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Also Known As: Amelia Fiona Driver Died:
Born: January 31, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, singer, waitress

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After unleashing her talents on screens and in music in her native England during the early 1990s, actress and singer-songwriter Minnie Driver came to the United States and found international acclaim with her winning role in "Circle of Friends" (1995) and her Academy Award-nominated performance in the hit "Good Will Hunting" (1997). Also that year, she starred opposite John Cusack in the satirical comedy "Grosse Point Blank" (1997), which pointed her out as a rising young talent worthy of attention. On both films, Driver dated both stars - Cusack and Matt Damon - which helped raise her tabloid profile despite the fleeting nature of the relationships. She parlayed her popularity into a wide range of roles in both independent and studio films, like "At Sachem Farm" (1998), which marked her producing debut, the romantic drama "Return to Me" (2000), and the dark true-to-life drama "Owning Mahoney" (2003). Later, she shifted her career focus to music by releasing two albums All I've Got in my Pocket (2004) and Seastories (2007), both of which garnered critical acclaim. After being cast in "The Phantom of the Opera" (2004), Driver had her first starring role in television on "Riches" (FX, 2007-08), a...

After unleashing her talents on screens and in music in her native England during the early 1990s, actress and singer-songwriter Minnie Driver came to the United States and found international acclaim with her winning role in "Circle of Friends" (1995) and her Academy Award-nominated performance in the hit "Good Will Hunting" (1997). Also that year, she starred opposite John Cusack in the satirical comedy "Grosse Point Blank" (1997), which pointed her out as a rising young talent worthy of attention. On both films, Driver dated both stars - Cusack and Matt Damon - which helped raise her tabloid profile despite the fleeting nature of the relationships. She parlayed her popularity into a wide range of roles in both independent and studio films, like "At Sachem Farm" (1998), which marked her producing debut, the romantic drama "Return to Me" (2000), and the dark true-to-life drama "Owning Mahoney" (2003). Later, she shifted her career focus to music by releasing two albums All I've Got in my Pocket (2004) and Seastories (2007), both of which garnered critical acclaim. After being cast in "The Phantom of the Opera" (2004), Driver had her first starring role in television on "Riches" (FX, 2007-08), a comedic drama about a family of con artists that earned her several award nominations. She went on to supporting roles in "Conviction" (2010) and "Barney's Version" (2010), which solidified her status as a versatile, winsome talent.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Stage Fright (2014)
3.
 I Give it a Year (2013)
4.
 Return to Zero (2013)
5.
 Barney's Version (2010)
6.
 Conviction (2010)
7.
 Motherhood (2009)
8.
 Ripple Effect (2008)
9.
 Take (2007)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Barbados
1976:
Moved to England with her mother and older sister after her parents' divorce
1981:
Sent to boarding school at age 10
1991:
Made stage debut two weeks after graduating from drama school
1994:
Co-starred in the BBC production, "Maigret and the Nightclub Dancer" (aired in the US on PBS)
1995:
Gained 25 pounds to star in feature film debut, "Circle of Friends"
1995:
Featured as country-western lounge singer in "GoldenEye"
1996:
Played the mistress to a member of Parliament in the British miniseries "The Politician's Wife" (aired in the US on PBS)
1997:
Co-starred with John Cusack in "Grosse Pointe Blank"
1997:
Played an English medical student and Matt Damon's love interest in "Good Will Hunting"; received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress
1998:
With sister Kate, formed the production company Two Drivers
1998:
Producing debut with "At Sachem Farm"; also co-starred
1999:
Voiced the character of 'Winona Ryder' in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"
2000:
Starred opposite David Duchovny in "Return to Me" playing a woman who has received a heart transplant
2000:
Had leading role of a single mother competing in a beauty pageant in "Beautiful"
2001:
Made guest appearance as 'Minnie Driver' on Showtime's "The Chris Isaak Show"; also sang
2001:
Starred in the British comedy "High Heels and Lowlifes"
2003:
Acted in the drama "Owning Mahowny"
2003:
Had a recurring role on "Will & Grace" (NBC) as Stan's Mistress, Lorraine Finster and as the daughter of Karen's (Megan Mullally) lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese)
2003:
Guest starred as herself on an episode of the british sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous"
2004:
Released debut album, <i>Everything I've Got in My Pocket</i>
2004:
Cast in the big-screen version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "The Phantom of the Opera"
2007:
Cast as Dahlia Malloy in the FX series, "The Riches"; earned Emmy (2007) and Golden Globe (2008) nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series
2007:
Released second album, <i>Seastories</i>; collaborated with Ryan Adams and Liz Phair on the album
2009:
Co-starred with Uma Thurman in the indie comedy, "Motherhood"
2010:
Had a supporting role opposite Hilary Swank in "Conviction"
2010:
Cast in the film adaptation of the award-winning novel, "Barney's Version," as one of Barney's (Paul Giamatti) ex-wives
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Education

Bedales School: Petersfield , Hampshire -
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art: - 1991

Notes

A jazz vocalist and guitarist, Driver performed at London clubs until acting assignments began taking more of her time.

"The only prerequisite I have for living is that I have a view and that I have a light; so I always have a place that has a deck where I can sit and read. I also play my guitar. . . " --Driver in DETOUR, May 1997

"Minnie is my nickname. Amelia's my real name. I'd love to be an Amelia, but frankly then I think I should be a German woman with a horned hat." --Minnie Driver to VANITY FAIR, October 1996

"When a man puts on weight for a part, he's called a great actor. When a woman puts on weight for a part, she's called fat. Why should we be scared of the perception?" --Minnie Driver in Entertainment Weekly, March 24, 1995.

"I don't really have any deep, dark secrets. I mean, I do, but they're quite boring." --Minnie Driver in New York Newsday, April 9, 1995.

"The thing is, people are terrified of taking a position. You take a position, you may have to defend yourself--especially if you're a woman. What are the great words women get labeled: INCENDIARY, LOUD, OBNOXIOUS, OPINIONATED? Instead of ARTICULATE, INFORMED, OBSERVANT. This is my life, it's not some big Hollywood theme ride." --Driver quoted in Buzzweekly, January 16-22, 1998.

"... I got to a point where I really needed to examine my life," she says. "So I decided I was going to write something every day for a month, whether it was a poem or song or anything."---Driver on writing music to USA Today, October 14, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
John Cusack. Actor. Met during filming of "Grosse Point Blank".
companion:
Spencer McLung. Magazine editor. Together in late 1996 to early 1997.
companion:
Matt Damon. Actor. Dated in 1997.
companion:
Taylor Hawkins. Musician. With the band Foo Fighters; dated in 1998.
companion:
Josh Brolin. Actor. Dating as of late 1998; acted together in "Slow Burn" (2000); announced engagement in April 2001; announced separation in October 2001.
companion:
Robert Walker. Rumored to be dating as of late 2003.
companion:
Robby Ginepri. Professional tennis player. Reportedly dating as of March 2003; no longer together December 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Ronnie Driver. Financier. Divorced from Driver's mother c. 1976.
mother:
Gaynor Churchward. Interior designer, former model. Divorced from Driver's father c. 1976.
sister:
Kate Driver. Producer. Born c. 1968.

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