Rita Wilson

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Rita Wilson
RitaWilsonHWOFSept2012.jpg
Wilson in October 2012
Born Margarita Ibrahimoff
(1956-10-26) October 26, 1956 (age 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, producer, singer
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Tom Hanks (1988–present)
Children 2
Relatives Colin Hanks (stepson)

Rita Wilson (born Margarita Ibrahimoff; October 26, 1956)[1] is an American actress, singer, and producer.

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born Margarita Ibrahimoff[1] (Bulgarian: Маргарита Ибрахимова; Greek: Μαργαρίτα Ιμπραΐμοβ) in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a Greek born and raised in (Sotirë) in present-day Albania.[2] Her father, born Hassan Halilov Ibrahimoff (March 21, 1920 – March 6, 2009), worked at a race track; he was a Bulgarian Muslim (Pomak), born in Breshtene, in the present-day province of Western Thrace, Greece, and lived in Bulgaria, where his half brother Ferhat still lives.[fn 1][3][4][5] He moved to the United States on May 4, 1949.[4] Wilson's father changed his name from Hassan Ibrahimoff to Allan Wilson in 1960,[4] "Wilson" being the name of a local street in Southern California. Rita was raised Greek Orthodox.[6]

Career[edit]

Wilson and Tom Hanks

Wilson's career began with a guest appearance on The Brady Bunch in the 1972 episode "Greg's Triangle". She also twice appeared on M*A*S*H in 1982 as Nurse Lacey as well as the sitcoms Three's Company and Bosom Buddies starring her future husband Tom Hanks.

She has appeared in numerous movies, including Volunteers, Teen Witch, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Barbarians at the Gate, Mixed Nuts, Sleepless in Seattle, Now and Then, That Thing You Do!, Jingle All the Way, Runaway Bride, Invisible Child, The Story of Us, Raise Your Voice, It's Complicated, and Larry Crowne. She played Susan Borman, wife of astronaut Frank Borman, in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. On television, she guest starred in many television series, including Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, Body of Proof, and Girls.

Wilson has performed on Broadway, where she performed the role of Roxie Hart from June–August 2006 in the revival of Chicago.

She is often credited with being the driving force behind Nia Vardalos's movie deal for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which became the highest-grossing independent film of all time, and for which she served as a producer.[7]

Wilson's long-standing interest in singing led her to record a debut solo album, AM/FM, which she released May 8, 2012, on the Decca Records label. The album featured classics from the 60s and 70s, including a cover of "Wichita Lineman" that she performed with the song's writer-composer, Jimmy Webb.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to actor Tom Hanks since April 1988, and the couple have two sons, Chester (born 4 August 1990) and Truman Theodore (born 26 December 1995). She also has two stepchildren from Tom Hanks' previous marriage, Colin and Elizabeth Ann.

She contributed to the Moffitt Cancer Center by donating "True Hearts" jewelry made of sterling silver and 14k gold. The proceeds will[when?] benefit several charities. Wilson credits good friend Rosie O'Donnell as inspiration for her charitable work, particularly with cancer and children's charities.[10] She is a devout member of the Greek Orthodox Church.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Roles as an actress
Year Title Role Notes
1966 Spinout Bit Girl (uncredited)
1972 The Brady Bunch Pat Conway Television program
Episode: "Greg's Triangle"
1979 Day It Came to Earth, TheThe Day It Came to Earth Debbie
1980 Cheech & Chong's Next Movie Actress
1981 Bosom Buddies Cindy Television program
Episode: "All You Need is Love"
1982 M*A*S*H Nurse Lacey Television program
Episodes: "Blood and Guts"
"Hey, Look Me Over"
1983 Three's Company Agnes Platt Television program
Episode: "Alias Jack Tripper"
1985 Volunteers Beth Wexler
1986 227 Dr. Peterson Television program
Episode: "Mary Nightingale"
1989 Teen Witch Dancer
1990 Sinners Margaret
Bonfire of the Vanities, TheThe Bonfire of the Vanities P.R. Woman
1991 Tales from the Crypt Jess Gilcrist Television program
Episode: Mournin' Mess
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Suzy
1994 Mixed Nuts Catherine O'Shaughnessy
1995 Now and Then Chrissy DeWitt Williams
1996 No Dogs Allowed
That Thing You Do! Marguerite
Jingle All the Way Liz Langston
1998 Psycho Caroline
1999 Runaway Bride Ellie Graham
Invisible Child Annie Beeman
Story of Us, TheThe Story of Us Rachel
2001 Perfume Roberta aka Dress to Kill
Glass House, TheThe Glass House Grace Avery-Baker (uncredited)
2002 Auto Focus Anne Crane
2004 Raise Your Voice Francis Fletcher
2005 Chumscrubber, TheThe Chumscrubber Terri Bratley
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Beta Station Commander Voice only
2006 Beautiful Ohio Judith Messerman
2009 My Life in Ruins Elinor
Old Dogs Jenna
It's Complicated Trisha
2011 Art of Getting By, TheThe Art of Getting By Vivian Sargent
Larry Crowne Wilma Gammelgaard
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bree Mazalon Television program
Episode: "Delinquent"
The Good Wife Viola Walsh Television program
Episodes: "Net Worth"
"Great Firewall"
"Live from Damascus"
"Two Girls, One Code"
"Outside the Bubble"
2012 Jewtopia Arlene Lipschitz
2013 The Tutor Tina Short film
Girls Evie Michaels Television program
Episodes: "It's About Time"
"Females Only"
"Truth or Dare"

As a producer[edit]

Production roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Producer Producers Guild of America Visionary Award
Nominated — Producers Guild of America Award for Motion Picture Producer of the Year
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Executive producer Television program
2004 Connie and Carla
2008 Mamma Mia!
2009 My Life in Ruins

Discography[edit]

  • 2012: AM/FM (Audio CD: May 8, 2012)[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "All I Have to Do is Dream"
  2. "Never My Love"
  3. "Come See About Me"
  4. "Angel of the Morning"
  5. "Walking in the Rain"
  6. "Wichita Lineman"
  7. "Cherish"
  8. "You Were on My Mind"
  9. "Good Times Charlie"
  10. "Love has No Pride"
  11. "Please Come to Boston"
  12. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
  13. "Faithless Love"
  14. "River"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ferhat is an Arabic and Turkish name, and was misspelled "Fairhat" in the reference given.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birth date confirmed at the State of California, California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Date of birth for Margarit Ibrahimoff in Los Angeles, California is October 26, 1956.[1]
  2. ^ Welkos, Robert (2002-10-06). "Sending up the Greek in spirit". The Age. Retrieved 2008-10-10. "...my father is Bulgarian." 
  3. ^ a b Rita Wilson, Who Do You Think You Are?. tracing-the-tree, 31 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, March 30, 2012
  5. ^ Tom Hanks' wife Rita Wilson breaks down after discovering she had a brother who died as a baby on Who Do You Think You Are. Mail Online, 31 March 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  6. ^ "My Big, Fat, Greek Mystery" – Terry Mattingly on religion.
  7. ^ "TV Review - My Big Fat Greek Life". Entertainment Weekly. 2003-04-07. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  8. ^ Rita Wilson to Debut Solo Album, E! Online, ANTOINETTE BUENO, February 09, 2012
  9. ^ Rita Wilson to Debut Solo Album AM/FM. PR Newswire, 9 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. Rita Wilson was referenced in the fourth episode of Arrested Development, Key Decisions.
  10. ^ H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
  11. ^ "Спектар : Живот и стил : Православни Холивуд : ПОЛИТИКА". Politika.rs. 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  12. ^ Rita Wilson: "AM/FM". Artist notes and product description (Amazon.com). Retrieved 12 May 2012.

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