Heather Christina Marie Matarazzo (born November 10, 1982) is an American actress. Her breakthrough role was Dawn Wiener in the film Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). She played Lilly in The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). Her other films include The Devil's Advocate (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Sorority Boys (2002), Saved! (2004), Hostel 2 (2007) and Scream (2022).
Heather Christina Marie Matarazzo
November 10, 1982
Long Island, New York, U.S.
|Partner||Caroline Murphy (2004–2012)|
Matarazzo's biological mother was Irish American and her biological father was from Knock, County Mayo. She was adopted and raised by the Matarazzos, an Italian American family.
Matarazzo began acting at the age of six; after commandeering the microphone at an AIDS benefit for children, she was given the card of a talent manager, with whom she remained for 10 years.
In 1997, she won an Independent Spirit Award for her performance as adolescent social outcast Dawn Wiener in Welcome to the Dollhouse. Matarazzo has expressed pleasure in being allowed to play interesting characters, some of whom "are ostracized for various reasons." She has commented that she is most proud of her performance in 1999's Our Guys: Outrage in Glen Ridge, based on a true story, in which she played a mentally challenged girl who is raped by football players. In 1999 to 2000 she portrayed Heather Wiseman in the short-lived TV series, Now and Again. In 2000 she appeared in the teen romantic comedy film The Princess Diaries as Lilly Moscovitz and reprised her role in the 2004 sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.
Matarazzo has made appearances on several hit TV shows including Roseanne, Law & Order, The L Word, Greys Anatomy and Strangers With Candy. Matarazzo starred opposite Thaao Penghlis in the world premiere of Charles Evered's play Class at Cape May Stage in Cape May, New Jersey in May and June 2010.
In 2011, Matarazzo announced that she would begin working on her directorial debut, a television series to be based on a memoir by author Diane Hanks, titled Summer Camp: A Memoir.
In 2004, at the age of 21, Matarazzo came out as a lesbian in an article in the New York Daily News, and was subsequently profiled in an article in the October 2004 edition of The Advocate. On July 31, 2008, Matarazzo's publicist announced that Matarazzo was engaged to musician Caroline Murphy. In 2012, popular media news outlets announced that Matarazzo and Murphy had split amicably. Matarazzo married comedian Heather Turman in 2018.
Matarazzo revealed she was scheduled to attend a meeting on the 15th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, shortly after the attacks occurred, but overslept.
Matarazzo endorsed and actively campaigned for Senator Bernie Sanders for President in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
|1995||Welcome to the Dollhouse||Dawn Wiener||Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance|
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film
|The Devil's Advocate||Barbara|
|A Change Would Do You Good||The girl in the band||Mini movie/music video for Sheryl Crow|
|The Hairy Bird||Theresa "Tweety" Goldberg|
|1999||Getting to Know You||Judith|
|Scream 3||Martha Meeks|
|2001||The Princess Diaries||Lilly Moscovitz|
|2003||The Pink House||Charlotte|
|The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement||Lilly Moscovitz|
|2005||Believe in Me||Cindy Butts|
|2007||Hostel: Part II||Lorna Weisenfreund|
|2015||Sidewalk Traffic||Freda Rabinowitz|
|2016||Her Composition||Gallery Owner|
|The Great WTYT 960 Billboard Sitting Contest!||Jezebel|
|Are You Afraid of the '90s?||Jessica||Short film|
|2018||Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot||Shannon|
|2019||The Fiddling Horse||Rosalina Truman|
|Smothered by Mothers||Annie Davis|
|2021||Generation Wrecks||Alison Holtzman|
|1993||The Adventures of Pete and Pete||Natasha||2 episodes|
|1997||ER||Alyssa Gunther||Episode: "Random Acts"|
|1998||Law & Order||Stephanie Sutter||Episode: "Burden"|
|1999||Our Guys||Leslie Faber||Television movie|
|1999–2000||Now and Again||Heather Wiseman||22 episodes|
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Younger Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
|2000||Strangers with Candy||Renee||Episode: "Is My Daddy Crazy?"|
|2002||St. Sass||Margo||Television movie|
|2006–2009||Exes and Ohs||Crutch||8 episodes|
|2007||The L Word||Stacey Merkin||4 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order||Janice Dunlap||Episode: "Sweetie"|
|Life on Mars||June||Episode: "The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler"|
|2015||Grey's Anatomy||Joan Paulson||2 episodes|
|Raymond & Lane||Reverend Mother||Episode: "Climb Every Mountain"|
|2020||Equal||Phyllis Lyon||Episode: "The Birth of a Movement"|
|2022||Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror||Herself||Docuseries|
- ^ a b "Chatting with Heather Matarazzo". E! News.
- ^ "Heather Matarazzo on Meeting Her Birth Mother".
- ^ Konig, Susan (May 7, 2000). "At 17, She Already Finds Herself On Top of the Acting Game". New York Times. New York City. Archived from the original on September 26, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
- ^ Warn, Sarah (February 27, 2006). "Welcome to the New Heather Matarazzo". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
- ^ "Raising the curtain on summer theater: Cape May Stage presents world premiere". Press of Atlantic City. New Jersey. May 12, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
- ^ "Heather Matarazzo Talks Being an Out Actress, New TV Show, and 'Mangus!'". Pride.com. Los Angeles, California: Here Media. December 3, 2011.
- ^ Anne Stockwell (October 12, 2004). "Coming Out 2004: Welcome to the house, doll!". The Advocate. pp. 73–78.
- ^ Warn, Sarah (August 1, 2008). "Heather Matarazzo Officially Engaged to Caroline Murphy". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
- ^ Belge, Kathy (February 14, 2009). "Heather Matarazzo: Lesbian Actress". About.com. Archived from the original on January 14, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
- ^ "Princess Diaries' Heather Matarazzo is Engaged to Heather Turman". January 16, 2018.
- ^ Matarazzo, Heather [@HeatherMatarazz] (September 11, 2019). "18 years ago today, I had a meeting at World Trade Center Tower 1, 15th floor at 9 AM. I woke up at 8:50. Every year, on this day, I think about how my alarm didn't go off. Missing my city today. #WhereWereYou" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ Matarazzo, Heather [@HeatherMatarazz] (May 23, 2016). "Join me and @cenkuygur tomorrow to introduce the future we believe in, @BernieSanders #bernieinanaheim #CAforBernie" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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