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Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1973-06-21) June 21, 1973
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 1987–present
Religion Scientology[1]
Spouse(s) Steve Berra (1999–2003; div.)
Parent(s) Geoffrey Lewis
Glenis Duggan Batley

Juliette L. Lewis[2] (born June 21, 1973)[2] is an American actress and singer. She gained fame for her role in Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake of the thriller Cape Fear for which she was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. This followed with major roles in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Natural Born Killers, Strange Days, The Evening Star, Kalifornia, From Dusk till Dawn, and The Other Sister. Her work in television has resulted in two Emmy nominations.

Lewis launched a career as a singer and musician, leading the American rock band, Juliette and the Licks, until 2009 when she launched a solo career.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Acting 2.1
    • Music 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Discography 4
  • Filmography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Lewis was born in Los Angeles, California, to Geoffrey Lewis, an actor, and his second wife, Glenis (Duggan) Batley, a graphic designer.[3] She has 8 siblings – brothers Lightfield (an actor who starred in The New WKRP in Cincinnati), Peter, Miles, and Matthew; and sisters Brandy, Hannah, Dierdre Lewis, and Emily Colombier.[4][5][6]



Lewis appeared in The Wonder Years as Wayne's girlfriend in Episodes 24, 34 and 36.[7] She also played Audrey Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Lewis first garnered international attention and acclaim in 1991 with her turn as Danielle Bowden in Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1991.[8] Over the next few years, she appeared in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Peter Medak's Romeo Is Bleeding,[9] and opposite Brad Pitt in Kalifornia. In 1993, she acted alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp in the drama film What's Eating Gilbert Grape.[10] She played Mallory Knox in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.[11] She played a rock singer in the film Strange Days, doing her own singing on covers of two songs written by PJ Harvey, revealing her musical ability.[12]

She received an Emmy nomination for her performance in Hysterical Blindness in 2003.[13] She also appeared in the HIM music video for "Buried Alive By Love" in 2003.[14]

Lewis appeared in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV, providing the voice of "Juliette", the host of fictional radio station "Radio Broker" (on which appears the Juliette and the Licks song 'Inside the Cage)'.[15] She appeared in a GAP commercial in which she was dancing with Daft Punk to the tune of the song "Digital Love".[16] She also appeared in the movie Renegade with Vincent Cassel, a Jan Kounen film. In 2012 she starred in the short-lived series The Firm, on NBC as Tammy, assistant to lead character Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas).[17]

She reprised her role as Audrey Griswold in 2012 in a series of Old Navy holiday commercials featuring the Griswold family.


Lewis on Terra Incognita tour with the New Romantiques at Parkpop festival 2010, the Hague, the Netherlands
Lewis performing with the Licks at the Eurockéennes 2007

Lewis launched a career as a solo singer and musician, leading American rock band Juliette and the Licks until 2009 when she went solo and released the album entitled Terra Incognita.[18]

Lewis features on the track "Bad Brother" by the band The Infidels, from The Crow: Salvation Soundtrack album, which was released on April 2000. Lewis has also appeared on three tracks by Electronic Music group The Prodigy's 2004 CD Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned ("Spitfire", "Get Up Get Off", and "Hot Ride").[19] In 2006, Blender magazine included her in their hottest women of rock music list.[20]

In 2009, Lewis performed at the Przystanek Woodstock in Poland.[21] In 2010, she played at the Rock for People festival in the Czech Republic.[22] In December 2010, Lewis hosted the game television show Never Mind the Buzzcocks and repeated in January 2012.[23]

In 2013, Lewis contributed backing vocals to the track, "Saint of Impossible Causes", on Joseph Arthur's tenth studio album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ. She then appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars.[24]

Lewis has supported Little Kids Rock, a US nonprofit organisation that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools, by painting a Fender Strat guitar and donating it to an auction to raise money for the organization.[25]

Personal life

After dropping out of high school, Lewis got into trouble with the law for driving illegally at age 15, then was arrested for illegally patronizing a nightclub when she was 16. From 1990 to 1993 Lewis dated Brad Pitt. While in her 20s she went into rehabilitation for drug addiction.[26] Lewis married professional skateboarder Steve Berra in 1999; they divorced in 2003.[27]

Lewis identifies herself as both a Christian and a Scientologist.[1][28][29]

In October 2010, she was the victim of a hit-and-run car accident in which an unknown driver broadsided the Lincoln Town Car in which she was traveling.[30]



Year Film Role Notes
1987 I Married Dora Kate Farrell TV series
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Comedy Series
Home Fires Maty TV movie
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Lexie, Jessie's Friend #1
The Facts of Life Terry Rankin TV series
1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Audrey Griswold
Meet the Hollowheads Cindy Hollowhead
The Runnin' Kind Amy Curtis
The Wonder Years Delores TV series
1990 A Family for Joe Holly Bankston #2 TV series
Too Young to Die? Amanda Sue Bradley Television film
1991 Cape Fear Danielle Bowden Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Robert De Niro)
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Crooked Hearts Cassie
1992 Husbands and Wives Rain
That Night Sheryl O'Connor
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape Becky
Romeo Is Bleeding Sheri
Kalifornia Adele Corners
1994 Natural Born Killers Mallory Knox Pasinetti Award for Best Actress
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Woody Harrelson)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Woody Harrelson)
US release delayed until 1994
Mixed Nuts Gracie Barzini
1995 Strange Days Faith Justin
The Basketball Diaries Diane Moody
1996 The Evening Star Melanie Horton Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama
From Dusk till Dawn Kate Fuller Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998 Some Girl April
1999 The Other Sister Carla Tate Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
The 4th Floor Jane Emelin
2000 Room to Rent Linda
The Way of the Gun Robin
2001 Picture Claire Claire Beaucage
My Louisiana Sky Dorie Kay TV movie
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
Gaudi Afternoon April
2002 Enough Ginny
Armitage: Dual Matrix Armitage, Naomi (voice)
Dharma & Greg September TV series (1 episode: "Try To Remember This Kind Of September")
Hysterical Blindness Beth TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2003 Cold Creek Manor Ruby Ferguson
Free for All Paula
Old School Heidi
2004 Renegade Maria Sullivan aka Blueberry
Starsky & Hutch Kitty
Chasing Freedom Libby TV movie
2005 Daltry Calhoun Flora Flick
The Darwin Awards Joleen
Lightfield's Home Videos
Aurora Borealis Kate
Grilled Suzanne
2006 My Name Is Earl Jesse — Bounty Hunter TV series (1 episode: "The Bounty Hunter")
2007 Catch and Release Maureen
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Herself as a radio DJ (Video game)
2009 Whip It! Iron Maven
Metropia Nina (voice)
2010 Sympathy for Delicious Ariel Lee
The Switch Debbie Epstein
Conviction Roseanna Perry Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Due Date Heidi
Memphis Beat Cleo TV series (1 episode: "Baby, Let's Play House")
Never Mind The Buzzcocks Guest Host TV series #24, episode 9
2011 Hick Tammy
2012 The Firm Tammy TV series
Nominated—Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
2013 Open Road Jill
August: Osage County Karen Weston Hollywood Film Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2014 Hellion Pam
Kelly & Cal Kelly
2015-present Secrets and Lies Detective Andrea Cornell TV series
2015 Wayward Pines Beverly Brown TV series
Jem and the Holograms Erica Raymond
2016 Nerve Filming


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External links

  • Juliette Lewis at the Internet Movie Database
  • Juliette Lewis at AllMovie
  • Juliette Lewis on Twitter
  • Juliette Lewis band (music)
  • Juliette Lewis discography at MusicBrainz
  • 2006 Interview with Juliette Lewis on
  • Juliette Lewis Explains Her "Dark" New Album
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