Jun. 21st, 1973
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Juliette Lewis (born June 21, 1973) is an American actress and singer. She gained fame for her role in the 1991 thriller Cape Fear for which she was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. This followed with major roles in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Natural Born Killers, Strange Days, The Evening Star, Kalifornia, and From Dusk Till Dawn. Her work in television has resulted in two Emmy nominations.
Lewis was born in Los Angeles, California, to Geoffrey Lewis, an actor, and Glenis Duggan Batley, a graphic designer. She has four siblings – brothers Lightfield (an actor who starred in The New WKRP in Cincinnati) and Peter; and sisters Deirdre and Brandy.
She has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry: 'Martin Scorsese', 'Woody Allen', 'Lasse Hallstr�m', 'Oliver Stone', and 'Garry Marshall'. Lewis received an Emmy nomination for her performance in My Louisiana Sky (2001). Whether lending dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair, Lewis graces her roles with remarkable range and an original and captivating style.
Lewis co-starred opposite 'Jennifer Lopez' in the thriller Enough (2002) directed by 'Michael Apted'. Lewis played the best friend of an abused woman who must reclaim her life from her dangerous husband. The poignant drama Hysterical Blindness (2002) debuted on August 25, 2002, on HBO, in which Lewis stared with 'Uma Thurman' and 'Gena Rowlands'.
She went blond for her role in the DreamWorks comedy Old School (2003), co-starring opposite 'Luke Wilson', 'Vince Vaughn', and 'Will Ferrell' in this story of disenchanted men who try to recapture their college days by starting a fraternity.
Lewis filmed the feature Blueberry (2004), based on the French comic book adventures of Western hero Mike Blueberry. She stars alongside 'Michael Madsen' and French film star 'Vincent Cassel' in this project directed by 'Jan Kounen'. The production is shooting on location in Mexico, Spain, France, and Britain.
One of Lewis' most challenging roles was Carla Tate, a mentally challenged woman on a journey of independence and self discovery in 'Garry Marshall' The Other Sister (1999). "I wanted to capture her honesty so people could relate to her", says Lewis, who starred with her longtime friend 'Giovanni Ribisi', as well as 'Diane Keaton' and 'Tom Skerritt'. "I was playing a character who was full of life and determination, and it really had an effect on me. I connected very deeply to Carla and her feelings".
Other projects include the colorful European comedy release of Room to Rent (2000), The Way of the Gun (2000), and Picture Claire (2001).
Lewis at 12, landed her first leading role in the Showtime miniseries Home Fires (1987). After appearing in the sitcoms The Wonder Years (1988) and I Married Dora (1987), she went on to star with 'Chevy Chase' in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) and with 'Jennifer Jason Leigh' in the drama Crooked Hearts (1991).
At 16, Lewis starred in the critically acclaimed telefilm Too Young to Die? (1990), based on the true story of Amanda Sue Bradley, a sexually abused runaway who was the first minor to receive the death sentence.
Lewis worked with 'Woody Allen' in Husbands and Wives (1992). She then went on to star in the bittersweet love story That Night (1992). In 1993, Lewis starred as Adele Corners, a dysfunctional innocent on a cross-country journey with her psycho-killer boyfriend 'Brad Pitt' in Kalifornia (1993). She also played in Romeo Is Bleeding (1993).
Lewis' other credits include the 'Nora Ephron' comedy Mixed Nuts (1994) with 'Steve Martin' and 'Adam Sandler', the sci-fi action film Strange Days (1995) with 'Ralph Fiennes' and 'Angela Bassett'; and 'Quentin Tarantino' vampire tale From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) with 'George Clooney'. In 1996, Lewis appeared as 'Shirley MacLaine's granddaughter in The Evening Star (1996). She went on to star in the independent film Some Girl (1998), with 'Michael Rapaport' and 'Giovanni Ribisi' , and the thriller The 4th Floor (1999) with 'William Hurt'.
Lewis married professional skateboarder Steve Berra in 1999; they divorced in 2003.
- Auditioned for the role played by 'Winona Ryder' (qv) in _Beetle Juice (1988)_ (qv).
- Although she is now divorced, she remains good friends with her ex-husband, 'Stephen Berra' (qv).
- Fronts a rock band called "Juliette and the Licks" which is touring on Van's Warped Tour in 2004.
- Played a suicidal mental patient in the music video for the 'Melissa Etheridge' (qv) song "Come to my Window." Lewis' erratic behavior frightened the director to the point where he yelled "Cut!" several unnecessary times for fear that Lewis had truly suffered a mental/emotional breakdown.
- Arrested for being underage in an underground dance club at age 16. The arresting officer, who recognized her dad when he picked her up at the station, gave Juliette her mug shot (the charges were dropped), which now hangs, poster-size, in her home (this picture can be seen at Fan Page)
- Dropped out of high school just three weeks after starting.
- Father almost named her Snow Lake.
- Auditioned for the role played by 'Anne Hathaway (I)' (qv) in _The Devil Wears Prada (2006)_ (qv).