Heather Graham didn't really grab me in "Boogie Nights" (1997), but I thought she looked fantastic in 1999's
"Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me". (It certainly didn't hurt that the Austin Powers movie was so lighthearted,
while parts of "Boogie Nights" were pretty grim and miserable.) Her father worked for the F.B.I., and as a child she
was a quiet, not very popular girl who moved around a lot. By the time she finished high school, though, she'd been
voted "Most Talented" for her work in school theater productions. Moving to Los Angeles, she worked odd jobs before
being cast in the unimpressive Corey (Haim and Feldman) vehicle "License to Drive". The following year, things picked
up with a part in "Drugstore Cowboy", and the year after that she was cast in the "Twin Peaks" TV series. 1992 brought
"Diggstown" and a romance with co-star James Woods; she was 22, he was 45 -- a typical Hollywood love story. Notable
appearances since then have included "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993), "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" (1994), "Swingers"
(1996), "Bowfinger" (1999), "From Hell" (2001), and "Hope Springs" (2003).