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Heather GrahamHeather Graham, born on January 29th, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is an American actress, director, writer and activist. her start was from appearing in television commercials, then her first starring role in a feature film came with a role in the teen comedy License to Drive in 1988.

This was followed by the critically acclaimed film Drugstore Cowboy in 1989, which gained her initial industry notice. She then played supporting roles in films such as Shout in 1991, Diggstown in 1992, Six Degrees of Separation in 1993, Swingers in 1996 and on the television series Twin Peaks in 1991 and in its prequel film Fire Walk with Me in 1992.

All these roles were before gaining critical praise for starring in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights in 1997 as porn starlet Brandy / Rollergirl. Later in 1999, she co-starred in Bowfinger and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

During the 2000s, Graham starred in the films Committed in 2000, Say It Isn't So in 2001, Mary in 2005, Gray Matters in 2007, The Hangover and its sequel, The Hangover Part III in 2009 and 2013 respectively.

She also had a role on the television series Scrubs in 2004, before playing the title character on the short-lived series Emily's Reasons Why Not in 2006. She also had recurring roles on Showtime's Californication in 2014 and Netflix's Flaked in 2016.

Noted for portraying characters with sex appeal, she often appears in magazine lists of "Most Beautiful" and "Sexiest" women.

Heather GrahamGraham is a public advocate for Children International, and supported the climate change campaign Global Cool in 2007.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at St. Michaels Hospital, the oldest of two children. Her family is of seveny-five percent Irish descent, with her father's side hailing from County Cork.

Her younger sister, Aimee Graham, is also an actress, and writer. Her mother, Joan, is a teacher and author of children's books and her father, James Graham, is a retired FBI agent.

She was raised Catholic, but is not a practicing one. Her family relocated repeatedly before moving to Agoura Hills, California, when she was 9 years old where she was introduced to acting during a school production of The Wizard of Oz.

After high school, Graham enrolled in extension classes at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she studied English for two years. But, against her parents' wishes, Graham withdrew from UCLA to pursue acting full-time.

Graham's first film appearance was an uncredited cameo in Mrs. Soffel in 1984 and her first credited film appearance was in the television film Student Exchange.

In 1986, she appeared on a special "Teen Week" episode of the NBC game show Scrabble. Then she appeared in numerous television commercials, and an episode of the sitcom Growing Pains in 1987.

Heather GrahamHer first high-profile starring role came in the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman vehicle License to Drive in 1988, as a popular girl named Mercedes Lane, who serves as the love interest of Haim's character.

Her efforts won her a Young Artist Award nomination in the Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy category. Her strict parents forbade her to accept a role in the black comedy Heathers 1988, which had a script with an abundance of profanity.

That same year, she had an uncredited appearance as Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger's mother in Twins (during the laboratory conception flashback).

In 1989, Graham was featured in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy as Nadine, a young drug addict accomplice of the two main characters played by Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch. Her performance gave her career an initial boost and earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She rejected a steady role in a soap opera and a three-picture deal with a major studio because she thought it would be too restrictive. After Drugstore Cowboy she appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's dark comedy I Love You to Death in 1990, alongside William Hurt and Keanu Reeves.

And she appeared in the rock-and-roll coming-of-age film Shout in 1991, for which she received a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Actress Starring in a Motion Picture.

Heather GrahamAfter co-starring with Benicio del Toro in a Calvin Klein commercial directed by David Lynch, the director cast her as Annie Blackburn in Twin Peaks, where she appeared in the final six episodes.

Following the show's cancellation, Graham reprised the role of Blackburn in the 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

She featured in Diggstown in 1992, with James Woods; the well-received Six Degrees of Separation in 1993, with Will Smith; and The Ballad of Little Jo in 1993, alongside Ian McKellen before re-teaming with Gus Van Sant for the critically panned film adaptation of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, alongside Uma Thurman.

That same year she co-starred as Mary Kennedy Taylor in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. In 1995 she starred as Jackie in the poorly received Desert Winds and guest-starred in an episode of the television series Fallen Angels.

She had a small but important role in Swingers during 1996, where she played Lorraine, Jon Favreau's love interest. She also played a small role as Maggie Bowen in Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story in 1996.

Graham's popularity skyrocketed after she appeared as Brandi, a young porn star, nicknamed Rollergirl, in Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed, award-winning Boogie Nights in 1997.

The cast received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Heather GrahamThe same year, she also starred in the Gregg Araki film Nowhere, and had a cameo in the horror hit Scream 2. She was subsequently cast in Two Girls and a Guy in 1998 - a film mainly based upon dialogue between the characters which was shot in 11 days, which co-starred Robert Downey Jr. and Natasha Gregson.

She was cast in the sci-fi film Lost in Space, which was met with mostly negative reviews, and grossed only $69,117,629 domestically on a production budget of $80 million. The cast was signed on for sequels that are still unmade.

She starred as Felicity Shagwell in the sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999, which was a box-office hit. Shagwell is one of her best-known roles and became a fan favorite.

Her turn as Shagwell also earned her a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Actress. She also appeared in the music video for Lenny Kravitz's cover of "American Woman". Also in 1999, Graham co-starred as Daisy in the movie Bowfinger, opposite Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy.

The 2000 film Committed was her first starring role. She played Joline, a devoted-beyond-reason young wife looking for the husband who left her. While the film itself received mixed-to-negative reviews, critics felt that "Graham shows she can play a central character" but noted "she's not enough to make Committed successful".

The following year she co-starred as Annie Matthews, an unhappily married woman, in Edward Burns' Sidewalks of New York. In 2003, she starred with Joseph Fiennes in Chen Kaige's English-language debut film Killing Me Softly.

Heather Graham It received an overwhelmingly negative response from critics and a 0% at Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus being: "Respected director Chen Kaige's first English-language film is a spectacularly misguided erotic thriller, with ludicrous plot twists and a cringe-worthy dialogue".

In 2009, the site also rated it No. 12 on the countdown of the worst films over the last ten years.

Graham's other appearances in mainstream film include playing a fictionalized version of the Jack the Ripper murder victim Mary Kelly in the film From Hell in 2001, starring Johnny Depp; Anger Management in 2003, starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson; the Farrelly Brothers comedy Say It Isn't So in 2001, opposite Sally Field; The Guru, co-starring Jimi Mistry and Hope Springs in 2003, co-starring Colin Firth.

During the period of 2004 to 2008, Graham starred in the independent films Gray Matters, Broken, Adrift in Manhattan - all in 2007, and Miss Conception in 2008 - which received negative-to-mixed reviews and most of them went largely unnoticed at the box-office

Her 2005 film Mary holds a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, her first "Fresh" film since Bowfinger. The film premiered at the 2005 Venice Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize as well as three smaller awards.

The film also played at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival and San Sebastián International Film Festival and co-starred Juliette Binoche, Forest Whitaker, Marion Cotillard and Matthew Modine.

Heather GrahamIn 2006, she co-starred in Bobby as Angela; the film's cast was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

During this period Graham also spoke about developing a comedy film titled The Accidental Virgin which would have focused on "female sexual confusion", telling the story of a woman who has not had any sex in a year.

The film has not been made. She also stated she would be interested in directing in the future if there is "something that, its burning in my mind that I need to do."

On television, Graham played herself in an episode of the TV series Sex and the City. She was given special guest-star status on nine episodes of NBC-TV's Scrubs during its fourth season in 2004 through 2005.

She also appeared as George Michael Bluth's ethics teacher in an episode of Fox's television series, Arrested Development in 2004 and played Emily Sanders in Emily's Reasons Why Not, however, the sitcom was canceled after airing only one episode.

In 2009, Graham played the stripper with a heart of gold, Jade, in The Hangover, which was released to critical and box office success. She won the role after Lindsay Lohan turned it down.

Though she did not return for the sequel The Hangover Part II, she reprised her role in the final installment of the trilogy, The Hangover Part III.

Heather GrahamIn 2010, she starred in Boogie Woogie, followed by roles in the unsuccessful films Father of Invention, 5 Days of War, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer - all in 2011 and About Cherry in 2012.

She played Meredith Crown in At Any Price, which stars Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron and was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, and later screened as an official selection at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.

Other roles include mob lawyer Annette Stratton-Osborne in Behaving Badly and short story writer Mary Bellanova in My Dead Boyfriend - both in 2014. She wrote a comedy screenplay called Half Magic, which she stated she wants to direct.

She said the story focuses on "these female friends and sexuality and about people having a sense of shame about sexuality and learning how to have a healthier attitude about it. It also deals with male/female relationships and sexism".

In 2012, she was a member of the jury of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival.

In 2014, she starred in the second adaptation of the V. C. Andrews novel Flowers in the Attic on the Lifetime network. She played the character of Corrine Dollanganger; an evil mother who locks her four children in an attic in order to receive an inheritance from her dying father.

Heather GrahamGraham also appeared in two TV-movie sequels based on the V.C. Andrews' series: Petals on the Wind and If There Be Thorns; continuing to play the role of Corrine Dollanganger. She appeared in the final season of Californication as the mother of David Duchovny's long-lost son.

In 2018 she co-starred in the David Cross dark comedy series Bliss, which was released by the BritBox streaming service. It stars Stephen Mangan as Andrew, a fraudulent travel writer, who is struggling to maintain long-term relationships with two partners, Kim (Graham) and Denise (Jo Hartley), who are not aware of one another.

Besides her acting work, Graham is also an activist who serves as a public advocate for the NGO Children International. She stated that what she likes about Children International is that "you are helping a child have a better life. It's great for that child to know that someone who lives in another country cares about them".

Graham works with the Cambodian Children's Fund, also an NGO, which provides supplies and education, and campaigns to stop slavery. "There's a lot of human trafficking in Cambodia," Graham has said. "Women are dying because they don't have $15 to give birth in a hospital.

The Children's Fund provides free education, clean water and healthcare for communities. We're creating future leaders who will be able to help themselves."

In 2007 she supported the climate change campaign Global Cool and appeared in Shekhar Kapur's short film Global Cool alongside Sienna Miller.

In the media Graham is considered a sex symbol. She was ranked at number 40 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World list in 2000, number 95 in 2001 list, number 97 in the 2002 list, number #74 in the 2005 list and at number #98 in 2006 list.

Heather GrahamIn 2001 she was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People. In 2003 she posed for a photoshoot by photographer Sam Jones during which she was levitated several feet into the air by a magician who later also sawed her in half.

Also in 2003, Graham appeared on the cover of Time magazine for an article titled "The Science of Meditation". To promote Emily's Reasons Why Not, she had posed for a Life Magazine cover story, printed weeks in advance of the assumed series schedule, referring to her as "Television's sexiest star" which appeared in the January 27, 2006 issue.

Graham is often cast in sexual roles, including those of Felicity Shagwell (Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me), porn stars Rollergirl (Boogie Nights) and Sharonna (The Guru), prostitute Mary Kelly (From Hell), porn director Margaret (About Cherry) and stripper Jade (The Hangover and The Hangover, Part III).

She stated she finds these types of roles and the issue of sexuality fascinating, and believes that "our culture sends out mixed messages to women about sex.

Are women supposed to be sexually alive people, or are we supposed to be 'good' mothers who would never do those things?" and that she likes "the fact some of my roles maybe help people open their minds about the way they think about sex".

In 2005, Graham became the spokeswoman and TV model for the Garnier brand of hair care products.

Heather GrahamGraham has been estranged from her parents in the past, supposedly due to their strict Irish Catholic beliefs and her rebellion as a teenager. Regarding the media's perception of her relationship with her parents, she stated: "I don't really like to talk about my parents. Because I just feel that it gets misinterpreted in the press."

"When I was a child my parents threatened to send me to a convent. I've often wondered how that would have worked out," said Graham

"I'd have made a terrible nun. I'm a good Catholic girl in the same way that Madonna is. In the sense that I'm not that good at all. If the church is having a hard time recruiting nuns, I'd make an ideal poster girl. 'Become a nun or else end up like her!"

She has been practicing transcendental meditation since 1991 after being introduced to it by David Lynch. She has also expressed her dislike of reality television, stating in a 2007 interview: "I think some of it, it seems strange – why do we all want to watch people be so miserable? Other people's pain and misery – it seems kind of sad."

Now 39, but looking at least ten years younger, she is dating the director Yaniv Raz. Her previous boyfriends include Kyle MacLachlan, Adam Ant, James Woods and Heath Ledger. She divides her time between homes in New York and Los Angeles.

For years I've always had friends over to my house for poker games. Or I'll go to poker clubs. I hardly ever lose money and I don't play for huge stakes - I'm too cautious for that. But I've often won hundreds of dollars.

I always play sober. My weakness is a tendency to get too competitive, which means I lose my edge. I'm waiting to be invited to the tournaments that Brad Pitt organises. But I'd need to be careful. Those guys play for high stakes. I'd be afraid of running a losing streak and ending up writing out huge IOUs.

Heather GrahamNothing like a half-dozen quotable quotes from Heather to understand what a splendid sense of self she possesses. Makes her someone you'd love to know and spend time with.

"I was told that 'You haven't lived until you've tried tantric sexual healing.' So I first got into it when I was filming The Guru in 2002 and I haven't looked back. What most people know about tantric sex is that Sting does it and it lasts for eight hours. But he's not having sex continually. You can take a bath, massage your partner, listen to music. The idea is that you let the whole thing build very slowly until finally you merge with your partner. It works for me."

"My next ambition is to teach myself to levitate. So far I've only succeeded in my dreams. I practice transcendental meditation and there is a phase where you're meant to lift off the ground. It hasn't happened yet. I'll manage it one day. In fact, I'm aiming beyond levitation. I want to be able to fly like a superhero. I won't be happy until I can fly across oceans and cities, saving people from being murdered."

"Don't ever ask me to help you with your tax returns after spending the night with me. It actually happened to me a couple of years ago. I was dating this guy and we spent the night together. Afterwards he turned to me and asked if I could help him with his tax. It was like, 'Now you've spent the night, can you cook me some food and sort out my tax?' I said, 'Are you crazy? I don't even do my own tax returns.' Needless to say, it didn't last long between us."

"I'm a technological dunce. I've never gone on Facebook, MySpace or any of those things. Why would I want to Twitter? Who would be interested in the fact that I'm about to brush my teeth? I've got a BlackBerry and that keeps me more highly strung than I really need to be. Bliss to me is being away from all technology. I've just come from a yoga retreat in Mexico. I didn't use my BlackBerry or go on my computer for nine days. I can't say I missed any of it."

Heather Graham"Outside of acting I'm useless at pretty much everything. I am the last person you want to turn to if you need help putting up a shelf or fitting a carpet. The only thing I'm OK at is planting vegetables."

"I'd sooner grow old disgracefully than gracefully. I can see myself as a naughty old lady. I admire those people who hold on to their elegance in old age but I'd rather have fun. I want to stay saucy and sexy like Susan Sarandon, Charlotte Rampling and Helen Mirren. I want to be vamping it up in short skirts and low-cut tops right to the end. But I won't be taking my clothes off in movies at that stage. Unless, of course, I still look really hot."

"September 11 was my biggest nightmare. I was flying into New York that morning from the Toronto Film Festival. I'd bought an apartment in Manhattan and I was due to move in that day. We were flying towards New York when I could see this huge black cloud over the city." The first plane had hit the Twin Towers but nobody knew what was happening at that stage. We landed and I was in the baggage - claim area when the second plane hit the second tower. There was general panic. After going through something like that, you never take anything for granted again."

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Year Title Role Notes
1984 Mrs. Soffel Factory Girl Uncredited
1988 License to Drive Mercedes Lane
Twins Young Mary Ann Benedict Uncredited
1989 Drugstore Cowboy Nadine
1990 I Love You to Death Bridget
1991 Guilty as Charged Kimberly
Shout Sara Benedict
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Annie Blackburn
Diggstown Emily Forrester
1993 The Ballad of Little Jo Mary Addie
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Cowgirl Heather
Six Degrees of Separation Elizabeth
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Mary Kennedy Taylor
Don't Do It Suzanna
1995 Desert Winds Jackie
Terrified Olive
1996 Swingers Lorraine
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story Maggie Bowen
1997 Nowhere Lilith
Two Girls and a Guy Carla Bennett
Boogie Nights Brandy / Rollergirl
Kiss & Tell Susan Pretsel
Scream 2 'Stab' Casey Becker Cameo
1998 Lost in Space Dr. Judy Robinson
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Felicity Shagwell
Bowfinger Daisy
2000 Committed Joline
2001 Say It Isn't So Josephine Wingfield
Sidewalks of New York Annie
From Hell Mary Jane Kelly
2002 Killing Me Softly Alice Tallis
The Guru Sharonna
2003 Anger Management Kendra
Hope Springs Mandy
2004 Blessed Samantha Howard
2005 Mary Elizabeth Younger
Cake Pippa McGee Also executive producer
2006 The Oh in Ohio Justine
Bobby Angela
Gray Matters Gray Baldwin
Broken Hope
2007 Adrift in Manhattan Rose Phipps
Have Dreams, Will Travel Aunt
2008 Alien Love Triangle Elizabeth Short film
Miss Conception Georgina Salt
Baby on Board Angela Marks
2009 ExTerminators Alex
The Hangover Jade
Boogie Woogie Beth Freemantle
2010 Father of Invention Phoebe
2011 The Flying Machine Georgie
Son of Morning Josephine Tuttle
5 Days of War Miriam Eisner
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Aunt Opal Moody
2012 About Cherry Margaret
At Any Price Meredith Crown
2013 The Hangover Part III Jade
Compulsion Amy
Horns Veronica
2014 Goodbye to All That Stephanie
Behaving Badly Annette Stratton-Osborne
2016 Norm of the North Vera Voice
My Dead Boyfriend Mary McCrawley
2017 Wetlands Savannah
Last Rampage Dorothy Tison
2018 Half Magic Honey Also director and writer
2019 The Rest of Us Cami
TBA Desperados Angel de la Paz Post-production
TBA Wander Shelly Luscomb Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Growing Pains Cindy / Samantha 2 episodes
Student Exchange Dorrie Ryder Television film
1991 Twin Peaks Annie Blackburn 6 episodes
1992 O Pioneers! Young Alexandra Bergson Television film
1995 Fallen Angels Carol Whalen Episode: "Tomorrow I Die"
1996 The Outer Limits Alicia Episode: "Resurrection"
Bullet Hearts Carlene Prue Pilot
1998 Fantasy Island Jackie Uncredited
Episode: "Pilot"
1999 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Heather Graham/Marc Anthony"
2002 Sex and the City Herself Episode: "Critical Condition"
2004 Arrested Development Beth Baerly Episode: "Shock and Aww"
2004–2005 Scrubs Dr. Molly Clock 9 episodes
2006 Emily's Reasons Why Not Emily Sanders 7 episodes; also producer
2011 Little in Common Ellie Weller Pilot
ortlandia Heather Episode: "Baseball"
2014 Flowers in the Attic Corrine Dollanganger/Foxworth Television film
Petals on the Wind Corrine Winslow Television film
Californication Julia 9 episodes
2015 If There Be Thorns Corrine Foxworth Television film
Studio City Stevie Pilot
2016–2017 Flaked Tilly 4 episodes
2016–2018 Angie Tribeca Diana Duran 5 episodes
2017 Law & Order True Crime Judalon Smyth 7 episodes
2018 Bliss Kim Marsden 6 episodes
2018 Get Shorty Banana Girl 2 episodes
TBA The Stand Rita Blakemoor Upcoming miniseries

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Year Title Role Notes
2004 EverQuest II Antonia Bayle - Queen of Qeynos (voice)
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Jessica Rose (voice)

Awards and Nominations

(shared with Mike Myers)
Year Accolade Title Results
1989 Young Artist award, Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy License to Drive Nominated
1990 >Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Drugstore Cowboy Nominated
1992 Young Artist award, Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture Shout Nominated
1998 Florida Film Critics Circle award, Best Ensemble Cast Boogie Nights Won
>MTV Movie + TV award, Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
1999 ShoWest Convention award, Female Star of Tomorrow Won
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment award, Favorite Actress - Comedy Bowfinger Nominated
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Won
Saturn award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
2006 Hollywood Film Festival award, Ensemble of the Year Bobby Won
2007 Critics Choice award, Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2009 Award Circuit Community award, Best Cast Ensemble The Hangover Nominated
2017 San Diego International Film Festival award, Virtuoso award Won


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