Heather Joan Graham (born January 29, 1970) is an American actress and fashion model. She is best known for her role in Gus Van Sant's 1989 Drugstore Cowboy and her role as Rollergirl in the 1997 film Boogie Nights directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. She has been part of two ensemble casts that have earned Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast (Boogie Nights and Bobby).
Heather Graham was born January 29, 1970, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to a family of Irish descent. Her family relocated repeatedly until settling down in Agoura Hills, California when she was nine years old. The eldest of two children, her younger sister, Aimee Graham, is also an actress and writer. Their mother, Joan, is a teacher and noted author of children's books, and father, James Graham, a retired FBI agent. The girls were raised with family values that followed a strict traditional Catholic upbringing. Graham graduated from Agoura High School in California in 1989. In 1986, she appeared on a special "Teen Week" episode of the NBC-TV game show Scrabble.
She was introduced to acting during the school production of Wizard of Oz. Then while still in school she appeared in