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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Lizzy Caplan

b. June 30, 1982

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Lizzy Caplan until we are able to commission a full entry.

Lizzy Caplan at The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 honoring Masters Of Sex. March 24, 2014.

Courtesy of iDominickWikimedia Commons.

Lizzy Caplan was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2014 for her portrayal of Virginia Johnson on the TV show Masters of Sex. Elizabeth Caplan graduated from the Alexander Hamilton High School Academy of Music in Los Angeles in 2000. The year before, she had landed her first role on the TV show Freaks and Geeks, a critical and cult favorite. Recurring roles followed on Smallville and the vampire drama True Blood. She also appeared in films such as 2004’s Mean Girls and 2008’s Cloverfield, for which she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2012, she premiered two films at the Sundance Film Festival, Save the Date and Bachelorette. Later that year she played the recurring character Julia on the TV show New Girl, and the following year began work on the critics’ favorite Masters of Sex, in which she plays one of the two central characters, who were noted sex researchers in the 1960s.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lizzy Caplan." (Viewed on December 8, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/caplan-lizzy>.


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