Celebrity Then And Now
Linda Fiorentino
Name: Linda Fiorentino
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 1984-2002
Currently Known For: Semi-Retired Actress
Networth: $3 MillionFamous For: The Last Seduction, Men in Black, Dogma
Linda Fiorentino
Name Linda Fiorentino
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 1984-2002
Currently Known For Semi-Retired Actress
Networth $3 Million
Famous For The Last Seduction, Men in Black, Dogma

Some actors and actresses in Hollywood seem to rise up like shooting stars, stick around for just a brief period of time and then vanish completely. Linda Fiorentino would be one of those actresses, who had a couple of heydays in her career, but seemed to come and go as she pleased.

Fiorentino was born on March 9, 1960 in Philadelphia and had been acting as a teenager and into college when she attended Rosemont College. Around this time, Fiorentino had said that she was a bit of a “nerdy little kid who always got straight A’s.” Fiorentino admits that she wanted to “reinvent” herself around this time, saying that being a solid student “wasn’t very attractive to the boys, that I was smarter than them. So I began to pretend I was a little more stupid, I think.”

If it hadn’t been for acting taking off, Fiorentino had actually wanted to be a lawyer. “My degree is in political science,” she said. “I was heading to law school and my political philosophy teacher talked me out of it and told me to become an actress.”

After graduating in 1980, Fiorentino had begun to seek out roles on screen, and got her first non-independent role in 1985 when she starred in “Vision Quest” alongside Matthew Modine. In the same year, Fiorentino would star in the film “Gotcha!” before making her first exit from the limelight.

It was in the mid 1990s that Fiorentino would re-emerge as a star, having perhaps her finest performance in the 1994 HBO film “The Last Seduction”. The film was met with almost universal critical praise, and allowed her to win the Best Actress award from the New York and London Film Critics’ Circles. Fiorentino said “that definitely was a dream role...I figured it was a kind of role and a kind of film that if it worked it would work very well.”

Fiorentino then appeared in films such as “Jade”, “Unforgettable” and “Body Count”, before landing her biggest budget role to date in 1997. It was then that she played Dr. Laurel Weaver in “Men in Black”.

In 1999, Fiorentino was cast as the lead with the most scenes in Kevin Smith’s film “Dogma”, but wasn’t given first billing on the poster. Instead, that went to supporting actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who were friends of Smith’s and had bigger drawing power. With that, producers wanted to feature them front and center so more people would see the movie.

However, Fiorentino wasn’t a big fan of this. Smith and Fiorentino would butt heads on set to the point where Smith said she was the biggest pain that he’s worked with. Smith explained that actors from the film that weren’t needed for shooting could go to whatever city they wanted, while Fiorentino had to stay in the Pittsburgh area since she was needed for almost every scene.

“And one day she stopped talking to me for a whole day, because she was so irritated by the fact that other people got to leave the set,” Smith said. “That was kind of weird. The weirdest experience I had making a movie.” The quote gave Fiorentino a reputation amongst other directors that she couldn’t quite shake.

However, Fiorentino had had a reputation before the film as being “likable and warm” according to the likes of popular film critic Roger Ebert. Along the way, though, it seemed that the filmmaking process had gotten to Fiorentino a bit, as she said that “At the time I was reacting to a lot of things that were going on in my life in terms of, well, suddenly being recognized for a change.”

Following the cult success of “Dogma”, We’d see a busy year 2000 out of Fiorentino. She starred in three different movies called “Ordinary Decent Criminal”, “What Planet Are You From?” and “Where the Money Is”. However, none of the three would have resounding success, and it wasn’t until 2002 that Fiorentino appeared in the film “Liberty Still Stands”, starring as the titular character.

After that, it seemed that Fiorentino had simply vanished from Hollywood as she’s only appeared in one film since then, coming with 2009’s “Once More With Feeling”. That same year, Fiorentino had been involved with a case that included an FBI agent that had to quit his job from the bureau due to illegal access of computers. At the time, Fiorentino had been dating the agent, though she wouldn’t be too heavily affected by the case.

The only time that Fiorentino has really been in the headlines since then was when she sold her home in Connecticut for a large profit in 2015. Not many people are quite sure what Fiorentino’s plans are for the future. Either she’s happy being away from the spotlight where criticism isn’t running rampant, or she’s biding her time for the perfect acting opportunity to come by. Either way, there are a lot of people that hope that the 58 year old actress isn’t done with Hollywood just yet.

When it comes to acting being a love/hate business, Fiorentino says “It’s not love/hate; the business aspect is just upre hate. I love what it has afforded me in terms of experiences and excitement and money and the people I’ve met and the work I’ve done. But I find many of the people in this business to be cruel, I find them uninterested, I find them vain; I just would rather think of it as my job and not my life.”