Heather Graham biography 2022

Actress Heather Graham

Heather Graham biography


Heather Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, on January 29, 1970.

Soon after, Heather was joined by her little sister, Aimee, and they attended their very first elementary school in Virginia because her father worked for the FBI, and they were forced to move quite often.

After being shuffled around again, Heather and her little sister attended Sumac Elementary. Soon after, they participated in a school called Lindero Canyon Middle School.

When Heather entered Agoura High School, she had difficulty making friends as she permanently moved before she had a chance to develop profound friendships. While studying at Agoura, she was teased for being a quiet girl and for not being fully developed physically. She was even considered a theater geek by her peers.

Not only was Heather Graham considered un-cool at school, but her family life became increasingly uncomfortable as she began to follow her dream of becoming an actress. Although her mother would drive her to Hollywood for auditions, tensions between Heather and her family began to rise so high that she eventually stopped communicating with them altogether. Heather was relieved to finally graduate from Agoura, even though she was voted the most talented of her senior class.

Her start as an actress was not glamorous, as most actors start. Heather Graham bounced from odd job to odd job, eventually landing various roles and parts in films such as License To Drive and the critically acclaimed Drugstore Cowboy starring Matt Dillon.

Heather also appeared on the small screen in the popular TV drama Twin Peaks. After some success in Hollywood, Heather decided to enroll at the University of California in Los Angeles. Her major was English literature, but unfortunately, she dropped out after only two years. However, she brought something positive.

At UCLA, Heather Graham first read one of her favorite books by Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov. This book impressed James Woods when he first saw her.

In 1992, Heather landed a small role in Diggstown, a film in that Woods starred. In the following few years, Heather played various roles in films such as Six Degrees of Separation, which starred Will Smith, Don't Do It, and Even Cowgirls Get The Blues.

As Heather furthered her acting career, she attracted the interest of filmmakers such as James Toback and Jon Favreau. Favreau took Heather swing dancing one night, and a year and a half later, she played Lorraine in his almost legendary movie Swingers. Toback soon after got the opportunity to work with her and cast her in his film titled Two Girls And A Guy.

But it was in 1997 that Heather got her breakout role and would not soon be forgotten. She played "Rollergirl," a young adult actress who constantly carried roller skates everywhere she went, in the true story of the life of adult actor John Holmes titled "Boogie Nights."

After that, Heather was in high demand and appeared in Scream 2, spoofing Drew Barrymore's role as the popcorn's first victim of the original film. She then appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which made men everywhere drool over the latest star in Hollywood.

Rolling Stone was not the only magazine cover Heather graced; her face, once obscure and unknown to the world, had begun to grace the covers of a host of magazine covers. With a modeling contract with Emanuel Ungaro, Heather has appeared in some big-budget films, including Lost In Space, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Bowfinger, which also stars Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin.

We saw more of this swinging sensation in roles like Say It Isn't So, Sidewalks Of New York (where she co-starred with her ex-boyfriend, Edward Burns), and From Hell. She will next be seen reprising her role as Felicity Shagwell in the third installment of Austin Powers -- Goldmember -- as well as Hope Springs, Killing Me Softly, and The Guru.


last updated October 2022

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