The comedy queen turns 42 on Aug. 22, and we're taking a look back at the times she had us crying with laughter

By Lydia Price
Updated August 22, 2015 09:05 AM
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Sidesplitting sketch comedy and laugh-a-minute films have made Kristen Wiig a Hollywood powerhouse.

The Saturday Night Live vet and Oscar nominee turns 42 today. The range of instantly quotable characters from her hilarious body of work – including a mischievous student, a baker whose friend’s wedding leads to major mix-ups and a Disney princess gone wrong – proves that her last four decades have been well spent.

While the actress is busy filming the Ghostbusters reboot in Boston, we’re taking a look back at her most memorable contributions to the world.

Target Lady
Wiig’s “on the clock and ready to rock” SNL character quickly became a favorite for fans of the classic variety show.

Bridesmaids: Drunk Airplane Scene
Wiig nabbed an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer of the 2011 film, and she gifted the world with unforgettable scenes like this one of a flight to Vegas gone awry.

The Real Housewives of Disney
Lindsay Lohan may have been SNL’s host on March 3, 2012, but Wiig stole the show as a belligerent Cinderella.

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Presenting at the Golden Globes

In 2013, Wiig joined with her former SNL costar Will Ferrell to present the award for best actress in a motion picture, and the pair gave completely accurate summaries of the nominated films.

Wiig’s memorable elementary student character “forcibly inserted silverware” into host Zac Efron’s chest. Sorry!

Lana Del Rey
After the singer’s infamously poorly reviewed 2012 performance on SNL, Wiig did a spot-on bit where Del Rey “defended herself” against critics: “Based on the public’s response, I must have instead clubbed a baby seal while singing the Taliban national anthem.”

Bridesmaids: Bridal Shower Meltdown
The actress pulled off her character’s NSFW meltdown perfectly, getting covered in scalding fondue chocolate after railing about a giant, heart-shaped cookie and asking her engaged best friend (Maya Rudolph): “Did you really think this group of women was going to finish this cookie?!”

Suze Orman
Wiig’s impersonation of the television host was another SNL classic. In 2008, host Shia LaBeouf helped her spoof Orman’s CNBC show.

We only have one piece of advice for the birthday girl: “Hold on to your hot dog!”