Heather Matarazzo

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Heather Matarazzo
Born(1982-11-10) November 10, 1982 (age 32)
Oyster Bay, New York, U.S.
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Caroline Murphy[1]
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Heather Matarazzo
Born(1982-11-10) November 10, 1982 (age 32)
Oyster Bay, New York, U.S.
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Caroline Murphy[1]

Heather Amy Matarazzo[2] (born November 10, 1982) is an American actress. Her breakthrough role was as a geeky girl in the film Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). She played Lilly in The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). Her other movies include The Devil's Advocate (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Sorority Boys (2002), Saved! (2004), and Hostel: Part 2 (2007).

Early life[edit]

Matarazzo was born and raised in Oyster Bay, New York, the daughter of Camille, a homemaker, and Ray Matarazzo, a data processing manager for a bakery chain.[2] Matarazzo is of Irish descent, and was adopted and raised by the Matarazzos, a strict Catholic Italian American family.[3] She attended Oyster Bay High School, as well as the BOCES Cultural Arts Center High School.


Matarazzo began acting at the age of six; after commandeering the microphone at an AIDS benefit for children, she was given the card of a talent manager with whom she remained for ten years.[4]

In 1997, she won an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in Welcome to the Dollhouse. Matarazzo has expressed pleasure in being allowed to play interesting characters, some of whom "are ostracized for various reasons." She has commented that she is most proud of her performance in 1999's Our Guys: Outrage in Glen Ridge, in which she played a mentally challenged girl who is raped by football players.[5] In 1999 to 2000 she portrayed Heather Wiseman in the short-lived TV series, Now and Again. Matarazzo has made appearances on several hit TV shows including Roseanne, Law & Order, The L Word, and Strangers With Candy.[6] Matarazzo starred opposite Thaao Penghlis in the world premiere of Charles Evered's play Class at Cape May Stage in Cape May, New Jersey in May and June 2010.[7]

In 2011, Matarazzo announced that she would begin working on her directorial debut, a television series to be based on a memoir by author Diane Hanks, titled Summer Camp: A Memoir.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Matarazzo is an open lesbian.[5] On July 31, 2008, Matarazzo's publicist announced that Matarazzo was engaged to musician Carolyn Murphy.[9] She was the keynote speaker at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of Boston's annual conference. Since then, Matarazzo and Murphy have split amicably.[10]



1995Welcome to the DollhouseDawn WienerIndependent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Younger Actress in a Feature Film
1997Hurricane StreetsAshley
1997The Devil's AdvocateBarbara
199854Grace O'Shea
1998The Hairy BirdTheresa 'Tweety' Goldberg
1999Our GuysLeslieTelevision movie
2000Company ManNora
2000Scream 3Martha Meeks
2001The Princess DiariesLilly Moscovitz
2002Sorority BoysKatie
2002St. SassMargoTelevision movie
2003The Pink HouseCharlotte
2004Freshman OrientationJessica
2004The Princess Diaries 2: Royal EngagementLilly Moscovitz
2005Believe in MeCindy Butts
2007Hostel: Part IILorna
2010Mangus!Jessica Simpson
2013Culling HensMistress


1993The Adventures of Pete and PeteNatasha2 episodes
1996TowniesBethany4 episodes
1997ERAlyssa GuntherEpisode: "Random Acts"
1997RoseanneHeather4 episodes
1998Law & OrderStephanie SutterEpisode: "Burden"
1999-2000Now and AgainHeather Wiseman22 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Younger Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2000Strangers with CandyReneeEpisode: "Is My Daddy Crazy?"
2006-2009Exes and OhsCrutch8 episodes
2007The L WordStacey Merkin4 episodes
2008Law & OrderJanice DunlapEpisode: "Sweetie"
2008Life on MarsJuneEpisode: "The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler"
2014StalkerEmilyEpisode: "Fanatic"


  1. ^ July 26, 2011 AT 12:15PM (2011-07-26). "Heather Matarazzo Plans to Marry to Longtime Girlfriend!". UsMagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Heather Matarazzo Biography (1982-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  3. ^ Malkin, Marc (2007-06-08). "Planet Gossip - Chatting with Heather Matarazzo". Eonline.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  4. ^ Stockwell, Anne. "Welcome to the House, Doll!". The Advocate. 
  5. ^ a b Warn, Sarah (2006-02-27). "Welcome to the New Heather Matarazzo". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Heather Matarazzo". TV.com. 2005-08-28. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  7. ^ "Raising the curtain on summer theater: Cape May Stage presents world premiere". PressofAtlanticCity.com. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  8. ^ "Heather Matarazzo Talks Being an Out Actress, New TV Show, and 'Mangus!'". 2011-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Heather Matarazzo Officially Engaged to Carolyn Murphy". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  10. ^ Kathy Belge (2009-02-14). "Heather Matarazzo: Lesbian Actress". About.com. 

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