Melora Walters

Melora Walters (born October 21, 1959)[1] is an American actress. She played Wanda Henrickson in the television series Big Love. She has also starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's films, including Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999).

Melora Walters
Born (1959-10-21) October 21, 1959
Years active1989–present
Christopher Scotellaro
(m. 1990; div. 1994)

Dylan Walsh
(m. 1996; div. 2003)

Alex Vendler
(m. 2008; div. 2010)


Walters has starred in four Paul Thomas Anderson films, Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Master.[2] She also appeared on such television shows as Roseanne, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Nash Bridges. Walters played Lila in Cold Mountain in 2003, and Andrea Treborn in The Butterfly Effect in 2004. She guest-starred as Sylvia Greene on Desperate Housewives in 2007, and played the role of Wanda Henrickson in the HBO drama Big Love from 2006 to 2010.

In 2017, it was announced that Walters would write for her directorial debut film Waterlily Jaguar, about a struggling novelist attempting to write a more serious book; James LeGros also stars in the film.[3] Walters played the suspected victim in the episode "Something Happened" of the NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[4][5]

Personal life

In June 2008, she married cinematographer Alex Vendler. In September 2010, she filed for divorce.[6]

Some of her filmmaking influences are Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, François Truffaut, John Cassavetes, and Jean-Luc Godard.[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 Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 Magnolia Claudia Wilson Gator Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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 Nominated — Golden Door Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Feature Film
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
TBA The Pale Door [8]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Roseanne Debbie
1990 How to Murder a Millionaire
1991 The Wonder Years Waitress Season 4 Episode 16
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger Star
1993 Telling Secrets Karen Blake
1994 Dead Man's Revenge Bunny
1994 Midnight Run for Your Life Lorna Bellstratten
1994 Seinfeld Jane "The Hamptons"
1995 NYPD Blue Holly Snyder Season 2 - "The Bank Dick"
Season 3 - "Dirty Laundry"
1998 L.A. Doctors Felicity
1998 Twice Upon a Time Alannah Merribone Television film
2002 Push, Nevada Grace
2003 Threat Matrix Lia 'Lark' Larkin
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sage
2006–2010 Big Love Wanda Henrickson
2007 Desperate Housewives Sylvia Greene "Distant Past" Season 4 Episode 8

"Something's Coming" Season 4 Episode 9

2012 Californication Tyler's Mom
2014 Rake Jan Falcon
2015 Criminal Minds Paige Episodes: "Protection" and "The Hunt"
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Laurel Episode: "Something Happened"
2018 Corporate Nadine Episode: "Corporate Retreat"


  2. Staff, (3 February 2015). "Melora Walters - Biography and Filmography - 1960". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. McNary, Dave (25 January 2017). "James Le Gros to Star in Melora Walters Drama 'Waterlily Jaguar'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. "Big Love' Actress Melora Walters Files For Divorce". 16 September 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  7. "Melora Walters". Retrieved 25 February 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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