Birth name: Juliette Lewis
Date of birth: 21 June 1973
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Spouse: Stephen Berra (9 September 1999 – 2005) (divorced)
Famous Quote: “Being beautiful can be a curse, especially if you want to be an artist and create. Fame can be just so annoying because people are so critical of you. I don’t want to be famous as a movie star and have the whole world love me, I want to be a creative actress. I knew I could live no other way, that the one thing I wanted was to act and do it well.”
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Juliette L. Lewis (born June 21, 1973) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and musician. Anxious to get on with her acting career, precocious Juliette Lewis dropped out of high school at age 14, passed a proficiency course and became an emancipated minor a year later, unbound by child labor laws. Despite having no training, she had already landed daughter roles in the Showtime miniseries “Home Fires” (1987) and the ABC series “I Married Dora” (1987-88), and though she would return as a series regular in “A Family For Joe” (NBC, 1990), starring Robert Mitchum, she found sitcoms constraining, resenting her directors’ insistence that she do nothing with her hands while standing stiffly, geared for the punchline. The TV-movie “Too Young to Die?” (NBC, 1990), which teamed her with longtime love interest Brad Pitt, provided a sample of the dramatic work to come, casting her as 15-year-old facing the death penalty for murder, but her feature debut as Chevy Chase’s daughter in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) confined her to emotional territory very much in keeping with the sitcoms she loathed.
Lewis was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father is actor Geoffrey Lewis and her mother, Glenis Batley (née Duggan), is a graphic designer. They divorced when she was two years old. She has two brothers, Lightfield and Peter, and two sisters, Dierdre and Brandy. Her uncle is the late composer, Peter Tod Lewis. She wanted to act since she was six years old, and got her start in TV at the age of twelve.
Lewis has appeared in over forty films and made-for-TV movies. She starred in the video for the Melissa Etheridge song “Come To My Window”, and has also appeared in a GAP commercial which she was dancing with Daft Punk to the tune of the song “Digital Love.” She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1992 for Cape Fear. In 1995 she starred in Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days; in the movie she sings PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me from the eponimous album, anticipating her later work as a singer. Expanding on her child-woman of “Cape Fear”, Lewis began her “psychotic waif” period as Gary Oldman’s peroxide blonde moll in Peter Medak’s hopped-up contemporary film noir “Romeo Is Bleeding” (1993) and adopted a horrifically hilarious spastic laugh and adolescent gawkiness for that year’s “Kalifornia”.
On the road with homicidal partner Pitt and yuppies David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes, her clueless trailer-park Lolita was a perfect “enabler” for Pitt’s serial killer. Back on the road for “Natural Born Killers” (1994), more closely matched in sociopathic tendencies with fellow love-thug Woody Harrelson as they terrorized the Southwest on their killing spree, she captured the frighteningly odd emptiness of her character’s moral inattention. Tucked amidst these on-the-edge roles was an atypically sweet, reflective turn with Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio in the offbeat “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (also 1993), but a reteaming with DiCaprio in “Basketball Diaries” (1995) returned her to familiar low-life terrain as a scuzzy hooker. She received an Emmy nomination for her performance in “Hysterical Blindness” in 2003. She also appeared in the HIM music video for “Buried Alive By Love” in 2003.
Lewis has also launched a career as a solo singer and musician, leading a group called Juliette and the Licks which has released a number of recordings. She is working with rock songwriter Linda Perry, among others. Lewis has also appeared on three tracks by Electronic Music group The Prodigy’s 2004 CD Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (“Spitfire”, “Get Up Get Off”, and “Hot Ride”). In 2006 Blender Magazine included her in their hottest women of rock music list while saying, “She delivered sonically varnished melodic punk replete with purring vocals and lyrics that bash porn, pharmaceutical companies and rotten lovers (in no particular order)”. Lewis was featured in some lighter fare, as a tough New Jersey girl in the 1980s period piece “Hysterical Blindness” (2002), the HBO original movie co-starred Emmy nominee Gena Rowlands and Golden Globe recipient Uma Thurman. She was next seen in the thriller “Enough” (2002), which starred Jennifer Lopez as an abused wife and mother who with the help of Lewis’ character tries unsuccessfully to escape her abusive husband (played by Billy Campbell). Thier bootless attempts result in a plot for Lopez to kill her abuser. Then, the following year, Lewis took the turn from serious to comical when she was cast as the girlfriend of Luke Wilson’s character in the hilarious feature, “Old School” (2003), a raucous comedy about a trio of thirtysomething buddies who try to recapture their college years by starting their own off-campus fraternity.
Lewis dated actor Brad Pitt for several years and co-starred with him in the movies Kalifornia and Too Young to Die?. She also dated the nanny employed by musicians Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Michael Dewitt. She married professional skateboarder Steve Berra in 1999, but they are now divorced. She is a member of the Church of Scientology. Lewis’ sister, Brandy, is married to My Name Is Earl star Ethan Suplee. Lewis guest-starred on My Name Is Earl in 2006.Related People: