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Also Known As: Lisagay Hamilton Died:
Born: March 25, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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An actress who seems to have talent waiting to burst out of the small featured roles to which she has been assigned, Lisa Gay Hamilton made it to primetime TV in 1997 playing Rebecca Washington, the paralegal receptionist who graduated to full-fledged attorney on the ABC TV series "The Practice." She was cast in the role after several critically-acclaimed stage performances, notably in Athol Fugard's "Valley Song," in which she played a South African teen on the verge of adulthood yearning to become a singer. Hamilton first played the role in 1995 at the prestigious MacArthur Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, then reprised it Off-Broadway and at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1997. A graduate of Juilliard, Hamilton has numerous stage credits, including the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure," starring Kevin Kline and Andre Braugher. She first appeared on Broadway in 1990 playing the supporting role of Grace in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" and could be seen as one of Allen Dershowitz' minions in "Reversal of Fortune" (1990). More recently, she appeared as Adam Trese's unhappy wife in "Palookaville" (1995) and was cast by Quentin Tarantino in "Jackie Brown"...

An actress who seems to have talent waiting to burst out of the small featured roles to which she has been assigned, Lisa Gay Hamilton made it to primetime TV in 1997 playing Rebecca Washington, the paralegal receptionist who graduated to full-fledged attorney on the ABC TV series "The Practice." She was cast in the role after several critically-acclaimed stage performances, notably in Athol Fugard's "Valley Song," in which she played a South African teen on the verge of adulthood yearning to become a singer. Hamilton first played the role in 1995 at the prestigious MacArthur Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, then reprised it Off-Broadway and at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1997. A graduate of Juilliard, Hamilton has numerous stage credits, including the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure," starring Kevin Kline and Andre Braugher. She first appeared on Broadway in 1990 playing the supporting role of Grace in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" and could be seen as one of Allen Dershowitz' minions in "Reversal of Fortune" (1990). More recently, she appeared as Adam Trese's unhappy wife in "Palookaville" (1995) and was cast by Quentin Tarantino in "Jackie Brown" (1997). Hamilton also made a strong impression playing a member of Alcoholics Anonymous who feels shame because her behavior contributed to a younger bother's substance abuse in "Drunks" (Showtime, 1996; later released theatrically).

1997 Hamilton landed a role on the ABC drama "The Practice" as streetwise paralegal Rebecca Washington. In addition to this role, Hamiliton continued to appear on the big screen, In 1999 she played a death row inmate's wife in "True Crime" and appeared in 1998's Toni Morrison adaptation "Beloved." Showing her broad range of acting ability, Hamilton also played Ophelia in a 2000 television production of "Hamlet." She next appeared in 2002's hit action movie "The Sum of All Fears" starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman.

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 Backseat (2018)
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 Beautiful Boy (2018)
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 Indiscretion (2016)
5.
 Life of a King (2013)
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 Go For Sisters (2013)
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 Lovelace (2013)
8.
 Beastly (2011)
9.
 Take Shelter (2011)
10.
 Mother and Child (2009)
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1995:
Earned an Obie Award for her role in Athol Fugard's "Valley Song."
1995:
Featured in Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys"
1996:
Gained notice for her role in "Drunks" (first aired on Showtime; later shown in limited theatrical release)
1997:
Played the small-town transplant Sheronda in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown."
1998:
Portrayed the younger version of Oprah Winfrey's character in Johnathan Demme's film adaptation of Toni Morrison's "Beloved"
2000:
Played Ophelia in a modern TV adaptation of "Hamlet."
2002:
Cast as Captain Lorna Shiro in "The Sum of All Fears"
2002:
Re-teamed with director Johnathan Demme to portray Lola in "The Truth About Charlie"
2005:
Cast in the ensemble feature "Nine Lives," a series of vignettes directed by Rodrigo GarcĂ­a, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women
2006:
Published the children's book "Keep Climbing Girls," based on a poem by actress Beah Richards
2007:
Co-starred in the John Sayles drama "The Honeydripper."
2009:
Played Melissa on the one-hour drama "Men of a Certain Age."
2011:
Featured in the film "Beastly," a retelling of the fairy tale <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>
2011:
Cast in the drama "Take Shelter," opposite Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain
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Education

Carnegie-Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -
New York University's Tisch School of the Arts: - 1985
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1988

Notes

Hamilton's first name is sometimes billed as two words (Lisa Gay) and other times as one word (LisaGay)

"There are certain plays or roles that are ethnic-based, but there are times when it's irrelevant. That's the great thing about theatre." --LisaGay Hamilton in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 30, 1997

"If I don't have a director who can help me, I can take of myself or I know where to go and get the help I need." --Hamilton in INTERVIEW, November 1996

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