Birth Date: July 1, 1972
Birth Place: Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK
Height: 5' 7"
Quote: "I'm not a club person. I'm not a bar person. I'm not a socialite."
Claire Forlani Biography
Claire Forlani was born on July 1, 1972, in Twickenham, Middlesex, England, and raised in London, England, the daughter of an English mother and Italian father. At age 11, Claire enrolled in London's Arts Educational School, where she studied dance and drama for the next six years. Her early theater credits include The Nutcracker Ballet at the Covent Garden and Orpheus in the Underworld at the Coliseum.
In 1991, Claire ventured into the realm of UK television. She made two appearances on the series Press Gang and appeared on the program Shrinks. In 1992, Claire spent 11 weeks in war-torn Zagreb, Croatia, to appear in her first feature film Gypsy Eyes (released on video in the United States as C.I.A. Trackdown).
Claire and her parents relocated to San Francisco in 1993. Months later, she made her American debut in the ABC mini-series JFK: Reckless Youth, in the minor role of Ann Cannon, a tempting young lass who shares a sensuous dance with a young JFK. Claire next appeared in the 1994 sequel Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow. Later that year, she played a small role in the 30-minute Showtime feature The Gift, which featured the likes of Isabella Rosellini and Mary Steenburgen and marked the directorial debut of Laura Dern.
In 1995, Claire landed a role in Mallrats, the eagerly anticipated sophomore effort from Clerks writer-director Kevin Smith. Though Smith had auditioned over 600 hopefuls before he saw Claire, he was immediately taken with her spot-on impersonation of a callow American youth, and promptly offered her a role; only after they'd sealed the deal did he learn that Claire whose mannerisms and delivery had so impressed him was British. Mallrats gave Claire the exposure to help her land rolls in The Rock and Basquiat, in which she was touchingly effective as the sweet-natured waitress who wins the heart of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Also in 1996, she made her debut starring role in the independent short film Garage Sale, in which she played an earthy sort who strikes back at her faithless, fashion-model boyfriend by selling his wardrobe to pay her rent.
Claire made just one film in 1997 (due to the passing of her mother), the decidedly downbeat, semi-autobiographical The Last Time I Committed Suicide. Her performance as the deeply disturbed girlfriend of beat poet Neal Cassady won her further critical praise. Given the insurance of a strong critical reputation, she showed no hesitation in walking off the set of the undersea thriller Deep Rising following a creative dispute with director, Stephen Sommers. The movie failed at the box office in early 1998, and Claire ended up on the cover of Vanity Fair as one of a dozen rising stars. Months later, she incited the envy of women everywhere when Meet Joe Black arrived in theaters. She also appeared in Basil, which was screened at a few festivals before airing on the Romance Classics cable channel and released on video shortly thereafter.
In 1999, Claire appeared in the summer action flick Mystery Men, with the likes of Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Reubens, Ben Stiller, and William H. Macy. She then appeared in the indie comedy film Magicians, with Alan Arkin, followed by her a part in Boys And Girls, which co-stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, and Heather Donahue.
Claire Forlani Filmography
Hallam Foe (2006) .... Verity Foe
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) .... Solona
For Your Consideration (2006)
"Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King" (2006) (mini) TV Series .... Doris Freeman (segment "Crouch End")
Ripley Under Ground (2005) .... Cynthia
The Shadow Dancer (2005) .... Isabella Parish
... aka Shadows in the Sun (USA)
... aka Vengo a prenderti (Italy)
Hooligans (2005) .... Shannon Dunham
... aka Football Hooligans (Singapore: English title)
... aka Green Street (UK)
... aka Green Street Hooligans (USA: new title)
Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project (2005) (TV) .... Allison
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004) .... Mary Malone Jones
Memron (2004) .... Vangela Clay
The Medallion (2003) .... Nicole James
Going Greek (2003) (scenes deleted) .... Sorority Sister
The Limit (2003) .... Monica Prince
... aka Gone Dark (USA: DVD title)
The Pentagon Papers (2003) (TV) .... Patricia Marx
Northfork (2003) .... Mrs. Hadfield
Triggermen (2002) .... Emma Cutler
Antitrust (2001) .... Alice Poulson
... aka Conspiracy.com (Europe: English title)
Boys and Girls (2000) .... Jennifer Burrows
Magicians (2000) .... Lydia
Mystery Men (1999) .... Monica the Waitress
Meet Joe Black (1998) .... Susan Parrish
Into My Heart (1998) .... Nina
Basil (1998) .... Julia Sherwin
The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) .... Joan
Basquiat (1996) .... Gina Cardinale
... aka Build a Fort, Set It on Fire
The Rock (1996) .... Jade Angelou
Garage Sale (1996) .... Julia
Mallrats (1995) .... Brandi Svenning
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994) .... Katrina
... aka Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow (USA: alternative title)
J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (1993) (TV) .... Ann Cannon
- In the Picture (1992) TV Episode .... Judy Wellman
- Chance Is a Fine Thing (1991) TV Episode .... Judy Wellman
Gypsy Eyes (1992) .... Katarina
... aka CIA Trackdown (USA: video title)
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