Vanessa Zima (born December 17, 1986) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as a child actress in the 1990s films The Baby-Sitters Club, Ulee's Gold, and Wicked, and for her recurring role on the first season of the 1995 television legal drama Murder One.

Vanessa Zima
Born (1986-12-17) December 17, 1986 (age 33)
Years active1995–present


Zima has appeared in films such as The Baby-Sitters Club (1995), Ulee's Gold (1997),[1] Wicked (1998), and The (2000). She has also appeared in television series such as Murder One, Family Law, Judging Amy, House, and Scandal.


Zima was born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, the daughter of Dennis and Marie. Her surname means "winter" in Polish and comes from her maternal grandfather, who was of Polish descent.[2]

Zima has an older sister, Madeline, and a younger sister, Yvonne, both of whom are actresses.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Rosie Wilder
1997 Ulee's Gold Penny Jackson
1998 The Rose Sisters
1998 Wicked Inger Christianson
2000 The Kelly Tyler
2001 Zoe Zoe
2004 Cavedweller Amanda Windsor
2006 The Far Side of Jericho Greta Van Dam
2011 The Absent Amy Jones
2011 Destruction Party Emily Short film
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 Murder One Elizabeth Hoffman Recurring role (season 1), 9 episodes
1997 Crisis Center Jenny Maxfield Episode: "It's a Family Affair"
1997 The Visitor Melissa Episode: "Remember"
2000 Family Law Marie Cameron Episode: "One Mistake"
2004 Judging Amy Katie Hadlock Episode: "Werewolves of Hartford"
2008 House Becca Episode: "Joy"
2012 Scandal Jill Episode: "The Other Woman"
2016 Killing Mommy Becky Television film

Awards and nominationsEdit

In 1998, Zima was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actress for Ulee's Gold (1997); the award was won by her co-star in the film, Jessica Biel.[3]


  1. ^ Janet Maslin (June 13, 1997). "From the Company of Bees to That of Humans". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Interview: Californication's Madeline Zima is 'Haute'". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2007. Madeline Zima: "[...] my grandfather on my mom's side was Polish. It means 'winter.' Zima comes from that; it's my mother's maiden name."
  3. ^ "19th Youth In Film Awards". Archived from the original on December 22, 2016.

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