Jorja Fox is an actress, producer, humanitarian, activist and environmentalist. She has been seen on such hit TV shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER, The West Wing and Law & Order, as well as indie movies like Memento and Food for the Heart. She has been in numerous other television shows and movies, all of which are listed in her filmography.
- See also: Representation
- Birth Name: Jorja-An Fox
- Nicknames: Jorja, Jorj, Jorjan, Horha (the Spanish pronounciation of her name, used by her "CSI Miami" friend Emily Procter)
- Date of Birth: 07/07/1968
- Place of Birth: New York City, NY (raised in Melbourne Beach, FL)
- Eye Color: Brown
- Hair Color: Brown
- Height: 5'9"
- Family: Parents immigrated from Montreal, mother Marilyn (Belgian-Canadian, b. 1927, d. 1996), father Mark (Irish-Canadian, b. 1924), older brother Jeff (b. 1957).
- Pets: dog (adopted 2012)
- Notes: Flower shaped tattoo on left ankle, is a liberal Democrat.
Raised on a narrow barrier island, Fox attended Holy trinity Episcopal Academy, Hoover Junior High in Indialantic, Florida, and later, Melbourne High School. While growing up she took modeling classes, did some drama work in high school, and volunteered as a candy striper in a local hospital. At 16, Fox won a modeling contest at a local mall; midway through her senior year (1985) she left high school and moved back to her birthplace of New York to pursue an modeling career. During her time as a model, Jorja was roommates with Paula Ciccone, Madonna's younger sister. She took night classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Acting and also attended the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Enjoying moderate success for independent films, Fox entered the lime-light in 1996 when she appeared on the hit NBC show, ER, as the no-nonsense medical intern and recurring character, Maggie Doyle, who happened to be a lesbian. Playing up that fame, Fox went on to guest star (uncredited) on the now-infamous 'coming out' episode of Ellen (aka. The Puppy Episode, 04/30/1997).
Fox went on to film the movies Velocity Trap, and The Hungry Bachelors Club. In 1999, Fox was cast as the recurring character of the Secret Service Agent Gina Toscano on NBCs The West Wing. Fox also appears in the movies Memento, Forever Fabulous and Down with the Joneses.
As the co-founder of Honeypot Productions, an independent avant garde theater company, she has mounted a number of plays, including Dear Bernard, which ran in LA in the summer of 2004. Fox also writes for the troupe, including the play Loving Stanley. Another of the founding members is Heather Reid of Gush, whom Fox met in 1991 at the American Academy of Dramatic Acting.
Her real name is Jorja-An Fox. There were conflicting reports that until 1996 she was acting under the 'pseudonym' of Jorjan Fox, and after being on ER, she decided she wanted her name back. While she changed her name to Jorja Fox after being on ER for two episodes (and she was listed as Jorjan on Missing Persons and in several movies), the reasons are unknown as of yet. It remains entirely possible that Jorjan was a stage name. Currently, she is known as Jorja Fox professionally.
From doctors to beauty queens, drug addicts to young moms, Jorja works tirelessly at conveying humanness, binding the qualities that make people so unique and so unquestionably united.