Kaley Christine Cuoco is best known for her roles as Bridget Hennessy on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules, Billie Jenkins on the supernatural drama Charmed, and presently as Penny on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
As part of a running gag on Big Bang, "Penny" and "Sheldon," played by Emmy winner Jim Parsons, sing the song, "Soft Kittee" to each other when they're sick. (See video below.)
Kaley was born in Camarillo, California. She began modeling and acting at age 6. Her first major role was in the 1992 TV movie Quicksand: No Escape. Her role as Maureen McCormick in the 2000 TV movie Growing Up Brady brought her much attention, as well as a role on the CBS sitcom Ladies Man.
In 2004, in addition to her role on 8 Simple Rules where she played a teenager, she had starring roles on the NBC miniseries 10.5, on the ABC Family original movie Crimes of Fashion, and in the independent film Debating Robert Lee. In 2000 she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Alley Cats Strike. In 2004, she began voicing the character of Brandy Harrington on the Disney Channel's cartoon, Brandy and Mr. Whiskers.
Kaley was named #77 on FHM-Us' 100 Sexiest Women in 2005 and #21 in 2008. Cuoco played Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules. Bridget was the eldest child, despite Cuoco being six years younger than her on-screen little sister played by Amy Davidson, and was portrayed as "the most beautiful girl in the school." She had several boyfriends throughout the series and used her feminine wiles to exert significant control over the boys she encountered.
In the eighth season of the hit cult TV show Charmed Cuoco appeared as Billie Jenkins. Executive producer Brad Kern stated Kaley's character was initially brought in as a possible spin-off. In 2004, Cuoco co-starred in the movie The Hollow with stars Nick Carter and Kevin Zegers.
In September 2007, Cuoco began starring in The Big Bang Theory. She plays Penny, a beautiful, down-to-earth aspiring actress and employee at The Cheesecake Factory who moves in next door to two geeks, Sheldon (and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). In the show, she moved to California from Omaha, Nebraska to pursue a career in acting.
In 2007 Cuoco also starred in the Lifetime film To Be Fat Like Me. She also played a minor role in two Prison Break episodes as well as taking the leading female role in the horror movie Killer Movie in 2008.
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Cuoco will star in Hop and as Wanda in The Last Ride which will be released in the near future. She has also been cast alongside Cam Gigandet, Penn Badgley and Crystal Lowe in Darkness Falls, expected to be released in 2011.
Cuoco currently lives in San Fernando Valley, California, with her German Shepherd, Duke, and her Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, Petey. She enjoys horseback riding, kickboxing, bowling, and playing the drums; and one of her favorite hobbies is table tennis. She was a nationally ranked amateur tennis player, which she began playing when she was three years old.
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