"I know it's so 'in' to be blasé, but that's not going to get you anywhere. People feel good about doing things with you if you're enthusiastic. You've gotta go for it and go for it with gusto." Elizabeth Mitchell
Beginning her career as a stage actress, Elizabeth Mitchell got her first big break portraying the lesbian lover of the 1970’s top fashion model Gia Carangi (portrayed by Angelina Jolie), in the critically acclaimed HBO biographical drama movie “Gia” (1998). She has since played a recurring role in such TV series as "Significant Others" (as Jane Chasen; 1998) "ER" (as Dr. Kim Legaspi; 2000-2001), "The Lyon's Den" (as Ariel Saxon; 2003), and now plays fertility scientist Juliet Burke (2006-Present) on ABC's hit survival drama series "Lost." She also played lead roles in the TV movies "The Linda McCartney Story" (2000) and "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story" (2004).
As for her film work, moviegoers probably recognized her as Principal Carol Newman in Michael Lembeck's comedies “The Santa Clause 2” (2002) and "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" (2006). She also appeared in the films "Molly" (1999), "Frequency" (2000), and "Nurse Betty" (2000).
This 5' 9'' blonde actress has been married to actor Chris Soldevilla since 2004 and has one child with him.
Childhood and Family:
Shortly after her birth on March 27, 1970, in Los Angeles, California, Elizabeth J. Robertson’s family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she would graduate from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1988. After graduating from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, in 1991 with a Fine Arts Degree, she studied at the British American Drama Academy. She also spent six years at the respected Dallas Theatre Center and one year with that theater's Encore Company. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.
The oldest of three sisters, Elizabeth has two younger sisters, Katherine Day "Kate" Mitchell (born in 1982) and Kristina Helen "Kristie" Mitchell (born in 1978). Her stepfather, Joseph Day Mitchell, and mother, Josephine Marian Mitchell, are real estate and tax attorneys with their own firm about 5 blocks from their house in Dallas. They now live in the wealthy area of Highland Park, in Dallas, Texas.
Elizabeth, nicknamed “Liz,” lived with actor boyfriend David Lee Smith (born on September 8, 1963) on Manhattan's Upper West Side in the mid 1990s. In 2000, she fell in love with her “The Linda McCartney Story” costar, British actor Gary Bakewell, who played her onscreen husband, Paul McCartney. They eventually married, but have since divorced.
On June 13, 2004, Elizabeth married actor Chris Soldevilla and the couple has one son, Christopher Jr. (born on September 4, 2005). As of May 2008, Elizabeth lives with her family on Bainbridge Island, in Washington.
The Santa Clause
Starting out as a stage actress, Elizabeth Mitchell spent six years with the Dallas Theatre Center and one year with that theater's Encore Company. During that time, she appeared on stage in such productions as "As You Like It," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Measure for Measure," "Baby," and "Chicago."
After college, Mitchell returned to Dallas and appeared as Jennifer in the play “Amateurs” (1992). In between 1994 to 1995, she played Dinah Lee Mayberry on the ABC soap opera “Loving” for four months before being fired. Meanwhile, she also returned to the stage as Shelia Harcourt in a production of “Red Channels” (1994) and became an understudy for the off-Broadway play “Three Tall Women” (1995), which she later toured with. She also did a Hertz Rent-A-Car commercial in 1994 but "they pulled it because of the O.J. Thing." Additionally, she appeared in such commercials as Poland Spring (1994), Secret Deodorant (1994), and Peroxicare (1995).
In 1996 Mitchell made her primetime series debut as a regular on the short-lived Fox series “L.A. Firefighters,” playing Laura Malloy. Two years later, she scored a breakthrough screen role as Linda, a make-up artist and the lesbian lover of the 1970’s top fashion model Gia Carangi (portrayed by Angelina Jolie), in the critically acclaimed HBO biographical drama movie “Gia” (1998). Mitchell subsequently received a regular role on the short-lived series “Significant Others” (1998), starring Jennifer Garner. She also made her feature acting debut in the John Duigan directed romantic comedy “Molly” (1999; starring Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart, and Jill Hennessy) and returned to the stage to play Gordon's wife in a production of “Absolution” (1999).
During the 2000-2001 season of the hit NBC medical drama series “ER,” Mitchell played the recurring role of psychiatrist Dr. Kim Legaspi. She also appeared as an actress playing a soap character in Neil LaBute's Golden Globe winning dark comedy feature film “Nurse Betty” (2000; starring Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock, and Greg Kinnear), and had a supporting role as Dennis Quaid's wife and James Caviezel's mother in Gregory Hoblit's time travel thriller film, “Frequency” (2000). She also played the title role of a photographer and activist who had a 30-year relationship with the Beatles' Paul McCartney, in the NBC biopic “The Linda McCartney Story” (2000), and starred as Alice Allenby, a rookie reporter working for a 24-hour cable news channel, in the short-lived ABC summer series “The Beast” (2001).
In 2002, Mitchell was cast as Principal Carol Newman, the love interest of Tim Allen's title character, in Michael Lembeck's comedy, “The Santa Clause 2.” She would reprise her role in the sequel “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006).
Meanwhile, Mitchell was named “Exciting New Face” at the Young Hollywood Awards in 2003 and was cast in Rob Lowe's pilot, "The Lyon's Den" (2003), a short-lived legal drama on NBC. She also portrayed legendary race car driver Dale Earnhardt's third wife Teresa in the ESPN movie about the legendary NASCAR driver, "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story" (2004; Barry Pepper portrayed the title role) and filmed the unsold series pilot of ABC's “Gramercy Park” alongside Paul Blackthorne and Milo Ventimiglia.
2006 saw Mitchell join the cast of ABC's hit survival drama series “Lost” as Dr. Juliet Burke, a fertility scientist and a possible new love interest for Matthew Fox's character. Her performance in the show earned her three Saturn Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Program at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, which she won one in 2008. Mitchell also returned to the stage to play Helena in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2008). Recently, she reportedly has been cast in ABC's eagerly anticipated "V" pilot.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award - Best Supporting Actress on Television, "Lost," 2008
Young Hollywood: Exciting New Face, 2003