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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 14, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA Profession: actor, graphic artist

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After gaining notice as a tough surfer in "Point Break" (1991) and a feisty young baseball player in "A League of Their Own" (1992), actress Lori Petty was all but assured of a stardom befitting her talent. But as luck would have it, Petty often struggled throughout her career to build off her initial success. She immediately followed up these two hits with rather underwhelming fare like "Free Willy" (1993) and the Pauly Shore vehicle "In the Army Now" (1994), before gaining a degree of notoriety - both for good and ill - with a leading role in the frenetic, and all-too-confusing post-apocalyptic flick, "Tank Girl" (1995). Her polarizing performance, which earned a substantial cult following, wound up hurting Petty's feature career, which led her to accept more roles on the small screen. Following a failed attempt to create her own series with the short-lived "Lush Life" (Fox, 1996), she appeared as a guest star on episodes of popular shows like "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN, 1995-2001), "ER" (NBC, 1994-2010) and "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005), while voicing the villainous Livewire on both "Superman: The Animated Series" (The WB, 1996-2000) and "The New Batman Adventures" (The WB, 1997-99). Her fortunes...

After gaining notice as a tough surfer in "Point Break" (1991) and a feisty young baseball player in "A League of Their Own" (1992), actress Lori Petty was all but assured of a stardom befitting her talent. But as luck would have it, Petty often struggled throughout her career to build off her initial success. She immediately followed up these two hits with rather underwhelming fare like "Free Willy" (1993) and the Pauly Shore vehicle "In the Army Now" (1994), before gaining a degree of notoriety - both for good and ill - with a leading role in the frenetic, and all-too-confusing post-apocalyptic flick, "Tank Girl" (1995). Her polarizing performance, which earned a substantial cult following, wound up hurting Petty's feature career, which led her to accept more roles on the small screen. Following a failed attempt to create her own series with the short-lived "Lush Life" (Fox, 1996), she appeared as a guest star on episodes of popular shows like "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN, 1995-2001), "ER" (NBC, 1994-2010) and "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005), while voicing the villainous Livewire on both "Superman: The Animated Series" (The WB, 1996-2000) and "The New Batman Adventures" (The WB, 1997-99). Her fortunes improved with her feature directing debut, "The Poker House" (2009), which allowed the talented performer to branch out into a refreshing new direction.

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Chasing 3000 (2010)
2.
 Poker House, The (2008)
3.
 Broken Arrows (2005)
4.
 Prey For Rock & Roll (2003) Faith
5.
 Firetrap (2001) Lucy
6.
 Route 666 (2001) Stephanie
7.
 Blood Money (1999)
8.
 Clubland (1999) India Mackenzie
9.
 Relax...It's Just Sex (1998) Robin Moon
10.
 Serial Bomber (1998)
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1981:
Moved to New York
1986:
Moved to Los Angeles
1987:
Made TV movie debut in "Bates Motel" (NBC)
1988:
Appeared in first short film, "They Haven't Seen This"
1989:
Made TV series debut in Fox's "Booker"
1990:
Made feature film debut in "Cadillac Man"
1991:
Played Keanu Reeves' surfer girlfriend in the action thriller, "Point Break"
1992:
Cast as Kit, Geena Davis' younger sister in "A League of Their Own"; directed by Penny Marshall and co-starring Tom Hanks
1993:
Played an animal trainer in the family film, "Free Willy"
1995:
Feature debut as a lead, "Tank Girl"
1996:
Co-created and co-starred in (with Karyn Parsons) the short-lived FOX sitcom, "Lush Life"
1997:
Provided the voice of the supervillain Livewire for the WB's "Superman: The Animated Series" and "The New Batman Adventures"
1998:
Featured as a lesbian in "Relax...It's Just Sex"
1998:
Cast in the short-lived FOX television series, "Brimstone"
1999:
Made stage debut in the Off-Broadway production "Killer Joe"
2001:
Made directorial debut with "Horrible Accident"; also wrote
2002:
Once again was the voice of Livewire for the video game, "Superman: Shadow Of Apokolips"
2003:
Featured in the drama, "Prey For Rock & Roll"
2008:
Guest-starred as a patient with Huntington's Disease in "House" (FOX)
2009:
Appeared in the TV-movie, "Prison Break: The Final Break" (aired in Israel and the UK)
2009:
Wrote and directed second feature, "The Poker House"
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Education

North High School: Sioux City , Iowa - 1982

Notes

"It was OK for movies to show strong women back when women had no power in society. But now that women have some power, men are scared. They're saying, whoa, we didn't mean for things to go this far".--Lori Petty, quoted in Premiere, 7/91

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