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Overview (2)

Born in Deep River, Connecticut, USA
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gretchen Mol was born November 8, 1972, in Deep River, Connecticut, the daughter of a school principal and his artist wife. Deep River is a small community located on the Chester Bowles Highway (Rt. 9), nine miles northwest of Old Saybrook (home of the legendary Katharine Hepburn), within commuting distance of New York City. The young Gretchen was bit by the acting bug and participated in high school theatrics, then moved to the Big Apple as a teenager to study acting and musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and at the William Esper Studio.

Although only 5'6" tall--too short for a traditional modeling career--her unique beauty brought her modeling jobs as she pursued her dream of becoming a professional actress. She began appearing in magazines in 1994, meanwhile working at such time-honored Manhattan jobs as restaurant hat-check girl. It was while working that gig she was discovered by a talent agent. The agent landed her her first acting job, a TV commercial for Coca-Cola. She continued to hone her acting skills in summer stock, appearing in such productions as "Bus Stop", "No Exit" and "Godspell".

The 23-year-old Gretchen made her film debut in Spike Lee's Girl 6 (1996), a small role that came to her, as luck would have it, after she had gone for an audition for the soap opera Guiding Light (1952). Her career began to take off, and she appeared in small parts, mostly "girlfriend" roles, in such films as Rounders (1998) starring 'Matt Damon' (qav) and in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998), opposite Kenneth Branagh and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Gretchen was touted as the "Next Big Thing" after appearing on the cover of the September 1998 issue of "Vanity Fair". Her most memorable role up to that time was as a mobster's moll in the minor cult classic Donnie Brasco (1997), which was mostly remembered for cinematic turns by Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Anne Heche. Nonetheless, her beauty and presence led "Vanity Fair" to hype the beautiful blonde, heralding the arrival of a major new star. She seemed poised to move up to featured roles. but the announcement turned out to be premature. Brunette Angelina Jolie proved to be Hollywood's Next "It" girl.

During the seven years that followed the "Vanity Fair" cover story, Mol continued to appear in films and on the stage, including the part of Jennie in the London and New York productions of Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things" in 2001 (she also appeared in the film version, The Shape of Things (2003)). The good reviews she got proved that she was not just another pretty face. In 2004 she displayed her singing and dancing chops by playing Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of "Chicago."

She worked steadily, appearing in another small role in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown (1999), and eventually won the lead in David E. Kelley TV series Girls Club (2002). The series bombed, however, and was canceled after only two episodes. Nevertheless, the intervening period allowed her to develop as an actress. In 2004 the blonde beauty finally had the role that proved to be her acting breakthrough: brunette 1950s "stag queen" Bettie Page in The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). Many brunettes have gone blonde, but Mol--the blonde who went brunette--rocked the screen with her presence. Her embodiment of the legendary Page garnered excellent reviews and propelled the flick into art house hit status.

Mol married film director Tod Williams on June 1, 2004, and they became parents a little over three years later, when a son, Ptolemy John Williams, was born on October 10, 2007.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (1)

Tod Williams (1 June 2004 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (14)

Graduated from the William Esper Studio.
She worked as a hat-check girl at a restaurant where her agent-to-be spotted her and got her a Coca-Cola commercial.
Her mother is an artist and her father is a special ed teacher at RHAM High School. Her parents divorced when she was young. She has an older brother, Jim Mol.
Graduated from the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy. That is the same school that actors such as Lee Tergesen (Oz (1997)), Tyne Daly (Judging Amy (1999)) and Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas (1990)) attended.
Went to the same high school as Broadway actor Peter Lockyer.
Grew up in Connecticut. Moved to New York as a teenager to study acting.
Worked with her husband's ex-wife (Famke Janssen) on three films - two before she married him (Rounders (1998) and Celebrity (1998)) and one after she married him (The Ten (2007)).
Son Ptolemy John Williams, born 10 October 2007.
Is expecting her second child with husband Tod Williams.
Second son, Winter Morgan Williams, was born on February 17, 2011 in New York.
In addition to being an American Musical and Dramatic Academy alumni with Lee Tergesen, Gretchen also graduated from the same high school(Valley Regional High School in Deep River, Connecticut) as Lee Tergesen. Other notable Valley grads include Justin Haut and Peter Lockyer.
She is a direct descendant, on her mother's side (Morgan) of William Brewster, Leading Elder of the Pilgrims of The Mayflower, and Capt. James Avery, Commander of the Pequot Indians. Gretchen's family arrived on the Mayflower and settled in the Stonington, CT, area shortly thereafter.
Was on the cover of the September 1998 issue of Vanity Fair magazine described as "Hollywood's next It Girl".
A character in the film Mary (2005) was named after her. Mol worked with the film's director, Abel Ferrara, in three films: The Funeral (1996), SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (1997), and New Rose Hotel (1998).

Personal Quotes (3)

I wish I could say I have this kind of big plan, but now, so much of it is what comes along the pike, and then, you just say, there's something about that role that just tickles me or sort of feels right.
I never really have had, at its core, an issue with nudity in films except that I know when I think it's exploitative and when I think it's beautiful.
[about watching the black-and-white "loops" made in the 1940s and 1950s by Bettie Page in order to understand her character in The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)] I love the loops! I couldn't take my eyes off of them. It was five minutes dedicated to the art of the shoe, and putting the shoe on--but first the stocking. It was so geisha. There was something so presentational. Bettie was just lost in her own world, dancing around with this fringe bikini on, with this weird lamp on the side table.

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