Katharine Towne

Evincing an air of articulate self-possession that came across more as experienced sophistication than precociousness despite her relative youth, Katharine Towne was quite a catch in Hollywood: an attractive, smart and ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA


Actor (26)

Easy Six 2014 (Movie)


LD50 2014 (Movie)


Looking For Sunday 2014 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Scream at the Sound of the Beep 2014 (Movie)


Beauty And The Least 2013 (Movie)


CSI: New York 2011 (Tv Show)


Amar 2009 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

Female Sex Addict (Actor)

Tell Me You Love Me 2007 (Tv Show)


Something New 2006 (Movie)

Leah Cahan (Actor)

Sol Goode 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


The Anarchist Cookbook 2003 (Movie)

Jody (Actor)

Evolution 2001 (Movie)

Nadine (Actor)

Long Shot 2001 (Movie)


Town & Country 2001 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Undeclared 2001 (Tv Show)


But I'm A Cheerleader 2000 (Movie)

Sinead (Actor)

M.Y.O.B. 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The In Crowd 2000 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

What Lies Beneath 2000 (Movie)

Caitlin Spencer (Actor)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1999 (Tv Show)


Go 1999 (Movie)

Becky (Actor)

She's All That 1999 (Movie)

Savannah (Actor)

The Bachelor 1999 (Movie)

Monique (Actor)

Girl 1998 (Movie)

Marjorie (Actor)

Without Limits 1998 (Movie)

Co-Eds (Actor)


Evincing an air of articulate self-possession that came across more as experienced sophistication than precociousness despite her relative youth, Katharine Towne was quite a catch in Hollywood: an attractive, smart and talented blonde hip to the ins and outs of the business. The eldest daughter of famed screenwriter Robert Towne, the actress initially wanted to be a writer, inspired both by her father's legacy and her own hatred of actors. Time and therapy led Towne to the realization that she was in fact a born actor; she had only been acting as a writer. From here she sought out training and soon began landing small supporting roles. Not many moviegoers caught her work in the festival screened independent "Girl" (1998), but her next feature "She's All That" (1999) was well-attended although her part was less than crucial. A similarly dialogue-light turn followed in Doug Liman's energetic "Go" that same year. She was featured to greater advantage in the silly romantic comedy "The Bachelor", playing chef Monique, a somewhat eccentric candidate to be the bride of Chris O'Donnell's commitment-shy titular character.


Ethan Embry Actor


Charlie Hunnam

starred in the popular British television series "Queer as Folk"

Charlie Hunnam Actor

Married 1999 Divorced 2002

Julie Payne

married Towne's father in November 1977 divorced c. 1981

Chiara Towne

born on July 28, 1991 mother, Luisa Towne (nee Gaule)

Robert Towne

born Robert Bernard Schwartz on November 23, 1934 father Lou Schwartz later changed the family name to Towne earned an Oscar for the screenplay of "Chinatown" (1974)


Crossroads High School

Santa Monica , California
was asked to leave due to "excessive sassiness"



Appeared in the romantic comedy "Town & Country"


Starred as a sarcastic runaway who must adapt to her nitpicky aunt and a new high school in NBC the midseason replacement sitcom "M.Y.O.B."


Played Sinead, one of the campers sent to have her lesbian tendencies "rehabilitated", in the quirky comedy "But I'm a Cheerleader"


Had a supporting role as the daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford in Robert Zemeckis' supernatural mystery "What Lies Beneath"


Was featured in the thriller "In Crowd", a look at the dangerous secrets of the inner circle


Had a small role in "Go", Doug Liman's vibrant chronicle of Los Angeles nightlife


Played Monique, a chef and one of the potential brides of Chris O'Donnell's titular character, in "The Bachelor"


Acted in Robert Iscove's teen romance feature "She's All That"


Guest starred on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as a tough bloodsucker who gives the heroine a run for her money


Film acting debut with a featured role in the Seattle rock scene-set independent drama "Girl"; screened on the festival circuit in 1998 and 1999


At age 13, moved in with her father, acclaimed screenwriter Robert Towne

Bonus Trivia


Katharine Towne on her starring TV debut in "M.Y.O.B.": "There's some horrible part of me that can't wait to see this show, even though I'm terrified. I mean, it's all me, all the time. You really have to like me, and I don't even like me all that much." --quoted in E! Online's "The Sizzlin' Sixteen of 2000".


Movieline's Jeffrey Lantos on Towne's childhood as the daughter of screenwriter Robert Towne: "Occasionally Dad's art intruded on his daughter's life. At Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, Kate was once asked if she was the model for Katherine, the child born of an incestuous coupling in 'Chinatown'. 'I said, "Listen jack ass, you wanna give me a complex?"', she recalls." --From the May 2000 issue.


Towne on finding the character of Riley ("M.Y.O.B.") within herself: "I didn't do any research. You find what is closest; you use those emotions that are the same or similar. I know what it feels like to not belong, or you can't be where you want and it's not your fault, or craving normality or non-chaos. I also understand channeling that into aggression and sarcasm. Where else are you going to go with that when you're not mature? To go, 'Let's just pick the flowers we have and go on' -- that's really hard to say when you're 14 and you're just a mess." --quoted May 31, 2000 on Zap2It.com TV.


"I'd wanted to be a writer, which is understandable under the circumstances, but when I was 18 I realized I'd [only been] acting like a writer, which was discouraging in so many ways. I always thought actors were big fat morons obsessed with their own pretty faces. I was sort of ashamed to want to be an actress, because I'm not usually one to flock with groups. I sort of went to class, not to learn but just see if I could do it or not." --quoted to Zap2It.com TV, May 31, 2000.