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Name Hedy Burress
Birth Date October 3, 1973
Birth Place Edwardsville, Illinois, USA
Years Active 1996 to present
Character Laurie Cooper

Hedy Burress guest stars as Laurie Cooper in Southland. The character is the ex-wife of main character John Cooper.


Early life[]

She was born Heather Elizabeth Burress in Edwardsville, Illinois on October 3, 1973, to teacher parents. Her father gave her the name as "Hedy" and the name, according to Heather, "stuck." She attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, before relocating to Los Angeles, California, in 1995.


Burress has acted in many television programs and motion pictures since 1996. She also co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Boston Common.

Burress is known by video game players as the English voice actress of Yuna in the PlayStation 2 games Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 (more recently, Kingdom Hearts II and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as well). Burress auditioned for the role of Dorothy Wheeler in the motion picture Valentine, but the role went to Jessica Capshaw. In the film's original cast, Tara Reid auditioned for that role. However, director Jamie Blanks still wanted Burress to star in the film. During a meeting, they looked each other in the eye and both said, "Ruthie", resulting in Burress having the role of Ruthie Walker.

Burress is also an accomplished theater actress appearing in many plays and musicals.

Burress was a recurring cast member in the final season of the acclaimed medical drama E.R..

As of 2009 Burress is a recurring cast member of the acclaimed police drama Southland.

Personal life[]

Burress married Gary Fullerton, USMC in 2000; in July 2004, shortly after he and Burress had separated, Fullerton died in a jet crash.

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