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Lisa Zane
Background information
Born (1961-04-05) April 5, 1961 (age 57)
Birthname Elizabeth Frances Zane
Birthplace Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Also known as
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter
Genres Eclectic, international
Former members
Years active 1984–present
Instruments Voice
Associated acts
Notable Instruments

Lisa Zane (born April 5, 1961)[1] is an American actress and singer.

Personal lifeEdit

Zane was born Elizabeth Frances Zane[2] in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Thalia and William George Zane, Sr.,[3] founders of a medical technical school.[1][4] Her family's original surname, "Zanetakos", was anglicized to "Zane" by her parents.[5][6] Both of her parents are of Greek descent.[7] She is the older sister of actor Billy Zane.


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Zane's first film role was in the 1989 movie Heart of Dixie. She starred in Gross Anatomy the same year. Other early acting roles included Claire in Bad Influence (1990), counselor Maggie Burroughs in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), and a gynaecologist in Cruel but Necessary (2005). She had regular roles as Melina Paros in L.A. Law from 1992 to 1993, JoAnne Meltzer in Profit, Diana in Roar, Le Sage in Dinotopia for Hallmark Entertainment and Sophia Keener in Law and Order in 2006.[8] She provided the voice for She-Hulk in the 1990s cartoon The Incredible Hulk, as well as Charley Davidson in Biker Mice from Mars in the follow-up 2006 series, taking over from Leeza Miller-McGee.

She has originated many roles on stage, making her debut in David Mamet's adaptation of The Cherry Orchard at the Goodman Theatre, and going on to perform as Rita in Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss and Cleo in Lyle Kessler's Robbers. Zane has also made many guest appearances on TV shows, including Lifestories: Families in Crisis, The Outer Limits, Judging Amy, and The Division.

Zane is a singer, BMI songwriter, and recording artist. In 2006, the Songwriters Hall of Fame recognized her as one of their new songwriters of the year.[9]

She played the part of the "alter ego" in Amanda Eliasch's play "As I Like It" in 2012, and an award winning documentary drama "The Gun the Cake and the Butterfly" (2014), in which she sang with Charles Eliasch.[10][11][12][13][14] The same year she performed in The Girl from Nagasaki a film by Michel Comte based on Madame Butterfly.[15] In 2013 Zane performed in The Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Heart of Dixie M.A.
Gross Anatomy Luann
Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog Taylor
1990 Bad Influence Claire
The Age of Insects Sara
1991 Femme Fatale Cynthia
The Passion of Martin Rebecca
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Maggie Burroughs
1994 Floundering Jessica
Unveiled Stephanie Montgomery
1995 Terrified Pearl
1996 Baby Face Nelson Helen Womack
The First Man
The Nervous Breakdown of Philip K. Dick Tessa Short
1997 The Nurse Laura Harriman
1999 A Table for One Ariana Harpwood
The Lovely Leave The Wife Short
2001 Monkeybone Medusa
The Secret Pact Denise Wokowski
The Kidnapping of Chris Burden
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Maggie Burroughs Archive footage, special thanks
2005 Cruel but Necessary Gynecologist
2013 The Gun, the Cake and the Butterfly Opera Singer
The Girl from Nagasaki Jazz Singer
2016 Game Day Ricki's Mom


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Gideon Oliver 1 Episode: Tongs
1991 My Life and Times Lilly 1 Episode: Millennium
Babe Ruth Claire Hodgson Ruth TV Movie
1992 Human Target Robin 1 Episode: Chances Are
Middle Ages Nora Conover 1 Episode: The Pig in the Python
1992 - 93 L.A. Law Melina Paros 16 Episodes
1994 Natural Selection Elizabeth Braden TV Movie
Diagnosis: Murder Meg Westlin 1 Episode: The Restless Remains
Lifestories: Families in Crisis Lori 1 Episode: Confronting Brandon: The Intervention of an Addict
XXX's & OOO's Louisia TV Movie
1995 ER Diane Leeds 10 Episodes
The Great Defender Rhoda 1 Episode: Naked Truth
Her Deadly Rival Lynne TV Movie
Iron Man Madame Masque 1 Episode: Beauty Knows No Pain
1996 The Incredible Hulk She-Hulk / Jennifer Walters 2 Episodes: Fantastic Fortitude, Doomed
1996 - 97 Profit Joanne Meltzer 8 Episodes
1997 Roar Queen Diana 12 Episodes
1998 The Outer Limits Natalie Grainger 1 Episode: Sarcophagus
2000 Stolen from the Heart Karen Ravetch TV Movie
Missing Pieces Renata TV Movie
2002 - 03 Dinotopia Le Sage 10 Episodes
2003 Judging Amy Mrs. Novins 1 Episode: Ye Olde Freedom Inn
Dragnet Deborah Larson 1 Episode: The Brass Ring
2004 The Division Lisa 1 Episode: It's the Real Thing
2006 Law & Order Sophia Keener 1 Episode: Cost of Capital
Murder in My House Roxanne TV Movie
Point Pleasant Anne Gibson 2 Episodes: Let the war Commence, Mother's Day
2006 - 07 Biker Mice from Mars Charley / Carol / Native #1 17 Episodes
2009 Southland Lana Schmidt 1 Episode: Westside



  1. 1.0 1.1 Lisa Zane Biography (1961-)
  2. "Biography of Lisa Zane". 
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  5. Dinges, Barnaby (1990-03-18). "Lisa Zane looks soberly at `Influence' Chicago actress has bold words about role and co-star Rob Lowe". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  6. Billy Zane Interview"BloodRayne"Movie: Tim Nasson
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  13. IndieWire
  16. Zane, Lisa (April 2013). "Britweek/Amanda Eliasch for Opfashart". 

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