Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Melora Walters is actress whose real name Yoruba means “fellowship.” She has two children, Joanna and Thomas, whom she shares with former husband and Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh.
Perhaps best known for her work with director Paul Thomas Anderson, Walters started her acting career by appearing in off-Broadway productions in New York before venturing into television. In 1989, she landed a small recurring role as Debbi on the popular sitcom Roseanne, which led to a series of guest offers including roles on How to Murder a Millionaire, The Wonder Years, ABC Afterschool Specials, Dear John and Murphy Brown.
Following her film debut in the low-budget thriller Underground Terror, Walters earned her Screen Actors Guild card for her work as Gloria in the 1989 hit Dead Poets Society. Over the next several years, she broadened her TV credits even more, appearing on Walker Texas Ranger, Picket Fences, NYPD Blue and L.A. Doctors where she played the role of Felicity. In the big screen, she landed a small role in Hard Eight and impressed the film’s director, Paul Thomas Anderson, who later cast her in a much substantial role in his second feature. Shortly after, she played Jessie St. Vincent, a soft-hearted second-string porn actress in the breakthrough hit Boogie Nights, a project that made a name for both Anderson and Walters.
Later, Melora Walters reunited with Anderson again for the movie Magnolia where she portrayed a cocaine-addled woman on the verge of an emotional breakdown. She has also been cast to play Wanda, Bill's sister-in-law and wife to Joey Henrickson, on the HBO polygamy-themed series Big Love.