Lolita Davidovich is a Canadian actress famous for her flamboyant portrayal of the Louisiana stripper Blaze Starr in the film ‘Blaze’. She is a low-profile actor who has worked in many Hollywood movies. However, most of her appearances were in supporting roles. The tall and beautiful actress has also starred as the lead in two Canadian films; ‘Throwing stones’ and ‘ZOS: Zone of Separation’. She began her career with small roles in several films before bagging the role in ‘Blaze’. Later, she worked in many telefilms and series as the lead and in supporting roles; some of which were directed by her husband Ron Shelton. Her performance has won her awards and critical acclaim. She has also worked briefly as a voice-over artist for video games. This includes her voice role as Jester and Angel Gemini in ‘Chronomaster’ and ‘Of Light and Darkness: The Prophecy,’ respectively. Lolita Davidovich currently lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles and Ojai, California.
In her early career, Lolita Davidovich played small parts in films and television. The breakthrough in her career came when she beat out 600 other actresses to get the role of the scandalous stripper Blaze Starr. She was paired against Paul Newman and the movie was directed by Ron Shelton—who later became her husband—and was released in 1989. Her performance was critically acclaimed and she received a nomination for the ‘Chicago Film Critics Association Award.’ In the 1990s, Lolita appeared in several films and dramas including ‘The Object of Beauty’ (1991), ‘Raising Cain’ (1993) and ‘Intersection’ (1994). She was awarded the ‘Tokyo International Film Festival Award’ for Best Actress for her brilliant performance in ‘Younger and Younger’.
She continued her professional relationship with director Ron Shelton and appeared in many of his films: ‘Cobb,’ ‘Dark Blue,’ ‘Hollywood Homicide’ and ‘Play It to the Bone.’ In 1998, she was featured alongside legendary actors Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave in the movie ‘Gods and Monster.’ In the 2000s, Lolita was seen in ‘The L Word,’ a drama series focused on Lesbian issues. Here she played the role of Francesca Wolff. She also had guest appearances in ‘CSI,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles’, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘NCIS’. Lolita Davidovich made a comeback in 2015 and was featured in ‘The Longest Ride’ as the mother of the lead character. The same year, she was also cast in the second season of ‘True Detective’ and ‘Blood & Oil’.
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Family & Personal Life
Lolita Davidovich was born on July 15, 1961, in London, Ontario to immigrant parents from Yugoslavia. After her parents divorced, she was raised by her mother. To fulfill her dream of becoming an actress, she moved to Chicago to attend acting workshops. Later, she completed her education from the ‘Herbert Berghof Studio’ in New York. At the set of ‘Blaze Starr,’ she met her writer-director husband Ron Shelton and the two married in 1997 after dating extensively. The couple has two children: Valentina Shelton and Anton Shelton.