NBC-TV’s long-running hit comedy The Office couldn’t have operated as hysterically as it did without its St. Louis stars: Jenna Fischer, Phyllis Smith and Ellie Kemper. The three thespians hail from the Gateway City, as did several behind-the-scenes show staffers. In fact, there were so many St. Louis alums on The Office set, they once held a gooey butter cake bake-off contest.

Claim to fame: Visitors to The Office were given a warm welcome from Pam Beesly, the receptionist role for which Jenna received an Emmy Award nomination.

Neighborhood: Chesterfield

High School: Nerinx Hall, Class of 1991

Passion: The mom of two is an animal rescue and shelter advocate. Jenna supports the Kitten Rescue program and has fostered felines in her L.A. home. She’s also takes part in fund-raising events for her Nerinx Hall High School alma mater.

More: Jenna has new film and TV work on her schedule and is starring in a live theatre production of Steve Martin’s newest comedic play titled Meteor Shower.