Nora Ruth Thorndike is a 37-year-old actress, comedian, voice actor and writer. She is best known for her hit film Trainwreck and her comedy show, Inside Nora Thorndike.
Nora was born the daughter of Ruby, an aspiring actress and model, and Don, a folk songwriter in the spring of 1978. Not long after, Don and Ruby parted ways and Nora's mother moved her daughter from the suburbs of New York to the suburbs of Los Angeles in order to pursue her own acting career. At an audition for a soap opera role, an agent spotted Nora and suggested Ruby bring her in for an audition for a commercial. From there, at five years old, Nora got her start in commercial work and began smaller roles on television.
Nora was homeschooled on and off of sets. She graduated with her high school equivalent in 1996 and delayed higher education until 2000, when she enrolled at Harvard University with a concentration in English Literature and a focus on writing and rhetoric.
Getting her start in bit roles in commercials and television spots, Nora's first major role was Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family in 1991. Her first adult role came as Polly Clark in Girl, Interrupted, in which she was critically praised for maturing acting skills. At 22, Nora began playing Claire Fisher in HBO's hit show, Six Feet Under. Despite having been in the business for 15 years, Nora cite this as the first role she felt attached and committed to. Filming in the summers, Nora spent the rest of her years working on Six Feet Under in Cambridge, Massachusetts, attending Harvard University as a literature student.
After Six Feet Under ended, Nora took some small roles, while also working at the William Esper Studio in New York City, studying the Meisner acting technique, and at the UCB theater, working in improvisational comedy. She worked in film but was most noted in televsion supporting roles, such as Sylvia Rosen on Mad Men and Jane Margolis on Breaking Bad. Nora auditioned for Saturday Night Live and was turned down, which she referred to as "turning point in [her] career", and inspired her to start working on her own concept for a comedy show. Exposure from the UCB theater and her solid resume landed her a deal with Comedy Central for 2013's Inside Nora Thorndike, which was an unexpected hit. In 2014, she played Donna Stern in Obvious Child, a role that won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Comedy Actress. Her show also won the Peabody Award for a 'comic inquisition of contemporary gender'. She wrote and directed her own film, Trainwreck, which was a summer blockbuster and nominated for several Golden Globes. 2015 was the year of real exposure for her, and the media attention was double-edged. Labeled a visionary and comedic genius by some and a vulgar hack by others, Nora was made quite aware that the public now had an opinion and were going to voice it whether she liked it or not. Currently, Nora is preparing to release her first book, "He's Just Not That Into Me", a memoir of essays about her past relationships. Originally offered one million dollars for a book deal in 2014, Nora backed out of the deal, saying publically that "I thought I could get more money for it if I waited." Sure enough, the deal she entered into in 2015 was closer to ten million.
Nora has been publically connected to various partners over the years, including publishing heir Miguel Donovan, television sportscaster Sam McIvor and street style photographer and blogger, Isaac George. She had a lengthy public relationship with horror film writer/director Charlie Givins. The two were introduced by Quentin Tarantino and dated from 2010-2013. In 2015, Nora began dating Irish actor Julian Andriessen, to much media speculation around their relationship. They openly attended several events together in 2015 and Nora has spoken openly about Julian on several late night programs.
Nora has written about her strained relationship with her parents, specifically her father, in her book.
» Drives a classic Datsun Z, stored in Los Angeles.
» Resides in a thoroughly refurbished Georgian townhouse situated in the Clerkenwell neighbourhood of London, with her partner, Julian Andriessen.
» Works loosely with a stylist but does not often rent couture, and instead buys her awards show gowns. Her first brush with fashion stardom came at the 2016 Met Gala, where she wore a fiberoptic gown created by Zac Posen for the event.
» Does exstensive fundraising and awareness work with Planned Parenthood and the Global Fund for Women.
» Was raised culturally Jewish, celebrates most significant holidays.