Lolita Davidovich

Lolita Davidovich (née Davidović; born July 15, 1961) is a Canadian actress, best known for her breakthrough title role as Blaze Starr in the 1989 film Blaze, for which she received Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination.

Lolita Davidovich
Lolita Davidović

(1961-07-15) July 15, 1961 (age 60)
Other namesLolita David
Years active1983–present
(m. 1997)

She later had starring roles in films including Leap of Faith (1992), Raising Cain (1992), Intersection (1994), Cobb (1994), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), Gods and Monsters (1998), Mystery, Alaska (1999), and Play It to the Bone (1999).

Early lifeEdit

Davidovich was born Lolita Davidović in London, Ontario, the daughter of emigrants from the former Yugoslavia. Her father was from Belgrade (the capital of Serbia), and her mother was from Slovenia;[1][2] she spoke only Serbian during her early years.[3]

She studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York.[4]


Davidovich began her career playing small parts on television and films. She first received notice co-starring in comedy-drama film Blaze with Paul Newman, for which she beat out 600 other actresses for the title role of the burlesque performer Blaze Starr.[5]

She later starred alongside John Malkovich and Andie MacDowell in 1991 film The Object of Beauty, before earning critical acclaim for her leading performance as an inmate in the HBO drama Prison Stories: Women on the Inside.[6] Davidovich went on to leading roles in films such as the 1992 thriller Raising Cain directed by Brian De Palma, and the drama Leap of Faith, co-starring Steve Martin and Liam Neeson.

She played the love interest of Richard Gere in the 1994 drama Intersection. After starring for director Ron Shelton in Blaze, she also was featured in his films Cobb, Play It to the Bone, Dark Blue, Hollywood Homicide & JFK. Davidovich also received Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Younger and Younger, and during 1990s had roles in films Boiling Point, For Better or Worse, Now and Then, Jungle 2 Jungle, Gods and Monsters and Mystery, Alaska.[7]

In 2000s, Davidovich had supporting roles on both film and television. She appeared in several episodes on the first season of the Showtime lesbian-themed drama series, The L Word playing the character Francesca Wolff, and has guest-starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, Rizzoli & Isles, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and NCIS. Davidovich voiced Jester in the adventure video game Chronomaster, which also includes the voices of actors Ron Perlman and Brent Spiner.[8] She also voiced Angel Gemini in the adventure game, Of Light and Darkness: The Prophecy, which also includes the voice of actor James Woods.[9]

In 2015, Davidovich made her return to film playing the role of lead character's mother in the romantic drama The Longest Ride based on Nicholas Sparks' novel.[10] Later that year, she was cast in the second season of HBO crime drama True Detective as Taylor Kitsch's character's mother,[11] and ABC prime time soap opera Blood & Oil as Don Johnson's character's ex-wife.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Davidovich is married to screenwriter and director Ron Shelton, known for Bull Durham (1988) and White Men Can't Jump (1992). Shelton has directed films in which Davidovich has appeared, including Blaze. They have two children, and reside in Los Angeles and Ojai, California.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Class 1st Girl (Motel)
1986 Blindside Adele
1986 Recruits Susan
1987 Last Man Standing Groupie
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Sue Ann Credited as Lolita David
1987 The Pink Chiquitas Pink Chiquita
1987 The Big Town Black Lace Stripper
1989 Blaze Blaze Starr Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
1990 Love & Murder Barbara
1991 The Object of Beauty Joan
1991 JFK Beverly Oliver Titled as Lolita Davidovitch
1991 The Inner Circle Anastasia
1992 Raising Cain Dr. Jenny O’Keefe Nix
1992 Leap of Faith Marva
1993 Boiling Point Vikki Dunbar
1993 Younger and Younger Penny Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
1994 Intersection Olivia Marshak
1994 Cobb Ramona
1995 For Better or Worse Valeri Carboni
1995 Now and Then Mrs. Albertson
1996 Salt Water Moose Eva Scofield
1997 Touch Antoinette Baker
1997 Jungle 2 Jungle Charlotte
1997 Santa Fe Eleanor Braddock
1997 "Dead Silence" Priss Gunder
1998 Gods and Monsters Betty
1999 Forever Flirt
1999 No Vacancy Constance
1999 Touched Sylvie
1999 Four Days Chrystal
1999 Mystery, Alaska Mary Jane Pitcher
1999 Play It to the Bone Grace Pasic
2001 Snow in August Kate Devlin
2002 Dark Blue Sally Perry
2003 Hollywood Homicide Cleo Richard
2006 Bye Bye Benjamin Janet Short film
2006 Kill Your Darlings Lola
2007 September Dawn Nancy Dunlap
2012 Smitty Judge Greenstein
2014 Squatters Evelyn
2015 The Longest Ride Kate Collins
2018 Sorry for Your Loss Eve


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Three's Company Kelly Episode: "And Baby Makes Four"
1985 Two Fathers' Justice TV movie
1987 I'll Take Manhattan TV miniseries
1987 Adderly Bubblebath Girl Episode: "Midnight in Morocco"
1987 Night Heat Cathy Episode: "The Victim"
1988 Check It Out! Kim Dillard Episode: "Fatal Harassment"
1989 Friday the 13th: The Series Christy Episode: "Wedding Bell Blues"
1990 Uncut Gem Ruby TV movie
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Loretta Wright TV movie
Nominated — CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1992 Keep the Change Ellen Kelton TV movie
1994 Trial at Fortitude Bay Gina Antonelli TV movie
1994 Duckman Angela (voice) Episode: "About Face"
1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial Kee McFarlane TV movie
Nominated — CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1996 Duckman Angela (voice) Episode: "Color of Naught"
1996 Jake's Women Sheila TV movie
1996 Harvest of Fire Sally Russell TV movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1997 Dead Silence Det. Sharon Foster/ Priss Gunder TV movie
1997 Perversions of Science Various Episode: "Dream of Doom"
1998 Stories from My Childhood Christina (voice) Episode: "The Twelve Months & The Snow Girl"
2001 Beggars and Choosers Rebecca Episodes: "Hitting the Bottle", "Golf War Syndrome"
2001 The Judge Catherine Rosetti TV movie
2001 Snow in August Kate Devlin TV movie
2001 The Kid Mother (voice) TV movie
2002 The Practice Cassie Ray Episode: "Bad to Worse"
2002–2003 The Agency Avery Pohl Recurring role (5 episodes)
2003 Monk Natasha Lovara Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus"
2003 The Guardian Victoria Little Episode: "Believe"
2004 The Guardian Victoria Little Episode: "The Bachelor Party"
2004 The L Word Francesca Wolff Recurring role (4 episodes)
2005 The Eleventh Hour Veronica Taylor Ellery Episode: "Kettle Black"
Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Diane Dunn Episode: "Unbearable"
2007 State of Mind Cordelia Banks Episode: "Snow Melts"
2008 Quarterlife Mindy Krieger Episode: "Finding a Voice"
2009 Criminal Minds Sandra Lombardini Episode: "Cold Comfort"
2009 ZOS: Zone of Separation Mila Michailov TV miniseries
2009 Throwing Stones Marge Merrick TV movie
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Beverly Episode: "Vehicular Fellatio"
2009 Cold Case Molly Heaton (2009) Episode: "Iced"
2011 Hound Dogs Iris Hammer TV movie
2011 Cinema Verite Val TV movie
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Melody Patterson Episodes: "Seventeen Ain't So Sweet", "Don't Stop Dancing, Girl"
2012 Psych Ida Lane Episode: "Santabarbaratown"
2012 Good God Virginia Hailwood Main role (8 episodes)
2013 Romeo Killer Joan Porco TV movie
2015 True Detective Cynthia Woodrugh 4 episodes
2015 Blood & Oil Annie Briggs 4 episodes
2016 Shades of Blue Linda Wozniak Season 1
2017 Law & Order True Crime Kitty Menendez 8 episodes
2018 How to Get Away with Murder Sandrine Castillo 2 episodes
2018 Once Upon A Christmas Miracle Judy Dempsey Hallmark TV Movie
2019 Good Witch Autumn Delaney 2 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
1995 Chronomaster Jester
1998 Of Light and Darkness: The Prophecy Angel Gemini


  1. ^ Byrne, Bridget (April 6, 2001). "Actress Looks To Face 'The Judge'". Associated Press. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
  2. ^ Kalaba, Ana (December 8, 2016). "Lolita Davidović je srpska zvezda u Holivudu, a sanja da glumi u Beogradu". (in Serbian). Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  3. ^ Southgate, Martha (December 23, 1989). "'Blaze' actress Lolita Davidovich enjoying first taste of stardom". Herald-Journal. p. B9. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Lolita Davidovich Biography". Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Strauss, Bob (December 26, 1989). "Director Shelton Turns From 'Bull' To Create Blaze". Los Angeles Daily News.
  6. ^ "Lolita Davidovich". Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Light and Darkness". January 21, 2004. Archived from the original on January 21, 2004. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Hour Favorite". Next Generation. No. 16. Imagine Media. April 1996. p. 92.
  9. ^ "Light and Darkness". January 21, 2004. Archived from the original on January 21, 2004. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Tatiana Siegel. "Lolita Davidovich Joins Fox 2000's 'The Longest Ride'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  11. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Lolita Davidovich & James Frain Join 'True Detective' Cast - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  12. ^ "Blood & Oil: Lolita Davidovich cast as Don Johnson's ex-wife". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 15, 2015.

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