Dr. Lisa Cuddy is the main antagonist of House MD, appearing in the seven seasons. She was the Dean of Medicine and Chief Hospital Administrator of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital from Season 1 to Season 7. She was the direct superior of both Dr. House and Dr. Wilson. She is a specialist in endocrinology, but when in charge, she had a very limited medical practice due to her administrative duties.

Cuddy was born in late 1967 or early 1968. In the Season 7 episode "Small Sacrifices" her age is established as forty-two, with her forty-third birthday approaching. She tells House that she lied to Human Resources about her age when she first applied for a vice president of administration job at age twenty-nine, because she thought she would be taken more seriously if she were in her early thirties.

In the Season 5 episode "The Social Contract", she claimed to be 38. However, House had been working for Cuddy for eight years prior to the beginning of Season 1, and House owed her 6 years of clinic duty in the show's pilot. Therefore, she has been House's boss for at least 13 years, indicating that she was 38 when the show started and is currently 45.

It is mentioned in many parts of the show that she wants a child. Although she is not in a relationship she has been artificially inseminated twice, but both ended in a miscarriage.

She quit her job as Dean of Medicine the day after House crashed her house with his car and escaped to avoid responsibility for his actions.

She was portrayed by Lisa Edelstein.

Early life

Cuddy was born in 1968. Her mother, Arlene Cuddy, is still living, but her father is deceased. Her father was Jewish from birth, but her mother was a Catholic who converted to Judaism when Arlene married Cuddy's father. She has one sister, Julia Cuddy. She also comes from a long line of physicians - her great grandfather published a key medical text. We also know that she has also wanted to be a doctor ever since she was 12 years old. She was the editor of her high school yearbook. She often felt her mother treated her more harshly than her younger sister, but later came to believe that her mother only pushed her knowing that she was capable of great things. The only other salient fact about her early life is that she admitted to Wilson (who later told House) that she once slept with her father’s best friend.

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