Melora Walters

Melora Walters

  • Highest Rated: 98% Short Term 12 (2013)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Love Ranch (2010)
  • Birthday: Oct 21, 1968
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A versatile actress who can bring a keen emotional edge to either comic or dramatic roles, Melora Walters is best known for her work with director Paul Thomas Anderson, who, more than anyone, seems to have known how to best utilize her gifts onscreen. Melora Walters began her career in acting doing off-Broadway theater in New York before she began to make a name for herself in television, in 1989 scoring a small recurring role as Debbi on the popular sitcom Roseanne. After making her film debut in an undistinguished low-budget thriller, 1988's Underground Terror, Walters earned her Screen Actors Guild card for her work as Gloria in the 1989 hit Dead Poets Society. Over the next several years, Walters made a number of appearances on episodic television shows, including such hits as The Wonder Years, Seinfeld, and NYPD Blue, while playing small roles in several forgettable films, as well as occasional high-profile items such as Cabin Boy, Ed Wood, Eraser, and the critically respected indie film Twenty Bucks. In 1996, Walters was cast in a small role in a little-seen independent film called Hard Eight. However, the film's director, first-time feature filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, was impressed enough to cast her in a much meatier role in his second feature. Walters played Jessie St. Vincent, a soft-hearted second-string porn actress in the breakthrough hit Boogie Nights, and the film made a name for both Anderson and Walters. Walters' new notoriety helped her land a regular role as Felicity on the television drama series L.A. Doctors, but the show only lasted a single season. Thankfully, Anderson once again had plans for Walters, and cast her as Claudia, a cocaine-addled woman on the verge of emotional collapse in Magnolia; hers was one of the strongest performances in one of the year's most eagerly anticipated films, and the critical response to her intense portrayal led to a string of leading roles in independent films, including Rain, Desert Saints, and Jupiter City. She continued to work steadily, bouncing between Hollywood projects and indie fare like Wisegirls, Runaway Jury, Cold Mountain, Melvin Goes to Dinner, and The Butterfly Effect. In 2006 she was cast in the HBO drama series Big Love as Wanda Hendricks. After her run on that show came to an end, she could be seen in I Melt With You, and she made cameo in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Doubting Thomas Kate 2019
No Score Yet Doubting Thomas Actor 2019
60% In a Relationship Mia 2018
29% Venom Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Lover in the Attic: A True Story Director 2018
No Score Yet The Amaranth Actor 2018
84% The Lovers Lucy $2.2M 2017
36% Sugar Mountain Actor 2016
No Score Yet Not a Stranger Actor 2016
17% Sex, Death And Bowling Evie 2015
56% The Young Kieslowski Barbara Kieslowski 2015
No Score Yet Sacrifice Actor 2014
No Score Yet Underdogs Nancy Smith-Burkett $35.3K 2013
98% Short Term 12 Dr. Hendler 2013
No Score Yet Lonely Boy Betsy 2013
85% The Master Band Member - Voice $15.9M 2012
No Score Yet Missing Pieces Actor 2012
16% I Melt with You Katie $4.7K 2011
38% Shit Year Shelly 2011
No Score Yet The River Murders Agent Glover 2011
13% Love Ranch Janelle $0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Case 219 Victoria Lash 2010
No Score Yet Hurt Helen Coltrane 2009
No Score Yet Black Crescent Moon Actor 2009
No Score Yet Harrison Montgomery Margo Fleming 2008
No Score Yet Rain Actor 2006
No Score Yet Brothers Three: An American Gothic Loren 2006
33% The Butterfly Effect Andrea Treborn $57.3M 2004
70% Cold Mountain Lila 2003
73% Runaway Jury Actor $49.3M 2003
No Score Yet Speaking of Sex Melinda 2003
71% The Big Empty Candy 2003
29% Desert Saints Bennie 2002
No Score Yet Wisegirls Actor 2002
38% Wisegirls Kate 2002
No Score Yet Rain Ellen Biddle 2001
83% Magnolia Claudia Wilson Gator 1999
93% Boogie Nights Jessie St. Vincent 1997
No Score Yet Los Locos Allison 1997
No Score Yet American Strays Cindy 1996
35% Eraser Darleen 1996
83% Hard Eight Jimmy's Girl 1996
92% Ed Wood 2nd Secretary 1994
46% Cabin Boy Trina 1994
No Score Yet All Tied Up Bliss 1994
75% Twenty Bucks Stripper 1993
No Score Yet Dead Man's Revenge Bunny 1993
33% Beethoven Pet Shop Owner 1992
No Score Yet How to Murder a Millionaire Actor 1990
19% Rude Awakening Punky 1989
84% Dead Poets Society Gloria 1989
No Score Yet Underground Terror: An Urban Nightmare Prostitute 1988

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2017
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Paige
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Amber
  • 2015
57% Californication
2007-2014
Lisa
  • 2012
79% Big Love
2006-2011
Wanda Henrickson
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Sylvia Greene
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Sage
  • 2005
38% Threat Matrix
2003-2004
Lia `Lark' Larkins
  • 2003
57% Push, Nevada
2002
Grace
  • 2002
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Holly Snyder
  • 1995
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
Shari
  • 1995
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Lisa
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
Waitress
  • 1991
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Debbi
  • 1990

QUOTES FROM Melora Walters CHARACTERS

Kate
How does someone shoot off their own nose?