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Marisa Petroro (born February 11, 1972; sometimes credited as Marisa Parker) is an American actress and model.

Marisa Petroro
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Petroro in 2011
Born (1972-02-11) February 11, 1972 (age 46)
Other namesMarisa Parker
Years active1997 – present


Marisa was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. When she was 4 years old, Marisa first started to perform in beauty pageants. At age eight, the New Jersey native began taking trips to New York to study acting at the highly acclaimed HB Studio.

In 1997, Petroro drove across country to Hollywood to pursue her acting career. She got her first TV show job by appearing in Ned and Stacey and starred in her first national commercial, Clear Blue Easy, which was directed by auteur, David Lynch. It wasn't too long before she found herself working regularly on a number of shows including appearances in Rescue 77, The Pretender, The Young & the Restless, According to Jim, Reno 911!, Las Vegas, Scrubs, Tomcats and Rules of Engagement. She was one of the most recognized brief-case beauties for 4 seasons as a model on Deal or no Deal holding case #18. Marisa has guest starred opposite Eva Longoria on Desperate Housewives, recurred on Dexter Season 4 and guest starred opposite Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar on Franklin & Bash. In 2012, she played vixen Amber Raines on Drop Dead Diva and the Italian engineer, Ipolita, on Touch.

In 2002, she played the ex-lover in the Montgomery Gentry country music video, Speed.

In 2004, she starred in Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley's country music video for Whiskey Lullaby, alongside Rick Schroder.

In 2006, she was listed as one of People magazine's 100 most beautiful people.


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