Early life[ edit ] Graham was born in Milwaukee , Wisconsin , at St. Michaels Hospital, the older of two children. Her family is of "three-quarters Irish" descent, with her father's side from County Cork.
Then she appeared in numerous television commercials, and an episode of the sitcom Growing Pains in Her strict parents forbade her to accept a role in the black comedy Heathers , which had an expletive-rich script. Her performance gave her career an initial boost and earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. She rejected a steady role in a soap opera and a three-picture deal with a major studio because she thought it would be too restrictive.
After co-starring with Benicio del Toro in a Calvin Klein commercial directed by David Lynch , the director cast her as Annie Blackburn in Twin Peaks , where she appeared in the final six episodes. Following the show's cancellation, Graham reprised the role of Blackburn in the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.
Parker and the Vicious Circle. In she starred as Jackie in the poorly received Desert Winds and guest-starred in an episode of the television series Fallen Angels. She had a small but important role in Swingers , where she played Lorraine, Jon Favreau 's love interest. The Dorothy Day Story Wider industry and public recognition — [ edit ] Graham's popularity significantly increased after she appeared as Brandi, a young porn star , nicknamed Rollergirl, in Paul Thomas Anderson 's critically acclaimed, award-winning Boogie Nights The same year she also starred in the Gregg Araki film Nowhere , and had a cameo in the horror hit Scream 2.
She was subsequently cast in Two Girls and a Guy , a film mainly based upon dialogue between the characters which was shot in 11 days,  which co-starred Robert Downey Jr. The cast was signed on for sequels that remain unmade. The Spy Who Shagged Me , which was a box-office hit. Shagwell is one of her best-known roles and became a fan favorite.
She appeared in the music video for Lenny Kravitz 's cover of " American Woman ". The film Committed was her first starring vehicle.
She played Joline, a devoted-beyond-reason young wife looking for the husband who left her. While the film itself received mixed-to-negative reviews, critics felt that "Graham shows she can play a central character" but noted "she's not enough to make Committed successful".
Focus on independent films and television —08 [ edit ] Graham in June During this period, Graham starred in the independent films Gray Matters , Broken , Adrift in Manhattan all and Miss Conception , which received negative-to-mixed reviews and most of them went largely unnoticed at the box-office.
During this period Graham also spoke about developing a comedy film titled The Accidental Virgin which would have focused on "female sexual confusion", telling the story of a woman who hasn't had sex in a year. The film has not been made. She also stated she would be interested in directing in the future if there is "something that, its burning in my mind that I need to do".
She was given special guest-star status on nine episodes of NBC-TV's Scrubs during its fourth season — , and also appeared as George Michael Bluth 's ethics teacher in an episode of Fox's television series, Arrested Development in The Hangover and after —present [ edit ] Graham voiced the character of Antonia Bayle in the online role-playing game EverQuest 2. She wrote a comedy screenplay called Half Magic, which she stated she wants to direct.
She said the story focuses on "these female friends and sexuality and about people having a sense of shame about sexuality and learning how to have a healthier attitude about it [ Andrews novel Flowers in the Attic on the Lifetime network.
She played the character of Corrine Dollanganger; an evil mother who locks her four children in an attic in order to receive an inheritance from her dying father. It's great for that child to know that someone who lives in another country cares about them". The [Children's Fund] provides free education, clean water and healthcare for communities We're creating future leaders who will be able to help themselves.
She was ranked at number 40 in FHM 's Sexiest Women in the World list in , number 95 in list, number 97 in the list, number 74 in the list and at number 98 in list.
In she was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People. In , she also posed for a photoshoot by photographer Sam Jones, during which she was levitated several feet into the air by a magician, who later also sawed her in half.
She stated she finds these types of roles and the issue of sexuality fascinating, and believes that "our culture sends out mixed messages to women about sex. Are women supposed to be sexually alive people, or are we supposed to be 'good' mothers who would never do those things? Regarding the media's perception of her relationship with her parents, she stated: Because I just feel that it gets misinterpreted in the press She also expressed her dislike of reality television , stating in a interview: