November 29, 1960 |
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Carmine D'Anna (1981–1988)
Joseph Gentile (1999–present)
When Moriarty was 18 years old, her friends urged her to enter a bathing beauty contest at a bar. She decided to do it for humor:
"So, I go in there, and my knees are shaking, and I'm breaking out in goose bumps ‘cause I’m embarrassed and cold. All these guys are whistling and stuff. Then all of a sudden the emcee announces I won first prize, and I say, hey, this is really funny. So this Italian guy comes up and asks if he can take my picture and I say, sure, go ahead, ‘cause he’s gonna take it anyway. And whad’d’ya know, this same guy calls me three weeks later, says his name is Joe Peschi and asks if I’d like to test for a part in this movie about a boxer named Jake La Motta."
In any event, Moriarty landed her debut role of Vikki LaMotta, the Lana Turner-esque girlfriend of Jake La Motta (played by Robert De Niro) in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980). Her performance garnered an her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A year later, she starred as Dan Aykroyd's destructive neighbor in the cult movie Neighbors. The film was received poorly at the box office. The same year, Moriarty married theatrical manager Carmine D’Anna, moved into a home in Malibu, California. In 1982, she was severely injured in a automobile accident that required her to undergo back surgery. As well, she married theatrical manager Carmine D’Anna, moved into a home in Malibu, California.
"I can only say that nobody likes an overnight success in this town. I went for a lot of interviews, auditions and even cattle calls. I tried for parts and attended meetings, but it seemed I wasn’t right for any of the roles I wanted. And the parts I was offered didn't appeal to me. So I paid my dues, studying acting and losing my Yonkers accent. And oh yes, I cried an awful lot."
In 1985, Moriarty was signed to co-star with Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes. However, after one day of shooting, the picture closed down and would not release until 1990. Although, this time Moriarty was not attached to the film.
It wasn't until 1987, when Moriarty returned to acting; her first role since Neighbors, was in the British thriller film, White of the Eye. In the film, she played the wife to David Keith's character. Two years later she made an appearance in the CBS's TV series Wiseguy - Episode: "Reunion".
At the start of the new decade, things were getting busy for Moriarty. In 1990, she appeared as a female reporter in the thriller film, Burndown. The same year, she had a minor role in Kindergarten Cop. Some time before 1991, Moriarty divorced from D’Anna. In 1991, Moriarty played the part of Sally Field's character's, deranged and malicious co-star, Montana Moorehead in the soap opera parody film, Soapdish.
In 1992, she appeared as a swooned cigarette gir in the drama musical, The Mambo Kings, and a con artist in the horror anthology TV series, Tales from the Crypt - Episode: "Seance". For her performance garnered her a CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series. Her last performance for that year was as a hard-as-nails prostitute in the screwball comedy film, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag.
In 1993 found Moriarty starring opposite John Goodman as his character's wisecracking girlfriend and film goddess, in Joe Dante's period comedy film. She also had a supporting roles in the comedies Another Stakeout, the sequel to the 1987 film, Stakeout, and Me and the Kid.
In 1994, Moriarty guest starred as one-half of the husband/wife con-team in Universal Television's made for TV film, Another Midnight Run. Moriarty's next role would be as the flirty barfly in Peter Medak's adventure film, Pontiac Moon (1994).
In 1995, Moriarty appeared as Debra Winger's character's friend in the Romantic comedy, Forget Paris. Followed was the role of the vindictive Carrigan Crittende in the live action film, Casper. Shorlty after, Moriarty starred opposite Andrew Dice Clay in CBS's short lived TV series, Bless This House. CBS cancelled the series in 1996, it was the series's first season and 16th episode.
In 1997, Moritarty played an alcoholic mother of a boxing star in Opposite Corners; a mother to two sons, one a cop and one a crack addict in A Brother's Kiss; a former exotic dancer and aunt to Brad Hunt's character in Dream with the Fishes; a bitter alcoholic mother to Evan Rachel Wood's character in Digging to China; Michael Rapaport's character's aunt in Cop Land; and Alyssa Milano's character's mother in Hugo Pool.
The start of a new year found Moriarty providing voices for characters in the animated TV series, Stories from My Childhood -Episodes: "The Golden Rooster" and "The Wild Swans", and another animated TV series, Recess -Episode: "Kids in the Mist". Other performances of this year include, one Hilary Duff's character's witch [[|aunt|aunts]] in the direct-to-video film, Casper Meets Wendy; Randy Quaid's character's wife in the direct-to-video film, P.U.N.K.S.; and Sharon Stone's character's friend in Gloria, the remake of the 1980 film of the same name written and directed by John Cassavetes.
In 1999 Moriarty played an aunt in Crazy in Alabama, the film adaptation of Mark Childress's 1993 novel of the same name; Tara Spencer-Nairn's character's mother in New Waterford Girl, a Canadian drama-comedy film; and the founder and strict disciplinarian of a school that youth are mandated to reside at to "cure" themselves of their homosexuality in the satirical film But I'm a Cheerleader.
The start of a new century found Moriarty appearing as an FBI agent in Red Team; a abusive adoptive mother who adopts children only to collect assisted living in the family movie, Prince of Central Park; and a woman afraid to let go of the material world in the short film, Next Stop, Eternity.
In 2001, Moriarty guest starred as a widow suspected of killing her late husband, in Law & Order - Episode: "For Love or Money". A year later she appeared as crime boss Patti LoPresti in the mafia comedy film, and sequel to the 1999 film Analyze This. This was her last performance for eight years.
Moriarty returned to acting with a supporting performance in the romantic action comedy film The Bounty Hunter. She played a bookie who sends out two thugs to kill the film's main characters played by Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. In 2011, she had a minor role as a nurse in the film 1320.
In 2013, Moriarty appeared as wife to Armand Assante's character in Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn; and a sarcastic waitress in the black comedy The Double. Moriarty returned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this time as a different character - Lieutenant Toni Howard. Her character appeared on Season 14, Episode 22 - "Poisoned Motive", and Season 15, Episode 11 "Amaro's One-Eighty".
Her first marriage was to Carmine D'Anna (1981–1988) (divorced). She has been married to Joseph Gentile since August 28, 1999. They have three children. Twins, Catherine Patricia and Joseph John, were born in 2000. Their third child, Annabella Rose, was born on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York.
|1980||Raging Bull||Vickie La Motta|
|1987||White of the Eye||Joan White|
|1990||Kindergarten Cop||Sylvester's Mother|
|1991||Soapdish||Montana Moorehead / Nurse Nan|
|1992||Mambo Kings, TheThe Mambo Kings||Lanna Lake|
|1992||Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, TheThe Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag||Reba Bush|
|1993||Matinee||Ruth Corday / Carole|
|1993||Another Stakeout||Lu Delano|
|1993||Me and the Kid||Rose|
|1997||Women Without Implants||Short film|
|1997||Opposite Corners||Kathy Donatello|
|1997||Brother's Kiss, AA Brother's Kiss||Doreen|
|1997||Dream with the Fishes||Aunt Elise|
|1997||Digging to China||Mrs. Frankovitz|
|1997||Cop Land||Rose Donlan|
|1998||Casper Meets Wendy||Geri||Video|
|1999||Crazy in Alabama||Earlene Bullis|
|1999||But I'm a Cheerleader||Mary Brown|
|1999||New Waterford Girl||Midge Benzoa|
|2000||Next Stop, Eternity||Valentine||Short film|
|2000||Red Team||Stephanie Dobson|
|2000||Prince of Central Park||Mrs. Ardis|
|2001||Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure||Ruby (voice)||Video|
|2002||Analyze That||Patti LoPresti|
|2010||Bounty Hunter, TheThe Bounty Hunter||Irene|
|2013||Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn||Sarah Baldano|
|2013||Double, TheThe Double||Post-production|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||Alison Peters||Episode: "Séance"|
|1994||Another Midnight Run||Helen Bishop||TV film|
|1994||Runaway Daughters||Marie||TV film|
|1995||Santo Bugito||Queen Muddah||Episode: "Load o' Bees"|
|1995||Tick, TheThe Tick||Betty (voice)||Episode: "Ants in Pants!"|
|1995||Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, TheThe Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space||Alumina (voice)||TV film|
|1995–1996||Bless This House||Alice Clayton||Main role (16 episodes)|
|1997||Duckman||(voice)||Episode: "Aged Heat 2: Women in Heat"|
|1998||Stories from My Childhood||The Crow / Princess 'Shamakhan' (voice)||Episodes: "The Wild Swans", "The Golden Rooster"|
|1998||Recess||Dr. Fitzenberg (voice)||Episode: "Kids in the Mist"|
|1998||Traces of Insanity||TV film|
|2000||Hunger, TheThe Hunger||Maris||Episode: "Bottle of Smoke"|
|2001||Law & Order||Lorraine Corbin||Episode: "For Love or Money"|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Denise Eldridge||Episode: "Intoxicated"|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Annalisa Gentillo||Episodes: "Love on Ice", "The Mobster Will See You Now"|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lt. Toni Howard||Episode: "Poisoned Motive"|
Awards and nominations
- 1981: Nominated, "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" - Raging Bull
- 1982: Nominated, "Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles" - Raging Bull
- 1993: Won, "Best Actress in a Dramatic Series" - Tales from the Crypt
- 2001: Nominated, "Best Actress" - Red Team
- 1981: Nominated, "Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role" - Raging Bull
- 1981: Nominated, "New Female Star of the Year in a Motion Picture" - Raging Bull
- Cathy Moriarty Biography (1960-)
- The religion of Cathy Moriarty, actress
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