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Anne Louise Dudek is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Tiffany Wilson in the 2004 film White Chicks, Dr. Amber Volakis on the American television show House, Clare Pettengill on the British television show The Book Group, and Francine Hanson on the American television show Mad Men.

Early lifeEdit

Dudek was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Northwestern University. Her surname is Slavic and means hoopoe (a type of bird).

CareerEdit

From the mid-1990s (while at Northwestern University) through 2001, Dudek appeared in various theater productions and on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in Wrong Mountain in 2000, and she won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for outstanding performance in The Glass Menagerie.

After success on Broadway, she made the jump to television, with her first starring role coming on the British comedy drama The Book Group. She has since guest starred on other TV shows, including Desperate Housewives (as Karl Mayer's girlfriend in Season 1), How I Met Your Mother (as Ted's Krav Maga-trained ex-girlfriend), Friends (as "Precious," Mike Hannigan's girlfriend), ER (as a mother who accidentally shot her son), Charmed, Bones (as Seeley Booth's lawyer girlfriend), Numb3rs, and Six Feet Under. She also played Lucinda Barry in the pilot episode of Psych, and she portrayed a teacher who has a sexual relationship with one of her students (based on the case of Debra Lafave) on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Dudek had a recurring role on House beginning in season 4, as Amber Volakis, one of forty physicians under consideration by Dr. House for permanent positions on his team. Her character, nicknamed "Cutthroat Bitch" by House, continued to the end of the season but was killed in the two-part season 4 finale, "House's Head" and "Wilson's Heart." She would later reappear as a hallucination by House in the season 5 episode "Saviors" and appear as such for the remainder of the season. Dudek later appeared in Mad Men as next-door neighbor Francine Hanson, and on Big Love as one of antagonist Alby Grant's wives, both recurring roles. In 2010, Dudek joined the cast of Covert Affairs, portraying Danielle Brooks, the sister of the central character. On film, she played the role of cruise line heir Tiffany Wilson in the 2004 comedy film White Chicks. She also played Anthony Hopkins' daughter in The Human Stain.

In 2012, Anne Dudek played a role of an ISS astronaut on the TV show Touch in Season 1 Episode 8. She also reprised her role as Amber Volakis for the House series finale, "Everybody Dies."

Personal lifeEdit

Dudek is married to artist Matthew Heller. They have a son, Akiva, born on December 14, 2008, and a daughter, Saskia, born in February 2012.

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