Mindy Sterling - Updated Dec 2023

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Mindy Sterling

Mindy Sterling is a popular television, film, and voice actress from the United States. Mindy Sterling rose to fame after playing the role of Frau Farbissina in the American spy film series, “Austin Powers.”

Early Life

Mindy Sterling was born on the 11th of July 1953, in Paterson, New Jersey, the United States of America. She is currently 69 years old and has a birth sign of Cancer. Additionally, she practices the Jewish religion and belongs to Ashkenazi Jewish. She holds American nationality and her full name is Mindy Lee Sterling.

Her parents are Dick Sterling (father) and June Vincent (mother). By profession, her father is a popular nightclub comedian and actor, while her mother used to be a dancer. In addition, she grew up with her brother, Mark Sterling.

Sterling has not provided proper details about her educational background. She seems to be a well-educated person and might have completed her graduation from a local university in Paterson.

Professional Career

In the year around 1973, Mindy Sterling began her career in the entertainment industry. She was cast for a recurring role in the syndicated children’s series “Dusty’s Treehouse.” She later joined the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Groundlings.

She made her breakthrough after playing the role of Frau Farbissina in the 1997 spy comedy film “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” which catapulted her to stardom. She was one of the comedians on the satirical show “On the Television” from 1990 to 1991. Later, she played Arlene Scott, Christian Slater’s secretary, in the show “My Own Worst Enemy.”

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Caption: Sterling playing as Frau Farbissina in in the American spy film series, Austin Powers (Source: Los Angeles – Milton Agency)

She also appeared as Judge Foodie on Disney’s “That’s So Raven” and as a volleyball coach on “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” She played the wedding planner in the Friends episode “The One with Barry and Mindy’s Wedding” in 1996, and the casting director in Joey’s episode “Joey and the Big Audition” in 2004.

Sterling appeared in “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” following the success of “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” and later reprised the character Frau Farbissina in “Austin Powers in Goldmember” for the third and final time.

Other movies and television roles

She appeared as a celebrity guest on “Hollywood Squares” in 2000. In 2002, she returned to the show. She portrayed one of the townspeople in the live-action adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and she also provided additional voices in the CGI version, “The Grinch,” released in 2018. Sterling appeared as a guest on the “Donny Osmond,” version of Pyramid between 2002 and 2004.

Moreover, she played Ms. Endive, the main antagonist to Mung Daal in “Chowder,” from 2007 to 2010. In “The Legend of Korra,” she played Lin Beifong, the second Police Chief of Republic City and the daughter of the original chief, Toph Beifong.

Sterling has had success in teen sitcoms, most notably as Ms. Francine Briggs on “iCarly” and Principal Susan Skidmore on “A.N.T. Farm.” She announced on April 25, 2013, just before the end of the second season of A.N.T. Farm, that she would not be returning for the third season due to family obligations. Moreover, she announced in June 2012 that she might return for the fourth season, with guest appearances in the third season.

She appeared as bitter neighbour Mitzi Kinsky in “Desperate Housewives” in 2010. Moreover, she appeared in a book trailer for “The Hunger Pains,” a parody of The Hunger Games, in 2012. She portrayed Janice Nugent in the comedy series “Legit” in 2013. She appeared in Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” in 2018. Additionally, she played Geoff Schwartz’s mother on the sitcom “The Goldbergs” from 2017 to 2023.

Voice works

She also appeared as Morgana in the Nickelodeon version of “Winx Club” in 2012.  Her many other voice-over credits include appearances on “The Wild Thornberrys,” “Invader Zim,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” “American Dragon: Jake Long,” “Higglytown Heroes,” “Robot Chicken,” “Mars Needs Moms,” “The Looney Tunes Show,” “Justice League Unlimited,” “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil,” and “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” Besides providing voice if animated films, she has provided her voice on video games such as “Spider-Man 2,” “Superman Returns” and in the movie game “Con Man: The Game.”


Despite working in successful films and television series, Sterling has not won any awards at the moment. However, she has been nominated for several awards. She received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for “Cod Man” in 2017. Likewise, she was nominated for a BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series- Action/Drama for “The Legend of Korra” in 2015. She might win some awards for her work in the coming days.

Net Worth 2023

The majority of her earning comes from her television series, films, and voice-artist works. As of 2023, her net worth is estimated at around $4 million while her earning and salary are still unknown.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Mindy Sterling with her son Max (Source: Getty Images)

Mindy Sterling is a divorced and currently single woman. In the past, she married Brian Gadson but their exact date of marriage is still unknown. With the marriage, the couple has a son, Max Gadson. Her son Max is a stand-up comedian who began his career in May 2016. Sterling was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 following a routine mammogram. She is cancer-free after a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and tamoxifen. Moreover, she has maintained a clean image and has avoided rumors and controversies.

Mindy Sterling – Body Measurements

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Caption: Mindy Sterling attending an award function (Source: IMDb)

This American actress stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs average. Meanwhile, Mindy Sterling has a pair of green eyes with red hair colour, and her exact weight, dress size, and other body measurements are unknown.

Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@mindyster’ there are over 17.6k followers. Likewise, there are over 3.9k followers on her Twitter page ‘@Msmindysterling’ and there are over 2.1k followers on her Facebook page.