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Heather Joan Graham (born January 29, 1970) is an American actress, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Heather Graham's father, Jim, is a retired FBI agent and her mother, Joan, is a noted author of children's books. Heather Graham has a younger sister Aimee Graham , who is also an aspiring actress and writer.
Heather Graham was brought up in a traditional Catholic family. Growing up in Virginia where her father worked as an FBI agent, Heather Graham attended Sumac Elementary School. Her family then moved to the Conejo Valley in California where she attended Lindero Canyon Middle School, and finally, Agoura High School.
Initially, Heather Graham's parents were very supportive of her budding acting career, with her mom driving her to her auditions. Later, her father and mother were insistent that she should not appear in any movie featuring sex. This difference of opinion may have cost her the lead role in Heathers in 1989, the dark high school comedy that made an instant star of Winona Ryder.
After high school, Heather enrolled in the University of California at Los Angeles. While pursuing a drama degree at UCLA, Heather met James Woods, the actor. Their subsequent romantic involvement led to Heather's being cast in Diggstown (1992) , which starred Woods. After two years had passed, Heather dropped out of UCLA to pursue acting full time, over her parents objections. Heather moved to Hollywood where she worked different jobs while continuing to establish herself as a starlet.
Though earlier Graham had a number of critically noted acting parts including Nadine in Drugstore Cowboy 1989, her breakthrough role was that of Roller Girl in Boogie Nights (1997), for which she received several award nominations. She achieved international stardom in 1999 with her lead role as Felicity Shagwell in Mike Myers ' second Austin Powers comedy: The Spy who Shagged Me.
Heather Graham is currently estranged from her parents, though they are hopeful for a reconciliation. She has publically discussed her conversion to a new-age eastern-based religion and philosophy.
She was named by People Magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World 2001" . In addition to her relationship with James Woods, she also has been romantically involved with actor Edward Burns, producer-director Chris Weitz, actor Josh Lucas, actor Elias Koteas , actor Kyle MacLachlan, and director Stephen Hopkins.
Heather enjoyed special guest-star status on several episodes of NBC-TV's Scrubs during its fourth season (2004-2005).
- Blessed (movie) (2004)
- Hope Springs (2003)
- Anger Management (2003)
- Alien Love Triangle (2002)
- The Guru (2002)
- Killing Me Softly (2002)
- From Hell (2001)
- Sidewalks of New York (2001)
- Say It Isn't So (2001)
- Committed (2000)
- Bowfinger (1999)
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
- Lost in Space (1998)
- Scream 2 (1997)
- Boogie Nights (1997)
- Two Girls and a Guy (1997)
- Nowhere (1997)
- Swingers (1996)
- Terrified (1996)
- Kiss & Tell (1996)
- Desert Winds (1995)
- Run for Cover (1995)
- Let It Be Me (1995)
- Don't Do It (1994)
- Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
- Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
- The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
- Diggstown (1992)
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
- Shout (1991)
- Guilty as Charged (1991)
- I Love You to Death (1990)
- Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
- Twins (1988)
- License to Drive (1988)
- Student Exchange (1987)
- Mrs. Soffel (1984)
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