“I think of myself as an actor. I'm pretty low on the celebrity radar. I just really like to work.” Annabeth Gish
Actress Annabeth Gish first came to the attention of audiences and critics at age 13 thanks to her portrayal of Rose Chismore in the dramatic film “Desert Bloom” (1986), which was directed by Eugene Corr. The impressive brunette continued to deliver strong performances in the well received movie “Mystic Pizza” (1988, with Julia Roberts) and the TV film “When He's Not a Stranger” (1989) before taking some time off to attend college. She picked up Young Artist nominations for her work in the latter two films. Gish has added a number of film and TV film projects to her resume since completing her studies, including “Nixon” (1995), “Beautiful Girls” (1996), “Double Jeopardy” (1999), “Pursuit of Happiness” (2001, netted a Slamdunk Film Festival Award), “Race to Space” (2001), “The Way She Moves” (2001, TV), “A Death in the Family” (2002, TV), “The Celestine Prophecy” (2006), “Candles on Bay Street” (2006, TV), “Murder on Her Mind” (2008, TV) and “An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong” (2009). Making her TV series debut in the short lived “Courthouse” (1995), Gish gained major recognition with her portrayal of Special Agent Reyes in the final two seasons of the Fox hit series “The X-Files” (2001-2002), from which she won a Saturn nomination, and as Eileen Caffee in the Showtime drama “Brotherhood” (2006-2008), where she was nominated for a Prism Award for her performance. She also played a recurring role in the series “The West Wing” (2003-2006) and had guest starred in such shows as “CSI: Miami” and “The Cleaner.”
Gish is married to stuntman Wade Allen and has two sons. She speaks Spanish fluently and is a fan of “The Sopranos” and “Huff.” Gish also enjoys running.
Anne Elizabeth Gish
Childhood and Family:
Born Anne Elizabeth Gish on March 13, 1971, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Annabeth Gish moved with her family to Cedar Falls, Iowa, when she was two years old. Her father, Robert, taught English at the University of Northern Iowa and her mother, Judy, taught at Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School. Gish has a brother named Tim and a sister named Robin.
Young Annabeth began acting in community theater productions before turning professional at age 8. Despite her acting activities, she managed to graduate from Cedar Falls’ Northern University High School in 1989 and then attended Duke University where she became a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In 1993, she graduated cum laude with a BA in English and Theater.
On October 11, 2003, Annabeth married stuntman Wade Allen (born on April 12, 1972). She gave birth to her first child, son Cash Alexander Allen, on January 12, 2007. Her second son, Enzo Edward Allen, was born on October 25, 2008.
After appearing in community theater productions, 8 year old Annabeth Gish launched her professional acting career by appearing in commercials. She broke into the big screen five years later when she landed a starring role in the teen drama “Desert Bloom,” which was screened at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. Cast with veteran Jon Voight, she stood on her own and received praise from film critic Roger Ebert for her surprising performance of Rose Chismore. That same year, she made her television movie debut in the Emmy Award nominated “Hero in the Family” (ABC).
Gish next starred opposite Jon Cryer and Keith Coogan in the teenage film “Hiding Out” (1987) and as Julia Roberts' sister in the acclaimed coming of age drama “Mystic Pizza” (1988), directed by Donald Petrie. For her work in the latter movie, she was nominated for a Young Artist for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. Gish next worked with Phoebe Cates and Bridget Fonda in a cult comedy film “Shag” (1989), where she was cast as
Caroline “Pudge” Carmichael, and starred as Lyn McKenna, a victim of rape, in the CBS television film “When He's Not a Stranger” (1989), in which she received a Young Artist nomination for Best Young Actress Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or Special.
After high school, Gish decided to concentrate on her studies but did receive a supporting role in the comedy “Coupe de Ville” (1990), starring Patrick Dempsey, and a costarring role opposite Crystal Bernard in the Emmy Award winning television movie “Lady Against the Odds” (1992), as Sylvia Raffray. She did not act full time again until after graduating college in 1993 when she resumed her career by joining Gena Rowlands in “Silent Cries” (1993). The following year, she appeared in a small role in Lawrence Kasdan’s “Wyatt Earp” (1994), starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid and Gene Hackman, and made her TV miniseries debut in “Scarlett” (CBS, 1994).
In 1995, Gish landed her first series regular role in the CBS drama “Courthouse,” where she portrayed Lenore Laderman. Although 13 episodes were made, only nine episodes aired before the show was axed. She subsequently revisited feature films with work in Stacy Title's “The Last Supper” (1995, with Cameron Diaz and Ron Eldard), Oliver Stone's biographical film “Nixon” (1995), where she was cast as Julie Nixon Eisenhower, the Ted Demme directed drama “Beautiful Girls” (1996), in which she memorably played Tracy Stover, and the independent thriller “Mayday - Flug in den Tod” (1997). She also landed roles in Kenneth Johnson's “Steel” (1997, with Shaquille O'Neal), James Merendino's “SLC Punk” (1997, with Matthew Lillard) and Bruce Beresford's “Double Jeopardy” (1999, with Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd). Gish also stayed busy on the small screen with performances in a number of TV films, including “Don't Lock Back” (1996, opposite Eric Stoltz, John Corbett and Billy Bob Thornton), “True Women” (1997, with Dana Delany), “To Live Again” (1998, as Karen Holmes), “Sealed with a Kiss” (1999, with John Stamos) and “God's New Plan” (1999, with Katey Sagal).
Entering the new millennium, Gish portrayed Lily in the independent film “Morning” (2000), starred with Amy Jo Johnson in “Pursuit of Happiness” (2001), where she picked up a Best Actress Award at the 2002 Slamdunk Film Festival for her role as Marissa, teamed up with James Woods in the family drama “Race to Space” (2001), which was directed and produced by Sean McNamara, and was cast as Bridgette Wilson's friend, Nicole, in “Buying the Cow” (2002). The hardworking performer also starred in the TV films “The Way She Moves” (2001) and “A Death in the Family” (2002, as Mary Follet), but did not earn significant recognition until she joined the cast of the science fiction series “The X-Files” in the show's final two seasons. Despite good performances, the show eventually came to an end in 2002 but not before Gish was nominated for a 2002 Saturn Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series for her work in the series.
Following “The X-Files,” Gish landed the recurring role of President Bartlett's daughter, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin, in the NBC critically acclaimed series “The West Wing,” a role she played from 2003 to 2006. She also played Wendy Decker in an episode of CBS' “CSI: Miami” called “Not Landing” (2004) and received roles in the TV movies “Life on Liberty Street” (2004, starred with Ethan Embry), “Detective” (2005), Stephen King's “Desperation” (2006, opposite Tom Skerritt and Steven Weber) and “Candles on Bay Street” (2006, starred Alicia Silverstone). She was also seen in the feature films “Knots” (2004), “Gillery's Little Secret” (2006, starred as Gillery), “The Celestine Prophecy” (2006, played Julia) and “Mojave Phone Booth” (2006) before returning to TV series as a regular cast member of the Showtime drama “Brotherhood,” where she portrayed Eileen Caffee. Created by Blake Masters, the show enjoyed widespread critical acclaim, but did not draw in a large audience. It was canceled after 26 episodes that spanned from July 2006 to December 2008. For her good acting job, Gish received a Prism nomination for Best Performance in a Drama Series, Multi-Episode Storyline.
Gish also made a guest appearance in an episode of “The Cleaner” (2008) and starred as Sally Linden in the made for TV film “Murder on Her Mind” (2008), which was adapted from Linda Spalding's book of the same name. Recently, she portrayed Meg Maxwell in the direct to video “An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong” (2009), directed by Martha Coolidge.
Gish will costar with Andie MacDowell, Daniel Sunjata and Ashley Williams in two TV film adaptations of Patricia Cornwell's novels, “At Risk” and “The Front” (both 2010).
Slamdunk Film Festival: Best Actress, “Pursuit of Happiness,” 2002