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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 October 1956Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameMargarita Ibrahimoff
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rita Wilson was born on October 26, 1956 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Margarita Ibrahimoff. She is an actress and producer, known for Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Jingle All the Way (1996) and Runaway Bride (1999). She has been married to Tom Hanks since April 30, 1988. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Tom Hanks (30 April 1988 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (14)

Children with Tom Hanks: Chet Hanks (b. 4 August 1990) and Truman Theodore (b. 26 December 1995).
She originally met Tom Hanks in 1981 on the set of Bosom Buddies (1980) when she guest-starred as Peter Scolari's Satan-worshiping girlfriend. But their relationship wasn't kindled until they were reunited on the set of Volunteers (1985).
Half Greek (mother Dorothy, born and raised in a Greek village on the Albanian border) and Pomak (Bulgarian Muslim) from Bulgaria (father, born in Greece and lived in Bulgaria and Turkey, and who worked at a racetrack).
Older sister, Lily (teacher); and her younger brother, Chris Wilson, is the composer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).
Stepmother of Colin Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks.
Sister-in-law of Jim Hanks.
She is widely credited with landing Nia Vardalos a movie deal for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) (now the top money making independent film of all time, surpassing the $200 million mark), after seeing Vardalos perform her autobiographical one-woman show. She got her husband (Tom Hanks) to set up the film at his company, Playtone, which shopped it around to financiers and distributors on the strength of the Hanks-Wilson seal of approval. (Side note: Rita and Tom had a "Big Fat Greek Wedding" of their own in 1988).
Her niece, Carly Reeves, appears on-screen with her in the movie Raise Your Voice (2004) starring Hilary Duff.
Her niece, Kristen Reeves, is an entertainment reporter for Orange County TV.
Her father chose to change their last name to Wilson, because that was the name of the street they lived on.
Won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Best Actress for her stage performance in "As You Like It".
Attended Hollywood High School in California and later studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in England. One of her classmates at LAMDA was Deborah Moore, and they have since become close friends.
Made her Broadway debut as a Roxie Hart replacement in "Chicago".
Attended Princess Diana's funeral with her husband, Tom Hanks.

Personal Quotes (1)

I've never wanted to be a big star. I just want to keep on working.

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