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BIOGRAPHY

Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile

actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her
Oscar-nominated performance as 'Danielle Bowden' in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked
with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese,
Woody Allen, Lasse Hallström, Oliver Stone, and Garry Marshall. Whether lending
dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair to her roles, Lewis graces the screen with
remarkable range and an original and captivating style.

Lewis was born in Hollywood and by the age of 6, she knew she wanted to be a performer.
At 12, Lewis landed her first leading role in the Showtime miniseries Home Fires. After
appearing in several TV sitcoms including The Wonder Years, she made her move to film,
starring with Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and with Jennifer
Jason Leigh in the drama Crooked Hearts. At 16, Lewis starred in the critically acclaimed
television movie Too Young to Die?, catching the attention of Martin Scorsese, who cast
her in his thriller Cape Fear. Her powerful scenes with Robert De Niro captured the
quiet complexities of adolescence and earned her an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe
nomination for “Best Supporting Actress.” Her auditorium scene with De Niro goes down in
movie-making history as one of cinema's classic scenes.

Lewis next worked with Woody Allen in Husbands and Wives, playing a self-assured college
coed with a penchant for older men and, particularly, her married professor. She quickly
followed suit with a succession of starring roles in a variety of blockbusters and critically
acclaimed projects including Kalifornia, Romeo Is Bleeding, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and
Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone's controversial media satire about two mass murderers
who become legendary folk heroes. Lewis's other credits include the Nora Ephron comedy
Mixed Nuts, with Steve Martin and Adam Sandler; the sci-fi action film Strange Days, with
Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett; Quentin Tarantino's vampire tale From Dusk Till Dawn,
with George Clooney; Evening Star, with Shirley MacLaine; the Gary Marshall directed The
Other Sister and Old School, co-starring opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will
Ferrell.

In addition to her film career, Lewis has continued to add roles to her growing list of
television credits with a performance in Showtime’s My Louisiana Sky, for which she
secured an EMMY nomination, and a starring role in the Mira Nair directed HBO’s film
Hysterical Blindness, alongside Uma Thurman and Gena Rowlands. Lewis has also made
television cameos in “My Name is Earl” and TNT’s “Memphis Beat.”

After a six-year hiatus from film to pursue her burgeoning music career exclusively, Lewis
announced her return to acting with five movies.

In 2009, Juliette starred alongside Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy
Fallon and Eve in the comedy directed by Drew Barrymore, Whip It (Fox Searchlight.)

She also appeared in the romantic comedy The Switch, opposite Jennifer Aniston, Jason
Bateman and Patrick Wilson.

In 2010, Lewis appeared in Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut Sympathy for Delicious,
Juliette costarred alongside Orlando Bloom, Ruffalo and Laura Linney and the film took
home the US Dramatic Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

During the same year, Juliette Lewis was cast in the acclaimed indie-drama Conviction,
which starred Hilary Swank, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell. Critics hailed her
performance in the film. Time Magazine praised Lewis’ “scene stealing moments” as a devious
ex-girlfriend while Entertainment Weekly raved, “Juliette Lewis reminds fans why we want
her to run free forever.” The San Francisco Chronicle also proclaimed, “her character work
should be studied in schools. Just remarkable.”

Juliette Lewis resides in Los Angeles and is currently shooting The Firm in Toronto for

NBC.

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