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Melora Walters

Melora Walters currently stars in ABC's Threat Matrix, playing a member of an anti-terrorist government task force.

Walters is best known for her haunting performance as the drug addicted yet sympathetic Claudia in Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed epic Magnolia. She most recently appeared in Matchstick Men, in which she played Nicholas Cage's ex-wife opposite Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman. She will next be seen in the Christmas release of Anthony Minghella's epic Civil War tale Cold Mountain, with Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger.

Walters recently starred in Katherine Lindberg's dark drama Rain, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews. In addition, she starred in the independent comedy Wise Girls opposite Mira Sorvino and Mariah Carey.

Walters other film credits include Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights and Hard Eight, Dead Poet's Society, Eraser, Tim Burton's Ed Wood and Twenty Bucks with Brendan Fraser and Elisabeth Shue.

Walters has also made many appearances on the small screen. Her television credits include a recurring role on Ben Affleck and Sean Bailey's Push, Nevada, a series regular role on L.A. Doctors and guest appearances on Roseanne, NYPD Blue, Picket Fences, Seinfeld and Showtime's telefilm Dead Man's Revenge.

Walters was born in Saudi Arabia and spent part of her childhood in Holland. As a young adult she was active in sports and dance, both of which helped to shape her desire to perform. After studying abroad, she returned to America to pursue a career as an artist at the Pratt Institute in New York.

With the encouragement of her art professors, Walters began to write plays and experiment with acting. With persistence and determination, she soon found her way to the legendary Actor's Studio, and she began performing in various off-Broadway productions including Scream and Dances of Bronx Bear and Burt Lancaster at the Manhattan Class Company.

Very much a Renaissance woman, Walters is also an accomplished artist, writer and painter who enjoys outdoor sports like swimming, running and skiing. She is also fluent in French and Dutch. Walters currently resides in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Melora Walters Facts

BirthdayOctober 21, 1968 (54)
BirthplaceRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Melora Walters compared to you?

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