Alicia Witt

An enormously gifted actress-musician, Alicia Witt was a child prodigy who caught the eye of David Lynch, who gave her small but memorable roles in "Dune" (1984) and "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). Already established as a minor celebrity for her precocious genius, Witt became a world-class pianist and supported herself as a lounge performer while pursuing an acting career. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and honored by the Sundance Film Festival for her startling turn as a teenage murderer in "Fun" (1994), Witt notched small roles in "Four Rooms" (1995) and "Citizen Ruth" (1996), but broke out as Cybill Shepherd's dry-witted daughter Zoey on "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98). Dividing her post-"Cybill" time between film and television, Witt scored large roles in "Urban Legend" (1998) and "Cecil B. DeMented" (2000), while also booking high-profile guest spots on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) and "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). In addition to enjoying an acclaimed theatrical career, Witt continued to line up supporting film roles, including in the hits "Two Weeks Notice" (2002) and "Last Holiday" (2006), recurred on such TV shows as "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-07; USA Network, 2007-2011), and began performing her own music, releasing an acclaimed debut EP, Alicia Witt in 2009. With so many impressive artistic talents, Alicia Witt built a multi-hyphenate career that inspired many critics and fans to hope such an evolved artist would achieve even greater renown.