Juliette Lewis

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Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis by David Shankbone cropped.jpg
Lewis at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born(1973-06-21) June 21, 1973 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Steve Berra (1999–2003)
ParentsGeoffrey Lewis
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Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis by David Shankbone cropped.jpg
Lewis at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born(1973-06-21) June 21, 1973 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Steve Berra (1999–2003)
ParentsGeoffrey Lewis

Juliette L. Lewis[2] (born June 21, 1973)[2] is an American actress and singer. She gained fame for her role in Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake of the thriller Cape Fear for which she was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. This followed with major roles in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Natural Born Killers, Strange Days, The Evening Star, Kalifornia, From Dusk Till Dawn, and The Other Sister. Her work in television has resulted in two Emmy nominations.

Lewis launched a career as a singer and musician, leading the American rock band, Juliette and the Licks, until 2009 when she launched a solo career.

Early life[edit]

Lewis was born in Los Angeles, California, to Geoffrey Lewis, an actor, and Glenis (Duggan) Batley, a graphic designer.[3] She has four siblings – brothers Lightfield (an actor who starred in The New WKRP in Cincinnati) and Peter; and sisters Deirdre and Brandy.[4][5][6]



Lewis appeared in The Wonder Years as Wayne's girlfriend in Episodes 24, 34 and 36.[7] 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 an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1991.[8] Over the next few years, she appeared in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Peter Medak's Romeo Is Bleeding,[9] 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.[10] She played Mallory Knox in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.[11] She played a rock singer in the film Strange Days, doing her own singing on covers of two songs written by PJ Harvey, revealing her musical ability.[12]

She received an Emmy nomination for her performance in Hysterical Blindness in 2003.[13] She also appeared in the HIM music video for "Buried Alive By Love" in 2003.[14]

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)'.[15] She appeared in a GAP commercial in which she was dancing with Daft Punk to the tune of the song "Digital Love".[16] She also appeared in the movie Renegade with Vincent Cassel, a Jan Kounen film. In 2012 she starred in the short-lived series The Firm, on NBC as Tammy, assistant to lead character Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas).[17]

Reprised her role as Audrey Griswold in 2012 in a series of Old Navy holiday commercials featuring the Griswold family.


Juliette Lewis on (Terra Incognita) tour with the New Romantiques at Parkpop festival 2010, the Hague, the Netherlands
Lewis performing with the Licks at the Eurockéennes 2007

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.[18]

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").[19] In 2006, Blender magazine included her in their hottest women of rock music list.[20]

In 2009, Lewis performed at the Przystanek Woodstock in Poland.[21] In 2010, she played at the Rock for People festival in the Czech Republic.[22] In December 2010, Lewis hosted the game television show Never Mind the Buzzcocks and repeated in January 2012.[23]

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.[24]

Lewis has also shown support for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit 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.[25]

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, who is ten years older. While in her 20s she went into rehabilitation for drug addiction.[26] Lewis married professional skateboarder Steve Berra in 1999; they divorced in 2003.[27]

Lewis is a member of the Church of Scientology.[1][28][29]

In October 2010, she was the victim of a hit-and-run car accident in which an unknown driver T-boned the Lincoln Town Car in which she was traveling.[30]



1987I Married DoraKate FarrellTV series
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Comedy Series
1987Home FiresMatyTV movie
1988My Stepmother Is an AlienLexie, Jessie's Friend #1
1988The Facts of LifeTerry RankinTV series
1989National Lampoon's Christmas VacationAudrey Griswold
1989Meet the HollowheadsCindy Hollowhead
1989The Runnin' KindAmy Curtis
1989The Wonder YearsDeloresTV series
1990A Family for JoeHolly Bankston #2TV series
1990Too Young to Die?Amanda Sue Bradley
1991Cape FearDanielle BowdenChicago 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)
1991Crooked HeartsCassie
1992That NightSheryl O'Connor
1992Husbands and WivesRain
1993What's Eating Gilbert GrapeBecky
1993Romeo Is BleedingSheri
1993KaliforniaAdele Corners
1994Natural Born KillersMallory KnoxPasinetti 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
1994Mixed NutsGracie Barzini
1995Strange DaysFaith Justin
1995The Basketball DiariesDiane Moody
1996The Evening StarMelanie HortonBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama
1996From Dusk till DawnKate FullerNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998Some GirlApril
1999The Other SisterCarla TateNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1999The 4th FloorJane Emelin
2000Room to RentLinda
2000The Way of the GunRobin
2001Picture ClaireClaire Beaucage
2001My Louisiana SkyDorie KayTV movie
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
2001Gaudi AfternoonApril
2002Armitage: Dual MatrixArmitage, Naomi (voice)
2002Dharma & GregSeptemberTV series (1 episode: "Try To Remember This Kind Of September")
2002Hysterical BlindnessBethTV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2003Cold Creek ManorRuby Ferguson
2003Free for AllPaula
2003Old SchoolHeidi
2004RenegadeMaria Sullivanaka Blueberry
2004Starsky & HutchKitty
2004Chasing FreedomLibbyTV movie
2005Daltry CalhounFlora Flick
2005The Darwin AwardsJoleen
2005Lightfield's Home Videos
2005Aurora BorealisKate
2006My Name Is EarlJesse — Bounty HunterTV series (1 episode: "The Bounty Hunter")
2007Catch and ReleaseMaureen
2008Grand Theft Auto IVHerself as a radio DJ(Video game)
2009Whip It!Iron Maven
2009MetropiaNina (voice)
2010Sympathy for DeliciousAriel Lee
2010The SwitchDebbie Epstein
2010ConvictionRoseanna PerryBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
2010Due DateHeidi
2010Memphis BeatCleoTV Series (1 episode: "Baby, Let's Play House")
2010Never Mind The BuzzcocksGuest HostTV series #24, episode 9
2012The FirmTammyTV Series
Nominated—Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
2013Open RoadJill
2013August: Osage CountyKaren WestonHollywood Film Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2014Kelly & Cal

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  2. ^ a b "Juliette L Lewis, Born 06/21/1973 in California - CaliforniaBirthIndex.org". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
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  18. ^ Juliette Lewis Explains Why She Sacked Her Old Band NME.com, 2009-03-04.
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  20. ^ Errico, Mike (December 2006). "Hottest Women of…Rock!". Blender. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
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  27. ^ Bio at MTV
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