To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
American actress of TV and film Laurie Fortier is perhaps most known to moviegoers as Cindy Bayles on her first film, “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday” (1996), where she starred along with noted actors like Peter Gallagher and Michelle Pfeiffer. Her follow-up credits include “Dean Quixote” (2000), “The In Crows” (2000) and “Surveillance” (2006). On the small screen, the Pasadena native has had regular roles in NBC's “Running the Halls” (1993), ABC's “Push” (1998) and a recurring role on “Boy Meets World” (1995). In addition, she has appeared as a guest star in a number of series, including “Chicago Hope,” “V.I.P.,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI:Miami” and “House M.D.”
Off camera, Fortier is the wife of director Deran Sarafian, who directed her in episodes of “V.I.P” and “House M.D.”
Childhood and Family:
Laurie Fortier was born on February 25, 1977, in Pasadena, California. She once became Rose Princess in a Pasadena Tournament of Roses and was educated at Flintridge Prep in La Canada, California.
As of June 9, 2000, Laurie is married to director Deran Sarafian (born in 1968), the son of Richard C. Sarafian and nephew of the famous filmmaker Robert Altman.
Running the Halls
Laurie Fortier made her TV debut as Holiday Friedman in the NBC teen sitcom “Running the Halls” (1993), about a group of high school students living at a boarding school. Despite having good material, the show was canceled after only 13 episodes. She resurfaced two years later to play a recurring role on the ABC outstanding coming of age series “Boy Meets World,” in which she appeared as Jasmine, and to have a one-episodic turn in the short-lived comedy series “Kirk,” starring former “Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron.
Fortier's big break came in 1996 when she was cast as Cindy Bayles on the David E. Kelley-scripted drama/romance movie “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,” based on the play by Michael Brady. There, she starred along side Peter Gallagher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes. Following her feature film debut, Fortier made her television movie bow in the thriller “Her Costly Affair” (1996), which starred Bonnie Bedelia and Gina Philips, before returning to series TV as a regular in the sport-themed “Push” (1998), playing Cara Bradford. Among her costars in the ABC short-lived show were Adam Trese, Jaime Pressly and Jason Behr. She filled up the rest of the decade with guest spots in the popular series “Chicago Hope” (1998), the Pamela Anderson vehicle “V.I.P” and the Rob Thomas-created comedy “Cupid” (both 1999).
Entering the new millennium, Fortier could be seen playing Annie in the independent film “Dean Quixote,” opposite Brian Poth, Simon Billig and Alex Cain, costarring with Breckin Meyer in the NBC pilot “Rocky Times” and supporting Susan Ward, Lori Heuring and Matthew Settle for the drama film “The In Crowd” (all 2000). In 2002, she played Janine Wood on the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” episode of “Let the Seller Beware,” but then disappeared from the screen for a few years.
In 2005, Fortier resumed her career by taking episodic roles in “CSI: Miami,” as Halle Lockhart/Halle Webber. Later that same year, she made her second appearance in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” this time playing Nancy. Fortier made two films in 2006, first costarring with Armand Assante and Nick Cornish in the crime/horror “Surveillance,” helmed by Fritz Kiersch and penned by David Golden, and then playing Bunny in the 23-minute short “Club Soda,” along side John Barillaro and Marivel Decker. Still in that same year, she had a guest starring role on “E-Ring.”
In 2007, Fortier played Darnell in “Ugly,” an episode of “House M.D.” directed by husband Deran Sarafian. The show stars Hugh Laurie.