Elizabeth Reaser

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Elizabeth Reaser
Elizabeth Reaser Comic-Con 2011.jpg
Reaser in July 2011
Elizabeth Ann Reaser

(1975-06-15) June 15, 1975 (age 43)
EducationOakland University
Juilliard School (BFA)
Years active1998–present

Elizabeth Ann Reaser (born June 15, 1975)[1] is an American film, television, and stage actress. Her work includes the films Stay, The Family Stone, Sweet Land, Against the Current, The Twilight Saga, Young Adult, and Ouija: Origin of Evil, and the TV series Saved, Grey's Anatomy, The Ex-List, The Good Wife, True Detective and The Haunting of Hill House.

Early life and education[edit]

Reaser was born in Bloomfield, Michigan, an affluent Detroit suburb, the daughter of Karen Davidson (née Weidman) and John Reaser.[2] Elizabeth is the middle of three sisters.[2] In 1995, her mother married billionaire businessman William Davidson.[2][3][4]

Reaser attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills.[5] After high school, she attended Oakland University for one year,[6] then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1995–1999, Group 28)[7] where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1999.[1][6]


Reaser prepared for her role on Saved by spending time in an emergency room, observing the behavior of medical staff.[8] In October 2004, Interview magazine hailed her as one of the "14 To Be" emerging creative women.[9] Her work in the film Sweet Land earned the "Jury Award" at the Newport Beach Film Festival and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award "Best Female Lead" award.[citation needed] Reaser earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring guest appearance throughout 2007 and 2008 on the television series Grey's Anatomy.[citation needed]

Reaser is best known for her portrayal of Esme Cullen in the movie Twilight,[10] The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010.[11] She reprised the role in parts one and two of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.[12]

Reaser appeared on the CBS' legal drama, The Good Wife in October 2010.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Believer Miriam
2001 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Young Woman in Class
2002 Emmett's Mark Alison Holmes
2004 Mind the Gap Malissa Zubach
2005 Stay Athena
2005 Sweet Land Young Inge
2005 The Family Stone Susannah Stone Trousdale
2006 Shut Up and Sing Julep
2006 Puccini for Beginners Allegra
2007 Purple Violets Bernadette
2008 Twilight Esme Cullen
2009 Against the Current Liz Clark
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Esme Cullen
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Esme Cullen
2011 The Art of Getting By Charlotte Howe
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Esme Cullen
2011 Young Adult Beth Slade
2012 Liberal Arts Ana
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Esme Cullen
2013 Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive PJ Lane
2015 One and Two Elizabeth
2015 Hello, My Name Is Doris Dr. Edwards
2016 Ouija: Origin of Evil Alice Zander


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal Molly Episode: "Scrubs"
2000 The Sopranos Stace Episode: "D-Girl"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Serena Whitfield Episode: "The Insider"
2004 Hack Elaine Jones Episode: "Extreme Commerce"
2004 The Jury Rachel Byrnes Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jillian Slaughter Episode: "Proud Flesh"
2006 Saved Alice Alden, M.D. Main role (13 episodes)
2006 Standoff Anya Reed Episode: "Heroine"
2007–2008 Grey's Anatomy Ava / Rebecca Pope Recurring role (18 episodes)
2008 Wainy Days Annie Episode: "The Waindow"
2008 The Ex List Bella Bloom Main role (13 episodes)
2010–2012 The Good Wife Tammy Linnata Recurring role (7 episodes)
2013 Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive PJ Lane Miniseries
2014 True Detective Laurie Perkins Television series
2015 Mad Men Waitress (Diana) Television series
2016 Easy Andi Episode: "The Fucking Study"
2017 Manhunt: Unabomber Ellie Fitzgerald Main role (8 Episodes)
2017 Law & Order True Crime Pam Bozanich
2018–present The Haunting of Hill House Adult Shirley Crain Main role


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sweet Bird of Youth Heavenly La Jolla Playhouse
2000 The Hologram Theory Mimi Blue Lights Theatre Company
2001 Blackbird Froggy Bush Theatre
2001 Closer Alice Portland Center Stage
2002 Stone Cold Dead Serious Shaylee Ledbetter / Sharice American Repertory Theater
2003 The Winter's Tale Perdita Classic Stage Company
2005 Top Girls Patient Griselda / Nell / Jeanine Williamstown Theatre Festival
2012 How I Learned to Drive Li'l Bit Second Stage Theatre
2014 Conviction No Name Bay Street Theater
2015 The Money Shot Karen Lucille Lortel Theater
2015 Permission Cyndy Lucille Lortel Theater

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title of work Result
2006 Newport Beach Film Festival Jury Award – Best Actress (Feature Film) Sweet Land Won
2007 Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Sweet Land Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Grey’s Anatomy Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey’s Anatomy Nominated
2009 Prism Award Best Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline Grey’s Anatomy Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Elizabeth Reaser". All Movie Guide, The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c The Jewish News: "Bill’s Dreams Live On" Archived October 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. October 11, 2012
  3. ^ Davidson's Wife to Succeed Him As Owner of the Pistons[permanent dead link] Yahoo Sports, March 14, 2009
  4. ^ InterFaithFamily: "Twilight" By Nate Bloom. December 8, 2009
  5. ^ "Slow climb for actress Elizabeth Reaser is more than 'Getting By'". The Oakland Press. June 26, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Nassour, Ellis. "Elizabeth Reaser – Actress on the rise". Lifestyles Magazine. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007.
  7. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. February 2008. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011.
  8. ^ Martindale, David (July 15, 2003). "No Real-Life MD for Elizabeth Reaser". Tnt.tv. Archived from the original on October 4, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  9. ^ "Elizabeth Reaser- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  10. ^ Larry Carroll (February 19, 2008). "'Twilight' Film's First Family Revealed: Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser Lead Cullen Clan". MTV. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  11. ^ Another New The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Still - The Cullen Men
  12. ^ "Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, and Billy Burke Sign on to BREAKING DAWN; Plus Three New TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE Posters". Collider. May 19, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  13. ^ "Exclusive: Elizabeth Reaser, Lili Taylor Join The Good Wife". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 16, 2010.

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