Meet Lori Petty: Age, Career, Personal Life Explored

59-year-old actress Lori Petty dominated the 1990s with starring roles in “Tank Girl” and “Point Break.” Prior to her acting career, Lori worked as a Graphic Designer. Furthermore, she won the accolade Screen Actors Guild Awards for her starring role in “Orange Is the New Black.”

Personal Life

Lori was born on October 14, 1963, and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She went to North High School there and graduated in 1981. She has a sibling Lisa Petty.


In 1985, Lori Petty made her debut on television with a minor part in “All My Children.” After making her acting debut, she took on several small roles in T.V. series and films, such as “The Equalizer,” “Head Of The Class,” “Miami Vice,” “Bates Motel,” and more.

In 1989, she starred as Suzanne Dunne in the crime drama series “Booker,” which brought her to prominence.

Lori made her silver screen debut with Cadillac Man (1990), a black comedy, after making a career break in TV. She played the part of Lila, the mistress in this story. Lori experienced an enormous surge in popularity with “Point Break,” an action/crime film, the following year.

In 1992, Lori starred in another blockbuster with the sports comedy-drama “A League of Their Own.” She was on screen with Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna in this film. In the family drama “Free Willy,” she portrayed Rae Lindley.

The iconic Christine Jones was played by her in the war comedy “In the Army Now” in 1994.

Lori Petty performed the lead role in the 1995 sci-fi film “Tank Girl,” as Rebecca Buck, the main character. Lori’s subsequent significant role was in the TV drama “Lush Life” (1996), playing George Sanders.

Other credits to her name include, “Countdown, “Brimstone,” “Relax… It’s Just Sex,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Route 666,” “Prey for Rock & Roll,” “The Karate Dog,” “Masters of Horror,” and “Broken Arrows .”

Another turning point in Petty’s career is her directorial debut in 2008 with “The Poker House.” It is an independent drama film based on her childhood.

After a long hiatus, Lori Petty made a comeback to the big screen in 2014 with the Netflix comedy-drama series “Orange Is The New Black.”

Lori will also feature in the horror film “You’re All Gonna Die,” which is presently under post-production.


Lori Petty is 5 feet 8 inches or 173 cm (1.73 m).


Lori was in a committed relationship with the American actor David Alan Grier throughout the 1990s. Despite being in a long-term relationship, the pair broke up.

Awards And Nominations

  1. Prism Awards: Nomination for Drama Series Episode for N.Y.P.D. Blue, 2004 (Nominated)
  2. Los Angeles Film Festival: Nomination for Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature for The Poker House, 2008
  3. Screen Actors Guild Awards: Won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Orange Is the New Black, 2016; 2017
  4. Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival: Best Supporting Actress for Fear, Love, and Agoraphobia, 2017

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