PROFILE
Name:
Traci Lind
Birth Date:
April 1, 1966
Birth Place:
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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My Boyfriend's Back

Background:

5' 8" screen beauty Traci Lind, who sports 36B-25-36 measurements, started out as a model at age 11 when she was discovered by a New York modeling agency. She subsequently switched to acting and made her film debut in the indie film “My Little Girl” (1987), which also marks Mary Stuart Masterson's first starring film and Jennifer Lopez' first film.

A lead actress from the late '80s, Traci Lind, who has also been billed as Traci Lin, has appeared in such films as “Fright Night Part 2” (1988), “Survival Quest” (1989), “The Handmaid's Tale” (1990), “Bugsy” (1991), “Spellcaster” (1992), “My Boyfriend's Back” (1993), “The Road to Wellville” (1994), “Cadillac” (1997), “No Strings Attached” (1997), “Red Meat” (1997) and “The End of Violence” (1997).

On the small screen, she could be seen in "Ryan's Hope," "Fame" and "21 Jump Street."


Kentucky Girl

Childhood and Family:

Tracy Wemes, who would later be known as Traci Lind, was born on April 1, 1966, in Louisville, Kentucky.


My Little Girl

Career:

At age 13, Traci Lind was discovered at a mall by Elite's head man John Casablancas. She soon started modeling and found herself doing modeling jobs in cities like Milan and Paris.

She also began appearing on television. She was spotted as a guest in an episode of ABC’s soap opera "Ryan's Hope," NBC’s syndicated drama series based on the 1980 motion picture of the same name, "Fame," and Fox’s hit cop drama "21 Jump Street." She also appeared in the made-for-television movies “Club Med” (1986), starring Jack Scalia and Linda Hamilton, and “Casanova” (1987), a comedy about the eighteenth century womanizer starring Richard Chamberlain and Faye Dunaway.

Additionally, Traci starred as a teenage girl who is arrested and placed in juvenile hall after being falsely accused of theft by her stepfather, in the episode “Juvi” of the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" (1987). She also co-starred with Robert Wuhl and Louis Guss in the episode “Sniff” of the "CBS Summer Playhouse" (1988).

Traci made her feature film debut in “My Little Girl” (1987), a dramatic independent film directed by Connie Kaiserman which also marks Mary Stuart Masterson's first starring film and Jennifer Lopez' first film. She followed it up with roles in “A Tiger's Tale” (1988; starring Ann-Margret, C. Thomas Howell, Charles Durning and Kelly Preston), Peter Douglas' adaptation of the novel by Allen Hannay III about a high school teenager who falls in love with his girlfriend's mother, and “Moving” (1988), Alan Metter's identity swap comedy movie starring Richard Pryor, Beverly Todd and Stacey Dash.

In the late 1980s, Traci became the new girlfriend to William Ragsdale's character in Tommy Lee Wallace's vampire comedy movie “Fright Night Part 2” (1988; also starring Roddy McDowall). The following year, she was cast alongside Lance Henriksen, Catherine Keneer and Dermot Mulroney in writer/director Don Coscarelli's adventure/thriller “Survival Quest” (1989).

Entering the new decade, Traci reunited with Faye Dunaway in Volker Schlöndorff's big screen version of the 1985 novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid's Tale.” In the film, which also features Natasha Richardson, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn and Elizabeth McGovern, Traci portrayed Janine/Ofwarren. During that same year, she played the daughter of Malcolm McDowell's character in Mark L. Lester's futuristic horror/drama “Class of 1999” (1990; also with Bradley Gregg) and co-starred with Damon Martin, Anthony Rapp and James Whitmore in the children's television movie “Sky High” (1990).

1991 saw Traci in Dezsö Magyar's independent drama/thriller film “No Secrets,” alongside Adam Coleman Howard, Amy Locane and Heather Fairfield, and in Volker Schlöndorff's dramatic film inspired by the novel by Max Frisch, “Homo Faber,” starring Sam Shepard and Julie Delpy. She also played a bit part in Barry Levinson's Oscar-winning mob movie “Bugsy,” which was written by James Toback from research material by Dean Jennings. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe Mantegna and Bebe Neuwirth.

After appearing in Rafal Zielinski's independent horror film “Spellcaster” (1992; starring Adam Ant), Traci snagged her first leading role in a film, as Missy McCloud, the prom queen whom Andrew Lowery's character falls in love with, in Bob Balaban's romantic/horror comedy “My Boyfriend's Back” (1993). Philip Seymour Hoffman, Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox also played roles in the film.

Returning to the small screen, Traci co-starred with Famke Janssen, Stephen Shellen and Clark Johnson in the action/thriller, made-for-television movie “Model by Day” (1994) and with Antonio Sabato Jr. in the thriller television film “Code Name: Wolverine” (1996). Meanwhile, she could be seen acting opposite Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick and John Cusack in Alan Parker's comedic adaptation of T. Coraghessan Boyle's 1993 novel, “The Road to Wellville” (1994), and with Justine Bateman, Heather Graham, Jill Hennessy and Rose McGowan in Jordan Alan's independent drama film “Kiss & Tell” (1996).

In 1997, Traci starred in three independent films: “Cadillac” (with Lenny Von Dohlen, Taylor Nichols, Daniel Roebuck and Stephanie Romanov), Josef Rusnak's “No Strings Attached” (with Vincent Spano, Cheryl Pollak, Robert Munns and Michael McKean; Traci played Spano's long-term girlfriend), and Allison Burnett's “Red Meat” (with Lara Flynn Boyle, Jennifer Grey, James Frain, Stephen Mailer and John Slattery; Traci also served as the co-producer).

Traci played her last leading role to date in “The End of Violence,” a drama/thriller film directed by Wim Wenders. She played Cat, an actress in Max's (played by Bill Pullman) production house.


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