With curly blonde hair, a winning smile and a world-weary delivery, Natasha Lyonne successfully made the transition from child performer to assured screen presence with talent to spare. She may perhaps be best recalled for her recurring role of Opal on Pee-wee’s Playhouse in the late 1980s. Lyonne made her first film appearance in the uncredited role of Meryl Streep’s niece in Heartburn (1986) and, after a brief time living in Israel, landed a recurring role on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns. Her first supporting film role was in Dennis the Menace (1993) but she garnered more attention for her deadpan narration as Woody Allen’s levelheaded teenaged daughter in the musical Everyone Says I Love You (1996).
She was next seen as Richard Dreyfuss’ daughter, forced to pretend to be part of an imaginary civilization, in the uneven comedy Krippendorf’s Tribe (1998). But Tamara Jenkins’ Slums of Beverly Hills (also… read more