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Actress Nia Vardalos appeared on TV's Team Knight Rider before making her hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002.
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Drawing on her eccentric Greek upbringing, as well as stories shared by her Greek friends, Vardalos soon began penning a stage play entitled My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The one-woman play drew the attention of actress Rita Wilson and husband Tom Hanks who agreed to turn it into a film. For a paltry $5 million, My Big Fat Greek Wedding debuted in 2002 to become the sleeper hit of the year. With virtually no television or buildboard advertising, the independent film drew record numbers by sheer word-of-mouth momentum. In February 2003, CBS briefly ran a follow-up sitcom My Big Fat Greek Life, which featured much of the same cast. In 2004, Vardalos wrote and costarred in another film, Connie and Carla, about two women who go undercover as drag queens.
Vardalos married actor Ian Gomez in September 1993.
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