Linda Fiorentino
Clorinda Fiorentino

(1958-03-09) March 9, 1958 (age 66)
EducationRosemont College
Occupation(s)Actress, photographer
Years active1984–2009
Known forThe Last Seduction (1994)
Men in Black (1997)
Dogma (1999)
(m. 1992; div. 1993)

Clorinda "Linda" Fiorentino[1] (born March 9, 1958[1][2][3][4]) is an American former actress. Fiorentino made her screen debut with a leading role in the 1985 coming-of-age drama film Vision Quest, followed that same year with a lead role in the action film Gotcha! and an appearance in the film After Hours.

Fiorentino gained attention for her lead roles in the erotic thriller Jade (1995), the science fiction action comedy film Men in Black (1997) and the fantasy comedy Dogma (1999). For her performance in the 1994 film The Last Seduction, she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Early life and education

One of either seven[5] or eight children[1][6] in an Italian-American family, Fiorentino was born and raised in South Philadelphia, and later moved with her family to the Turnersville section of Washington Township in nearby South Jersey. [1][7]

In 1976, Fiorentino graduated from Washington Township High School in Sewell, New Jersey.[8] She began performing in plays at Rosemont College in suburban Philadelphia, from which she graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.[1][7][9] She trained at the Circle in the Square Theater School in Manhattan while working as a bartender at the nightclub Kamikaze, where Bruce Willis also worked.[6]

One of her sisters is model and photographer Donya Fiorentino, who had been married to filmmaker David Fincher and British actor Gary Oldman.[10]


Fiorentino got her first professional role in 1985 when she starred in Vision Quest as "Carla". Film critic Roger Ebert said of the newcomer, "Without having met the actress, it's impossible for me to speculate on how much of Carla is original work and how much is Fiorentino's personality. What comes across, though, is a woman who is enigmatic without being egotistical, detached without being cold, self-reliant without being suspicious. She has a way of talking - kind of deliberately objective - that makes you listen to everything she says."[11] In a 1994 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, Fiorentino said she chose to stop acting for a period of time after Warner Bros. executive Mark Canton told her during the filming of Vision Quest, "you have a great ass, but I think your jeans need to be tighter." She said she returned to acting later to pay off mounting credit card debt.[12]

In 1985, she starred in the espionage comedy film Gotcha! which was filmed in Los Angeles, Paris and Berlin.[13] Her co-star, Anthony Edwards, later directed her in Charlie's Ghost Story.

After having taken various roles she next received accolades for her performance in director John Dahl's 1994 neo-noir film The Last Seduction, playing the murderous femme fatale, Bridget. Her performance won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The film was shown on television prior to its cinematic release, thus making her ineligible for an Oscar nomination.[14] She followed this as the femme fatale in the 1995 erotic thriller Jade, a critical and box-office failure. She later worked again with Dahl on his film Unforgettable (1996).

Fiorentino played the female lead as Laurel Weaver in the 1997 film Men in Black for which she was nominated Blockbuster Entertainment's Award for Favorite Supporting Actress in Science Fiction.[15] She then appeared in the 1998 direct-to-video film Body Count.[16]

In 1999, she starred in Dogma as an abortion clinic employee tasked with saving the world. In years following, it was rumored Fiorentino did not get along with director Kevin Smith, which garnered further negative press for her. In 2018 Smith stated that rumors of a falling out between the two had been misconstrued and overstated, and that while the two hadn’t spoken in years, they amicably reconnected following his near-fatal heart attack. [17] Blaming himself, Smith attributed the rumors to a remark he had made on the film’s commentary track, which had later been sensationalized: “ I remember on a commentary track on the DVD — Janeane Garofalo was in the movie and at one point I said it would have better if she played the lead, which was a really shitty and stupid thing to say. Thoughtless, considering that Linda was the lead and Linda did a great job. So it had been years since I had spoken with Linda and I got an email from her. And of course I was thankful to hear from her and it also gave me a chance to say I’m so sorry that I ever said that thing years ago. It gives you a chance to make amends. So that was my favorite one. I heard from so many people, but that one really stood out for me because, if somebody had said, ‘Oh, the movie would have been better if [co-star] Ben Affleck directed it,’ that would have hurt my feelings. I know it hurt her feelings and really unnecessarily because I always loved her performance in the movie.”

After a co-starring role with Paul Newman in the 2000 heist film Where the Money Is, and a lead role as the titular character in the 2002 film Liberty Stands Still, Fiorentino's career slowed to a halt. She was in talks to star in a series being prepared by Tom Fontana, but ultimately did not take the project.[18] Fiorentino was attached to a Georgia O'Keeffe biographical drama called Till the End of Time, but the project stalled when Fiorentino had a falling out with German producer Karel Dirka.[19]

Fiorentino’s character was written out of the 2002 sequel to Men in Black in order to accommodate the return of Tommy Lee Jones as the co-lead of the film and partner to Will Smith’s character. According to producer Laurie MacDonald, "It turned out not to be a big enough role. We would have loved to have her, but when we began to develop the story, we couldn't find a [major] place for her. We always knew that the movie would be about bringing Tommy Lee Jones back." Kristin Lopez, writing for, suggested that Jones' return was in fact contingent upon Fiorentino's absence, and that the studio responded to this stipulation accordingly. However, there is little actual evidence to support those claims.[20][21][22]

In 2007, Fiorentino optioned the rights to a screenplay about Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, with plans to produce and to possibly star in and direct, but the project was dropped. During this period, she was reported to be developing two documentaries,[23] neither of which moved forward.

As of 2023, her most recent screen role was a supporting character in Once More with Feeling, released direct to video in 2009.

Personal life

Fiorentino married film director and writer John Byrum, whom she had previously worked with on the unfinished movie The War at Home, on June 23, 1992.[24] The couple divorced in 1993, after a year of marriage.[6][25]

Fiorentino later had a relationship with Los Angeles private investigator Anthony Pellicano and dated former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Mark T. Rossini. In 2009, Rossini pleaded guilty to illegally accessing FBI computers during the prosecution of Pellicano. Law enforcement officials said Fiorentino wanted to assist Pellicano's defense.[26] According to prosecutors, Fiorentino was then dating Rossini, told Rossini she was researching a screenplay based on Pellicano's case. Rossini conducted searches of government computers for information related to the case and passed the results to Fiorentino,[27] who then handed the files over to Pellicano's lawyers in a failed effort to help Pellicano avoid a 15-year prison sentence.[26]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Vision Quest Carla Released February 1985
1985 Gotcha! Sasha Banicek / CIA Agent Cheryl Brewster Released May 1985
1985 After Hours Kiki Bridges Released September 1985
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Betsy Van Kennon TV series
Episode: "The Night Caller"
1988 The Moderns Rachel Stone
1988 Wildfire Kay
1989 The Neon Empire Lucy TV movie
1991 Queens Logic Carla
1991 Shout Molly
1992 Strangers Helen TV movie
1992 Chain of Desire Alma D'Angeli
1992 Beyond the Law Renee Jason Released April 1993
1993 Acting on Impulse Susan Gittes TV movie
1994 The Last Seduction Bridget Gregory / Wendy Kroy Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
1995 Bodily Harm Rita Cates
1995 The Desperate Trail Sarah O'Rourke TV movie
1995 Jade Anna Catrina 'Trina' Maxwell-Gavin / Jade
1995 Charlie's Ghost Story Marta
1996 Unforgettable Martha Briggs
1996 Larger than Life Terry Bonura
1997 Kicked in the Head Megan
1997 Men in Black Laurel Weaver Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Sci-Fi
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1998 Body Count Natalie
1999 Dogma Bethany Sloane
2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal Christine Lynch
2000 What Planet Are You From? Helen Gordon
2000 Where the Money Is Carol
2002 Liberty Stands Still Liberty Wallace Direct-to-video
2009 Once More with Feeling Lydia Direct-to-video


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