skip navigation
Alicia Witt

Alicia Witt

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King... Uli Edel (2001's "The Mists of Avalon") directed this adaptation of the German... more info $14.99was $14.99 Buy Now

Ten Tiny Love Stories DVD The truth pours out in this revealing second offering from Rodrigo Garcia. Shot... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Mr. Holland's Opus DVD Acclaimed star Richard Dreyfuss gives the performance of a lifetime in this... more info $9.99was $9.99 Buy Now

The Upside Of Anger DVD The upside of anger could actually be finding love through healing. That's the... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now



Also Known As: Alicia Roanne Witt Died:
Born: August 21, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, pianist

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

An enormously gifted actress-musician, Alicia Witt was a child prodigy who caught the eye of David Lynch, who gave her small but memorable roles in "Dune" (1984) and "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). Already established as a minor celebrity for her precocious genius, Witt became a world-class pianist and supported herself as a lounge performer while pursuing an acting career. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and honored by the Sundance Film Festival for her startling turn as a teenage murderer in "Fun" (1994), Witt notched small roles in "Four Rooms" (1995) and "Citizen Ruth" (1996), but broke out as Cybill Shepherd's dry-witted daughter Zoey on "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98). Dividing her post-"Cybill" time between film and television, Witt scored large roles in "Urban Legend" (1998) and "Cecil B. DeMented" (2000), while also booking high-profile guest spots on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) and "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). In addition to enjoying an acclaimed theatrical career, Witt continued to line up supporting film roles, including in the hits "Two Weeks Notice" (2002) and "Last Holiday" (2006), recurred on such TV shows as "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-07; USA Network, 2007-2011),...

An enormously gifted actress-musician, Alicia Witt was a child prodigy who caught the eye of David Lynch, who gave her small but memorable roles in "Dune" (1984) and "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). Already established as a minor celebrity for her precocious genius, Witt became a world-class pianist and supported herself as a lounge performer while pursuing an acting career. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and honored by the Sundance Film Festival for her startling turn as a teenage murderer in "Fun" (1994), Witt notched small roles in "Four Rooms" (1995) and "Citizen Ruth" (1996), but broke out as Cybill Shepherd's dry-witted daughter Zoey on "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98). Dividing her post-"Cybill" time between film and television, Witt scored large roles in "Urban Legend" (1998) and "Cecil B. DeMented" (2000), while also booking high-profile guest spots on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) and "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). In addition to enjoying an acclaimed theatrical career, Witt continued to line up supporting film roles, including in the hits "Two Weeks Notice" (2002) and "Last Holiday" (2006), recurred on such TV shows as "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-07; USA Network, 2007-2011), and began performing her own music, releasing an acclaimed debut EP, Alicia Witt in 2009. With so many impressive artistic talents, Alicia Witt built a multi-hyphenate career that inspired many critics and fans to hope such an evolved artist would achieve even greater renown.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bronx Bull, The (2014)
2.
3.
 Pasadena (2013)
4.
 Playdate (2013)
7.
 I Do (2012)
8.
 Peep World (2011)
9.
 Backyard Wedding (2010)
10.
 88 Minutes (2008)
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

1979:
First TV appearance, reciting Shakespeare on ABC's "That's Incredible"
1982:
Began studying piano at age seven
1984:
Made acting debut at age nine when David Lynch cast her in "Dune"
1990:
Moved to California
:
Earned a living playing piano at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel
1990:
TV acting debut, on an episode of the David Lynch series "Twin Peaks" (ABC)
1991:
Appeared in the Mike Figgis drama "Liebestraum"; played Liszt's title piece
1993:
First adult role in features, "Bodies, Rest & Motion"
1993:
Appeared in a 1936-set segment of the David Lynch anthology film "Hotel Room" (HBO)
1994:
Featured in the CBS TV-movie "The Disappearance of Vonnie"
1994:
Starred as a teenage murderer in the acclaimed independent feature "Fun"
1995:
Featured as a red-dreadlocked lesbian witch in the Alison Anders-directed segment of the feature "Four Rooms"
1995:
Cast as Zoey Woodbine, the rebellious, disagreeable younger daughter of the title character, in "Cybill" (CBS)
1995:
Starred as a budding clarinet player in "Mr. Holland's Opus"; learned how to play the clarinet for the part
1996:
Played the daughter of a pro-life activist couple in Alexander Payne's satirical "Citizen Ruth"
1998:
Was featured in the Los Angeles Film Independent Film Festival-screened feature "Bongwater"
1998:
Was part of the ensemble of the college campus-set horror thriller "Urban Legend"
1999:
Starred with Sela Ward and Timothy Dalton as part of the 1900s-set love triangle-themed TV-movie "Passion's Way"
2000:
Starred as a pianist whose rejected by a competiton results in a breakdown in the feature "Playing Mona Lisa"
2000:
Guest starred as a film-industry d-girl on HBO's acclaimed drama "The Sopranos"
2000:
Played a porn actress in the John Waters comedy "Cecil B. Demented"
2000:
Made musical stage debut in L.A. production of "The Gift"; played an exotic dancer
2000:
Had a recurring role as Hope Mercey in the FOX dramedy "Ally McBeal"
2001:
Appeared as Libby in Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky"
2002:
Played Hugh Grant's girlfriend June in the romantic comedy "Two Weeks Notice"
2005:
Portrayed Joan Allen's daughter in "The Upside of Anger" a film by Mike Binder; screened at sundance
2006:
Cast opposite Queen Latifah in the comedy "Last Holiday"
2007:
Joined the cast of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC/USA) for the 2007-08 season as Det. Nola Falacci
2008:
Co-starred with Al Pacino for the thriller, "88 Minutes"
2009:
Will join the third season of "Californication" (Showtime) as a sexy gynecologist
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

Witt is a classically trained pianist who won 16 first prizes in national and state level competitions over seven years.

"I adore her. Alicia and I have these unbelievable emotional/psychological/intellectual/spiritual conversations." --Dedee Pfeiffer who co-starred with Witt in "Cybill", quoted in Entertainment Weekly, June 30, 1995.

"People tell me I look like a Botticelli painting, or stepped out of 'Howards End'.

"It annoys me. The funny thing is, when I first came to L.A. at 15 and was playing piano at the Beverly Wilshire, people would say that all the time. I got so irritated, Then, when I was about 17 or 18, I began doing different kinds of parts to squelch that image." --From the Los Angeles Times, September 6, 1995.

Witt on her "Cybill" character: "My life was so different than Zoey's. I didn't have a typical teenage experience. It was bizarre, but bizarre in a good way." --quoted to TV Guide, July 27, 1996.

"I hate not knowing everything and discovering that somebody knows something that I don't. If somebody hides something from me, I will find out sooner or later, and I will be very upset. It's better to tell me everything up front so I don't have to go nosing around where it's not my business eavesdropping. I'm very nosy--and a Leo." --Witt quoted in Detour, November 1996.

Alicia Witt on her early entry into Hollywood: "This industry is different from any other where you go to college for four years and then to graduate school and then everybody else in your league is at the same point, starting out at 26. When I got out here at 16 there were already girls my age who'd get parts because they had a name. You have to start moving as soon as you can, I think, as soon as you know what it is you want to go for." --quoted in Movieline, October 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Peter Krause. Actor. Began dating from c. 1995; appeared together on "Cybill".

Family close complete family listing

father:
Robert Witt. Teacher.
mother:
Diane Witt. Teacher. Once listed in Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest hair in the world; no longer holds record.
brother:
Ian Witt.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute