Zuniga at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival
|Born||Daphne Eurydice Zuniga
October 28, 1962
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
Daphne Eurydice Zuniga / / (born October 28, 1962) is an American film and television actress, and environmental activist. After studying at the American Conservatory Theater in her youth, she made her film debut in 1982 in the slasher film The Dorm That Dripped Blood at the age of nineteen, followed by a lead role in the horror film The Initiation (1984) two years later.
She went on to star in several critically and commercially successful comedies, including Rob Reiner's The Sure Thing (1985), opposite John Cusack, as well as the cult comedies Spaceballs, and Modern Girls (1986). She also starred opposite Lucille Ball in the television drama film Stone Pillow (1986), and in the blockbuster sci-fi horror sequel The Fly II (1989). Zuniga would later gain major exposure as a television actress for her role as Jo Reynolds on the Fox prime time soap opera Melrose Place from 1992–1996. Other television credits include as Victoria Davis on One Tree Hill (2008–2012), and as Lynn Kerr on the drama series Beautiful People.
Also an environmental activist, Zuniga was a founding member of the Earth Communications Office (ECO), and has worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Waterkeeper Alliance, and Environment California.
Zuniga was born in San Francisco, California. Her father, Joaquin Alberto Zuniga Mazariegos, originally from Guatemala, was an emeritus professor of philosophy at California State University, East Bay. Her mother, Agnes A. (Janawicz), is a Unitarian minister, of Polish and Finnish descent. Zuniga has two sisters: Jennifer Zuniga, and Rosario Zuñiga.
Zuniga became interested in acting in high school, performing in a variety of school plays. In her early teens, she attended the Young Conservatory program of the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco. After her parents divorced, Zuniga moved with her mother and sister from Berkeley to Reading, Vermont. She graduated from Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vermont, in 1980. After high school, she returned to California and enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied theater arts. After college, Zuniga was close friends and roommates with fellow actress Meg Ryan.
Zuniga is best known for playing Jo Reynolds in the 1990s television series Melrose Place, Lynn Kerr in Beautiful People, Victoria Davis in One Tree Hill. Her television career began nearly ten years earlier when she appeared in several episodes of Family Ties (1984) as a girlfriend of Alex P. Keaton. She also co-starred with Lucille Ball in the drama Stone Pillow in 1985, and was in the 1995 miniseries Degree of Guilt. She was one of many voice actors for the animated television series Stories from My Childhood (1998). Zuniga had a lead role in the miniseries Pandora's Clock (1996).
2004–2005, Zuniga appeared in a recurring role in American Dreams. She was on the show Beautiful People on ABC Family in 2005–2006. In 2007, she starred in the fifth-season premiere of the drama Nip/Tuck.
Zuniga reprised her role as Princess Vespa from the 1987 film Spaceballs, by voice-over in the television spin-off Spaceballs: The Animated Series. She also reprised her role from Melrose Place in an updated version, but it was short-lived, as the series was cancelled after just one season in 2009-10.
2015, she appears in guest starring role in the new VH1's scripted series Hindsight as Libby.
2016, Daphne cast in a new TV movie for PixL and Hallmark Channel, When Duty Calls, with Judd Nelson and Daniella Monet.
Zuniga's film work has continued in parallel with her television work throughout much of her career. Her first two movies were sorority slasher films The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) and The Initiation (1983, with Hunter Tylo), followed by Vision Quest (1985). In 1985, she starred opposite John Cusack in The Sure Thing. She next starred in the 1986 cult film Modern Girls. She was a lead in the 1987 Mel Brooks film Spaceballs, the 1988 film Last Rites opposite Tom Berenger, the 1989 films Gross Anatomy (with Matthew Modine), The Fly II (with Eric Stoltz), and Staying Together (with Sean Astin). She starred in Artificial Lies (2000), Enemies of Laughter (2000), Dog Gone (2003), A-List (2006) and Seducing Charlie Barker (2010), directed by Amy Glazer, and she starred in A Family Thankgving with Faye Dunaway. Most recently, she appeared in Gone Missing (2013), Monkey in the Middle (2014), Summer Forever (2015), A Remarkable Life (2015), Beyond Paradise (2015) and Who's Driving Doug (2016). Her upcoming projects include Search Engines (2016) with Joely Fisher, Those Left Behind (2016) with Jack Griffo and Heartbeats (2016), with director Duane Adler.
In 1994, Zuniga appeared in the release of a video for Bob Seger's previously released 1976 hit "Night Moves". In the video version of the song, she and a pre-Friends Matt LeBlanc are shown in a 1960s drive-in theater, where Zuniga as a dark, edgy young woman becomes a visual fascination for LeBlanc as a clean-cut young man.
She co-produced and co-directed (with Steven Latham) the 2007 documentary "The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED" — a look at the annual Technology, Entertainment and Design conference held in Monterey, California.
2015, short movie Occupy Alice starring Arden Rose and Will Peltz.
Her younger sister Jennifer Zuniga, also an actress, debuted in the film A Woman, Her Men, and Her Futon (1992).
In 2004, Zuniga suffered from mercury poisoning, which she attributed to overconsumption of fish. She said she had eaten sushi four times in the week prior to being taken to the emergency room and that her symptoms included weak memory, headaches, crying spells, skin rashes, and mild depression. After her diagnosis, Zuniga stopped consuming fish.
Zuniga has supported several environmental campaigns. In 2009, she was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, a not-for-profit development corporation charged with catalyzing sustainable development along the Los Angeles River.
|1982||Dorm That Dripped Blood, TheThe Dorm That Dripped Blood||Debbie|
|1983||Quarterback Princess||Kim Maida||Television film|
|1984||The Initiation||Kelly Fairchild/Terry Fairchild|
|1985||Vision Quest||Margie Epstein|
|1985||Sure Thing, TheThe Sure Thing||Alison Bradbury|
|1985||Stone Pillow||Carrie Lang||Television film|
|1989||Fly II, TheThe Fly II||Beth Logan|
|1989||Staying Together||Beverly Young|
|1989||Gross Anatomy||Laurie Rorbach|
|1992||Mad at the Moon||Young Mrs. Miller|
|1992||Prey of the Chameleon||Patricia / Elizabeth Burrows|
|1993||Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon||Minha|
|1994||Charlie's Ghost Story||Ronda|
|1994||Cityscrapes: Los Angeles||Chantal|
|1995||Degree of Guilt||Teresa 'Terri' Peralta||Television film|
|1996||Pandora's Clock||Dr. Roni Sanders||Television film|
|1997||Loss of Faith||Claire Hainey||Television film|
|1997||Naked in the Cold Sun||Rini|
|2000||Artificial Lies||Karen Wettering|
|2000||Enemies of Laughter||Judy|
|2003||Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail||Amanda Morton||Television film|
|2005||Secret Lives||Jill Thompson|
|2006||Obsession, TheThe Obsession||Deborah Matthews||Television film|
|2006||Christmas Do-Over||Jill||Television film|
|2008||Mail Order Bride||Diana McQueen|
|2010||Seducing Charlie Barker||Stella|
|2010||Family Thanksgiving, AA Family Thanksgiving||Claudia||Television film|
|2010||On Strike for Christmas||Joy Robertson||Television film|
|2012||Changing Hearts||Christina Riley|
|2013||A Remarkable Life||Tracy|
|2013||Signed, Sealed, Delivered||Andrea Shmeckle||Television film|
|2014||Monkey in the Middle||Olive|
|2015||Occupy Alice||Cindy Lowe||Short|
|2016||Who's Driving Doug||Alison|
|2016||Those Left Behind||Shelly|
|2016||When Duty Calls||Carol Lawton|
|1984||Family Ties||Rachel Miller||Episode: "Double Date"
Episode: "The Graduate"
|1989||Nightmare Classics||Irene Marlowe||Episode: "The Eyes of the Panther"|
|1992–1996||Melrose Place||Jo Reynolds||110 episodes|
|1993||Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room||Elizabeth Mahern||Episode: "The Faithful Follower"|
|1994||Models Inc.||Jo Reynolds||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1995||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Cinderella (voice)||Episode: "Cinderella"|
|1997||Johnny Bravo||Gabrielle (voice)||Episode: "I Used to Be Funny/My Fair Dork/'Twas the Night"|
|1997||Dead Man's Gun||Lillian / Tanya||Episode: "Black Widow"|
|1997||Spin City||Carrie||Episode: "Hot in the City"|
|1998||Spin City||Carrie||Episode: "It Happened One Night"|
|1998||Stories from My Childhood||Episode: "Ivan and His Magic Pony"|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Juliette Kagan||Episode: "Essence of Life"|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Lula (voice)||Episode: "Once Burned"|
|2000||Batman Beyond||April (voice)||Episode: "April Moon"|
|2000||Stark Raving Mad||Dr. Anne Russo||Episode: "Therapy"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Emma Dishell||Episode: "Abomination"|
|2003||Eve||Mrs. King||Episode: "Twas the Fight Before Christmas"|
|2004–2005||American Dreams||Shelly Pierce||14 episodes|
|2005–2006||Beautiful People||Lynn Kerr||16 episodes|
|2007||Nip/Tuck||Carly Summers||Episode: "Carly Summers"|
|2007–2009||Spaceballs: The Animated Series||Princess Vespa (voice)||12 episodes|
|2008||Novel Adventures||Laura French||8 episodes|
|2008–2012||One Tree Hill||Victoria Davis||42 episodes|
|2009||Melrose Place||Jo Reynolds||Episode: "Windsor"|
|2010||Melrose Place||Jo Reynolds||Episode: "Santa Fe"|
|2015||Hindsight||Libby||Episode: "The Cranberries"|
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- Insider: biography of her character, Laura
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