Launching her performing career in her native Tulsa, Jeanne Tripplehorn spent several years as a local radio DJ and TV host. Educated at both the University of Oklahoma and Juilliard, Born June 10th, 1963, Tripplehorn was first seen on a nationwide basis in 1991 in a supporting role in the made-for-TV movie The Perfect Tribute, a fictionalized retelling of the events leading up to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Many of Tripplehorn's film characterizations have ranged from mildly eccentric to deeply disturbed, thanks in great part to her breakthrough appearance as Michael Douglas' "rough sex" partner in the erotic chiller Basic Instinct (1992). She got a chance to play normal -- albeit frazzled -- as Hugh Grant's fiancée in the romantic comedy Mickey Blue Eyes (1999); in 2000, she returned to rougher territory as a lesbian gangster in Mike Figgis' experimental ensemble film Timecode. In 2006 Tripplehorn found success on the small screen for her role as Barb Henrickson, a devout Mormon who often struggles with her polygamous lifestyle, in the HBO drama series Big Love.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Called herself Jeanne Summers when she worked as a morning DJ in Tulsa.
- Was Laura Linney's roommate at Juilliard.
- Had a recurring role on The Ben Stiller Show in 1992.
- Breakthrough was as Michael Douglas' girlfriend in 1992's Basic Instinct.
- Met husband Leland Orser on the set of Very Bad Things.
- Played Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 2009 TV movie Grey Gardens.