Missi Pyle may be best known as Violet Beauregarde’s scheming, wildly grinning mother in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. With her expressive face, impeccable comic timing, and knack for creating memorable off-kilter characters, the versatile actress and singer has appeared in many modern comedy hits, including 2011’s Oscar-winning The Artist. She’s also a staunch ally of the LGBT community.
Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Tennessee, Pyle attended North Carolina’s School of the Arts. Her role as a love-struck, hysterically taut-faced alien in 1999’s hit Star Trek spoof,Galaxy Quest, put her on the map, leading to parts in Josie and the Pussycats, Big Fish, DodgeBall (with an insanely unflattering makeover that called to mind a Neanderthal Princess Leia), Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, TV’s The Sarah Silverman Project, Pushing Daisies, and Boston Legal, on which she played a lesbian who wanted to become a priest. She also performs country music with CD titled “It’s OK To Be Happy.”