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Multi-talented actress/producer/writer and singer RITA WILSON first donned her producers cap for the record breaking box-office hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Wilson was the driving force behind bringing Nia Vardalos’ semi-autobiographical story to the screen with Vardalos as the lead. Rita was honored with the Visionary Award from the Producer’s Guild of America, and the film won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy, as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Rita’s instincts proved solid once again when saw the theatrical production of “Mamma Mia! in London shortly after it opened. Rita loved the energy and ABBA’s music and felt it would make a wonderful film and secured the rights. She served as a producer on the 2008 Universal hit film that starred Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.
In May 2012 Rita realized a lifelong dream with the debut of her solo album “AM/FM.” The album, which is on Decca Records, is an intimate, elegant and beautifully sung collection of classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s that together, make up the soundtrack to her life.
Wilson’s film credits include It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, Runaway Bride , The Story of Us, Homework, Beautiful, Ohio, That Thing You Do! , The Chumbscrubber, Raise Your Voice, Auto Focus, Psycho and Mixed Nuts.
In 2009 and 2010, Rita appeared in the New York and Los Angeles stage productions of Love, Loss & What I Wore, written by Nora & Delia Ephron. In 2007 she starred in the world premiere of Lisa Loomer’s Distracted, directed by Leonard Foglia at the Mark Taper forum in Los Angeles. Rita made a personal dream come true and made her Broadway debut in 2006 as Roxie Hart in Chicago. She also starred in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Dinner With Friends in Los Angeles and Boston, directed by Dan Sullivan. Rita works with the Shakespeare Festival/LA, a charity that provides free Shakespeare to the citizens of Los Angeles, as well providing a program for youths in the community.
Recent television appearances include: a guest spot on Golden Globe winning series, Girls, a two episode arc on CBS’s The Good Wife and a guest star on Law & Order: SVU. Rita has foiled Larry David in “The Doll” episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, has been girlfriend and mother to Kelsey Grammar’s “Frasier”, and co-starred as Susan Borman in HBO’s Emmy award winning miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon”. Rita has “The Brady Bunch” to thank for her first professional acting job.
In 2007 Rita made her directorial debut for Glamour Magazine’s Reel Moments. The Trap, starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Channing Tatum also includes the song “Lessons Learned” by Grammy award winning songwriter Diane Warren, and is performed by Rita.
Rita has been a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar since 2006 and has also written for Oprah Magazine, where readers have followed her thoughts on varying subjects from fashion to family. Most recently, she was named Editor-at-Large of Huff/Post 50, a website launched by the Huffington Post for the Baby Boomer generation.