They constitute a rich source of information on both the daily life and religious activities of the people who created them.Although ancient graffiti are mostly known from the Old World, especially from the Roman Empire or Egypt, they were also very popular in the pre-Columbian world.
After becoming a member of The Groundlings improv troupe in the late 1990s, Rudolph joined the NBC television series Saturday Night Live, on which she was a cast member from 2000 to 2007.
She then ventured into film, appearing in 50 First Dates (2004) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006).
In addition to her film appearances, Rudolph also starred as Ava Alexander on the NBC sitcom Up All Night from 2011 to 2012, and co-hosted her own variety show Maya & Marty.
Rudolph was born in Gainesville, Florida, the daughter of soul singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton and composer, songwriter, and producer Richard Rudolph.
Her father is an Ashkenazi Jew, and her mother was African-American.