My Wildest Dreams
Comedienne and actress Lisa Ann Walter was first noticed while starring in her own sitcoms, the short-lived “My Wildest Dreams” (Fox; 1995), and “Life's Work” (ABC; 1996-1997). She would later star in the short-lived NBC sitcom starring the celebrity chef and restaurateur "Emeril" (2000) and the critically acclaimed Bravo series about a fictional 24-hour cable news network, "Breaking News" (2002).
The classically trained actress who was one of the judges on the competitive ABC reality show “The Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?” (2007) also appeared as a guest in the TV shows "The Love Boat: The Next Wave," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Strong Medicine," "Las Vegas," and "Nip/Tuck." Soon, TV viewers can catch her as one of the contestants of a reality television series that involves celebrities attempting to learn and perform magic, "Celebracadabra," to be aired on VH1 beginning in April 2008.
On the wide screen, the petite and energetic performer could be seen in the films "Eddie" (1996), "The Parent Trap" (1998), "Bruce Almighty" (2003), "Shall We Dance" (2004), "War of the Worlds" (2005), "The Trouble with Dee Dee" (2005; won her Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Comedy Award at the Dixie Film Festival), "Room 6" (2006), and "Drillbit Taylor" (2008). She will appear in an upcoming horror/thriller film called "Twisted."
More personally, the bold and brassy comic was married once and now has four children, including a pair of twin boys.
Pennsylvania-Born, Washington, D.C.-Raised
Childhood and Family:
Born in rural Pennsylvania on August 3, 1963, Lisa Ann Walter grew up in suburban Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. Daughter to a geophysicist father at NASA, Lisa studied drama at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., where she graduated with a BFA degree in acting and began appearing in various regional and dinner theater productions.
Lisa married Sam Baum and has two children with him, son Jordan Baum (born in 1988) and daughter Delia Baum (born in 1992). They divorced in 1999. In 2001, Lisa gave birth to twin boys, Simon and Spencer.
"I was taught a strong work ethic by my parents, and I'm not happy unless I'm doing two - or even three -- things at once. I enjoy working and raising a family, and I wouldn't want to do one without the other." Lisa Ann Walter.
Beginning her career as singer at age six, Lisa Ann Walter began appearing in various regional and dinner theater productions while studying at Catholic University of America. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree in acting, she began appearing in various regional and dinner theater productions while supporting herself by working as singer-waitress.
Walter decided to test the water in New York and performed at amateur night contests at some of the noted comedy clubs. In the 1990s, she appeared Off-Broadway as Brandy in the South Street Theatre's production of "Battery" and fronted for The Band on their Jericho Tour.
After five years of stand up comedy, Walter got her first big break in 1995 when Fox Network hired her to star in her own sitcom, the short-lived “My Wildest Dreams,” followed by an ABC sitcom, “Life's Work” (1996-1997; she starred as Lisa Ann Minardi Hunter, the assistant district attorney who has two lovely kids with her basketball coach husband (played by Michael O'Keefe)), which she both co-created.
Meanwhile, she co-starred in co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg and Dennis Farina in director Steve Rash's box office hit basketball movie, "Eddie" (1996), and starred in a failed sitcom called "Late BLoomer" (1997). She spent the rest of the decade guest starring in the UPN sitcom that was based on the ABC sitcom "The Love Boat," "The Love Boat: The Next Wave," and played Dennis Quaid's housekeeper in Nancy Meyers' 1998 remake of the 1961 family film, "The Parent Trap." Adapted from Erich Kästner's novel "Lottie and Lisa" (Das Doppelte Lottchen), the film also stars Natasha Richardson and features then-child actress Lindsay Lohan in her feature film debut.
Entering the new millennium, Walter co-starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom starring the celebrity chef and restaurateur, “Emeril” During this time, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of the HBO sitcom starring "Seinfeld" writer, co-creator, and executive producer Larry David as himself, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and Lifetime medical drama "Strong Medicine." She also appeared in Max Mitchell's gay-themed drama/comedy film starring Cameron Watson and Anthony Meindl, "Get Your Stuff" (2000), and in Mark Jean's independent comedy called "Early Bird Special" (2001).
In 2002, Walter co-starred in the critically acclaimed Bravo series about a fictional 24-hour cable news network, "Breaking News." She then appeared in Collin Friesen's 17-minute short comedy film "Farm Sluts" (2003) and co-starred with Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Aniston in Tom Shadyac's smash hit comedy movie "Bruce Almighty" (2003), portraying Aniston's sister Debbie. She also portrayed the loud dance addict Bobbie in Peter Chelsom's musical/romantic comedy movie "Shall We Dance?" (2004; starring Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, and Susan Sarandon), a remake of the award-winning Masayuki Suo 1996 Japanese film, "Shall We Dansu?" and guest starred in an episode of the NBC dramatic comedy series starring James Caan and Josh Duhamel, "Las Vegas."
After playing a bit part as a bartender in Steven Spielberg-directed science fiction disaster film based on H. G. Wells' original novel starring Dakota Fanning and Tom Cruise, "War of the Worlds" (2005), Walter snagged the title role of an eccentric socialite who is disowned by her millionaire father (played by Kurtwood Smith) and abandoned by her teenage son (played by Mason Gamble), in Mike Miner's comedy movie, "The Trouble with Dee Dee" (2005), which won her Outstanding Actor/Actress (in a Comedy) award at the Dixie Film Festival.
2006 saw Walter in Ian Ziering's short comedy movie "Man vs. Monday," Stewart Wade's independent gay movie "Coffee Date" (starring Jonathan Bray and Wilson Cruz), and Michael Hurst's horror/thriller "Room 6" (starring Christine Taylor, Shane Brolly, Jerry O'Connell, and Ellie Cornell). On the small screen, she could be seen in an episode of FX Networks' Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning medical drama series "Nip/Tuck" and in multi episodes of MyNetworkTV telenovela starring Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, "Watch Over Me."
In the following year, Walter added to her resume with roles in the films "Graduation" (2007), a heist movie by Michael Mayer, and "Entry Level" (2007), a drama/comedy by writer/director Douglas Horn in which she co-starred with D.B. Sweeney and Missi Pyle. She also became an instant hit with audiences as one of the judges on the competitive ABC reality show, “The Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?”
Walter was most recently seen in Steven Brill's comedy film starring Owen Wilson, "Drillbit Taylor," playing the mother of Troy Gentile's high school nerd character. She will soon wrap her upcoming film project with director John Mallory Asher, a horror/thriller film called "Twisted." She will also become one of the contestants of a reality television series that involves celebrities attempting to learn and perform magic, "Celebracadabra," to be aired on VH1 beginning in April 2008.
Dixie Film Festival: Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Comedy, "The Trouble with Dee Dee," 2006