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Heather Amy Matarazzo[2] (born November 10, 1982) is an American actress. Her breakthrough role was as a geeky girl in the film Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). She played Lilly in The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). Her other movies include The Devil's Advocate (1997), Scream 3(2000), Sorority Boys (2002), Saved! (2004), and Hostel: Part 2 (2007).

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Early life[edit]Edit

Matarazzo was born and raised in Oyster Bay, New York, the daughter of Camille, a homemaker, and Ray Matarazzo, a data processing manager for a bakery chain.[2] Matarazzo is of Irish descent, and was adopted and raised by the Matarazzos, a strict Catholic Italian American family.[3] She attended Oyster Bay High School, as well as the BOCES Cultural Arts Center High School.

Career[edit]Edit

Matarazzo began acting at the age of six; after commandeering the microphone at an AIDS benefit for children, she was given the card of a talent manager with whom she remained for ten years.[4]

In 1997, she won an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in Welcome to the Dollhouse. Matarazzo has expressed pleasure in being allowed to play interesting characters, some of whom "are ostracized for various reasons." She has commented that she is most proud of her performance in 1999's Our Guys: Outrage in Glen Ridge, in which she played a mentally challenged girl who is raped by football players.[5] In 1999 to 2000 she portrayed Heather Wiseman in the shortlived TV series, Now and Again. Matarazzo has made appearances on several hit TV shows including Roseanne, Law & Order, The L Word, and Strangers With Candy.[6] Matarazzo starred opposite Thaao Penghlis in the world premiere of Charles Evered's play Class at Cape May Stage in Cape MayNew Jersey in May and June 2010.[7]

In 2011, Matarazzo announced that she would begin working on her directorial debut, a television series to be based on a memoir by author Diane Hanks, entitled Summer Camp: A Memoir.[8]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Matarazzo is an open lesbian.[5] On July 31, 2008, Matarazzo's publicist announced that Matarazzo was engaged to musician Carolyn Murphy.[9] She was the keynote speaker at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of Boston's annual conference. Since then, Matarazzo and Murphy have split amicably.[10]

Filmography[edit]Edit

Film[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Welcome to the Dollhouse Dawn Wiener Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance

Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Younger Actress in a Feature Film

1997 Hurricane Streets Ashley
1997 The Devil's Advocate Barbara
1998 54 Grace O'Shea
1998 The Hairy Bird Theresa 'Tweety' Goldberg
1999 Our Guys Leslie Television movie
2000 Company Man Nora
2000 Scream 3 Martha Meeks
2001 The Princess Diaries Lilly Moscovitz
2002 Sorority Boys Katie
2002 St. Sass Margo Television movie
2003 The Pink House Charlotte
2004 Saved! Tia
2004 Freshman Orientation Jessica
2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Lilly Moscovitz
2005 Believe in Me Cindy Butts
2007 Hostel: Part II Lorna
2010 Mangus! Jessica Simpson
2013 Culling Hens Mistress

Television[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Adventures of Pete and Pete Natasha 2 episodes
1996 Townies Bethany 4 episodes
1997 ER Alyssa Gunther Episode: "Random Acts"
1997 Roseanne Heather 4 episodes
1998 Law & Order Stephanie Sutter Episode: "Burden"
1999-2000 Now and Again Heather Wiseman 22 episodes

Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Younger Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2000 Strangers with Candy Renee Episode: "Is My Daddy Crazy?"
2006-2009 Exes and Ohs Crutch 8 episodes
2007 The L Word Stacey Merkin 4 episodes
2008 Law & Order Janice Dunlap Episode: "Sweetie"
2008 Life on Mars June Episode: "The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler"
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