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Moira Kelly

Highest Rated:   92% The Lion King (1994)
Lowest Rated:   0% Remember the Daze (2008)
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Birthplace:   Queens, New York, USA
Moira Kelly was born the third of six children in Queens, New York City, in March of 1968; her father was a professional violinist and her mother, a nurse. Inspired by classical and big band music, young Kelly followed in her father's musical footsteps by trying her hand at the violin, drums, and flute. Kelly was raised in Ronkonkoma, NY, and competed in opera while attending Connetquot High School in the mid-'80s. It was there that the acting bug bit, and when Kelly was cast in a small role in the high school's production of Annie, her role was unexpectedly expanded as the actress playing Miss Hannigan fell ill and Kelly was recast as Grace Ferrell. Rounding out her education at New York City's Marymount Manhattan College, Kelly worked a series of odd jobs while attending college in order to finance her education. Facing an important life decision, Kelly began to weigh her childhood dream of becoming a nun against a busy life in the limelight. Convinced by her priest that acting may be part of God's larger plan for her, Kelly eagerly began work on her first feature.Kicking off her career with a made-for-television feature entitled Love, Lies & Murder, Kelly would soon transition to the big screen, appearing in Billy Bathgate and the popular ice skating movie The Cutting Edge. Subsequently replacing Lara Flynn Boyle in director David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the conflicted Kelly once again approached her priest to ask for guidance in a film that contained frank and explicit sexuality. Next drawing attention in dual roles as cinema legend Charles Chaplin's first love and fourth wife in Richard Attenborough's Chaplin, it was obvious to many that Kelly had a bright future ahead of her. Kelly's diversity truly began to shine in the mid- to late '90s, and though such films as Little Odessa (1994) and Changing Habits (1997) may not have found wide release or reached blockbuster status, the people who did happen to catch them when they were released on video found her performances as moving as ever. Rounding out the decade with everything from vocal work in The Lion King (1994) to a role as social activist Dorothy Day in Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story. She would next tackle the small screen with a role on The West Wing, and spent the next several years appearing on TV with the show One Tree Hill, as well as with other film projects like The Safety of Objects and Two Tickets to Paradise.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Taken Back: Finding Haley
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet A Smile as Big as the Moon
  • Actor
2012
0% Remember the Daze
  • Mrs. Ford
2008
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Paradise
  • Kate
2006
76% The Lion King 1 1/2
  • Nala
2004
No Score Yet A Woman Reported
  • Actor
2003
49% The Safety of Objects
  • Susan Train
$86.8k 2001
No Score Yet Henry Hill
  • Cynthia
2000
83% Hi-Life
  • Susan
1998
No Score Yet Monday After the Miracle
  • Helen Keller
1998
33% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
  • Nala
1998
No Score Yet Love Walked In
  • Vera
1998
70% Dangerous Beauty
  • Beatrice Venier
1998
No Score Yet Changing Habits
  • Soosh Teagarden
1997
No Score Yet Drive, She Said
  • Actor
1997
82% Unhook the Stars
  • Ann Mary Margaret
1996
50% Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story
  • Dorothy Day
1996
9% The Tie That Binds
  • Dana
1995
61% Little Odessa
  • Alla Shustervich
1995
92% The Lion King
  • Adult Nala
$94.3M 1994
17% With Honors
  • Courtney
1994
No Score Yet Daybreak
  • Blue
1993
57% Chaplin
  • Hetty/Oona O'Neill
1992
56% Mr. Saturday Night
  • Actor
1992
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
  • Donna
1992
60% The Cutting Edge
  • Kate
1992
47% Billy Bathgate
  • Rebecca
1991
No Score Yet Love, Lies and Murder
  • Cinnamon
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
70% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Actor
  • 2009
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
  • Director
  • Karen Roe
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Cartherine Waxman
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
  • Elizabeth
  • 2002
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Madeline Hampton
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
  • Karen Roe

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