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Debi Mazar is an actress known for roles in films such as Goodfellas and The Doors and the TV series Entourage.
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Those music video appearances sparked Mazar's interest in acting; while still working as Madonna's make-up artist, she began taking acting classes. Then, with no acting experience to her name save a handful of music videos and an uncredited appearance as a dancer in a 1984 TV movie called Graffiti Rock, she landed a role in Martin Scorsese's landmark 1990 mob film Goodfellas. Mazar earned wide acclaim for her portrayal of Ray Liotta's junkie mistress and almost instantly became typecast as a New York tough girl.
But being typecast may have been the best thing that could have happened for Mazar's career at the time. She soon landed similar parts—always fast-talking and street-smart—in films like The Doors (1991), Money for Nothing (1993) and Batman Forever (1995), as well as the TV courtroom dramas Civil Wars (1991-93) and L.A. Law (1993-94). "Being typecast is a great thing for an actor," Mazar says, because then "you work. I was considered one of the New York actors ... one of the New York mob actors. But I did get tired of the way people would think of me. My heart was deeper."
For Debi Mazar, now a mature mother of two, the days of playing sexy young heroines are likely in the past. Nevertheless, she relishes the opportunity to shed her youthful image and reinvent herself as a mature actress and woman. "I've never wanted to be the ingénue," Mazar says. "Now that I'm getting into my 40s, I think my time as a woman has arrived; I think I might have a new moment in my career. I have that drive left—just for a little while."
Debi Mazar married Italian musician Gabriele Corcos in 2002, and the pair has two daughters. Mazar and Corcos, both of whom are avid foodies, host a popular Internet cooking show called Under the Tuscan Gun.
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