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Also Known As: Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw Died:
Born: July 19, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, singer, model

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An appealing fair-haired player who got her start as a teen model, Vinessa Shaw has been a working actress since 1991 but her breakthrough role came eight years later when she played affable prostitute Domino in Stanley Kubrick's final effort "Eyes Wide Shut". A versatile performer, she convincingly portrayed characters that ranged from the angelic to the vampy and had a natural ease in front of the camera that aided her child acting career which has matured into a confident, compelling presence as an adult. A California native, Shaw was immersed in show business at an early age, with her mother and sister both working as actresses. She made her acting debut at age ten in the UCLA graduate film "My Day at Camp", and the following year, when next door neighbor and folk singer Peter Alsop needed a voice to accompany his, he looked no further than Shaw, who recorded and toured with him as part of the Karamazoff Brothers Circus. A career in modeling followed this, and landed Shaw on the covers of such magazines as Seventeen and British Vogue.

An appealing fair-haired player who got her start as a teen model, Vinessa Shaw has been a working actress since 1991 but her breakthrough role came eight years later when she played affable prostitute Domino in Stanley Kubrick's final effort "Eyes Wide Shut". A versatile performer, she convincingly portrayed characters that ranged from the angelic to the vampy and had a natural ease in front of the camera that aided her child acting career which has matured into a confident, compelling presence as an adult. A California native, Shaw was immersed in show business at an early age, with her mother and sister both working as actresses. She made her acting debut at age ten in the UCLA graduate film "My Day at Camp", and the following year, when next door neighbor and folk singer Peter Alsop needed a voice to accompany his, he looked no further than Shaw, who recorded and toured with him as part of the Karamazoff Brothers Circus. A career in modeling followed this, and landed Shaw on the covers of such magazines as Seventeen and British Vogue.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Side Effects (2013)
2.
 Big Miracle (2012)
3.
 Siren (2012)
4.
 Love, Marilyn (2012)
5.
 Leave (2012)
6.
 Stars (2012)
7.
 Puncture (2011)
8.
 Garden Party (2008)
9.
 Two Lovers (2008)
10.
 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Los Angeles, CA
1986:
Made acting debut at age 10 in the UCLA graduate film "My Day at Camp"
1987:
Recorded and toured with folk singer Peter Alsop at age 11
1988:
Made television commercial debut at age 12
1989:
Signed with Elite Models at age 13
:
Modeled for <i>Seventeen</i> Magazine, British <i>Vogue</i> and French <i>Elle</i>
1991:
Appeared in the NBC TV-movie "Long Road Home"
1992:
First supporting role, playing Jonathan Brandis' love interest in "Ladybugs"
1992:
Landed a recurring role as Tobey Maguire's love interest on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Great Scott!"
1993:
Acted on the Showtime anthology series "Fallen Angels"
1993:
Had a supporting role in the supernatural children's comedy "Hocus Pocus"
1994:
Cast in the pilot/premiere of ABC's "McKenna" (although she subsequently was replaced by Jennifer Love Hewitt)
1995:
Delivered a memorable guest turn on Fox's "New York Undercover" as a young model who was the victim of a disfiguring attack
1996:
Starred in the coming-of-age drama "Coyote Summer"
1999:
Featured in the quirky independent feature "L.A. Without a Map"
1999:
Cast in breakthrough role as prostitute Domino in Stanley Kubrick's final film "Eyes Wide Shut"
2000:
Played a suburban golden girl turned on to the feminist movement in the NBC miniseries "The '70s"
2000:
Co-starred with Sean Penn and Sarah Polley in Kathryn Bigelow's "Weight of Water"
2001:
Featured as Josh Hartnett's ex-girlfriend in the comedy "40 Days and 40 Nights"
2005:
Cast in Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda"
2006:
Co-starred in a remake of the Wes Craven thriller "The Hills Have Eyes"
2007:
Co-starred in James Mangold's Western "3:10 to Yuma"
2008:
Played a hustling realtor in the "Garden Party"
2009:
Teamed with director James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix for "Two Lovers"
2010:
Guest starred on an episode of Fox's "House M.D."
2011:
Cast opposite Chris Evans in the legal drama "Puncture"
2012:
Cast alongside Drew Barrymore in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle
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Education

Barnard College: New York , New York -

Notes

Vinessa Shaw on her experience starring in NBC's "The '70s": "I was all of a sudden made aware of the struggle some women go through, and I never had that. I really feel that the women of the '70s--Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem--were really influential in the kind of woman I am today. And my mother--without knowing almost--instilled those beliefs in me. My dad also never though of me as being someone who is a woman. I was just a child, and just someone who should be nurtured and cared for and inspire them." --quoted in the UltimateTV "Who's Hot" column, April 21, 2000

Shaw on acting: "I've been doing this for 10 years now. It takes a while to really get your momentum." --quoted in US, May 8, 2000

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jonathan Brandis. Actor. Dated after meeting during filming of "Ladybugs".
companion:
Oliver Hudson. Actor. Dating from c. 1999.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Larry Shaw. Psychologist.
mother:
Susan Shaw. Actor.

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