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While still in her teens, Cathy Moriarty landed the star-making role of Vicki La Motta, wife of the prizefighting champ in Martin Scorsese's classic "Raging Bull" (1980). The tall, blonde, husky-voiced Bronx native earned a richly deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and seemed poised for a promising career. Moriarty followed "Raging Bull" with a fine turn in the black comedy "Neighbors" (1981) but then was off-screen for nearly six years after a bad car accident. Her comeback vehicle was the thriller "White of the Eye" (1987), followed four years later by "Soapdish" (1991). While that performance followed by her stellar work as Armand Assante's lover in "The Mambo Kings" (1992) revitalized her career, she was mostly relegated to supporting parts like the hooker Reba in "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag" and John Goodman's actress girlfriend in "Matinee" (both 1992). Moriarty also excelled at playing over-the-top comic villains, as she demonstrated with her nasty heiress in "Casper" (1995) and her homophobic camp counselor attempting to rehabilitate gay and lesbian youth in "But I'm a Cheerleader" (2000). Occasionally, a director would break the mold, as James Mangold did in casting her as Harvey Keitel's wife in "Cop Land" (1997). Moriarty continued to specialize in over-the-top villainesses but also appeared in the occasional serious supporting turn. She was reunited with her "Raging Bull" co-star De Niro in the comedy "Analyze That" (2002).
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Began acting in dinner theaters
Auditioned for Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro; eventually given screen test for role in "Raging Bull"
Film acting debut, played Vicki La Motta in "Raging Bull"; received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination
Last film for six years, "Neighbors"
Was in a car crash which required major back surgery
Resumed film career in "White of an Eye"
TV debut in "The Reunion" episode of CBS' "Wiseguy"
Delivered deliciously comic turn as the scheming Montana Morehead in the comedy "Soapdish"
Portrayed Armand Assante's lover in "The Mambo Kings"
Played the missing witness sought by undervcover cops in "Another Stakeout"
Cast as series regular on CBS sitcom, "Bless This House"
Had villainous role in the hit film "Casper"
Had small role as the mother of the lead characters in "A Brother's Kiss"
Appeared as Alyssa Milano's mom in "Hugo Pool"; screened at Sundance Film Festival; aired on The Movie Channel
Cast as Harvey Keitel's wife in "Cop Land"
Played an aunt to the witch Wendy in the direct-to-video "Casper Meets Wendy"
Co-starred as the homophobic director of a camp to rehabilitate gay and lesbian teens in "But I'm a Cheerleader"; premiered at Toronto Film Festival; released theatrically in 2000
Portrayed Melanie Griffith's sister-in-law in "Crazy in Alabama"
Had small role as a madam in "Gloria", starring Gena Rowlands
Reunited with Keitel in "The Prince of Central Park"
Voiced Ruby in the direct-to-video animated feature "Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure"
Reunited with De Niro in "Analyze That"