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Piper Lisa Perabo (born October 31, 1976) is an American stage, film and television actress.

Early life

Perabo was born in Dallas, Texasmarker and grew up in Toms River, New Jerseymarker, the daughter of Mary Charlotte (née Ulland), a physical therapist, and George William Perabo, the Dean of English & Literature at Ocean County Collegemarker. She is of Portuguese and Norwegian descent. Her parents chose to name her after actress Piper Laurie. She graduated from Ohio Universitymarker, in Athens, Ohiomarker.


In 2000, Perabo was cast in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as lead character FBImarker agent Karen Sympathy. Her next film, Coyote Ugly, was more of a star-making role. She played Violet Sanford, nicknamed "Jersey," a young woman who moves to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter. Perabo took lessons in voice, guitar, piano and bartending to prepare for the role. Despite poor reviews, the film was a modest box-office success and she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Music Moment for "One Way or Another."

In 2001, Perabo starred in an independent Canadian movie called Lost and Delirious, playing a boarding school student who falls in love with a female classmate. The next year, she starred as a French exchange student in Slap Her... She's French, which was shelved in North America for two years, then released under the new title She Gets What She Wants. The film was released under its original title in Europe. In 2003, she had a role as the eldest Baker child, Nora, in Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) which she reprised in its 2005 sequel.

Other recent films include The i Inside (2003), Perfect Opposites (2004), George and the Dragon (2004), The Cave (2005), Imagine Me & You (2005), Edison (2005), The Prestige (2006) and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008). She appeared as a nutritionist on the Fox TV show House.

In 2009, Perabo made her Broadwaymarker debut in the Neil LaBute play reasons to be pretty.


Year Film Role Notes
1998 Single Spaced The Dame
1999 Knuckleface Jones Orange-dressed angel
Whiteboyz Sara
2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Karen Sympathy
Coyote Ugly Violet Sanford MTV Movie Award for Best Music Moment
Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female — Newcomer
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Female Breakthrough Performance

2001 Lost and Delirious Pauline 'Paulie' Oster
2002 Slap Her... She's French Genevieve Le Plouff Alternative title: She Gets What She Wants
Followers Iris
2003 The i Inside Anna
Cheaper by the Dozen Nora Baker Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock Shared with Ashton Kutcher
2004 Perfect Opposites Julia Bishop
George and the Dragon Princess Lunna
2005 Perception Jen
The Cave Charlie
Edison Willow Summerfield Direct-to-video
Good Morning Baby Gabriella
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Nora Baker-McNulty
Imagine Me & You Rachel
2006 10th & Wolf Brandy
The Prestige Julia McCullough
First Snow Deirdre
Karas: The Prophecy Yurine Voice
2007 Because I Said So Mae Wilder
In Vivid Detail Leslie
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Rachel Ashe Lynn
The Lazarus Project Lisa Garvey
2009 Carriers Bobby
Ashes Bettina
Sordid Things Tabitha White
Year Title Role Notes
2007 House Honey 1 episode
2008 The Prince of Motor City Television movie
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Calista Haslum 1 episode


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