Mar. 13th, 1971
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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Annabeth Gish (born Anne Elizabeth Gish; March 13, 1971) is an American actress known for starring roles in Shag, Mystic Pizza and Double Jeopardy. She is best known for her roles as Special Agent Monica Reyes on The X-Files and as Eileen Caffee on the Showtime drama Brotherhood.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Judy and Robert Gish. Gish has said that she is "from different branches of the same family tree" as early silent film actress sisters Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish. When she was two, her family moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she grew up with her brother Tim and sister Robin. Her father was an English professor at the University of Northern Iowa; her mother was an elementary school educator.
Gish is married to former The X-Files stunt man Wade Allen and they are the parents of two sons: Cash Alexander Allen (b. January 12, 2007) and Enzo Edward Allen (b. October 25, 2008).
During her youth, Gish accumulated significant acting experience that culminated with a starring role in the 1986 teen film Desert Bloom. During this time she was active in the Lutheran denomination and became fluent in Spanish. Gish went to Northern University High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa where she graduated in 1989. She attended Duke University where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and focused her energies on the drama program, film studies and women's studies. She received a BA in English in July 1993. Numerous television and film appearances followed, building on her previous teen acting experiences.
In 1987, she starred in the film Hiding Out with Jon Cryer. She played the sister of Julia Roberts' character in 1988's Mystic Pizza. In 1989, Gish got her first major TV film role in When He's Not a Stranger as a rape victim Lyn McKenna. Gish portrayed Anne Hampton, the doomed second wife of Rhett Butler in 1994 in the TV mini series Scarlett.
In 1994's Wyatt Earp starring 'Kevin Costner' she played Urilla Sutherland, Wyatt's childhood sweetheart and eventual wife. In 1996, Gish played the girlfriend Tracey in Beautiful Girls. In 1997, Gish received her first starring role in a movie, portraying Susan Sparks opposite 'Shaquille O'Neal' in the movie adaptation of DC Comics superhero Steel. In 1997 she starred in the TV movie True Women as Euphemia Ashby alongside 'Angelina Jolie' and 'Dana Delany'. In 1998, Gish starred in SLC Punk!, released September 24, 1998, as a head shop owner named Trish.
In 2001, Gish joined the cast of The X-Files as Special Agent Monica Reyes after series star David Duchovny announced his intention to leave the show. During the eighth and ninth seasons, Gish and fellow newcomer Robert Patrick became the show's principal characters and it was presumed that the two could carry on the show even after Gillian Anderson left. While it is generally agreed their performances were good, ratings continued to drop with the departure of Duchovny and his dynamic with 'Gillian Anderson'; the ninth season of The X-Files became the show's last.
In 2003, Gish guest-starred on The West Wing playing Elizabeth Bartlet Westin, eldest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen). She appeared several times over the following seasons, rounding out the fictional Bartlet family also consisting of First Lady Abigail Bartlet (Stockard Channing) and daughters Ellie (Nina Siemaszko) and Zoey (Elisabeth Moss).
In 2006, Gish played the role of Julia in the independent movie The Celestine Prophecy and co-starred in Candles on Bay Street alongside 'Eion Bailey' and 'Alicia Silverstone'. In the same year, Gish began a continuing major role in the eleven-episode Showtime drama Brotherhood. There she plays fictional Rhode Island State Representative Tommy Caffee's wife Eileen, who strives to maintain a model political family while struggling with adultery and drug abuse. Gish has said her portrayal of Eileen Caffee is the best role she has had in twenty-two years as an actress. Brotherhood was picked up for a second season of 10 episodes and then a third season of 8 episodes.
- Education: she attended Northern University High School and graduated in 1989, went to Duke University and took a break from acting in order to gain a BA in English in July 1993.
- Her birth surname is Gish. Her grandmother's name is Lillian Gish, but she is not the famous silent film actress 'Lillian Gish' (qv). She is not related to either Lillian or 'Dorothy Gish' (qv).
- Annabeth grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
- Daughter of Robert and Judith (Judy) Gish.
- Son, Enzo Edward Allen, born 25 October 2008 in Rhode Island, USA, weighing 7 pounds.
- Sister of Timothy (Tim) and Robin Gish.
- Son, Cash Alexander Allen, born 12 January 2007.
- Her father is / was an English Professor.