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Overview (3)

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Birth NameHeather Joan Graham
Height 5' 7¼" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's occupation, and Heather became increasingly shy. Surprisingly, she had a passion for acting from an early age and despite being labeled a 'theater geek' by her peers, she was voted Most Talented by her high school senior class. Unfortunately, her love of acting created a tension between Heather and her family although her mother obligingly drove her to auditions in Hollywood throughout her adolescence.

After high school Heather moved to Los Angeles and received small roles in a variety of films including Drugstore Cowboy (1989). When her career did not take off as quickly as was hoped, Heather enrolled in the University of California at Los Angeles to get her degree in drama. It was at UCLA that she was noticed by actor James Woods and received a subsequent part in a film Woods starred in, Diggstown (1992). Heather dropped out of UCLA after two years to pursue her acting career on a full time basis. Aside from gaining a modeling contract with Emanuel Ungaro Liberte, Heather has risen to star in such films as Swingers (1996), a role she received after being taken out swing dancing by Jon Favreau, to blockbusters like Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), and Boogie Nights (1997).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kimberly Hannigan

Trade Mark (1)

Blonde hair

Trivia (49)

Was voted "Most Talented" by her Agoura High School class.
Modeling contract with Emanuel Ungaro Liberte
Had to turn down the female lead in the film Rounders (1998) because of scheduling conflicts.
Older sister of actress Aimee Graham.
Was fired from Scorchers (1991).
Graduated 1988 Agoura High School, Agoura Hills, California. Dropped out of UCLA her freshman year to pursue acting
Worked at Toys R'Us when she was a teenager
Was forced to turn down the lead role in Heathers (1988), because her parents thought the language was too risque.
Her father James Graham of Clan Graham is a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent and his wife her mother Joan Bransfield is a teacher and author of children's books.
She once worked as an usher at The Hollywood Bowl.
Enjoys yoga and cooking and playing poker.
Has not spoken to her parents since the release of Boogie Nights (1997).
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2001.
She is of mostly Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh and German descent.
Was the subject of the power pop song, "Heather Graham", by the Washington, D.C.-based a-Capella quartet, DaVinci's Notebook. The song appears on the group's 2002 CD, "Brontosaurus".
Ranked #4 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Went to the same high school as Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson of Linkin Park, as well as Adrianna Costa and Jensen Daggett.
She attended Agoura High School with sister Aimee Graham, Shane Stanley, Beverly Peele, James Robb, Jensen Daggett and Mike Shinoda.
Played a porn actress twice: in The Guru (2002) and Boogie Nights (1997)
Practises Transcendental Meditation. Appeared meditating on the cover of the August 4, 2003 issue of Time Magazine.
Ranked as #74 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Named #98 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Chosen by Femme Fatales magazine as one of the "50 sexiest women on the planet". [February 2006]
Was a contestant on Scrabble (1984) in 1986 for the Teen Tournament.
Had her ears pierced in her teens, but has now let them heal up again and can no longer wear pierced earrings.
Has a cat named Mittens.
Originally auditioned to play "Amber Waves" in Boogie Nights (1997) but ultimately ended up playing the Roller Girl.
She is a public advocate for Children International.
She subscribed to BBC America so she could study the accents of the characters in the popular British soap opera EastEnders (1985) for her role as "Mary Kelly" in the "Ripper" thriller From Hell (2001) in 2001. She particularly focused on "Kat Slater"'s cockney "East End" intonation.
Auditioned for the Jennifer Grey role in Dirty Dancing (1987).
Auditioned for the Sarah Jessica Parker role in L.A. Story (1991).
Auditioned for the Angelina Jolie role in Hackers (1995).
Turned down the Teri Polo role in Meet the Parents (2000).
Turned down the Shannon Elizabeth role in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).
Was considered for the role of Isabel Bigelow in Bewitched (2005) that went to Nicole Kidman.
Was a finalist for the role of Kendal Casablancas in Veronica Mars (2004), but she was busy with Emily's Reasons Why Not (2006). The role went to Charisma Carpenter.
She dislikes reality television.
Was cast in the lead role in Things Behind the Sun (2001), but dropped out.
Was considered for the lead role in .45 (2006) that went to Milla Jovovich.
She has been practicing transcendental meditation since 1991 after being introduced to it by David Lynch.
Auditioned for the role of Jenny Calender in Gangs of New York (2002).
In 2005, Graham became the spokeswoman and TV model for the Garnier brand of hair care products.
Auditioned for a role in Mallrats (1995).
She is the American Woman in the Lenny Kravitz cover video of "The Guess Who" song AMerican Woman.
Was among over 80 women who accused Harvey Weinstein in sexual harassment or assault in October 2017.
Though raised as a strict Catholic, she no longer has any connection to her former faith. She now practices Hinduism.
Of Clan Graham.
Maternal granddaughter of Joseph Carroll Bransfield (son of Joseph Bransfield and wife Margaret ... (b. New Jersey, daughter of Irish parents) and paternal grandson of Redmond Bransfield (b. Ireland, Great-Britain and Ireland) and wife Ellen M. Fox (b. Oldcastle Area, Meath, County Meath, Leinster, Ireland, Great-Britain and Ireland) and wife Dorothy Norma Campbell of Clan Campbell (daughter of William M. Campbell of Clan Campbell and wife Lillie Henrietta Smith, paternal granddaughter of Edwin Miller Campbell of Clan Campbell and wife Melacina Kiefer Hendricks and maternal granddaughter of Jonathan William Smith and wife Eliza Jane Sapp). Through her maternal grandmother, she is descended from Thomas Wynne, a Welsh immigrant in the 1600s, who was one of the original settlers of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and from Francis Daniel Pastorius, a German immigrant, who was one of the Founders of Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Personal Quotes (5)

I love telling dirty jokes. Sex is funny.
[on sex] It's an aspect of my personality. Sex is a part of who I am and it took me a long time to feel good about it. I wasn't sure if it was good or bad to be a person who really enjoys sex.
I always wanted to be the pretty girl, but I thought I wasn't. When I started acting and getting pretty girl roles, I felt like I was just pretending, and nobody saw I was just this big nerd.
I sleep as much as I want. I'll sleep like 11 hours, unless I'm working. Sometimes I do feel like - this is weird, I should just get up so I can fit into the world. Then I'm like - why? I don't have a nine-to-five job.
I'm not the kind of person who needs to be a mother no matter what. Life brings you people. Maybe I'll nurture someone who's not my child, like a friend, or an actor I'm working with who needs some love.

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