An alumna of Juilliard School’s Drama Division, Jeanne Tripplehorn started professional acting in the early 1990s in theatre. This made her a regular on Broadway plays and during this period, she joined the film squad, starting with the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct where she gave life to the character of a police psychologist.
Other movies and TV roles the actress has played speak for themselves, playing Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in HBO’s Grey Gardens earned her a nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Below are all the details worth knowing about Jeanne Tripplehorn and her family.
Jeanne Tripplehorn – Bio, Age
The American actress was born on June 10th 1963 in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. There’s no mention of a sibling, moreover, her parents’ marriage came crashing down when she was just two years old. Her mother’s name is Suzanne (née Ferguson) while her father is Tom Tripplehorn who once played the guitar with pop group Gary Lewis & the Playboys.
Fortunately, the divorce of her parents didn’t affect her much as she graduated from Edison High School in 1981 after which she joined the University of Tulsa where she spent a semester. At this time, she was already performing on Creature Feature (1982–83) and Night Shift (1983) – local shows. Gearing up for the task ahead, Jeanne Tripplehorn studied at the prestigious Juilliard School’s Drama Division. At Julliard, she was a member of Group 19 (1986–90), with movie stars like Laura Linney as classmates.
A few years after Julliard, Tripplehorn gave films a shot and debuted in Basic Instinct. She played a supporting role in the erotic thriller alongside Michael Douglas. In 1993, she appeared in The Firm where she played the role of Abby McDeere with Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise as a co-star. After her 1995 lead role in Waterworld alongside Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn appeared in ‘Til There Was You, a 1997 romantic blockbuster. She had some minor role in the next few years which saw her in small films like Office Killer and Sliding Doors. She also appeared opposite Hugh Grant in the British romantic comedy Mickey Blue Eyes in 1999 and in 2002, she played Marina opposite Madonna in Swept Away.
Her career-high role came in 2006 when she grabbed the leading character of Barbara Henrickson in the HBO drama series Big Love. Starring opposite Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn recorded the most successful role of her career as an actress. The performance she put up also earned her a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2006 & 2007).
Another award nomination (Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie) came in 2009 following her stellar performance in Grey Gardens. She gave life to the character of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the HBO project. She starred in a Lifetime television network titled Five in 2011 and the next year, she joined the cast of Criminal Minds in season eight and stayed for two seasons. Her stint on Criminal Minds saw her cash in a six-figure cheque per episode and after her exit from the show, she was replaced by Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Jeanne Tripplehorn has really reaped from her appearances in a myriad of films and TV shows since her acting career took off. With the mouthwatering amount she earned as a cast member in Criminal Minds and other ventures, the actress boasts a worthy net worth of $12 million. Since she still has more projects lined up, the amount is expected to increase in the next review.
Since 2000, Jeanne Tripplehorn and actor Leland Orser have been living a happy married life together. Their union has also been blessed with a son named August Tripplehorn Orser, born on 23 May 2002. The young lad is not much of a spotlight hogger like his parents, thus, not much is known about him.
Before Leland, there was actor Ben Stiller with whom Jeanne had a long-term relationship. They were an item from 1990 to 1996.
At a moderate height of 5ft 6in, Jeanne maintains a fit figure through different measures like dieting. Her weight of 63 kg (138 pounds) gives her the perfect shape for a lady with her waist measuring about 63 cm (25 in) and her bust coming in at 94 cm (37 in). Furthermore, the actress wears a shoe size of 9 US (39 EU).