Rosemarie Braddock DeWitt is an American stage, TV, and film actor. She is best known for starring in the series ‘Standoff’ and ‘United States of Tara’ and the films ‘Rachel Getting Married’ and ‘Your Sister's Sister.’ DeWitt has been featured in acclaimed roles in several films and TV productions. Her titular role of ‘Rachel’ in the comedy–drama film ‘Rachel Getting Married’ earned her many awards, including several critics’ awards. She also won accolades for her performance in the comedy–drama film ‘Your Sister's Sister.’ She appeared in her maternal great-grandfather James Walter Braddock’s biographical film ‘Cinderella Man.’ She has been featured in films such as ‘La La Land’ and ‘Promised Land.’ While working on films, DeWitt made her mark on TV, starring in the series ‘Standoff,’ ‘United States of Tara,’ and ‘The Last Tycoon.’ She also played a recurring role in ‘Mad Men’ and appeared in notable series such as ‘Rescue Me,’ ‘Sex and the City,’ and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’ Her stage performances include her appearances in ‘off Broadway’ plays such as ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘Small Tragedy.’
Childhood & Early Life
Rosemarie Braddock DeWitt was born on October 26, 1971, in Flushing, Queens, New York, US, to Dorothy (Braddock) and Kenny DeWitt. American boxer James J Braddock was her maternal great-grandfather. He was a world heavyweight champion from 1935 to 1937. DeWitt has eight half-siblings from her father’s previous marriage.
She lived in Hanover Township and completed her graduation in 1989 from ‘Whippany Park High School.’ While there, she appeared in many high-school productions. She then obtained a BA degree in creative studies from the ‘New College’ at ‘Hofstra University.’ She was an “Alpha Phi” fraternity member there. DeWitt also received training at ‘The Actors Center’ in New York.
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DeWitt began her professional acting career in the early 2000s. He was featured in bit roles in notable series such as ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ (2001), ‘Sex and the City’ (2003), and ‘Rescue Me’ (2005).
Meanwhile, she also did small roles in films such as ‘The Great New Wonderful’ (2005) and 'Cinderella Man’ (2005). The latter was an American biographical sports drama on her maternal great-grandfather, James J Braddock, which featured her as a neighbor named Sara Wilson.
Her real breakthrough came with the role of ‘FBI’ hostage negotiator ‘Emily Lehman’ in the American drama series ‘Standoff.’ The series that aired for a season on ‘Fox,’ from September 5, 2006, to July 20, 2007, saw her co-starring with her future husband, Ron Livingston.
She played the recurring role of an art illustrator named ‘Midge Daniels’ in the critically acclaimed American period drama ‘Mad Men.’ She appeared in the series in 2007 and 2010, in seven episodes.
One of her most memorable performances was that of the titular character of ‘Rachel’ in the critically and commercially acclaimed 2008 American drama ‘Rachel Getting Married.’ The film had her co-starring with Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, and Bill Irwin. It ran for the ‘Golden Lion’ at the 65th ‘Venice International Film Festival’ and was also screened at the ‘Toronto International Film Festival’ that year.
DeWitt bagged several awards and nominations for her performance in ‘Rachel Getting Married.’ She won the ‘Toronto Film Critics Association Award’ for the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ and the ‘Satellite Award’ for the ‘Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.’
She furthered her fame on TV with the starring roles of ‘Charmaine Craine’ in the comedy–drama series ‘United States of Tara’ (2009–2011) and ‘Rose Brady’ in the series ‘The Last Tycoon’ (2016–2017).
She starred along with Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass in the critically and commercially successful American comedy–drama film ‘Your Sister's Sister.’ It premiered at the ‘Toronto International Film Festival’ on September 11, 2011, and released theatrically in the US on June 15, 2012.
She was seen playing ‘Laura Wilder,’ opposite Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, in the ‘Academy Award’-winning blockbuster hit musical ‘La La Land’ (2016). Over the years, DeWitt has appeared in films such as ‘The Wedding Weekend’ (2006), ‘Purple Violets’ (2007), ‘How I Got Lost’ (2009), ‘Kill the Messenger’ (2014), ‘Sweet Virginia’ (2017), and ‘The Professor’ (2018).
DeWitt has also performed in many ‘off Broadway’ plays. The notable ones include George S Kaufman's ‘The Butter and Egg Man,’ John Patrick Shanley's ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,’ and Craig Lucas's ‘Small Tragedy.’ The latter earned an ‘Obie Award’ for the entire cast.
Family & Personal Life
DeWitt was married to American actor and film director Chris Messina from 1995 to 2006.
DeWitt met American actor Ron Livingston on the sets of ‘Standoff’ in 2006. They became romantically involved. After 3 years, on November 2, 2009, the two got married in San Francisco.
The couple declared in May 2013 that they had adopted a girl. She was born on April 29 that year and was named “Gracie James Livingston.” DeWitt and Livingston announced in December 2016 that they had adopted another girl. She was born in December 2015 and was named “Esperanza Mae Livingston.”