Jennifer Esposito

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Jennifer Esposito
Born (1973-04-11) April 11, 1973 (age 43)[1]
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Author, Baker, Health Advocate
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Bradley Cooper (m. 2006; div. 2007)
Louis Dowler (m. 2014; div. 2016)

Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973)[1] is an American actress, author, baker and health advocate. Esposito is most known for her appearances in the films Crash, Summer of Sam, Don't Say a Word, and Welcome to Collinwood, and the television series Spin City, Samantha Who?, and Blue Bloods among others.

Early life[edit]

Esposito was born in Brooklyn, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer.[2] She is of Italian descent.[3] She was raised on Staten Island and is a graduate of Moore Catholic High School.[citation needed]


Esposito made her first television appearance in Law & Order in 1996. She then joined the cast of Spin City, where she appeared for two seasons. She also appeared in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. One of her more notable roles was as "Ruby" in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam in 1999, which was set against the late-1970s backdrop of the Son of Sam murders. Esposito's next films included Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000, The Master of Disguise, the 2004 comedy Taxi, and the Academy Award-winning film Crash, in which she played Don Cheadle's girlfriend 'Ria'.

Esposito has made television appearances on the series Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, and Mercy. She was a regular cast member on Related and Samantha Who?

In 2010, Esposito joined the cast of the CBS drama Blue Bloods playing the role of Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Detective Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg). In the third season, Esposito was diagnosed with celiac disease and after collapsing on set, Esposito informed CBS that her medical condition would limit her availability to work on the series, which ultimately ended her three years on the show.

In October 2011, Esposito announced that she had celiac disease on The Late Show with David Letterman.[4][5][6] In 2012, she opened a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, celiac friendly bakery, "Jennifer's Way", in Manhattan's East Village.[7]

In 2014, she joined the NBC series Taxi Brooklyn.[8] On April 22, 2014, Da Capo Lifelong Books published Esposito's first book Jennifer's Way, a detailed look into her personal struggle with celiac disease before and after she was diagnosed and the things she did to survive. The book made The New York Times Best Sellers list on July 6, 2014.[9][10]

In 2015, Esposito signed a one-year deal to play the role of Calista Raines in the ABC drama series Mistresses,[11][12] and it was reported that she was a cast member on the CBS pilot Taxi-22, opposite John Leguizamo.[13][14] She played Dominic West's sister in the hit Showtime series The Affair for three episodes.[15][16]

In 2015, Esposito became the brand ambassador for Eclair Naturals[17], a gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan, body and skin care line currently available in Rite Aid stores across the United States.

In 2016, it was announced Esposito would join the cast of NCIS (TV series) as Special Agent Alex Quinn, an experienced agent who left field work and became an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Esposito married actor Bradley Cooper on December 30, 2006.[20] They filed for a divorce in May 2007, and it was finalized that November.[21][22]

In 2009, Esposito became engaged to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis.[23] The couple separated in August 2010.[24][25]

In May 2014, Esposito announced her engagement to British model Louis Dowler.[26] They married on November 16, 2014 in New York City.[27] It was reported in March 2016 that Esposito had filed for divorce from Dowler after he attempted a hostile take over of her bakery business.

Released in public court documents filed by Esposito's attorney, Dowler and partner Wenner are being sued for tax evasion and fraud. The public records reveal a history of lawsuits for Wenner, there are 14 separate cases filed by former business partners and creditors for breach of contract and outstanding debt. Wenner is also under investigation for violating a non-compete agreement with his former employer and family owned business, Wenner Bakery.[28][29]

In a bogus story released in the gossip column, Page Six and Fox News, Esposito was falsely accused[30] of leaving the country in the middle of a lawsuit.[31] CBS News reported the claims to be false,[32] showing Esposito in Manhattan and the lawsuit resolved. The accusations by Page Six were refuted by Esposito on social media as well, she shared real time video and pictures of her baking at Jennifer's Way Bakery in Manhattan in support of Celiac Awareness Month.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Brother's Kiss Lucy
1997 Kiss Me, Guido Debbie
1997 A Brooklyn State of Mind Donna Delgrosso
1998 No Looking Back Teresa
1998 He Got Game Ms. Janus
1998 Charlie Hoboken Girl in church
1998 Side Streets Jessica
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Nancy
1999 Summer of Sam Ruby
1999 Just One Time Michelle
1999 The Bachelor Daphne
2000 Dracula 2000 Solina
2001 Backflash Olive Dee "Harley" Klintucker Direct-to-video
2001 Proposal, TheThe Proposal Susan Reese
2001 Made Club girl Uncredited
2001 Don't Say a Word Det. Sandra Cassidy
2001 Beyond the City Limits Helena Toretti
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Carmela
2002 Master of Disguise, TheThe Master of Disguise Jennifer Baker
2004 Breakin' All the Rules Rita Monroe
2004 Crash Ria Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
2004 Taxi Lt. Marta Robbins
2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey Frankie Vitello
2008 Conspiracy Joanna
2008 American Crude Carlos
2009 Four Single Fathers Suzanne
2011 Mamitas Miss Ruiz
2012 Bending the Rules Olivia Garcia
2014 She's Funny That Way Margie
2016 Tallulah Carolyn
Year Title Role Notes
1995 City, TheThe City Connie Soleito Unknown episodes
1996 The Sunshine Boys Jeannie Television film
1996 Law & Order Gina Tucci Episode: "Good Girl"
1997 Feds Flo Episode: "Crash and Burn"
1997–99 Spin City Stacey Paterno Main role (seasons 2–3); 46 episodes
1998 New York Undercover Gina Stone 3 episodes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sara Logan Episode: "Remorse"
2002 Hack Abby Episode: "Obsession"
2004–05 Judging Amy Louann "Crystal" Turner Recurring role; 8 episodes
2005 Snow Wonder Pilar Television film
2005–06 Related Ginnie Sorelli Main role; 18 episodes
2006 Law & Order Justine Bailey Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
2007 Rescue Me Nona 5 episodes
2007–09 Samantha Who? Andrea Belladonna Main role; 35 episodes
2010 The Wish List Sarah Television film
2010 Mercy Jules Fattore 2 episodes
2010–12 Blue Bloods Detective Jackie Curatola Main role (seasons 1–3); 46 episodes
2011–12 The Looney Tunes Show Tina Russo (voice) 5 episodes
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Monica Pena Main role; 12 episodes
2015 Mistresses Calista Raines Main role (season 3); 13 episodes
2015 The Affair Nina Solloway Supporting role (season 2); 2 episodes
2016 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn Main Role (Season 14 - )
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Broadroom, TheThe Broadroom Roan Main role; 4 episodes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jennifer Esposito. " — Jennifer Esposito". Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Biography (1973?-)". Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  3. ^ Berg, S.Z. (September 25, 2012). "Jennifer Esposito Takes on a New Leading Role: Celiac Advocate". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Opening A Bakery". 
  5. ^ "'Blue Bloods Jennifer Esposito is engaged, talks celiac disease". Los Angeles Times. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Jennifer Esposito's celiac story". Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jennifer's Way Bakery - Gluten Free Bakery NYC, Jennifer Esposito". Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (15 September 2014). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Jennifer's Way - Learn to Live Again...Gluten Free". Jennifers Way. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Gomez, Patrick (10 February 2015). "Jennifer Esposito Joins the Cast of Mistresses". Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Li, Shirley (25 September 2015). "Mistresses will return for a fourth season, but without Jennifer Esposito". Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Fall TV pilots 2015: Full list". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Chris Smith, Lenny Venito & Sahr Ngaujah Among Additions To 'Taxi-22' Pilot Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "'The Affair' Season 2, Episode 4: A Bad Day for Everyone". The New York Times. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Eclair Naturals - Homepage". Eclair Naturals. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  18. ^ "'NCIS' adds Jennifer Esposito, promotes Duane Henry". Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  19. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Joins NCIS As Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn -". CBS. Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  20. ^ Jordan, Julie. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito Marry, People, January 4, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  21. ^ Fromm, Emily. Jennifer Esposito, Bradley Cooper Split, People, May 2, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  22. ^ Reardanz, Karen (2007-08-28). "Daily Dish : Esposito/Cooper Marriage Dissolved". SFGate. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  23. ^ "Mark Philippoussis engaged to Jennifer Esposito". The Sunday Telegraph. October 11, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Did Mark Philippoussis and Jennifer Esposito call off their engagement?". August 31, 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  25. ^ Joyce Eng. "Jennifer Esposito Engaged to Mark Philippoussis". 
  26. ^ "Bradley Cooper dissed as 'master manipulator' by ex-wife Jennifer Esposito?". Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  27. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Is Married! Actress Weds Love Louis Dowler". Us Weekly. November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  28. ^, Signia Technologies -. "Wennerbakery". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  29. ^ "Actress Jennifer Esposito's bakery ensnared in $43M suit". New York Post. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  30. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Slams Reports That She Disappeared Amid $43 Million Lawsuit". The Inquisitr News. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  31. ^ "Jennifer Esposito reportedly skips town amid $43 million lawsuit". Fox News. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  32. ^ "Jennifer Esposito slams reports that she has fled the country". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 

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