Heather Graham

Heather Joan Graham (born January 29, 1970) is an American actress. She has appeared in such films as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Lost in Space, Bowfinger, From Hell, Anger Management, and The Hangover. She received critical acclaim for her performance in the 1989 film Drugstore Cowboy and for her role as Rollergirl in 1997's Boogie Nights, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Early life
Heather Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the older of two children. Her family is of "three quarters Irish" descent, with her father's side from County Cork. Her younger sister, Aimee Graham, is also an actress and writer. Their mother, Joan (née Bransfield), is a teacher and author of children's books. Their father, James Graham, is a retired FBI agent. The girls were raised with traditional Catholic values. Her family relocated repeatedly before settling down in Agoura Hills, California when she was nine years old. She was introduced to acting during a school production of The Wizard of Oz. Graham graduated from Agoura High School in California in 1988.

After high school, Graham enrolled in extension classes of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and studied English for two years. There she met actor James Woods. They became romantically involved during the time she was cast in the movie Diggstown, where he had landed the starring role. After two years there, Graham withdrew from school at UCLA to pursue acting full time, despite her parents' objections.

Career
Her first film appearance was an uncredited cameo in Mrs. Soffel (1984). Her second film appearance was in the television film Student Exchange. In 1986, she appeared on a special "Teen Week" episode of the NBC-TV game show Scrabble. Then she appeared in numerous television commercials, and the sitcom Growing Pains in 1987. In the 1988 teen comedy License to Drive, she co-starred with Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. Her strict parents forbade her to appear in the black comedy, Heathers, which had an expletive-rich script.

Graham was cast in a number of parts as a supporting actress including the part of Nadine in the 1989 film Drugstore Cowboy. In 1991, she appeared in the TV series Twin Peaks as Annie Blackburn, Dale Cooper's second-season love interest. Many became familiar with her for these two roles. She appeared in a brief but important role in the 1997 hit Swingers. She has been part of two ensemble casts that have earned Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast (Boogie Nights and Bobby).

Her first starring role was in 1999 as Felicity Shagwell in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. She appeared in the music video for Lenny Kravitz's cover of "American Woman". Also in 1999, she appeared in the movie Bowfinger.

Graham has taken roles in mainstream films, including Mary Kelly in the 2001 film From Hell, based on the story of Jack the Ripper, and Judy Robinson in 1998's film Lost In Space, and she has also been cast in a number of independent films. Some of those films, like 2006's Bobby, have brought her critical praise. She also starred in the erotic thriller Killing Me Softly.

Graham played herself on one episode of the TV series Sex and the City. In 2003, she appeared in the comedy Anger Management. She was given special guest-star status on nine episodes of NBC-TV's Scrubs during its fourth season (2004–2005), and also appeared as George Michael Bluth's ethics teacher in an episode of Fox's television series, Arrested Development. In 2005, Graham became the spokeswoman and TV model for the Garnier brand of hair care products. Graham's print ad for Skyy vodka, which was photographed in 2003 (titled "#3, Entourage") is still appearing in national magazines today. In 2003, she also 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", indicating that Graham has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since 1991. In 2001, Graham was named by People Magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People". Graham voiced the character of Antonia Bayle in the online role-playing game EverQuest 2.

Graham starred in the US ABC-TV comedy series Emily's Reasons Why Not, in 2006. However, ABC canceled the show after its first airing on January 9, 2006. Graham had posed for a Life Magazine cover story, printed weeks in advance of the assumed series schedule, referring to her as "TV's sexiest star" which appeared two weeks later in their January 27, 2006 issue.

In 2009, she played the stripper Jade in The Hangover. The film was released to critical and box office success. Her next film will be the family comedy Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.

Personal life
Graham is a public advocate for Children International. She also supported the climate change campaign Global Cool in 2007.

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Mrs. SoffelFactory GirlUncredited
1986ScrabbleContestantTeen Week
1987Growing PainsCindy/SamanthaTV series; 2 episodes
Student ExchangeDorrie Ryder
1988License to DriveMercedes LaneNominated–Young Artist Award for Best Actress Starring in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy
TwinsYoung Mary Ann BenedictUncredited
1989Drugstore CowboyNadineNominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress
1990I Love You to DeathBridget
1991Guilty as ChargedKimberly
ShoutSara BenedictNominated–Young Artist Award for Best Actress Starring in a Motion Picture
Twin PeaksAnnie BlackburnTV series; 6 episodes
1992Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeAnnie Blackburn
O Pioneers!Young Alexandra Bergson
DiggstownEmily Forrester
1993The Ballad of Little JoMary Addie
Even Cowgirls Get the BluesCowgirl Heather
Six Degrees of SeparationElizabeth
1994Don't Do ItSuzanna
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleMary Kennedy Taylor
1995ToughguyOlive
Desert WindsJackie
Let It Be MePerfumery Salesgirl
Fallen AngelsCarol WhalenTV series, 1 episode
1996Kiss & TellSusan Pretsel
SwingersLorraine
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day StoryMaggie Bowen
Bullet HeartsCarlene Prue
The Outer LimitsAliciaTV series; 1 episode
1997NowhereLilith
Boogie NightsBrandy 'Rollergirl'Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Scream 2Herself/'Stab' CaseyCameo Appearance
1998Lost in SpaceDr. Judy Robinson
Two Girls and a GuyCarla Bennett
Fantasy IslandJackieTV series; 1 episode
Alexandria HotelN/Ashort
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeFelicity ShagwellBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Actress in a Comedy
ShoWest Award for Female Star of Tomorrow
Nominated–Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Couple
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Actress
BowfingerDaisyNominated–Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress in a Comedy
Alien Love TriangleElizabethshort
2000CommittedJoline
2001Say It Isn't SoJosephine Wingfield
Sidewalks of New YorkAnnie Matthews
From HellMary Kelly
2002Killing Me SoftlyAlice Tallis
The GuruSharonna
2003Anger ManagementKendraUncredited
Hope SpringsMandy
2004BlessedSamantha Howard
Arrested DevelopmentBeth BaerlyTV series; 1 episode
2005CakePippa McGee
ScrubsDr. Molly ClockTV series; 9 episodes
MaryElizabeth Younger
2006The Oh in OhioJustineuncredited
Emily's Reasons Why NotEmily SandersTV series; 7 episodes (6 unaired)
BobbyAngelaHollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BrokenHope
Gray MattersGray Baldwin
2007Adrift in ManhattanRose Phipps
2008Miss ConceptionGeorgina Salt
Have Dreams, Will TravelCassie's Aunt
Baby on BoardAngela
2009Boogie WoogieBeth Freemantle
The HangoverJadeDetroit Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble
2010ExTerminatorsAlex
Father of InventionFibbi
2011Scream 4'Stab' CaseyCameo appearance
5 Days of WarMiriam
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer SummerAunt Opal
The Flying MachineGeorgie
2012CherryFilming

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