Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino

Born: March 9, 1960
Age: 58
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Linda Fiorentino (born March 9, 1958 or 1960) is an American actress. She became known for her leading role in the 1985 coming-of-age drama film Vision Quest; then, in the same year she earned wide recognition for her role in the action film Gotcha! (1985); later on, she appeared in After Hours (1985), Queens Logic (1991) and Jade (1995).

In 1997, Fiorentino's career took an upturn due to her role in the science-fiction action comedy film Men in Black; afterwards she appeared in the films Dogma (1999), Where the Money Is (2000), and Liberty Stands Still (2002). For her performance in the 1994 film The Last Seduction, she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.


Personal life

Fiorentino was born March 9, 1958 or March 9, 1960, in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in the Turnersville section of Washington Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. In 1980, she earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Rosemont College in suburban Philadelphia. She has studied photography since 1987 at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Fiorentino was married to film director and writer, John Byrum, until their divorce in 1993.


Fiorentino got her first professional role in 1985 when she starred in Vision Quest.

She then starred in the action film Gotcha! which was filmed in the United States, Paris, and on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Her co-star, Anthony Edwards, later directed her in Charlie's Ghost Story.

It was not until 1994 that she became widely recognized, receiving accolades for her performance in a modern film noir, The Last Seduction, as the murderous femme fatale, Bridget. Because The Last Seduction was first aired on HBO television, Fiorentino was ineligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, despite glowing reviews.

She later worked again with director John Dahl, who cast her in his film Unforgettable.

Fiorentino played the female lead in Men in Black in 1997 alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. In 1999 she was the female lead in Kevin Smith's Dogma.

Fiorentino co-starred with Paul Newman in the 2000 heist film Where the Money Is; later she played a woman threatened by a sniper in the 2002 film Liberty Stands Still opposite Wesley Snipes.


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Vision Quest Carla
1985 Gotcha! Sasha Banicek / Cheryl Brewster, CIA Agent
1985 After Hours Kiki Bridges
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Betsy Van Kennon TV series
Episode: "The Night Caller"
1988 The Moderns Rachel Stone
1988 Wildfire Kay
1989 The Neon Empire Lucy TV movie
1991 Queens Logic Carla
1991 Shout Molly
1992 Strangers Helen TV movie
1992 Chain of Desire Alma D'Angeli
1992 Beyond the Law Renee Jason
1993 Acting on Impulse Susan Gittes TV movie
1994 The Last Seduction Bridget Gregory/Wendy Kroy Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1995 Bodily Harm Rita Cates
1995 The Desperate Trail Sarah O'Rourke Video
1995 Jade Trina Gavin
1995 Charlie's Ghost Story Marta
1996 Unforgettable Martha Briggs
1996 Larger than Life Terry Bonura
1997 Kicked in the Head Megan
1997 Men in Black Laurel Weaver Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Sci-Fi
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1998 Body Count Natalie
1999 Dogma Bethany Sloane
2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal Christine Lynch
2000 What Planet Are You From? Helen Gordon
2000 Where the Money Is Carol
2002 Liberty Stands Still Liberty Wallace
2009 Once More with Feeling Lydia

[ Source: Wikipedia ]