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Sterling at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International
Mindy Lee Sterling

(1953-07-11) July 11, 1953 (age 69)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Brian Gadson (divorced)
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Mindy Lee Sterling (born July 11, 1953) is an American television, film and voice actress. She portrayed Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers film series and starred in the web series Con Man, the latter of which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. She has had recurring roles as Miss Francine Briggs on the Nickelodeon series iCarly, Principal Susan Skidmore on the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm, and Linda Schwartz on the ABC series The Goldbergs.

Sterling has also done voiceover work for animation. For Cartoon Network, she provided the voice of Ms. Endive in the series Chowder. For Nickelodeon, she voiced Lin Beifong in The Legend of Korra (2012–2014) and Morgana in the Nickelodeon version of Winx Club. Sterling was half of the duo (with Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams) who sang the Theme song for "Family Ties" in its 1st season on TV, prior to Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams' version.

Early life

Sterling was born in Paterson, New Jersey on July 11, 1953. Her father Dick Sterling was an actor and nightclub comedian and her mother Florence Adele “Bookie” Sterling (née Pushkin) was a dancer. She has one brother, Mark Sterling. She is Jewish.


Around 1973, Sterling landed a recurring role on the syndicated children's series Dusty's Treehouse. She later joined the L.A.-based comedy troupe The Groundlings. Despite having starred in numerous films in the 1980s and 1990s, it was her character Frau Farbissina, the diminutive and domineering Germanic cohort of Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, that brought Sterling high praise for her work in films.

From 1990 to 1991, she was one of the comedians in the satirical show On the Television. Sterling plays Christian Slater's secretary Arlene Scott in the show My Own Worst Enemy. She also played Judge Foodie on the Disney show That's So Raven and a volleyball coach on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. She appeared as the wedding planner on the Friends episode "The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding" in 1996, and in 2004, as the casting director on the episode "Joey and the Big Audition" of Joey. .....

Mindy Sterling (red carpet)
Sterling on the red carpet at the premiere of "Cats for Cats" at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (2011)

In 2000, Sterling appeared as a celebrity guest on Hollywood Squares. She returned to the show in 2002. She played one of the townspeople in the live-action adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and also provided additional voices in the 2018 CGI version, The Grinch. Between 2002 and 2004, Sterling made guest appearances on the Donny Osmond version of the game show Pyramid.

From 2007 to 2010, Sterling voiced Ms. Endive, the main antagonist to Mung Daal in Chowder. She voiced the character Lin Beifong, the second Police Chief of Republic City and daughter of original chief Toph Beifong, in The Legend of Korra. She also had a recurring voice role as Morgana on the Nickelodeon version of Winx Club in 2012. Her many other voice-over credits include guest roles on The Wild Thornberrys, Invader Zim, Ice Age: The Meltdown, American Dragon: Jake Long, Higglytown Heroes, Robot Chicken, Mars Needs Moms, The Looney Tunes Show, Justice League Unlimited, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

Sterling has achieved success in teen sitcoms, playing Ms. Francine Briggs on iCarly, and in A.N.T. Farm as Principal Susan Skidmore. On April 25, 2013 before the finale of the second season of A.N.T. Farm, Sterling announced she would not be appearing on the show's third season due to family obligations. She announced in June 2012 that she may return in the fourth season, with guest appearances in season three. In 2010, she had a recurring role as bitter neighbour Mitzi Kinsky in Desperate Housewives. In 2012, she appeared in a book trailer for a parody of The Hunger Games entitled The Hunger Pains. In 2013, she starred as Janice Nugent in the comedy series Legit. In 2018, she appeared in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. She currently appears on the sitcom The Goldbergs as the mother of Geoff Schwartz.

Personal life

Sterling has a son from her previous marriage to Brian Gadson.

In 1998, Sterling was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and tamoxifen, she has remained cancer-free.



Year Film Role Notes
1981 The Devil and Max Devlin Fan #1 at Grammy's
1986 House Woman in Bookstore
1987 The Brave Little Toaster Rob's mother, Two-Faced Sewing Machine (voice) (credited as Mindy Stern)
1994 The Favor Debbie Rollins
1995 The Crazysitter
Man of the Year Cindee
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Frau Farbissina
Road Rules: All Stars Herself
1999 Idle Hands Lady Bowler
Austin Powers: The Spy Who ... Me Frau Farbissina
Drop Dead Gorgeous Iris Clark
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Clarnella
2001 Barstow 2008 Mona Finch
The Sky Is Falling Doris
Totally Blonde Ramona
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Frau Farbissina
2004 EuroTrip Old Woman in Confessional Uncredited
2005 The 12 Dogs of Christmas Mrs. Walsh
2006 The Enigma with a Stigma Patricia Riley
Domestic Import Bernice Kimmelman
Ice Age: The Meltdown Female Ox (voice)
Getting Played Lydia
Pro-Choice Danny's Mother Short film
The Amazing Screw-On Head Aggie and Geraldine (voice)
2007 Frank Monica Loveless
Reno 911!: Miami Spoder's Mom
The Captain Nedra Short film
Surf's Up Doris Flipkitz (voice) Deleted scenes
Goldfish Teacher Short film
Beyond the Pale Mrs. Plotzkin
2008 Wieners Mrs. Applebaum
Happy Wednesday Deana Williams Short film
Extreme Movie Jane
2009 Spring Breakdown Lavonne
The Big Idea Iris Pikarski Short film
Jesus People: The Movie Claudia
2011 The Newest Pledge President Dumervile
Monster Mutt Helen
Mars Needs Moms The Supervisor (voice)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Female Insurance Agent
2012 Any Day Now Miss Mills
The Dog Who Saved the Holidays Grandma Bannister Video
2013 Monsters University Additional Voices
2014 The Dog Who Saved Easter Grandma Bannister Video
2015 The Dog Who Saved Summer Grandma Bannister Video
Minions Additional Voices
2016 The Good Neighbor Mae
2017 Despicable Me 3 Additional Voices
2018 Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss Beatrice
All About Nina Amy
The Grinch Additional Voices
2022 Minions: The Rise of Gru Additional Voices


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Perfect Strangers Hostess Episode: "First Date"
1990 Working Tra$h Mary TV film
1991 On the Television Various roles 7 episodes
Riders in the Sky Lois, Stage Mother 2 episodes
Evening Shade La Wanda Episode: "The Thanksgiving Show"
1992 The Larry Sanders Show Writer 3 episodes
1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Clara Meade 2 episodes
1993, 1995 Family Matters Coach / Woman 2 episodes
1994 Good Advice Jill Episode: "Two Times Twenty"
1995 Sister, Sister Denise's Mom Episode: "Single White Teenager"
Beyond Family Mom Zumwalt TV film
1996 Friends Wedding Planner Episode: "The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding"
Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Mrs. Fleckner Episode: "Some Assembly Required"
1997 Ellen June Haddassi Episode: "Makin' Whoopie"
Alright Already Maxine Episode: "Again with the Black Box"
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Lemur #2, Newscaster (voice) Episode: "Bogged Down"
Manhattan, AZ Lona Recurring role; 8 episodes
2001 Just Shoot Me! Mrs. Lubitz Episode: "The Gift Piggy"
Even Stevens Ms. Lynch Episode: "Uncle Chuck"
2002 Invader ZIM Countess von Verminstrasser (voice) Episode: "Megadoomer/Lice"
She Spies Ylva Gallo Episode: "The Martini Shot"
2003 Hidden Hills 2 episodes
On the Spot Fifi 5 episodes
2004 Reno 911! Mrs. Leonard 2 episodes
Joey The Casting Director Episode: "Joey and the Big Audition"
30 Days Until I'm Famous Lupe Horowitz TV film
2005 Unfabulous Superintendent Jackie Bell Episode: "The Grey Area"
That's So Raven Judge Foodie Episode: "Food for Thought"
Cuts Ms. Fennell Episode: "Hair Tease"
Justice League Unlimited Enid Clinton (voice) 2 episodes
2006 The King of Queens Sherry Episode: "Gambling N' Diction"
Lovespring International Monica Episode: "The Loser Club"
The Replacements Scoutleader Susan (voice) Episode: "The Jerky Girls"
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Sister Rose Episode: "Volley Dad"
American Dragon: Jake Long Pix McGee, Mrs. Grumplestock (voice) 2 episodes
Haversham Hall Headmistress Moira Grodnickel TV film
Come On Over Grandy 2 episodes
2006–07 Higglytown Heroes Aunt Mellie (voice) Recurring role
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Nurse Episode: "The Bat Mitzvah"
Shredderman Rules Dr. Sheila Voss TV film
2007–08 Tak and the Power of Juju Chaka Ungataka (voice) 2 episodes
2007–12 iCarly Miss Francine Briggs Recurring role; 9 episodes
2007-10 Chowder Ms. Endive (voice) 49 episodes
2008 Scrubs Mrs. Cropper Episode: "My Manhood"
My Name Is Earl Mrs. Zaks Episode: "The Magic Hour"
Rita Rocks Mrs. Portman, Towel customer Episode: "Take This Job and Shove It"
My Own Worst Enemy Arlene Scott Recurring role; 5 episodes
Worst Week Elka Episode: "The Gift"
Unknown Sender Doris Episode: "Spin Cycle"
2009 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Grandma Bannister TV film
2010 10 Things I Hate About You Cosmetics Shopper Episode: "Too Much Information"
Svetlana Mama Episode: "Throw Mama Back on the Plane"
Warren the Ape Judge Episode: "Anger Management"
Glory Daze Ticket Lady Episode: "What's Love Got to ... with It"
U.S.S. Alabama Dr. Lila Corn TV film
Dick Tracy Special Bernice TV film
Lilly's Light Peaches TV film
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Grandma Bannister TV film
2010–11 Desperate Housewives Mitzi Kinsky Recurring role; 9 episodes
2010–12 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Ms. Chicarelli (voice) 2 episodes
2011 Elvira's Movie Macabre Ethel, Mistress of Crafts Episode: "Untamed Women"
The Looney Tunes Show Beauty School Instructor (voice) Episode: "Beauty School"
The League Nadia Episode: "The Out of Towner"
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Dean Fenk / Mom / Abigail Gluck (voice) 2 episodes
2 Broke Girls Mrs. Stein Episode: "And the Very Christmas Thanksgiving"
The Dog Who Saved Halloween Grandma Bannister TV film
2011–13 A.N.T. Farm Principal Susan Skidmore Recurring role; 21 episodes
2012–14 The Legend of Korra Chief Lin Beifong (voice) Main (Book 1, 3-4), Recurring (Book 2); 29 episodes
2012 Winx Club (Nickelodeon version) Morgana (voice) Recurring role
Fish Hooks Lunchlady Latoada (voice) Episode: "Get a Yob!"
2013 Incredible Crew Teacher Special Guest Role; "Student Dictator" sketch
Legit Janice Nugent Recurring role; 14 episodes
Raising Hope Prosecutor Episode: "Adoption"
2014 Good Morning Today Dr. Wilma Frank Episode: "#1.20"
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Snow Leopard (voice) Episode: "The First Five"
Franklin & Bash Irina Tanya Episode: "Spirits in the Material World"
A to Z Aunt Jo Episode: "D Is for Debbie"
2015 Breadwinners Buhdeuce's Mom (voice) Episode: "Birds of a Feather"
The Soul Man Ms. Stroman Episode: "Who Let the Dog In?"
Pig Goat Banana Cricket Brainy Jane, Brainy Jane's Brain (voice) Episode: "The Tooth of My True Love"
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Lady Pipi Wuthering (voice) Episode: "Party Like It's 1899"
Young & Hungry Matilda Episode: "Young & Christmas"
TripTank Caller / Fisherman Face / Older Woman (voice) 3 episodes
2015–17 Black-ish Pam / Pamela 4 episodes
Con Man Bobbie Main Cast; 16 episodes
Web series
2016 Animals. Psychic Lady (voice) 2 episodes
The Detour Bev Episode: "The Pilot"
Mike Tyson Mysteries Bitsy Morgan (voice) Episode: "Unholy Matrimony"
The Adventures of Puss in Boots Miguela (voice) 2 episodes
2017 Voltron: Legendary Defender Ryner (voice) 3 episodes: "Greening the Cube", "Battle Scars", "Postmortem"
School of Rock Gloria Episode: "School of Trust"
2017-18 The Loud House Dr. Shuttleworth, Officer Schoffner, Angry Driver #1 (voices) 3 episodes
2017 Hell's Kitchen Herself Guest diner and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society contributor; Episode: "It's All Gravy"
2017–present The Goldbergs Linda Schwartz Recurring role
2017 Grace and Frankie Sally Gaspar Episode: The Death Stick
2018 Hot Streets Dr. Jane Brainbrook Episode: "Pilot"
Life in Pieces Desiree Episode: "Reading Egg Nurse Neighbor"
One Day at a Time Delia Episode: "Citizen Lydia"
A Series of Unfortunate Events Elder Annabelle Episode: "The Vile Village" Pt. 1 and 2
Nobodies Deborah Diamond Episode: "Kristen's Wiig"
Ghosted Gloria Stevens-Jennifer Episode: "The Article"
2018-19 The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Mrs. Sneedly (voice) 13 episodes
2019 Mike Tyson Mysteries Miriam Schulwitz Episode: "The Yung and the Restless"
Fuller House Gloria Feinstein Episode: "Hale's Kitchen"
2020 Raven's Home Grandma Zo Episode: "The Story So-fa"
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Bev Episode: "The Goat Cheese Prophecy"
2022 Madagascar A Little Wild Thelma the Space Monkey Episode: "The Final Fur-tier"

Video games

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Spider-Man 2 Aunt May / Female Pedestrian / Scientist (voices)
EverQuest II Oracle Ulinara / Darmen Sproutmore / Merchant Novak (voices)
2006 Superman Returns The Citizens of Metropolis (voice)
2016 Con Man: The Game Bobbie (voice) Mobile game
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