Lake Bell began her entertainment career on TV shows and low-budget movies in the early 2000s, then shot to stardom as the writer, star and director of the indie film In a World.... She grew up in New York City, studied acting in England and made her big screen debut in 2002's Speakeasy (starring David Strathairn), and her small screen debut in episodes of E.R. While working in television and films, Bell was working on her career as a screenwriter and filmmaker. She made a short film in 2010, but it was 2013's In A World... that made her a star at film festivals and drew the attention of Hollywood, as well as publicity that focused on her good looks as well as her fiery independence. Her television credits include The Practice and its spin-off, Boston Legal (2004-06), and the cable series Childrens Hospital (2008-2013) and How To Make It In America (2010-11). On the big screen, she's appeared mostly in harmless or raunchy comedies, including What Happens in Vegas (2008), No Strings Attached (2011) and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011).
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