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Melora Walters

Highest Rated:   99% Short Term 12 (2013)
Lowest Rated:   12% I Melt with You (2011)
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A versatile actress who can bring a keen emotional edge to either comic or dramatic roles, Melora Walters is best known for her work with director Paul Thomas Anderson, who, more than anyone, seems to have known how to best utilize her gifts onscreen. Melora Walters began her career in acting doing off-Broadway theater in New York before she began to make a name for herself in television, in 1989 scoring a small recurring role as Debbi on the popular sitcom Roseanne. After making her film debut in an undistinguished low-budget thriller, 1988's Underground Terror, Walters earned her Screen Actors Guild card for her work as Gloria in the 1989 hit Dead Poets Society. Over the next several years, Walters made a number of appearances on episodic television shows, including such hits as The Wonder Years, Seinfeld, and NYPD Blue, while playing small roles in several forgettable films, as well as occasional high-profile items such as Cabin Boy, Ed Wood, Eraser, and the critically respected indie film Twenty Bucks. In 1996, Walters was cast in a small role in a little-seen independent film called Hard Eight. However, the film's director, first-time feature filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, was impressed enough to cast her in a much meatier role in his second feature. Walters played Jessie St. Vincent, a soft-hearted second-string porn actress in the breakthrough hit Boogie Nights, and the film made a name for both Anderson and Walters. Walters' new notoriety helped her land a regular role as Felicity on the television drama series L.A. Doctors, but the show only lasted a single season. Thankfully, Anderson once again had plans for Walters, and cast her as Claudia, a cocaine-addled woman on the verge of emotional collapse in Magnolia; hers was one of the strongest performances in one of the year's most eagerly anticipated films, and the critical response to her intense portrayal led to a string of leading roles in independent films, including Rain, Desert Saints, and Jupiter City. She continued to work steadily, bouncing between Hollywood projects and indie fare like Wisegirls, Runaway Jury, Cold Mountain, Melvin Goes to Dinner, and The Butterfly Effect. In 2006 she was cast in the HBO drama series Big Love as Wanda Hendricks. After her run on that show came to an end, she could be seen in I Melt With You, and she made cameo in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
83% The Lovers
  • Lucy
2017
36% Sugar Mountain
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Not a Stranger
  • Actor
2016
17% Sex, Death And Bowling
  • Evie
2015
56% The Young Kieslowski
  • Barbara Kieslowski
2015
No Score Yet Sacrifice
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Underdogs
  • Nancy Smith-Burkett
$35.3k 2013
99% Short Term 12
  • Dr. Hendler
2013
No Score Yet Lonely Boy
  • Betsy
2013
86% The Master
  • Band Member - Voice
$15.8M 2012
No Score Yet Missing Pieces
  • Actor
2012
12% I Melt with You
  • Katie
$4.7k 2011
38% Shit Year
  • Shelly
2011
No Score Yet The River Murders
  • Agent Glover
2011
12% Love Ranch
  • Janelle
$0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Case 219
  • Victoria Lash
2010
No Score Yet Hurt
  • Helen Coltrane
2009
No Score Yet Black Crescent Moon
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Harrison Montgomery
  • Margo Fleming
2008
No Score Yet Rain
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Brothers Three: An American Gothic
  • Loren
2006
33% The Butterfly Effect
  • Andrea Treborn
$57.2M 2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Lila
2003
72% Runaway Jury
  • Actor
$49.3M 2003
No Score Yet Speaking of Sex
  • Melinda
2003
71% The Big Empty
  • Candy
2003
33% Desert Saints
  • Bennie
2002
No Score Yet Wisegirls
  • Actor
2002
38% Wisegirls
  • Kate
2002
No Score Yet Rain
  • Ellen Biddle
2001
84% Magnolia
  • Claudia Wilson Gator
1999
92% Boogie Nights
  • Jessie St. Vincent
1997
No Score Yet Los Locos
  • Allison
1997
No Score Yet American Strays
  • Cindy
1996
36% Eraser
  • Darleen
1996
83% Hard Eight
  • Jimmy's Girl
1996
92% Ed Wood
  • 2nd Secretary
1994
46% Cabin Boy
  • Trina
1994
No Score Yet All Tied Up
  • Bliss
1994
75% Twenty Bucks
  • Stripper
1993
No Score Yet Dead Man's Revenge
  • Bunny
1993
31% Beethoven
  • Pet Shop Owner
1992
No Score Yet How to Murder a Millionaire
  • Actor
1990
19% Rude Awakening
  • Punky
1989
85% Dead Poets Society
  • Gloria
1989
No Score Yet Underground Terror: An Urban Nightmare
  • Prostitute
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Paige
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Amber
  • 2015
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Lisa
  • 2012
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Wanda Henrickson
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Sylvia Greene
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Sage
  • 2005

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