Wednesday, December 2, 2009
American actress Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn on March 10, 1984, in New York City but was raised in Washington, D.C. Olivia is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and attended Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland. She made her film debut in the movie "The Girl Next Door," but she is most famous for her role as Alex Kelly on the hit Fox series "The O.C." She has a dog named Paco and she married Tao Ruspoli.
On many an occasion, Olivia Wilde's sleek hair (which alternated between blonde and coal black), sultry figure, and haunting blue eyes typecast her in the mold of an evil seductress and vamp. The D.C.-born Wilde -- not a blood relation to the famous writer Oscar Wilde, as is commonly assumed, but one inspired by him, who borrowed his surname -- launched into show business with a portrayal of Jewel Goldman, the female lead of Jerry Bruckheimer's short-lived Fox drama Skin (2003). The series constituted an update of +Romeo and Juliet and depicted the romance between a porn producer's daughter and a district attorney's son. It folded not long after it premiered, but provided a convenient showcase for Wilde's talents. After key roles in two drug-themed features -- the Nick Cassavetes-directed Alpha Dog and director John Herzfeld's Bobby Z -- Wilde catapulted sensationalism-hungry viewers to their television sets when she portrayed a lesbian bartender who attempts to seduce lovely Mischa Barton on The O.C. She then received regular billing as Jenny Reilly on The Black Donnellys (2007), an NBC series about the exploits of an Irish crime family residing in Hell's Kitchen, which didn't make it past its first season. Wilde rebounded quickly with a coveted role on the smash-hit Fox medical series House, joining the cast during the show's fourth season.
Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide