Debi Mazar

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Debi Mazar
Debi Mazar 2009.jpg
Mazar in Beverly Hills, California, December 4, 2009
BornDeborah Mazar
(1964-08-13) August 13, 1964 (age 49)
Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1981 – present
Spouse(s)Gabriele Corcos (2002–present; 2 children)
 
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Debi Mazar
Debi Mazar 2009.jpg
Mazar in Beverly Hills, California, December 4, 2009
BornDeborah Mazar
(1964-08-13) August 13, 1964 (age 49)
Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1981 – present
Spouse(s)Gabriele Corcos (2002–present; 2 children)

Deborah "Debi" Mazar (/məˈzɑr/ or /ˈmzɑr/;[1] born August 13, 1964) is an American actress, known for her Jersey Girl-type roles; as sharp-tongued women in independent films; and for her recurring role as press agent Shauna Roberts on the HBO series Entourage.

Early life[edit]

Mazar was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, the daughter of Nancy and Harry Mazar. Her father was born in the Latvian SSR, Soviet Union, to a Jewish family, but raised in the Roman Catholic Church. She had no knowledge of her heritage until her twenties. Her mother was raised a Roman Catholic, briefly converted to Judaism, then became a Buddhist, and later joined Jehovah's Witnesses until she was disfellowshipped for taking a blood transfusion.[2]

Career[edit]

Mazar began her career as a hip hop b-girl in New York City. Her first television appearance was on the pilot for a hip hop television dance show, Graffiti Rock in 1984.[3] She appeared in five of Madonna's music videos[4] -– "Papa Don't Preach," "True Blue" (both 1986), "Justify My Love" (1990), "Deeper and Deeper" (1992) and "Music" (2000).[5] Mazar has played a number of minor supporting roles in a variety of films, including Sandy, a friend of Henry Hill's mistress. Goodfellas (1990); The Doors (1991); Bullets Over Broadway (1994); and as Spice (of Sugar and Spice, with Drew Barrymore as Sugar) in Batman Forever (1995). She gained her first real following from playing a character on Civil Wars in the early 1990s. When that series was cancelled her character was brought over as a recurring role between 1993 and 1994 season of the TV drama L.A. Law.[5]

She played the villain Regina in the family film Beethoven's 2nd (1993). She has appeared in independent films Inside Monkey Zetterland and Nowhere and her short-lived sitcom, Temporarily Yours. She also appeared as the genie in the Space Monkeys' music video, "Sugarcane".[5]

Mazar appeared on a Friends episode in its eighth season ("The One Where Rachel Has a Baby, Part One"). Mazar played "Doreen, the Evil Bitch," a crazed pregnant woman who shares a hospital room with Rachel. From 2000 to 2002 she played Jackie on the television drama That's Life. She also provided the voice of Maria Latore in the video games Grand Theft Auto III (2001) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004).

From 2004 to 2011, She had a supporting role on Entourage as press agent Shauna Roberts. She also had a recurring role on the sitcom Living with Fran, playing Fran Drescher's character's cousin, Merrill. She did a two-episode stint on the television series Ugly Betty, where she played Leah Stillman, a scam artist who claims to be a lawyer.

Mazar was a contestant on the ninth season of Dancing With the Stars. She was partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and finished in twelfth place.[6] She was eliminated in the third week (October 6, 2009).

Personal life[edit]

Prior to her marriage, she dated actor Paul Reubens for several years beginning in 1993. Reubens has since credited Mazar with ending his depression resulting from his infamous 1991 arrest.[7]

She married Gabriele Corcos on March 16, 2002, in a ceremony officiated by Ellen Burstyn, who is an ordained Sufi high priest.[2] They have two daughters: Evelyn Maria (born in 2002) and Giulia Isabel (born in 2006). The family divides their time between their home in Brooklyn and a 14th-century house outside of Florence, Italy, that was given to them as a wedding present by Mazar’s in-laws.[2]

Mazar and Corcos hosted an internet show focused on Tuscan cuisine, Under The Tuscan Gun.[8] On January 19, 2011, they began hosting the cooking show Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel.[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Downtown 81Peppermint Lounge DancerAKA, New York Beat Movie
1990GoodfellasSandy
1991Doors, TheThe DoorsWhiskey Girl
1991Jungle FeverDenise
1991Little Man TateGina
1992In the SoupSuzie
1992Love Is Like ThatDelores
1992Inside Monkey ZetterlandDaphne
1992SinglesBrenda
1992Malcolm XPeg
1992ToysNurse Debbie
1993So I Married an Axe MurdererSusan
1993Money for NothingMonica Russo
1993Beethoven's 2ndRegina
1994Bullets Over BroadwayViolet
1995Batman ForeverSpice
1995Empire RecordsJane
1996Cosas que nunca te dijeDiane
1996Girl 6Girl #39
1996Trees LoungeCrystal
1996Red Ribbon BluesDarcy
1996Space TruckersCindy
1997Meet Wally SparksSandy Gallo
1997NowhereKozy
1997She's So LovelyGeorgie
1997Deli, TheThe DeliTeresa
1997Casper: A Spirited BeginningAngie LyonsVideo
1997Trouble on the CornerEricca Rice
1998Marry Me or Die
1998Frogs for SnakesSimone
1998HushLisa
1998Life in the Fast LaneRosie
1999House on Haunted HillJennifer JenzenScenes available on DVD only
1999Insider, TheThe InsiderDebbie De Luca
2000More Dogs Than BonesMary
2000Held for RansomRita
2002Ten Tiny Love StoriesSix
2002Tuxedo, TheThe TuxedoSteena
2003Who Killed the Idea?Mysterious WomanShort film
2003DeceptionJanet Steiner
2004CollateralYoung Professional Woman
2004My Tiny UniverseBonnie
2005Be CoolMarla
2005EdmondMatron
2005WaitJoanneShort film
2006Lies & AlibisDet. BryceAKA, The Alibi
2006Red Riding HoodRed's Mom
2008Beautiful Life, AA Beautiful LifeSusan
2008Women, TheThe WomenTanya
2013LovelaceDolly Sharp
2013Return to BabylonGloria Swanson
2014She's Funny That Way
2015EntourageShaunaFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Graffiti RockDancerTV film
1991-1993Civil WarsDenise IannelloMain role (36 episodes)
1993-1994L.A. LawDenise IanelloRecurring role (22 episodes)
1994Witch HuntThe ManicuristTV film
1995Burke's LawRachel DavisEpisode: "Who Killed the Motor Car Maverick?"
1997Temporarily YoursDeb DeAngeloMain role (6 episodes)
1998Witness to the MobDeborah GravanoTV film
1998David and LisaMaggieTV film
1999Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild ThornberrysMongoose (voice)Episode: "Darwin Plays the Palace"
1998-1999WorkingLiz TricoliRegular role (17 episodes)
1999Sissy Duckling, TheThe Sissy DucklingMother Duck 2 (voice)TV film
1999ProvidenceVonda VickersEpisodes: "Thank You, Providence: Parts 1 & 2"
2000Get RealKate HarrisEpisode: "Saved"
2000-2002That's LifeJackie O'GradyMain role (34 episodes)
2001Grand Theft Auto IIIMaria Latore (voice)Video game
2002FriendsEvil BitchEpisode: "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 1"
2002Groovenians, TheThe GrooveniansYalda, Swirly (voice)TV short
2003Wanda at LargeJenny HawkinsEpisode: "Unaired Pilot"
20037th HeavenNurse KellyEpisode: "The One Thing"
2003-2004All of UsAlex / DebiRecurring role (7 episodes)
20047th HeavenNurse KellyEpisode: "The Anniversary"
2004Practice, TheThe PracticeGigi ColeyEpisodes: "Comings and Goings", "New Hoods on the Block"
2004Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasMaria Latore (voice)Video game
2004CSI: MiamiRebecca BriggsEpisode: "Speed Kills"
2004-2011EntourageShauna(50 episodes)
2005NYPD BlueMaxine AnnunziatoEpisode: "Lenny Scissorhands"
2005-2006Living With FranCousin MerrillEpisodes: "A Year of Living with Fran", "Going to a Bar Mitzvah with Fran", "Coupling with Fran", "Reuniting with Fran"
2006Ghost WhispererJosieEpisode: "The Woman of His Dreams"
2006Ugly BettyLeah FeldmanEpisodes: "Trust, Lust and Must", "Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral"
2008PrivilegedDebraEpisode: "Pilot"
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitPeggy BernardiEpisode: "Babes"
2009Burn NoticeAmyEpisode: "Friends Like These"
2009CastlePaula HaasEpisode: "When the Bough Breaks"
2010Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of TimRochelle (voice)Episode: "The Girl Scout Incident/Rodney Has a Wife?"
2010HawthorneDonna AlberghettiEpisode: "Hidden Truths"
2010Jonas L.A.Mona KleinRecurring role (7 episodes)
2011Good VibesBarbara "Babs" Brando (voice)Main role (12 episodes)
2012Melissa & JoeyHarper QuinnEpisode: "The Knockout"
2012Home Alone: The Holiday HeistJessicaTV film
2012Happily DivorcedJanEpisode: "The Back-Up Fran"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Debi Mazar (October 6, 2009). "Dancing with the Stars" round three: results show (Television). USA: ABC. Event occurs at 41:30. "I've just been going by /ˈmzɑr/ for all these years, but it's probably /məˈzɑr/." 
  2. ^ a b c "Debi Mazar in Entourage – Back in the Public Eye". Newyorkmetro.com. 2005-06-06. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Debi Mazar Recounts 6 Close Encounters with Hip Hop in the ’80s". egotripland.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  4. ^ "Debi Mazar: My Kids Have Play Dates With Madonna". UsMagazine.com. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  5. ^ a b c "Debi Mazar Biography (1964-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  6. ^ "New Dancing Stars Revealed! : People.com". Tvwatch.people.com. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Paul Reubens: Playboy Interview". Playboy. Retrieved 2011-01-14. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Under The Tuscan Gun". 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  9. ^ "Extra Virgin with Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos". Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  10. ^ Rochlin, Margy (February 2, 2011). "Debi Mazar Hits the Kitchen on Extra Virgin". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 

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