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Lori Lee Petty was born to a strict Christian family in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
After graduating from North High School, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska to work as a graphic designer. Lori Petty lived in Omaha for several years before moving to New York City in pursuit of acting opportunities.
When in New York, she took acting classes to become an actress while going onto the streets, searching for jobs to make ends meet. Soon, Lori Petty moved to Los Angeles to become an actress where she would do numerous mediocre television roles and movies including the 1987 classic remake of 'Bates Motel' and as Suzanne Dunne in the 1989 series 'Alien Nation'.
Lori Petty had her film debut when she starred opposite Robin Williams in the 1990 film 'Cadillac Man'. Following this, she starred alongside Patric Swayze and Keanu Reeves in the 1991 classic, 'Point Break'. After the success of 'Point Break' and 'Cadillac Man', Lori Petty reached new career heights. In 1992, she was cast along with actors Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna in the classic baseball movie 'A League Of Their Own'. She also played a kind-hearted trainer in the 1993 family movie 'Free Willy'. She portrayed the role of Christine Jones in the 1994 drama movie 'In The Army Now'. In 1995, she played the title role in a film adaptation of the British cult comic 'Tank Girl'. At the close of the decade, she appeared in numerous movies and TV series such as 1996's 'Countdown' as Sara Daniels, and 1996's 'Superman' and 1997's 'The New Batman Adventures', both of which were animated series. In 1998 she was in 'Relax...It's Just Sex' as Robin Moon, and appeared in 'Brimstone' as the Stone's Hotel owner. In 1999 she also acted in 'The Arrangement'.
After her success in the '90s, Lori Petty took a different route in the entertainment industry at the start of the millennium. In 2001, she starred in two action films, 'Firetrap' and 'Route 666'. After this, she appeared in a string of movies and TV shows such as 'Prey For Rock & Roll' (2003), 'Cryptid' (2006), 'Broken Arrows' (2007), and 'Prison Break: The Final Break' (2009). She also played the recurring character of Lolly in the Netflix comedy-drama 'Orange Is The New Black' (2013 - 2019). In 2020, she was seen in the movie 'A Deadly Legend' where she portrayed the role of Wanda Pearson. She also directed the moved 'Poker House' (2008).
Lori Petty's estimated net worth is $3 million.
Lori Petty's primary income comes from her acting profession and equates to somewhere around $50,010 per year.
Lori Petty is 5ft 7 in (170.18 cm) tall.
Lori Petty is 58 years old as of 2022.
Lori Petty was born on October 14, 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee as Lori Lee Petty. She was the eldest child among three children. Her father was a Pentecostal minister which required him and his family to travel a lot. She graduated from North High School in Sioux City, Iowa in 1981.
Lori Petty is currently single. She once dated David Alan Grier in the '90s.
Lori Petty as an actress is best known for her role as Tank Girl in the movie of the same name in 1995. She is also known for her movies such as 'Point Break', 'A League Of Their Own', and 'Free Willy'. She is also the film director for the movie 'Poker House'. Lori Petty plays a recurring character in the Emmy-winning comedy-drama series 'Orange Is The New Black'.
Lori Petty won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2017 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. She also won a SAG award with the cast of 'Orange Is The New Black' in 2016 and 2017 in the Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series category.
Lori Petty is interested in painting and design and she works as a graphic designer.
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