Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963) is an American movie actress.
Lori Petty, the oldest of three children, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the daughter of a Pentecostal minister. Lori Petty graduated from North High School in Sioux City, Iowa in 1981 and worked for several years in Omaha as a graphic designer before pursuing acting. On May 30th 2009 Lori was arrested for felony DUI after allegedly hitting a skateboarder with her car and was held for $100,000 bail.
Lori first became famous for playing Keanu Reeves' surfer girlfriend in the 1991 action thriller Point Break. Prior to that, Lori Petty got her break starring with Richard Grieco in Fox's Booker.
In 1992, Lori was featured in the box office hit A League of Their Own which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna. Lori played the title role in Tank Girl in 1995, which made her into a cult icon. Lori Petty's other films include Free Willy and In the Army Now. She also co-starred in the television series Lush Life with her friend Karyn Parsons, but it was canceled after four episodes. Lori Petty joined the stellar cast of Brimstone as the clerk of Stone's hotel. Lori is also known for providing the voice of the supervillain Livewire on Warner Bros.' Superman: The Animated Series, and The New Batman Adventures.
Although Lori was originally cast as Lt. Lenina Huxley in Demolition Man, disagreements over the character's direction led producer Joel Silver to recast the role with Sandra Bullock.
Lori recently played the role of "Daddy", an alpha-female inmate in Prison Break: The Final Break
Petty's directorial debut, The Poker House (2008) won awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
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