Jeanne Tripplehorn

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Jeanne Tripplehorn
Jeanne Tripplehorn 1992.jpg
Tripplehorn at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival
Born Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn
(1963-06-10) June 10, 1963 (age 51)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Leland Orser (2000–present; 1 son)
Partner(s) Ben Stiller (1990-1996)

Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn (born June 10, 1963) is an American film and television actress. Her film career began with the role of a police psychologist in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct (1992), The Firm (1993), and Waterworld (1995). On television, Tripplehorn had the lead role of Barbara Henrickson in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006-2011), and later portrayed Dr. Alex Blake on CBS police procedural Criminal Minds (2012–2014). Tripplehorn was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 2009 HBO movie Grey Gardens.

Early life[edit]

Tripplehorn was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Suzanne (née Ferguson) and Tom Tripplehorn, who was once a guitarist with Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. She graduated from Edison High School in 1981 and spent one semester studying at the University of Tulsa.[1] She performed on the local television shows Creature Feature (1982-83) and Night Shift (1983).[2][3] Tripplehorn then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), which also included Laura Linney.[4]


Tripplehorn began her career on stage. She appeared Off-Broadway in John Patrick Shanley's The Big Funk in 1990, then co-starred with Val Kilmer in a 1993 production of John Ford's 1630s play 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. She has also been on Broadway in Anton Chekov's Three Sisters opposite Amy Irving and Lili Taylor. In 1992, Tripplehorn made her film debut in supporting role of the erotic thriller Basic Instinct.[5] opposite Michael Douglas. In next year, she starred as Abby McDeere opposite Tom Cruise in The Firm, and in 1995 had another female lead role alongside Kevin Costner in Waterworld. As lead actress, Tripplehorn starred in 1997 box-office bomb romantic drama, 'Til There Was You.[6][7] The next few years she had supporting roles in small films, including Office Killer, Monument Ave., and Sliding Doors, and well, in 1999 starred opposite Hugh Grant in British romantic comedy Mickey Blue Eyes.[8] She also starred opposite Madonna in 2002 flop film Swept Away.[9]

In 2006, Tripplehorn was cast in a leading role as Barbara Henrickson, the most successful part in her career,[10] of the HBO drama series Big Love, opposite Bill Paxton. In 2009, she played the role of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the HBO movie Grey Gardens. She was nominated an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for this performance.[11] In 2011, she appeared in Lifetime movie, Five.[12] In July 2012, Tripplehorn joined the cast of CBS procedural Criminal Minds in Season 8, replacing Paget Brewster's character Emily Prentiss.[13] She received a six-figure salary per episode of Criminal Minds.[14] Tripplehorn left the series after two seasons and Jennifer Love Hewitt replaced her as a new agent.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Tripplehorn had a long-term relationship with actor Ben Stiller and the two were engaged for a short time. She married actor Leland Orser in 2000, and the couple has a son, August Tripplehorn Orser (b. 2002).[16] Tripplehorn's grandmother, Jean Neely, appeared in the film Reality Bites.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Perfect Tribute, TheThe Perfect Tribute Julia Television film
1992 Basic Instinct Dr. Beth Garner
1993 Night We Never Met, TheThe Night We Never Met Pastel
1993 Firm, TheThe Firm Abby McDeere
1994 Reality Bites Cheryl Goode Uncredited
1995 Waterworld Helen
1997 Old Man Addie Rebecca Brice Television film
1997 'Til There Was You Gwen Moss
1997 Office Killer Norah Reed
1998 Monument Ave. Annie
1998 Sliding Doors Lydia
1998 Very Bad Things Lois Berkow
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Gina Vitale
2000 Steal This Movie! Johanna Lawrenson
2000 Timecode Lauren Hathaway
2000 Paranoid Rachel
2000 Relative Values Miranda Frayle / Freda Birch
2002 Brother's Keeper Lucinda Pond
2002 Swept Away Marina
2003 Word of Honor Maj. Karen Harper Television film
2005 Amateurs, TheThe Amateurs Thelma
2007 Trap, TheThe Trap Maggie Short film
2008 Winged Creatures Doris Hagen
2009 Grey Gardens Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Television film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2010 Crazy on the Outside Angela Papadopolous
2010 Morning Alice
2011 Five Pearl Television film
2013 A Perfect Man Nina


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Ben Stiller Show, TheThe Ben Stiller Show The Wilson Woman / Goo Episodes: "Pilot", "With James Doohan", "With Rob Morrow"
1996 Mr. Show with Bob and David Stone Throwing Singer in 'Jeepers Creepers' Episode: "The Biggest Failure in Broadway History"
2003 Frasier Chelsea Episode: "Trophy Girlfriend"
2006-2011 Big Love Barbara Henrickson Series regular, 53 episodes
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2006—2007)
2012 New Girl Ouli Episodes: "Kids" and "Tomatoes"
2012 Blue Vera Episode: "A Decent Girl"
2012 Electric City Hope Chatsworth (voice) Web-series, 20 episodes
2012–2014 Criminal Minds Alex Blake[17] Series regular, 48 episodes


  1. ^ "Jeanne Tripplehorn - Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Tulsa TV Memories, Creature Feature on KOKI, Channel 23'He is joined by Jeanne Summers (aka Jeanne Tripplehorn)... :". Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "'Tulsa TV Memories, Night Shift on KTUL, Channel 8' Jeanne Tripplehorn hosted a late night local music program, "Night Shift", on Channel 8 in the early 80s.:". Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on November 11, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jeanne Makes the Scene, a July 23, 1993 article from Entertainment Weekly
  6. ^ "'Til There Was You". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Til There Was You (1997)". Box Office Mojo. June 13, 1997. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mickey Blue Eyes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Swept Away". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jeanne Tripplehorn Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jeanne Tripplehorn | Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "CABLE MOVIE NEWS: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Patricia Clarkson To Star In Lifetime's 'Project 5', Hallmark Casts Its Kate Middleton". Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ Adam Bryant (July 9, 2012). "Criminal Minds: Get to Know the BAU's New Team Member". TV Guide. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "CBS' 'Criminal Minds' Casts Jeanne Tripplehorn As Regular". Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ Webb, Matt (2014-07-01). "Jennifer Love Hewitt Joining ‘Criminal Minds’ in Season 10". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  16. ^ Peter Hartlaub (April 24, 2010). "S. F. native Orser opens dark door as director". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ "'Criminal Minds': Jeanne Tripplehorn role revealed". Retrieved August 15, 2012. 

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