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Rita Wilson Biography

Birth Name:
Margarita Ibrahimoff
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, model, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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