapp on Danny McBride's HBO series "Vice Principals." From 2018 to 2019, Busy guest-starred on two episodes of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and hosted "Busy Tonight," which aired 105 episodes. Philipps appeared in the 2018 film "I Feel Pretty" alongside Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, and Aidy Bryant, and in 2021, she guest-starred on "Search Party" and began starring as Summer Dutkowsky on "Girls5eva," which was renewed for a second season a few weeks after it premiered on Peacock.

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Personal Life

Busy married screenwriter Marc Silverstein on June 16, 2007, and they have two children, Birdie (born August 13, 2008) and Cricket (born July 2, 2013). Birdie is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, and on her podcast, "Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best," Philipps revealed that Birdie came out as gay when they were 10 years old.

In 2019, after the Alabama Legislature passed the "Human Life Protection Act," Busy tweeted, "1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth." A week earlier, Philipps had revealed that she had an abortion when she was 15. Busy later spoke at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing called " Threats to Reproductive Rights in America," stating, "I am a human being that deserves autonomy in this country that calls itself free, and choices that a human being makes about their own bodies should not be legislated by strangers who can't possibly know or understand each individual's circumstances or beliefs."

Awards and Nominations

In 2010, "Entertainment Weekly" named Busy Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "Cougar Town," and in 2011, the series earned her a Critics Choice Television Award in the same category. She also received a Gold Derby Award nomination for Comedy Supporting Actress for the show, and in 2002, she earned a Teen Choice Award nomination for TV – Choice Sidekick for "Dawson's Creek."

Real Estate

In 2005, Philipps paid $1.349 million for Rachel Bilson's Los Angeles home, and she sold it to Ginnifer Goodwin for $1.075 million in 2008. In 2020, Busy and Marc sold their 4,600 square foot Hollywood home for $3.95 million; they bought the four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house for $2.1 million in 2008. In early 2021, they purchased a 4,193 square foot home in the Hudson Valley area of New York for $1.625 million.

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