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Heather Matarazzo


“It's good to get out of the closet and talk about it and find out other people's views.”



There are certain films in which a casting decision can create a character so vivid that the characterization becomes forever burned into the memory, becoming an archetypal embodiment. Heather Matarazzo’s infallible portrayal of the graceless and prickly Dawn Weiner in Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse (which garnered the young actress an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut) was so resonant that unfortunately the role bled over into her real life; Matarazzo claims that on more than one occasion she was taunted with that film’s unsavory moniker “weinerdog.”
Born in 1982 and raised on the East Coast, Matarazzo took the role of Helen Keller in a local production of The Miracle Worker, and began taking roles in television with appearances in Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete, before her breakthrough role in Dollhouse. Appearing in numerous critically praised independent films, and often displaying an impressive range of abilities… read more


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