Her mother, Donna Grant, was a fashion buyer, and her father, Lawrence Graham, is a candy industry lobbyist  who has been president of the National Confectioners Association. She appeared in various commercials for products such as Dimetapp and Lean Cuisine and hosted free preview weekends on The Movie Channel.
She played a graduate student who caught the eye of Dick on 3rd Rock from the Sun , Richard's overly-optimistic girlfriend on Caroline in the City , and Jerry 's speed-dial ranking girlfriend on Seinfeld.
She also portrayed an antagonizing but friendship-starved efficiency expert on Newsradio. In addition to her many guest starring and co-starring roles on prime-time television, Graham starred in four failed sitcoms, including Townies with Molly Ringwald and Jenna Elfman ,   the short-lived sitcom Lush Life with Lori Petty and Karyn Parsons , and M.
Gilmore Girls and film roles[ edit ] Graham at the Evan Almighty premiere, In , Graham landed her breakthrough role as Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls - a witty "thirty-something" raising her teenage daughter in small town Connecticut. Graham said she felt "really connected to the material"  and the script for the series resonated with her due to its complexities: It's deep and it's light,' especially then, I had never seen before.
TV Guide reported that she received the position in an attempt to persuade her to sign for an eighth season. After winning her preliminary match, she came in second to another former Newsradio star, Maura Tierney , in the championship game.
Graham has said that she enjoys playing in short films, and acting in the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Broadway debut and Parenthood[ edit ] Graham at the Voice Awards Graham made her Broadway debut as Miss Adelaide in the revival of Guys and Dolls , which began preview performances at the Nederlander Theatre on February 5, and opened on March 1, Reviews for the play were mixed.
The production closed June 14, playing shows and 28 previews. However, the pilot was not given a series order.
Tierney left the show to seek treatment for cancer. In , Graham appeared in the adventure drama film Max , playing the mother of an American marine killed in Afghanistan who subsequently adopts his Malinois dog. The year also saw Graham beginning to appear recurrently in The Odd Couple , playing Gaby, the former wife of the series' main protagonist Oscar,  and appear in an episode of the hidden camera comedy Repeat After Me.
In October , Graham appeared in Middle School: As a result of her own distaste for portions of her youth, Graham related to the title, sparking her initial interest in participating. A Year in the Life. The comedic novel is a fictionalization of her experiences trying to become an actress in s New York. In November , Graham's second book was published: Smith,  Graham's book editor.
They first met in when they both appeared in the sitcom Caroline in the City , then became a couple while playing brother and sister on Parenthood.
They live together in Los Angeles.