VINESSA SHAW (Kelly Meyers) was born into a family of actors that includes her
mother, Susan Damante, and sister, Natalie Shaw. Having discovered the joy of
acting as a child, she made her debut in a small role in the film Home Sweet
Home at the age of 5 and earned her first starring role in 1992 as a teenage
soccer player in the comedy Ladybugs.
The Los Angeles native attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California, while
juggling acting assignments. In 1993, she won a starring role in Walt Disney
Pictures' Hocus Pocus, opposite Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy
Najimy, playing a teenage girl beset with a trio of ancient witches.
Major roles followed in such films as Coyote Summer, director Stanley Kubrick's
Eyes Wide Shut, L.A. Without a Map, Wayward Son, The Weight of Water, Corky
Romano, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Melinda and Melinda, The Hills Have Eyes, 3:10 to
Yuma (opposite Russell Crowe and Christian Bale), Badland and Two Lovers.
Among her recent television work are roles on the series House M.D., New York
Undercover and Fallen Angels, as well as the television movies Long Road Home,
The '70s, Bereft, Fathers and Sons and World of Trouble.
A practicing Buddhist, she is actively involved in that faith's outreach to
teenagers. She is also a busy spokeswoman and model for such products as Noxzema
and Levi's jeans.
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