Jeanne Tripplehorn

Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn (born June 10, 1963) is an American actress. She began her career in theatre, acting in several plays throughout the early 1990s, including Anton Chekov's Three Sisters on Broadway. Her film career began with the role of a police psychologist in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct (1992). Her other film roles include The Firm (1993), Waterworld (1995) and Sliding Doors (1998). On television, she starred as Barbara Henrickson on the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–11) and as Dr. Alex Blake on the CBS police drama Criminal Minds (2012–14), and she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her performance as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 2009 HBO movie Grey Gardens.

Jeanne Tripplehorn
Tripplehorn in 1992
Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn

(1963-06-10) June 10, 1963
EducationUniversity of Tulsa
Juilliard School (BFA)
Years active1982–present
Leland Orser (m. 2000)

Early life

Tripplehorn was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Suzanne (née Ferguson) and Tom Tripplehorn, who was once a guitarist with Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. She graduated from Edison High School in 1981 and spent one semester studying at the University of Tulsa.[1] She performed on the local television shows Creature Feature (1982–83) and Night Shift (1983).[2][3] She also worked part-time, then full-time on local rock radio station KMOD for several years before leaving for Juilliard.[4] Tripplehorn then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 19 (1986–90), which also included Laura Linney.[5]


Tripplehorn began her career on stage. She appeared Off-Broadway in John Patrick Shanley's The Big Funk in 1990, then co-starred with Val Kilmer in a 1993 production of John Ford's 1630s play 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. She has also been on Broadway in Anton Chekov's Three Sisters opposite Amy Irving and Lili Taylor. In 1992, Tripplehorn made her film debut, in a supporting role in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct.[6] opposite Michael Douglas. The following year, she starred as Abby McDeere opposite Tom Cruise in The Firm and in 1995 had another female lead role alongside Kevin Costner in Waterworld. As lead actress, Tripplehorn starred in the 1997 box-office bomb 'Til There Was You.[7][8] The next few years she had supporting roles in small films, including Office Killer, Monument Ave., and Sliding Doors; and in 1999 starred opposite Hugh Grant in the British romantic comedy Mickey Blue Eyes.[9] She also starred opposite Madonna in the 2002 flop film Swept Away.[10]

In 2006, Tripplehorn was cast in a leading role as Barbara Henrickson in the HBO drama series Big Love, opposite Bill Paxton. This is regarded as the most successful role of her career.[11] In 2009, she played the role of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the HBO movie Grey Gardens. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for this performance.[12] In 2011, she appeared in Five, a movie on the Lifetime television network.[13] In July 2012, Tripplehorn joined the cast of CBS procedural Criminal Minds in season eight, replacing Paget Brewster's character Emily Prentiss.[14] She received a six-figure salary per episode of Criminal Minds.[15] Tripplehorn left the series after two seasons and Jennifer Love Hewitt replaced her as a new agent.[16]

Personal life

Tripplehorn had a relationship with actor Ben Stiller between 1990 and 1996. She married actor Leland Orser in 2000. They have a son.[17] Tripplehorn's grandmother, Jean Neely, appeared in the film Reality Bites.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Basic Instinct Dr. Beth Garner
1993 The Night We Never Met Pastel
The Firm Abby McDeere
1994 Reality Bites Cheryl Goode Uncredited
1995 Waterworld Helen
1997 'Til There Was You Gwen Moss
Office Killer Norah Reed
1998 Monument Ave. Annie
Sliding Doors Lydia
Very Bad Things Lois Berkow
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Gina Vitale
2000 Steal This Movie! Johanna Lawrenson
Timecode Lauren Hathaway
Paranoid Rachel
Relative Values Miranda Frayle / Freda Birch
2002 Brother's Keeper Lucinda Pond
Swept Away Marina
2005 The Amateurs Thelma
2007 The Trap Maggie Short film
2008 Winged Creatures Doris Hagen
2010 Crazy on the Outside Angela Papadopolous
Morning Alice
2013 A Perfect Man Nina
2017 We Only Know So Much Jean Copeland
2017 Little Pink House Charlotte Wells
2018 Gloria Bell Fiona


Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Perfect Tribute Julia Movie
1992 The Ben Stiller Show The Wilson Woman / Goo 3 episodes
1996 Mr. Show with Bob and David Stone Throwing Singer in 'Jeepers Creepers' Episode: "The Biggest Failure in Broadway History"
1997 Old Man Addie Rebecca Brice Movie
2003 Word of Honor Maj. Karen Harper Movie
Frasier Chelsea Episode: "Trophy Girlfriend"
2006–11 Big Love Barbara Henrickson Series regular (53 episodes)
Nominated Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2006 & 2007)
2009 Grey Gardens Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Movie
Nominated Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2011 Five Pearl Movie
2012 New Girl Ouli Episodes: "Kids" and "Tomatoes"
2012–14 Criminal Minds Dr. Alex Blake Series regular (48 episodes) (Season 8–9)
TBA Mrs. America Eleanor Schlafly Miniseries, filming


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  2. "'Tulsa TV Memories, Creature Feature on KOKI, Channel 23'He is joined by Jeanne Summers (aka Jeanne Tripplehorn)..." Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  3. "'Tulsa TV Memories, Night Shift on KTUL, Channel 8' Jeanne Tripplehorn hosted a late night local music program, "Night Shift", on Channel 8 in the early 80s". Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  4. Phelps, Brad. "The Prime of Miss Jeanne Tripplehorn". Tulsa World. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  5. "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on November 11, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  6. Jeanne Makes the Scene, a July 23, 1993 article from Entertainment Weekly
  7. "'Til There Was You". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  8. "Til There Was You (1997)". Box Office Mojo. June 13, 1997. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  9. "Mickey Blue Eyes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  10. "Swept Away". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  11. "Jeanne Tripplehorn Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  12. "Jeanne Tripplehorn". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  13. Andreeva, Nellie. "CABLE MOVIE NEWS: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Patricia Clarkson To Star In Lifetime's 'Project 5', Hallmark Casts Its Kate Middleton". Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  14. Adam Bryant (July 9, 2012). "Criminal Minds: Get to Know the BAU's New Team Member". TV Guide. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  15. Andreeva, Nellie. "CBS' 'Criminal Minds' Casts Jeanne Tripplehorn As Regular". Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  16. Webb, Matt (July 1, 2014). "Jennifer Love Hewitt Joining 'Criminal Minds' in Season 10". TVLine. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  17. Peter Hartlaub (April 24, 2010). "S. F. native Orser opens dark door as director". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
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