Rita Wilson

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Rita Wilson
Wilson in October 2012
BornMargarita Ibrahimoff
(1956-10-26) October 26, 1956 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, producer, singer
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Tom Hanks (m. 1988)
RelativesColin Hanks (stepson)
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Rita Wilson
Wilson in October 2012
BornMargarita Ibrahimoff
(1956-10-26) October 26, 1956 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, producer, singer
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Tom Hanks (m. 1988)
RelativesColin Hanks (stepson)

Rita Wilson (born Margarita Ibrahimoff; October 26, 1956)[1] is an American actress, singer, and producer.

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born Margarita Ibrahimoff[1] (Bulgarian: Маргарита Ибрахимова; Greek: Μαργαρίτα Ιμπραΐμοφ) in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a Greek born and raised in (Sotirë) in present-day Albania.[2] Her father, born Hassan Halilov Ibrahimoff (March 21, 1920 – March 6, 2009), worked at a race track; he was a Bulgarian Muslim (Pomak), born in Breshtene, in the present-day province of Western Thrace, Greece, and lived in Bulgaria, where his half brother Ferhat still lives.[fn 1][3][4][5] He moved to the United States on May 4, 1949.[4] Wilson's father changed his name from Hassan Ibrahimoff to Allan Wilson in 1960,[4] "Wilson" being the name of a local street in Southern California. Rita was raised Greek Orthodox.[6]


Wilson and Tom Hanks

Wilson's career began with a guest appearance on The Brady Bunch in the 1972 episode "Greg's Triangle". She also twice appeared on M*A*S*H in 1982 as Nurse Lacey as well as the sitcoms Three's Company and Bosom Buddies starring her future husband Tom Hanks.

She has appeared in numerous movies, including Volunteers, Teen Witch, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Barbarians at the Gate, Mixed Nuts, Sleepless in Seattle, Now and Then, That Thing You Do!, Jingle All the Way, Runaway Bride, Invisible Child, The Story of Us, Raise Your Voice, It's Complicated, and Larry Crowne. She played Susan Borman, wife of astronaut Frank Borman, in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. On television, she guest starred in many television series, including Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, Body of Proof, and Girls.

Wilson has performed on Broadway, where she performed the role of Roxie Hart from June–August 2006 in the revival of Chicago.

She is often credited with being the driving force behind Nia Vardalos's movie deal for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which became the highest-grossing independent film of all time, and for which she served as a producer.[7]

Wilson's long-standing interest in singing led her to record a debut solo album, AM/FM, which she released May 8, 2012, on the Decca Records label. The album featured classics from the 60s and 70s, including a cover of "Wichita Lineman" that she performed with the song's writer-composer, Jimmy Webb.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Wilson has been married to actor Tom Hanks since April 30, 1988, and the couple have two sons, Chester Marlon (born August 4, 1990) and Truman Theodore (born December 26, 1995). Wilson also has two stepchildren from Hanks' previous marriage, Colin and Elizabeth Ann.

She contributed to the Moffitt Cancer Center by donating "True Hearts" jewelry made of sterling silver and 14k gold. The proceeds will[when?] benefit several charities. Wilson credits good friend Rosie O'Donnell as inspiration for her charitable work, particularly with cancer and children's charities.[10] She is a devout member of the Greek Orthodox Church.[11]


Roles as an actress
1966SpinoutBit Girl (uncredited)
1972The Brady BunchPat ConwayTelevision program
Episode: "Greg's Triangle"
1979Day It Came to Earth, TheThe Day It Came to EarthDebbie
1980Cheech & Chong's Next MovieActress
1981Bosom BuddiesCindyTelevision program
Episode: "All You Need is Love"
1982M*A*S*HNurse LaceyTelevision program
Episodes: "Blood and Guts"
"Hey, Look Me Over"
1983Three's CompanyAgnes PlattTelevision program
Episode: "Alias Jack Tripper"
1985VolunteersBeth Wexler
1986227Dr. PetersonTelevision program
Episode: "Mary Nightingale"
1989Teen WitchDancer
Bonfire of the Vanities, TheThe Bonfire of the VanitiesP.R. Woman
1991Tales from the CryptJess GilcristTelevision program
Episode: Mournin' Mess
1993Sleepless in SeattleSuzy
1994Mixed NutsCatherine O'Shaughnessy
1995Now and ThenChrissy DeWitt Williams
1996No Dogs Allowed
That Thing You Do!Marguerite
Jingle All the WayLiz Langston
1999Runaway BrideEllie Graham
Invisible ChildAnnie Beeman
Story of Us, TheThe Story of UsRachel
2001PerfumeRobertaaka Dress to Kill
Glass House, TheThe Glass HouseGrace Avery-Baker(uncredited)
2002Auto FocusAnne Crane
2004Raise Your VoiceFrancis Fletcher
2005Chumscrubber, TheThe ChumscrubberTerri Bratley
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3DBeta Station CommanderVoice only
2006Beautiful OhioJudith Messerman
2009My Life in RuinsElinor
Old DogsJenna
It's ComplicatedTrisha
2011Art of Getting By, TheThe Art of Getting ByVivian Sargent
Larry CrowneWilma Gammelgaard
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBree MazalonTelevision program
Episode: "Delinquent"
The Good WifeViola WalshTelevision program
Episodes: "Net Worth"
"Great Firewall"
"Live from Damascus"
"Two Girls, One Code"
"Outside the Bubble"
2012JewtopiaArlene Lipschitz
2013The TutorTinaShort film
GirlsEvie MichaelsTelevision program
Episodes: "It's About Time"
"Females Only"
"Truth or Dare"

As a producer[edit]

Production roles
2002My Big Fat Greek WeddingProducerProducers Guild of America Visionary Award
Nominated — Producers Guild of America Award for Motion Picture Producer of the Year
2003My Big Fat Greek LifeExecutive producerTelevision program
2004Connie and Carla
2008Mamma Mia!
2009My Life in Ruins


Track listing[edit]

  1. "All I Have to Do is Dream"
  2. "Never My Love"
  3. "Come See About Me"
  4. "Angel of the Morning"
  5. "Walking in the Rain"
  6. "Wichita Lineman"
  7. "Cherish"
  8. "You Were on My Mind"
  9. "Good Times Charlie"
  10. "Love has No Pride"
  11. "Please Come to Boston"
  12. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
  13. "Faithless Love"
  14. "River"


  1. ^ Ferhat is an Arabic and Turkish name, and was misspelled "Fairhat" in the reference given.[3]


  1. ^ a b Birth date confirmed at the State of California, California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Date of birth for Margarit Ibrahimoff in Los Angeles, California is October 26, 1956.[1]
  2. ^ Welkos, Robert (2002-10-06). "Sending up the Greek in spirit". The Age. Retrieved 2008-10-10. ...my father is Bulgarian. 
  3. ^ a b Rita Wilson, Who Do You Think You Are?. tracing-the-tree, 31 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, March 30, 2012
  5. ^ Tom Hanks' wife Rita Wilson breaks down after discovering she had a brother who died as a baby on Who Do You Think You Are. Mail Online, 31 March 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  6. ^ "My Big, Fat, Greek Mystery" – Terry Mattingly on religion.
  7. ^ "TV Review - My Big Fat Greek Life". Entertainment Weekly. 2003-04-07. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  8. ^ Rita Wilson to Debut Solo Album, E! Online, ANTOINETTE BUENO, February 09, 2012
  9. ^ Rita Wilson to Debut Solo Album AM/FM. PR Newswire, 9 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. Rita Wilson was referenced in the fourth episode of Arrested Development, Key Decisions.
  10. ^ H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
  11. ^ "Спектар : Живот и стил : Православни Холивуд : ПОЛИТИКА". Politika.rs. 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  12. ^ Rita Wilson: "AM/FM". Artist notes and product description (Amazon.com). Retrieved 12 May 2012.

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