Rita Wilson, Naughty By Nature

Rita Wilson has enjoyed a long and successful career in the show business as an actress, producer, director, and writer, but it wasn't until 40 years after she made her television debut that she branched out into a new line as a pop singer. Inspired by her run in Broadway's Chicago in 2006, she made her recording debut with 2012's AM/FM, a set of covers. Sticking to a warm, adult contemporary sound, she made her songwriting debut with her eponymous album, released in 2016.

Wilson was born Margarita Ibrahimoff on October 26, 1956, in Los Angeles, California. She began her acting career as a teenager, appearing in a number of television series (The Brady Bunch, MAS*H, Happy Days, Three's Company, Who's the Boss?) and making her film debut in the 1979 sci-fi opus The Day It Came to Earth. In 1981, Wilson played a guest role on the sitcom Bosom Buddies, where she first met co-star Tom Hanks. Wilson and Hanks would cross paths again when they co-starred in the 1983 comedy Volunteers; this time, they made a greater impression on one another, and in 1988, the two were married. While her husband's career may have enjoyed a higher public profile, Wilson has remained a popular actress with a busy schedule, playing a wide variety of roles on television and in feature films, including Sleepless in Seattle, The Runaway Bride, The Story of Us, Auto Focus, and It's Complicated. After seeing Nia Vardalos' one-woman show My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Wilson was convinced the story had the potential to be a successful screen comedy, and she ended up co-producing the 2002 film version, which became one of the most commercially successful independent films ever. Wilson went on to produce two more film projects for Vardalos, Connie and Carla, and My Life in Ruins, as well as the screen adaptation of the hit musical Mamma Mia!

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