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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 29, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor, usher (at the Hollywood Bowl), file clerk

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Ever since her breakthrough performance as a wide-eyed drug addict in "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989), actress Heather Graham had a hit-or-miss career that was punctuated with several winning performances amidst an equal amount of duds. She spent nearly the next 10 years looking to fulfill the early promise of "Drugstore." But instead, she lagged in better-forgotten films like "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" (1992) - a continuation of her season two performance on the show - and "Diggstown" (1992), which was more notable for her off-screen pairing with older co-star James Woods than anything that happened on screen. She finally made good, however, with her star-making turn as a roller skating porn star in "Boogie Nights" (1997). Though co-stars Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds received the lion's share of critical praise, Graham nonetheless managed to rise above the fray and established her credentials as well as created an iconic screen character. After "Boogie Nights," Graham was able to land roles in blockbuster films like "Lost in Space" (1998) and "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999). But once again, her star faded a bit, leading to a brief conversion to television that ended in disaster...

Ever since her breakthrough performance as a wide-eyed drug addict in "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989), actress Heather Graham had a hit-or-miss career that was punctuated with several winning performances amidst an equal amount of duds. She spent nearly the next 10 years looking to fulfill the early promise of "Drugstore." But instead, she lagged in better-forgotten films like "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" (1992) - a continuation of her season two performance on the show - and "Diggstown" (1992), which was more notable for her off-screen pairing with older co-star James Woods than anything that happened on screen. She finally made good, however, with her star-making turn as a roller skating porn star in "Boogie Nights" (1997). Though co-stars Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds received the lion's share of critical praise, Graham nonetheless managed to rise above the fray and established her credentials as well as created an iconic screen character. After "Boogie Nights," Graham was able to land roles in blockbuster films like "Lost in Space" (1998) and "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999). But once again, her star faded a bit, leading to a brief conversion to television that ended in disaster when her own show lasted just one episode. Despite the failure, Graham continued on as a steady presence, often in broad comedies that were more suited to her strengths.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Horns (2014)
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 Fortune (2013)
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 Compulsion (2013)
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 About Cherry (2012)
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1987:
Guest starred on two episodes of "Growing Pains" (ABC)
1988:
Starred opposite the Two Coreys in the teen comedy "License to Drive"
1989:
Gave an acclaimed co-starring performance in Gus Van Sant's "Drugstore Cowboy"
1990:
Had regular role of Annie, a former nun involved with Kyle MacLachlan's Agent Cooper, on the ABC series "Twin Peaks"
1991:
Had a featured role in the 1950s set musical "Shout"
1992:
Appeared in the CBS TV-movie "O Pioneers!" as a young version of Jessica Lange's character Alexandra Bergson
1992:
Played a parole officer in "Guilty as Charged"
1992:
Reprised role of Annie in the feature "Twin Peaks; Fire Walk with Me"
1992:
Co-starred in "Diggstown," a film starring James Woods and Louis Gossett Jr billed as "Rocky" meets "The Sting"
1993:
Was featured as half of a Midwestern couple taken in by con man Will Smith in "Six Degrees of Separation"
1994:
Reteamed with Van Sant for the poorly received "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
1994:
Starred in the independent drama "Desert Winds"
1994:
Appeared in "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"
1995:
Starred in the direct-to-video release "Toughguy/Terrified"
1996:
Offered memorable supporting turn as Jon Favreau's dream girl in "Swingers"
1997:
Cast as Rollergirl, a teenaged member of the extended family of adult film actors, in Paul Thomas Anderson's celebrated "Boogie Nights"
1997:
Had leading role opposite Robert Downey Jr and Natasha Gregson Wagner in "Two Girls and a Guy"
1997:
Played Drew Barrymore's character in "Stab," the film-within-a-film featured in "Scream 2"
1998:
Cast as Judy Robinson in the feature version of "Lost in Space"
1999:
Co-starred as 1960s CIA agent Felicity Shagwell in the sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
1999:
Was featured as an ambitious starlet in "Bowfinger," a Hollywood satire starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy
2000:
Starred as an abandoned wife on a mission to find and reclaim her husband in the road movie "Committed"
2001:
Cast as a slightly dizzy blonde who falls in love with a man she later comes to think is her long-lost brother in the oddball comedy "Say It Isn't So"
2001:
Had romantic lead opposite one-time boyfriend Edward Burns in "Sidewalks of New York"
2001:
Co-starred with Johnny Depp in "From Hell," playing an Irish prostitute targeted by Jack the Ripper
2002:
Appeared opposite Joseph Fiennes in the erotically charged romance "Killing Me Softly"
2003:
Co-starred in the romantic comedy "The Guru"
2004:
Will star as an attending psychiatrist in an eight-episode guest-starring role on NBC's "Scrubs"
2006:
Made her television series debut in the short-lived "Emily's Reasons Why Not" (ABC); show aired only one episode
2007:
Plays a woman who falls for her brother's fiancé in "Gray Matters"
2007:
Played a heroin addict opposite Jeremy Sisto in the indie film, "Broken"
2009:
Co-starred in the Todd Phillips-directed comedy, "The Hangover"
2011:
Played Aunt Opal in "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer," a film adaptation of the popular <i>Judy Moody</i> book series
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Education

Agoura High School: Agoura Hills , California -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Lindero Canyon Middle School: Agoura Hills , California -

Notes

Graham appeared in a commercial for a Japanese soft drink in 2001.

"There's a dichotomy with Heather. She's this innocent little thing in the middle of this dangerous town, but she manages to bob along the surface and doesn't get sucked in." --Jon Favreau to Buzz, November 1997.

"Everyone thinks I'm a bimbo because I'm pretty and blondish. If that's what they think, that's totally fine. I'm not here for the hypey bullshit Hollywood stuff. All I want out of this are good jobs." --Graham to Guy Trebay in Details, March 1998.

Graham on the type of roles she prefers: "As an actress it's fun to do rageful things. Most of the parts I read are for girlfriends who are nagging, needy and pathetic. They're all like 'Honey, stay with me! And don't endanger yourself! This movie is about all the exciting things that you're doing! I love you! Let's have a family together!' I just don't understand them. I have no idea where they're coming from." --quoted in The New York Times, April 12, 1998.

Director James Toback on Graham's reaction to his unconventional audition process for "Two Girls and a Guy": "I intentionally said a lot of things to her that were provocative. She not only picked up on it, but upped the ante several times. In fact, I began to think to myself, 'What would it take to shock her?' She seemed utterly ready to go with anything." --quoted in The New York Times, April 12, 1998.

Graham on love scenes: "Basically you are just kissing someone partially clothed. I would rather pretend to be having an orgasm than pretend someone's stabbing me 35 million times. It's a more pleasant image to conjure up." --quoted in Premiere, July 1999.

Director Gus Van Sant on Graham's strengths as an actress; "She was very good at playing dead. I think what she's best at are the specialty items --playing drunk, dead or Rollergirl. Those things are hard." --quoted in Premiere, July 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Kyle MacLachlan. Actor. Dated when they worked together on "Twin Peaks".
companion:
James Woods. Actor. Dated for six-months after they met on the set of "Diggstown" (1992).
companion:
Jason Falkner. Musician.
companion:
Elias Koteas. Actor.
companion:
Stephen Hopkins. Director. Met during the filming of "Lost in Space"; broke up in 1998.
companion:
Edward Burns. Actor, director, screenwriter. Dated from 1998 to June 2000.
companion:
Heath Ledger. Actor. Dated from October 2000 to June 2001.
companion:
Elijah Blue Allman. Musician, singer. Born in 1976; reported to be dating as of fall 2001.
companion:
Chris Weitz. Director. Dating as of January 2003.
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sister:
Aimee Graham. Actor. Younger; appeared in "Jackie Brown" (1997).

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