A vibrant red-headed player who has proved effective on both TV and in features before landing her first regular role in a series, actress Marissa Ribisi brought an unaffected charm to her roles, her onscreen portrayals showing a clarity and lack of vanity uncharacteristic of many of her acting peers. The fraternal twin of actor Giovanni Ribisi, she got a bit of a later start in the entertainment industry than her brother, but worked steadily from her 1993 feature debut. As a featured member of the ensemble of "Dazed and Confused," Ribisi joined a cast of then-unknowns including Matthew McConaughey and Adam Goldberg. In this Richard Linklater look at a Texas high school on the last day of classes in 1976, the actress played Cynthia, a slightly awkward girl who runs with two verbose outsiders (Goldberg and Anthony Rapp) out looking for a good time. Ribisi's part, as is often true of Linklater's characters, was more complex and nuanced than the characterizations in many other teen pieces. She gave a subtle and engaging performance as the sensitive and well-liked but somewhat socially marginal character, and her hair, styled in a short kinky red afro, lent the film a timely and memorable image. The actress followed up with a part in 1995's "The Brady Bunch Movie," playing Peter Brady's love interest. The next year Ribisi was featured in the independent "The Size of Watermelons," as an alarmingly out of key rock singer. The actress made her feature starring debut in "Some Girls," which she also co-scripted. The film co-starred her brother Giovanni and Juliette Lewis and screened to acclaim, winning the Best Director award at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. She additionally had supporting roles in the major releases "Pleasantville" (1998) and "True Crime" (1999).