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Daphne Zuniga (1962)

Daphne Eurydice Zuniga

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Daphne Eurydice Zuniga is an American actress known for her roles as Jo Reynolds on the Fox primetime soap Melrose Place, as Victoria Davis on The CW teen drama One Tree Hill and as Princess Vespa in Spaceballs.

  Biography  

 early life
Zuniga was born in Berkeley, California. Her father is an emeritus professor of philosophy originally from Guatemala and her mother is a Unitarian minister of Polish and Finnish descent. Zuniga became interested in acting in high school, performing in a variety of school plays. She attended the Young Conservatory of ACT of San Francisco in her early teens. Zuniga, her mother, and her sister moved from Berkeley to Reading, Vermont after her parents divorced. Zuniga graduated from Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vermont, in 1980. After graduating from high school she became a Theater Arts major at University of California at Los Angeles.

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 Television
Zuniga is best known for playing Jo Reynolds in the 1990s TV series Melrose Place. However, her television career began nearly ten years earlier when she appeared in several episodes of Family Ties as a girlfriend of Alex P. Keaton. She also co-starred with Lucille Ball in the TV drama Stone Pillow in 1985 and was in the 1985 television miniseries Degrees of Guilt. She was also one of many voice actors for the animated television series Stories from My Childhood . Zuniga also had a lead role in the TV mini-series Pandora's Clock .

In 2004-2005, Zuniga also appeared in a recurring role in American Dreams. She was on the show Beautiful People on ABC Family in 2005-2006. In 2007, she starred in the fifth season premiere of the dramatic series Nip/Tuck.

She also starred in several made for television movies including Secret Lives , The Obsession , and Christmas Do-Over . Most recently, Zuniga starred in the made for television movie Mail Order Bride which premiered on November 8, 2008 on the Hallmark Channel.

Since 2007, Daphne Zuniga is on the CW hit show One Tree Hill. She plays the cold-hearted mother Victoria Davis. Also, she was currently reprising the role as the voice of Princess Vespa in the animated spin-off of the 1987 cult classic Spaceballs called Spaceballs: The Animated Series.

Zuniga reprised her role in an updated version of Melrose Place, but it was short-lived as the series was cancelled after just one season in 2009-10.

She played the lead role in the made-for-TV movie On Strike for Christmas in 2010.

 Film
Her film career has continued in parallel with her television work throughout much of her career, though her film work has been less prolific. Her first two movies were sorority slasher films The Dorm That Dripped Blood and The Initiation with The Bold and the Beautiful's Hunter Tylo, followed by Vision Quest . In 1985, she starred opposite John Cusack in The Sure Thing. She next starred in the 1986 cult film Modern Girls. She was also a lead in the 1987 film Spaceballs, the 1988 film Last Rites, the 1989 films Gross Anatomy , and The Fly II and Staying Together . She also starred in Artificial Lies , Enemies of Laughter , Dog Gone , A-List , Christmas Do-Over and The Scene , directed by Amy Glazer. She also provided the voice of the titular character in the English language version of the 1977 Russian animated film, The Magic Pony.

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She was a guest celebrity in the 1996 Endymion parade during Mardi Gras.

In the mid 1990s, she appeared in the release of a video for Bob Seger's previously released 1976 hit, Night Moves. In the video version of the song, she and a pre-Friends Matt LeBlanc are shown in a 1960s drive-in theater, where Daphne's dark, edgy young woman becomes a visual fascination for Matt's clean cut young man.

She is co-producer and co-director of the recently released documentary "The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED" - a look at the annual Technology, Entertainment and Design conference held in Monterey, California.

In February and March 2008, Zuniga appeared onstage in a production of The Scene by Theresa Rebeck, at the San Francisco Playhouse.

She currently stars in the scripted web series Novel Adventures, which premiered November 3, 2008 from CBS Interactive.

 personal life
Her younger sister Jennifer Zuniga is also an actress, debuting in the 1992 film A Woman, Her Men and Her Futon.

Zuniga has also devoted her time to environmental campaigns.

In 2004, Zuniga was the victim of mercury poisoning, which she attributed to an overconsumption of fish, saying she had eaten sushi four times a week prior to her mercury poisoning diagnosis. As a result, she suffered from weak memory, headaches, crying spells, skin rashes and low grade depression. After her diagnosis, Zuniga stopped consuming fish.

In 2009, Zuniga was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, a not-for-profit development corporation charged with catalyzing sustainable development along the Los Angeles River.

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