Q: Who plays Brianna in "Grace and Frankie"? I love that show, and I love her in it.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Grace's daughter Brianna in "Grace and Frankie" is played by longtime sketch comedy star June Diane Raphael. Being a female comic making a successful transition from sketch to sitcom puts her on a path blazed partly by her "Grace and Frankie" co-star, the great Lily Tomlin. Tomlin became famous as a cast member in the sketch comedy classic "Laugh-In" in the late '60s and early '70s.

Raphael's background is a little less landmark filled, but no less successful. She first came to prominence in the mid-2000s for her stage shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in her native New York.

However, she soon found increasingly large roles in TV and film. She had her first regular TV gig in the short-lived 2010 sitcom "Players" on Spike TV, but real success came the next year with the Cartoon Network cop-show parody "NTSF:SD:SUV," appearing alongside her husband, Paul Scheer.

She's had success behind the scenes as well. She's a writer who, along with her longtime comedy partner, Casey Wilson, penned the screenplay for the hit 2009 big-screen comedy "Bride Wars" (which starred Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway). The pair also wrote and starred in the 2013 indie film "Ass Backwards."


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