Lisa Zane

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Lisa Zane
Birth nameElizabeth Frances Zane
Born (1961-04-05) April 5, 1961 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresEclectic, international
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, songwriter
Years active1984–present

Lisa Zane (born Elizabeth Frances Zanetakos; [1] April 5, 1961) [2] is an American actress and singer from Greek diaspora.


Personal life

Zane was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Thalia and William George Zane, Sr., [3] founders of a medical technical school. [2] [4] Her family's original surname, "Zanetakos", was anglicized to "Zane" by her father. [5] [6] Both of her parents are of Greek descent. [7] She is the older sister of actor Billy Zane.


Zane's first film role was in the 1989 movie Heart of Dixie . She starred in Gross Anatomy the same year. Other early acting roles included Claire in Bad Influence (1990), counselor Maggie Burroughs in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), the title role in The Nurse (1997) and a cameo as the gynaecologist in the comedy Cruel but Necessary (2005). She was a series regular as Melina Paros in L.A. Law from 1992 to 1993, JoAnne Meltzer in Profit , Diana in Roar , Le Sage in Dinotopia for Hallmark Entertainment and Sophia Keener in Law and Order in 2006. [8] She provided the voice for She-Hulk in the 1990s cartoon The Incredible Hulk , as well as Charley Davidson in Biker Mice from Mars in the follow-up 2006 series, taking over from Leeza Miller-McGee.

She has originated many roles on stage, playing Varya in David Mamet's debut adaptation of The Cherry Orchard at the Goodman Theatre, Rita in Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss and Cleo in Lyle Kessler's Robbers. Zane has also made many guest appearances on TV shows, including Lifestories: Families in Crisis , The Outer Limits , Judging Amy , and The Division .

Zane is a singer, BMI songwriter, and recording artist. In 2006, the Songwriters Hall of Fame recognized her as one of their new songwriters of the year. [9]

She played the part of the "alter ego" in Amanda Eliasch's play "As I Like It" in 2012, and an award-winning documentary drama "The Gun the Cake and the Butterfly" (2014), in which she sang with Charles Eliasch. [10] [11] [12] [13] The same year she performed in The Girl from Nagasaki a film by Michel Comte based on Madame Butterfly. [14] In 2013, Zane performed in The Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.



1989 Heart of Dixie M.A.
1989 Gross Anatomy Luann
1989Pucker Up and Bark Like a DogTaylor
1990 Bad Influence Claire
1990 The Age of Insects Sara
1991 Femme Fatale Cynthia
1991 The Passion of Martin Rebecca
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Margaret 'Maggie' Burroughs
1994 Floundering Jessica
1994UnveiledStephanie Montgomery
1996Baby Face NelsonHelen Womack
1996The First Man
1996The Nervous Breakdown of Philip K. DickTessaShort
1997The NurseLaura Harriman
1999A Table for OneAriana Harpwood
1999The Lovely LeaveThe WifeShort
2001 Monkeybone Medusa
2001The Secret PactDenise Wokowski
2001The Kidnapping of Chris Burden
2005 Cruel but Necessary Gynecologist
2013The Gun, the Cake and the ButterflyOpera Singer
2013 The Girl from Nagasaki Jazz Singer
2017Game DayRicki's Mom


1989 Gideon Oliver "Tongs"
1991 My Life and Times Lilly"Millennium"
1991 Babe Ruth Claire Hodgson Ruth TV film
1992 Human Target Robin"Chances Are"
1992 Middle Ages Nora Conover"The Pig in the Python"
1992–93 L.A. Law Melina ParosMain role (season 7)
1994Natural SelectionElizabeth BradenTV film
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Meg Westlin"The Restless Remains"
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Lori"Confronting Brandon: The Intervention of an Addict"
1994XXX's & OOO'sLouisiaTV film
1995 ER Diane LeedsSupporting role (season 1)
1995 The Great Defender Rhoda"Naked Truth"
1995Her Deadly RivalLynneTV film
1995 Iron Man Madame Masque (voice)"Beauty Knows No Pain"
1996 The Incredible Hulk She-Hulk (voice)"Doomed", "Fantastic Fortitude"
1996–97 Profit Joanne MeltzerMain role
1997 Roar Queen DianaMain role
1998 The Outer Limits Natalie Grainger"Sarcophagus"
2000Stolen from the HeartKaren RavetchTV film
2000 Missing Pieces RenataTV film
2002–03 Dinotopia Le SageTV series
2003 Judging Amy Mrs. Novins"Ye Olde Freedom Inn"
2003 Dragnet Deborah Larson"The Brass Ring"
2004 The Division Lisa"It's the Real Thing"
2006 Law & Order Sophia Keener"Cost of Capital"
2006Murder in My HouseRoxanneTV film
2006 Point Pleasant Anne Gibson"Let the War Commence", "Mother's Day"
2006–07 Biker Mice from Mars Charley / Various (voice)Recurring role (season 1)
2009 Southland Lana Schmidt"Westside"
2017 Chicago Justice Judge Fotis"Uncertainty Principle"

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