Lisa Zane

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Lisa Zane
Birth nameElizabeth Frances Zane
Born (1961-04-05) April 5, 1961 (age 58)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresEclectic, international
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, songwriter
Years active1984–present

Lisa Zane (born Elizabeth Frances Zane;[1] April 5, 1961)[2] is an American actress and singer.

Personal life[edit]

Zane was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Thalia and William George Zane, Sr.,[3] founders of a medical technical school.[2][4] Her family's original surname, "Zanetakos", was anglicized to "Zane" by her father.[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), the title role in The Nurse (1997) and a cameo as the gynaecologist in the comedy Cruel but Necessary (2005). She was a series regular 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, playing Varya in David Mamet's debut adaptation of The Cherry Orchard at the Goodman Theatre, 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] The same year she performed in The Girl from Nagasaki a film by Michel Comte based on Madame Butterfly.[14] 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 The 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 The First Man
1996 The Nervous Breakdown of Philip K. Dick Tessa Short
1997 The Nurse Laura Harriman
1999 A Table for One Ariana Harpwood
1999 The Lovely Leave The Wife Short
2001 Monkeybone Medusa
2001 The Secret Pact Denise Wokowski
2001 The Kidnapping of Chris Burden
2005 Cruel but Necessary Gynecologist
2013 The Gun, the Cake and the Butterfly Opera Singer
2013 The 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 The Great Defender Rhoda "Naked Truth"
1995 Her Deadly Rival Lynne TV film
1995 Iron Man Madame Masque (voice) "Beauty Knows No Pain"
1996 The Incredible Hulk She-Hulk (voice) "Doomed", "Fantastic Fortitude"
1996–97 Profit Joanne Meltzer Main role
1997 Roar Queen Diana Main role
1998 The 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 The 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"


  1. ^ "Biography of Lisa Zane". Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ a b "Lisa Zane Biography (1961-)". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Karamitsos, Maria A. (October 5, 2010). "Lisa Zane to Perform at Katerina's". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  4. ^ The Brigadoon of Film Fests Archived June 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Dinges, Barnaby (March 18, 1990). "Lisa Zane looks soberly at `Influence' Chicago actress has bold words about role and co-star Rob Lowe". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  6. ^ "Wild About Movies - 2018 Movies and 2019 Movies In Theaters". Wild About Movies. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  7. ^ billy zane Archived February 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Movies". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Music – Music News, New Songs, Videos, Music Shows and Playlists from MTV". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "'As I Like It' Review- Before Kim Kardasian or Paris Hilton There Was Amanda Eliasch". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Moore, Booth; Tschorn, Adam (April 29, 2013). "Brit Week event honors fashion designer Pam Hogg". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Brit Week Bliss, Even in High Heels". April 30, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ McNary, Dave; McNary, Dave (November 25, 2012). "'Madame Butterfly' retelling wraps production". Retrieved February 12, 2019.

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