Lolita Davidovich

Lolita Davidovich, actor (born at London, Ont 15 July 1961). Lolita Davidovich, whose parents were immigrants from the former Yugoslavia, moved to Chicago where she attended acting workshops at Steppenwolf and Victory Garden Theatres. She also studied at the celebrated Herbert Berghof Studio in New York.

She appeared in several small film roles, among them Adventures in Babysitting, and then auditioned against hundreds of actors for the starring role opposite Paul Newman in the movie Blaze (1989). Davidovich won accolades for her feisty portrayal of the voluptuous stripper Blaze Starr, and the film helped launch her career.

Supporting roles included adulterous wife to John Lithgow's psychopath in Brian de Palma's Raising Cain (1992), kindhearted waitress to Steve Martin's evangelist-conman in Leap of Faith (1992), and loyal moll to Dennis Hopper's aging scam-artist in Boiling Point (1993).

Davidovich met her husband, Ron Shelton, when he directed her in Blaze. He became an acclaimed writer, director and producer, and they worked together on the biopic Cobb (1994), where she played tough victim to Tommy Lee Jones' brutal Cobb; in the comedy Play It to the Bone (1999) as buddy and foil to boxers played by Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson; in the thriller Dark Blue (2003), Davidovich was the beleaguered wife to Kurt Russell's corrupt cop; and in Hollywood Homicide (2009) with Harrison Ford, she co-starred as a paid snitch/madam.

Leading roles in Canadian films have been in Throwing Stones, a CBC pilot centred on curling and co-starring Patty Duke, and TMN's ZOS: Zone of Separation, where she played Mila Michailov, the tough Christian warlord in a Bosnia-like setting.

Awards

Lolita Davidovich earned CableACE Award nominations for her roles as frustrated inmate Loretta Wright in Prison Stories: Women on the Inside, "Parole Board" (HBO, 1991) and for her cruelly manipulative Kee McFarlane in Indictment: The McMartin Trial (HBO, 1995).