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In 1996, Heather Matarazzo delivered one of the year's most striking film performances as the plain, bespectacled junior high student Dawn Weiner in "Welcome to the Dollhouse." Only eleven years old when the film was shot, the Long Island native offered a compelling and touching performance of a misunderstood middle child, battered by the taunts of classmates (who call her 'Weinerdog') and the particular attentions of one boy (Brendon Sexton III) who demonstrates his affection with threats of rape. Despite subject matter that was at times painful to watch, the young actress never flagged, holding the audience's sympathies even while displaying sibling rivalry. Like indie stalwart Lili Taylor, Matarazzo was willing to downplay her own unusual looks for the sake of the character.
Heather Matarazzo was born November 10, 1982, in Oyster Bay, New York. She was adopted by Camille and Ray Matarazzo, an Italian-American couple (she is of Irish descent birth). Heather attended Oyster Bay High School, as well as the Long Island High School for the Arts. In 1997, she made her film debut in Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), she played the lead role of Dawn Wiener a shy, unattractive, unpopular 7th grader who falls for a charismatic and handsome aspiring rock musician, and decides to pursue him romantically. Her performance in the film won an Independent Spirit Award.
Heather Matarazzo is an American actress who gained recognition as a preteen artist for her breakthrough role as the painfully awkward Dawn Wiener in the film 'Welcome to the Dollhouse', in 1995. Her other notable roles include Lilly Moscovitz in the two Disney movies 'The Princess Diaries' and 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement', and Heather Wiseman on the drama series 'Now and Again'. She also played Crutch on 'Exes and Ohs'. During the late 1990s and 2000s, she acted in films such as 'The Devil's Advocate', '54', 'Scream 3', 'Sorority Boys', 'Saved!' and 'Hostel: Part 2'. Her television credits from this period include 'Townies', 'ER', 'Roseanne', 'Law & Order', 'Strangers with Candy', 'The L Word' and 'Life on Mars'. She had fewer roles in the following years, but resurfaced on mainstream cinema with a cameo role in the 2015 hit comedy 'Sisters'. Around the same time, she had guest roles on television shows like 'Stalker', 'Grey's Anatomy', and 'Raymond & Lane'. She had actively campaigned for Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.