Heather Matarazzo

Actor
In 1996, Heather Matarazzo delivered one of the year's most striking film performances as the plain, bespectacled junior high student Dawn Weiner in "Welcome to the Dollhouse". Only eleven years old when the film was ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1982 in Oyster Bay, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Grey's Anatomy 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 2015 (Movie)

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Stalker 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mangus! 2010 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

Believe In Me 2007 (Movie)

Cindy Butts (Actor)

Freshman Orientation 2007 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

Hostel: Part II 2007 (Movie)

Lorna (Actor)

Saved! 2004 (Movie)

Tia (Actor)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement 2004 (Movie)

Lilly Moscovitz (Actor)

Sorority Boys 2002 (Movie)

Katie (Actor)

The Women 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Company Man 2001 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

Strangers With Candy 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Princess Diaries 2001 (Movie)

Lilly Moscovitz (Actor)

Blue Moon 2000 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Getting to Know You 2000 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

Now and Again 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream 3 2000 (Movie)

Martha Meeks (Actor)

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cherry 1999 (Movie)

Dottie (Actor)

Our Guys: Outrage in Glen Ridge 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

54 1998 (Movie)

Grace O'Shea (Actor)

All I Wanna Do 1998 (Movie)

Tweety Goldberg (Actor)

Arresting Gena 1998 (Movie)

Pam (Actor)

Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

Ashley (Actor)

ER 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Deli 1997 (Movie)

Sabrina (Actor)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Welcome to the Dollhouse 1996 (Movie)

Dawn Wiener (Actor)

Indie Sex: Teens (TV Show)

Actor

Townies (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

In 1996, Heather Matarazzo delivered one of the year's most striking film performances as the plain, bespectacled junior high student Dawn Weiner in "Welcome to the Dollhouse". Only eleven years old when the film was shot, the Long Island native offered a compelling and touching performance of a misunderstood middle child, battered by the taunts of classmates (who call her 'Weinerdog') and the particular attentions of one boy (Brendon Sexton III) who demonstrates his affection with threats of rape. Despite subject matter that was at times painful to watch, the young actress never flagged, holding the audience's sympathies even while displaying sibling rivalry. Like indie stalwart Lili Taylor, Matarazzo was willing to downplay her own unusual looks for the sake of the character.

Relationships

Ray Matarazzo

Father

Camille Matarazzo

Mother

Carolyn Murphy

Companion
Became engaged in July 2008, after dating for over a year

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts

Manhattan , New York 2000

Oyster Bay High School

Oyster Bay , New York

BOCES Cultural Arts Center

Syosset , New York

BOCES Cultural Arts Center

Syosset , New York

Milestones

2007

Cast in Eli Roth's "Hostel: Part II," the sequel to the 2006 film about a torture ring in Europe

2006

Guest-starred on Showtime's lesbian themed drama, "The L Word" as a reporter interviewing Jenny Schecter

2004

Reprised the role of Lilly in "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement"

2004

Co-starred with Jena Malone and Mandy Moore in the religious satire "Saved"

2001

Cast as best friend, Lilly Moscovitz in the feature "The Princess Diaries"

2001

Re-teamed with director Todd Solondz for "Storytelling"

1999

Cast in a regular role on the CBS series "Now and Again"

1998

Portrayed the younger sister of Ryan Phillippe's character in the feature film "54"

1997

Played the recurring role of DJ's girlfriend in ABC's "Roseanne"

1997

Played a witness being cross-examined by Keanu Reeves in "The Devil's Advocate"

1997

Featured in the indie films "Arresting Gena" and "Hurricane Streets"; both films starred Brendan Sexton III

1996

Made film debut as the unattractive and unpopular, Dawn Weiner in the Todd Solondz film "Welcome to the Dollhouse"; first film with Brendan Sexton III

1996

Had a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Townies"

1993

Appeared in episodes of the Nickelodeon series "The Adventures of Pete and Pete"

1989

Began acting at age seven

Played an abused child in a NYU student film

Bonus Trivia

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Heather is the lead singer of her band "Crash Course." She started the band her freshman year of high school with a group of friends.

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In August 2004, Matarazzo openly came out as a lesbian. In April 2005, she was a speaker at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network conference in Boston.

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