Trudy Campbell is married to Pete Campbell, a Partner at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency. The couple live with their infant daughter, Tammy, in Cos Cob, Connecticut.
Early in her marriage, Trudy is unable to conceive and Pete, ambivalent about parenthood, rejects adoption as a possibility. Trudy resigns herself to being childless but when she unexpectedly becomes pregnant, Pete's enthusiasm about fatherhood increases her delight. "It feels much different than I expected," he muses. Unaware that her husband fathered a child with Peggy Olson, Trudy replies, "How would you know what this feels like?"
Trudy's father Tom, a salesman for Vicks Chemical, helped Pete land the Clearasil account. Tom inadvertently reveals Trudy's pregnancy on the evening Pete is supposed to inform Tom that SCDP is dropping Clearasil due to a conflict with another client. Trudy offers to deliver the bad news, reasoning that her father is so happy for her that "he'll never feel the knife go in."
Trudy is equally calculating when Pete's partnership agreement requires him to provide cash collateral to keep SCDP afloat. "You are forbidden to give anything more to that company," Trudy shouts, insisting that the money is for their daughter. The point becomes moot when Don Draper pays Pete's share for him.
Alison Brie was born in Hollywood, CA and grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena. Interested in acting at an early age, she began her career performing in community theatre shows at the Jewish Community Center in Los Feliz. Her very first role was "Toto" in The Wizard of Oz.
After graduating from South Pasadena High School, she attended California Institute of the Arts where she received her BFA in Acting. While there, she was one of the original cast members in the world premiere of The Peach Blossom Fan, performed as the inaugural theater production at Disney's Redcat Theatre in Downtown LA. During that time Alison also studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.
Since graduating she has continued to work in all media including film, television, and theatre. She has performed in the Blank Theatre company's Young Playwright's festival and in shows at the Odyssey, Write-Act, and Rubicon Theaters, receiving an Indy Award for her haunting performance as Ophelia in the Rubicon's production of Hamlet. She had performed guest spots for Comedy Central and Disney's Hannah Montana as well as leading roles in some independent films before landing her recurring role as "Trudy Campbell" on AMC's Mad Men. Since then she has continued to work in film and TV, most recently starring opposite Haley Joel Osment and Olympia Dukakis in the film Montana Amazon. She currently lives in South Pasadena.
Trudy Campbell Quotes
I am going to change the sheets.
Peter, may I speak to you for a moment?
Why don’t you let my father hear this from me…. He’ll never feel the knife go in.
I want a rare steak and I want to see those two men pound each other.
You are forbidden to give anything more to that company.