Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973)[1] is an American actressdancer and model, known for her appearances in films such as I Still Know What You Did Last SummerSummer of Samand Crash, and in television series such as Spin CityThe Looney Tunes ShowSamantha Who?, and Blue Bloods.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Esposito was born in BrooklynNew York, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer.[2] She is of Italiandescent.[3]


Esposito made her first television appearance in Law & Order in 1996. She then joined the cast of Spin City, where she appeared for two seasons. She also appeared in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. One of her more notable roles was as Ruby in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam in 1999, which was set against the late-1970s backdrop of the Son of Sam murders. She originally had the Mira Sorvino role in Summer of Sam, but had to take a different role due to scheduling conflicts.[citation needed] Esposito's next film was Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000.

In 2000, Esposito appeared in the Law & Order: SVU episode Remorse as a rape victim. She played Don Cheadle's girlfriend, Ria, in the Academy Award-winning film Crash. Esposito was part of the cast of Related. She also played the part of Jennifer in The Master of Disguise in 2002 and played a Lieutenant in the NYPD in the 2004 film Taxi. She played a love interest toDenis Leary's character in the FX dramedy Rescue Me. Esposito appeared on television as Andrea Belladonna in the ABC comedy, Samantha Who?. She also appeared in the NBC medical drama Mercy. Esposito joined the cast of Blue Bloods in 2010, during its first season; she plays Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Detective Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg). In the third season, Esposito entered a dispute with CBS regarding doctor's orders for her to cut back working hours due to her Celiac disease. Rather than work around her limited schedule, CBS chose to replace her character this season. As such, Esposito only appears in six episodes, receiving also starring billing in all of them.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Esposito announced that she had been diagnosed with celiac disease on The Late Show with David Letterman in October 2011, reporting she had been diagnosed "a couple years ago" and had plans to open a gluten-free bakery.[4] In 2012, Esposito opened the bakery in Manhattan's East Village under the name "Jennifer's Way Bakery."[5]

According to Esposito, she collapsed on set while shooting an episode of Blue Bloods, requiring her to miss a week of work, and during the show's third season, informed CBS that her medical condition would limit her availability. On October 20, 2012, CBS announced that her character was being placed on indefinite leave of absence.[6] Esposito and CBS reportedly have been at odds over her medical condition and its effect on her availability for work.[6]

Esposito married Bradley Cooper on December 30, 2006.[7] They were divorced in 2007.[8][9]

In 2009, Esposito became engaged to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis.[10] The couple separated in August 2010.[11][12]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Sunshine Boys Jeannie Television film
1997 A Brother's Kiss Lucy
1997 Kiss Me, Guido Debbie
1997 A Brooklyn State of Mind Donna Delgrosso
1998 No Looking Back Teresa
1998 He Got Game Ms. Janus
1998 Charlie Hoboken Girl in church
1998 Side Streets Jessica
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Nancy
1999 Summer of Sam Ruby
1999 Just One Time Michelle
1999 The Bachelor Daphne
2000 Dracula 2000 Solina
2001 Backflash Olive Dee "Harley" Klintucker Direct-to-video
2001 The Proposal Susan Reese
2001 Made Club girl Uncredited
2001 Don't Say a Word Det. Sandra Cassidy
2001 Beyond the City Limits Helena Toretti
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Carmela
2002 The Master of Disguise Jennifer Baker
2004 Breakin' All the Rules Rita Monroe
2004 Crash Ria Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture

2004 Taxi Lt. Marta Robbins
2005 Snow Wonder Pilar Television film
2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey Frankie Vitello
2008 Conspiracy Joanna
2008 American Crude Carlos
2009 Four Single Fathers Suzanne
2010 The Wish List Sarah Television film
2011 Mamitas Miss Ruiz
2012 Bending the Rules Olivia Garcia
Year Title Role Notes
1995 The City Connie Soleito Unknown episodes
1996 Law & Order Gina Tucci Episode: "Good Girl"
1997 Feds Flo Episode: "Crash and Burn"
1997 Prince Street Episode: "Drugs, Lies and Videotape" (unaired)
1997–1999 Spin City Stacey Paterno Main cast (seasons 2–3); 36 episodes
1998 New York Undercover Gina Stone 3 episodes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sara Logan Episode: "Remorse"
2002 Hack Abby Episode: "Obsession"
2013 Partners in Crime Unsold CBS pilot
2004–2005 Judging Amy Louann "Crystal" Turner 8 episodes
2005–2006 Related Ginnie Sorelli Main cast; 19 episodes
2006 More, Patience Patience More Unsold Fox pilot
2006 Law & Order Justine Bailey Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
2007 Rescue Me Nona 5 episodes
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Andrea Belladonna Main cast
2010 Mercy Jules Fattore 2 episodes
2010–2012 Blue Bloods Jackie Curatola Main cast (seasons 1–3); 46 episodes
2011–2012 The Looney Tunes Show Tina Russo (voice) 5 episodes

Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Broadroom Roan Main cast
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