Jorja Fox

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Jorja Fox
Jorja Fox.jpg
Fox at 23rd Genesis Awards, Beverly Hills, California, March 2009
Born Jorja-An Fox
(1968-07-07) July 7, 1968 (age 46)
New York City
Other names Jorjan Fox
Occupation Actress, musician, songwriter
Years active 1989–present

Jorja-An Fox (born July 7, 1968) is an American actress, musician and songwriter. She first came to prominence as a recurring guest star on the television medical drama ER, portraying the recurring role of Dr. Maggie Doyle from 1996 to 1999. This was followed by another critical success in the recurring role of Secret Service Agent Gina Toscano on The West Wing in 2000. She has played Sara Sidle in the police procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, both as a regular (2000–2007, 2010–present)[1] and recurring (2008–2010) cast member.

Early life[edit]

Fox was born in New York City. She is the second child born to Montreal-born parents of French, Belgian and Irish descent,[2][3] and was raised on a narrow barrier island in Melbourne Beach, Florida. She describes herself as being overweight while growing up, with a prominent gap between her teeth.[4] By her 20s, she observed that neither her wisdom teeth nor braces had appreciably helped, and Fox said "forget it."[5]

After attending Melbourne High School[6] for two years, she began a modeling career after winning a local contest. She subsequently enrolled as a drama student at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York, under the tutelage of actor William Hickey.

Career[edit]

After appearing in several minor films and TV series, including a 1993 episode of Law & Order, Fox entered the limelight in 1996 when she began a recurring role the NBC medical drama ER, as the no-nonsense vegetarian and lesbian medical intern Dr. Maggie Doyle.

Fox appeared in "The Puppy Episode Part 2", the April 30, 1997 episode of the sitcom Ellen, in which that show's main character came out as gay.

In 1999, she was cast as Secret Service Agent Gina Toscano on NBC's series The West Wing, where she starred for one season.

Fox has appeared in the films Velocity Trap, Food for the Heart and she also appeared briefly in Memento, playing Guy Pearce's wife.

CSI[edit]

In 2000, she gained a regular role on the police procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, in which she portrays a Las Vegas forensic scientist named Sara Sidle.

Fox on the set of CSI, March 2004

She and CSI co-star George Eads were fired from the show in 2004. Fox had allegedly failed to submit a letter to CBS confirming that she would be on time for shooting. The disputes were resolved in just over a week, and the two were rehired by CBS; however, neither actor's salary was raised, in spite of other cast members receiving raises. It was also reported that of the two, Fox was approached first to resume her contract with CSI, but she refused until Eads was rehired as well.[7]

On April 18, 2007, TV Guide began reporting that Fox may not be returning for the eighth season of CSI, having not yet signed a new contract.[8] The season finale turned out to be a cliffhanger involving her character, Sara Sidle.[9] The New York Post reported that Fox did not show up to film the finale because of ongoing issues over her employment.[10] Neither CBS nor Jorja's agent confirmed the allegations.

In September 2007, after rumors emerged about Fox's departure from the show,[11] an online forum called "Your Tax Dollars at Work", started a campaign to keep Sara Sidle on CSI; the campaign (called Dollars for Sense) includes mailing the show's producers a dollar so as to keep Fox on the show. With the help of donations, the campaign also organized plane flyovers over the Universal Studios lot in California where CSI is filmed. The banners read "Keep Jorja Fox on CBS".[12][13] On October 15, 2007, Fox told Entertainment Weekly that she left CSI, saying that she wanted a break "from the commitment of a weekly television series."[14] Fox requested that the money collected during the "Dollars for Sense" campaign be donated to CASA, an organization dedicated to aiding foster children. On November 15, 2007, the episode "Goodbye and Good Luck," marked the character's final regular appearance in an episode of CSI until the show entered its tenth season.

In May 2008, Fox returned for CSI's ninth season as a guest star.[15] After coming back for the 1st, 2nd and 5th episode she returned for Grissom's last episode "One To Go" in the last scene when Grissom turns up in the jungle, surprising Sara and the episode finishing with the two sharing a passionate kiss.

In the summer of 2009, CBS announced that Jorja Fox would be returning to CSI as Sara Sidle. Fox was initially slated to appear in the Season 10 premiere ("Family Affair," which aired September 24, 2009) and four additional episodes.[16] However, executive producer Carol Mendelsohn confirmed that Fox's stay has been made "more permanent", and her role has been extended indefinitely.[17] By July 2011, Jorja was confirmed as a full-time, regular cast member on CSI for season 12, though she had returned to the opening credits for season 11.[18] She has remained in the main cast ever since.

Beyond CSI[edit]

After leaving CSI in 2007, Fox produced the musical Stay Forever: The Life and Music of Dusty Springfield starring Kirsten Holly Smith, about the tension between the public image and private life of bisexual musician Dusty Springfield,[19] which played at the Renberg Theatre in the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

Fox guest-starred in the Lifetime TV series Drop Dead Diva. The episode, which aired on August 16, 2009, had her playing a soccer mom with a criminal past. She did a modeling shoot for Green With Glamour. Fox is the co-founder of Honeypot Productions, an independent avant-garde theatre company in Los Angeles that has produced five original plays. Her friend and HoneyPot co-founder Heather Reid wrote Dear Bernard, which Fox helped produce.

Fox is a musician; she plays guitar (badly, she says) and recently purchased a drum kit. She sings and writes songs, most notably the song "Lullabye" for the movie Traveling Companion, as well as the song "Satellite" which she published on her official web site. Jorja and CSI co-star Marg Helgenberger sang "Stand by Me" as a duet at the fourth annual benefit called "What A Pair 4—A Celebration of Women's Duets" to benefit breast cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. It was held Sunday June 11, 2006, at the Wiltern/LG Theatre.

Activism and politics[edit]

Fox is a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign[20] and has been a dedicated vegetarian since the age of 19, working with PETA to help promote vegetarianism[21] and also working with ADI[22] to bring light to the suffering of animals in circuses. She has a purse named after her by the Montréal company Matt & Nat, which designs vegan purses.[23] Fox attended and read at the Los Angeles book launch of Karen Dawn's Thanking The Monkey, and was seen on Access Hollywood discussing how being vegetarian helps the environment.[24] In 2008, Fox volunteered her time to film a Public Service Announcement for the New York–based non-profit Orangutan Outreach[25] which supports Borneo Orangutan Survival and other projects aimed at ensuring the orangutan's continued survival. The 30-second clip was shown on Animal Planet during the award-winning series Orangutan Island.[26]

After attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver (August 28, 2008), Fox has served on the Artists & Athletes Alliance Advisory Board and has attended many of their events.[citation needed]

In 2003, she was ranked #80 in Stuff magazine's list of the 103 sexiest women. She is annually nominated for PETA's "World's Sexiest Vegetarian".[volume & issue needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Kill-Off, TheThe Kill-Off Myra Pavlov
1992 Happy Hell Night Kappa Sig Girl Uncredited
1994 Dead Funny Fate 3
1995 The Jerky Boys: The Movie Lazarro's Young Lady
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Sarah Bryant
1999 Velocity Trap Alice Pallas
1999 Forever Fabulous Liz Guild
1999 Hungry Bachelors Club, TheThe Hungry Bachelors Club Delmar Youngblood
2000 Memento Leonard's Wife
2003 Down with the Joneses Bev Jones
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sara Sidle (voice) Video Game
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Dark Motives Sara Sidle (voice) Video Game
2005 Next Exit Terri
2010 Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story Narrator
2011 3 Weeks to Daytona Cheryl
2014 Unity Narrator (voice) Documentary,post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 ABC Afterschool Specials Diane Dravecki 3 episodes
1993 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Maggie Glendon Episode: "Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story"
1993 Law & Order Paula Engren Episode: "Securitate" – Credited as "Jorjan Fox"
1993 Missing Persons Officer Connie Karadzic 17 episodes
1995 Courthouse Maureen Dawes Episode: "Pilot"
1995 Alchemy Josie TV movie
1996 ER Dr. Maggie Doyle 33 episodes
1997 Ellen The Attractive Woman (uncredited) Episode: "The Puppy Episode: Part 2"
1997 House of Frankenstein Felicity TV movie
1999 Partners Alex Episode: "My Sister, My Enemy"
2000 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Agent Gina Toscano/White House Press Reporter 4 episodes
2009 Drop Dead Diva Marianne Neely Episode: "Second Chances"
2000–2007 2009–present CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sara Sidle Series regular

Awards and nominations[edit]

Yearage 46 Nominated Work Award Results
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Ausiello (July 20, 2011). "CSI Exclusive: Jorja Fox Rejoins Series Regular Ranks –". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  2. ^ www.youtube.com
  3. ^ "The Jorja Fox Picture Pages". Superiorpics.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  4. ^ Stuff magazine, 2002
  5. ^ People magazine, 2003
  6. ^ Coconut, Commander (May 8, 2001). "Tuesday Column". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 13, 2009. "Jorja Fox, who plays Sara, went to Indialantic's Hoover Junior High and then Melbourne High School" 
  7. ^ "CSI Rehires Fox; Eads Waits to Hear"
  8. ^ Ask Ausiello
  9. ^ "Channel your energy for what May come during television sweeps month"
  10. ^ New York Post
  11. ^ Ausiello Report Blog | TVGuide.com
  12. ^ http://www.dollarforsense.com
  13. ^ MSN TV Blog: Want to Keep Jorja Fox On 'CSI'?
  14. ^ Lynette Rice (October 15, 2007). "Jorja Fox makes it official: She's leaving 'CSI'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  15. ^ '24' and 'CSI' casting news!
  16. ^ Matt Mitovich (July 17, 2009). "Breaking: Jorja Fox Returns to CSI". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  17. ^ Exclusive: Jorja Fox makes her 'CSI' return (more) permanent!
  18. ^ Michael Ausiello (July 21, 2011). "CSI Exclusive: Jorja Fox Rejoins Series Regular Ranks For Season 12". TVLine. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  19. ^ Julio Martinez (February 10, 2008). "Stay Forever: The Life and Music of Dusty Springfield". www.variety.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  20. ^ jorjafox.org
  21. ^ GoVeg.com
  22. ^ "ADI Jorja Fox press conference, Austin Texas – YouTube". Uk.youtube.com. July 14, 2008. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  23. ^ matt & nat
  24. ^ Interview with Access Hollywood
  25. ^ Orangutan Outreach
  26. ^ Jorja Fox on Orangutan Outreach's YouTube channel

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