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Jennifer Coolidge is right at home in 'Austenland'

Jennifer Coolidge is right at home in 'Austenland'

It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the statuesque, 51-year-old actress has created a memorable gallery of no-holds-barred, outrageously funny ladies.

Frat boys know her as Stifler's seductive mom who likes her scotch and men the same way — aged 18 years — in Paul and Chris Weitz's 1999 blockbuster "American Pie" and two of its sequels. Christopher Guest fans remember her fondly as the gold-digging, big-breasted dog owner in his 2000 comedy...