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Lolita Davidovich was born on July 15, 1961 in London, Ontario, the daughter of immigrants from Yugoslavia. Her father was from Belgrade, and her mother was from Slovenia; she spoke only Serbian during her early years. She studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York.
She first received notice co-starring in Blaze (1989) with Paul Newman, for which she beat out 600 other actresses for the title role of the burlesque performer Blaze Starr.
Lolita went on to leading roles in films such as the thriller Raising Cain, directed by Brian De Palma, and the comedy-drama Leap of Faith, co-starring Steve Martin and Liam Neeson. She played the love interest of Richard Gere in the 1994 drama Intersection. After starring for director Ron Shelton in Blaze, she also was featured in his films Cobb, Play It to the Bone, Dark Blue and Hollywood Homicide.
She later appeared in several episodes on the first season of the Showtime television series The L Word playing the character Francesca Wolff, and has guest-starred in such TV series as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, Rizzoli & Isles and True Detective, to name just a few.
Lolita is married to director/producer/writer Ron Shelton and they have two children.