Reaser in July 2011
|Born||Elizabeth Ann Reaser
June 15, 1975 
Bloomfield, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Juilliard (BFA 1999)|
Elizabeth Ann Reaser (born June 15, 1975) is an American film, television, and stage actress. Her work includes the films Stay, The Family Stone, Sweet Land, Against the Current, and The Twilight Saga and the TV series Saved, Grey's Anatomy and The Ex-List.
Early life and education
Reaser was born in Bloomfield, Michigan, an affluent Detroit suburb, the daughter of Karen Davidson (née Weidman) and John Reaser. Elizabeth was the middle of three sisters. Her mother Karen later married billionaire businessman William Davidson (Karen converted to Judaism after marrying Davidson).
Reaser attended the Avondale High School in Auburn Hills. After high school, she attended Oakland University for one year, then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1995-1999, Group 28) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1999.
Reaser prepared for her role on Saved by spending time in an emergency room, observing the behavior of medical staff. In October 2004, Interview magazine hailed her as one of the "14 To Be" emerging creative women. Her work in the film Sweet Land earned the "Jury Award" at the Newport Beach Film Festival and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award "Best Female Lead" award. Reaser earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring guest appearance throughout 2007 and 2008 on the television series Grey's Anatomy.
Reaser played the role of Esme Cullen in the movie Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010. She reprised the role in parts one and and two of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
|2001||Believer, TheThe Believer||Miriam|
|2001||Thirteen Conversations About One Thing||Young Woman in Class|
|2002||Emmett's Mark||Alison Holmes|
|2004||Mind the Gap||Malissa Zubach|
|2005||Sweet Land||Young Inge|
|2005||Family Stone, TheThe Family Stone||Susannah Stone Trousdale|
|2006||Shut Up and Sing||Julep|
|2006||Puccini for Beginners||Allegra|
|2009||Against the Current||Liz Clark|
|2009||Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon||Esme Cullen|
|2010||Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Esme Cullen|
|2011||Art of Getting By, TheThe Art of Getting By||Charlotte Howe|
|2011||Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1||Esme Cullen|
|2011||Young Adult||Beth Slade|
|2012||Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||Esme Cullen|
|2013||Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive||PJ Lane|
|1998||Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal||Molly||Episode: "Scrubs"|
|2000||Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos||Stace||Episode: "D-Girl"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Serena Whitfield||Episode: "The Insider"|
|2004||Hack||Elaine Jones||Episode: "Extreme Commerce"|
|2004||Jury, TheThe Jury||Rachel Byrnes||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jillian Slaughter||Episode: "Proud Flesh"|
|2006||Saved||Alice Alden, M.D.||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2006||Standoff||Anya Reed||Episode: "Heroine"|
|2007–2008||Grey's Anatomy||Ava / Rebecca Pope||Recurring role (18 episodes)|
|2008||Wainy Days||Annie||Episode: "The Waindow"|
|2008||Ex List, TheThe Ex List||Bella Bloom||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2010–2012||Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife||Tammy Linnata||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2013||Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive||PJ Lane||Miniseries|
|2014||True Detective||Laurie Perkins||Television series|
|1999||Sweet Bird of Youth||Heavenly||La Jolla Playhouse|
|2000||Hologram Theory, TheThe Hologram Theory||Mimi||Blue Lights Theatre Company|
|2001||Closer||Alice||Portland Center Stage|
|2002||Stone Cold Dead Serious||Shaylee Ledbetter / Sharice||American Repertory Theater|
|2003||Winter's Tale, TheThe Winter's Tale||Perdita||Classic Stage Company|
|2005||Top Girls||Patient Griselda / Nell / Jeanine||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|2012||How I Learned to Drive||Li'l Bit||Second Stage Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|2006||Newport Beach Film Festival||Jury Award–Best Actress (Feature Film)||Sweet Land||Won|
|2007||Independent Spirit Award||Best female Lead||Sweet Land||Nominated|
|2007||Primetime Emmy||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Grey’s Anatomy||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Grey’s Anatomy||Nominated|
|2009||Prism Award||Best Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline||Grey’s Anatomy||Nominated|
- "Elizabeth Reaser". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
- The Jewish News: "Bill’s Dreams Live On" October 11, 2012
- Davidson's Wife to Succeed Him As Owner of the Pistons Yahoo Sports, March 14, 2009
- InterFaithFamily: "Twilight" By Nate Bloom December 8, 2009
- "Slow climb for actress Elizabeth Reaser is more than ‘Getting By’". The Oakland Press. June 26, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
- Nassour, Ellis. "Elizabeth Reaser - Actress on the rise". Lifestyles Magazine. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007.
- "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. February 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19.
- Martindale, David (2003-07-15). "No Real-Life MD for Elizabeth Reaser". Tnt.tv. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- "Elizabeth Reaser- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- "Awards for Elizabeth Reaser". Imdb.com. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- Larry Carroll (2008-02-19). "'Twilight' Film's First Family Revealed: Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser Lead Cullen Clan". MTV. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- Another New The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Still - The Cullen Men
- "Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, and Billy Burke Sign on to BREAKING DAWN; Plus Three New TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE Posters". Collider. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Exclusive: Elizabeth Reaser, Lili Taylor Join The Good Wife". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
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