Melora Walters

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Melora Walters
Born (1959-10-21) October 21, 1959 (age 61)[1]
Years active1989–present
  • (m. 1996; div. 2003)
  • Alex Vendler
    (m. 2008; div. 2010)

Melora Walters (born October 21, 1959) is an American actress. She starred in the television series Big Love and has appeared in several Paul Thomas Anderson films.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She married cinematographer Alex Vendler in June 2008. She filed for divorce in September 2010. She has two children from her previous marriage with Dylan Walsh.[3] Some of her filmmaking influences are Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, François Truffaut, John Cassavetes and Jean-Luc Godard.[4]


She played Wanda Henrickson in the HBO series Big Love. In 2017, it was announced that Walters would write and direct the film Waterlily Jaguar.[5] She starred in the episode for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[6][7]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Dead Poets Society Gloria
1989 Rude Awakening Punky
1990 Underground Prostitute
1992 Beethoven Pet Shop Owner
1993 America's Deadliest Home Video Gloria
1993 Twenty Bucks The Stripper/Funeral Director
1994 Cabin Boy Trina
1994 All Tied Up Bliss
1994 Ed Wood Secretary #2
1996 Hard Eight Jimmy's Girl
1996 Eraser Darleen
1996 American Strays Cindy
1997 Los Locos Allison
1997 Boogie Nights Jessie St. Vincent
1999 Magnolia Claudia Wilson Gator
2001 Speaking of Sex Melinda
2001 Rain Ellen
2002 WiseGirls Kate
2002 Desert Saints Bennie Harper
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner Trenice, Melvin's Girlfriend Phoenix Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Acting
2003 The Big Empty Candy
2003 Matchstick Men Heather, Roy's Ex-Wife
2003 Cold Mountain Lila
2004 The Butterfly Effect Andrea Treborn
2007 Brothers Three: An American Gothic Loren
2008 Harrison Montgomery Margo Fleming
2008 bgFATLdy Katelan Beacon
2008 Dark Yellow Woman
2009 Hurt Helen Coltrane
2010 Case 219 Victoria Lash
2010 Shit Year Shelly
2010 Love Ranch Janelle
2011 The River Murders Agent Glover
2011 Missing Pieces Delia Greenly
2012 The Master Band (voice)
2013 Short Term 12 Dr. Hendler
2013 Underdogs Nancy Smith-Burkett
2013 Lonely Boy Betsy
2014 The Young Kieslowski Barbara Kieslowski
2015 Sugar Mountain Tracy Huxley
2015 Sex, Death and Bowling Evie
2016 Not a Stranger Jill Madden
2016 Indiscretion Harper
2017 The Lovers Lucy
2018 In a Relationship Mia Ziniti
2018 Cam Lynne Ackerman
2018 Venom Maria
2019 Robert the Bruce Ylfa
2020 The Pale Door Maria [8]
2020 Pink Skies Ahead Hayley


Year Title Role Notes
1989–1990 Roseanne Debbie 5 episodes
1990 How to Murder a Millionaire Television film
1991 The Wonder Years Waitress Episode: "Road Trip"
1991 ABC Afterschool Specials Episode: "It's Only Rock & Roll"
1992 Murphy Brown Lisa Episode: "He-Ho, He-Ho, It's Off to Lamaze We Go"
1992 Dear John Maria Episode: "Adult Education"
1993 Telling Secrets Karen Blake Television film
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger Star Buckley Episode: "Bounty"
1993 Bakersfield P.D. Marnie Archer Episode: "Lucky 13"
1994 Dead Man's Revenge Bunny Television film
1994 Seinfeld Jane Episode: "The Hamptons"
1994 Midnight Run for Your Life Lorna Bellstratten Television film
1995 The Marshal Sheryl Episode: "The Ballad of Lucas Burke"
1995 Picket Fences Sherri Watkins Episode: "Reap the Whirlwind"
1995 Dream On Dina Episode: "Little Orphan Eddie"
1995 NYPD Blue Holly Snyder Episodes: "The Bank Dick" and "Dirty Laundry"
1996 Simon Emily Episode: "Simon Night Fever"
1996 Nash Bridges Flo Episode: "Skirt Chasers"
1997 High Incident Episode: "Camino High"
1997 Brooklyn South Carly Episode: "A Reverend Runs Through It"
1998–1999 L.A. Doctors Felicity 20 episodes
1998 Twice Upon a Time Alannah Merribone Television film
2002 Push, Nevada Grace 7 episodes
2003–2004 Threat Matrix Lia "Lark" Larkin 13 episodes
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sage Episode: "Gum Drops"
2006–2010 Big Love Wanda Henrickson 35 episodes
2007 Desperate Housewives Sylvia Greene Episodes: "Distant Past", "Something's Coming"
2012 Californication Lisa Episode: "Raw"
2012 Franklin & Bash Joan Ackermann Episode: "Strange Brew"
2014 Rake Jan Falcon Episode: "Man's Best Friend"
2015 The Mentalist Amber Episode: "Byzantium"
2015 Criminal Minds Paige Episodes: "Protection" and "The Hunt"
2016 NCIS Susan Elizabeth Lowe Episode: "Reasonable Doubts"
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Laurel Episode: "Something Happened"
2018 Corporate Nadine Episode: "Corporate Retreat"
2019 The OA Melody Episode: "Angel of Death"
2019–present PEN15 Kathy Kone Main cast


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  2. ^ Staff, (3 February 2015). "Melora Walters – Biography and Filmography – 1960". Retrieved 10 December 2017.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Big Love' Actress Melora Walters Files For Divorce". 16 September 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Melora Walters". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (25 January 2017). "James Le Gros to Star in Melora Walters Drama 'Waterlily Jaguar'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  6. ^ Stanhope, Kate (30 October 2017). "'Law & Order: SVU' Taps 'Big Love' and 'Kingdom' Alums for Special Episode (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  7. ^ Bentley, Jean (29 November 2017). "Mariska Hargitay Reflects on Hollywood's Harassment Culture, Emotional 'Law & Order: SVU' Episode". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (May 29, 2019). "'13 Reasons Why' Star Devin Druid Leads Cast In Horror-Western 'The Pale Door', Shoot Under Way In Oklahoma". Deadline. Retrieved June 27, 2019.

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