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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 November 1960The Bronx, New York, USA
Nickname The Bronx Blonde
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cathy Moriarty was born November 29, 1960 in the Bronx, New York, to Irish immigrants, Catherine and John Moriarty, a warehouse worker. She was raised in Westchester County, New York and began acting in local dinner theaters while still in high school. At 17, she auditioned for what would be her most memorable role to film aficionados, her portrayal of Vicki LaMotta in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980). For which she was nominated an Oscar, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, and NSFC Award nominations. She went on to play other notable characters including, the seductive and imposing neighbor Ramona in the John Belushi comedy Neighbors (1981), the jealous and mentally deranged Montana Moorehead in the soap opera comedy Soapdish (1991), cigarette girl Lanna Lake in the drama The Mambo Kings (1992), the spoiled and calculating Carrigan Crittenden in Casper (1995),the strict disciplinarian Mary Brown in But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), and female Mafia boss Patti LoPresti in Analyze That (2002).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Spouse (2)

Joseph Gentile (28 August 1999 - present) (3 children)
Carmine D'Anna (1981 - 1988) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Often plays tough, acerbic women
Hoarse, smoky voice

Trivia (13)

Twins Catherine Patricia and Joseph John were born 11 September 2000 in New York City. Catherine is older by 3 minutes.
Quit smoking before birth of twins.
Third child, Annabella Rose, born on Thursday November 15, 2001 at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York.
Grew up in Yonkers, New York
Co-owner of Mulberry Street Pizza restaurants (three locations around L.A.), with Raquel Welch's husband (and Moriarty's ex-boyfriend) Richard Palmer.
Poor reviews for her second film, Neighbors (1981), in 1981, (a comedy featuring John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd), a serious automobile accident the following year, and the subsequent physical & emotional rehabilitation, and the last minute cancellation of a 1985 film she was co-starring with Jack Nicholson (which was delayed 5 years and released as The Two Jakes (1990)) contributed to a 6-year absence from the screen. She also claimed her first husband, Carmine D'Anna, took control of her career and life and was jeopardizing her career by not telling her of scheduled film meetings or studio interest for particular parts.
Was set to continue working with Donald Cammell after their collaboration on White of the Eye (1987), on a project called "Jericho" which would star Moriarty and Marlon Brando. However plans were soon dropped, as Brando realized he was unable to get insurance, and the film scrapped, just days before filming was to begin.
Was Arne Glimcher's first and only choice for the role of "Lanna Lake" in The Mambo Kings (1992).
Once said Soapdish (1991) is her personal favorite of all her films.
Was graduating from high-school when she was cast as Vickie LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980).
Irish-American. Her Parents are from County Kerry and County Cork.
Her fiancé and business partner, pizza restaurant owner Richard Palmer, left her for Raquel Welch after he and Raquel met in October 1997 at Ago, the West Hollywood restaurant owned by Robert De Niro.
Her scenes in The Indian Runner (1991) were ultimately cut.

Personal Quotes (6)

Robert De Niro taught me how to listen, and how to be part of the conversation. It's not just about reading your lines and saying what's in the script, you have to understand your character, along with the other characters so that you can always respond.
Not the most difficult director that I've worked with, but the most determined. (On Donald Cammell)
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese were so exceptionally loving to me and so concerned and so caring that I will always be grateful to them.
I prefer the hands-on work to all the black tie stuff.
Sometimes all it takes is someone else who truly believes in and sees the light shining within them to make a world of difference.
The truth is, ever since I was little, I've wanted to be an actor more than I ever wanted to be a movie star.

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