Childhood & Early Life
Jorja Fox was born in New York City, on July 7, 1968, to Edward and Marilyn Fox. She is of French–Canadian, Irish, and Belgian descent. Both her parents were from Montreal and settled in New York City for work. Soon after she was born, the family moved to Melbourne Beach, Florida, and settled on a narrow barrier island. Jorja grew up with an older brother named Jeff.
While growing up, Jorja dealt with some intense self-image issues. She considered herself overweight and thought that the prominent gap between her teeth made her severely unattractive. She managed to lose weight, but the issue with her teeth could not be solved. Eventually, she decided to forget about the issue and started working on herself to become a model.
She studied at ‘Melbourne High School’ and graduated with good grades. By then, she had made up her mind about being a model. Her dreams came true after she won a local beauty contest. She modeled for 2 years, before aspiring to be an actor.
She then moved to New York City and enrolled at the much-esteemed ‘Lee Strasberg Institute’ to learn acting. She was trained by actor William Hickey.
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Jorja made her acting debut in 1989, with a supporting role in the neo-noir film ‘The Kill-Off.’ The independent film featured her in the supporting role of ‘Myra Pavlov.’ The film received some good reviews but did not receive a wide release.
It took Jorja 3 years to make another appearance on screen. In 1992, she appeared in a small, uncredited role in the film ‘Happy Hell Night.’ The same year, she made her TV debut with the series ‘ABC Afterschool Specials.’ She appeared as ‘Diane Dravecki’ in three episodes of the anthology series.
In 1993, she appeared in two guest roles in series such as ‘Lifestories: Families in Crisis’ (as ‘Maggie Glendon’) and ‘Law & Order’ (as ‘Paula Engren’). She then had her first career breakthrough with a supporting role in the series ‘Missing Persons.’ The crime-drama series featured her as ‘Officer Connie Karadzic’ in 17 episodes.
In 1994, she appeared in a small role in the independent drama film titled ‘Dead Funny.’ The following year, she played another small role, in the film ‘The Jerky Boys: The Movie.’
In 1995, she played the guest role of ‘Maureen Dawes’ in the series ‘Courthouse’ and then appeared as ‘Josie’ in the TV film ‘Alchemy.’
In 1996, she got a big career break when she was cast to play a key role in the medical-drama series ‘ER.’ She played ‘Dr. Maggie Doyle’ in the 33 episodes of the series, until 1999. The series was one of the most successful American dramas on TV in the 1990s, and all the cast-members, including Jorja, benefitted from its success.
In 1998, Jorja played ‘Sarah Bryant’ in the comedy film titled ‘How to Make the Cruelest Month.’ The film premiered at the esteemed ‘Sundance Film Festival,’ where it won the ‘Grand Jury Prize.’
In 1999, Jorja appeared in the supporting role of ‘Liz Guild’ in the comedy film ‘Forever Fabulous.’ The film gained appreciation at the ‘Austin Film Festival,’ where it premiered.
The same year, Jorja played the first leading role of her career, in the film ‘The Hungry Bachelors Club.’ The film featured her in the role of ‘Delmar Youngblood.’ It was appreciated by critics but had an average run at the box office.
In 2000, Jorja appeared in Christopher Nolan’s highly celebrated film ‘Memento.’ The film featured her as ‘Catherine Shelby.’ It received a thunderous critical and commercial response and was hailed as one of the best films of the decade.
The same year, Jorja appeared in the political drama titled ‘The West Wing,’ playing ‘Agent Gina Toscano’ in five episodes.
In 2000, she also appeared in ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ for the first time. She was cast as ‘Sara Sidle,’ which was one of the main characters of the popular forensic crime-thriller series. She played the role until 2007 and then took a 2-year break, reappearing in 2009. She then continued playing the role until 2015.
She also provided her voice to the character ‘Sara Sidle’ in two video games based on the series ‘CSI,’ namely, ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ (2003) and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Dark Motives’ (2004).
She also won a ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ as part of the ensemble cast of the series in 2005. As she dedicated almost all her time to the series, she only appeared in a few films in the 2000s and the 2010s, such as ‘Down with the Joneses’ (as ‘Bev Jones’) and ‘3 Weeks to Daytona’ (as ‘Cheryl’).She has worked as a producer for the documentaries ‘Roll With Me,’ ‘Extinction Soup,’ ‘Lion Ark,’ and ‘How I Became an Elephant.’ She is also one of the co-founders of the Los Angeles-based independent theater company ‘Honeypot Productions.’
Family & Personal Life
Jorja Fox has been a strong supporter of human rights and has been involved with many organizations, promoting them.
She is also a vegetarian and often gets nominated by ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) as the ‘World’s Sexiest Vegetarian.’
Jorja is a lesbian. She has dated Lelah Foster, Gary Dourdan, and Suzanne Mara. She is not married yet.