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Lori Petty in March 2010
October 14, 1963 |
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963) is an American actress. Her best-known roles include playing Tyler Endicott in the 1991 film Point Break, Kit Keller in A League of Their Own (1992), and the title role in Tank Girl in 1995.
She guest-starred in the second season, and became a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons, of the Netflix Original series Orange Is the New Black as Lolly Whitehill. Lori also appeared on the television series Prison Break in the last episode of season four. Additionally, she appears in the second season of Gotham briefly.
Petty, the oldest of three children, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the daughter of a Pentecostal minister. She graduated from North High School in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1981, and worked for several years in Omaha, Nebraska, as a graphic designer before pursuing acting.
Petty first came to notice for playing the surfer who taught Keanu Reeves how to surf in the 1991 action thriller Point Break. Prior to that, she got her break starring with Richard Grieco in Fox's Booker. In 1992, Petty was featured in what became her best-known role, A League of Their Own, opposite Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna.
She played the title role in the film adaptation of the British cult comic book Tank Girl in 1995. Her other films include Free Willy, The Poker House, and In the Army Now. She also co-starred in the television series Lush Life with her friend Karyn Parsons, but it was cancelled after five episodes. She joined the cast of Brimstone as the owner of Stone's hotel.
Petty is also known for providing the voice of the supervillain Livewire on the Warner Bros. series Superman: The Animated Series, and The New Batman Adventures. Although she was originally cast as Lt. Lenina Huxley in Demolition Man, disagreements over the character's direction led producer Joel Silver to recast the role with Sandra Bullock. Petty played the role of "Daddy", an alpha female inmate in Prison Break: The Final Break.
Petty's directorial debut, The Poker House — a film dramatizing her own difficult childhood  — won awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival. She narrated the first three books of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series -- One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly. C.J. Critt read the unabridged version for Recorded Books. Petty read the abridgments for Simon & Schuster.
|1988||...They Haven't Seen This...||The Girl||Short film|
|1991||Point Break||Tyler Endicott|
|1992||League of Their Own, AA League of Their Own||Kit Keller|
|1993||Free Willy||Rae Lindley|
|1994||Glass Shield, TheThe Glass Shield||Deputy Deborah Fields|
|1994||In the Army Now||Christine Jones|
|1995||Tank Girl||Rebecca Buck/Tank Girl|
|1998||Relax...It's Just Sex||Robin Moon|
|1999||Arrangement, TheThe Arrangement||Candy|
|2003||Prey for Rock & Roll||Faith|
|2006||Cryptid||Dr. Lean Carlin|
|2008||The Poker House||Director|
|2009||Prison Break: The Final Break||Daddy||Video|
|2010||Chasing 3000||Deputy Fryman|
|2014||Happy Fists Claudia||Brenda|
|2016||Dead Awake||Dr. Sykes|
|2017||Fear, Love, and Agoraphobia||Francis|
|1986||Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone||Lori Pendleton||Episode: "The Library"|
|1987||Stingray||Lisa Perlman||Episode: "Bring Me the Hand That Hit Me"|
|1987||Bates Motel||Willie||TV film|
|1987||Line, TheThe Line||Jo Lanier||TV film|
|1987||Head of the Class||Molly||Episodes: "Child of the 60's", "That'll Be the Day"|
|1988||Thorns, TheThe Thorns||Cricket||Regular role (12 episodes)|
|1988||Miami Vice||Carol||Episode: "Love at First Sight"|
|1988||Freddy's Nightmares||Chris Ketchum||Episode: "Killer Instinct"|
|1989||Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder||Cassie||TV film|
|1989||Alien Nation||Sal||Episode: "Fifteen with Wanda"|
|1989-1990||Booker||Suzanne Dunne||Recurring role (10 episodes)|
|1990||Grand||Medea||Episode: "A Boy and His Dad"|
|1996||Lush Life||Georgia 'George' Sanders||(7 episodes)|
|1997||Profiler||Robin Poole / Marjorie Brand||Episodes: "Venom: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1997||Superman: The Animated Series||Livewire / Leslie Willis (voice)||Episodes: "Livewire", "Double Dose"|
|1998||New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman Adventures||Livewire / Leslie Willis (voice)||Episode: "Girls' Nite Out"|
|1998-1999||Brimstone||Maxine||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|1999||Star Trek: Voyager||Noss||Episode: "Gravity"|
|2000||Hunger, TheThe Hunger||Lisette||Episode: "Double"|
|2001||Beast, TheThe Beast||Rita||Episode: "The Delivery"|
|2001||Parkers, TheThe Parkers||Show Host||Episode: "Family Ties and Lies"|
|2002||ER||Shane||Episode: "Orion in the Sky"|
|2002||Superman: Shadow of Apokolips||Livewire (voice)||Video game|
|2003||NYPD Blue||Joyce Bradovich||Episode: "I Kid You Not"|
|2004||Line of Fire||Laurie McBride||Episode: "Mother & Child Reunion"|
|2004||Karate Dog, TheThe Karate Dog||COLAR (voice)||TV film|
|2005||CSI: NY||Maddy||Episode: "Corporate Warriors"|
|2006||Masters of Horror||Judith||Episode: "Fair-Haired Child"|
|2008-2009||House||Janice Burke||Episodes: "Let Them Eat Cake," "Joy to the World," "Painless"|
|2009||Prison Break||Daddy||Episodes: "Free", "The Old Ball and Chain"|
|2009||Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner||Sunshine||Episodes: "Split Ends", "The Things We Didn't Plan"|
|2014–present||Orange Is the New Black||Lolly Whitehill||Guest star (season 2)
Recurring (season 3)
Recurring (season 4)
|2016||Gotham||Jeri||Episode "Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness"|
|2017||Hawaii Five-0||Jenny Kitson||Episode "Wehe'ana"|
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