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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

Chelsea Handler

b. February 25, 1975

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

Chelsea Handler dancing in 2007.

Photo by Peter Dutton from Wikimedia Commons.

When her confession in a DUI class left people rolling in the aisles, struggling actress Chelsea Handler launched a brilliant new career as a comedian. Handler moved to Los Angeles at age nineteen to pursue acting, but two years later, in a required class after a DUI, she discovered her gift for comedy. She became a stand-up comedian, and in 2004 landed a recurring role on the hidden-camera show Girls Behaving Badly. The following year she published her first book, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands. Finding her voice through jokes centered around her love life and her drinking, Handler captained a late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately, from 2007–2014; a mockumentary spin-off, After Lately, starting in 2011; and a sitcom, Are You There, Chelsea?, which aired for one season in 2012. Deeply involved in every aspect of her work, she also served as executive producer on both Chelsea Lately and After Lately, as well as a number of other projects. As of 2015 she has written five books and has a Netflix show in production for release in 2016.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Chelsea Handler." (Viewed on March 24, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/handler-chelsea>.


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