Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn (born June 10, 1963) is an American film and television actress. She became famous through her supporting role in the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct, and went on to star in films such as The Firm (1993) and Waterworld (1995). More recently she starred opposite Bill Paxton in the HBO drama Big Love from 2006 to 2011. In 2012, she joined the regular cast of the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds

Early life and education[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Tripplehorn was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Suzanne (née Ferguson) and Tom Tripplehorn, who was once a guitarist with Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. She graduated from Edison High School in 1981 and spent one semester studying at the University of Tulsa. Tripplehorn then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), which also included Laura Linney.


Tripplehorn is best known for her roles starring opposite Michael Douglas in Basic InstinctTom Cruise in The Firm, and Kevin Costner in Waterworld. Tripplehorn held a leading role as Barbara Henrickson in the HBO drama Big Love, and is also remembered as Lydia in Sliding Doors.

She has also been on Broadway in Anton Chekov's Three Sisters opposite Amy Irving and Lili Taylor. Prior to this, she appeared off-Broadway in John Patrick Shanley's The Big Funk in 1990, then co-starred with Val Kilmer in a 1993 production of John Ford's 1630s play 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. In July 2012, it was confirmed that Tripplehorn would join the cast of Criminal Minds in Season 8, replacing Paget Brewster's character Emily Prentiss.

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Tripplehorn was engaged to actor Ben Stiller for a time. She married actor Leland Orser in 2000, and the couple have a son, August Tripplehorn Orser (b. 2002). Tripplehorn's grandmother, Jean Neely, appeared in the film Reality Bites, in which Tripplehorn also had a role.

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