Name - Heather Graham
Born - 29 January 1970 (Age: 40)
Where - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Height - 5' 8"
Awards - No major awards
It’s amazing that Heather Graham, at school mocked as “a flat-chested geek”, should have grown up to be regarded as one of modern-day cinema’s few sex sirens. Not only is she seen as physically beautiful, but also, in contemporary parlance, completely “up for it”. This is partly due to her most famous roles: as porn star Rollergirl in Boogie Nights: agent Felicity Shagwell in Austin Powers 2: prostitute Mary Kelly in From Hell: a voracious starlet, sleeping her way to the top in Bowfinger: then another porn star in The Guru, and a stripper-come-escort in The Hangover. On top of these, there’s been a string of high-profile boyfriends, and a succession of sexually candid interviews concerning her purposeful rebellion against a strict Catholic upbringing. Seldom is her name mentioned without sex being mentioned also. And even more seldom is her acting ability discussed, despite her having been nominated for an Independent Spirit award for one of her very first roles, and having delivered a string of impressively intense performances over the last 20 years.
She was born Heather Joan Graham on the 29th of January, 1970, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her father, Jim, worked for the FBI, specialising in anti-terrorism techniques, while her mother, Joan, was a successful children's author. Both were staunch Catholics. There'd be a younger sister, Aimee, who'd also turn to acting, appearing in the likes of From Dusk Till Dawn and Jackie Brown.
Jim's FBI work meant the family were forced to relocate occasionally when Heather was very young, not easy for a shy girl. She'd attend her first elementary school in Virginia. Eventually, though, they'd settle in the Agoura Hills, just north of Los Angeles, where Heather would attend Sumac Elementary School, then Lindero Canyon Middle School, and finally Agoura High School.
At school, young Heather was not one of the popular crew. As said, she was mocked for her lack of breasts (they would come later. And keep coming), ignored by the boys and labelled a geek. More specifically, she was known as a "theatre geek". That acting bug had struck again. Heather's mother later recalled often finding her daughter behind the furniture, play-acting with her dollies. Heather herself remembers seeing Raiders Of The Lost Ark and being intrigued by a love scene between Harrison Ford and Karen Allen. That, she says, was when she "fell in love with the movies and the opposite sex".
Having first taken to the stage as Dorothy in a school production of The Wizard Of Oz, middle and high school saw Heather really go for it. In her high school sophomore year, she was President of the Drama Club, appearing in The Bad Seed, as the seductress Lola in Damn Yankees, and in many other productions. Her senior class would vote her Most Talented.