Jennifer Esposito

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Jennifer Esposito
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Esposito at the premiere of the film Sunday (2008).
Born (1973-04-11) April 11, 1973 (age 41)[1]
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, dancer, model
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Bradley Cooper (m. 2006–07)

Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973)[1] is an American actress, dancer and model, known for her appearances in the films I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Sam, and Crash, and in the television series Spin City, The Looney Tunes Show, Samantha Who?, and Blue Bloods.

Early life[edit]

Esposito was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer.[2] She is of Italian descent.[3]

Career[edit]

Esposito made her first television appearance in Law & Order in 1996. She then joined the cast of Spin City, where she appeared for two seasons. She also appeared in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. One of her more notable roles was as Ruby in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam in 1999, which was set against the late-1970s backdrop of the Son of Sam murders. She was originally cast in the Mira Sorvino role, but had to take a different role due to scheduling conflicts.[citation needed] Esposito's next films included Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000, The Master of Disguise, and the 2004 film Taxi. Her most high-profile film role to date was as Don Cheadle's girlfriend Ria, in the Academy Award-winning film Crash.

Esposito has made television appearances on the series Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, and Mercy. She was a regular cast member on Related and Samantha Who?.

Esposito joined the cast of Blue Bloods in 2010, during its first season; she played Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Detective Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg). In the third season, Esposito entered a dispute with CBS regarding doctor's orders for her to cut back working hours due to her Celiac disease. After collapsing on set, requiring her to miss a week of work, Esposito informed CBS that her medical condition would limit her availability. Rather than work around her limited schedule, on October 20, 2012, CBS announced that her character was being placed on indefinite leave,[4] and ultimately replaced her character. Esposito therefore only appeared in six episodes that season, but received starring billing in all of them.

Personal life[edit]

Esposito announced that she had been diagnosed with celiac disease on The Late Show with David Letterman in October 2011.[5] In 2012, she opened a gluten-free bakery called "Jennifer's Way Bakery" in Manhattan's East Village.[6]

Esposito married Bradley Cooper on December 30, 2006.[7] They filed for divorce in May 2007, which was finalized that November.[8][9]

In 2009, Esposito became engaged to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis.[10] The couple separated in August 2010.[11][12] In May 2013, she became engaged to British model Louis Dowler.[13]

On April 22, 2014, Da Capo Lifelong Books published Esposito's book Jennifer's Way, which describes her personal struggle with celiac disease.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Sunshine Boys, TheThe Sunshine Boys Jeannie Television film
1997 Brother's Kiss, AA Brother's Kiss Lucy
1997 Kiss Me, Guido Debbie
1997 Brooklyn State of Mind, AA Brooklyn State of Mind Donna Delgrosso
1998 No Looking Back Teresa
1998 He Got Game Ms. Janus
1998 Charlie Hoboken Girl in church
1998 Side Streets Jessica
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Nancy
1999 Summer of Sam Ruby
1999 Just One Time Michelle
1999 Bachelor, TheThe Bachelor Daphne
2000 Dracula 2000 Solina
2001 Backflash Olive Dee "Harley" Klintucker Direct-to-video
2001 Proposal, TheThe Proposal Susan Reese
2001 Made Club girl Uncredited
2001 Don't Say a Word Det. Sandra Cassidy
2001 Beyond the City Limits Helena Toretti
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Carmela
2002 Master of Disguise, TheThe Master of Disguise Jennifer Baker
2004 Breakin' All the Rules Rita Monroe
2004 Crash Ria Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
2004 Taxi Lt. Marta Robbins
2005 Snow Wonder Pilar Television film
2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey Frankie Vitello
2008 Conspiracy Joanna
2008 American Crude Carlos
2009 Four Single Fathers Suzanne
2010 Wish List, TheThe Wish List Sarah Television film
2011 Mamitas Miss Ruiz
2012 Bending the Rules Olivia Garcia
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 City, TheThe City Connie Soleito Unknown episodes
1996 Law & Order Gina Tucci Episode: "Good Girl"
1997 Feds Flo Episode: "Crash and Burn"
1997 Prince Street Episode: "Drugs, Lies and Videotape" (unaired)
1997–1999 Spin City Stacey Paterno Main cast (seasons 2–3); 36 episodes
1998 New York Undercover Gina Stone 3 episodes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sara Logan Episode: "Remorse"
2002 Hack Abby Episode: "Obsession"
2013 Partners in Crime Unsold CBS pilot
2004–2005 Judging Amy Louann "Crystal" Turner 8 episodes
2005–2006 Related Ginnie Sorelli Main cast; 19 episodes
2006 More, Patience Patience More Unsold Fox pilot
2006 Law & Order Justine Bailey Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
2007 Rescue Me Nona 5 episodes
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Andrea Belladonna Main cast
2010 Mercy Jules Fattore 2 episodes
2010–2012 Blue Bloods Jackie Curatola Main cast (seasons 1–3); 46 episodes
2011–2012 Looney Tunes Show, TheThe Looney Tunes Show Tina Russo (voice) 5 episodes
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Monica Pena main cast
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Broadroom, TheThe Broadroom Roan Main cast

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jennifer Esposito. "AskMen.com — Jennifer Esposito". Ca.askmen.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Biography (1973?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  3. ^ Berg, S.Z. (September 25, 2012). "Jennifer Esposito Takes on a New Leading Role: Celiac Advocate". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^ Aussiello, Michael (21 October 2012). "Blue Bloods' Jennifer Esposito Departs Show, Slams CBS For Its 'Shameful Behavior'". TVLine.com via Yahoo News. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Opening A Bakery". 
  6. ^ http://jennifersway.org/bakery/
  7. ^ Jordan, Julie. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito Marry, People, January 4, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  8. ^ Fromm, Emily. Jennifer Esposito, Bradley Cooper Split, People, May 2, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  9. ^ Reardanz, Karen (2007-08-28). "Daily Dish : Esposito/Cooper Marriage Dissolved". SFGate. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  10. ^ "Mark Philippoussis engaged to Jennifer Esposito". The Sunday Telegraph. October 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Did Mark Philippoussis and Jennifer Esposito call off their engagement?". Popsugar.com.au. August 31, 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  12. ^ Joyce Eng. "Jennifer Esposito Engaged to Mark Philippoussis". TVGuide.com. 
  13. ^ http://wonderwall.msn.com/movies/gossip-bradley-cooper-dissed-as-master-manipulator-by-ex-wife-jennifer-esposito-1813472.story

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