Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos

  • Highest Rated: 88% Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% My Life in Ruins (2009)
  • Birthday: Sep 24, 1962
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A film that unquestionably proves the effectiveness that positive word of mouth can have, Nia Vardalos' My Big Fat Greek Wedding was the very definition of the independent sleeper that came from virtually nowhere to become an Oscar nominated breakout hit that would compete with such summer 2002 heavies as Signs, Austin Powers in Goldmember, and XXX. With virtually no television advertising to speak of and no billboards to build an audience in the weeks before its release, My Big Fat Greek Wedding continued to build box-office momentum to become one of the most successful independent features ever released. Born Antonia Eugenia Vardalos in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in September 1962, Vardalos' good-natured and eccentric family encouraged the talented youngster's creativity she began exhibiting when she was merely six years old. Her love of performing led Vardalos to begin her professional career at the Rainbow Stage, a theater company that eventually provided her with the means to get a scholarship to Toronto's Ryerson University in 1986. It was two short years later that the emerging performer would join Toronto's Second City theater troupe, moving to Chicago's Second City stage shortly thereafter. Introduced to future husband Ian Gomez while performing in the Windy City, the couple married in September 1993 and moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. Both Vardalos and Gomez began appearing on numerous small-screen shows such as The Drew Carey Show, and it wasn't long before Vardalos, inspired by her eccentric family and her colorful childhood, began to pen a stage play entitled My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Penning her first draft in a mere two weeks, the play was assembled based on her friends' recollection of humorous stories about her family and centered around her account of her and Gomez's memorable wedding. A stage hit that soon drew the attention of actress Rita Wilson, Wilson recommended the play to husband Tom Hanks and after Hanks attended the following night's performance of the charming one-woman play, the couple agreed that a film version would captivate audiences. Though she faced much adversity by means of executives eager to cast a major star and tinker with her winning script, Vardalos stuck to her guns and brought her vision to the screen fully intact for a paltry five million dollars, a gamble that paid off when word of mouth found audiences flocking to the film in record numbers. She adapted her massive sleeper hit into a short-lived sitcom, My Big Fat Greek Life. Her feature follow-up was the female buddy film Connie and Carla - where she played opposite Toni Collette. Vardalos made her directorial debut with 2009's I Hate Valentine's Day, and she co-wrote Tom Hanks' sophomore directorial effort Larry Crowne.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story Stacey Castor 2020
No Score Yet Same Time, Next Christmas Faye Anderson 2019
88% Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Actor 2019
25% Charming Actor 2018
No Score Yet Car Dogs Sharon 2017
28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Toula Portokalos Executive Producer Screenwriter $52.1M 2016
17% Helicopter Mom Maggie 2015
37% Dealing With Idiots Ava Morris $15.8K 2013
57% For a Good Time, Call... Rachel $1.3M 2012
No Score Yet An American Girl: McKenna Shoots For the Stars Mrs. Brooks 2012
36% Larry Crowne Screenwriter Map Genie Voice $35.6M 2011
19% I Hate Valentine's Day Director Screenwriter Genevieve Gernier 2009
9% My Life in Ruins Georgia $8.5M 2009
No Score Yet The Dialogue: Learning From the Masters - Nia Vardalos Actor 2007
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters Actor 2006
No Score Yet Greece: Secrets of the Past Narrator 2006
44% Connie and Carla Screenwriter Executive Producer Connie $8M 2004
76% My Big Fat Greek Wedding Toula Portokalos Screenwriter $241.3M 2002
No Score Yet Meet Prince Charming Jennifer 1999

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Star vs. the Forces of Evil
2015
Voice
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud
2015
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2017
7% Dr. Ken
2015-2017
Tiffany
  • 2017
  • 2016
50% Graves
2016-2017
Annie Spiro
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition
2015
Host
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
74% The Catch
2015-2017
Leah Wells
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2016
78% Marry Me
2014-2015
Pam
  • 2015
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Guest Counselor Minonna Efron Minonna Efron
  • 2014
  • 2013
81% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Karen
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2011
89% Cougar Town
2009-2015
Angela
  • 2011
  • 2010
68% The Good Guys
2010
Eileen
  • 2010
72% Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet My Boys
2006-2010
Jo
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
0% My Big Fat Greek Life
2003
Executive Producer Nia Portokalos
  • 2003
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 2002
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
1993-2000
Mrs. Gallagher
  • 1999
46% It's like, You Know...
1999-2000
Mindy
  • 1999
No Score Yet Two Guys and a Girl
1998-2001
Evelyn
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Grace
  • 1997
No Score Yet Team Knight Rider
1997-1998
Voice

QUOTES FROM Nia Vardalos CHARACTERS

Toula Portokalos
Now my family has come together to pull off another big fat greek wedding.
Toula Portokalos
Once upon a time I had a big fat greek wedding.
Toula Portokalos
Ian and I are just looking for time to ourselves.
Connie
We've gotta go some place where we can just blend in. Someplace where they'd never look for us cause there's no theater, no musical theater, no dinner theater, no culture at all.
Carla
Las Angeles!
Toula
I really love him .
Toula
I really love him.
Georgia
Hey, your jokes aren't funny
Georgia
Hey, your jokes aren't funny.