Amanda Righetti facts for kids
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Righetti in July 2016
April 4, 1983
St. George, Utah, U.S.
(m. 2006; div. 2017)
Amanda Righetti (born April 4, 1983) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Grace Van Pelt on The Mentalist, as well as her roles in Friday the 13th, The O.C. and Colony.
The youngest of eight children, Righetti was born on April 4, 1983, in St. George, Utah, and raised in Nevada, outside Las Vegas. Her father, Alexander Dominic Righetti, is of Italian descent, while her mother, Linda Carol Chisum, is of German, French and English descent.
Righetti started modeling at age 14, then she moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to start her acting career. After securing a role in the pilot for a proposed series by the name of No Place Like Home, she played a recurring character in the teen drama The O.C., was a regular in the primetime soap opera North Shore and in late 2005, Righetti starred in Fox's drama series Reunion. Other credits include a recurring role on K-Ville, guest roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Entourage and a role in the television film Romy and Michele: In the Beginning.
In 2006, Righetti signed on to star as the female lead in horror sequel Return to House on Haunted Hill. The film was released direct-to-video in October 2007. In April 2008, she was cast as the female lead in the slasher film Friday the 13th (2009). Production ended in June 2008 and the film was released in theaters on February 13, 2009. Also that year, Righetti was signed to the CBS series The Mentalist, in the role of Grace Van Pelt. Her 2012 to 2013 pregnancy was not reflected in her character's storyline, during which she was filmed using selective angles and largely limited to desk duty.
In September 2011, Righetti signed with talent agency UTA.
Righetti left The Mentalist after season six.
Righetti starred as a divorced novelist in the Hallmark Channel television film Love at the Shore (2017).
Righetti married director and writer Jordan Alan on April 29, 2006, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. They have a son, born in 2013. Righetti filed for divorce in 2017.
|1995||Love and Happiness||Charlie's Kid Sister|
|1996||Kiss & Tell||Little One|
|2002||Angel Blade||Samantha Goodman|
|Return to House on Haunted Hill||Ariel Wolfe||Direct to video|
|2009||Friday the 13th||Whitney Miller|
|His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th||Herself||Documentary film|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent|
|The Chateau Meroux||Jennifer|
|2012||Shadow of Fear||Casey Cooper||Also known as Dangerous Attraction|
|2013||Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th||Herself / Whitney Miller||Documentary film|
|2015||Cats Dancing on Jupiter||Josephine Smart||Also co-producer|
|2019||Pastalight||Susanna Lenzi||Short film|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Riding Teen||Episode: "You've Got Male"|
|2002||Greg the Bunny||Debbie Fishman||Episode: "Surprise!"|
|2003–2005||The O.C.||Hailey Nichol||Recurring role (seasons 1–2)|
|2004–2005||North Shore||Tessa Lewis||Main role|
|2005||Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||Friendly Girl||Television film|
|2005–2006||Reunion||Jenna Moretti||Main role|
|2007||K-Ville||A. J. Gossett||3 episodes|
|2008–2015||The Mentalist||Grace Van Pelt||Main role (seasons 1–6)|
|2011||Wandering Eye||Maron Abbott||Television film|
|2012||Shadow of Fear||Casey Cooper||Television film|
|2014||Chicago Fire||Holly||Episode: "A Dark Day"|
|Chicago P.D.||Holly||Episode: "8:30 PM"|
|2016–2017||Colony||Maddie Kenner||Main role (seasons 1–2)|
|2017||Love at the Shore||Jenna||Television film|
|2020||Deranged Granny||Kendall Thompson||Television film|
|L.A.'s Finest||Beverly Gamble||Episode: "Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins"|
|2021||Christmas at the Ranch||Kate||Television Film|
- 2009 New York Independent International Film and Video Festival: Best Actress in a Short Film – Amanda Righetti in Matter