Wilson in October 2012
October 26, 1956
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, producer, singer|
|Spouse(s)||Tom Hanks (m. 1988)|
|Relatives||Colin Hanks (step-son), Elizabeth Hanks (step-daughter)|
Rita Wilson (born October 26, 1956) is an American actress, singer, and producer. She appeared in films Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Now and Then (1995), Jingle All the Way (1996), The Story of Us (1999) and Runaway Bride (1999). Wilson also performed on Broadway and television, and produced several films, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).
Rita Wilson was born as Margarita Ibrahimoff (Bulgarian: Маргарита Ибрахимова; Greek: Μαργαρίτα Ιμπραΐμοφ) in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was Greek, born and raised in Sotire near Dropull i Sipërm (Greek: Άνω Δρόπολις, Ano Dropolis) in Albania, near the border of Greece. Her father, Hassan Halilov Ibrahimoff (March 21, 1920 – March 6, 2009), was a Pomak (Bulgarian Muslim), born in Breshtene in the province of Western Thrace, Greece. Western Thrace came into being as a result of World War I, the Treaty of Neuilly in 1919, and the San Remo conference in 1920, when it shifted from Bulgaria to Greece. Her father's half-brother Ferhat lives in Bulgaria.[fn 1] Wilson's father moved to the United States on May 4, 1949. Her father changed his name from Hassan Ibrahimoff to Allan Wilson in 1960, choosing his name after a local street. Rita was raised in the Greek Orthodox faith. Her father in addition to his Bulgarian could speak "Russian, Turkish, Polish, Greek, little a bit of Italian, little a bit of french" according to Rita's husband Tom Hanks, he based his character from the movie The Terminal on his father-in-law.
Wilson's career began with a guest appearance on The Brady Bunch in the 1972 episode "Greg's Triangle," where she played one of the candidates running against Marcia for head cheerleader. She also twice appeared on M*A*S*H in 1982 as Nurse Lacey as well as the sitcoms Three's Company and Bosom Buddies starring her future husband Tom Hanks. She has appeared in numerous movies, including Volunteers, Teen Witch, Barbarians at the Gate, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Mixed Nuts, Sleepless in Seattle, Now and Then, That Thing You Do!, Jingle All the Way, Runaway Bride, Invisible Child, The Story of Us, Raise Your Voice, It's Complicated, and Larry Crowne.
She played Susan Borman, wife of astronaut Frank Borman, in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. On television, she guest starred in many television series, including Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, Body of Proof, and Girls.
Wilson performed on Broadway, where she performed the role of Roxie Hart from June–August 2006 in the revival of Chicago.
She is often credited with being the driving force behind Nia Vardalos's movie deal for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which became the highest-grossing independent film of all time, and for which she served as a producer.
Wilson's long-standing interest in singing led her to record a debut solo album, AM/FM, which she released May 8, 2012, on the Decca Records label. The album featured classics from the 1960s/70s, including a cover of "Wichita Lineman" that she performed with the song's writer-composer, Jimmy Webb.
She contributed to the Moffitt Cancer Center by donating "True Hearts" jewelry made of sterling silver and 14k gold. The proceeds will[when?] benefit several charities. Wilson has credited Rosie O'Donnell as inspiration for her charitable work, particularly with cancer and children's charities.
In April 2015, Wilson announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. After a one-month hiatus, she returned to Larry David's "Fish in the Dark" Broadway show.
In 2015 Wilson signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.
|1966||Spinout||Bit Girl (uncredited)|
|1972||The Brady Bunch||Pat Conway||Television program
Episode: "Greg's Triangle"
|1979||Day It Came to Earth, TheThe Day It Came to Earth||Debbie|
|1980||Cheech & Chong's Next Movie||Actress|
|1981||Bosom Buddies||Cindy||Television program
Episode: "All You Need is Love"
|1982||M*A*S*H||Nurse Lacey||Television program
Episodes: "Blood and Guts"
"Hey, Look Me Over"
|1983||Three's Company||Agnes Platt||Television program
Episode: "Alias Jack Tripper"
|1986||227||Dr. Peterson||Television program
Episode: "Mary Nightingale"
|Bonfire of the Vanities, TheThe Bonfire of the Vanities||P.R. Woman|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Jess Gilcrist||Television program
Episode: Mournin' Mess
|1993||Sleepless in Seattle||Suzy|
|1994||Mixed Nuts||Catherine O'Shaughnessy|
|1995||Now and Then||Chrissy DeWitt Williams|
|1996||No Dogs Allowed|
|That Thing You Do!||Marguerite|
|Jingle All the Way||Liz Langston|
|1999||Invisible Child||Annie Beeman|
|Runaway Bride||Ellie Graham|
|Story of Us, TheThe Story of Us||Rachel|
|2001||Perfume||Roberta||aka Dress to Kill|
|Glass House, TheThe Glass House||Grace Avery-Baker||(uncredited)|
|2002||Auto Focus||Anne Crane|
|2003||My Big Fat Greek Life||Cousin Ariana||Television program
|2004||Raise Your Voice||Francis Fletcher|
|2005||Chumscrubber, TheThe Chumscrubber||Terri Bratley|
|Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D||Beta Station Commander||Voice only|
|2006||Beautiful Ohio||Judith Messerman|
|2009||My Life in Ruins||Elinor|
|2011||Art of Getting By, TheThe Art of Getting By||Vivian Sargent|
|Larry Crowne||Wilma Gammelgaard|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Bree Mazalon||Television program
|The Good Wife||Viola Walsh||Television program
Episodes: "Net Worth"
"Live from Damascus"
"Two Girls, One Code"
"Outside the Bubble"
|Who Do You Think You Are? (U.S. TV series)||Herself||Television program
Episode: "Rita Wilson"
|2013||The Tutor||Tina||Short film|
|Girls||Evie Michaels||Television program
Episodes: "It's About Time"
"Truth or Dare"
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Post-production|
As a producer
|2002||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Producer||Producers Guild of America Visionary Award
Nominated — Producers Guild of America Award for Motion Picture Producer of the Year
|2003||My Big Fat Greek Life||Executive producer||Television program|
|2004||Connie and Carla|
|2009||My Life in Ruins|
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2|
- 2012: AM/FM (Audio CD: May 8, 2012)
- "All I Have to Do is Dream"
- "Never My Love"
- "Come See About Me"
- "Angel of the Morning"
- "Walking in the Rain"
- "Wichita Lineman"
- "You Were on My Mind"
- "Good Times Charlie"
- "Love has No Pride"
- "Please Come to Boston"
- "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
- "Faithless Love"
- Ferhat is an Arabic and Turkish name, and was misspelled "Fairhat" in the reference given.
- Birth date confirmed at the State of California, California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Date of birth for Margarit Ibrahimoff in Los Angeles, California is October 26, 1956.
- Welkos, Robert (2002-10-06). "Sending up the Greek in spirit". The Age. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
...my father is Bulgarian.
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- "Tom Hanks Biography". Biography.com (FYI/A&E Networks). Retrieved August 6, 2014.
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- "Спектар: Живот и стил: Православни Холивуд : ПОЛИТИКА". Politika.rs. 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
- "Rita Wilson Has Breast Cancer, Undergoes Double Mastectomy and Reconstructive Surgery". People.com. April 14, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
- Rita Wilson talks about cancer
- Tracy McVeigh. "Poverty is sexist: leading women sign up for global equality | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
- Rita Wilson: "AM/FM". Artist notes and product description (Amazon.com). Retrieved 12 May 2012.