Juliette Lewis (born 21.6.1973)
Juliette Lewis is an Oscar-winning American actress, as well as a musician.
Juliette Lewis: Childhood
Juliette Lewis was born in Los Angeles, in California. Her father, Geoffrey Lewis, is an actor and her mother, Glenis Batley, is a graphic designer. Juliette's parents divorced when she was just two years old.
Juliette has two brothers named Lightfield and Peter, as well as two sisters, named Dierdre and Brandy.
Juliette showed an interest in acting at the age of six. When she was 12, she landed her first television role.
Juliette Lewis: Acting Career
Juliette Lewis first became a household name in 1991, when she starred as Danielle Bowden in the Martin Scorsese remake of Cape Fear. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Lewis went on to perform a number of roles that would win over both the critics and the movie-going public, alike, such as her role in Peter Medak's Romeo Is Bleeding. She then starred opposite Brad Pitt in the cult classic Kalifornia. Lewis also worked with Pitt on Too Young To Die?
One of Juliette Lewis' most renowned performances was in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, which was originally scripted by Quentin Tarantino. Lewis plays the lead female in the film, Mallory Knox, alongside Woody Harrelson.
In 1995, Lewis starred in Strange Days. In the film, she performs a cover of 'Hardly Wait', by PJ Harvey, predating Lewis's later stint as a singer in her own rock band.
Juliette Lewis: Musical Career
Juliette Lewis has her own rock band, named Juliette and the Licks. The band has found moderate success, playing a number of high profile music festivals in the US and Europe. She was teamed up with the songwriter Linda Perry, who has previously written and produced tracks for the likes of Pink and Courtney Love.
Juliette Lewis has also appeared on three tracks by The Prodigy, 'Spitfire', 'Get Up Get Off' and 'Hot Ride.'
Juliette Lewis was once engaged to her former co-star, Brad Pitt. She has also dated Michael Dewitt, the nanny employed by Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, to look after their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
In 1999, Lewis married Steve Berra, a skateboarder but the pair later divorced.
Juliette Lewis is a member of the Church of Scientology, the religion that counts Tom Cruise and John Travolta amongst its followers.
The 'Secrets and Lies' actress was speaking to People magazine when she spoke about how she was able to give up drugs nearly twenty years ago.
Juliette Lewis has been speaking about two battles in her personal life, with drugs and depression. In a frank interview, Lewis opened up about how she quit drugs nearly two decades ago with the help of her support network of family and friends.
The actress was speaking to People magazine on Friday as part of promotional material for her new ABC show ‘Secrets and Lies’ when she made the revelations. “I quit drugs at 22. I travelled a lot, I dealt with my priorities. I have such a beautiful, strong family and friends and they are like everything to me.”
Juliette Lewis at the 2015 Oscars
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Juliette Lewis - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Juliette Lewis - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
Juliette Lewis - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Juliette Lewis - A host of stars turned out for the Disney ABC Television Critics Aassociation Winter Press Tour which was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States - Wednesday 14th January 2015
Jenny Lewis isn't the only former actress to find musical success.
There seems to be a special musical buzz in the entertainment business at the moment reserved for screen actresses who are wanting to spread their wings in their career - and maybe earn some more money too. Whether it's Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande blowing everyone away with her stunning vocal range as she gears up to release her second album this summer, or indie favourite Jenny Lewis becoming ever more successful with her solo singing career after a good three years fronting a band, it appears that some actresses just can't resist testing their pipes in the recording studio. Even Hollywood sensation Scarlett Johansson dipped her toes in musical waters back in 2008 with her well-praised debut 'Anywhere I Lay My Head'.
While we're half expecting Keira Knightley to release a record any day now after singing on her latest drama 'Begin Again', we look at the film world's biggest female musical successes.
Jenny Lewis: Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis this week released Voyager, her critically acclaimed third studio album. Although best known for her time fronting indie favourites, Rilo Kiley, music wasn't actually Lewis's first career choice, instead the Vegas native was intially known as an actress. Her early showbiz experience mainly consisted of TV roles, with small parts in the likes of 'Baywatch', 'Brooklyn Bridge' and 'The New Twilight Zone' in the 80s and early 90s as well as film stints on 'Troop Beverly Hills' and 'The Wizard'. Her last major acting venture came with 1995's black and white drama 'Don's Plum' alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire before she formed Rilo Kiley with then-boyfriend Blake Sennett.
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