Rita Wilson (born October 26, 1956) is an American actress, singer, and producer.

Early life

Wilson was born Margarita Ibrahimoff (Bulgarian: Маргарита Ибрахимов; Greek: Μαργαρίτα Ιμπραΐμοβ) in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was born and raised in an ethnic Greek village (Sotirë) in present-day Albania. Her father, born Hassan Halilov Ibrahimoff (March 21, 1920 - March 6, 2009), worked at a race track; he was a Bulgarian Muslim immigrant, born in Oraio, Xanthi, Greece, and lived in Bulgaria, where his half brother Ferhat still lives, before moving to the United States on May 4, 1949. Wilson's father changed his name from Hassan Ibrahimoff to Allan Wilson in 1960, "Wilson" being the name of a local street in Southern California. Wilson was raised in the Greek Orthodox religion.

Career

Wilson's career began with a guest appearance on The Brady Bunch, in a 1972 episode entitled "Greg's Triangle," which was followed by appearances on several shows during the 1970s and 1980s (including Three's Company in 1982).

She has appeared in several movies, including Volunteers, Teen Witch, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Barbarians at the Gate, Mixed Nuts, Sleepless in Seattle, Now and Then, That Thing You Do!, Jingle All the Way, Runaway Bride, Invisible Child, The Story of Us, and Raise Your Voice. 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 and Body of Proof.

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

She is often credited with being the driving force behind Nia Vardalos' 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.

Wilson's debut solo album, AM/FM, was released May 8, 2012, on Decca Records. The album will feature classics from the 60s and 70s, including a cover of Wichita Lineman performed with the song's writer, Jimmy Webb.

Personal life

She has been married to actor Tom Hanks since April 1988, with whom she has two sons, Chester, or "Chet"--who has a small part as a student in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and released a rap single in 2011--and Truman. She also has two stepchildren from Tom Hanks' previous marriage, one of them being Colin 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 credits good friend Rosie O'Donnell as inspiration for her charitable work, particularly with cancer and children's charities. She is a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.

In the director's cut of the Tom Hanks film That Thing You Do!, her brief appearance as a cocktail waitress named Marguerite has another scene, in which main character Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) drunkenly calls her Margarita, a reference to Wilson's real-life first name.

Filmography

Actress

Year

Film

Role

Notes

1966

Spinout

Bit Girl (uncredited)

1979

The Day It Came to Earth

Debbie

1980

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

Actress

1980

Three's Company

Agnes Platt

1985

Volunteers

Beth Wexler

1989

Teen Witch

Dancer

1990

Sinners

Margaret

The Bonfire of the Vanities

P.R. Woman

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

Runaway Bride

Ellie Graham

Invisible Child

Annie Beeman

The Story of Us

Rachel

2001

Perfume

Roberta

aka Dress to Kill

The Glass House

Grace Avery-Baker

(uncredited)

2002

Auto Focus

Anne Crane

2004

Raise Your Voice

Francis Fletcher

2005

The Chumscrubber

Terri Bratley

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D

Beta Station Commander

(voice)

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

Betty

As a producer

Producer

Year

Film

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

2003

My Big Fat Greek Life

Executive producer

TV series

2004

Connie and Carla

2008

Mamma Mia!

2009

My Life in Ruins