Daphne Zuniga at the Sundance Film Festival, in January 2007.
|Born||Daphne Eurydice Zuniga
October 28, 1962
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
Daphne Eurydice Zuniga (born October 28, 1962) is an American actress known for her roles as Jo Reynolds on the Fox prime time soap opera Melrose Place, as Victoria Davis on The CW teen drama One Tree Hill, and as Princess Vespa in the Mel Brooks film Spaceballs.
Zuniga was born in Berkeley, California. Her father, Joaquin Alberto Zuniga Mazariegos, originally from Guatemala, was an emeritus professor of philosophy at California State University, East Bay. Her mother, Agnes A. (Janawicz), is a Unitarian minister, of Polish and Finnish descent. Zuniga became interested in acting in high school, performing in a variety of school plays. In her early teens she attended the Young Conservatory program of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) of San Francisco. After her parents divorced, Zuniga moved with her mother and sister from Berkeley to Reading, Vermont. She graduated from Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vermont, in 1980. After high school she studied Theater Arts at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Zuniga is best known for playing Jo Reynolds in the 1990s television series Melrose Place. Her television career began nearly ten years earlier when she appeared in several episodes of Family Ties (1984) as a girlfriend of Alex P. Keaton. She also co-starred with Lucille Ball in the drama Stone Pillow in 1985 and was in the 1995 miniseries Degree of Guilt. She was one of many voice actors for the animated television series Stories from My Childhood (1998). Zuniga had a lead role in the mini-series Pandora's Clock (1996).
In 2004-2005, Zuniga appeared in a recurring role in American Dreams. She was on the show Beautiful People on ABC Family in 2005-2006. In 2007, she starred in the fifth season premiere of the drama Nip/Tuck.
Zuniga reprised her role as Princess Vespa from the 1987 film Spaceballs, by voice-over in the television spin-off Spaceballs: The Animated Series. She also reprised her role from Melrose Place in an updated version, but it was short-lived as the series was cancelled after just one season in 2009-10.
Zuniga's film work has continued in parallel with her television work throughout much of her career. Her first two movies were sorority slasher films The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1981) and The Initiation (1983, with Hunter Tylo), followed by Vision Quest (1985). In 1985, she starred opposite John Cusack in The Sure Thing. She next starred in the 1986 cult film Modern Girls. She was a lead in the 1987 Mel Brooks film Spaceballs, the 1988 film Last Rites, the 1989 films Gross Anatomy (with Matthew Modine), and The Fly II (with Eric Stoltz) and Staying Together (with Sean Astin). She starred in Artificial Lies (2000), Enemies of Laughter (2000), Dog Gone (2003), A-List (2006), Christmas Do-Over (2006) and Seducing Charlie Barker (2010), directed by Amy Glazer. She starred in A Family Thankgving with Faye Dunaway. In 2012, she stars on Changing Hearts with Brad Johnson and Brian McNamara. In 2013, she's on screen with Beyond Paradise with Ryan Guzman, Gone Missing with Lauren Bowles, A Remarkable Life with Chris Bruno, Eric Roberts, Helen Slater, Signed, Sealed, Delivered with Eric Mabius. In 2014, she's star on Monkey in the Middle with Jacob Horsley and Ry Barrett and on Who's Driving Doug with RJ Mitte, Ray William Johnson and Travis Flores.
In 1994, Zuniga appeared in the release of a video for Bob Seger's previously released 1976 hit "Night Moves". In the video version of the song, she and a pre-Friends Matt LeBlanc are shown in a 1960s drive-in theater, where Zuniga as a dark, edgy young woman becomes a visual fascination for LeBlanc as a clean-cut young man.
She co-produced and co-directed (with Steven Latham) the 2007 documentary "The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED" - a look at the annual Technology, Entertainment and Design conference held in Monterey, California.
Her younger sister Jennifer Zuniga is also an actress, debuting in the 1992 film A Woman, Her Men, and Her Futon.
In 2004, Zuniga suffered from mercury poisoning, which she attributed to overconsumption of fish. She said she had eaten sushi four times in the week prior to being taken to the emergency room and that her symptoms included weak memory, headaches, crying spells, skin rashes and mild depression. After her diagnosis, Zuniga stopped consuming fish.
Zuniga has supported several environmental campaigns. In 2009, she was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, a not-for-profit development corporation charged with catalyzing sustainable development along the Los Angeles River.
|1982||Dorm That Dripped Blood, TheThe Dorm That Dripped Blood||Debbie|
|1983||Quarterback Princess||Kim Maida||TV movie|
|1984||Family Ties||Rachel Miller||Episode: "Double Date"
Episode: "The Graduate"
|1984||Initiation, TheThe Initiation||Kelly (Terry)|
|1985||Vision Quest||Margie Epstein|
|1985||Sure Thing, TheThe Sure Thing||Alison Bradbury|
|1985||Stone Pillow||Carrie Lang||TV movie|
|1989||Fly II, TheThe Fly II||Beth|
|1989||Staying Together||Beverly Young|
|1989||Gross Anatomy||Laurie Rorbach|
|1989||Nightmare Classics||Irene Marlowe||Episode: "The Eyes of the Panther"|
|1992||Mad at the Moon||Young Mrs. Miller|
|1992||Prey of the Chameleon||Patricia / Elizabeth Burrows|
|1992–1996||Melrose Place||Jo Reynolds||110 episodes|
|1993||Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon||Minha|
|1993||Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room||Elizabeth Mahern||Episode: "The Faithful Follower"|
|1994||Charlie's Ghost Story||Ronda|
|1994||Cityscrapes: Los Angeles||Chantal|
|1994||Models Inc.||Jo Reynolds||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1995||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Cinderella (voice)||Episode: "Cinderella"|
|1995||Degree of Guilt||Teresa 'Terri' Peralta||TV movie|
|1996||Pandora's Clock||Dr. Roni Sanders||TV movie|
|1997||Loss of Faith||Claire Hainey||TV movie|
|1997||Naked in the Cold Sun||Rini|
|1997||Johnny Bravo||Gabrielle (voice)||Episode: "I Used to Be Funny/My Fair Dork/'Twas the Night"|
|1997||Dead Man's Gun||Lillian / Tanya||Episode: "Black Widow"|
|1997||Spin City||Carrie||Episode: "Hot in the City"|
|1998||Spin City||Carrie||Episode: "It Happened One Night"|
|1998||Stories from My Childhood||Episode: "Ivan and His Magic Pony"|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Juliette Kagan||Episode: "Essence of Life"|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Lula (voice)||Episode: "Once Burned"|
|2000||Batman Beyond||April (voice)||Episode: "April Moon"|
|2000||Artificial Lies||Karen Wettering|
|2000||Stark Raving Mad||Dr. Anne Russo||Episode: "Therapy"|
|2000||Enemies of Laughter||Judy|
|2003||Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail||Amanda Morton||TV movie|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Emma Dishell||Episode: "Abomination"|
|2003||Eve||Mrs. King||Episode: "Twas the Fight Before Christmas"|
|2004–2005||American Dreams||Shelly Pierce||14 episodes|
|2005||Secret Lives||Jill Thompson|
|2005–2006||Beautiful People||Lynn Kerr||16 episodes|
|2006||Obsession, TheThe Obsession||Deborah Matthews||TV movie|
|2006||Christmas Do-Over||Jill||TV movie|
|2007||Nip/Tuck||Carly Summers||Episode: "Carly Summers"|
|2007–2009||Spaceballs: The Animated Series||Princess Vespa (voice)||12 episodes|
|2008||Mail Order Bride||Diana McQueen|
|2008||Novel Adventures||Laura French||8 episodes|
|2008–2012||One Tree Hill||Victoria Davis||42 episodes|
|2009||Melrose Place||Jo Reynolds||Episode: "Windsor"|
|2010||Melrose Place||Jo Reynolds||Episode: "Santa Fe"|
|2010||Seducing Charlie Barker||Stella|
|2010||Family Thanksgiving, AA Family Thanksgiving||Claudia||TV movie|
|2010||On Strike for Christmas||Joy Robertson||TV movie|
|2012||Changing Hearts||Christina Riley|
|2013||A Remarkable Life||Tracy|
|2013||Signed, Sealed, Delivered (TV movie)||Andrea Shmeckle|
|2014||Monkey in the Middle||Chris's mom|
|2014||Who's Driving Doug||Alison|
- "Daphne Zuniga displays snob appeal in `Spaceballs'". Chicago Sun-Times. June 28, 1987. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
- "Emeritus Professors", Department of Philosophy, California State University, East Bay, website
- "Who's who Among Hispanic Americans - Google Books". Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
- "Daphne Zuniga Biography (1962?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
- HER STRENGTH HITS NEW 'DEGREE, October 29, 1995, Daily News of Los Angeles
- Jay Bobbin, "Daphne Zuniga Has 'American Dreams'", October 3, 2004, Zap2It.com News
- "Mail Order Bride". Metacafe.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
- Tristan Fuge, "Daphne Zuniga to Star in San Francisco Playhouse's The Scene", Theatre Mania, January 4, 2008
- "Novel Adventures". Noveladventures.cbs.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13.[dead link]
- Insider: biography of her character, Laura
- Liz Borod Wright, "Actress Describes Mercury Poisoning Ordeal: Daphne Zuniga Was Eating a High Seafood Diet, ABC News, October 21, 2005
- "LA River Revitalization Corporation, The Board". Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- The Official Daphne Zuniga Website
- Source for Signed, Sealed, Delivered with Daphne Zuniga and Eric Mabius
- Daphne Zuniga at the Internet Movie Database
- Daphne Zuniga at the TCM Movie Database
- Daphne Zuniga at AllMovie