Mindy Kaling, (born Vera Mindy Chokalingam), was born June 24, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge in 1997. The following year, she began attending Dartmouth College, where she was a member of the improvisational comedy troupe "The Dog Day Players" and the a cappella group "The Rockapellas". She graduated in 2001.
In early 2004, she was hired as a writer and performer for the American version of The Office. To date, she has written 14 episodes for the series. Originally, it wasn't decided where to use her onscreen in the series, until the point in the episode "Diversity Day" where Steve Carell's insensitive character, Michael Scott, needed to be slapped by a minority character, and the show welcomed the vibrant Kelly Kapoor.
Kaling has also made appearances in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Unaccompanied Minors, License To Wed, and Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
In April 2009, Kaling was featured on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 10 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood. In May 2009, NBC signed Kaling to a two-year, seven-figure contract in which she will develop and star in a new comedy while continuing to write, produce, and act in The Office.
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