American actress Mimi Rogers may be best recognized for portraying super spy Elizabeth Hurley's mother, Mrs. Kensington, in Jay Roach's hit parody, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). First noticed for her breakout role of a murder witness, opposite Tom Berenger, in Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), Rogers continued to receive attention for her roles like that of an anxious swinger in the controversial The Rapture (1991), a woman on death row in Reflections On A Crime (1994), and a futuristic mother in the sci-fi adventure Lost In Space (1998).
On the small screen, Rogers was widely remembered playing the reoccurring role of Agent Diana Fowley (1998-1999), opposite Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, on the cult series The X-Files and as Kirsten Dunst's mother in the war TV drama movie The Devil's Arithmetic (1999). She could also be seen in such 2004 films as Seeing Other People, The Gunman, and The Door in the Floor, as well as the 2005 film Dancing in Twilight.
Ex-wife of actor Tom Cruise, Mimi Rogers, who stands at 5' 8 inches tall and possesses 38D-26-36 measurements, posed for Playboy magazine in 1993. She is currently living with film producer Chris Ciaffa. The couple has two children.
Childhood and Family:
"We moved at least once a year. I don't remember how many schools I went to. We moved around so much, I spent a lot of my time reading. Reading was my playmate." Mimi Rogers
Daughter of a civil engineer father, Miriam Spickler would later be known as Mimi Rogers. She was born on January 27, 1956, in Coral Gables, Florida. When she was seven, her parents divorced, and Mimi and her brother traveled with their father as he moved to places like Tucson, Arizona; Washington, DC; Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and England. Her family finally settled in Southern California, where exceptionally bright Mimi graduated high school at the age 14 and spent the rest of her adolescence years performing community service work.
Mimi, a member of the Church of Scientology, tied the knot with Church of Scientology counselor Jim Rogers, but they divorced in 1980. Seven years later on May 9, 1987, she wed actor Tom Cruise (born on July 3, 1962), but that marriage too ended in divorced after three years. Presently, she lives with film producer Chris Ciaffa and has two children: daughter Lucy Julia Rogers Ciaffa (born on November 20, 1995) and son Charlie Rogers Ciaffa (born on July 30, 2001).
Besides being an actress, Mimi is known as a competitive poker player. She won the World Poker Tour's 240 player Shooting Stars main event No-Limit Texas in San Jose, California on March 4, 2004. She is also an active environmentalist and has chaired the One Planet conference, as well as been a board member for Earth Communications.
Reflections on A Crime
"This is a career which is rife with disappointments and rejections, and you sort of have to come to terms with that early on if you're going to survive emotionally. I've always worked, so there was never a reason to say, 'I'm going to walk away from all this.' " Mimi Rogers
1981 was Mimi Rogers' start up year in the acting scene. She got her first reoccurring role, Sandra Paully, in NBC's "Hill Street Blues" and appeared twice in the seires "Quincy." After being a guest on the series "Magnum P.I," Rogers debuted on the 1982 TV movies Divorce Wars: A Love Story, and Hear No Evil.
A big screen job eventually knocked on her door in 1983. In her first motion picture work, Rogers luckily won the leading role of Liz, an energetic and determined young woman who wants to play Major League baseball, in Richard Michaels' comedy Blue Skies Again (opposite Harry Hamlin). After that she appeared primarily on TV, playing roles in the NBC series "The Rousters" (1983) and ABC's "Paper Dolls" (1984), as well as the TV movie Embassy (1985). In 1986, Rogers returned to the wide screen playing a role in Ron Howard's comedy Gung Ho (1986, a.k.a. Working Class Man, starring Michael Keaton) and followed it up as Christopher Reeve's girlfriend in Jerry Schatzberg's crime drama Street Smart (1987, also with Morgan Freeman). Meanwhile, she kept working on TV movies, notably in the family comedy You Ruined My Life (1987) and the thriller Hider in the House (1989, opposite Gary Busey).
In Ridley Scott's romantic thriller Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), Rogers starred as a ravishing sultry socialite who witnesses a high-profile murder and falls in love with a blue-collar police detective (played by Tom Berender). The role helped promote her name and to land her roles in Carl Schenkel's adaptation of A.H.Z. Carr's novel, the crime mystery The Mighty Quinn (1989, alongside Denzel Washington), the Italian thriller Dimenticare Palermo (1990, a.k.a To Forget Palermo) and in the remake of the 1955 Humphrey Bogart thriller, Desperate Hours (1990, with Mickey Rourke and Anthony Hopkins).
Rogers received rave reviews at the Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for Best Actress for portraying Sharon, a troubled swinger who turns very religious, in Michael Tolkin's drama The Rapture (1991, costarring David Duchovny). Subsequently, she appeared in such films as The Doors, Wedlock (both in 1991), Dark Horse and Shooting Elizabeth (both in 1992).
Regina, a woman on death row who shares her past with a lone prison guard, was Rogers' role in Jon Purdy's drama Reflections On A Crime (1994, opposite Billy Zane and Kurt Fuller). The significant role handed her the Golden Space Needle Best Actress Award at the Seattle International Film Festival. In the next years, she could be seen in the films Monkey Trouble, Killer (both in 1994), Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995), Little White Lies and Trees Lounge (both in 1996).
After playing Barbra Streisand's sister in the romantic comedy film based on Andre Cayatte's 1958 film Le Miroir A Deux Faces, The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), moviegoers remembered Rogers as super spy Elizabeth Hurley's mother, Mrs. Kensington, in Jay Roach's hit satire, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). In the following years, she appeared mainly on made-for-TV movies like The Christmas List, Tricks (also executive produced, all in 1997) and Host (1998), until Stephen Hopkins cast her with William Hurt, Lacey Chabert, Heather Graham and Jack Johnson to portraying a space family fighting for a chance for humanity in his film version of the sci-fi Lost in Space (1998, as matriarch Maureen Robinson).
Rogers received a Golden Satellite Award nomination for portraying Ariel Powers (Alexi) in the HBO's crime comedy Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997) and an Emmy nomination for playing Kirsten Dunst's mother in an adaptation of Jane Yolen's novel, The Devil's Arithmetic (1999, TV, also executive produced). She also played the recurring role of Special Agent Diana Fowley on the long-running sci-fi thriller "The X Files," along with David Duchovny and Dana Scully.
Rogers added to her acting resume such films as The Upgrade, Ginger Snaps (both in 2000) and Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003). She was also seen on television in movies like Common Ground, Cruel Intentions 2 (both in 2000), My Horrible Year (2001), Reel Comedy: Austin Powers in Goldmember, Charms for the Easy Life (with Gena Rowlands and Susan May Pratt, both in 2002), Cave In (2003), and ABC's brief-running sitcom "The Geena Davis Show" (2000-2001).
During recent years, Mimi Rogers playing roles in the 2004 films Seeing Other People, The Gunman (with Sean Patrick Flanery and Joey Lauren Adams), The Door in the Floor (alongside Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger) and the 2005 film Dancing in Twilight. She was also seen on TV in the movie Stone Cold, as well as had a regular role in the comedy series The Loop, and was spotted as a guest on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." As for her upcoming film projects, Rogers is scheduled to play Rachel Miner's psychologist in Richard Brandes' horror Penny Dreadful.
- Golden Space Needle: Best Actress, Reflections on A Crime, 1994