Lori Petty is an American actress and director, who is doing so well in the industry especially for someone that never had the intention of being in the entertainment industry. She started off small before treading the paths of fame in America’s film industry. To her credit, she has done so many great works as an actress, writer, and director, and most notable among her works is Orange Is The New Black which she went into in 2014 as a guest for one episode but turned out playing a major part from the second season down to the fourth season.
She has proven that female actors can actually do better than is expected of them and is part of the revolution on that end. Read on to learn more about the actress.
Who is Lori Petty?
Lori Petty was born on October 14, 1963, in Chattanooga, Tennessee and she is the eldest of three children. The actress and her siblings traveled a lot with their father while growing up due to the fact the latter was a Pentecostal church minister and it required him to constantly be on the move. She attended North High School which is in Sioux City, Iowa and was the first female newspaper editor there. She graduated from high school in 1981, after which she worked as a graphic designer in Omaha Nebraska for years before she finally went into acting.
Although she didn’t have interest in acting at first, she decided to go into it and attended an acting school in New York before moving to Los Angeles after her pursuit of an acting career in New York refused to yield positive results. She landed minor roles after several auditions the ’80s and though these roles weren’t big, they did enough by putting her in front of the camera.
She got her big break in 1991 when she got the opportunity to appear in Point Break, where she starred alongside the likes of Keanu Reeves, Richard Grieco, who were famous actors at the time. She played the role of a surfer who taught Reeves how to surf. After this, she got noticed in the industry and continued to appear in important films such as A League Of Our Own (1992) alongside Madonna, Tom Hanks, and other notable actors. The character of Lt Lenina Huxley in 1993 Demolition Man was originally supposed to be played by her but due to certain disagreements, the part was given to Sandra Bullock.
Other films and television series she played in include Free Willy, a 1993 film where she played the character of Rae Lindley who was a major character in the film, The Glass Shield (1994), Tank Girl (1995), Lush Life (1996), Booker (1989), Route 666 (2001), Dead Awake (2016), and so many others. She also made appearances in ER, NYPD Blue, CSI NY, and Prison Break: The Final Break. She voiced supervillain Livewire in Warner Bros The New Batman Adventure and Superman: The Animated Series.
Lori Petty wrote and directed the 2008 film, The Poker House, a true life story which was based on her personal experience and the hardships she faced while growing up. The work was so recognized that it won awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film didn’t just promote Lori Petty and her directorial abilities, it also contributed to Jennifer Lawrence success story in acting as the movie was the latter’s first major role as an upcoming actress. Her performance as the lead actor turned out to be one of the best roles in her career.
Personal Life – Is She Married, Gay Or Lesbian?
The major controversy in the life of this actress is her sexuality. There have been questions concerning this probably due to the roles she plays in movies, her choice of hair-do, and her ‘tomboy’ attitude. However, the question (of her sexuality) is one that hasn’t been answered in clear terms, and if you add that to the fact that her relationship remains unknown, it keeps the question fresh in minds of her fans.
Lori Petty was involved with American actor, David Alan. They were together in the ’90s and were always seen together then, but they never got married and the relationship came to an end. Lori had other male friends that were rumored to be in a relationship with her, rumors which were neither confirmed nor denied. However, that fact that she was once involved with a guy seems to win the argument over her sexuality at the moment until such a time when the actress comes up a contrary opinion.
Currently, Lori is not married and never has been heard to be neither is she in any relationship that we are aware of – whether male or female – as she is single at the moment.