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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 21, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, producer

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One of a very small number of Academy Award-nominated actresses who also fronted a hard-edged rock band, Juliette Lewis was only 18 years old when she was thrust into the spotlight following her unforgettable performance in Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear" (1991). In quick succession, Lewis co-starred as one-half of young, sexy, murderous couples for whom crime was a just a game in "Kalifornia" (1993) and Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" (1994). Her way with discreetly vulnerable outlaws had audiences believing the actress herself must be unhinged, and a mounting drug problem proved there was some truth to the typecasting. Lewis had difficulty regaining her visibility in Hollywood following her detox, but shifted her focus to music where she proved to be a terrific front woman and formidable singer in her own 1970s style punk band. Lewis toured internationally for years in support of several charting albums, occasionally resurfacing in indies and cable movies, where she made an effort to expand on her well-worn image of dangerous ingénues as well as kinder and subtler characters in more domestic-oriented dramas.

One of a very small number of Academy Award-nominated actresses who also fronted a hard-edged rock band, Juliette Lewis was only 18 years old when she was thrust into the spotlight following her unforgettable performance in Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear" (1991). In quick succession, Lewis co-starred as one-half of young, sexy, murderous couples for whom crime was a just a game in "Kalifornia" (1993) and Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" (1994). Her way with discreetly vulnerable outlaws had audiences believing the actress herself must be unhinged, and a mounting drug problem proved there was some truth to the typecasting. Lewis had difficulty regaining her visibility in Hollywood following her detox, but shifted her focus to music where she proved to be a terrific front woman and formidable singer in her own 1970s style punk band. Lewis toured internationally for years in support of several charting albums, occasionally resurfacing in indies and cable movies, where she made an effort to expand on her well-worn image of dangerous ingénues as well as kinder and subtler characters in more domestic-oriented dramas.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Open Road (2013)
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 Due Date (2010)
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 Switch, The (2010)
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 Conviction (2010)
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 Whip It (2009)
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 Metropia (2009)
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1980:
Appeared uncredited in Clint Eastwood's "Bronco Billy"
1987:
Landed first leading role in the Showtime miniseries "Homefires"
1987:
Appeared as series regular on the ABC sitcom "I Married Dora"
1989:
Feature debut, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
1989:
Appeared on three episodes of "The Wonder Years" (ABC) as Wayne's girlfriend
1990:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt in the TV-movie "Too Young to Die?" (NBC)
1990:
Cast as a series regular on the short-lived "A Family For Joe" (NBC)
1991:
Breakthrough feature, playing Nick Nolte's daughter in Martin Scorsese's remake of "Cape Fear"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress
1992:
Replaced Emily Lloyd in Woody Allen's ensemble feature "Husbands and Wives"
1992:
First leading role in a feature, "That Night"
1992:
Portrayed Gary Oldman's peroxide blonde moll in "Romeo Is Bleeding"
1993:
Re-teamed with Pitt for "Kalifornia," delivering a harrowing portrait as his childlike, clueless trailer trash girlfriend
1993:
Co-starred with Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"
1994:
Teamed with Woody Harrelson as two love-thugs terrorizing the Southwest in Oliver Stone's controversial "Natural Born Killers"
1995:
Found an authentic note as a scuzzy hooker in "Basketball Diaries," starring DiCaprio
1995:
Played a rock singer in the film "Strange Days"
1996:
Produced and starred in brother Lightfield Lewis' "The Audition"
1996:
Cast as Melanie Horton in "The Evening Star," a sequel to "Terms of Endearment" starring Shirley MacLaine
1996:
Co-starred in "From Dusk till Dawn," directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino
1998:
Played an unsympathetic best friend in "Some Girls," co-starring Marissa Ribisi and Giovanni Ribisi
1999:
Played a mentally-challenged female in Garry Marshall's "The Other Sister"; re-teamed with Giovanni Ribisi who played her love interest
2000:
Co-starred with Ryan Phillippe, Benicio del Toro, and James Caan in "The Way of the Gun"
2001:
Portrayed Aunt Dorie Kay in the film adaptation of "My Louisiana Sky" on Showtime; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
2002:
Co-starred with Uma Thurman in the HBO movie "Hysterical Blindness"; produced for cable and also screened at Sundance; earned Independent Spirit Award and Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress
2003:
Appeared in memorable role as Heidi, Luke Wilson's kinky ex-girlfriend in Todd Phillips' comedy feature "Old School"
2004:
Featured in the big screen adaption of the 1970s cop series "Starsky & Hutch"
2006:
Made London stage debut as the heroine of Sam Shepard's classic play "Fool For Love"
2006:
Played Donald Sutherland's feisty home nurse in "Aurora Borealis"
2009:
Released first album with The New Romantiques, <i>Terra Incognita</i>
2009:
Played Iron Maven, a rival roller derby player in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut "Whip It"
2010:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "The Switch" opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman
2010:
Cast in a supporting role alongside Hilary Swank in "Conviction"
2012:
Co-starred with Chloë Grace Moretz in the indie drama "Hick"
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Notes

Lewis announced in December 1996 that she would enter a drug rehabilitation facility for treatment.

"I didn't take my 'Cape Fear' [Oscar] nomination seriously. I was getting praise, but I didn't know what was remakable about what I did. So then it made me go, 'What are you talking about? I'm no good.' I became self-destructive, and I acted out. I had this teenage attitude.

"Now, I appreciate that nomination. It's a game. It's what we--the show business world--do to acknowledge each other. And if it should come again, I'll keep my head on my shoulders." --Juliette Lewis to Daily News, February 21, 1999.

"People said I was a drug addict before I was a drug addict, so there you go. That's what usually happens in the movie business. The scandals are always tantalizing to somebody. But let's not confuse my wacky style with a substance problem." --Juliette Lewis in Us, April 1999.

"I was a pothead from when I was 13."-Lewis Moveline November 2002

Lewis is the lead singer in a band called The Licks

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Brad Pitt. Actor. Co-starred in TV-movie, "Too Young to Die?" (1990); dated c. September 1989 to February 1993.
husband:
Steve Berrea. Professional skateboarder, actor. Born c. 1972; married on September 9. 1999; Lewis filed for a divorce in April 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Geoffrey Lewis. Actor. Played bartender on TV series "Flo" (CBS); frequently appeared in Westerns and Clint Eastwood films ("High Plains Drifter" 1973, "Any Which Way You Can" 1980, "Pink Cadillac" 1989); divorced from Glenis Batley when Juliette Lewis was two.
mother:
Glenis Batley. Graphic artist. Divorced when Juliette Lewis was two.
brother:
Lightfield Lewis. Actor, director. Born in 1970; feature directorial debut, "The Audition", starred Juliette Lewis.
sister:
Brandy Lewis. Personal assistant. Born in 1975; married with two daughters; works as Lewis' personal assistant.
half-brother:
Peter Lewis. Actor.
half-sister:
Dierdre Lewis. Actor.
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