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  • Juliette Lewis Biography

    Born: June 21, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, United States

    Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as 'Danielle Bowden' in CAPE FEAR. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Lasse Hallström, Oliver Stone, and Garry Marshall. Whether lending dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair to her roles, Lewis graces the screen with remarkable range and an original and captivating style.

    Lewis was born in Hollywood and by the age of 6, she knew she wanted to be a performer. At 12, Lewis landed her first leading role in the Showtime miniseries HOME FIRES. After appearing in several TV sitcoms including THE WONDER YEARS, she made her move to film, starring with Chevy Chase in NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION and with Jennifer Jason Leigh in the drama CROOKED HEARTS. At 16, Lewis starred in the critically acclaimed television movie TOO YOUNG TO DIE?, catching the attention of Martin Scorsese, who cast her in his thriller CAPE FEAR. Her powerful scenes with Robert De Niro captured the quiet complexities of adolescence and earned her an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for “Best Supporting Actress.” Her auditorium scene with De Niro goes down in movie-making history as one of cinema's classic scenes.

    Lewis next worked with Woody Allen in HUSBANDS AND WIVES, playing a self-assured college coed with a penchant for older men and, particularly, her married professor. She quickly followed suit with a succession of starring roles in a variety of blockbusters and critically acclaimed projects including KALIFORNIA, ROMEO IS BLEEDING, WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE and NATURAL BORN KILLERS, Oliver Stone's controversial media satire about two mass murderers who become legendary folk heroes. Lewis's other credits include the Nora Ephron comedy MIXED NUTS, with Steve Martin and Adam Sandler; the sci-fi action film STRANGE DAYS, with Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett; Quentin Tarantino's vampire tale FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, with George Clooney; EVENING STAR, with Shirley MacLaine; the Gary Marshall directed THE OTHER SISTER and OLD SCHOOL, co-starring opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell.

    In addition to her film career, Lewis has continued to add roles to her growing list of television credits with a performance in Showtime’s MY LOUISIANA SKY, for which she secured an EMMY nomination, and a starring role innthe Mira Nair directed HBO film HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS, alongside Uma Thurman and Gena Rowlands. Lewis has also made television cameos in “My Name is Earl” and TNT’s “Memphis Beat.”

    After a six-year hiatus from film to pursue her burgeoning music career exclusively, Lewis announced her return to acting with five movies.

    In 2009, Juliette starred alongside Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon and Eve in the comedy directed by Drew Barrymore, WHIP IT (Fox Searchlight.) She also appeared in the romantic comedy THE SWITCH, opposite Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and Patrick Wilson.

    In 2010, Lewis appeared in Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, Juliette costarred alongside Orlando Bloom, Ruffalo and Laura Linney and the film took home the US Dramatic Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

    During the same year, Juliette Lewis was cast in the acclaimed indie-drama CONVICTION, which starred Hilary Swank, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell. Critics hailed her performance in the film. Time Magazine praised Lewis’ “scene stealing moments” as a devious ex-girlfriend while Entertainment Weekly raved, “Juliette Lewis reminds fans why we want her to run free forever.” The San Francisco Chronicle also proclaimed, “her character work should be studied in schools. Just remarkable.”

    Next up, Lewis has also landed a lead role in the indie film KELLY AND CAL, alongside “Cougar Town” star Josh Hopkins, which recently began filming in New York.

    Juliette Lewis currently resides in Los Angeles.

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