Rita Wilson


Rita Wilson Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Wilson prepared for her role as Roxie in the Broadway production of Chicago by asking the advice of friends, Mlanie Griffith and Brooke Shields. Both had previously appeared in the Broadway version as Roxie.

    • Rita teamed up with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Executive Producer for the 2008 film, My Life in Ruins.

    • Wilson made her debut as a director for Glamour Magazine's Reel Moments in 2007.

    • Wilson was awarded the Visionary Award from the Producer's Guild of America for producing the hit film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

    • Since 2006, Rita has been a contributing editor to Harper's Bazaar magazine.

    • Rita has an older sister, Lily who is a teacher. She also has a younger brother, Chris. Chris was the composer for My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

    • Rita debuted on Broadway as Roxie Hart in the hit "Chicago."

    • Rita Wilson was discovered while attending Hollywood High School. A photographer doing a shoot for Harper's Bazaar magazine saw her and wanted to put her picture in the magazine.

    • Rita is a member of the board of Shakespeare/L.A., a non-profit theater group in Los Angeles.

    • Rita met Tom Hanks in 1981 on the set of Bosom Buddies. She guest-starred as Peter Scolari's Satan-worshiping girlfriend. The couple did not start dating until years later when they worked together for the second time on the film, Volunteers (1985).

    • Before working in Hollywood, Rita worked and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

    • Rita has won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Best Actress for her stage performance in "As You Like It".

    • Rita's father chose to change their last name to Wilson because that was the name of the street they lived on.

    • Rita attended Hollywood High School in California.

    • Rita gained critical notice after portraying an astronaut's wife named Susan Borman in the miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" (1998), where her impressive turn won a Golden Satellite Award.

    • Rita is half Greek and half Bulgarian.

    • In 1978, Rita made her first TV-movie debut in "Flying High." Her feature film debut came two years later in the 1980 movie, "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie."

    • Rita began modeling at age 14.

    • Rita is a stepmother to Colin Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks.

    • Rita is 5'8" (1.73 m).

    • Rita's children: Chester Marlon born on 4th August 1990 and Truman Theodore born on 26 December 1995.

  • Quotes

    • Wilson: I'd always wanted to do a musical, but I always had a reason for putting it off. I'll wait until the kids are older. I'll wait until I do that movie. I'll wait until this and that. Then, when the offer to do this came along, I had to ask myself, 'What are you really waiting for?'

    • Wilson: My mother is Greek and my father is Bulgarian. I am a first-generation American and native Los Angeleno. I was born and raised in Hollywood. I would go to school and be American and then come home and be Greek.

    • Rita: Spend a little time outdoors each day in gratitude for your life and all that is in it.

    • Rita: (on when she knew that she wanted to act)I remember singing at the drop of a hat when I was little. I would sing for anyone, anywhere. At 16, I got my SAG card and worked consistently from that time on. I don't think I made a conscious decision until I went to drama school in London when I was about 23. That's when I knew I was serious about it.