Long Island, New York, USA
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Welcome to the Dollhouse, Roseanne, Now and Again
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Heather Christina Marie Matarazzo (born November 10, 1982) is an American actress. Her breakthrough role was Dawn Wiener, a dorky girl in the film Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). She played Lilly in The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). Her other movies include The Devil's Advocate (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Sorority Boys (2002), Saved! (2004), and Hostel: Part 2 (2007).
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Heather Christina Marie Matarazzo
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Heather Matarazzo is an American actress. Her breakthrough role was as a geeky girl in the film Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). She played Lilly in The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). Her other movies include The Devil's Advocate (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Sorority Boys (2002), Saved! (2004), and Hostel: Part 2 (2007).
Matarazzo was born and raised in Oyster Bay, New York, the daughter of Camille, a homemaker, and Ray Matarazzo, a data processing manager for a bakery chain. Matarazzo is of Irish descent, and was adopted and raised by the Matarazzos, a strict Catholic Italian American family. She attended Oyster Bay High School, as well as the BOCES Cultural Arts Center High School.
Matarazzo began acting at the age of six; after commandeering the microphone at an AIDS benefit for children, she was given the card of a talent manager with whom she remained for ten years.
In 1997, she won an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in Welcome to the Dollhouse. Matarazzo has expressed pleasure in being allowed to play interesting characters, some of whom "are ostracized for various reasons." She has commented that she is most proud of her performance in 1999's Our Guys: Outrage in Glen Ridge, in which she played a mentally challenged girl who is raped by football players. Matarazzo has made appearances on several hit TV shows including Roseanne, Law & Order, The L Word, and Strangers With Candy. Matarazzo starred opposite Thaao Penghlis in the world premiere of Charles Evered's play Class at Cape May Stage in Cape May, New Jersey in May and June 2010.
In 2011, Matarazzo announced that she will begin working on her directorial debut, a television series to be based on a memoir by author Diane Hanks, entitled Summer Camp: A Memoir.
Matarazzo is an open lesbian. On July 31, 2008, Matarazzo's publicist announced that Matarazzo was engaged to Caroline Murphy. She was the keynote speaker at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of Boston's annual conference.
Oyster Bay High School, BOCES Cultural Arts Center High School
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==Heather Matarazzo== Actress - Born in 1982 and raised on the East Coast, child actress Heather Matarazzo took the role of Helen Keller in a local production of The Miracle Worker, and began taking roles in television with appearances in Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete and Pete, before her breakthrough role in the 1995 indie hit Welcome to the Dollhouse. Appearing in numerous critically praised independent films, and often displaying an impressive range of abilities and characterizations, Matarazzo seems at her best while taking on roles of bravely defiant but awkward characters who often find themselves in adverse situations.
===Though Matarazzo=== stuck to the small screen for the sci-fi series Now and Again (1999), her film roles began to become more regular and substantial over the years, taking roles in mainstream films and playing the keeper of a key piece of evidence in the final episode of the Scream trilogy. Having cemented herself in the movie scene, Matarazzo would appear in everything from broad comedies like The Princess Diaries and Sorority Boys to acclaimed favorites like Saved! and Magnus!. Matarazzo would also appear on shows like The L Word and Exes & Ohs.
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