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Lori Petty

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After this feisty, kinetic, highly offbeat actress from Chattanooga, Tennessee, broke into TV in the 1980s, she immediately set herself apart from the norm with the mini-movie Bates Motel. This rather inauspicious beginning would also set Lori Petty off on a career as a fighter and a misfit, types for which she would be best known. She spent her childhood traveling the US with her father, a Pentecostal minister. Her keen talents first lent themselves toward being a graphic artist in Omaha, Nebraska, but an impulsive desire to act quickly took precedence and soon she was off to New York, where she took acting classes and pounded the pavement for jobs. Going nowhere fast, she eventually headed for Los Angeles and finally found an "in". Following a number of mediocre TV roles, she won a bit of attention on the short-lived series Booker as a lippy secretary, then hit paydirt in secondary roles as an outrageous Cyndi Lauper wannabe in Cadillac Man and as Patrick Swayze's ex-girlfriend/waitress who hooks up with Keanu Reeves in Point Break. It looked like mainstream stardom might happen for the tomboy actress, especially after getting cast as Geena Davis' bratty baseball-playing sister in the highly successful A League of Their Own. However, Lori was an intriguing, kooky sort and difficult to cast. Such disparate roles as a kind-hearted animal trainer in Free Willy and the sole female recruit in Pauly Shore's inane comedy In the Army Now only proved the point. She seemed bent towards playing scrappy figures alongside the big action guys but started off on the wrong foot when she was replaced by Sandra Bullock in Sylvester Stallone's Demolition Man due to "artistic differences". She did play a lone female cop in the thriller The Glass Shield, then found her true calling as the bizarre cartoon heroine Tank Girl, which was billed as "a post-apocalyptic comedy". The crop-haired, tough-as-nails actress has been taking it to the limit ever since, most recently co-starring with the similarly styled Gina Gershon in Prey for Rock & Roll as members of a punk rock band.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Eminem -- So Petty!

Eminem
So Petty!

Here's Eminem at the Grammys last night (left) -- and "Point Break" and "Tank Girl" star Lori Petty back in 2005 (right).Very Slim Shady.Just sayin'. READ MORE >

'Tanked Girl' Lori Petty Pleads No Contest to DUI

'Tanked Girl' Lori Petty Pleads No Contest to DUI

Lori Petty just pled no contest to DUI with injury over her drunken driving arrest back in May -- the one in which she allegedly hit a skateboarder with her car.The other two charges -- having no… READ MORE >

- 2517 days ago
'Tanked Girl' Lori Petty Charged with DUI

'Tanked Girl' Lori Petty Charged with DUI

Actress Lori Petty has been officially charged with three misdemeanors stemming from her DUI arrest last weekend.Petty was charged today with DUI with injury, DUI with a blood alcohol level of .08… READ MORE >

- 2608 days ago
Lori Petty Hits the Streets

Lori Petty Hits the Streets

Two days after posting $100,000 bail for felony DUI and allegedly hitting a skateboarder, '90s actress Lori Petty roamed Santa Monica on Tuesday.The 45-year-old cropped hair beauty is in a league… READ MORE >

- 2610 days ago
Lori Petty -- Tanked Girl

Lori Petty -- Tanked Girl

TMZ shot Lori Petty leaving jail early this morning after she was arrested Saturday night for felony DUI and allegedly hitting a skateboarder with her car.The incident took place at around 9:00 PM… READ MORE >

- 2613 days ago
Lori Petty from "Point Break": 'Memba Her?!

Lori Petty
from 'Point Break' 'Memba Her?!

There was a time -- back in the early '90s -- when Lori Petty was actually a leading lady in films like "Point Break" and "Tank Girl." Guess what she looks like now! READ MORE >

- 2951 days ago

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