Olivia Wilde Biography

Environmental Activist, Actress, Activist, Film Actor/Film Actress, Film Actress, Television Actress(1984–)
Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is best known for the film Tron: Legacy and the television series House.

Synopsis

Olivia Wilde was born on March 10, 1984, in New York City. She moved to Los Angeles, California, at age 18, where she landed roles on a number of television series. At age 19, she married Tao Ruspolini, an artist and son of an Italian Prince. She has appeared in such films as Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens and Deadfall. Wilde has a passion for humanity and belongs to organizations such as Artists for Peace and Justice, a nonprofit organization that aims to educate and provide health care to the people of Haiti. Wilde split from Ruspolini in 2011. Soon after, she met her fiancé, Jason Sudeikis, at a Saturday Night Live after-party.

Early Life

Actress and activist Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn on March 10, 1984, in New York City. The nature of her parents work—her parents, Andrew and Leslie Cockburn, were international journalists—exposed Wilde to the world in a way much different than most children. Wilde was raised in Washington, D.C., where she was accustomed to many celebrity and intellectual guests at her home.

Wilde's summers were spent in Ireland with her grandparents, who were also journalists. She was fond of the performing arts and attended summer courses at the Gaiety School of Acting while in Ireland. A dual citizen of the country, Wilde would later adopt her stage name after Irish playwright Oscar Wilde.

Early Film Career

Following high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Wilde was accepted to Bard College in upstate New York, but instead moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She began working at a casting agency for casting director Mali Finn in 2002. Eventually, after a short time spent executing menial tasks as an office assistant, Finn suggested that Wilde audition for her.

In 2003, Wilde was cast as the lead on the Jerry Bruckenheimer series Skin. In this Romeo and Juliet-esque drama, Wilde portrayed a porn star producer's daughter who was star-crossed lovers with a district attorney's son. The show was short-lived, but showcased Wilde's talents. The actress went on to famously play the controversial role of a bisexual teenager on the hit television series The O.C.

Commercial Success

Wilde's success continued thereafter. She landed roles in such films as The Girl Next Door (2004) and Alpha Dog (2006) before appearing on the 2007 TV series The Black Donellys. She went on to play the memorable role of Dr. Remy "Thirteen Hadley" on the popular series House.

Wilde's unique beauty and dynamic acting abilities have made her desirable to producers, and it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon. "One of the things that takes you by surprise is her zero sense of entitlement," Katie Jacobs, a House executive producer, said of the actress. 

In 2009, Wilde was awarded the No. 1 spot on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list. She ended her run on House in 2012 and moved on a variety of TV and film projects. Wilde co-starred with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks in the drama People Like Us (2012) and with Chris Helmsworth in the big budget racing film Rush (2013). On the small screen, she made appearances on such shows as Portlandia and Doll & Em. Wilde also co-stars with Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano in the 1970s music world drama Vinyl, which debuted in 2016. 

Activism

Following the devastating earthquake in 2010 in Haiti—where Wilde had visited with her parents as a child—the actress became passionate about rebuilding the country and joined the nonprofit organization Artists for Peace and Justice, which aims to help provide health care and education to the people of Haiti. She also participated in the 2012 documentary Half the Sky, which explored the oppression of women around the world. 

In 2013, Wilde co-launched Conscious Commerce with Barbara Burchfield. The company's mission is to "bring awareness to everyday purchases that have a transformative impact," according to its Facebook page. She is also active in the ACLU of Southern California.

Personal Life

Wilde met and married Italian filmmaker, musician and photographer Tao Ruspoli, the son of Prince Alessandro Ruspoli, shortly after moving to Los Angeles, California, when she was just 19 years old. In 2011, after eight years of marriage, Wilde split from her husband. Nine months later, she met comedian and actor Jason Sudeikis at Saturday Night Live after-party. The two were engaged in January 2013, and Wilde gave birth to their first child on April 20, 2014. Wilde announced her baby news in a tweet: "Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (I'm the building).” The family welcomed a daughter, Daisy Josephine, on October 11, 2016. Like Otis, Wilde announced the birth on social media saying, "There goes the neighborhood. Daisy Josephine Sudeikis. Born, like a boss, on #internationaldayofthegirl.

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