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The youngest of six children of a Mormon homemaker and a car salesman, Chelsea Handler moved to LA at 19 to become an actress. While working as a waitress and after getting a D.U.I., Handler turned to stand-up comedy and found her niche as a brash, vulgar and candid comic. She toured clubs and landed some TV  guest work on “Girls Behaving Badly, My Wife and Kids”, “The Practice” and “The Bernie Mac Show”. In 2005, she released her first book, “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands”, which chronicled her hard-partying lifestyle and sex exploits and landed on the best-seller list. The following year she launched her first sketch series “The Chelsea Handler Show” and in 2007 her pop culture wisecracks found a home on a late-night talk show called “Chelsea Lately”. She has published three more best-selling books “Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea”, “Chelsea Bang Bang” and Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me”, the last of which was the first book of a 2010 three-book personal imprint deal .  She continues to make millions with comedy tours, created the mocumentary series “After Lately” in 2011 and has her own production company Borderline Amazing. She dated Comcast CEO Ted Harbert from 2006-10 and has most recently been linked to rapper 50 Cent. The only misstep in her career seems to be the 2012 sitcom “Are You There, Chelsea”,  which was canceled in its first season.