Mindy Sterling

Mindy Sterling

Sterling in 2016
Born Mindy Lee Sterling
(1953-07-11) July 11, 1953
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress, voice actress
Years active 1973–present
Children 1

Mindy Lee Sterling (born July 11, 1953)[1] is an American actress and voice actress. Among her most prominent roles are Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers series of comedy films, Principal Susan Skidmore on the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm, Ms. Endive in Chowder, Lin Beifong on The Legend of Korra, and Miss Briggs on iCarly.

Early life

Sterling was born in Paterson, New Jersey. Her father is actor and comedian Dick Sterling. Her mother was a dancer.


Early career

Around 1973, Sterling landed a recurring role on the syndicated children's series Dusty's Treehouse. She later joined the renowned L.A.-based comedy troupe The Groundlings.

Film career

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. In 1999, following the success of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Sterling appeared in Drop Dead Gorgeous (also 1999), and later reprised the character in Austin Powers in Goldmember. In 2000, she played one of the townspeople in the live-action adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. In 2012, she appeared in a book trailer for a parody of "The Hunger Games" entitled "The Hunger Pains".

Television career

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

From 1990-91, 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. 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 2000, Sterling appeared as a celebrity guest on Hollywood Squares. She returned to the show in 2002. Between 2002 and 2004, Sterling made guest appearances on the Donny Osmond version of the game show Pyramid. In 2010, she had a recurring role as bitter neighbour Mitzi Kinsky in Desperate Housewives. In 2013, she currently stars as Janice Nugent in the comedy series Legit.

Voice acting career

From 2007-2010, Sterling played Ms. Endive, the main antagonist to Mung Daal in Chowder. She also currently voices the character Lin Beifong, the second Police Chief of Republic City and daughter of original chief Toph Beifong in The Legend of Korra. 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, Winx Club, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

Personal life


Sterling has one son, Max, b. 1994, who is autistic and began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy in May 2016.


Sterling was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram in 1998. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and tamoxifen, she has remained cancer-free.[2]



Year Title 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 (credited as Mindy Stern)
1990 Working Tra$h Mary TV film
1994 The Favor Debbie Rollins
1995 The Crazysitter
Beyond Family Mom Zumwalt TV film
Man of the Year Cindee
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Frau Farbissina
1999 Idle Hands Lady Bowler
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged 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
30 Days Until I'm Famous Lupe Horowitz TV film
2005 The 12 Dogs of Christmas Mrs. Walsh
2006 The Enigma with a Stigma Patricia Riley
Domestic Import Bernice Kimmelman
Haversham Hall Headmistress Moira Grodnickel TV film
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
Shredderman Rules Dr. Sheila Voss TV film
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
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Grandma Bannister TV film
2010 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
2011 The Newest Pledge President Dumervile
Monster Mutt Helen
Mars Needs Moms The Supervisor Voice
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Female Insurance Agent
The Dog Who Saved Halloween Grandma Bannister TV film
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 (voice)


Year Show Role Notes
1979 B. J. and the Bear 1 episode
1986 Perfect Strangers Hostess 1 episode
1991 On the Television Various roles 7 episodes
Riders in the Sky Lois / Stage Mother 2 episodes
Evening Shade La Wanda 1 episode
1992 The Larry Sanders Show Writer 3 episodes
1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Clara Meade 2 episodes
1994 Good Advice Jill 1 episodes
1993, 1995 Family Matters
1995 Sister, Sister Denise's Mom 1 episode
1996 Friends Wedding Planner 1 episode
Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Mrs. Fleckner 1 episode
1997 Ellen June Haddassi 1 episode
Alright Already Maxine 1 episode
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Lemur #2 / Newscaster 1 episode; voice role
Manhattan, AZ Lona Recurring role
2001 Just Shoot Me! Mrs. Lubitz 1 episode
Even Stevens Ms. Lynch 1 episode
2002 Invader ZIM Countess von Verminstrasser 1 episode; voice role
She Spies Ylva Gallo 1 episode
2003 Hidden Hills 2 episodes
On the Spot Fifi 5 episodes
2004 Reno 911! Mrs. Leonard 2 episodes
Joey The Casting Director 1 episode
2005 Unfabulous Superintendent Jackie Bell 1 episode
That's So Raven Judge Foodie 1 episode
Cuts Ms. Fennell 1 episode
Justice League Unlimited Enid Clinton 2 episodes
2006 The King of Queens Sherry 1 episode
Lovespring International Monica 1 episode
The Replacements Scoutleader Susan 1 episode; voice role
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Sister Rose 1 episode
American Dragon: Jake Long Pix McGee / Mrs. Grumplestock 2 episodes; voice role
2006–2007 Higglytown Heroes Aunt Mellie 2 episodes; voice role
2006 Come On Over Grandy 1 episode
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Nurse 1 episode
2007–2008 Tak and the Power of Juju Chaka Ungataka 2 episodes; voice role
2007–2012 iCarly Miss Francine Briggs Recurring role
Chowder Ms. Endive 49 episodes; voice role
2008 Scrubs Mrs. Cropper 1 episode
My Name Is Earl Mrs. Zaks 1 episode
Rita Rocks 1 episode
My Own Worst Enemy Arlene Scott Recurring role
Worst Week Elka 1 episode
Unknown Sender Doris 1 episode
Come On Over Grandy 1 episode
2010 10 Things I Hate About You Cosmetics Shopper 1 episode
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Ms. Chicarelli 2 episodes; voice role
Svetlana Mama 1 episode
Warren the Ape 1 episode
Glory Daze Ticket Lady 1 episode
Desperate Housewives Mitzi Kinsky Recurring role (2010-2011)
2011 Elvira's Movie Macabre Ethel, Mistress of Crafts 1 episode
The Looney Tunes Show Beauty School Instructor 1 episode
The League Nadia 1 episode
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Dean Fenk, Mom, Abigail Gluck 2 episodes; voice role[3]
2 Broke Girls Mrs. Stein 1 episode
2011–2013 A.N.T. Farm Principal Susan Skidmore Recurring role
2012–2014 The Legend of Korra Chief Lin Beifong Voice role, main (Book 1, 3-4), Book 2 recurring
2013 Incredible Crew Teacher Special Guest Role; "Student Dictator" sketch
Legit Janice Nugent Recurring role
2015 Breadwinners Buhdeuce's Mom 1 episode[4]
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Lady Pipi Wuthering 1 episode
2015–present Con Man Bobbie Main Cast
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  1. "Mindy Sterling Biography (1953-)".
  2. John Morgan; Stephen A. Shoop (February 3, 2004). "Mindy Sterling's 'mojo' beats breast cancer". USA Today.
  3. "Pawn of Shadows". Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Episode 25. - closing credits
  4. "Birds of a Feather". Breadwinners. Season 1. Episode 20. April 26, 2015. Nickelodeon.
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