Lori Petty

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Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963) is an American actress. She is noted for her roles in the films Point Break (1991), A League of Their Own (1992), Free Willy (1993), and the title role in Tank Girl (1995).

Petty joined the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black as Lolly Whitehill as a guest star in the second season, and a recurring character in the third, fourth and seventh seasons.

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Early life

Petty, the eldest of three children, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the daughter of a Pentecostal minister. She graduated from North High School in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1981, and worked for several years in Omaha, Nebraska, as a graphic designer before pursuing acting.

Career

Petty got her break starring with Richard Grieco in Fox's Booker. In 1990, Petty made her film debut as Robin Williams's wannabe fashion designer girlfriend in Cadillac Man. +more The following year, Petty played the surfer who taught Keanu Reeves how to surf in the 1991 action thriller Point Break. In 1992, Petty was featured in A League of Their Own, opposite Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna.

She played the title role in the film adaptation of the British cult comic book Tank Girl in 1995. Her other films include Free Willy, The Poker House, and In the Army Now. +more She also co-starred in the television series Lush Life with her friend Karyn Parsons, but it was cancelled after five episodes. She joined the cast of Brimstone as the owner of Stone's hotel.

Petty also provided the voice of the supervillain Livewire on the Warner Bros. +more series Superman: The Animated Series, and The New Batman Adventures. Although she was originally cast as Lt. Lenina Huxley in Demolition Man, disagreements over the character's direction led producer Joel Silver to recast the role with Sandra Bullock. Petty played the role of "Daddy", an alpha female inmate, in Prison Break: The Final Break.

She starred in a series of television commercials created by Merkley Newman Harty's Steve Bowen for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "Go, Baby, Go" advertising campaign in 1998.

Petty's directorial debut, The Poker House-a film dramatizing her own difficult childhood-won awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival. She narrated the first three books of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series-One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly. +more C. J. Critt read the unabridged version for Recorded Books. Petty read the abridgments for Simon & Schuster.

She currently stars in Station Eleven on HBO as of 2021.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988. +moreThey Haven't Seen This. The GirlShort film
1990Cadillac ManLila
1991Point BreakTyler Ann Endicott
1992A League of Their OwnKit Keller
1993Free WillyRae Lindley
1993Poetic JusticePenelope
1994The Glass ShieldDeputy Deborah Fields
1994In the Army NowChristine Jones
1995Tank GirlRebecca Buck / Tank Girl
1996CountdownSara Daniels
1998Relax. It's Just SexRobin Moon
1999The ArrangementCandy
1999ClublandIndia
2001MacArthur ParkKelly
2001FiretrapLucy
2001Route 666Deputy U. S. Marshal Stephanie 'Steph'
2001Horrible AccidentSix
2003Prey for Rock & RollFaith
2006CryptidDr. Lean Carlin
2007Broken ArrowsErin
2008The Poker HouseWriter/director; directorial debut
2009Prison Break: The Final BreakDaddyDirect-to-video
2010Chasing 3000Deputy Fryman
2014Happy Fists ClaudiaBrenda
2016Dead AwakeDr. Sykes
2018Fear, Love, and AgoraphobiaFrancis
2020A Deadly LegendWanda Pearson
2021The SurvivalistRadio Operator
TBAYou're All Gonna DieDonatellaPost-production
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Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985The EqualizerBrandi (Hooker)Episode: "The Lock Box"
1986The Twilight Zone (1985 TV series)Lori PendletonEpisode: "The Library"
1987StingrayLisa PerlmanEpisode: "Bring Me the Hand That Hit Me"
1987Bates MotelWillieTV film
1987Head of the ClassMollyEpisodes: "Child of the 60's", "That'll Be the Day"
1988The Thorns (TV series)'Cricket' HenshawRegular role (12 episodes)
1988Miami ViceCarolEpisode: "Love at First Sight"
1988Freddy's NightmaresChris KetchumEpisode: "Killer Instinct"
1988Police Story: Monster ManorJeannie PardonalesTV film
1989Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical MurderCassieTV film
1989Alien NationSally 'Sal'Episode: "Fifteen with Wanda"
1989-1990BookerSuzanne DunneRecurring role (10 episodes)
1990GrandMedeaEpisode: "A Boy and His Dad"
1996Lush LifeGeorgette 'George' SandersRegular role (7 episodes)
1997ProfilerRobin Poole / Marjorie BrandEpisodes: "Venom: Parts 1 & 2"
1997Superman: The Animated SeriesLivewire / Leslie Willis (voice)Episodes: "Livewire", "Double Dose"
1998The New Batman AdventuresLeslie Willis / Livewire (voice)Episode: "Girls' Nite Out"
1998-1999BrimstoneMaxineRecurring role (7 episodes)
1999Star Trek: VoyagerNossEpisode: "Gravity"
2000The Hunger (TV series)LisetteEpisode: "Double"
2001The Beast (2001 TV series)RitaEpisode: "The Delivery"
2001The ParkersShow HostEpisode: "Family Ties and Lies"
2002ERShaneEpisode: "Orion in the Sky"
2003NYPD BlueJoyce BradovichEpisode: "I Kid You Not"
2004Line of FireLaurie McBrideEpisode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2004The Karate DogCOLAR (voice)TV film
2005CSI: NYMaddyEpisode: "Corporate Warriors"
2006Masters of HorrorJudithEpisode: "Fair-Haired Child"
2008-2009HouseJanice BurkeEpisodes: "Let Them Eat Cake," "Joy to the World," "Painless"
2009Prison BreakDaddyEpisodes: "The Final Break", "Free", "The Old Ball and Chain"
2009The Cleaner (American TV series)'Sunshine'Episodes: "Split Ends", "The Things We Didn't Plan"
2014-2019Orange Is the New BlackLolly WhitehillRecurring role (19 episodes)
2016GothamJeriEpisode: "Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness"
2017Hawaii Five-0Jenny KitsonEpisode: "Wehe 'ana (Prelude)"
2017Transformers: Robots in DisguiseNightra (voice)Episode: "Guilty as Charged"
2017Danger & EggsRuelle / Madame Aubergine (voice)Episode: "Morning Routine/Lost & Found"
2017Swedish DicksMadame RouxEpisode: "Dial M for Medium"
2018Robot ChickenMiss Geraldine Grundy, Anna Mary Jones (voice)Episode: "Never Forget"
2019Summer Camp IslandMs. Pinch / Additional VoicesEpisode: "I Heart Heartforde"
2021Immortal CompassDetective WilliamsonEpisode: "Part 10: Closure"
2021Station ElevenSarah/The ConductorMain cast, miniseries

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Superman: Shadow of ApokolipsLivewireVoice only

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