Marissa Ribisi

Marissa Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress who performed in the films Dazed and Confused, True Crime, The Brady Bunch Movie, Pleasantville, and Don's Plum and television shows such as Felicity, Friends, Grace Under Fire, Watching Ellie, and Tales of the City. She is the twin sister of actor Giovanni Ribisi.

Marissa Ribisi
Santina Marissa Ribisi

(1974-12-17) December 17, 1974
Years active1988–present
(m. 2004; div. 2019)
RelativesGiovanni Ribisi (brother)

Early life

Ribisi was born Santina Marissa Ribisi in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Gay (née Landrum), is a manager of actors and writers, and her father, Al Ribisi, is a musician.[1] Ribisi began acting when she was nine years old.[2] Her twin brother, Giovanni, is also an actor.[3] Like her brother, she is a Scientologist.[4]


Ribisi first appeared on television in 1988, playing a minor red-haired character named Ginger in She'll Get Over It, an episode of My Two Dads. This was followed by similar brief appearances in Baywatch ("Old Friends" 1990), DEA (1991), and the miniseries Tales of the City (1993), playing a receptionist.

Ribisi's first role in a feature film was in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused. She starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and Adam Goldberg, who were then, like Ribisi, unknowns.[5] The actress played Cynthia, a socially marginalized girl who runs with two verbose outsiders (Goldberg and Anthony Rapp).

In 1998, Ribisi cowrote the film Some Girl and starred in it alongside Juliette Lewis, Michael Rapaport, and Giovanni Ribisi. The film, directed by Rory Kelly, relates the story of insecure young women searching for long-term relationships in 1990s Los Angeles. She has had roles in the films True Crime, The Brady Bunch Movie, Pleasantville, and Don's Plum. She has also appeared in television shows such as Felicity, Friends, Grace Under Fire, and Watching Ellie, as well as the TV miniseries Tales of the City.[5]

She also appeared on the short-lived TV series Grown Ups from 1999 to 2000. In 2001 she played the role of Dora in the movie 100 Girls. In October 2007, Ribisi launched a fashion line, Whitley Kros, with partner Sophia Banks.[6]

Personal life

Ribisi married musician and recording artist, Beck in April 2004,[7] shortly before giving birth to their son, Cosimo Henri.[8] The couple's second child, daughter Tuesday, was born in 2007.[9] On February 15, 2019, Beck filed for divorce from Ribisi after nearly 15 years of marriage. [10]


  1. Giovanni Ribisi Biography (1976?-)
  2. Inside Film Online – An Interview with Gay Ribisi, Producer of "Some Girls"
  3. Deeken, Aimee (20 Nov 2009). "Celebrity Scientologists: L. Ron Hubbard's Most Famous Followers". Inside Movies. Retrieved 4 Jul 2010.
  4. Sales, Nancy Jo (January 2008). "The Golden Suicides". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  5. "Marissa Ribisi". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  6. Gardner, Chris (2007-10-12). "L.A. Confidential". Fashion Week Daily. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
  7. "Beck Marries Marissa Ribisi". United Press International. 2004-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
  8. "Beck Expecting Baby No. 2?". Spin. 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  9. Itzkoff, Dave (2008-07-06). "In a Chaotic Industry, Beck Abides". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  10. Goldblatt, Daniel; Walters, Liz (2019-02-15). "Beck Files for Divorce". The Blast. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
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