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Also Known As: Margarita Ibrahimoff Died:
Born: October 26, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, model, bookkeeper, salesgirl (at Fred Segal)

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Though Rita Wilson began her career as a supporting actress in films like "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "Runaway Bride" (1999), she found her greatest success as the producer of two highly successful films, the comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (2002) and the musical "Mamma Mia!" (2008), which broke box office records around the globe. Though a skilled performer with a talent for light comedy, Wilson never quite found her star vehicle as an actress, but after her marriage to occasional co-star Tom Hanks, she began exploring production properties through his company, Playtone. With two major hits to her credit, Wilson proved herself to be a shrewd predictor of audience tastes, and one of the most accomplished independent producers of the new millennium.

Though Rita Wilson began her career as a supporting actress in films like "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "Runaway Bride" (1999), she found her greatest success as the producer of two highly successful films, the comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (2002) and the musical "Mamma Mia!" (2008), which broke box office records around the globe. Though a skilled performer with a talent for light comedy, Wilson never quite found her star vehicle as an actress, but after her marriage to occasional co-star Tom Hanks, she began exploring production properties through his company, Playtone. With two major hits to her credit, Wilson proved herself to be a shrewd predictor of audience tastes, and one of the most accomplished independent producers of the new millennium.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dawn Patrol (2014)
2.
 Kiss Me (2013)
3.
 Jewtopia (2013)
4.
 Larry Crowne (2011)
6.
 It's Complicated (2009)
7.
 Old Dogs (2009)
8.
 My Life in Ruins (2009)
9.
 Beautiful Ohio (2006)
10.
 Chumscrubber, The (2005) Cast
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Los Angeles
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Began modeling at age 14 after being discovered by a fashion photographer
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Appeared in numerous stage productions at the Macowan Theater in London
1978:
Acted on the CBS series "Flying High"
1980:
Feature film debut, "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie"
1982:
First recurring role on a TV series, playing Nurse Lacey on "M*A*S*H" (CBS)
1980:
Guest starred on future husband Tom Hanks' sitcom "Bosom Buddies" (ABC)
1982:
Made guest appearances on two episodes of ABC's "Happy Days" (billed as Margarita Ibrahimoff)
1985:
First starring role in a feature, "Volunteers" opposite Hanks
1990:
Cast as a P.R. woman in "The Bonfire of the Vanities," starring Hanks, Bruce Willis, and Melanie Griffith
1993:
Played a supporting role in Nora Ephron's romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle," starring Hanks and Meg Ryan
1994:
Again teamed with Ephron for "Mixed Nuts"
1995:
Co-starred with Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell, and Demi Moore in the coming of age ensemble drama "Now and Then"
1996:
Cast opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the comedy "Jingle All the Way"
1998:
Played Susan Borman, wife of astronaut Frank Borman in the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"; husband Hanks directed, produced, and scripted
1999:
Cast as Richard Gere's ex-wife in "Runaway Bride"
1999:
Withdrew from the cast of Neil Simon's play "The Dinner Party" due to creative differences
2000:
Acted in the LA premiere of the Pulitzer-winning "Dinner With Friends"
2002:
Co-produced (with Hanks) Nia Vardalos's feature adaptation "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"; was the driving force behind the film, which became the highest-grossing independent film of all time
2002:
Played Bob Crane's wife (Greg Kinnear) in "Autofocus"
2003:
Produced the short-lived CBS series "My Big Fat Greek Life," also starring Vardalos
2005:
Co-starred in Arie Posin's darkly satiric feature "The Chumscrubber"
2006:
Performed the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of "Chicago"
2008:
Executive produced (with Hanks) the film adaptation of the West End stage musical "Mamma Mia!"
2009:
Appeared with Robin Williams and John Travolta in the comedy "Old Dogs"
2009:
Co-starred in the comedy "It's Complicated," directed by Nancy Meyers
2011:
Reteamed with Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne"
2012:
Released her debut album <i>AM/FM</i>
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Education

Hollywood High School: Hollywood , California -
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -

Notes

"I never wanted to be a big star. I just want to keep on working," --Rita Wilson quoted in Vanity Fair, April 2000

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husband:
Tom Hanks. Actor. Met on the set of "Volunteers" (1985); married in 1988.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Dorothy Wilson. Born in Albania and raised in Greece before emigrating to USA.
sister:
Lily Wilson. Born in 1953.
brother:
Cris Wilson. Born in December 1958.
step-son:
Colin Hanks. Actor.
step-daughter:
Elizabeth Hanks.
son:
Chester Hanks. Born on August 4, 1990.
son:
Truman Theodore Hanks. Born on December 26, 1995.
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