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Alexandra Lynette Wilson

July 17, 1968 (age 55) (
Pasadena, California, U.S.

Syracuse University, Pennsylvania State University

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Alexandra Lynette Wilson is an American actress. She is best known for playing the original Josie Watts on the soap opera Another World (1988-1991). She also starred in the television series Homefront (1991-1992) and the major motion picture Small Soldiers (1998).


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Early life

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Alexandra Wilson involved herself with the social aspects of school, performing and cheerleadering at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. Wilson then studied theater and history at Broward Community College in the Miami area, but left after a year to avoid the drug scene.

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Wilson's grandmother was one of the first Rockettes. Her mother (Elaine Wilson), an award-winning drama teacher at Chantilly High School, sparked her interest in acting, as early as age five. Wilson recounted her mother's influence: "She put me in some of her productions, and she taught me in high school. I was never sure I could do it, but I knew I had to be an actor."

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After graduating from high school, Wilson held drama seminars for her mother's students. Later, Elaine Wilson would co-found and serve as President of The Alliance Theatre in Centreville, Virginia.


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In 1980, with her parents' encouragement, Wilson moved to New York City to fully pursue a performing career. She initially lived with her ex-Rockette grandmother and paid for acting, dancing, and singing classes by waitressing for customers like Paul Newman, Mick Jagger, and Matthew Broderick. While auditioning for musicals, Wilson discovered that she preferred television and films over theater, as she admittedly struggled with dancing, though she could sing and act.

Wilson's early television roles were minor parts in the primetime series The New Mike Hammer (1984) and Spenser: For Hire (1986). By 1988, her film credits included Diner, Silent Madness, The Secret of My Success, and The Distance Between. From the age of 19, she has supplemented her income by appearing in a number of commercials, most notably for Pizza Hut, Tide, Coke, and later, Claritin.

Wilson's breakthrough came when she was cast as a regular in television daytime dramas. She made her soap opera debut as Sage Holland, a recurring character in As the World Turns. Wilson then progressed to starring in Loving (1987) as the troubled teenager April Hathaway. Six months into her contract, however, she was written out of the show, which led her to audition for Another World. When Wilson won the part of city-turned-farm girl Josie Watts, she welcomed the change, stating, "There's more potential with Josie than there was with April. She has more 'life' to her." Starting June 1988, Wilson starred in Another World for three years. In 1994, she would turn down an offer to portray Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live.

In 1991, Wilson moved to Los Angeles and transitioned to primetime television as a principal cast member of the post-World War II drama Homefront. Her appearance as Sarah Brewer Metcalf in Season One, opposite Kyle Chandler, allowed her to play a grown-up character for the first time. It also showcased her longtime fascination with history, particularly the World War II dynamics of both the battlefront and civilian life, and the importance of women in factories. Despite winning the 1992 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Dramatic Series, Homefront had an abbreviated run and was not renewed for a third season. Subsequently, Wilson would receive main billing in other short-lived drama series: the Aaron Spelling-produced The Round Table (1992) and University Hospital (1995), and the medical science fiction program Mercy Point (1998-1999).

After Homefront, in the early 1990s, Wilson briefly returned to high school roles as the love interest of Billy Cranston (David Yost) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the girlfriend of Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley) in Beverly Hills, 90210. The latter reunited her with former Loving/Another World co-star Luke Perry. Throughout the 1990s, Wilson had several episodic guest spots on television, including One West Waikiki, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, High Tide (starring Rick Springfield), The Tony Danza Show, and V.I.P. (with Pamela Anderson Lee and Jay Leno).

In 1998, Wilson starred in the big-budget comedy/adventure family movie Small Soldiers, directed by Joe Dante. She played Ms. Kegel, the prim, tight-haired assistant of Denis Leary's character. From 1996 to 1999, Wilson was additionally involved in a string of made-for-television movies: If Looks Could Kill (alongside Antonio Sabato, Jr.), The Second Civil War (with Beau Bridges and James Earl Jones, and also directed by Joe Dante), The Christmas Wish (opposite Neil Patrick Harris and Debbie Reynolds), and In My Sister's Shadow (co-starring Janet Leigh).

Wilson's performances in the early 2000s included guest appearances in the television shows Any Day Now, First Monday, and Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. She has since starred in independent features, namely the 2002 neo-noir Ocean Park (in the dual role of twins Jo and Davia), Bradford Tatum's crime thriller Salt (2006), and the Kickstarter-funded Life Inside Out in 2013.

Personal life

A dog owner, she once adopted a Spuds MacKenzie look-alike from the ASPCA. She is a history buff, and World War II is her favorite subject.

Another World co-star Allison Hossack was Wilson's roommate in the early 1990s in New York City. She later shared a two-bedroom Hollywood Hills apartment with Sharon Lawrence. Wilson is also good friends with Homefront co-star Jessica Steen and has stayed in touch with Another World's Matt Crane after leaving the show.


Life Inside Out as
Salt as
Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series) as
- Mary, Joseph and Larry (2002) - Mary
First Monday (TV Series) as
Mary Willis
- Strip Search (2002) - Mary Willis
Ocean Park as
Jolette Delacroix / Davia Delacroix
Any Day Now (TV Series)
- It's Not Just a Word: Part 1 (2001)
V.I.P. (TV Series) as
Sharon Carter
- Valma and Louise (1999) - Sharon Carter
Mercy Point (TV Series) as
Dr. Dru Breslauer
- C.J. (1999) - Dr. Dru Breslauer
- Persistence of Vision (1999) - Dr. Dru Breslauer
- Battle Scars (1999) - Dr. Dru Breslauer
- Second Chances (1999) - Dr. Dru Breslauer
- No Mercy (1999) - Dr. Dru Breslauer
- Last Resort (1998) - Dr. Dru Breslauer
- Opposing Views (1998) - Dr. Dru Breslauer
- New Arrivals (1998) - Dr. Dru Breslauer
The Christmas Wish (TV Movie) as
The Tony Danza Show (TV Series) as
Allison Paxton
- Vision Quest (1998) - Allison Paxton
Small Soldiers as
Ms. Kegel
In My Sister's Shadow (TV Movie) as
Laurie Connor
The Second Civil War (TV Movie) as
Caroline Dawes
High Tide (TV Series) as
Liddy Parker
- Two Barretts and a Baby (1997) - Liddy Parker
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (TV Series) as
Elena Rossini
- The Grape Escape (1996) - Elena Rossini
If Looks Could Kill (TV Movie)
One West Waikiki (TV Series)
- Unhappily Ever After (1995) - (uncredited)
University Hospital (TV Series) as
Sam McCormick
- Shadow of a Doubt (1995) - Sam McCormick
- 'Til Death Do Us Part (1995) - Sam McCormick
- Dark Side of the Moon (1995) - Sam McCormick
- Crisis in Unit 2E (1995) - Sam McCormick
- You Can Run- (1995) - Sam McCormick
- The Right Thing (1995) - Sam McCormick
- Life and Death (1995) - Sam McCormick
- Endings and Beginnings (1995) - Sam McCormick
- Secrets Great and Small (1995) - Sam McCormick
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (TV Series) as
- Peace, Love, and Woe (1993) - Marge (uncredited)
The Round Table (TV Series) as
Kaitlin Cavanaugh
- I Mean, What About Me? (1992) - Kaitlin Cavanaugh
- The Mirror Didn't Cover It All (1992) - Kaitlin Cavanaugh
- Were You Scared? (1992) - Kaitlin Cavanaugh
- Yesterday We Were Playing Football (1992) - Kaitlin Cavanaugh
Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) as
Brooke Alexander
- Castles in the Sand (1992) - Brooke Alexander
- Shooting Star/American in Paris (1992) - Brooke Alexander
- Sex, Lies and Volleyball/Photo Fini (1992) - Brooke Alexander
Homefront (TV Series) as
Sarah Brewer
- Take My Hand (1992) - Sarah Brewer
- First Sign of Spring (1992) - Sarah Brewer
- No Man Loyal and Neutral (1992) - Sarah Brewer
- Getting to First Base (1992) - Sarah Brewer
- Bad Connection (1992) - Sarah Brewer
- That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles (1992) - Sarah Brewer
- When It Rains, It Pours (1992) - Sarah Brewer
- All These Things Will I Give Thee (1992) - Sarah Brewer
- Sinners Reconciled (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- Szabo's Travels (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- Splitting Hairs (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- Man, This Joint Is Jumping (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- Kids (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- Toledo (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- Holier Than Thou, Too (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- Patriots (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- So All Alone (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- Bedsprings (1991) - Sarah Brewer
- S.N.A.F.U. (1991) - Sarah Brewer
Another World (TV Series) as
Josie Watts
- Felicia & Mitch's wedding day. (1988) - Josie Watts
Loving (TV Series) as
April Hathaway
- Episode #1.1098 (1987) - April Hathaway (credit only)
- Episode #1.1096 (1987) - April Hathaway
- Episode #1.1067 (1987) - April Hathaway
- Episode #1.1066 (1987) - April Hathaway
- Episode #1.1065 (1987) - April Hathaway
Spenser: For Hire (TV Series) as
Chrissy Pierce
- At the River's Edge (1986) - Chrissy Pierce (as Laurie Wilson)
The New Mike Hammer (TV Series) as
- Too Young to Die (1984) - Sally (as Laurie Wilson)
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Program
Archive Footage
Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series) as
- The End (2005) - Mary


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