Linda Fiorentino

Actor, Bartender
Cementing her reputation as a femme fatale in the mold of classic screen sirens proved to be both a blessing and a curse for actress Linda Fiorentino, who struggled to move beyond Hollywood typecasting after early ... Read more »
Born: 03/09/1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Once More with Feeling 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Liberty Stands Still 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

We All Dream of Oz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ordinary Decent Criminal 2000 (Movie)

Christine Lynch (Actor)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

Helen Gordon (Actor)

Where the Money Is 2000 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Dogma 1999 (Movie)

Bethany (Actor)

Kicked in the Head 1997 (Movie)

Megan (Actor)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

Laurel (Actor)

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Unforgettable 1996 (Movie)

Dr Martha Briggs (Actor)

Bodily Harm 1995 (Movie)

Rita Cates (Actor)

Jade 1995 (Movie)

Trina Gavin (Actor)

The Desperate Trail 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Seduction 1994 (Movie)

Bridget Gregory (Actor)

Chain of Desire 1993 (Movie)

Alma D'Angeli (Actor)

Charlie's Ghost Story 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Strangers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

Shout 1991 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

The Moderns 1988 (Movie)

Rachel Stone (Actor)

Wildfire 1988 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

Kiki Bridges (Actor)

Gotcha! 1985 (Movie)

Sasha Banicek--Cheryl Brewster (Actor)

Vision Quest 1985 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

Acting on Impulse (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond the Law (TV Show)

Actor

Body Count (TV Show)

Actor

The Neon Empire (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Cementing her reputation as a femme fatale in the mold of classic screen sirens proved to be both a blessing and a curse for actress Linda Fiorentino, who struggled to move beyond Hollywood typecasting after early breakout performances. With her very first role, Fiorentino was cast as the sensual "older woman" in the niche teen movie "Vision Quest" (1985). Further buttressing the perception were two more roles as highly sexualized and dangerous ladies in the films "Gotcha!" (1985) and "After Hours" (1985), all in that same debut year. The suddenly in-demand bombshell experienced a period of self-imposed exile as she turned down role after role while attempting to mount a personal project that was never produced. When Fiorentino did return, she found herself settling for parts in several underwhelming movies, until a role as yet another dangerous sex kitten revived her flagging career. Ruthless to a nearly sociopathic degree, the character of scam artist Bridget Gregory in "The Last Seduction" (1994) brought Fiorentino accolades and awards, even as it cemented her persona as a wicked woman. However, a follow-up part as another morally-deficient dame in the box office disaster "Jade" (1995), counter-balanced by a decidedly dissimilar role in the disappointing "Unforgettable" (1996), derailed what had looked to be a career comeback. Although the sci-fi comedy was a huge hit, a somewhat superfluous turn in "Men in Black" (1997) did little to put her back on track. While Fiorentino continued to appear infrequently in various projects, often with some of filmdom's biggest talents, none of the subsequent roles could eclipse her unforgettable portrayals of dangerous females who drew unsuspecting men in like moths to a flame.

Relationships

Clorinda Fiorentino

Mother

John Byrum

Husband
divorced in 1993

Terry Christie

Sister
younger moved to New York with Fiorentino in 1980

Catherine Fiorentino

Sister
younger

Rose Fiorentino

Sister
younger

Jayson Williams

Companion

EDUCATION

Circle in the Square Professional Theater School

New York , New York
enrolled in 1980; one of 54 applicants accepted from a field of 1200; classmates included actor Richard Brooks

Rosemont College

Rosemont , Pennsylvania 1980
a division of Villanova University; played Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", among other college theatrical productions

International Center of Photography

New York , New York

Washington Township High School

New Jersey 1976
was a cheerleader and a basketball player

Milestones

2000

Starred as a bored nursing home employee opposite Paul Newman's "retired" bank robber in "Where the Money Is"

2000

Acted in Mike Nichols' "Which Planet Are You From?", starring Garry Shandling

1999

Cast as the "last scion" of the Jesus line in Kevin Smith's scattershot "Dogma"

1998

Reteamed with Caruso for the Movie Channel's "Body Count"

1997

Gave her career a much-needed boost as a Manhattan medical examiner in "Men in Black", despite being underused as the female lead

1997

Played an airline attendant who was one of the few interesting elements in "Kicked in the Head"

1996

Reteamed with Dahl for the disappointing "Unforgettable", playing a change-of-pace nerdy lab scientist who has found a way of transferring memory by injection

1995

Starred as tough, no-nonsense outlaw in TNT movie "The Desperate Trail"

1995

Was completely wasted in "Larger than Life", starring Bill Murray

1995

Reprised her man-eater persona in the guise of a psychologist with a secret life in William Friedkin's critically-blasted "Jade", co-starring David Caruso and Chazz Palminteri

1994

Played thankless maid's role in Edwards' feature directing debut, "Charlie's Ghost Story"

1994

Garnered attention with her portrayal of a femme fatale in John Dahl's noirish "The Last Seduction"; deemed ineligible for Oscar consideration since film debuted in USA on HBO

1991

Played the female lead in "Queens Logic", an independent "Big Chill" clone

1989

TV-miniseries debut, "The Neon Empire" (Showtime)

1988

Was a standout as a runaway wife opposite John Lone in Alan Rudolph's flawed period piece "The Moderns"

1985

Played scene-stealing dominatrix (kinky sculptress) in Martin Scorsese's "After Hours"

1985

Portrayed Russian spy opposite Anthony Edwards in "Gotcha!"

1985

Episodic TV debut, guest spot on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (NBC)

1985

Feature debut, playing female lead in "Vision Quest"

1980

Moved to New York's Hell's Kitchen district

First professional audition landed her "Vision Quest"

Tended bar at the Kamikaze Club with Bruce Willis

Raised in Philadelphia and in nearby Sewell, New Jersey, southeast of Camden

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources give 1960 as Ms. Fiorentino's year of birth.

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According to Fiorentino, she met "Men in Black" director Barry Sonnenfeld playing poker, got him to bet her role in that movie and won the hand.

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Fiorentino was set to co-star in "Till the End of Time", a film about painter Georgia O'Keefe and her husband Alfred Steiglitz (to be played by Ben Kingsley) but the project shut down after less than a month. The actress was later sued by the production company Art Oko Film. The $5 million-plus lawsuit alleged breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and international interference with economic advantage. Her representatives had no comment.

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