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Linda Fiorentino Biography
- Linda Fiorentino (born March 9, 1958) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Dogma, Vision Quest, Men in Black, After Hours and The Last Seduction. For her performance in The Last Seduction she won Best Actress awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the London Film Critics Circle. She was also nominated for a Best Actress Bafta Film Award. Fiorentino was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fiorentino is of Italian American Catholic background. She is a graduate of Rosemont College in suburban Philadelphia. She has studied photography, off and on, since 1987 at the International Center of Photography in New York City. She was married to director John Byrum for a time, but they divorced in 1993. She is still very close to Byrum's children. She splits her time between Westport, Connecticut, and New York City.
Linda Fiorentino Filmography
- (2009) Once More with Feeling as Lydia
- (2004) Retrosexual: The 80's as (archive footage)
- (2002) Heroes of Black Comedy as (archive footage)
- (2002) Liberty Stands Still as Liberty Wallace
- (2000) Ordinary Decent Criminal as Christine Lynch
- (2000) What Planet Are You From? as Helen Gordon
- (2000) Where the Money Is as Carol
- (1999) Dogma as Bethany
- (1999) The Directors as Herself
- (1998) Body Count as Natalie
- (1997) Kicked in the Head as Megan
- (1997) Men in Black as Laurel Weaver
- (1996) Larger Than Life as Terry Bonura
- (1996) Unforgettable as Martha Briggs
- (1995) Bodily Harm as Rita Cates
- (1995) Charlie's Ghost Story as Marta
- (1995) Jade as Trina Gavin
- (1995) The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards as Herself - Presenter
- (1995) The Desperate Trail as Sarah O'Rourke
- (1994) The Last Seduction as Bridget Gregory
- (1993) Acting on Impulse as Susan Gittes
- (1993) Beyond the Law as Renee Jason
- (1992) Chain of Desire as Alma D'Angeli
- (1992) HBO First Look as Herself
- (1992) Strangers as Helen
- (1992) The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as Herself
- (1991) Queens Logic as Carla
- (1991) Shout as Molly
- (1989) The Neon Empire as Lucy
- (1988) The Moderns as Rachel Stone
- (1988) Wildfire as Kay
- (1985) After Hours as Kiki Bridges
- (1985) Alfred Hitchcock Presents as Betsy Van Kennon
- (1985) Gotcha! as Sasha
- (1985) Vision Quest as Carla
Linda Fiorentino Trivia and Facts
- Won her part in Men in Black (1997) in a poker game from Barry Sonnenfeld. Besides the part, she won around $1200.
- 1995: Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" in film history (#66).
- Graduated from Washington Township High School, in Sewell, NJ. Is a graduate of Rosemont College, in Rosemont, PA (just west of Philadelphia).
- Director Kevin Smith said in his DVD commentary for Dogma (1999) that Linda wouldnt even speak to him some days and, in retrospect, he wishes he had given the part of Bethany to Janeane Garofalo instead.
- 2008: Donated $1,000 to the New York Senate Campaign for Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- She is one of 8 children. Her mothers name is Clorinda Fiorentino and her sisters include Rose Fiorentino, Catherine Fiorentino, and Terry Fiorentino Christie.
- 1980: Earned her Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania at 22 years old.
- She has been an active photographer since 1987 and has studied it at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
- She has optioned the film rights to Colin Patrick Lynch s play, "One Eyed Jacks and Suicide Kings".
- She has optioned rights to the Jim Curtis screenplay about Russian poetess, Anna Akhmatova, in July 2007.
- She has starred in two unrelated movies that deal with aliens posing as humans: "Men in Black" and "What Planet Are You From?".
Linda Fiorentino Quotes
- The thing thats always bothered me is that, even if you have a strong female character, invariably in the third act she has to say something like, "Im sorry, I didnt mean to hurt you," or she has to become really vulnerable and wimpy and get her comeuppance. Even in something like Thelma & Louise (1991) , where you have these two very strong characters, they have to die in the end. Whats so special about The Last Seduction (1994) is that none of that happens. Had a Hollywood studio made that film instead of an independent, it would have been very different. She definitely wouldnt have gotten away with what she does get away with.
- Marriage is a financial contract; I have enough contracts already.
- I go to bed with men, not boys.
- All Im thinking about today is cleaning my bathroom.
- As actors, the thing we have to fight, more than even the business part of making movies, is boredom.
- Chazz Palminteri is just the ultimate screen husband.
- Do you know what my real name is? Its Clorinda. Which is also Italian. They used to call me Clorox when I was a kid.
- I have a sister whos kind of in the business-she does voice-overs. I think they all watch what I go through and have decided to get married and have children instead. Its a safer bet.
- [on getting the part of Bethany in Dogma (1999) ] When I read the script, I just said, "Theres no way anyone else is allowed to have this part". I thought it was extremely clever and it had very imaginative answers to all my childhood questions about angels and devils and the apostles and all that stuff.
- I dont look at scripts in terms of commercially. I just look at the part, the people involved.
- I never wear leather.
- I would love to have children, yes. Maybe even adopt them. Im not sure that I should pass on my genes.
- I would like to do maybe a smaller romantic comedy.
- Ive been in the bargain basement of the movie business.
- I was still making movies so it wasnt as if I were working in a bar, but they were independent films that couldnt find distributors.
- Theyre my favorite two words these days: Oscar reject.
- You can talk about movies all you want, but I have this porcelain fetish. Ive had it since I was a kid, because there were so many kids in my family, the only place I had any solace was in the bathroom.
- You constantly have to find something thats challenging, a director whos challenging, co-stars who are challenging. Thats what keeps us going
- Teens arent just interested in getting laid. I wont believe thats all theyre interested in. I have four younger sisters and theyre sick of being shown how theyre supposed to react in bed.
- Sometimes I have to work because I need the money. You weigh the issues and ask yourself, "Can I wake up every morning and do this?"
- [Interview with Roger Ebert , 1995.] Im single and Ive gone on a few dates since The Last Seduction (1994) came out and I could see the disappointment in the eyes of men who thought I was going to be a hot date and teach them all this weird stuff. And then they find out Im just a normal person, you know, and I dont have leanings towards strange sexual behavior and its like a disappointment crosses their faces.
Linda Fiorentino Photoshoots
- "Playboy" (USA), September 2000, Vol. 47, Iss. 9, pg. 180, by: David Allocca, "Grapevine: Woman in Black"
- "Cinema" (Hungary), August 2000, Iss. 105, pg. 11
- "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1996, Vol. 9, Iss. 2, pg. 78-81, by: staff, "The 25 Sexiest Women of 1996: # 5 - Linda Fiorentino"
- "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1996, Vol. 10, Iss. 2, pg. 96-97, by: staff, "Flubs 'n Snubs: Linda Fiorentino"
- "Playboy" (USA), November 1995, Vol. 42, Iss. 11, pg. 133, by: Bruce Williamson, "Sex In Cinema 1995"
- "Cinema" (Hungary), April 1995, Iss. 41, pg. 12, by: Carolin Streck, "Vérbõ asszony jégvágó nélkül"
- "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1989, Vol. 3, Iss. 1, pg. 44-45, by: staff, "Gotcha's Linda Fiorentino"
Linda Fiorentino Trademarks
- Raven dark hair and green eyes
- Deep smoky voice