Olivia d'Abo

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Olivia d'Abo
Olivia d'Abo 2010.jpg
d'Abo in July 2010
Born Olivia Jane d'Abo
(1969-01-22) 22 January 1969 (age 45)
Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter, voice artist
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Patrick Leonard (m. 2002–12)
Children 1

Olivia Jane d'Abo (/ˈdɑːb/; born 22 January 1969)[1] is an English-American actress, singer-songwriter, and voice artist best known for portraying the rebellious teenage sister Karen Arnold in The Wonder Years and recurring villain Nicole Wallace in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Early life[edit]

Olivia d'Abo was born in London, England, the daughter of Maggie London, a model and actress, and Mike d'Abo, a singer and member of 1960s group Manfred Mann.[2] She has an older brother, as well as two half-brothers and one half-sister: elder brother Ben, younger half-brother Bruno, and younger sibling twins Ella and Louis (born July 2007) on her father's side. Olivia and Ben both attended high school in the U.S. at Los Feliz Hills School (formerly "The Apple School") in Los Angeles and Olivia attended Pacoima Junior High School in Pacoima, California.[3]

She is the first cousin once removed of Maryam d'Abo, the actress best known for her performance as Kara Milovy in the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights.

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

D'Abo's film debut was in the supporting role of Princess Jehnna in Conan the Destroyer, released in June 1984.[4] Two months later, she appeared in the supporting role of the peasant girl Paloma in Bolero.

From 1988, d'Abo was in the main cast of The Wonder Years in the first four seasons. Her character Karen Arnold was the hippie sister in the family. In 1992, she guest starred in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "True Q" as Amanda Rogers. As the recurring villain Nicole Wallace, she made five appearances over a six-year period on television crime-drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. On the Sci-Fi Channel series Eureka, she has the recurring role of Abby Carter, the ex-wife of Sheriff Jack Carter.

She has had numerous supporting roles in television programmes and films, such as Spirit of '76 (1990), Greedy (1994), The Big Green, and The Twilight Zone (2002). On stage, she appeared in the 2005 Broadway production of The Odd Couple with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.

In animation, she is the voices of Melanie Walker/Ten in Batman Beyond (1999–2000), Star Sapphire in Justice League (2001) and Morgaine le Fey in Justice League Unlimited (2004); Tak in Invader Zim (2001–02); Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan; Jedi Master Luminara Unduli in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008); Carol Ferris in Green Lantern: First Flight (2009); Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996); and Natalia Romanoff in Ultimate Avengers and Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Black Panther (both 2006).

In February 2013, d'Abo began filming for Project Fedora (working title), a video game that combines live-action footage with 3D graphics.[5]

Musical career[edit]

Olivia d'Abo is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.[6][dead link] She has composed and performed for various soundtracks. Her single "Broken" is from the movie Loving Annabelle.

Her debut album Not TV was released on July 15, 2008.[7]

Other musical projects d'Abo has worked on include backing vocals for Julian Lennon's Help Yourself, an acoustic duet version of Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer, produced by Leonard, that appears on their This Left Feels Right hits CD,[3] and a duet with Seal "Broken". D'Abo also co-wrote the song "Love Comes from the Inside" for the Italian singer Laura Pausini, which was featured on Pausini's English language debut From the Inside.

Personal life[edit]

D'Abo was engaged to actor Thomas Jane from 1998 to 2001. They worked in several projects together, including The Velocity of Gary and Jonni Nitro, of which Jane directed the last two episodes. Olivia later married music producer and songwriter Patrick Leonard in August 2002. Leonard filed for divorce at Los Angeles County Superior Court in November 2012, citing irreconcilable differences, and revealing the couple had separated in August 2011. She has one child, Oliver William d'Abo, born 11 November 1995. D'Abo also wrote and performed the title theme to Jonni Nitro. She was engaged to the singer Julian Lennon.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Conan the Destroyer Princess Jehnna
1984 Bolero Paloma
1986 Flying Robin Crew
1986 Mission Kill Rebel Girl
1986 Bullies Becky Cullen
1988 Legend of Wolf Lodge, TheThe Legend of Wolf Lodge (aka Into The Fire) Liette
1989 Beyond the Stars Mara Simons
1989 Another Chance
1990 Spirit of '76, TheThe Spirit of '76 Chanel-6
1993 Point of No Return Angela
1993 Bank Robber Selina
1993 Wayne's World 2 Betty Jo
1994 Last Good Time, TheThe Last Good Time Charlotte Zwicki
1994 Greedy Molly Richardson
1994 Clean Slate Judy
1994 Pom Poko Koharu (voice)
1995 Big Green, TheThe Big Green Miss Anna Montgomery
1995 Kicking and Screaming Jane
1995 Live Nude Girls Chris
1997 Hacks Lynn
1998 Velocity of Gary * * (Not His Real Name), TheThe Velocity of Gary * * (Not His Real Name) Veronica
1999 Soccer Dog: The Movie Elena
1999 Texas Funeral, AA Texas Funeral Charlotte
1999 Seven Girlfriends Hannah
2000 Jonni Nitro Jonni Nitro
2000 It Had to Be You Tracy Meltempi
2001 Enemy, TheThe Enemy Sgt. Penny Johnson
2002 Tarzan & Jane Jane Porter (voice)
2003 Animatrix, TheThe Animatrix Rox (voice) Segment: "Matriculated"
2006 Ultimate Avengers Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) (voice) Video
2006 Ultimate Avengers 2 Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) (voice) Video
2007 Dante's Inferno Beatrice (voice)
2007 Poor Kid's Guide to Success, AA Poor Kid's Guide to Success Lisa Maerd
2008 Awakening Fire, TheThe Awakening Fire Narrator Short film
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Carol Ferris (voice) Video
2012 Justice League: Doom Star Sapphire (voice) Video
2012 Nuclear Family Dr. Hughes
2013 Impirioso Luccia Rosso
2013 The Devil's Violinist Primrose Blackstone

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Not My Kid Movie
1985 Growing Pains Wendy Episode: "Superdad"
1986 Growing Pains Terry Episode: "Employee of the Month"
1987 One Big Family Joy Fairbanks Episode: "Joy to the Hattons"
1987 Really Weird Tales Tippy Movie
1988 Simon & Simon Allison Tyner / Angel Episode: "Shadows"
1988 Crash Course Maria Abeja Movie
1988 Tour of Duty Leslie Episode: "Soldiers"
1988 Bronx Zoo, TheThe Bronx Zoo Terri Avila Episode: "Behind Closed Doors"
1988–93 Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder Years Karen Arnold Regular role (84 episodes)
1991 Legend of Prince Valiant, TheThe Legend of Prince Valiant Vesta / Jasmine / Lady Ilene (voice) Episodes: "The Tree", "The Secret of Perilous Garde"
1992 Midnight's Child Anna Bergman Movie
1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Amanda Rogers Episode: "True Q"
1993 For Love and Glory Emily Doyle Movie
1995 Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy Deliah Episode: "Pilot"
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Sonya Blade (voice) Main role (13 episodes)
1997 Dad's Week Off Cherice Movie
1997 Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy Marie Episode: "Vegas Finale"
1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Anne Sullivan (voice) Episode: "Patience"
1998 Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Jao (voice) Episode: "Only Child"
1998 Fantasy Island Florence Jenkins Episode: "Secret Self"
1999 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Ten / Melanie Walker (voice) Movie
1999 Party of Five Perry Marks Episodes: "Fragile", "I'll Show You Mine", "Haunted"
1999 Batman Beyond Ten / Melanie Walker (voice) Episodes: "Dead Man's Hand", "Once Burned"
2000 Batman Beyond Ten / Melanie Walker (voice) Episode: "King's Ransom"
2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Andrea Episode: "Dick Solomon's Day Off"
2001 Triangle, TheThe Triangle Allison Wright 3 episodes
2001–03 Legend of Tarzan, TheThe Legend of Tarzan Jane Porter (voice) Regular role (35 episodes)
2002 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Shannon Episodes: "The Lineman: Parts 1 & 2"
2002 Invader Zim Tak (voice) Episode: "TAK: The Hideous New Girl"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace Episode: "Anti-Thesis"
2002 Justice League Star Stapphire / Morgaine le Fey / Model (voice) Recurring role; 6 episodes
2003 Alias Emma Wallace Episode: "Double Agent"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace Episode: "A Person of Interest"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace Episode: "Great Barrier"
2004 Justice League Unlimited Morgaine le Fey (voice) Episode: "Kid Stuff"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Nicole Wallace Episode: "Grow"
2006 Invader Zim Tak's Computer / Ship (voice) 2 episodes
2007 Eureka Dr. Abby Carter Episodes: "Unpredictable", "Games People Play"
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Nicole Wallace Episode: "Frame"
2008–09 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Luminara Unduli (voice) Recurring role; 7 episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Elasti-Girl (voice) Episode: "The Last Patrol!"
2011 Generator Rex Five (voice) 3 episodes
2011 We Have Your Husband Olivia Movie
2013 Jo Madeleine Haynes Episode: "The Catacombes"
2013 Elementary Nigella Mason Episode: "The Marchioness"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Titanic Explorer Various
2005 Medal of Honor: European Assault Manon du Champs
2005 Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Jerdana / Aisha Peasant
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes Luminara Unduli
2011 Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters Queen Aga'po

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 It's a Girl Linda Bragg Odyssey Theatre
1993 Scenes from an Execution Supporta Mark Taper Forum
2005–06 Odd Couple, TheThe Odd Couple Gwendolyn Pigeon Brooks Atkinson Theatre
2010 It's Just Sex Joan Two Roads Theatre
2010–11 Cyrano de Bergerac Roxane Ruskin Theatre
2011 Entertaining Mr. Sloane Kath The Actor's Company

References[edit]

  1. ^ a. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837–1983 database on-line Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. Lists Olivia Jane d'Abo on the index of births registered in Jan–Mar. 1969.
    b. Olivia d'Abo Official Site Bio
  2. ^ Olivia d'Abo Biography at FilmReference.com
  3. ^ a b Olivia d'Abo - Biography at IMDB
  4. ^ Conan release info at IMDB
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2461342/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  6. ^ Not TV album blurb at Inner Knot
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/not-tv-mw0000791288
  8. ^ Nicole Lampert (5 November 2011). "John Lennon's son Julian fears Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney are trying to obliterate him from history | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 

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