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Debi Mazar

Deborah "Debi" Mazar (pronounced /məˈzɑr/ or /ˈmeɪzɑr/;[1] born August 13, 1964) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her trademark Jersey Girl-type appearances, and as edgy, sharp-tongued women in independent films and her recurring role on the HBO series Entourage as Shauna Roberts.

Early life

Mazar was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, the daughter of Nancy and Harry Mazar. Her father was born in the Latvian SSR, Soviet Union, of Jewish ancestry, but raised in the Roman Catholic Church. She had no knowledge of this ancestral ethnic heritage until her twenties. Her mother was raised a Roman Catholic, briefly converted to Judaism, then became a Buddhist, and later joined Jehovah's Witnesses until she was excommunicated for taking a blood transfusion.[2]

Career

Mazar began her career as a hip hop b-girl in New York City. Her first television appearance was on the pilot for a hip hop television dance show, Graffiti Rock in 1984. She appeared in five of Madonna's music videos - "Papa Don't Preach", "True Blue" (both 1986), "Justify My Love" (1990), "Deeper and Deeper" (1992) and "Music" (2000). Mazar has played a number of minor-yet-colorful supporting roles in a variety of movies, including: as Sandy, Henry Hill's girl on the side in GoodFellas (1990); The Doors (1991); Bullets Over Broadway (1994); and as Spice (of Sugar and Spice, with Drew Barrymore as Sugar) in Batman Forever (1995). She gained her first real following from playing a character on Civil Wars in the early 90s. When that show was cancelled her character was brought over as a recurring role in the 1993 - 1994 season of the TV drama L.A. Law.

She played the villain Regina, a modern-day Cruella de Vil in the popular family film Beethoven's 2nd (1993). She has appeared in independent films like Inside Monkey Zetterland and Nowhere but has also dabbled in mainstream attempts like Batman Forever, and her short-lived sitcom, Temporarily Yours. (The sitcom was about a woman who, in an attempt to get a good apartment in New York City, lies about being employed with a temp agency and then shows up at the agency begging for work.) She also appeared as the genie in the Space Monkeys' video, "Sugarcane".

Mazar appeared on a Friends episode in its eighth season ("The One Where Rachel Has a Baby, Part One"). Mazar played "Doreen, the Evil Bitch," a crazed pregnant woman who shares a hospital room with Rachel. From 2000–2002 she played "Jackie" on the television drama That's Life. She also provided the voice of Maria Latore in the video games Grand Theft Auto III (2001) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004).

Currently, she is in a supporting actress role on Entourage, an original comedy series on HBO. She also had a recurring role on the sitcom Living with Fran, playing Fran Drescher's character's cousin, Merrill. She also did a stint on the television series Ugly Betty, where she plays Leah Stillman, a scam artist who claims to be a lawyer in a number of episodes.

Mazar was a contestant on the ninth season of Dancing With the Stars. She was partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy[3] and finished in 12th place. She was eliminated in the 3rd week (October 6, 2009). Mazar guest stars in some episodes of the Disney Channel's original series called Jonas L.A.

Personal life

Prior to her marriage, she dated actor Paul Reubens for several years beginning in 1993. Reubens has since credited Mazar with ending his depression resulting from his infamous 1991 arrest.[4]

She married Gabriele Corcos on March 16, 2002, in a ceremony officiated by Ellen Burstyn, who is an ordained Sufi high priest.[2] They have two daughters: Evelina Maria (born on July 12, 2002) and Giulia Isabel (born on March 17, 2006). The family divides their time between their home in Los Angeles and a fourteenth-century house outside of Florence that was given to them as a wedding present by Mazar’s in-laws.[2]

Mazar and Corcos hosted an internet show focused on Tuscan cuisine, Under The Tuscan Gun.[5] Beginning January 19, 2011, they host the Extra Virgin cooking show on the Cooking Channel.[6][7]

Filmography

HawthoRNe (TV Series) .... Donna

Jonas L.A. (TV Series) (2010) .... Mona Klein

Hell's Kitchen (TV Series) (2010) .... Herself[8]

Celebrity Ghost Stories (TV Series) (2009) .... Herself

Burn Notice (TV Series) (2009) .... Amy

Castle (TV Series) (2009) .... Paula

Dancing With the Stars (TV Series) (2009) .... Herself/contestant

The Women (2008) .... Tanya

Return to Babylon (2008) .... Gloria Swanson

Privileged (TV Series) (2008) .... Debra Wurtzel

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) (2008) .... Peggy Bernardi

Ugly Betty (TV Series) (2006) .... Leah Stillman

Red Riding Hood (2004/2006) .... Red's Mom

Wait (2005) .... Joanne

Edmond (2005) .... Matron

Be Cool (2005) .... Marla

My Tiny Universe (2004) .... The Girlfriend/Bonnie

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Maria Latore

Goodnight, Joseph Parker (2004) .... Rita

Collateral (2004) .... Young Professional Woman

Entourage (2004) TV Series .... Shauna Roberts

All of Us (2003–2004) TV Series .... Alex

The Tuxedo (2002) .... Steena

Friends (2002) "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 1" ... Evil Bitch

Grand Theft Auto III (2001) (VG) (voice) .... Maria Latore

Ten Tiny Love Stories (2001)

7th Heaven (2003–2004) Nurse

Held for Ransom (2000) .... Rita

More Dogs Than Bones (2000) .... Mary

The Insider (1999) .... Debbie De Luca

House on Haunted Hill (1999) (uncredited) .... Jennifer Jenzen (deleted character, DVD only)

There's No Fish Food In Heaven (1998) .... Rosie

Witness to the Mob (1998) .... Debra Gravano

Hush (1998) .... Lisa

Frogs for Snakes (1998) .... Simone

Working (TV series) (1997–99)

Temporarily Yours (1997) TV Series .... Deb DeAngelo (1997)

The Deli (1997) .... Teresa

Trouble on the Corner (1997) .... Ericca Ricce

She's So Lovely (1997) .... Georgie

Meet Wally Sparks (1997) .... Sandy Gallo

Nowhere (1997) .... Kozy

Cosas Que Nunca Te Dije (1996) .... Diane

Space Truckers (1996) .... Cindy

Red Ribbon Blues (1996) .... Darcy

Trees Lounge (1996) .... Crystal

Girl 6 (1996) .... Girl #39

Empire Records (1995) .... Jane

Batman Forever (1995) .... Spice

Bullets Over Broadway (1994) .... Violet

L.A. Law (1993) TV Series .... Denise Ianello (1993–1994)

Beethoven's 2nd (1993) .... Regina

Money for Nothing (1993) .... Monica Russo

Love Is Like That (1993) .... Delores

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) .... Susan, Tony's Girlfriend

Toys (1992) .... Nurse Debbie

Malcolm X (1992) .... Peg

Singles (1992) .... Brenda

Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992) .... Daphne

In the Soup (1992) .... Suzie (credited as Debi Mazer)

Civil Wars (1991) TV Series .... Denise Iannello

Little Man Tate (1991) .... Gina

Jungle Fever (1991) .... Denise

The Doors (1991) .... Whiskey Girl (credited as Debbie Mazar)

Goodfellas (1990) .... Sandy

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