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Rita Wilson (born Margarita Ibrahimoff October 26, 1956) is an American actress, singer, and producer. She appeared in films Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Now and Then (1995), Jingle All the Way (1996), The Story of Us (1999) and Runaway Bride (1999). Wilson also performed on Broadway and television, and produced several films, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).

WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Rita Wilson attends the 24th Annual Simply Shakespeare at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA on September 22, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Actress/ singer Rita Wilson poses backstage following her performance at 54 Below on April 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for 54 Below)

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Actress Rita Wilson arrives at the premiere of documentary film "Fed Up" in West Hollywood, California in this May 8, 2014 file photo. Actress Rita Wilson, the wife of actor Tom Hanks, said she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after she was diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas/Files

Early life

Rita Wilson was born as Margarita Ibrahimoff (Bulgarian: Маргарита Ибрахимова; Greek: Μαργαρίτα Ιμπραΐμοφ) in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was Greek, born and raised in Sotire near Dropull i Sipërm (Greek: Άνω Δρόπολις, Ano Dropolis) in Albania, near the border of Greece. Her father, Hassan Halilov Ibrahimoff (March 21, 1920 – March 6, 2009), was a Pomak (Bulgarian Muslim), born in Breshtene in the province of Western Thrace, Greece. Western Thrace came into being as a result of World War I, the Treaty of Neuilly in 1919, and the San Remo conference in 1920, when it shifted from Bulgaria to Greece. Her father’s half-brother Ferhat lives in Bulgaria. Wilson’s father moved to the United States on May 4, 1949. Her father changed his name from Hassan Ibrahimoff to Allan Wilson in 1960, choosing his name after a local street. Rita was raised in the Greek Orthodox faith. Her father in addition to his Bulgarian could speak “Russian, Turkish, Polish, Greek, a little bit of Italian, little a bit of French” according to Rita’s husband Tom Hanks, who said he modeled his portrayal of the character Viktor Navorski in the film The Terminal on his father-in-law.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Rita Wilson attends the 24th annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast hosted by The Hollywood Reporter at Milk Studios on December 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Career

Wilson’s career began with a guest appearance on The Brady Bunch in the 1972 episode “Greg’s Triangle,” where she played one of the candidates running against Marcia for head cheerleader. She also twice appeared on M*A*S*H in 1982 as Nurse Lacey as well as the sitcoms Three’s Company and Bosom Buddies starring her future husband Tom Hanks. She has appeared in numerous movies, including Volunteers, Teen Witch, Barbarians at the Gate, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Mixed Nuts, Sleepless in Seattle, Now and Then, That Thing You Do!, Jingle All the Way, Runaway Bride, Invisible Child, The Story of Us, Raise Your Voice, It’s Complicated, and Larry Crowne.

She played Susan Borman, wife of astronaut Frank Borman, in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. On television, she guest starred in many television series, including Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, Body of Proof, and Girls.

Wilson performed on Broadway, where she performed the role of Roxie Hart from June to August of 2006 in the revival of Chicago.

She is often credited with being the driving force behind actress-playwright Nia Vardalos’s movie deal for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which became the highest-grossing independent film of all time, and for which she served as a producer. Since Hanks himself was not of Greek descent on either side of his family (he is of English, German, and Portuguese descent), Wilson was convinced that she could relate to the situation in which the film’s main character, Toula, found herself. Her confidence in Vardalos paid off tremendously, as a planned sequel was in the works as of late February of 2016.

Wilson’s long-standing interest in singing led her to record a debut solo album, AM/FM, which she released May 8, 2012, on the Decca Records label. The album featured classics from the 1960s/70s, including a cover of “Wichita Lineman” that she performed with the song’s writer-composer, Jimmy Webb.

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Personal life

Wilson married actor Tom Hanks in 1988, and the couple has two sons, Chester and Truman. Wilson has two stepchildren, Colin and Elizabeth Hanks.

She contributed to the Moffitt Cancer Center by donating “True Hearts” jewelry made of sterling silver and 14k gold. The proceeds will benefit several charities. Wilson has credited Rosie O’Donnell as inspiration for her charitable work, particularly with cancer and children’s charities.

She is a devout member of the Greek Orthodox Church.

In April 2015, Wilson announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. After a one-month hiatus, she returned to Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark” Broadway show.

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Actress Rita Wilson arrives at the 17th Carousel of Hope Ball benefiting the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Activism

In 2015 Wilson signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.

Filmography

Roles as an actress
Year Title Role Notes
1966 Spinout Bit Girl (uncredited)
1972 The Brady Bunch Pat Conway Television program
Episode: “Greg’s Triangle”
1979 The Day It Came to Earth Debbie
1980 Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie Actress
1981 Bosom Buddies Cindy Television program
Episode: “All You Need is Love”
1982 M*A*S*H Nurse Lacey Television program
Episodes: “Blood and Guts”
“Hey, Look Me Over”
1983 Three’s Company Agnes Platt Television program
Episode: “Alias Jack Tripper”
1985 Volunteers Beth Wexler
1986 227 Dr. Peterson Television program
Episode: “Mary Nightingale”
1989 Teen Witch Dancer
1990 Sinners Margaret
The Bonfire of the Vanities P.R. Woman
1991 Tales from the Crypt Jess Gilcrist Television program
Episode: Mournin’ Mess
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Suzy
1994 Mixed Nuts Catherine O’Shaughnessy
1995 Now and Then Chrissy DeWitt Williams
1996 No Dogs Allowed
That Thing You Do! Marguerite
Jingle All the Way Liz Langston
1998 Psycho Caroline
1999 Invisible Child Annie Beeman
Runaway Bride Ellie Graham
The Story of Us Rachel
2001 Perfume Roberta aka Dress to Kill
The Glass House Grace Avery-Baker (uncredited)
2002 Auto Focus Anne Crane
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Cousin Ariana Television program
Episode: “Ariana”
2004 Raise Your Voice Francis Fletcher
2005 The Chumscrubber Terri Bratley
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Beta Station Commander Voice only
2006 Beautiful Ohio Judith Messerman
2009 My Life in Ruins Elinor
Old Dogs Jenna
It’s Complicated Trisha
2011 The Art of Getting By Vivian Sargent
Larry Crowne Wilma Gammelgaard
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bree Mazalon Television program
Episode: “Delinquent”
The Good Wife Viola Walsh Television program
Episodes: “Net Worth”
“Great Firewall”
“Live from Damascus”
“Two Girls, One Code”
“Outside the Bubble”
2012 Jewtopia Arlene Lipschitz
Who Do You Think You Are? (U.S. TV series) Herself Television program
Episode: “Rita Wilson”
2013 The Tutor Tina Short film
Girls Evie Michaels Television program
Episodes: “It’s About Time”
“Females Only”
“Truth or Dare”
“Wedding Day”
2014 Dawn Patrol Shelia
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Anna Post-production

As a producer

Production roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Producer Producers Guild of America Visionary Award
Nominated — Producers Guild of America Award for Motion Picture Producer of the Year
Starring and written by Nia Vardalos
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Executive producer Television program
Starring and co-produced by Nia Vardalos
2004 Connie and Carla Executive producer Feature film (comedy)
Starring and written by Nia Vardalos
2008 Mamma Mia! Executive producer
2009 My Life in Ruins Executive producer Feature film (romantic comedy)
Starring and written by Nia Vardalos
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Presumably executive producer Sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Starring and written by Nia Vardalos
In post-production as of late February

Discography

2012: AM/FM (Audio CD: May 8, 2012)

Track listing

  1. “All I Have to Do is Dream”
  2. “Never My Love”
  3. “Come See About Me”
  4. “Angel of the Morning”
  5. “Walking in the Rain”
  6. “Wichita Lineman”
  7. “Cherish”
  8. “You Were on My Mind”
  9. “Good Times Charlie”
  10. “Love has No Pride”
  11. “Please Come to Boston”
  12. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
  13. “Faithless Love”
  14. “River”

2016: Rita Wilson (Audio CD: March 11, 2016)

Track listing

  1. “Along For The Ride”
  2. “Crying, Crying”
  3. “Talking To Me “
  4. “Forgiving Me Forgiving You”
  5. “Say Yes”
  6. “Strong Tonight”
  7. “What You See Is What You Get”
  8. “Joni”
  9. “In The Dark”
  10. “Stay Low”
  11. “Every Day”
  12. “Girls Night In”
  13. “I’m Guilty”
  14. “Still Gone”
  15. “Grateful”

Notes

Ferhat is an Arabic and Turkish name, and was misspelled “Fairhat” in the reference given.

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