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Heather Matarazzo: Lesbian Actress

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Heather Matarazzo

Heather Matarazzo

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Heather Matarazzo: Lesbian Actress:

Heather Matarazzo was born on November 10th 1982. She grew up in Long Island, NY with her parents. She began acting at an early age and played the role of Helen Keller in a regional theater.

Welcome to the Dollhouse:

In 1996 she played the part of Dawn "Weinerdog" Weiner in "Welcome to the Dollhouse." Her character was treated cruelly by the other children, subjected to taunts, including "lez."

Princess Diaries:

Heather Matarazzo played Lilly Moscovitz the movies "The Princess Diaries" and "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement." She remains close friends with co-star Anne Hathaway.

Heather Matarazzo: Casually Comes out as Lesbian :

Heather Matarazzo came out as a lesbian in 2004. In an interview with the New York Daily News she said, "I met the person I'm so madly crazy in love with. She's not famous yet. She will be. She wants to do musical theater and stage, which is not as demoralizing as the movie business is." By casually mentioning her partner's gender, Matarazzo took a huge step and subtly announced to the world, "I am a lesbian."

Heather Matarazzo: Coming out as Lesbian for a Cause:

In April 2005, Heather Matarazzo was the keynote speaker at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of Boston's annual confrence where she described her struggle to accept her sexual orientation. "It was such a burden, because I had to pretend to be this person that I wasn't."

Filming "Welcome to the Dollhouse" Helped Matarazzo Come out as Lesbian:

In an interview with Bay Windows, Heather Matarazzo said, "For me I'd always known I liked women, I'd always known it as long as I could remember... [but] I never really knew the name for it... But when I was doing "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and that scene where they're like, 'Lesbo! Lesbo!' and I finally found out what lesbian meant, I was like, 'Actually, yeah, I am a lesbian.'"

About Coming Out:

"It was one of the most freeing experiences of my life, in that it gave me a sense of, wow, now I can fully be a part of the gay and lesbian community, and I don't have to be on the outskirts," Heather Matarazzo said in an interview with Bay Windows.

Heather Matarazzo on The L Word:

In season 4 of The L Word Heather Matarazzo played Stacy Merkin, a Curve magazine reporter who wrote a bad review of Jenny's book. Jenny spends the rest of the season stalking Stacy and her partner. The internet was all abuzz when Jenny called Stacy Merkin a vagina wig.

Heather Matarazzo on Exes and Ohs:

Heather Matarazzo is one of the stars of Logos's lesbian sit-com Exes and Ohs about a group of Seattle lesbians. She plays Crutch, a younger lesbian, taken under the wing of a group of 30-something dykes.

Heather Matarazzo's Films:

Heather Matarazzo has acted in many TV and Hollywood and Independent Movies. These are a few of them:
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
  • Saved! (2004)
  • Sorority Boys (2002)
  • The Princess Diaries (2001)
  • Scream 3 (2000)
  • Blue Moon (2000)
  • 54 (1998)
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
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