Juliette Lewis is a famous American actress and singer. She became famous with her performance in the role of Danielle Bowden in the film ‘Cape Fear’. Her versatile acting won her nominations for ‘Golden Globe’ and ‘Academy Award’. She is also famous for her roles on the stage and television movies and series. Besides being a very talented actress she is also a musician; she was a part of the American rock band ‘Juliette and the Licks’ until 2009. Thereafter, she launched a solo career. By age of twelve she had hit the small screen and soon became a hit on the big screen. She also became famous for her romantic association with Hollywood superstar Brad Pritt. She has worked with various famous directors like Oliver Stone, Martin Sorsese, Gary Marshall, Woody Allen and Lasse Hallstrom, and she has captivated the audience with her performance both on the stage and films.
Childhood & Early Life
Juliette Lewis was born Juliette Lake Lewis in Woodland Hills in California, United States on June 2, 1973.
Her father is an actor named Geoffrey Lewis and her mother is a graphic designer named Glenis Duggan Batley.
Her parents divorced when she was only two years but she and her siblings stayed with each separated parent at different times.
She has three brothers named Lightfield, Peterand Miles; four sisters named Brandy, Hannah and Emily, a half-sister named Dierdre and a half-brother named Matthew.
Juliette was very interested in acting from a very early age and wanted to act on stage when she was only seven years old.
At the age of twelve in 1987 she got her first chance to appear in the leading role in a sitcom titled ‘Home Fires’ but got embroiled in a controversy as her parents raised the issue of child labor.
She got hooked on marijuana at the age of thirteen and had to drop out of school within three weeks after joining when she was fifteen years old.
In 1988, she filed an appeal in court so that she could be legally separated from her parents in order to get more roles as a child earning for herself which included a role in the sitcom ‘The Wonder Years’.
In 1989, she starred in a film titled ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ with Chevy Chase.
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Juliette Lewis got her first big break in 1991 at the age of eighteen when Martin Scorsese, directing the film ‘Cape Fear’, cast her in the role of Danielle Bowden.
In 1992, she was selected for a role in ‘Husbands and Wives’ by Woody Allen in which she played the role of a student with a penchant for her professor.
After ‘Husbands and Wives’, she appeared in a number of films in 1993 such as ‘Kalifornia’, ‘Romeo is Bleeding’, and ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ opposite Johnny Depp.
In 1993, she also bagged the role of a serial killer in the film ‘Natural Born Killers’ directed by Oliver Stone.
In 1994, she appeared in the comedy ‘Mixed Nuts’ opposite Adam Sandler and Steve Martin.
In 1995, she was seen with Angela Bassett and Ralph Fiennes in the sci-fi ‘Strange Days’.
In 1996, she appeared with George Clooney in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’, and with Shirley MacLaine in ‘The Evening Star’.
She acted in Gary Marshall’s ‘Other Sister’ in 1999 and ‘Strasky & Hutch’ in 2004, and in 2009, she lent her voice for the character of Nina in the animation thriller ‘Metropia’.
In 2010, she was seen in ‘The Switch’, ‘Sympathy for Delicious’, ‘Conviction’, and ‘Due Date’.
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Stage & Television
Juliette Lewis starred in the television movie ‘Too Young To Die?’ opposite Brad Pitt in 1990 when she was sixteen years old.
In 2003, she appeared in television movie ‘Old School’ and ‘Hysterical Blindness’ produced by HBO.
In 2009, she featured in a role with Drew Barrymore in the film titled ‘Whip It’.
She hosted the game-show ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ in December 2010 and in January 2012.
In 2012, she played a role in the television series ‘The Firm’ which ran for a very short time.
Her most recent role in a television series is that of Detective Andrea Cornell in the television series ‘Secrets and Lies’ produced by ABC.
In 2004, Juliette Lewis got involved full-time in music. She formed a band named ‘Juliette and the Licks’ and went on international tours.
After the break-up of ‘Juliette and the Licks’ in 2009, Juliette formed another band named ‘New Romantiques’.
She performed live in Finland in 2007, Poland in 2009 and The Czech Republic in 2010.
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She contributed vocals to ‘The Ballad of Boogie Christ’ in 2013 and ‘Monstercat’ in 2015.
Awards & Achievements
Juliette Lewis won nominations for the ‘Golden Globe’ and ‘Academy Award’ in 1991 for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in ‘Cape Fear’.
She won a nomination for the ‘Emmy’ award for her role in the television movie ‘My Louisiana Sky’ released in 2001.
In 2003, she won a nomination for an ‘Emmy Award’ for her role in ‘Hysterical Blindness’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Juliette Lewis started dating Brad Pritt when she was 16 years old but the relationship ended after four years which had a deep impact on her.
On September 9, 1999, she married professional skateboarder, Steve Berra, but divorced him after four years. She resides in Los Angeles, California.
When she was fifteen, she was arrested for going to a dance bar under age. To get the charges dropped, her father took a mug shot of her which was blown up to make her look more aged. The picture still hangs in Juliette’s living room.
She started driving without a license from the age of fifteen and got a proper driving license only at the age of twenty-one after she was arrested for not having one.
When she was twenty-six, she had to spend some time at the detox center ‘Florida Church of Scientology’ to get rid of the serious drug addiction she had developed after her break-up with Brad Pritt.
She preaches the detoxification process followed by the ‘Florida Church’, supports the use of natural solutions followed by countries in the East, and is against the use of psychiatric drugs in the fight against drug addiction.
She has provided support to ‘Little Kids Rock’, a non-profit organization engaged in establishing music education in schools.
Juliette Lewis has a very aggressive presence on stage and is sometimes compared to ‘Iggy Pop’.