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  • Trivia

    • On Sesame Street, Andrea Martin plays the character "Wanda the Word Fairy" which is actually closely modelled after a SCTV character that she made famous, a bumbling children's entertainer named "Mrs. Falbo".

    • Along with Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin acted in well-known director Ivan Reitman's first ever movie, a Canadian "B" movie titled Cannibal Girls (1973). She played "Gloria Wellaby", opposite Levy's "Clifford Sturges", a young couple who spend the night in a remote restaurant, that find it is infested by three zombie-like cannibal girls.

    • Andrea Martin has a degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA.

    • Andrea Martin made her first professional performance as a singer at Portland's annual Armenian Dance and Picnic.

    • Andrea Martin wrote and performed in her own one-woman show titled Nude, Nude, Totally Nude. The show was staged in both in Los Angeles and New York.

    • For her work on SCTV, Andrea Martin won two Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program" in 1982 and 1983.

    • Andrea Martin is 5'4" (1.63 m) tall.

    • In the 1970s, Andrea Martin was once a member of the same Toronto production of Godspell, along with Martin Short, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Victor Garber and musical director Paul Shaffer.

    • Andrea Martin is a former member of Second City Toronto.

    • Andrea Martin is Martin Short's sister-in-law.

    • Andrea Martin's first film role was in a little known Canadian "slasher" movie called Black Christmas (1974), where she played a bookish sorority sister named "Phyllis".

    • Even though Andrea Martin is an American (born in Portland, Maine) she found her success in Canada and is often mistaken as a Canadian.

    • She played Aunt Voula in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

    • Andrea Martin is of Armenian descent. When her grandfather emigrated to Maine in the early 1900s, his name was Papazian but he changed the family name to Martin.

  • Quotes

    • Andrea Martin: My love has always been New York.

    • Andrea Martin: (on writing for "SCTV") All the theatre parodies were instigated by me, but then we wrote them together.

    • Dave Thomas: (on meeting Andrea Martin for the first time) It was when Eugene (Levy) and I were there slogging away at sketches for "National Rockworks" that Andrea Martin walked into 1063. She was "sort of" dating Eugene at the time. They had co-starred the previous year in Cannibal Girls, a schlocky no-budget horror movie directed by Ivan Reitman. Andrea just burst into the room with so much energy that all you could do was watch. She did an instant routine with bedsheets she had just washed.

    • Andrea Martin: I love the comradery of doing theatre that you don't get in film.

    • Andrea Martin: I don't like to cry in public, unless I'm getting paid for it.

    • Andrea Martin: I didn't grow up watching TV. I just fantasized in my attic about Broadway shows.

    • Andrea Martin: I did one episode of Deep Space Nine, and I loved everybody that I worked with. People couldn't have been kinder... But I had a really, really difficult time with the prosthetics.

    • Andrea Martin: I am Armenian and I understand what it is to lose a country and lose a family and have massacres and genocides and everything against my people.

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