Heather Christina Marie Matarazzo (born November 10, 1982) is an American actress. Her breakthrough role was Dawn Wiener, a dorky girl 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), and Hostel: Part II (2007).
Matarazzo at 2008 New York City Rally for same-sex marriage
Heather Christina Marie Matarazzo
November 10, 1982
Oyster Bay, New York, U.S.
|Partner(s)||Caroline Murphy (2004–2012)|
Matarazzo was born and raised in Oyster Bay, New York, the daughter of Camille, a homemaker, and Ray Matarazzo, a data processing manager for a bakery chain. Matarazzo is of Irish descent; her biological father was Pat Corley from Knock, Ireland. She was adopted and raised by the Matarazzos, a Catholic Italian American family.
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, 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.
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. On January 11, 2018, Matarazzo proposed to her girlfriend, comedian and writer Heather Turman, and the two were married on November 11, 2018.
In 2017, Matarazzo was awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from online education enabler InterActive.
|1995||Welcome to the Dollhouse||Dawn Wiener||Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance|
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Younger Actress in a Feature Film
|The Devil's Advocate||Barbara|
|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|
|2016||The Great WTYT 960 Billboard Sitting Contest!||Jezebel|
|2016||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|
|2019||Smothered by Mothers||Annie|
|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"|
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- "Heather Matarazzo Biography (1982–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Chatting with Heather Matarazzo". eonline.com.
- Konig, Susan (May 7, 2000). "At 17, She Already Finds Herself On Top of the Acting Game". New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
- Warn, Sarah (February 27, 2006). "Welcome to the New Heather Matarazzo". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
- "Heather Matarazzo". TV.com. August 28, 2005. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
- "Raising the curtain on summer theater: Cape May Stage presents world premiere". PressofAtlanticCity.com. 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.
- 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.
- Heather Matarazzo [@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.
- Heather Matarazzo [@HeatherMatarazz] (23 May 2016). "Join me and @cenkuygur tomorrow to introduce the future we believe in, @BernieSanders #bernieinanaheim #CAforBernie" (Tweet) – via Twitter.