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Today's Birthday, February 15: US actor, comedian and writer Alex Borstein (1971 - ).

Today's Birthday, February 15: US actor, comedian and writer Alex Borstein (1971 - ).

Today's Birthday, February 15: US actor, comedian and writer Alex Borstein (1971 - ).

Alex Borstein, the distinct voice of Lois Griffin on popular cartoon show Family Guy, finalised her divorce to Gilmore Girls actor Jackson Douglas late last year.

After filing for divorce in 2014, Borstein and Douglas officially split last November after lengthy legal proceedings.

The divorce proved costly for the 47-year-old actress, who earns about $280,000 a month under her Family Guy contract, with the pair collectively sharing $6.58 million, three properties and two children.

Born north of Chicago in Highland Park in 1971, Borstein was raised in the nearby suburb of Deerfield and developed an interest in comedy while still in school.

The budding comedian, born to Jewish immigrants, needed parental supervision at her first stand-up gig in Los Angeles as she was only 16 at the time.

While at San Francisco State University, Borstein continued performing stand up and joined sketch comedy troupe The Virus.

After doing voices and writing for a number of cartoons, the ACME Comedy Theatre performer got her big break in 1997 on MADtv, a long-running sketch series based on its kooky namesake magazine.

On MADtv, Borstein won fame for several of her character creations across more than 100 episodes, but particularly for her stereotypical middle-aged Asian woman Ms Swan.

After meeting writer Seth MacFarlane while working on the Fox show, she was cast to voice the wife of Family Guy protagonist Peter Griffin in 1998.

Currently airing its 16th season, Borstein has helped develop and voice Lois, as well as Asian news reporter Tricia Takanawa, on the often-controversial Emmy Award-winning series which survived cancellation in 2002.

She was originally cast to play Gilmore Girls character Sookie St James in 2000 but was prevented by her MADtv contract from playing the role, which went to Melissa McCarthy.

But Borstein's MADtv and Family Guy successes ultimately led to more acting and voice-over roles throughout the 2000s with appearances in Frasier, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.

Film roles also came her way on Dinner for Schmucks, Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West and The Angry Birds Movie.

The Emmy Award nominee's most recent credit is as Susie Myerson on the period comedy-drama The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, which will return for its second season in 2018.

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