Jessica Capshaw

Actress
The daughter of actress Kate Capshaw and stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg, Jessica Capshaw essayed strong young professionals in a variety of television projects, including "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004) and "Grey's ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1976 in Columbia, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Grey's Anatomy 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2004, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2004, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hero of Color City 2014 (Movie)

Duck (Voice)

One Angry Juror 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Head Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The L Word 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bones 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Groomsmen 2006 (Movie)

Jen (Actor)

Into the West 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Merry Mickey Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

Evanna (Actor)

The Mesmerist 2002 (Movie)

Daisy (Actor)

Valentine 2001 (Movie)

Dorothy Wheeler (Actor)

Odd Man Out 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Denial 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Love Letter 1999 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

The Locusts 1997 (Movie)

Patsy (Actor)

Blind Trust (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The daughter of actress Kate Capshaw and stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg, Jessica Capshaw essayed strong young professionals in a variety of television projects, including "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004) and "Grey's Anatomy" (2005- ). Indie films like "The Locusts" (1997), which co-starred her mother, provided her first exposure to the public, but television gave her the best showcase for her talents; in "Practice," "Grey's" and "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09), she shone as sexually confident young women who conduct their lives by their own terms. Success in features seemed to escape Capshaw, but her television work proved her to be one of the most capable small-screen performers of the new millennium.

Relationships

Kate Capshaw Actor

Mother
Born Nov. 3, 1953 Co-starred with daughter in "The Locusts" (1997)

Robert Capshaw

Father
Met Jessica's mother Kate when he was principal of the school where she taught Divorced c. 1978

Christopher Gavigan

Husband
Healthy Child, Healthy World CEO Met in 2000 Engaged 2003 Married in East Hampton May 22, 2004

Luke Gavigan

Son
Born Sept. 8, 2007; father, Christopher Gavigan

Eve Gavigan

Daughter
Born Oct. 20, 2010; father, Christopher Gavigan

Poppy Gavigan

Daughter
Born June 20, 2012; father, Christopher Gavigan

Steven Spielberg Executive Producer

Step-Father
Born Dec. 18, 1946

Max Spielberg

Step-Brother
Born June 1985 to Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

Sawyer Spielberg

Half-Brother
Born May 10, 1992 to Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw

Theo Spielberg

Half-Brother
Born c. 1988 Adopted by Kate Capshaw before her marriage to Steven Spielberg; Steven later adopted Theo

Destry Spielberg

Half-Sister
Born Dec. 1, 1996 to Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw

Mikeala Spielberg

Half-Sister
Born Feb. 28, 1996 Adopted daughter of Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw

Sasha Spielberg

Half-Sister
Born May 14, 1990 to Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
Studied there while attending Brown; appeared in company's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Harvard-Westlake School

Los Angeles , California 1994
Acted in several school productions

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island 1998
Appeared in the university production of "Arcadia"

Milestones

2009

Played a recurring role on the fifth season of "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC) as pediatrician Arizona Robbins; became a regular cast member in the sixth season

2007

Appeared in three episodes of Showtime's "The L Word" as Jennifer Beals' love interest

2005

Played Rachel Wheeler in the Spielberg produced TNT miniseries, "Into the West"

2002

Played attorney Jamie Stringer on the ABC legal drama, "The Practice"

1999

Re-teamed with her mother in "The Love Letter"

1999

Appeared in an episode of the NBC medical drama, "ER"

1998

Appeared in the independent comedy, "Denial"; screened at festivals and aired on Cinemax

1997

Feature film debut, appeared opposite her mother, Kate Capshaw in "The Locusts"

1996

Made TV debut in the short-lived ABC series, "High Incident"; executive produced by Spielberg

1993

First screen credit, interned for Spielberg's Holocaust film, "Schindler's List"

1990

Began acting in high school productions, "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Tea & Sympathy"

1978

Moved with family to New York at age two

After parents divorced, moved with mother to Los Angeles

Bonus Trivia

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Spielberg on exerting his influence to help his stepdaughter's acting pursuits: "I have kept back and absolutely not imposed myself on her career. It's important that she goes through the entire ordeal of suffering for a part." - quoted in People magazine, Oct. 13, 1997

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