Melora Walters

Actor
A quirky blonde actress capable of projecting a diamond hardness or intense fragility, Melora Walters has enjoyed her best screen roles (to date) in collaboration with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. The actress ... Read more »
Born: 10/20/1960

Filmography

Actor (56)

The Mentalist 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Young Kieslowski 2015 (Movie)

Barbara Kieslowski (Actor)

Dark Yellow 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hurt 2014 (Movie)

Helen Coltrane (Actor)

Rake 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sugar Mountain 2014 (Movie)

Tracey Huxley (Actor)

Short Term 12 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Hendler (Actor)

Underdogs 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Californication 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Master 2012 (Movie)

Band - Voice (Actor)

I Melt With You 2011 (Movie)

Katie (Actor)

Shit Year 2011 (Movie)

Shelly (Actor)

Big Love 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1995 - 1997, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Ranch 2010 (Movie)

Janelle (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1993 - 1997, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1995 - 1996, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1995 - 1997, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 - 1997, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harrison Montgomery 2009 (Movie)

Margo Fleming (Actor)

Brothers Three 2007 (Movie)

Loren (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Butterfly Effect 2004 (Movie)

Andrea Treborn (Actor)

Threat Matrix 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Lila (Actor)

Push, Nevada 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Empty 2003 (Movie)

Candy (Actor)

Desert Saints 2002 (Movie)

Bennie (Actor)

Rain 2002 (Movie)

Ellen Biddle (Actor)

Speaking of Sex 2000 (Movie)

Melinda (Actor)

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

Claudia Wilson (Actor)

The Debtors 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twice Upon a Time 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

Jessie St Vincent (Actor)

Hard Eight 1997 (Movie)

Jimmy's Girl (Actor)

American Strays 1996 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

Eraser 1996 (Movie)

Darleen (Actor)

Bakersfield P.D. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

Trina (Actor)

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

2nd Secretary (Actor)

Seinfeld 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

All Tied Up 1993 (Movie)

Bliss (Actor)

Twenty Bucks 1993 (Movie)

Stripper (Actor)

Beethoven 1992 (Movie)

Pet Shop Owner (Actor)

Roseanne 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead Poets Society 1989 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Case 219 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dead Man's Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

How to Murder a Millionaire (TV Show)

Actor

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (TV Show)

Actor

Los Locos (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Run For Your Life (TV Show)

Actor

Wisegirls (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

("A-Tisket A-Tasket") (Song Performer)

Biography

A quirky blonde actress capable of projecting a diamond hardness or intense fragility, Melora Walters has enjoyed her best screen roles (to date) in collaboration with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. The actress made her first screen appearance in "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and then segued to a recurring role as a pal of the title character on the ABC sitcom "Roseanne" in 1990. Several small roles followed in films ranging from big studio fare (e.g., "Beethoven" 1992) to low-budget indies (i.e., "Twenty Bucks" 1993) to the in-between ("Ed Wood" 1994). She had perhaps her widest exposure as the unlikely love interest of Chris Elliott in the disastrous "Cabin Boy" (1994). Anderson rescued her from these roles which did little to tap into her capabilities when he cast her as the floozy who hooks up with Samuel L. Jackson in "Hard Eight/Sydney" (1997). The writer-director subsequently created the roles of a porn star married to another adult film actor (Don Cheadle) in "Boogie Nights" (1997) and a high-strung drug abuser who finds romance with a cop in "Magnolia" (1999). The latter role especially allowed Walters to cut loose as she traversed a gamut of emotions. Her relationship with John C. Reilly formed the center of the film and she got to deliver the line that inspired the film, "Now that I've met you, would you object to never seeing me again?" Walters memorable work in the film was often cited for praise, even by those reviewers who had reservations about the film as a whole.

Relationships

Dylan Walsh Actor

Husband
Married March 20, 1996 Divorced July 29, 2003

Dylan Walsh

Husband
born on November 17, 1963

Joanna Walsh

Daughter
born on November 19, 1997

Thomas Walsh

Son
born on April 30, 1996

Milestones

2010

Co-starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Love Ranch," based on the true story of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada

2009

Starred in the horror film "Hurt"

2004

Portrayed the mother to Ashton Kutcher's character in "The Butterfly Effect"

2003

Became a regular on the series "Threat Matrix"

2003

Played a woman who tries to seduce Jude Law in "Cold mountain"

2002

Acted alongside Mira Sorvino and Mariah Carey in "Wise Girls"

2001

Acted in the ensemble of "Speaking of Sex"; premiered at the Chicago Film Festival

2001

Had leading role in the film "Rain"

1999

Starred as a troubled drug addict who finds an unlikely romance with a policeman in "Magnolia"; Paul Thomas Anderson wrote the part specifically for her

1998

Had regular role of Felicity, the office receptionist, on CBS' "L.A. Doctors"

1998

Appeared as a rival to Molly Ringwald for the affections of George Newbern in the Lifetime movie "Twice Upon a Time"

1997

Played the adult film performer wife of a black porn star in Anderson's "Boogie Nights"

1997

First collaboration with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson "Hard Eight/Sydney"; played Samuel L Jackson's girlfriend

1997

Guest starred on CBS' "Brooklyn South", starring husband Dylan Walsh

1996

Appeared in the Arnold Schwarzennegger vehicle "Eraser"

1995

Played recurring role on ABC's "NYPD Blue"

1994

Portrayed the love interest of Chris Elliott's "Cabin Boy"

1993

Played a stripper in the independent feature "Twenty Bucks"

1990

Had recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Roseanne"

1989

Feature film debut, "Dead Poets Society"

Bonus Trivia

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"I directed something a long time ago, and I got frustrated and started to think, 'Just do what I'm telling you to do!' And I decided that when I got a job as an actress I'd really try to work with the director because being a director is very difficult." --Melora Walters quoted in USA Today, August 29, 1997

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