Danielle Bisutti

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Danielle Bisutti
Born Danielle Nicole Bisutti
(1976-10-01) October 1, 1976 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter
Years active 2000–present
Website
www.daniellebisutti.com

Danielle Nicole Bisutti (born October 1, 1976)[1] is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Amanda Cantwell on the Nickelodeon television series True Jackson, VP. Bisutti is also the niece of OWN network Big Bowl of Love star Cristina Ferrare.

Acting career[edit]

Danielle Bisutti has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry with the diverse characters she has brought to life in film and television. In 2013, Bisutti received rave reviews for her role in top grossing, Sony Pictures’ and FilmDistrict film INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2. Released in theaters nationwide in September, Bisutti appeared as the ‘Mother of Parker Crane,’ and critics took notice; one saying ‘the performance of Danielle Bisutti as the younger version of the Bride in Black is a most elegant personification of evil.” In addition to this film, Bisutti also starred in Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s CURSE OF CHUCKY as “Barb,” and Michael Rosebaum’s indie comedy BACK IN THE DAY. On the television front, this year Bisutti guest starred and recurred on some of the biggest series on TV today, including “Anger Management” for FX, “Grey’s Anatomy” for ABC, and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for CBS.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Bisutti attended California State University Fullerton, where she received a BA in Acting and Musical Theatre.  While attending CSUF, she was nominated several times for “Best Actress” in the Irene Ryan Competition and took runner up at The Lincoln Center Theatre in NYC.  Michael Butler (the original Broadway producer of Hair 1968) fell in love with Bisutti’s talent when he saw her performing the role of ‘Sheila’ in a California production of Hair and brought the cast to Chicago to perform at the Democratic National Convention along with a five-week run at The New Athenaeum Theatre.  Bisutti’s other theatre credits include: ‘Reno Sweeny’ in Anything Goes, ‘Maggie’ in Boy’s Life, ‘Yelena’ in Uncle Vanya, ‘Victoria/Jane’ in Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8:30, ‘Fastranda’ in Pippin, and ‘Ophelia’ in Hamlet. 

Bisutti has made her mark in television over the years, recurring on “Last Man Standing”, “Parks & Recreation”, “CSI Miami”, “Without A Trace”, “Raising the Bar” and “The O.C.”, while also appearing on “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds,” “Castle,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “90210,” “Private Practice,” “Body of Proof,” “Bones,” “Cold Case,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Boston Legal,” to name a few. However, she may best known for her starring role as the uptight yet lovable fashion diva ‘Amanda Cantwell’ opposite Keke Palmer on the hit Nickelodeon series “True Jackson, VP” from 2008-2011.  

While working in television, Bisutti has also made time for film projects, some of her credits include Lionsgate’s VENICE UNDERGROUND (Eric Mabius), First Look Home Entertainment’s THE NEIGHBOR (Matthew Modine), and Lionsgate’s NO GREATER LOVE. Bisutti recently co-produced the web-series “Hollywood Girl” and recurred on the series as ‘Pasha Maneer.’ She also recently secured a leading role in Harland William’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi web-series “The Australian,” scheduled to be released late November 2013.

Singing career[edit]

Bisutti spends time as a songwriter. Songs originally written by her such as "Venice Underground", "April Moon", and "In the Presence of" have been used in independent feature films. At the 2003 Los Angeles Music Awards,[2][3] she won the award for "Best Female Singer-Songwriter". Also at this ceremony, her song "Glimmer" was nominated for "AAA Album of the Year" and her song, "In Passing" received Unanimous Choice Recipient Award for "Independent AC Single of the Year". In September 2004, Bisutti performed at the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival,[4] where "In Passing" was selected for the TVIFF's "Top Musical Artist Compilation CD" and Music Connection Magazine featured Bisutti in its 2004 "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists" list.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Bisutti was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Diana (née Ferrare) and Richard Bisutti.[6] Her father was a set decorator in both film and television for 20 years. Her mother's sister is model Cristina Ferrare.[6] Bisutti is of Italian descent.[6] In high school, she explored several opportunities to idealize her devotion for the entertainment business. She was involved in theatre, choir, dance, speech and debate, as well as athletic activities. She then attended California State University Fullerton, where she received a BA in Acting and Musical Theatre.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Automatic Morgan Black
Survivor: Los Angeles the Ultimate Parody Taylor Short film
2004 Tropix Corrine Findlay
Seeing Iris Iris Jones Short film
2005 Venice Underground Wexler's Secretary
Downsizing Beatrix Schnabel Short film
2007 Neighbor, TheThe Neighbor Floria Riamondi
2008 Three Minutes in Heaven Joy Short film
Get Smart Airline Passenger
Caretaker, TheThe Caretaker Jessica Short film
2009 No Greater Love Heather Stroud
2013 Curse of Chucky Barb Pierce
Back in the Day Annette Taylor
Insidious: Chapter 2 Mother of Parker Crane

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Strip Mall Episode: "Pilot"
2001 Dharma & Greg Joy Episode: "Dharma Does Dallas"
2003 Miss Match Missy Episode: "Miss Communication"
Platonically Incorrect Waitress TV film
Andy Richter Controls the Universe Office Lady Episodes: "Final Fantasy", "Duh Dog"
Less than Perfect Sales Lady Episode: "High Maintenance"
Charlie Lawrence Denise Episode: "If It's Not One Thing It's Your Mother"
Charmed The Lady of the Lake Episode: "Sword and the City"
2004 Boston Legal Roberta Sloane Episode: "Truth Be Told"
2004-2005 O.C., TheThe O.C. Joan Recurring role (5 episodes)
2006 Twenty Good Years Courtney Episode: "John's Old Lady"
Courting Alex Veronica Episode: "The Fix-Up"
Two and a Half Men Vicki Episode: "Corey's Been Dead for an Hour"
2007 Shark Francis Chambers Episode: "Blind Trust"
Cold Case Mrs. Valentine (1953) Episode: "Devil Music"
2007-2008 Without a Trace Terri Long Episodes: "The Beginning", "4G", "Deja Vu"
2008 Wizards of Waverly Place Mona Lisa Episode: "Art Museum Piece"
Raising the Bar Emma Troutman Episode: "Shop Till You Drop"
2008-2011 True Jackson, VP Amanda Cantwell Regular role (56 episodes)
2009 Raising the Bar Emma Troutman Episodes: "Hair Apparent", "Trout Fishing"
2010 Bones Marlowe Becker Episode: "The Mastodon in the Room"
2011 Hollywood Girl Pascha Maneer Episodes: "Code Red Carpet", "Limp of Shame"
Body of Proof Vicki Hemington Episode: "Love Thy Neighbor"
Private Practice Lynn Episode: "Deal with It"
CSI: Miami Gabrielle Wade Episode: "Dead Ringer"
Parks and Recreation Prof. Linda Lonegan Episode: "Smallest Park"
2012 Parks and Recreation Prof. Linda Lonegan Episode: "Lucky"
90210 Connie Episode: "No Good Deed"
Hot in Cleveland Verena Episode: "I'm with the Band"
Last Man Standing Michelle Episodes: "Odd Couple Out", "Adrenaline"
CSI: Miami Gabrielle Wade Episodes: "Rest in Pieces", "Law & Disorder"
Castle Claire Panchard Episode: "The Limey"
Leverage Whitney Barron Episode: "The Gimme a K Street Job"
Criminal Minds Debra Acklin Episode: "Through the Looking Glass"
NCIS SSSA Ashley Winter Episode: "You Better Watch Out"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Theresa Shea Episode: "Dead Air"
Grey's Anatomy Mr. Finch's Mistress Episode: "Hard Bargain"
Anger Management Kristy Episode: "Charlie Dates a Teacher"

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