Hedy Burress

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Hedy Burress
Born Heather Elizabeth Burress
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 42)
Edwardsville, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present

Heather Elizabeth "Hedy" Burress (born October 3, 1973) is an American actress.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, to teacher parents.[1] She attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, before relocating to Los Angeles, California, in 1995.


Burress has acted in many television programs and motion pictures since 1996.

She made her film debut in the 1996 film Foxfire, starring opposite Angelina Jolie and Peter Facinelli. Burress auditioned for the role of Dorothy Wheeler in the motion picture Valentine, but the role went to Jessica Capshaw. However, director Jamie Blanks still wanted Burress to star in the film. During a meeting, they looked each other in the eye and both said, "Ruthie", resulting in Burress having the role of Ruthie Walker[citation needed].

In television, she co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Boston Common and has made many guest appearances in various television shows. Hedy Burress was a recurring cast member in the final season of the acclaimed medical drama E.R.. She then went on to become a recurring cast member of the acclaimed police drama Southland.

Burress also performs many voice-over roles. She is best is known by video game players as the English voice actress of Yuna in the PlayStation 2 games Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, and reprised the role in Kingdom Hearts II and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.

Burress is also an accomplished theater actress appearing in many plays and musicals.

Personal life[edit]

Contrary to some reports, Burress was not named after actress Hedy Lamarr. Her father gave her the name as "Hedy" and the name, according to Heather, "stuck."[citation needed]

Burress married Gary Fullerton, USMC in 2000; in July 2004, shortly after he and Burress had separated, Fullerton died in a jet crash.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Foxfire Maddy Wirtz
1996 If These Walls Could Talk Linda Barrows Television film
1997 Any Mother's Son Kathy Television film
1998 Getting Personal Melissa Parks
1998 Los años bárbaros Kathy
1999 Swing Vote Television film
2000 Cabin by the Lake Mallory Television film
2000 Tick Tock Anne Avery
2001 Valentine Ruthie Walker
2001 Looking for Bobby D Belinda Short film
2002 Bug Roy - Chicken Eater
2003 The Animatrix Cis (segment "Program")
Yoko (segment "Beyond") (voice)
2004 Open House Gloria Hibbs
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Lab Tech (Voice) Direct-to-video
2004 Silver Lake Julie Patterson Television film
2005 The Reality Trap Cindy
2006 Round it Goes Women #2 Short film
2008 Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder Joanne Nagle Television film
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Laura
2009 What Happens in Encino Wendy Short film
2009 Everything Happens in Black in White Women Short film
2010 Elevator Girl Tessa Television film


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Brooke Borchardt 2 episodes
1996–1997 Boston Common Wyleen Pritchett 32 episodes
1998 The Closer (1998 TV series) Alex McLaren 10 episodes
1998 Working Dawn Episode: "A Boy, a Girl, and his Bird"
1998 Profiler Virginia 'Ginny' Tibbet Episode: "Home for the Homicide"
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul Katie Episode: "Father"
2000 DAG Susan Cole Episode: "Pilot"
2001 Gideon's Crossing Money Raspberry Dupree 6 episodes
2002 First Monday Ellie Pearson 13 episodes
2003 Ninja Scroll: The Series Sen (voice) Episode: "Amayodori"
2004 Cold Case Janet Lambert Episode: "Mind Hunters"
2004 House M.D. Jill Episode: "Maternity"
2007 Unfabulous Cruise Director Tammy 2 episodes
2008 Eli Stone Felicia Swain Episode: "Father Figure"
2008 Saving Grace Jack Fielding's aunt Episode: "Are You an Indian Princess"
2009 ER Joanie Moore 4 episodes
2009–2011, 2013 Southland Laurie Cooper 8 episodes
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Julianne Torse Episode: "Take My Life, Please"
2010 The Closer Melanie Ryder Episode: "The Big Bang"
2010 Lie to Me Steph Salinger Episode: "In the Red"
2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Shayna Wilkins Episode: "Road to Nowhere"
2011 Curious George Teacher (voice) Episode: "Follow That Boat/Windmill Monkey"
2012 Criminal Minds Samantha Allen Episode: "Foundation"
2012 Common Law Suzanne Episode: "Role Play"
2013 Perception Ellen Resnick Episode: "Alienation"
2014 Shameless Doctor Episode: "Iron City"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Final Fantasy X Yuna, Fayth (Anima)
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Yuna
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Various
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Yuna
2006 Project Sylpheed Sandra Redbird[3]
2008 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions Agrias Oaks
2008 Valkyria Chronicles Brigitte "Rosie" Stark
2009 Terminator Salvation Resistance Soldier
2010 Valkyria Chronicles 2 Chloe Bixen/Brigitte "Rosie" Stark
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Yuna
2012 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Various


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