Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn is an American TV and film actress. She was born on June 10, 1963 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Suzanne Ferguson and former Gary Lewis & The Playboys guitarist Tom Tripplehorn. Jeanne’s parents split up when she was barely two years old. As a child, her nickname was ‘Trippy’. She has three brothers: Kelly, Jason, and Daniel. Before entering film, she learned how to play the guitar as a teenager.
Tripplehorn is a graduate of Edison Highschool, located in her native Tulsa. In 1981, she started college at the University of Tulsa, only to stay there for one semester.
Her career started in the 80s by working as a TV show and radio host under the name Jeanne Summers at KMOD, a local radio station. She also had a couple of appearances on local television shows such as Night Shift, and Creature Feature. In 1986, Tripplehorn took a break from acting and returned to drama school, enrolling in the Julliard School’s Drama Division as a member of Group 19.
Tripplehorn currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Leland Orser. They have a son named August, born in May 2002. Tripplehorn was previously engaged to director/comedian Ben Stiller. Their relationship lasted for six years, and she even made an appearance on his TV show back in 1992. After her romance with Stiller, Tripplehorn began seeing David Barrett, whom she worked with while shooting Waterworld with Kevin Costner.
Her first major film role, and perhaps the role she is most recognized for, was for the 1992 blockbuster thriller Basic Instinct, which starred Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. In the film, Tripplehorn plays Dr. Beth Garner, a psychologist who starts a steamy affair with Douglas’ character, Det. Nick Curran.
A year later, Tripplehorn had a supporting role in the legal thriller film The Firm, in which she portrayed Abby McDeere, the wife of law graduate Mitch McDeere (played by Tom Cruise). The Firm was based after the John Grisham novel of the same title, released in 1991. While filming, Tripplehorn’s mother Suzanne suddenly passed away from an aneurysm, so portraying this role proved to be quite a challenge for her.
In 1997, Tripplehorn scored another starring role in the Scott Winant-directed romantic drama flick, ‘Til There Was You. In this film, she plays Gwen Moss, a ghostwriter whose life gets tangled at several points with architect Nick Dawkan, played by Dylan McDermott. The film was a commercial failure with a score of five percent at Rotten Tomatoes.
Other film roles for Tripplehorn in the 90s and 2000s included Waterworld (as Helen), Mickey Blue Eyes (as Hugh Grant’s girlfriend Gina Vitale), Sliding Doors (as Lydia), Swept Away (as Marina) and an uncredited cameo in the romantic comedy film Reality Bites.
Originally, Tripplehorn was supposed to play Mia Wallace in the hit Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, but she turned down the role and Tarantino gave it to Uma Thurman instead. Another part that she rejected due to scheduling conflicts was the role of Carrie in Four Weddings and a Funeral, which went to Andie McDowell.
Tripplehorn also had a stint in theater, playing the part of Masha in the Broadway musical Three Sisters alongside Lili Taylor and Amy Irving. Other cast members in the production included Jerry Stiller, Callista Flockhart, Paul Giamatti, and Eric Stoltz. This 1997 production was held at the Roundabout Theater in New York City, and was directed by Scott Elliott.
In 1990, she also appeared as Jill in the John Patrick Shanley play The Big Funk. Three years later, she starred opposite Val Kilmer in the JoAnne Aklaitis-directed ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, which was based after the tragedy written by John Ford in 1630.
Tripplehorn made a return to television in the 2006 HBO mini-series Big Love, playing Barbara Henrickson. The show ended in 2011. In 2012, she played the role of Dr. Alex Blake in the CBS police drama series Criminal Minds for two seasons. In 2009, Tripplehorn was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of first lady Jackie Kennedy in the HBO movie Grey Gardens.
As of this year, Trippleton’s current net worth is estimated to be around $12M.
Rumor and Controversy
Jeanne Tripplehorn to be the next Bond Girl?
Jeanne Tripplehorn, known for her roles in films like Basic Instinct, Waterworld, and The Firm, has been rumored to play the next love interest of 007 (Daniel Craig) in an upcoming film. If the rumors are true, then Tripplehorn is set to become the oldest Bond girl at 54 years old – A title previously held by Honor Blackman from 1964’s Goldfinger. Hardcore fans of the Bond franchise might remember that Blackman took the role of Pussy Galore when she was 39 years old.
The Internet seemed really keen on the idea, with a couple of Bond and Trippleton’s fans even creating a page on Facebook called ‘We Want Jeanne Tripplehorn for Bond’.
Unfortunately, this rumor has been confirmed as false: A source close to the production has said that the Criminal Minds actress has turned down the role due to other filming commitments.