Juliette Lewis

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Juliette Lewis
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Juliette Lewis at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Juliette Lake Lewis

(1973-06-21) June 21, 1973 (age 46)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1980–present
Steve Berra
(m. 1999; div. 2003)
Parent(s)Geoffrey Lewis
Glenis Duggan Batley

Juliette Lake Lewis[1] (born June 21, 1973)[2] is an American actress and singer known for her portrayals of offbeat characters, often in films with dark themes.[3] She began her career with small film and television roles in the late 1980s. In 1991 she received acclaim for her performance in Cape Fear, for which she received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.

She has since appeared in films such as Husbands and Wives (1992), Kalifornia; What's Eating Gilbert Grape (both 1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), The Basketball Diaries; Strange Days (both 1995), From Dusk till Dawn; The Evening Star (both 1996), The Other Sister (1999), The Way of the Gun (2000), Old School (2003), Starsky & Hutch (2004), Whip It (2009), Conviction (2010), and August: Osage County (2013).

Lewis received an Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the HBO film Hysterical Blindness (2002). Her subsequent television work has included series such as The Firm (2012), Wayward Pines (2015), and Secrets and Lies (2015–16).

In 2004, Lewis launched a career as a singer and musician, leading the American rock band Juliette and the Licks. She has since embarked on a solo career.

Early life[edit]

Lewis was born in Los Angeles, California[2] to actor Geoffrey Lewis and his second wife, Glenis (Duggan) Batley, a graphic designer.[4] She has eight siblings: brothers or half-brothers Lightfield (an actor who appeared in The New WKRP in Cincinnati), Peter, Miles, and Matthew Lewis; and sisters or half-sisters Brandy, Hannah, and Dierdre Lewis; and stepsister Emily Colombier.[5][6][7][8]



Lewis' first on-screen appearance was an uncredited bit part in Bronco Billy, which starred her father.

She appeared in The Wonder Years as Wayne's girlfriend in Episodes 24, 34 and 36.[9] She also played Audrey Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Lewis first garnered international attention and acclaim in 1991 with her turn as Danielle Bowden in Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award,[10] as well as an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[11] Over the next few years, she appeared in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Peter Medak's Romeo Is Bleeding,[12] and opposite Brad Pitt in Kalifornia. In 1993, she acted alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp in the drama film What's Eating Gilbert Grape.[citation needed] She played Mallory Knox in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.[13] She played a rock singer in the film Strange Days, doing her own singing on covers of two songs written by PJ Harvey.[14]

She received an Emmy nomination for her performance in Hysterical Blindness in 2003.[15] She also appeared in the HIM music video for "Buried Alive By Love" in 2003.[16]

She appeared in the 2004 film Starsky & Hutch, playing the role of Kitty, as Reese Feldman's girlfriend.

Lewis appeared in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV, providing the voice of "Juliette", the host of fictional radio station "Radio Broker" (on which appears the Juliette and the Licks song 'Inside the Cage)'.[17] She appeared in a Gap commercial in which she was dancing with Daft Punk to the tune of the song "Digital Love".[18] She also appeared in the Jan Kounen film Renegade with Vincent Cassel. In 2012 she starred in the short-lived series The Firm, on NBC as Tammy, assistant to lead character Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas).[19] Secrets & Lies 2015 TV Series

She reprised her role as Audrey Griswold in 2012 in a series of Old Navy holiday commercials featuring the Griswold family. In 2015, she had a small role in the television series Wayward Pines, a psychological thriller by M. Night Shyamalan.

Lewis will appear in the premiere season of The Conners as Blue, girlfriend of Darlene Conner's ex-husband David Healy.[20]


Lewis on Terra Incognita tour with the New Romantiques at Parkpop festival 2010, The Hague, Netherlands

Lewis launched a career as a solo singer and musician, leading American rock band Juliette and the Licks until 2009 when she went solo and released the album entitled Terra Incognita.[21]

Lewis features on the track "Bad Brother" by the band The Infidels, from The Crow: Salvation Soundtrack album, which was released on April 2000. 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").[22] In 2006, Blender magazine included her in their hottest women of rock music list.[23]

Lewis performing with the Licks at the Eurockéennes 2007

In 2009, Lewis performed at the Przystanek Woodstock in Poland.[24] In 2010, she played at the Rock for People festival in the Czech Republic.[25] In December 2010, Lewis hosted the game television show Never Mind the Buzzcocks and repeated in January 2012.[26]

In 2013, Lewis contributed backing vocals to the track, "Saint of Impossible Causes", on Joseph Arthur's tenth studio album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ. She then appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars.[27]

In 2015, Lewis contributed vocals to the song "Stickup" by electronic artists Karma Fields & Morten, which was released on Monstercat.[28]

Lewis has supported Little Kids Rock, a US nonprofit organization that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools, by painting a Fender Strat guitar and donating it to an auction to raise money for the organization.[29]

Personal life[edit]

After dropping out of high school, Lewis got into trouble with the law for driving illegally at age 15, then was arrested for illegally patronizing a nightclub when she was 16. From 1990 to 1993 Lewis dated Brad Pitt. While in her 20s she went into rehabilitation for drug addiction.[30]

Lewis married professional skateboarder Steve Berra in 1999; they divorced in 2003.[31]

Lewis identifies herself as both a Christian and a Scientologist.[32][33][34]




Year Title Role Notes
1987 I Married Dora Kate Farrell TV series
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Comedy Series
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Lexie, Jessie's Friend #1
1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Audrey Griswold
Meet the Hollowheads Cindy Hollowhead
The Runnin' Kind Amy Curtis
1991 Cape Fear Danielle Bowden Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Robert De Niro)
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Crooked Hearts Cassie
1992 Husbands and Wives Rain
That Night Sheryl O'Connor
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape Becky
Romeo Is Bleeding Sheri
Kalifornia Adele Corners
1994 Natural Born Killers Mallory Knox Pasinetti Award for Best Actress
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Woody Harrelson)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Woody Harrelson)
US release delayed until 1994
Mixed Nuts Gracie Barzini
1995 Strange Days Faith Justin
The Basketball Diaries Diane Moody
1996 The Evening Star Melanie Horton Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama
From Dusk till Dawn Katerine Fuller Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998 Some Girl April
Welcome to Woop Woop Crazy alleyway extra
1999 The Other Sister Carla Tate Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
The 4th Floor Jane Emelin
2000 Room to Rent Linda
The Way of the Gun Robin
2001 Picture Claire Claire Beaucage
Gaudi Afternoon April
2002 Enough Ginny
Armitage: Dual Matrix Naomi Armitage (voice) Anime film dub
2003 Cold Creek Manor Ruby Ferguson
Free for All Paula
Old School Heidi
2004 Renegade Maria Sullivan aka Blueberry
Starsky & Hutch Kitty
2005 Daltry Calhoun Flora Flick
The Darwin Awards Joleen
Lightfield's Home Videos
Aurora Borealis Kate
Grilled Suzanne
2007 Catch and Release Maureen
2009 Whip It! Iron Maven
Metropia Nina (voice)
2010 Sympathy for Delicious Ariel Lee
The Switch Debbie Epstein
Conviction Roseanna Perry Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Due Date Heidi
2011 Hick Tammy Cutter-McMullen
Foreverland Vicky
2013 Open Road Jill
August: Osage County Karen Weston Hollywood Film Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2014 Hellion Pam
Kelly & Cal Kelly
2015 Jem and the Holograms Erica Raymond
2016 Nerve Nancy Delmonico
2018 Back Roads Bonnie Altmyer
A Million Little Pieces Joanne
2019 Ma Erica Thompson
TBA Breaking News in Yuba County Gloria Michaels Post-production


Year Show Role Notes
1987 Home Fires Maty TV movie
1987–1988 I Married Dora Katie Ferrell 13 episodes
1988 The Facts of Life Terry Rankin 2 episodes
1989–1990 The Wonder Years Delores 4 episodes
1990 A Family for Joe Holly Bankston #2 9 episodes
Too Young to Die? Amanda Sue Bradley Television film
2001 My Louisiana Sky Dorie Kay TV movie
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
Dharma & Greg September Episode: "Try to Remember This Kind of September"
2002 Hysterical Blindness Beth TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2003 Free for All Paula Wisconsin (voice) 7 episodes
2004 Chasing Freedom Libby TV movie
2006 My Name Is Earl Jessie Episode: "The Bounty Hunter"
2010 Memphis Beat Cleo Episode: "Baby, Let's Play House"
Never Mind The Buzzcocks Guest Host Season 24, episode 9
2012 The Firm Tamara Inez "Tammy" Hemphill 22 episodes
Nominated—Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
2015–2016 Secrets and Lies Detective Andrea Cornell 20 episodes
2015 Wayward Pines Beverly Brown 3 episodes
2017 Graves Bailey Todd 2 episodes
2018 Camping Jandice
2018 The Conners Blue
2019 At Home with Amy Sedaris Tandy Tucker
2019 The Act Stephanie Godejohn

Video games[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Herself as a radio DJ


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