Rita Wilson

  • Birth Name: Margarita Ibrahimoff
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Model, Producer
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  • Of Greek and Bulgarian ancestry.
  • Family changed surname to Wilson after a local street in Southern California.  
  • Began her modeling career at 14, when she was discovered by a photographer.
  • Made a 1981 guest appearance on the sitcom Bosom Buddies as Peter Scolari's Satan-worshipping girlfriend.
  • First starring role came in 1985's comedy Volunteers, in which she played a Peace Corps worker, opposite Tom Hanks, whom she married three years later.
  • Along with Hanks, served as coproducer for the 2002 hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding; convinced Hanks to produce the movie after seeing Nia Vardalos's one-woman show.
  • Debuted on Broadway in 2006 playing murderess Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.
  • Active in several charitable causes and organizations, including the Moffitt Cancer Center.


  • Allan Wilson — Father
  • Colin Hanks — Stepson
  • Tom Hanks — Husband
  • Chester Marlon Hanks — Son
  • Carly Reeves — Niece
  • Elizabeth Hanks — Stepdaughter
  • Chris Wilson — Brother
  • Lily Wilson — Sister
  • Dorothy Wilson — Mother
  • Truman Theodore Hanks — Son
  • Chet Hanks — Son
  • Dorothea — Mother
  • Hassan Halilov Ibrahimoff — Father


  • Attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England

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