Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Heather Joan Graham (born January 29, 1970) is an American actress. She has appeared in such films as Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me, Lost in Space, Bowfinger, From Hell, Anger Management, and The Hangover.
She received critical acclaim for her performance in the 1989 film Drugstore Cowboy and for her role as Rollergirl in 1997's Boogie Nights, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Heather Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the older of two children. Her family is of "three quarters Irish" descent, with her father's side from County Cork. Her younger sister, Aimee Graham, is also an actress and writer.
Their mother, Joan (née Bransfield), is a teacher and author of children's books.Their father, James Graham, is a retired FBI agent.The girls were raised with traditional Roman Catholic values. Her family relocated repeatedly before settling down in Agoura Hills, California when she was nine years old.
She was introduced to acting during a school production of The Wizard of Oz. Graham graduated from Agoura High School in California in 1988.
After high school, Graham enrolled in extension classes of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and studied English for two years. There she met actor James Woods.
They became romantically involved during the time she was cast in the movie Diggstown, where he had landed the starring role. After two years there, Graham withdrew from school at UCLA to pursue acting full time, despite her parents' objections.