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Born: March 23, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Lissome blonde actor who began in supporting roles as ingenues and later played several earnest leading lady parts in mostly routine films. Wright studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and with teachers including Stella Adler. A New York native, she lived for a time with her family upstate but returned to Manhattan as a teen and found work in off-Broadway theater. Wright made her film debut in "The World According to Garp" (1982) and for a time seemed posed to enter the "brat pack" gang of young actors reaching for stardom in the mid-1980s. She played the modest-sized role of Rob Lowe's wife in one of that group's signature films, "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), but Wright's subsequent credits have received variable exposure.One of Wright's best parts was as a female vampire with a fondness for young cowboys in Kathryn Bigelow's intelligent and handsomely wrought horror entry, "Near Dark" (1987). Some of her other films have received precious little exposure, such as the uneven but sometimes engaging oddity, "Twister" (1989), and the "thirtysomething" ensemble comedy-drama, "Queen's Logic" (1991). As one of the few women in the cast of the so-so sequel, "Young Guns II" (1990), Wright at...

Lissome blonde actor who began in supporting roles as ingenues and later played several earnest leading lady parts in mostly routine films. Wright studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and with teachers including Stella Adler. A New York native, she lived for a time with her family upstate but returned to Manhattan as a teen and found work in off-Broadway theater. Wright made her film debut in "The World According to Garp" (1982) and for a time seemed posed to enter the "brat pack" gang of young actors reaching for stardom in the mid-1980s. She played the modest-sized role of Rob Lowe's wife in one of that group's signature films, "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), but Wright's subsequent credits have received variable exposure.

One of Wright's best parts was as a female vampire with a fondness for young cowboys in Kathryn Bigelow's intelligent and handsomely wrought horror entry, "Near Dark" (1987). Some of her other films have received precious little exposure, such as the uneven but sometimes engaging oddity, "Twister" (1989), and the "thirtysomething" ensemble comedy-drama, "Queen's Logic" (1991). As one of the few women in the cast of the so-so sequel, "Young Guns II" (1990), Wright at least had a good exit scene. "The Lawnmower Man" (1992), meanwhile, found the lovely actor in a big hit, but soft-pedaled her role as the lover of a man used as a guinea pig in virtual reality experiments in favor of flashy special effects.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Enchanted (2000) Little Natalie'S Mother
2.
 Lawnmower Man, The (1992) Marnie Burke
3.
 Queens Logic (1991)
4.
 Young Guns II (1990) Jane Greathouse
5.
 Shock To The System, A (1990) Melanie O'Connor
6.
 I, Madman (1989) Anna; Virginia
7.
8.
 Valentino Returns (1989) Sylvia Fuller
9.
 Twister (1989) Stephanie
10.
 Near Dark (1987) Mae
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Raised in Manhattan for a time, but family later moved to upstate New York
1980:
Acted in the off-Broadway play, The Album"
1982:
Made feature film debut, "The World According to Garp"
1982:
TV-movie debut, "The Executioner's Song"
1983:
Succeeded Madeline Potter in a supporting role in the short-lived Broadway production of the David Hare play, "Plenty"
1990:
Played role of Doreen Duncan on her first TV series, the short-lived ABC drama, "Capital News"
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Education

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York -

Notes

Not to be confused with actress Jenny Lee Wright

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