Wendy Braun is perhaps best known for playing Nurse Tate in the Ivan Reitman film “Evolution” (2001), Charlotte Snyder in the TV film “Another Pretty Face” (2002) and Iris Sneed in the daytime drama “General Hospital” (10 episodes, 2006-2008). She has also guest starred in numerous TV shows, including “Providence,” “NYPD Blue,” “The West Wing,” “Still Standing,” “Strong Medicine,” “Lost” and “Bones” and in the festival favorites “30, Still Single: Contemplating Suicide” (1998), “Maid Of Honor” (1999), “In God We Trust” (2000), “Talk to You Later” (2000), “Jane” (2000) and “Backgammon” (2001). Braun's other film credits include “Spanglish” (2004), “Big Momma's House 2” (2006), “Relative Strangers” (2006), “Eye of the Dolphin” (2006), “Shades of Ray” (2008) and “A Perfect Getaway” (2009). Braun has also starred in numerous commercials and done voiceover work.
Braun is the wife of actor Joshua Cox. They currently live in Los Angeles, California. A triathlete, she won second and third place in the 2004 and 2005 Nautica Malibu Triathlon (Female Celebrity Division), respectively. She is also enjoys Yoga and Tae Bo.
Childhood and Family:
Wendy Allison Braun was born on April 5, 1970, in Northbrook, Illinois, to a Navy pilot and an entertainer. Her mother, Beverly Marston-Braun, was the renowned Miss Beverly of the children's classic television show “Romper Room.” Wendy got her first taste of acting at age 12 in a school production of “The Wiz,” where she played The Scarecrow. She went on to act in high school in stage productions such as “West Side Story,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “The Sound of Music” and “Hello, Dolly” (as Dolly). Wendy graduated a semester early from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, to launch a career in Hollywood. While still at the university, she directed, choreographed and performed with her sorority at the campus talent contest and placed first two consecutive years. She also co-created the Indiana University Dance Marathon, which has since raised millions for pediatric aids foundations.
In July 2007, Wendy married actor Joshua Cox (born on August 9, 1965). She has a brother named Matthew Braun, who served as an assistant cameraman in various movies, including “The Apocalypse” (1997), “Welcome to Hollywood” (1998) and “Redemption of the Ghost” (2002).
Another Pretty Face
Wendy Braun headed to Los Angeles after graduating college to become an actress. She began as a professional dancer and worked a summer in Monte Carlo for musicians like Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder and Barry White. In 1995, she choreographed Faith Hill's music video for the song “Hey, Baby Let's Go To Vegas.” Also that year, she made her television acting debut as Officer Yale in the short lived UPN drama series “Live Shot,” which aired on September 5, 1995. She ventured into the world of commercials the following year.
More acting jobs followed in the late 1990s when Wendy played Linda Simmons in the 15 minute length independent film “Mr. Millennium” (1997), landed guest spots in “The Burning Zone” (1997, as Jane Richards) and “USA High” (1998, as Rhonda James), supported John Berczelle in the independent film “On the Turning Away” (1998) and had an unaccredited part in the Coen Brothers’ comedy film “The Big Lebowski” (1998, starred Jeff Bridges). She was also cast in the supporting role of Mickey in Gregory J. Lanesey's comedy “30, Still Single: Contemplating Suicide” (1998), which won awards at the 1998 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, the 1999 Breckenridge Festival of Film and the 1999 Santa Monica Film Festival, costarred in “Maid of Honor” (1999), a short drama written and directed by Jennifer Arnold, portrayed Agent Burns in the science fiction TV film “The Darwin Conspiracy” (UPN, 1999) and appeared as Gretchen Scarsgaard in an episode of “G vs E” called “Orange Volvo” (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Braun played Allison in the Steven Hentges comedy short “Talk to You Later,” which won the Jury Award for Best Comedy short at the 2000 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, was featured in Jason Reitman's acclaimed short “In God We Trust” and starred as Jane Bellows in Jane Bellows' “Jane,” which won First Prize for Best Short at the 2001 Rhode Island International Film Festival (all 2000). In 2001, Braun debuted at the Cannes Film Festival as the star of “Backgammon,” which was written and directed by European director Ziri Rideaux. Her future husband, actor Joshua Cox, also acted with her in the movie (as Karsten).
After making a guest appearance in the Fox drama “Time of Your Life” (2001), which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jennifer Garner, Braun was cast in the supporting role of Nurse Tate in Ivan Reitman's science fiction comedy “Evolution” (2001). The film starred David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore and Seann William Scott. The same year, she also guest starred in “Providence” (2001, as Kate) and appeared on stage in a production of “The Vagina Monologues” at the Apollo Theater in Chicago. 2002 saw Braun in the TV shows “NYPD Blue” (1 episode), “Maybe It's Me” (2 episodes), “The West Wing” (2 episodes) and in the film “The Marriage Undone” (opposite Anthony Turk) and the TV film “Another Pretty Face” (as Charlotte Snyder).
Braun continued to show her versatility with appearances in episodes of “The Division” (2003, as Mrs. Cantor), “Greetings from Tucson” (2003, as Officer Bronson), “Still Standing” (2003, as Dr. Sarah Cunningham), “Wanda at Large” (2003), “Strong Medicine” (2004, as Pam Gorman), “Lost” (2005, as Gina), “Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” (2005, as Cindy Sanchez), “All of Us” (2006, as Penelope), “Bones” (2007, as Lorraine Bergin) and “Criminal Minds” (2008, as Kat Townsley). From 2006 to 2008, she played the recurring role of Iris Sneed on the ABC popular soap opera “General Hospital.” She also recreated the role on the spin off series “General Hospital: Night Shift,” which debuted on SOAPnet on July 12, 2007.
In the meantime, Braun also acted in several TV films and movies. She played Kara in the short “Not Too Tart, Not Too Sweet” (2003), Amy in the Hallmark Channel family movie “Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus” (2004, opposite Steve Guttenberg, Crystal Bernard and Dominic Scott Kay), Bo's publicist in the Paul Abascal directed motion picture “Paparazzi” (2004, starred Cole Hauser, Robin Tunney, Dennis Farina and Daniel Baldwin), a yuppie in James L. Brooks' “Spanglish” (2004, starred Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni) and Dr. Anthony in The WB's “Grown Men” (2005). She was also cast as Coach Bonnie in the Martin Lawrence comedy sequel “Big Momma's House 2” (2006), had an unaccredited part in Greg Glienna's comedy “Relative Strangers” (2006, starred Danny DeVito and Kathy Bates), supported Carly Schroeder in the family film “Eye of the Dolphin” (2006, directed and co-written by Michael D. Sellers), appeared with Tiffani Thiessen, French Stewart, Faye Dunaway and Eric Roberts in Hallmark's “Pandemic” (2007), played Miss Lageson in the TV film “A Stranger's Heart” (2007, starred Samantha Mathis, Peter Dobson and Thomas Kopache) and starred with Mark Brandon in the TV drama “Rx” (2007).
After leaving “General Hospital,” Braun had a small role in the film “Shades of Ray” (2008), which was written and directed by Jaffar Mahmood and starred Zachary Levi. In 2009, she supported Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich and Kiele Sanchez in the mystery “A Perfect Getaway,” from director/writer David Twohy, and played Dana in an episode of “Men of a Certain Age” called “The New Guy.”
Since 1996, Braun has appeared in a number of television commercials, include ads for Oreo (1996), Domino's, 1-800-Present (both 1997), Xerox, McDonald's, Gallo Wine (all 1998), SAS Airlines, Bell South, Disney Cruise Lines, Motorola, Subway” (all 1999), Bud Lite, Clorox and Bayer (all 2000). Braun has also been in demand as a voice actress. She dubbed the English version of Paula in the movie “Help, I'm a Boy” (2002) and provided the voice of Mrs. Papperman in three episodes of “iCarly” during 2007 to 2009. Her voice could also be heard in the video games “Mass Effect” (2007) and its sequel “Mass Effect 2” (2010), “Undead Knights” (2009), “Dragon Age: Origins” (2009) and “Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening” (2010) as well as in various commercials for Dell, Sea World, United Health Care and Nordstrom Rack.