Jenny Wright

Actor
Lissome blonde actor who began in supporting roles as ingenues and later played several earnest leading lady parts in mostly routine films. Wright studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and with teachers ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1962 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Enchanted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lawnmower Man 1992 (Movie)

Marnie Burke (Actor)

Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

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A Shock to the System 1990 (Movie)

Melanie O'Connor (Actor)

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

Jane Greathouse (Actor)

I, Madman 1989 (Movie)

Virginia (Actor)

Sleep Well, Professor Oliver 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Twister 1989 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

Valentino Returns 1989 (Movie)

Sylvia Fuller (Actor)

Near Dark 1987 (Movie)

Mae (Actor)

Out of Bounds 1986 (Movie)

Dizz (Actor)

St. Elmo's Fire 1985 (Movie)

Felicia (Actor)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Eileen (Actor)

Pink Floyd The Wall 1982 (Movie)

American Groupie (Actor)

The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

Cushie (Actor)

Capital News (TV Show)

Actor

The Executioner's Song (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Lissome blonde actor who began in supporting roles as ingenues and later played several earnest leading lady parts in mostly routine films. Wright studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and with teachers including Stella Adler. A New York native, she lived for a time with her family upstate but returned to Manhattan as a teen and found work in off-Broadway theater. Wright made her film debut in "The World According to Garp" (1982) and for a time seemed posed to enter the "brat pack" gang of young actors reaching for stardom in the mid-1980s. She played the modest-sized role of Rob Lowe's wife in one of that group's signature films, "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), but Wright's subsequent credits have received variable exposure.

One of Wright's best parts was as a female vampire with a fondness for young cowboys in Kathryn Bigelow's intelligent and handsomely wrought horror entry, "Near Dark" (1987). Some of her other films have received precious little exposure, such as the uneven but sometimes engaging oddity, "Twister" (1989), and the "thirtysomething" ensemble comedy-drama, "Queen's Logic" (1991). As one of the few women in the cast of the so-so sequel, "Young Guns II" (1990), Wright at least had a good exit scene. "The Lawnmower Man" (1992), meanwhile, found the lovely actor in a big hit, but soft-pedaled her role as the lover of a man used as a guinea pig in virtual reality experiments in favor of flashy special effects.

EDUCATION

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York , New York

stopped attending public school when her family moved to upstate New York; received her high school equivalency certificate at age 16

also studied acting with Stella Adler, Anthony Abeson and Joanne Baron

Milestones

1990

Played role of Doreen Duncan on her first TV series, the short-lived ABC drama, "Capital News"

1983

Succeeded Madeline Potter in a supporting role in the short-lived Broadway production of the David Hare play, "Plenty"

1982

TV-movie debut, "The Executioner's Song"

1982

Made feature film debut, "The World According to Garp"

1980

Acted in the off-Broadway play, The Album"

Raised in Manhattan for a time, but family later moved to upstate New York

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with actress Jenny Lee Wright

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