Heather Graham

Published August 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Occupation: Actress, Model 

Date of Birth:January 29, 1970 

Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wis., USA 

Sign: Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Libra 

Relations: Sister: Aimee Graham (actress); ex-companions: Kyle MacLachlan, James Woods, Elias Koteas, Stephen Hopkins, Edward Burns 

Education: Dropped out of UCLA 


 

WITH FIVE FILMS due out in 1999, Heather Graham could easily be called the "It Girl" of the year. Then again, she was the "It Girl" in 1997, when she made a splash with Boogie Nights, Scream 2 and Two Girls and a Guy. Let's just call her a bona fide starlet.  

Born in Milwaukee, Graham grew up in cities around the country; her father, an FBI agent, was constantly receiving new assignments, and the family followed along. Heather's current sex-symbol status, not to mention her revealing roles in Austin Powers 2 and Boogie Nights, is a far cry from the convent, the path her staunchly Catholic parents urged her to follow. A total child of the '70s, Graham recalls her first crush (on Speed Racer) and a childhood watching family fare, including The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family. She made her stage debut as so many young girls do, playing Dorothy in a school production of The Wizard of Oz. By the time she graduated high school in Southern California, she was regularly auditioning in Los Angeles.  

Although her first big-screen ventures were forgettable (the teen flicks Student Exchange and License to Drive), Graham found that the third time was a charm. In 1989, Gus Van Sant cast her in Drugstore Cowboy, the bleak Matt Dillon film that heralded the young actor's comeback (and the young director's arrival). Unfortunately, the press spent so much time heralding Dillon and Van Sant that Graham went largely unnoticed by the public. Casting directors, however, took note, and Graham began steadily working, turning out one or two films (of varying quality) every year. There was a school stint in there somewhere, but Heather decided she wasn't much for studying.  

Fast-forward to 1996. With a tiny part in the indie mega-hit Swingers, Graham began to get some notice. Next thing you know, she's stripping to her roller skates in Boogie Nights; drooling admiration ensued. Not to mention a whole lot of roles, including the coveted (to anyone who grew up in the '70s) Judy Robinson in Lost in Space.  

While filming Lost in Space, Graham met director Stephen Hopkins, who has been her companion for the past three years. No longer a practicing Catholic, Heather keeps calm through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. In addition to her film work, Graham is a model for Emanuel Ungaro.  

When in search of a leading lady (we use the term loosely) for Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me, comedian Mike Myers turned to Rollergirl Graham to take the role of the oversexed Felicity Shagwell. The enormous summer blockbuster is set to make Graham a household name… at least, in those few households where she isn't already known. 


 

Movies: 


 

1999 Bowfinger  

1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me  

1999 Alien Love Triangle  

1999 Committed  

1999 Kiss & Tell  

1998 Lost in Space  

1997 Scream 2  

1997 Nowhere  

1997 Boogie Nights  

1997 Two Girls and a Guy  

1996 Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story  

1996 Swingers  

1995 Desert Winds  

1995 Let It Be Me  

1995 Terrified  

1994 Don't Do It  

1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle  

1993 The Ballad of Little Jo  

1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues  

1993 Six Degrees of Separation  

1992 Diggstown  

1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me  

1991 Guilty as Charged  

1991 Shout  

1990 I Love You to Death  

1989 Drugstore Cowboy  

1988 Twins  

1988 License to Drive  

1987 Student Exchange  

TV: 


 

1992 O Pioneers!  

1990 Twin Peaks  

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