Edit
Heather Graham Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (3) | Mini Bio (1) | Trivia (34) | Personal Quotes (5)

Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 January 1970Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Birth NameHeather Joan Graham
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's occupation, and Heather became increasingly shy. Surprisingly, she had a passion for acting from an early age and despite being labeled a 'theater geek' by her peers, she was voted Most Talented by her high school senior class. Unfortunately, her love of acting created a tension between Heather and her family although her mother obligingly drove her to auditions in Hollywood throughout her adolescence.

After high school Heather moved to Los Angeles and received small roles in a variety of films including Drugstore Cowboy (1989). When her career did not take off as quickly as was hoped, Heather enrolled in the University of California at Los Angeles to get her degree in drama. It was at UCLA that she was noticed by actor James Woods and received a subsequent part in a film Woods starred in, Diggstown (1992). Heather dropped out of UCLA after two years to pursue her acting career on a full time basis. Aside from gaining a modeling contract with Emanuel Ungaro Liberte, Heather has risen to star in such films as Swingers (1996), a role she received after being taken out swing dancing by Jon Favreau, to blockbusters like Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), and Boogie Nights (1997).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kimberly Hannigan

Trivia (34)

Was voted "Most Talented" by her Agoura High School class.
Modeling contract with Emanuel Ungaro Liberte
Had to turn down the female lead in the film Rounders (1998) because of scheduling conflicts.
Older sister of actress Aimee Graham.
Was fired from Scorchers (1991).
Graduated 1988 Agoura High School, Agoura Hills, California. Dropped out of UCLA her freshman year to pursue acting
Worked at Toys R'Us when she was a teenager
Was forced to turn down the lead role in Heathers (1988), because her parents thought the language was too risque.
Her father is an FBI agent. Her mother is a schoolteacher/author.
She once worked as an usher at The Hollywood Bowl
Enjoys yoga and cooking and playing poker
Has not spoken to her parents in two years because they disapprove of the movies she stars in.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2001.
She is of Irish, with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Welsh, German, and English, ancestry.
Was the subject of the power pop song, "Heather Graham", by the Washington, D.C.-based a-Capella quartet, DaVinci's Notebook. The song appears on the group's 2002 CD, "Brontosaurus".
Ranked #4 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Went to the same high school as Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson of Linkin Park, as well as Adrianna Costa.
She attended Agoura High School with sister Aimee Graham, Shane Stanley, Beverly Peele and James Robb and Mike Shinoda.
Played a porn actress twice: in The Guru (2002) and Boogie Nights (1997)
Practises Transcendental Meditation. Appeared meditating on the cover of the August 4, 2003 issue of Time Magazine.
Ranked as #74 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Named #98 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Chosen by Femme Fatales magazine as one of the "50 sexiest women on the planet". [February 2006]
Was a contestant on Scrabble (1984) in 1986 for the Teen Tournament.
Had her ears pierced in her teens, but has now let them heal up again and can no longer wear pierced earrings.
Has a cat named Mittens.
Originally auditioned to play "Amber Waves" in Boogie Nights (1997) but ultimately ended up playing the Roller Girl.
She is a public advocate for Children International.
She subscribed to BBC America so she could study the accents of the characters in the popular British soap opera EastEnders (1985) for her role as "Mary Kelly" in the "Ripper" thriller From Hell (2001) in 2001. She particularly focused on "Kat Slater"'s cockney "East End" intonation.
Auditioned for the Jennifer Grey role in Dirty Dancing (1987).
Auditioned for the Sarah Jessica Parker role in L.A. Story (1991).
Auditioned for the Angelina Jolie role in Hackers (1995).
Turned down the Teri Polo role in Meet the Parents (2000).
Turned down the Shannon Elizabeth role in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).

Personal Quotes (5)

I love telling dirty jokes. Sex is funny.
[on sex] It's an aspect of my personality. Sex is a part of who I am and it took me a long time to feel good about it. I wasn't sure if it was good or bad to be a person who really enjoys sex.
I always wanted to be the pretty girl, but I thought I wasn't. When I started acting and getting pretty girl roles, I felt like I was just pretending, and nobody saw I was just this big nerd.
I sleep as much as I want. I'll sleep like 11 hours, unless I'm working. Sometimes I do feel like - this is weird, I should just get up so I can fit into the world. Then I'm like - why? I don't have a nine-to-five job.
I'm not the kind of person who needs to be a mother no matter what. Life brings you people. Maybe I'll nurture someone who's not my child, like a friend, or an actor I'm working with who needs some love.

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page