Katie or Katherine Wright is an American former actress, known for her work in the TV series, ‘Melrose Place,’ and for her portrayal of ‘Corey’ in the comedy-romance movie, ‘Hairshirt.’ Born in Kansas City, Missouri, she was raised in Pennsylvania, US. She started her acting career by appearing in some episodes of TV series and movies. Later she graduated to playing leading parts in TV movies and regular roles in TV series, such as ‘Malibu Shores’ and ‘Melrose Place.’ Wright has received training in film writing and film direction. She was the co-producer and co-writer of the film, ‘Hairshirt,’ and her performance in the movie fetched her ‘Best Actress Award’ at the ‘2000 Slamdunk Film Festival.’ Wright retired from acting in 2001 and studied to be a family therapist. She is married to actor-director Hank Azaria and the couple has a son.
Childhood & Early Life
Katie Wright was born on December 25, 1981, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Scott and Mary Wright. Her father is a physician. Though born in Missouri, she was raised in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
Wright studied at the ‘Harriton High School’ in Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs and graduated in 1990. Her half-brother, Jack Noseworthy, is also an actor and the two have co-starred in the movie, ‘Idle Hands.’ She has also obtained training in film-writing and film direction.
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Wright started her acting career in 1993 when she appeared in two episodes of season 6 of the comedy-drama TV series, ‘The Wonder Years.’ In 1994, she was a part of the comedy film ‘Its Pat: The Movie,’ which was based on the ‘Saturday Night Live.’ In the same year she appeared in another TV series, ‘Harts of the West,’ a western comedy-drama series.
Wright portrayed the role of ‘Nina Gerard’ in the 1996 primetime soap opera, ‘Malibu Shores.’ She co-starred with Keri Russell in the series.
In 1996, she starred in a drama movie, ‘When Friendship Kills.’ In the film, she plays ‘Alexis Archer,’ a single mother who strives to save her teenage daughter from anorexia, as the daughter makes a weight loss pact with her fellow classmate suffering from bulimia. This movie was a part of the ‘Moment of Truth’ franchise.
In 1997, she played the role of ‘Chelsea Fielding’ in the long-running prime-time soap opera, ‘Melrose Place.’ In the same year she also starred in the TV movie, ‘Detention: The Siege at Johnson High,’ and two TV shows, ‘Boy Meets World’ and ‘Players.’
Wright was the co-producer and co-writer of the 1998 comedy romance movie, ‘Hairshirt’ and also essayed a major role of ‘Corinne’ or ‘Corey’ in the movie which earned her the ‘Best Actress Award’ at the ‘2000 Slamdunk Film Festival.’
Her work got noticed in the 1999’s horror comedy movie, ‘Idle Hands.’ The film starred Jessica Alba, Devon Sawa, Seth Green among others. Jack Noseworthy was her co-star in this movie, and he came to know that he was her half-brother during the making of the film.
In 1999, Wright also essayed a small role as ‘Mia’ in the TV film, ‘Late Last Night,’ which was written and directed by Steven Brill.
She has worked in several TV films, including ‘A Friend’s Betrayal’ (1996), ‘Abduction of Innocence’ (1996), ‘The David Cassidy Story’ (2000), among others.
She portrayed ‘Sarah’ in the 2000 movie, ‘The Sculptress.’
The 2001 short film, ‘The Good Thing,’ was her last movie before she retired from acting.
After retiring from her profession, she studied to be a family therapist and for a brief period lived in Rome, Italy.
In 2007, she married actor, comedian, and director Hank Azaria and on June 6, 2009, she became mother to a son, Hal Azaria.