Lisa Gay Hamilton
An actress who seems to have talent waiting to burst out of the small featured roles to which she has been assigned, Lisa Gay Hamilton made it to primetime TV in 1997 playing Rebecca Washington, the paralegal receptionist who graduated to full-fledged attorney on the ABC TV series "The Practice. " She was cast in the role after several critically-acclaimed stage performances, notably in Athol Fugard's "Valley Song," in which she played a South African teen on the verge of adulthood yearning to become a singer. Hamilton first played the role in 1995 at the prestigious MacArthur Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, then reprised it Off-Broadway and at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1997. A graduate of Juilliard, Hamilton has numerous stage credits, including the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure," starring Kevin Kline and Andre Braugher. She first appeared on Broadway in 1990 playing the supporting role of Grace in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" and could be seen as one of Allen Dershowitz' minions in "Reversal of Fortune" (1990). More recently, she appeared as Adam Trese's unhappy wife in "Palookaville" (1995) and was cast by Quentin Tarantino in "Jackie Brown" (1997). Hamilton also made a strong impression playing a member of Alcoholics Anonymous who feels shame because her behavior contributed to a younger bother's substance abuse in "Drunks" (Showtime, 1996; later released theatrically).