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 40)[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 40)[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 films such as I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Sam and Crash, and in television series such as 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]


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 originally had the Mira Sorvino role in Summer of Sam, but had to take a different role due to scheduling conflicts.[citation needed] Esposito's next film was Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000.

In 2000, Esposito appeared in the Law & Order: SVU episode Remorse as a rape victim. She played Don Cheadle's girlfriend, Ria, in the Academy Award-winning film Crash. Esposito was part of the cast of Related. She also played the part of Jennifer in The Master of Disguise in 2002 and played a Lieutenant in the NYPD in the 2004 film Taxi. She played a love interest to Denis Leary's character in the FX dramedy Rescue Me. Esposito appeared on television as Andrea Belladonna in the ABC comedy, Samantha Who?. She also appeared in the NBC medical drama Mercy.

Esposito joined the cast of Blue Bloods in 2010, during its first season; she plays 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. Rather than work around her limited schedule, CBS chose to replace her character this season. As such, Esposito only appears in six episodes, receiving also 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, reporting she had been diagnosed "a couple years ago" and had plans to open a gluten-free bakery.[4] In 2012, Esposito opened the bakery in Manhattan's East Village under the name "Jennifer's Way Bakery."[5]

According to Esposito, she collapsed on set while shooting an episode of Blue Bloods, requiring her to miss a week of work, and during the show's third season, informed CBS that her medical condition would limit her availability. On October 20, 2012, CBS announced that her character was being placed on indefinite leave of absence.[6] Esposito and CBS reportedly have been at odds over her medical condition and its effect on her availability for work.[6]

Esposito married Bradley Cooper on December 30, 2006.[7] They were divorced in 2007.[8][9]

In 2009, Esposito became engaged to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis.[10] The couple separated in August 2010.[11][12]


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
2008American CrudeCarlos
2009Four Single FathersSuzanne
2010Wish List, TheThe Wish ListSarahTelevision film
2011MamitasMiss Ruiz
2012Bending the RulesOlivia Garcia
1995City, TheThe CityConnie SoleitoUnknown episodes
1996Law & OrderGina TucciEpisode: "Good Girl"
1997FedsFloEpisode: "Crash and Burn"
1997Prince StreetEpisode: "Drugs, Lies and Videotape" (unaired)
1997–1999Spin CityStacey PaternoMain cast (seasons 2–3); 36 episodes
1998New York UndercoverGina Stone3 episodes
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSara LoganEpisode: "Remorse"
2002HackAbbyEpisode: "Obsession"
2013Partners in CrimeUnsold CBS pilot
2004–2005Judging AmyLouann "Crystal" Turner8 episodes
2005–2006RelatedGinnie SorelliMain cast; 19 episodes
2006More, PatiencePatience MoreUnsold Fox pilot
2006Law & OrderJustine BaileyEpisode: "In Vino Veritas"
2007Rescue MeNona5 episodes
2007–2009Samantha Who?Andrea BelladonnaMain cast
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
Web series
2009Broadroom, TheThe BroadroomRoanMain cast

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jennifer Esposito. " — Jennifer Esposito". Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Biography (1973?-)". Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
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  4. ^ "Jennifer Esposito Opening A Bakery". 
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  6. ^ a b Aussiello, Michael (21 October 2012). "Blue Bloods' Jennifer Esposito Departs Show, Slams CBS For Its 'Shameful Behavior'". via Yahoo News. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  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?". August 31, 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  12. ^ Joyce Eng. "Jennifer Esposito Engaged to Mark Philippoussis". 

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