Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn (born June 10, 1963) is an American film and television actress. She became famous through her supporting role in the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct, and went on to star in films such as The Firm (1993) and Waterworld (1995). More recently she starred opposite Bill Paxton in the HBO drama Big Love from 2006 to 2011. In 2012, she joined the regular cast of the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. Tripplehorn was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Suzanne (nee Ferguson) and Tom Tripplehorn, who was once a guitarist with Gary Lewis & the Playboys. When she was two years old her parents were divorced. She graduated from Edison High School in 1981 and spent one semester studying at the University of Tulsa.
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