5 Things to Know About Merritt Wever

September 23, 2013

Her awkward 11-word acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for her role in Showtime's quirky comedy Nurse Jackie was the most buzzed about moment at last night's Emmy Awards. Here are five things to know about Merritt Wever.

1. Born Siobhán Merritt Wever on January 7, 1980 -- her mother conceived her via a sperm donor.

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2. Although best known for her recent roles on Nurse Jackie and New Girl, she has numerous acting credits that began at age 15 with the TV movie Blue River in 1995.

3. While growing up her mother sent her to a liberal Jewish summer camp where she sang pro-union, pro-labor songs in Yiddish.

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4. At one time was once a member of the Metropolitan Opera's children's choir.

5. Among her favorite actors are Meryl Streep, Gena Rowlands and Michael J. Pollard. 

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