Rogers at the premiere for Earth, April 2009
January 27, 1956
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
Miriam "Mimi" Rogers (née Spickler; born January 27, 1956) is an American film and television actress, producer and competitive poker player. Her notable film roles include Gung Ho (1986), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), and Desperate Hours (1990). She garnered the greatest acclaim of her career for her role in the religious drama, The Rapture (1991), with critic Robin Wood applauding that she "gave one of the greatest performances in the history of the Hollywood cinema." Rogers has since appeared in Reflections on a Crime (1994), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Lost in Space (1998), Ginger Snaps (2000), The Door in the Floor (2004), and For a Good Time, Call... (2012). Her extensive work in television includes Paper Dolls (1984), Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997), The Loop (2006–2007), and recurring roles on The X-Files (1998–1999), Two and a Half Men (2011–2015), Wilfred (2014) and Mad Men (2015).
Rogers was born Miriam Spickler at General Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida. Her father is Philip C. Spickler, a civil engineer. Her mother, Kathy Talent, was a former dance and drama major. Her father was Jewish and her mother was Episcopalian. Her father had become involved with Scientology before she was born, and the religion was part of her upbringing.
The family lived in Virginia, Arizona, Michigan, and England, before settling in Los Angeles. She attended accelerated schools and graduated from high school at age 14. In place of college, she formulated her own program of study and also got involved in community theater and writing. Rogers later worked in a hospital for incapacitated patients outside Palo Alto, California, and for six years she was a part-time social worker, involved in substance-abuse counseling.
After her first marriage break-up, Rogers moved to Los Angeles to embark on an acting career. She studied acting with Milton Katselas for nine months and then sought an agent. She screen tested for the lead role in Body Heat that eventually went to Kathleen Turner. Her earlier roles included television appearances in Hill Street Blues (1981) as a love interest for officer Andy Renko (Charles Haid), and in Magnum, P.I. (1982). Between 1983-84, she worked extensively in television as a series regular on The Rousters and as supermodel Blair Harper-Fenton in Paper Dolls. In 1986 she starred alongside Michael Keaton in Gung Ho.
In 1986 Rogers auditioned for the female lead in Fatal Attraction that went to Glenn Close. However, Rogers got her breakthrough role when she was cast opposite Tom Berenger in Someone to Watch Over Me (1987). Rogers played Claire Gregory, a socialite who is protected after she witnesses a murder. In 1989, she starred in The Mighty Quinn. In 1990, she appeared in Desperate Hours.
In 1991, Rogers starred as the protagonist in The Rapture about a woman who converts from a swinger to a born-again Christian after learning that a true Rapture is upon the world. She received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead nomination for her role in the film. Slant Magazine praised her "spectacular performance, which seems in part inspired by the physical splendors and feral glances of Bette Davis or Barbara Stanwyck."
In 1993 Rogers posed nude for the March 1993 edition of Playboy magazine, and also appeared on that issue's cover. She later explained "Playboy had been after me for years, and finally I agreed to pose when they gave me complete approval over the shoot. It was done in a tasteful way, and since I knew that I wanted to have children soon, I thought it might be nice to have a permanent record of my body in its prime."
In 1994, Rogers starred as a woman on death row in the prison thriller Reflections on a Crime and received the Best Actress prize for the film at the Seattle International Film Festival.New York Magazine praised Rogers' "typically terrific performance" in the film.
Rogers later joined an ensemble cast in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama Trees Lounge (1996). She also had a supporting role alongside Barbra Streisand and Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). Her next film was the beginning of what would become a major franchise, when she appeared as Mrs. Kensington in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). In 1997 Rogers was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in the HBO film, Weapons of Mass Distraction.
In 1998 she appeared in Lost in Space. A year later she co-produced and co-starred in The Devil's Arithmetic. Together with her fellow producers, Rogers received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Children's Special. Between 1998 and 1999 Rogers also had a recurring role on The X-Files playing Diana Fowley for seven episodes. In 2000 she starred in the critically acclaimed Canadian horror film Ginger Snaps. She was also a series regular on the short-lived ABC series The Geena Davis Show (2000–01).
Rogers later made television appearances in Dawson's Creek (2003) as the mother of Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams) and in Las Vegas (2003). She also appears in the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003). In 2004 she starred alongside Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger in the drama The Door in the Floor. Between 2006 and 2007, Rogers was a series regular on the Fox comedy The Loop playing Meryl. In 2010, Rogers had a guest voice role on King of the Hill and served as a producer on Unstoppable.
In 2010 she performed at the Geffen Playhouse in Love, Loss, and What I Wore. In 2011, she was cast in the recurring role of Robin Schmidt, a primatologist and Ashton Kutcher's mother on Two and a Half Men. Rogers will resume the role in the season 10 premiere episode. In 2012, she made a guest appearance on The Client List. Recent film projects include For a Good Time, Call... (2012) and, alongside Meryl Streep, in Hope Springs (2012).
In March 2012, she was cast alongside Chad Michael Murray in the ABC pilot Scruples, as Harriet, a "powerful and vindictive magazine editor". Rogers replaced Mary Steenburgen in the role of the mother of Ryan (Elijah Wood) and Kristen Newman (Dorian Brown) in the final season of Wilfred.
Having played poker as a teenager, Rogers took up competitive poker in 2003 and finished in the money in her first major tournament at the World Poker Tour's 240 player Shooting Stars' main event No-Limit Texas hold 'em tournament in San Jose, California, on March 4, 2004. She is on the board of directors of the World Poker Tour. In July 2006, she finished in the money (33rd place) at the $1000 Ladies' No-Limit Hold 'em World Series of Poker event.
She has been married three times. She married Jim Rogers in 1976, adopting his surname. They divorced in 1980. On May 9, 1987 she married actor Tom Cruise in a New York ceremony. The marriage broke down at the end of 1989 and a divorce was finalized in February 1990. In January 1990 the couple released a joint statement; "While there have been very positive aspects to our marriage, there were some issues which could not be resolved even after working on them for a period of time,". It was Rogers who introduced Cruise to Scientology.
In an interview with Playboy in 1993, Rogers discussed her split from Cruise and likened her ex-husband to a "monk" when discussing intimacy issues. Rogers later retracted the comments and claimed she had been misinterpreted.
In 1990, Rogers began living with Chris Ciaffa. They have two children. The couple married in 2003.
Rogers' father became interested in Dianetics in 1952 and would later become a prominent Mission Holder with the Church of Scientology and friend of founder, L. Ron Hubbard's. Rogers also reportedly became a highly trained auditor with the church. Prior to her acting career, she opened a "field auditing" practice, the Enhancement Center, with her first husband, Jim Rogers. She was a church auditor for Sonny Bono. Tom Cruise was also a client before being directed towards a Celebrity Centre.
In an interview given to the Los Angeles Times in 1991, she spoke about Scientology; "that philosophy was simply part of my upbringing. And, I think it was an excellent system of belief to grow up with because Scientology offers an extremely pragmatic method for taking spiritual concerns and breaking them down into everyday applications."
A 2012 article in Vanity Fair alleged that Rogers held an unfavorable view of the church's controversial leader, David Miscavige. In Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, published in 2013, author Lawrence Wright alleged that Miscavige had pushed Rogers from her marriage with Tom Cruise so the latter could pursue Nicole Kidman.
|1981||Hill Street Blues||Sandra Pauley||2 episodes; "Jungle Madness", "Rites of Spring"|
|Quincy, M.E.||Corrina Girard||2 episodes; "Slow Boat to Madness Part 1", "Slow Boat to Madness Part 2"|
|1982||Magnum, P.I.||Margo Perina||1 episode; "Italian Ice"|
|1982||Divorce Wars: A Love Story||Belinda Wittiker||TV movie|
|1982||Hear No Evil||Meg||TV movie|
|1983||Hart to Hart||Robin Wall||1 episode; "Hartstruck"|
|1983||Blue Skies Again||Liz|
|1983–1984||The Rousters||Ellen Slade||13 episodes|
|1984||Paper Dolls||Blair Fenton-Harper||13 episodes|
|1985||Embassy||Nancy Russell||TV movie|
|1987||Disneyland||Charlotte||1 episode; "You Ruined My Life"|
|1987||Street Smart||Alison Parker|
|1987||Someone to Watch Over Me||Claire Gregory|
|1989||The Mighty Quinn||Hadley Elgin|
|1989||Hider in the House||Julie Dreyer||TV movie|
|1990||Desperate Hours||Nora Cornell|
|1991||Fourth Story||Valerie McCoughlin||TV movie|
|1991||The Doors||Magazine Photographer|
|1991||Wedlock||Tracy Rigg||TV movie|
|1991||The Rapture||Sharon||Nomination – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead|
|1991–1992||Dream On||Julia Montana||3 episodes|
|1992||White Sands||Molly Dolezal||Cameo|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||Helen||1 episode; "Beauty Rest"|
|1992||Dark Horse||Dr. Susan Hadley|
|1992||Ladykiller||Michael Madison||TV movie|
|1992||The Larry Sanders Show||Mimi Rogers||2 episodes; "The Flirt Episode", "You're Having My Baby"|
|1992||Shooting Elizabeth||Elizabeth Pigeon|
|1993||Bloodlines: Murder in the Family||Melody Woodman||TV movie|
|1993||A Kiss to Die For||Ali Broussard||TV movie|
|1994||Reflections on a Crime||Regina||Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress|
|1995||Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog||Katherine McCormick|
|1995||Full Body Massage||Nina||TV movie|
|1996||Partners||Melissa||1 episode; "Your Baby-sitter?"|
|1996||In the Blink of an Eye||Sonia Jacobs||TV movie|
|1996||The Mirror Has Two Faces||Claire|
|1997||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery||Mrs. Kensington|
|1997||Weapons of Mass Distraction||Ariel Powers||TV movie
Nomination – Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
|1997||The Christmas List||Melody Parris|
|1998||Virtual Obsession||Karen Messenger||TV movie|
|1998||Lost in Space||Dr. Maureen Robinson|
|1998–1999||The X-Files||Agent Diana Fowley||7 episodes|
|1999||The Devil's Arithmetic||Leonore Stern||Producer
Nomination – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special
|1999||Little White Lies||Ellie|
|1999–2000||It's Like, You Know...||Deidre Swayze||2 episodes; "Heat", "Hollywood Shuffle"|
|2000||Common Ground||McPherson||TV movie|
|2000||Ginger Snaps||Pamela Fitzgerald|
|2000||The Upgrade||The Yuppie||Short|
|2000||Cruel Intentions 2||Tiffany Merteuil|
|2000–2001||The Geena Davis Show||Hillary||22 episodes|
|2002||Charms for the Easy Life||Sophia||TV movie|
|2002||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Maura Ravenmane||1 episode; "She Sees Sea Monsters by the Sea Shore"|
|2003||Dawson's Creek||Helen Lindley||1 episode; "Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road"|
|2003||Cave In||Pat Bogen||TV movie|
|2003||Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd||Mrs. Dunne|
|2003||Las Vegas||Sandra Adlman||1 episode; "Luck Be a Lady"|
|2004||Hope & Faith||Annie Hannigan||1 episode; "Madam President"|
|2004||The Gunman||Eve Richards|
|2004||Seeing Other People||Elise|
|2004||The Door in the Floor||Evelyn Vaughn|
|2005||Dancing in Twilight||April|
|2005||Stone Cold||Rita Fiore||TV movie|
|2005||Selling Innocence||Abby Sampson||TV movie|
|2006||The Stranger Game||Joanna Otis||TV movie|
|2006||Penny Dreadful||Orianna Volkes|
|2006||Big Nothing||Mrs. Smalls|
|2006–2007||The Loop||Meryl||17 episodes|
|2008||Storm Cell||April Saunders||TV movie|
|2008||My Boys||Maggie/Mike's date||2 episodes; "John, Cougar, Newman Camp", "Jack and Bobby"|
|2009||Falling Up||Meredith||TV movie|
|2010||Order of Chaos||Mrs. Craig||TV movie|
|2010||Sins of the Mother||Lois||TV movie|
|2010||King of the Hill||Katie||1 episode; "Bill Gathers Moss"|
|2010||Neighbors from Hell||Lorelai Killbride||1 episode; "Country Club Hell"|
|2011||Balls to the Wall||Mrs. Matthews|
|2011||CollegeHumor Originals||Bionic Woman||"Superhero Auditions: Callbacks", "Superhero Auditions: Bionic Woman"|
|2011–2015||Two and a Half Men||Robin Schmidt||Recurring role
6 episodes; "One False Move, Zimbabwe!", "Slowly and in a Circular Fashion", "I Changed My Mind About the Milk", "A Big Bag of Dog", "Justice in Star-Spangled Hot Pants", "The Ol' Mexican Spinach"
|2012||For a Good Time, Call...||Adele|
|2012||The Client List||Valerie Dawson||1 episode; "The Rub of Sugarland"|
|2012||Scruples||Harriet Toppington||Pilot drama based on Scruples
|2014||Wilfred||Catherine Newman||Recurring role
3 episodes; "Responsibility", "Resistance", "Happiness"
|2014||Cleaners||Isabelle Walker||6 episodes|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Lois Palmer|
|2015||Bosch||Honey Chandler||3 episodes; plaintiff's ruthless attorney|
|2015||This Isn't Funny||Elaine Anderson|
|2015||NCIS||Joanna Teague||3 episodes; "The Lost Boys", "Neverland", "Stop The Bleeding"|
|2015||Mad Men||Pima||1 episode; "New Business"|
|2015-2016||Ash vs Evil Dead||Suzy Maxwell||2 episodes; "Bait", "The Dark One"|
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