Her beauty and Brooklyn roots set Jennifer Esposito apart, helping her to benefit from the late-1990s New York indie boom. She notched roles in acclaimed indies as well as two Spike Lee films, "He Got Game" (1998) and "Summer of Sam" (1999). Often cast as a police officer, Esposito remained frustratingly on the cusp of stardom, racking up supporting roles in big-screen disappointments that included "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998), "The Bachelor" (1999), "Dracula 2000" (2000), and "Master of Disguise" (2002). A brief marriage to Bradley Cooper raised tabloid eyebrows as well. She fared better on film with strong roles in "Don't Say a Word" (2001) and the Oscar-winner "Crash" (2004), but had her biggest successes on television, as Michael J. Fox's sassy secretary on "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), the starring role as the eldest sister on "Related" (The WB, 2005), and Christina Applegate's bitchy best friend on "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09). Although she did all she could with each part, Esposito deserved bigger and better roles, and fans and critics hoped she would be given the opportunity to prove it.