Monday, May 22, 2017

Jennifer Esposito

    Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress, author, baker, and health advocate. Esposito is most known for her appearances in the feature films Crash, Summer of Sam, Don't Say a Word, and Welcome to Collinwood, and she is known for roles in several television series including, Spin City, Related, Samantha Who?, Blue Bloods, and Mistresses among others. She currently appears as a regular cast member on the CBS hit television series NCIS in the role of Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn.
    Esposito was born in Brooklyn, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer. She is of Italian descent. She was raised on Staten Island and is a graduate of Moore Catholic High School.
    Esposito made her first television appearance in Law & Order in 1996. She then joined the cast of Spin City, where she appeared for two seasons. She also appeared in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. One of her more notable roles was as "Ruby" in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam in 1999, which was set against the late-1970s backdrop of the Son of Sam murders. Esposito's next films included Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000, The Master of Disguise, the 2004 comedy Taxi, and the Academy Award-winning film Crash, in which she played Don Cheadle's girlfriend 'Ria'.
    Esposito has made television appearances on the series Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, and Mercy. She was a regular cast member on Related and Samantha Who?.
    In 2010, Esposito joined the cast of the CBS drama Blue Bloods playing the role of Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Detective Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg). In the third season, Esposito was diagnosed with panic attacks, depression, and celiac disease, and after collapsing on set, Esposito informed CBS that her conditions would limit her availability to work on the series. Rather than work around her limited schedule, Blue Bloods producers chose to write her character out of the series in 2012.
    In 2014, she joined the NBC series Taxi Brooklyn. On April 22, 2014, Da Capo Lifelong Books published Esposito's first book Jennifer's Way, a detailed look into her personal struggle with celiac disease before and after she was diagnosed and the things she did to survive. The book made The New York Times Best Sellers list on July 6, 2014.
    In 2015, Esposito signed a one-year deal to play the role of Calista Raines in the ABC drama series Mistresses, and it was reported that she was a cast member on the CBS pilot Taxi-22, opposite John Leguizamo. She played Dominic West's sister in the hit Showtime series The Affair for three episodes.
    In 2015, Esposito became the brand ambassador for Eclair Naturals, a gluten-free, GMO-free, and vegan body and skin care line available in Rite Aid stores across the United States.
    In 2016, it was announced Esposito would join the cast of NCIS as Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn, an experienced agent who left field work and became an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center. NCIS leader, Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), will lure Quinn back into the field as part of his team where he will take advantage of her sharp wit, quick mind and immense talent as a federal agent. Upon joining the cast of NCIS as Special Agent Alex Quinn, NCIS executive producer Gary Glasberg said, "We couldn't be happier to have Jennifer Esposito joining us for season 14. She embodies everything that we hoped for in the character of Quinn and we can't wait to have her come be a part of our team".
    Esposito appeared on the September 10, 2016 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? where she said her doctor had her hospitalized in a psych ward. She said the hospitalization happened during the time she was an actress on the show Samantha Who?
    Esposito married American actor Bradley Cooper on December 30, 2006. They filed for divorce in May 2007, and it was finalized that November.
    In 2009, Esposito became engaged to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis. The couple separated in August 2010.
    In October 2011, Esposito announced that she had celiac disease on The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2012, she opened a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, celiac-friendly bakery, "Jennifer's Way", in Manhattan's East Village.
    In May 2014, Esposito announced her engagement to British model Louis Dowler. They married on November 16, 2014 in New York City. It was reported in March 2016 that Esposito had filed for divorce from Dowler.

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