Lisa Zane

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Lisa Zane
Birth name Elizabeth Frances Zane
Born (1961-04-05) April 5, 1961 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Eclectic, international
Occupation(s) Actress, singer, songwriter
Instruments Voice
Years active 1984–present

Lisa Zane (born April 5, 1961)[1] is an American actress and singer.

Personal life[edit]

Zane was born Elizabeth Frances Zane[2] in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Thalia and William George Zane, Sr.,[3] founders of a medical technical school.[1][4] Her family's original surname, "Zanetakos", was anglicized to "Zane" by her parents.[5][6] Both of her parents are of Greek descent.[7] She is the older sister of actor Billy Zane.


Zane's first film role was in the 1989 movie Heart of Dixie. She starred in Gross Anatomy the same year. Other early acting roles included Claire in Bad Influence (1990), counselor Maggie Burroughs in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), and a gynaecologist in Cruel but Necessary (2005). She had regular roles as Melina Paros in L.A. Law from 1992 to 1993, JoAnne Meltzer in Profit, Diana in Roar, Le Sage in Dinotopia for Hallmark Entertainment and Sophia Keener in Law and Order in 2006.[8] She provided the voice for She-Hulk in the 1990s cartoon The Incredible Hulk, as well as Charley Davidson in Biker Mice from Mars in the follow-up 2006 series, taking over from Leeza Miller-McGee.

She has originated many roles on stage, making her debut in David Mamet's adaptation of The Cherry Orchard at the Goodman Theatre, and going on to perform as Rita in Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss and Cleo in Lyle Kessler's Robbers. Zane has also made many guest appearances on TV shows, including Lifestories: Families in Crisis, The Outer Limits, Judging Amy, and The Division.

Zane is a singer, BMI songwriter, and recording artist. In 2006, the Songwriters Hall of Fame recognized her as one of their new songwriters of the year.[9]

She played the part of the "alter ego" in Amanda Eliasch's play "As I Like It" in 2012, and an award winning documentary drama "The Gun the Cake and the Butterfly" (2014), in which she sang with Charles Eliasch.[10][11][12][13][14] The same year she performed in The Girl from Nagasaki a film by Michel Comte based on Madame Butterfly.[15] In 2013 Zane performed in The Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Heart of Dixie M.A.
1989 Gross Anatomy Luann
1989 Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog Taylor
1990 Bad Influence Claire
1990 Age of Insects, TheThe Age of Insects Sara
1991 Femme Fatale Cynthia
1991 The Passion of Martin Rebecca
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Margaret 'Maggie' Burroughs
1994 Floundering Jessica
1994 Unveiled Stephanie Montgomery
1995 Terrified Pearl
1996 Baby Face Nelson Helen Womack
1996 First Man, TheThe First Man
1996 Nervous Breakdown of Philip K. Dick, TheThe Nervous Breakdown of Philip K. Dick Tessa Short
1997 Nurse, TheThe Nurse Laura Harriman
1999 Table for One, AA Table for One Ariana Harpwood
1999 Lovely Leave, TheThe Lovely Leave The Wife Short
2001 Monkeybone Medusa
2001 Secret Pact, TheThe Secret Pact Denise Wokowski
2001 Kidnapping of Chris Burden, TheThe Kidnapping of Chris Burden
2005 Cruel but Necessary Gynecologist
2013 Gun, the Cake and the Butterfly, TheThe Gun, the Cake and the Butterfly Opera Singer
2013 Girl from Nagasaki, TheThe Girl from Nagasaki Jazz Singer
2016 Daisy Short
2017 Game Day Ricki's Mom


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Gideon Oliver "Tongs"
1991 My Life and Times Lilly "Millennium"
1991 Babe Ruth Claire Hodgson Ruth TV film
1992 Human Target Robin "Chances Are"
1992 Middle Ages Nora Conover "The Pig in the Python"
1992–93 L.A. Law Melina Paros Main role (season 7)
1994 Natural Selection Elizabeth Braden TV film
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Meg Westlin "The Restless Remains"
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Lori "Confronting Brandon: The Intervention of an Addict"
1994 XXX's & OOO's Louisia TV film
1995 ER Diane Leeds Supporting role (season 1)
1995 Great Defender, TheThe Great Defender Rhoda "Naked Truth"
1995 Her Deadly Rival Lynne TV film
1995 Iron Man Madame Masque (voice) "Beauty Knows No Pain"
1996 Incredible Hulk, TheThe Incredible Hulk She-Hulk (voice) "Doomed", "Fantastic Fortitude"
1996–97 Profit Joanne Meltzer Main role
1997 Roar Queen Diana Main role
1998 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Natalie Grainger "Sarcophagus"
2000 Stolen from the Heart Karen Ravetch TV film
2000 Missing Pieces Renata TV film
2002–03 Dinotopia Le Sage TV series
2003 Judging Amy Mrs. Novins "Ye Olde Freedom Inn"
2003 Dragnet Deborah Larson "The Brass Ring"
2004 Division, TheThe Division Lisa "It's the Real Thing"
2006 Law & Order Sophia Keener "Cost of Capital"
2006 Murder in My House Roxanne TV film
2006 Point Pleasant Anne Gibson "Let the War Commence", "Mother's Day"
2006–07 Biker Mice from Mars Charley / Various (voice) Recurring role (season 1)
2009 Southland Lana Schmidt "Westside"
2017 Chicago Justice Judge Fotis "Uncertainty Principle"


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