Jennifer Esposito

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Jennifer Esposito
Jennifer Esposito.jpg
Esposito at the premiere of the film Sunday (2008)
Born(1973-04-11) April 11, 1973 (age 41)[1]
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, dancer, model
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Bradley Cooper (m. 2006–07)
 
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Jennifer Esposito
Jennifer Esposito.jpg
Esposito at the premiere of the film Sunday (2008)
Born(1973-04-11) April 11, 1973 (age 41)[1]
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, dancer, model
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Bradley Cooper (m. 2006–07)

Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973)[1] is an American actress, dancer, and model, known for her appearances in the films I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Sam, and Crash, and in the television series Spin City, The Looney Tunes Show, Samantha Who?, and Blue Bloods.

Early life[edit]

Esposito was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer.[2] She is of Italian descent.[3]

Career[edit]

Esposito made her first television appearance in Law & Order in 1996. She then joined the cast of Spin City, where she appeared for two seasons. She also appeared in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. One of her more notable roles was as Ruby in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam in 1999, which was set against the late-1970s backdrop of the Son of Sam murders. She was originally cast in the Mira Sorvino role, but had to take a different role due to scheduling conflicts.[citation needed] Esposito's next films included Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000, The Master of Disguise, and the 2004 film Taxi. Her most high-profile film role to date was as Don Cheadle's girlfriend Ria, in the Academy Award-winning film Crash.

Esposito has made television appearances on the series Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, and Mercy. She was a regular cast member on Related and Samantha Who?.

Esposito joined the cast of Blue Bloods in 2010, during its first season; she played Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Detective Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg). In the third season, Esposito entered a dispute with CBS regarding doctor's orders for her to cut back working hours due to her Celiac disease. After collapsing on set, requiring her to miss a week of work, Esposito informed CBS that her medical condition would limit her availability. Rather than work around her limited schedule, on October 20, 2012, CBS announced that her character was being placed on indefinite leave,[4] and ultimately replaced her character. Esposito therefore only appeared in six episodes that season, but received starring billing in all of them.

Personal life[edit]

Esposito announced that she had been diagnosed with celiac disease on The Late Show with David Letterman in October 2011.[5] In 2012, she opened a gluten-free bakery called "Jennifer's Way Bakery" in Manhattan's East Village.[6]

Esposito married Bradley Cooper on December 30, 2006.[7] They filed for divorce in May 2007, which was finalized that November.[8][9]

In 2009, Esposito became engaged to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis.[10] The couple separated in August 2010.[11][12] In May 2013, she became engaged to British model Louis Dowler.[13]

On April 22, 2014, Da Capo Lifelong Books published Esposito's book Jennifer's Way, which describes her personal struggle with celiac disease.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Sunshine Boys, TheThe Sunshine BoysJeannieTelevision film
1997Brother's Kiss, AA Brother's KissLucy
1997Kiss Me, GuidoDebbie
1997Brooklyn State of Mind, AA Brooklyn State of MindDonna Delgrosso
1998No Looking BackTeresa
1998He Got GameMs. Janus
1998Charlie HobokenGirl in church
1998Side StreetsJessica
1998I Still Know What You Did Last SummerNancy
1999Summer of SamRuby
1999Just One TimeMichelle
1999Bachelor, TheThe BachelorDaphne
2000Dracula 2000Solina
2001BackflashOlive Dee "Harley" KlintuckerDirect-to-video
2001Proposal, TheThe ProposalSusan Reese
2001MadeClub girlUncredited
2001Don't Say a WordDet. Sandra Cassidy
2001Beyond the City LimitsHelena Toretti
2002Welcome to CollinwoodCarmela
2002Master of Disguise, TheThe Master of DisguiseJennifer Baker
2004Breakin' All the RulesRita Monroe
2004CrashRiaScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
2004TaxiLt. Marta Robbins
2005Snow WonderPilarTelevision film
2006Jesus, Mary and JoeyFrankie Vitello
2008ConspiracyJoanna
2008American CrudeCarlos
2009Four Single FathersSuzanne
2010Wish List, TheThe Wish ListSarahTelevision film
2011MamitasMiss Ruiz
2012Bending the RulesOlivia Garcia
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995City, TheThe CityConnie SoleitoUnknown episodes
1996Law & OrderGina TucciEpisode: "Good Girl"
1997FedsFloEpisode: "Crash and Burn"
1997–1999Spin CityStacey PaternoMain cast (seasons 2–3); 36 episodes
1998New York UndercoverGina Stone3 episodes
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSara LoganEpisode: "Remorse"
2002HackAbbyEpisode: "Obsession"
2004–2005Judging AmyLouann "Crystal" Turner8 episodes
2005–2006RelatedGinnie SorelliMain cast; 18 episodes
2006Law & OrderJustine BaileyEpisode: "In Vino Veritas"
2007Rescue MeNona5 episodes
2007–2009Samantha Who?Andrea BelladonnaMain cast; 35 episodes
2010MercyJules Fattore2 episodes
2010–2012Blue BloodsJackie CuratolaMain cast (seasons 1–3); 46 episodes
2011–2012Looney Tunes Show, TheThe Looney Tunes ShowTina Russo (voice)5 episodes
2014–presentTaxi BrooklynMonica PenaMain cast
Web
YearTitleRoleNotes
2009Broadroom, TheThe BroadroomRoanMain cast; 4 episodes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jennifer Esposito. "AskMen.com — Jennifer Esposito". Ca.askmen.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Biography (1973?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  3. ^ Berg, S.Z. (September 25, 2012). "Jennifer Esposito Takes on a New Leading Role: Celiac Advocate". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^ Aussiello, Michael (21 October 2012). "Blue Bloods' Jennifer Esposito Departs Show, Slams CBS For Its 'Shameful Behavior'". TVLine.com via Yahoo News. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Opening A Bakery". 
  6. ^ http://jennifersway.org/bakery/
  7. ^ Jordan, Julie. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito Marry, People, January 4, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  8. ^ Fromm, Emily. Jennifer Esposito, Bradley Cooper Split, People, May 2, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  9. ^ Reardanz, Karen (2007-08-28). "Daily Dish : Esposito/Cooper Marriage Dissolved". SFGate. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  10. ^ "Mark Philippoussis engaged to Jennifer Esposito". The Sunday Telegraph. October 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Did Mark Philippoussis and Jennifer Esposito call off their engagement?". Popsugar.com.au. August 31, 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  12. ^ Joyce Eng. "Jennifer Esposito Engaged to Mark Philippoussis". TVGuide.com. 
  13. ^ http://wonderwall.msn.com/movies/gossip-bradley-cooper-dissed-as-master-manipulator-by-ex-wife-jennifer-esposito-1813472.story

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