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Jennifer Esposito (1973)

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Jennifer Esposito is an American actress, dancer and model, known for her appearances in films such as I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Sam and Crash and in television series such as Spin City, The Looney Tunes Show and Samantha Who?.

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 early life
Esposito, an Italian-American, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer. She has one older sister. Esposito grew up and attended St. Teresa School in Staten Island, and graduated from Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island.. In 1989, she won the title of homecoming queen at Msgr. Farrell High School.

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Esposito made her first television appearance in Law & Order in 1996, but she is best known as Stacey in the prime time hit Spin City. She also appeared in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer playing Nancy, who is killed when a spear impales her chest. One of her more notable roles was as Ruby in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam in 1999, which was set against the late-1970s backdrop of the Son of Sam murders. She originally had the Mira Sorvino role in Summer of Sam, but had to take a different role due to scheduling conflicts. Esposito's next film was Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000.

In 2000, Esposito appeared on Law & Order: SVU as a rape victim. She played Don Cheadle's girlfriend, Ria, in the Academy Award-winning film Crash. Esposito was part of the cast for the now canceled WB show Related in which she played Ginnie Sorelli. She also played the part of Jennifer in The Master of Disguise in 2002 and played a Lieutenant in the NYPD in the 2004 film Taxi. She recently played a love interest to Denis Leary's character in the FX dramedy Rescue Me. Most recently, Esposito appeared on television as Andrea Belladonna in the ABC comedy, Samantha Who?. She also appeared in the NBC medical drama Mercy.

In 2010, she is currently playing Donnie Wahlberg's partner, Jackie Curatola, on Blue Bloods.

Esposito will appear in the 2011 film Killer in the Family, alongside Holly Marie Combs and James Denton.

 personal life
Esposito dated Benjamin Bratt for eight months between 1996 and 1997. She later married Bradley Cooper on December 30, 2006. However, in April 2007, she filed for divorce. On August 24, 2007 court papers were filed that set a final date of November 10 for the official termination of the couple's marriage. Esposito citted irreconcilable differences as the reason behind the divorce. She was seeking spousal support and requested that the court deny any financial support for Cooper. She's also asked that Cooper pays her legal fees.

Esposito met Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis during a trip to the Hamptons. . The got engaged in summer of 2009 and were planing to marry in May or June of 2010. By August 2010 it was reported that the couple split, sources close to the couple said that the relationship had run its course.

On Late Show with David Letterman on October 26, 2011, she told the host, "I was diagnosed with celiac disease a couple years ago." She said she plans to open a gluten-free bakery.

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