Liza Weil Biography

(Best Known for Her Roles in the TV Series: ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’)

Birthday: June 5, 1977 (Gemini)

Born In: Passaic, New Jersey, United States

Liza Rebecca Weil is an American actress, best known for her leading role of Paris Geller on the drama-comedy series ‘Gilmore Girls’. She was born into a family of actors and spent her early childhood traveling with her parents’ comedy troupe. As she was constantly surrounded by a bunch of actors during her early years, she was greatly influenced by them and decided to take up acting as a profession even after her parents settled down in Lansdale. Very soon, she started participating in local plays; and when she grew a little older, she began auditioning for different productions in New York City after her school hours. Her television debut came even before she graduated from school. After finishing high school, she moved to New York City, where she worked for almost five years. Thereafter, she moved to Los Angeles and was roped in to play the starring role of Paris Geller on ‘Gilmore Girls’. In no time, she made a name for herself, thanks to her stellar performance on the sitcom. Since then, Liza has essayed many notable roles both on big and small screens. She is currently appearing as Bonnie Winterbottom on the popular television series, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.
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Also Known As: Liza Rebecca Weil

Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Paul Adelstein (m. 2006–2017)

father: Marc Weil

mother: Lisa Weil

siblings: Samantha Weil

children: Josephine Elizabeth Weil-Adelstein

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Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Females

U.S. State: New Jersey

City: Passaic, New Jersey

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education: Columbia University

Childhood & Early Years
Liza Rebecca Weil was born on June 5, 1977 in Passaic, New Jersey. Her parents, Lisa and Marc Weil, were members of ‘The Mad House of London’, a comedy troupe that toured throughout Europe. She has a younger sister named Samantha Weil.
Until the age of seven, Liza led a bohemian life, traveling across Europe with her parents. The family ultimately settled down in the suburban town of Lansdale, Pennsylvania in 1984. Shortly after that, she began performing in local theaters under the guidance of her parents.
Influenced by Indiana Jones movies, she initially wanted to become an archeologist, but changed her mind very soon. She began to focus more on her acting career at the expanse of her studies, resulting in average grades at school.
After school, Liza often traveled to New York City, either to audition for roles or to shoot for PSA-esque projects. In 1994, she debuted on television, appearing in two episodes of 'The Adventures of Pete & Pete'.
She graduated from ‘North Penn High School’ in the summer of 1995, as she could not graduate in the regular term due to her acting commitments. By this time, she had already started performing on stage and began to be noticed by casting directors.
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Shortly after graduating from high school, Liza Weil moved to New York City in 1995 to begin her professional stage career. Very soon, she landed a role in the off-Broadway production of ‘Life by Asphyxiation’. Meanwhile, she also began to attend the ‘Columbia University’.
She debuted in films in 1996 by appearing in a short called ‘A Cure for Serpents’. It was followed by ‘Whatever’, an independent teen drama film, released in July 1998. She starred as Anna Stockard in it.
In 1998, Liza landed the role of a babysitter called Debbie Kozac in 'Stir of Echoes’. Shot mostly between October and November 1998, the film was released in September 1999.
Her performances caught the attention of ‘Warner Bros.’, and the company signed a talent-holding deal with her. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles and was seen on the 'Take out the Trash Day' episode of the TV show 'The West Wing' in 2000.
The year 2000 proved to be a significant one for Liza, as she was cast as Samantha Sobriki in ‘ER’ and Paris Geller in 'Gilmore Girls'. She continued to play the latter role until 2007, and her character became very popular among the viewers. Meanwhile, she sporadically performed on stage as well.
While she was playing Paris in ‘Gilmore Girls’, she also appeared in other productions. In 2001, she was seen as Lara Todd in one episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'; followed by two films, ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Lullaby’, both released in 2002. In 2006, her second short film ‘Grace’ was released.
‘Gilmore Girls’ ended on May 15, 2007 and in the same year, Liza had three films released. She appearing as Trishelle in ‘Year of the Dog, as Hippie Patron in ‘Order Up’ and as Doris Delay in ‘Neal Cassady’. They were followed by ‘Mars’, which released in 2008.
She appeared in two films in 2009; as Norma in ‘Little Field, Strange Pond’ and as Agent Chambers in ‘The Missing Person’. In the same year, she also returned to the television, appearing in productions like ‘Eleventh Hour’, 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', 'In Plain Sight' and 'Grey's Anatomy'.
Liza made her web series debut in 2010 by appearing as Dr. Glass in four episodes of ‘Anyone But Me’. It was followed by the medical drama show ‘Private Practice’, in which she was seen as Andy in the ‘Two Steps Back’ episode, which aired in 2011.
She had two films released in 2011. She played the role of Dr. Jenkins in ‘Smiley’ and did voice acting for the character of Sylvia Weinberg in the short film 'Advantage: Weinberg'. Her TV roles of this period included playing Amanda Tanner in six episodes of ‘Scandal’ (2012) and Milly Stone in six episodes of ‘Bunheads’ (2013).
Currently, Liza is playing the role of Bonnie Winterbottom in the ABC series ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. Premiered on September 25, 2014, the drama show continues to run up until now. Meanwhile in 2016, she reprised the role of Paris Geller in the web spinoff 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'.
Major Works
Liza Weil is best known for playing the role of Paris Geller in the American dramedy ‘Gilmore Girls’. Initially, it was conceived as a short-term character, but her portrayal made the role so popular that she was promoted to a starring cast. Her character eventually became an integral part of the series, and she was seen in 96 episodes.
Family & Personal Life
Liza Weil married actor Paul Adelstein in November 2006. The couple welcomed a daughter named Josephine Elizabeth Weil-Adelstein in April 2010. They filed for a divorce in March 2016, which was finalized in November 2017.

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