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Retta

Full / Real Name: Marietta Sirleaf
Gender: Female

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Retta is an American actress and comedienne best known for her starring role as fun-loving office mate Donna Meagle in the mockumentary comedy television series Parks and Recreation.

Retta, born Marietta Sirleaf to immigrant parents from Liberia (she is related to Liberia's first female president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf) grew up in New Jersey.

An honour student with memberships in every academic club and student government group she could get her hands on, Retta was well on her way to becoming a cliché. But upon graduating premed from Duke University with a degree in sociology, Retta decided to take a year off before medical school and worked as a contract chemist for GlaxoSmithKline.

While working on the drug Combivir, she decided drugs/medicine wasn't her calling. She wanted her own sitcom. Realising there were several sitcom stars that started as comedians (Roseanne, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Brett Butler) she began doing standup at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh North Carolina.

Having tasted some comedy success and coming to grips with the fact that there were no sitcoms to be had in North Carolina, she decided to move to Los Angeles.

Retta started performing at open mics all over Los Angeles and eventually started showcasing for NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). She became a must-see act on the college circuit and was soon nominated for female comedian of the year by Campus Activities Magazine.

She was the first winner of Comedy Central's Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition, which led to an appearance on the New Faces Showcase at Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. This performance led to a development deal with ABC/Disney.

Retta was also featured in Essence Magazine as one of 2005's Class Clowns alongside Sherri Shepherd, Niecy Nash and Tony Rock.

Retta's television appearances include It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Freddie, Comics Unleashed, The Soup, Premium Blend and Comedy Central Presents... Retta.

Her film credits include Fracture with Anthony Hopkins; First Sunday with Ice Cube and Katt Williams; Sex & Death 101 with Simon Baker; and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with David Spade.

Retta currently resides in Los Angeles.


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