Linda Fiorentino

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Linda Fiorentino
Born
Clorinda Fiorentino

(1958-03-09) March 9, 1958 (age 61) or
(1960-03-09) March 9, 1960 (age 59) (sources differ)
EducationRosemont College
OccupationActress, photographer
Years active1984–
Known forThe Last Seduction (1994)
Men in Black (1997)
Dogma (1999)
Spouse(s)John Byrum
(m. 19??; div. 1993)

Clorinda Fiorentino[1] (born March 9, 1958[1] or 1960)[2] (sources differ) is an American actress. Fiorentino made her screen debut with a leading role in the 1985 coming-of-age drama film Vision Quest, followed that same year with a lead role in the action film Gotcha! and an appearance in the film After Hours. Fiorentino gained attention for her lead roles in the erotic thriller Jade (1995), the science-fiction action comedy film Men in Black (1997) and the fantasy comedy Dogma (1999). For her performance in the 1994 film The Last Seduction, she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Fiorentino's activity slowed in the 2000s, with only five film roles, the last being the direct-to-video release Once More with Feeling in 2009, the same year a former boyfriend pled guilty to illegally accessing FBI computers to help Fiorentino defend an earlier former boyfriend in court.

Early life[edit]

One of eight children in a Catholic Italian-American family, Fiorentino was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] Fiorentino is the third child of Salvatore and Clorinda Fiorentino (née Bianculli).[3][4] She grew up in Philadelphia and later the Turnersville section of Washington Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.[5] In 1976, Fiorentino graduated from Washington Township High School in Sewell, New Jersey.[6] She began performing in plays at Rosemont College in suburban Philadelphia before graduating in 1980.[5]

Career[edit]

Fiorentino got her first professional role in 1985 when she starred in Vision Quest.

She then starred in the action film Gotcha! which was filmed in the United States, Paris, and on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Her co-star, Anthony Edwards, later directed her in Charlie's Ghost Story.

It was not until 1994 that she became widely recognized, receiving accolades for her performance in a modern film noir, director John Dahl's The Last Seduction, as the murderous femme fatale, Bridget. Her performance won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She followed this as the femme fatale in the 1995 erotic thriller Jade, a critical and box office failure. She later worked again with Dahl on his film Unforgettable (1996).

Fiorentino played the female lead in the highly successful Men in Black in 1997, then appeared in the direct to video Body Count in 1998.[7] In 1999 she starred in Dogma as an abortion clinic employee tasked with saving the world.

After a co-starring role in the 2000 heist film Where the Money Is, and a lead role as the titular character in the 2002 film Liberty Stands Still, Fiorentino's career slowed to a halt. She was in talks to star in a series being prepared by Tom Fontana's, but ultimately did not take the project.[8] Fiorentino was attached to a Georgia O’Keeffe biographical drama called Till the End of Time, but the project stalled when Fiorentino had a fall out with the producer.[9] In 2007, Fiorentino optioned the rights to a screenplay about Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, with plans to produce and to possibly star in and direct, but the project was dropped. During this period, Fiorentino was reported to be developing two documentaries[10], none of which moved forward. As of 2019, Fiorentino has made a single screen appearance since, in the 2009 direct-to-video release Once More with Feeling.

Personal life[edit]

Fiorentino was married to film director and writer John Byrum until their divorce in 1993.[11]

Involvement in Anthony Pellicano case[edit]

In 2009, former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Mark T. Rossini pleaded guilty to illegally accessing FBI computers during the prosecution of Los Angeles private investigator Anthony Pellicano. Law enforcement officials said Fiorentino previously had a relationship with Pellicano and wanted to assist his defense.[12] According to prosecutors, Fiorentino was now dating Rossini, and told him she was researching a screenplay based on the case. He conducted searches of government computers for information related to the Pellicano case and passed the results to Fiorentino,[13] who then handed the files over to Pellicano's lawyers in a failed effort to help her earlier boyfriend avoid a 15-year prison sentence.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Vision Quest Carla
1985 Gotcha! Sasha Banicek / Cheryl Brewster, CIA Agent
1985 After Hours Kiki Bridges
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Betsy Van Kennon TV series
Episode: "The Night Caller"
1988 The Moderns Rachel Stone
1988 Wildfire Kay
1989 The Neon Empire Lucy TV movie
1991 Queens Logic Carla
1991 Shout Molly
1992 Strangers Helen TV movie
1992 Chain of Desire Alma D'Angeli
1992 Beyond the Law Renee Jason
1993 Acting on Impulse Susan Gittes TV movie
1994 The Last Seduction Bridget Gregory/Wendy Kroy Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
1995 Bodily Harm Rita Cates
1995 The Desperate Trail Sarah O'Rourke Video
1995 Jade Trina Gavin
1995 Charlie's Ghost Story Marta
1996 Unforgettable Martha Briggs
1996 Larger than Life Terry Bonura
1997 Kicked in the Head Megan
1997 Men in Black Laurel Weaver Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Sci-Fi
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1998 Body Count Natalie
1999 Dogma Bethany Sloane
2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal Christine Lynch
2000 What Planet Are You From? Helen Gordon
2000 Where the Money Is Carol
2002 Liberty Stands Still Liberty Wallace
2009 Once More with Feeling Lydia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Linda Fiorentino". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "Linda Fiorentino". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on November 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Applications for Marriage Licenses, Salvatore Fiorentino and Clorinda Bianculli". The Philadelphia Inquirer. December 23, 1955. p. 7 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Obituary, Salvatore J. Fiorentino". Obits.NJ.com. Turnersville, NJ: Egizi Funeral Home. June 10, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Donahue, Deirdre (May 27, 1985). "Leggy Linda Fiorentino says Gotcha! to Some of the Silver Screen's Cutest Virgin Hunks". People. Time Inc. Archived from the original on August 14, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2015. Growing up in South Philly and later Turnersville, N.J. gave Linda a street-kid sensibility.
  6. ^ Washington Township High School (1976). Musket '76: The Yearbook of Washington Township High School. Sewell, NJ: Washington Township Public School District. p. 62 – via Ancestry.com.(subscription required)
  7. ^ "Fiorentino takes 'Split'". Variety. December 3, 1996. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  8. ^ Schneider, Michael; Adalian, Josef (March 28, 2001). "'Law' chases Fiorentino, literally". Variety. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  9. ^ https://variety.com/2003/biz/markets-festivals/inside-move-o-keeffe-suit-dropped-1117889435/
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (July 16, 2007). "Fiorentino revives Russian poet". Variety. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Gaul, Lou (April 23, 2000). "Actress tries to remain unforgettable". The Beaver County Times. Beaver, Pennsylvania: Calkins Newspapers. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Wilber, Del Quentin (May 15, 2009). "Ex-FBI Agent Mark Rossini Sentenced for Using Bureau Computers in Pellicano Case". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.
  13. ^ Stein, Jeff (January 14, 2015). "The Inside Information That Could Have Stopped 9/11". Newsweek. New York, New York.

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