Linda Fiorentino - Biography
Linda Fiorentino (born March 9,
1958) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in films such as
Dogma, Vision Quest, Men in Black, After Hours and The Last Seduction.
Fiorentino was born Clorinda Fiorentino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Fiorentino is of Italian American Catholic background. She graduated from
Washington Township High School, in Sewell, New Jersey, and is a graduate
of Rosemont College in suburban Philadelphia. She has studied photography,
off and on, since 1987 at the International Center of Photography in New
York City. She was married to director John Byrum for a time, but they
divorced in 1993. She is still very close to Byrum's children. She splits
her time between Westport, Connecticut and New York City.
Fiorentino got her first professional role in 1985 when she starred in
Vision Quest. It was not until 1994 that she became widely recognized,
receiving accolades for her performance in The Last Seduction as femme
fatale Bridget, almost the textbook example of a murderous seductress in a
modern film noir. Because it was first aired on HBO television she was
ineligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, despite
She later worked again with director John Dahl, who cast her in his film
Unforgettable. Her co-star from Gotcha!, Anthony Edwards, has also
directed her in one of his films.
Fiorentino was placed 66th on a list of "100 Sexiest Stars in Film
History" by Empire magazine.
Her most recent leading role was as a woman threatened by a sniper in the
2002 film Liberty Stands Still. Fiorentino also co-starred with Paul
Newman in a 2000 heist film, Where the Money Is. She recently completed
the film Once More with Feeling opposite Chazz Palminteri, due out in
In late 2008, Fiorentino's boyfriend, FBI agent Mark Rossini, resigned
from the FBI, admitting he had made unauthorized searches into the FBI's
files on controversial private detective Anthony Pellicano in order to
help an individual identified as 'Madame X'. Fox News reported that
Rossini acknowledged being in a close personal relationship with Madame X.
According to the New York Post, Fiorentino has been working on the script
for a film about Pelicano's life and Rossini accessed the files to help
Fiorentino research that script.
Linda Fiorentino - Personal Quotes
"The thing that's always
bothered me is that, even if you have a strong female character,
invariably in the third act she has to say something like, 'I'm
sorry, I didn't mean to hurt you,' or she has to become really
vulnerable and wimpy and get her comeuppance. Even in something like
Thelma & Louise (1991), where you have these two very strong
characters, they have to die in the end. What's so special about The
Last Seduction (1994) is that none of that happens. Had a Hollywood
studio made that film instead of an independent, it would have been
very different. She definitely wouldn't have gotten away with what
she does get away with."
"Marriage is a financial contract; I have enough contracts already."
"I go to bed with men, not boys."
All I'm thinking about today is cleaning my bathroom.
As actors, the thing we have to fight, more than even the business
part of making movies, is boredom.
Chazz Palminteri is just the ultimate screen husband.
Do you know what my real name is? It's Clorinda. Which is also
Italian. They used to call me Clorox when I was a kid.
I have a sister who's kind of in the business-she does voice-overs.
I think they all watch what I go through and have decided to get
married and have children instead. It's a safer bet.
On getting the part of Bethany: "When I read the script, I just said
there's no way anyone else is allowed to have this part. I thought
it was extremely clever and it had very imaginative answers to all
my childhood questions about angels and devils and the apostles and
all that stuff."
I don't look at scripts in terms of commercially. I just look at the
part, the people involved.
I never wear leather.
I would love to have children, yes. Maybe even adopt them. I'm not
sure that I should pass on my genes.
I would like to do maybe a smaller romantic comedy.
I've been in the bargain basement of the movie business.
I was still making movies so it wasn't as if I were working in a
bar, but they were independent films that couldn't find
They're my favorite two words these days: Oscar reject.
You can talk about movies all you want, but I have this porcelain
fetish. I've had it since I was a kid, because there were so many
kids in my family, the only place I had any solace was in the
You constantly have to find something that's challenging, a director
who's challenging, co-stars who are challenging. That's what keeps
Teens aren't just interested in getting laid. I won't believe that's
all they're interested in. I have four younger sisters and they're
sick of being shown how they're supposed to react in bed.
Sometimes I have to work because I need the money. You weigh the
issues and ask yourself, Can I wake up every morning and do this?
Linda Fiorentino - Filmography
Once More with Feeling (2009)
Liberty Stands Still (2002) .... Liberty Wallace
... aka Liberty stands still - Im Visier des Mörders (Germany: DVD
Where the Money Is (2000) .... Carol
... aka Ein heißer Coup (Germany)
... aka Where the Money is - Ein heißer Coup (Germany: DVD box
What Planet Are You From? (2000) .... Helen Gordon
Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000) .... Christine Lynch
... aka Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Dieb (Germany)
Dogma (1999) .... Bethany
Body Count (1998) .... Natalie
Men in Black (1997) .... Laurel
... aka MIB (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Kicked in the Head (1997) .... Megan
Larger Than Life (1996) .... Terry Bonura
Unforgettable (1996) .... Dr. Martha Briggs
Bodily Harm (1995) .... Rita Cates
Jade (1995) .... Trina Gavin
The Desperate Trail (1995) (V) .... Sarah O'Rourke
The Last Seduction (1994) .... Bridget Gregory
Charlie's Ghost Story (1994) .... Marta
... aka Charlie's Ghost: The Story of Coronado
Acting on Impulse (1993) (TV) .... Susan Gittes
... aka Eyes of a Stranger (USA: alternative title)
... aka Roses Are Dead
... aka Secret Lies
... aka Secret Lives (USA: alternative title)
Chain of Desire (1992) .... Alma D'Angeli
Strangers (1992) (TV) .... Helen
Beyond the Law (1992) .... Renee Jason
... aka Fixing the Shadow (International: English title)
... aka Made of Steel (Europe: English title)
Shout (1991) .... Molly
Queens Logic (1991) .... Carla
The Neon Empire (1989) (TV) .... Lucy
Wildfire (1988) .... Kay
The Moderns (1988) .... Rachel Stone
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" .... Betsy Van Kennon (1 episode, 1985)
- The Night Caller (1985) TV episode .... Betsy Van Kennon
After Hours (1985) .... Kiki Bridges
Gotcha! (1985) .... Sasha
Vision Quest (1985) .... Carla
... aka Crazy for You (Philippines: English title)
Linda Fiorentino - Related Links
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