Witt at the 18th Annual PRISM Awards, 2014
|Born||Alicia Roanne Witt
August 21, 1975
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
|Occupation||Actress, singer, model|
Alicia Roanne Witt (born August 21, 1975) is an American film, stage, and television actress, as well as a singer-songwriter and pianist. Witt first came to fame as a child actress after being discovered by David Lynch, who cast her as Alia Atreides in his film Dune (1984); she also appeared in a guest role in Lynch's subsequent television series Twin Peaks (1990).
Witt later had roles as a disturbed teenager in Fun (1994), as a music student in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), and as a college coed in the horror film Urban Legend (1998). She later appeared in Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky (2001), Last Holiday (2006), and the thriller 88 Minutes (2007). Witt has also made television appearances in Friday Night Lights, Justified, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In addition to acting, Witt is also a musical prodigy and accomplished pianist. In 2009, she released her self-titled debut EP.
Witt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her mother, Diane (née Pietro), is a junior high school reading teacher, and her father, Robert Witt, is a science teacher and photographer. She has a brother, Ian. At two years old, she was a child prodigy reading college textbooks. Witt was discovered by David Lynch in 1980 when she recited Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on the television show That's Incredible!. He cast her in the movie Dune (1984) as Paul Atreides's sister Alia. She turned eight during filming. She worked with Lynch again when she appeared in an episode of Twin Peaks, playing the younger sister of Lara Flynn Boyle's character Donna.
During this time, Witt supported herself by playing piano at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She had small parts in Mike Figgis's Liebestraum (in which her brother Ian also appears), the Gen-X drama Bodies, Rest & Motion and the TV movie The Disappearance of Vonnie. In 1994, Witt landed her first lead role in a film, playing a disturbed teenager in Fun. She received the Special Jury Recognition Award at the Sundance Festival and was nominated for Best Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards. This performance inspired Madonna to recommend Witt be cast as her lover in the first segment of Four Rooms ("The Missing Ingredient").
Witt was introduced to a larger audience in the role of Zoey Woodbine, daughter of actress Cybill Shepherd's character in the sitcom Cybill. While playing that part from 1995 to 1998, she had film roles in Mr. Holland's Opus, Alexander Payne's abortion comedy Citizen Ruth, Passion's Way and Bongwater. After Cybill was cancelled, Witt had leading roles in the horror film Urban Legend and the animated feature Gen¹³, which was never released because the studio withdrew funding before its completion.
In 2000, Witt had starring roles on the television shows Ally McBeal and The Sopranos; the lead role in the comedy Playing Mona Lisa; a supporting part in John Waters's Cecil B. Demented; and her stage debut at Los Angeles's now-closed Tiffany Theater in Robbie Fox's musical The Gift, in which she played a high-priced stripper with a disease.
She had a small part in Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky intended as a reference to her roles in Dune and Liebestraum; played a college graduate who discusses losing her virginity in Ten Tiny Love Stories; and was the trailer-trash Barbie in American Girl, which was released to video in 2005.
Witt appeared in the 2002 romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice starring Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock. In 2003-04, she lived primarily in the United Kingdom, filming The Upside of Anger opposite Kevin Costner and starring as Evelyn in a stage production of Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things. Between these two projects, she went to South Africa to shoot the German TV movie Kingdom in Twilight, which also goes by the names The Sword of Xanten, The Ring of the Nibelungs and, in the United States, Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King. Witt played Kriemhild in this film interpretation of the epic poem Das Nibelungenlied. On June 14, 2004, Witt modeled what is believed to be the most expensive hat ever made for Christie's auction house in London. The Chapeau d'Amour, designed by Louis Mariette, is valued at $2.7 million (US) and is encrusted in diamonds. In September 2006 she returned to the London stage at the Royal Court Theatre in Piano/Forte, portraying the piano-playing Abigail, a role in which she demonstrated herself to be an "outstanding pianist" of "formidable skill".
Witt joined the cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent for the 2007-08 season as Detective Nola Falacci, a character who was a temporary replacement for Megan Wheeler (played by Julianne Nicholson, who was away on maternity leave). She was a recurring character in Friday Night Lights for the 2009-10 season. In March 2012, Witt retweeted a link on her official Twitter page in hopes of getting Law & Order: Criminal Intent back for an 11th season on NBC.
In 2013, Witt co-starred in the independent film Cold Turkey, opposite Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines. She co-wrote and performed the end credits song with Ben Folds. Her performance in this film was critically acclaimed, with New York Magazine's David Edelstein proclaiming her turn one of the top performances of 2013. Witt also appeared in three Christmas films in 2013: the feature film Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas; A Snow Globe Christmas for Lifetime Channel; and A Very Merry Mix-Up for Hallmark Channel. Following the success of the latter, which is Hallmark's highest rated holiday film in history, Witt will return to Hallmark in Christmas 2014 with the new film Holiday Help.
Witt joined the cast of Justified FX for Season 5 in 2013. In July 2014, Witt began rehearsals for the Neil LaBute play Reasons To Be Pretty at the Geffen Playhouse. The play runs through August 2014. She filmed a major guest starring role on the DirecTv series Kingdom,which airs in October 2014.
|1984||Dune||Alia Atreides||credited as Alicia Roanne Witt|
|1990||Twin Peaks||Gersten Hayward||Episode: "2.1"|
|1991||Liebestraum||Girl in Dream|
|1993||Hotel Room||Diane||Episode: "Blackout"|
|1993||Bodies, Rest & Motion||Elizabeth|
|1994||Fun||Bonnie||Gijón International Film Festival Award for Best Actress (shared with Renee Humphrey)
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Recognition
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
|1994||Disappearance of Vonnie, TheThe Disappearance of Vonnie||Janine||TV movie|
|1995||Four Rooms||Kiva||Segment: "The Missing Ingredient"|
|1995||Mr. Holland's Opus||Gertrude Lang|
|1995–98||Cybill||Zoey Woodbine||Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series|
|1996||Citizen Ruth||Cheryl Stoney|
|1998||Urban Legend||Natalie Simon||Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor|
|1999||Reef, TheThe Reef||Sophy Viner|
|2000||Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos||Amy Safir||Episode: "D-Girl"|
|2000||Playing Mona Lisa||Claire Goldstein||U.S. Comedy Arts Festival - Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Actor|
|2000||Cecil B. Demented||Cherish|
|2000||Ally McBeal||Hope Mercey||Episode: "Hope and Glory"
Episode: "Ally McBeal: The Musical, Almost"
|2000||Gen¹³||Caitlin Fairchild (voice)||Video|
|2001||Ten Tiny Love Stories||Two|
|2002||Two Weeks Notice||June Carver|
|2003||Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone||Liz||Episode: "The Executions of Grady Finch"|
|2004||Girls' Lunch||Short film|
|2004||Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King||Kriemhild||TV movie|
|2005||Upside of Anger, TheThe Upside of Anger||Hadley Wolfmeyer|
|2006||Last Holiday||Ms. Burns|
|2007||Blue Smoke||Reena Hale||TV movie|
|2007||88 Minutes||Kim Cummings|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Det. Nola Falacci||5 episodes|
|2008||Wainy Days||Laura||Episode: "Shelly II"|
|2008||Puppy Love||Claire||TV series short|
|2008||Two and a Half Men||Miss Pasternak /
Desiree Bush, lap dancer
|Episode: "A Jock Strap in Hell"|
|2009||Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist||Rosalind Harker||Episode: "Red John's Footsteps"
Episode: "Little Red Book"
Episode: "Red Is the New Black"
|2009–11||Friday Night Lights||Cheryl||9 episodes|
|2010||Edgar Floats||Sandra||TV movie|
|2010||Pond, TheThe Pond||Shelly||Short film|
|2010||Backyard Wedding||Kim Tyler||TV movie|
|2011||Flight of the Swan, TheThe Flight of the Swan|
|2011||CSI: Miami||Michelle Baldwin||Episode: "Blood Lust"|
|2011||Joint Body||Michelle Page|
|2012||Cowgirls n' Angels||Elaine Clayton|
|2012||Bending the Rules||Roslyn Wohl|
|2012||I Do||Mya Edwards|
|2012||Person of Interest||Connie Wyler||Episode: "The High Road"|
|2013||Weiner Dog Nationals||Melanie|
|2013||A Very Merry Mix-Up||Alice Chapman||TV movie on the Hallmark Channel|
|2013||A Madea Christmas||Amber|
|2013||A Snow Globe Christmas||Meg|
|2014||Kingdom (TV series)||Melanie||TV series on DirecTV|
|2014||Justified||Wendy Crowe||TV series, 10 episodes|
|2014||, Away From HereAway From Here||Lily|
|2014||, The Librarians (TV series)The Librarians (TV series)||Lucinda||TV series on TNT|
|2014||, The Bronx BullThe Bronx Bull||Denise|
|2001||Gift, TheThe Gift||Tiffany Theatre, Los Angeles|
|2004||Shape of Things, TheThe Shape of Things||New Ambassadors Theatre, London|
|2006||Piano/Forte||Royal Court Theatre, London|
|2007||Dissonance||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|2014||Reasons To Be Pretty||Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles|
- Wendy Jeffries.That's incredible, vol. 4: based on the television series created by Alan Landsburg , pg. 23. ISBN 0-441-17271-7.
- Alicia Witt Biography (1975-)
- Lavallee, Wendy (1980-09-17). "Little Girl's Big Intellect Amazes Parents, Doctors". Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
- "Genius wants to grow up". Meriden, Conn.: PRecord-Journal. 1980-09-15. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
- Wendy Jeffries.That's incredible, vol. 4: based on the television series created by Alan Landsburg , pg. 25. ISBN 0-441-17271-7.
- Dune (1984) - Box office / business
- "TANYA HART HEADS FOR NATIONAL JOB ON COAST". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. 24 August 1990. Retrieved 5 August 2011. "Alicia Witt, 14, of Worcester will take her chances during Wheel of Fortune's Teen Week beginning Sept 3."
- Brain Fertilizer: Why Is This Girl Smiling?
- Bassett, Kate (2006-09-24). "Piano Forte, Royal Court, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-10-16.[dead link]
- Billington, Michael (2006-09-21). "Piano/Forte". The Guardian.
- Actress Plays Noth's New Partner as Series Moves to USA Network[dead link]
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