Jessica Capshaw Life story

Jessica Brooke Capshaw is an American actress known for her roles as Jamie Stringer in The Practice, and as Dr. Arizona Robbins on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

Jessica Capshaw (born August 9, 1976) is an American actress known for her roles as Jamie Stringer in The Practice, and as Dr. Arizona Robbins on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

Early life

Capshaw was born August 9, 1976 in Columbia, Missouri, the daughter of actress and producer Kate Capshaw, and Robert Capshaw, a sales manager, marketing director, business executive and high school principal. She is the stepdaughter of director Steven Spielberg, whom her mother married when Capshaw was 15.She graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles in 1994, then attended Brown University, where she was in productions of Arcadia and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in English. During summers, she attended classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, where she appeared as Puck in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Capshaw had a minor role in the drama The Locusts (1997), co-starring her mother, at age nineteen, then appeared in Adam Rifkin's independent film Denial (1998). She played Dorothy Wheeler in the slasher film Valentine (2001), had a minor role in Minority Report (2002), then a lead role in Edward Burns's The Groomsmen (2006).In 2009, she became a regular on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy. It was announced in December 2008 that she would join the cast as pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins, for a multi-episode arc. Initially scheduled to appear in only three episodes of the show's fifth season, series creator Shonda Rhimes extended her contract to appear in all of the season's remaining episodes, and she became a series regular in the sixth season.She was established as a love interest for orthopedic surgery resident Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez). Rhimes was pleased with the chemistry between them, saying that the addition of Capshaw to the cast was an element of the season of which she was most proud: "I love Jessica Capshaw, and when I say love I mean love. She couldn't be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch." Initial media reaction was positive. Matt Mitovich of TV Guide described Capshaw as a "fan favorite", and Chris Monfette of IGN praised the addition of "fresh, new characters" such as Robbins over the course of the season.In March 2018 Capshaw left Grey’s Anatomy, with the producers citing creative reasons. She posted a statement on Twitter highlighting her character's significance: "She was one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a series regular role on network television. Her impact on the world is permanent and forever."

Personal life

Capshaw married Christopher Gavigan. They have four children: Luke, Eve, Poppy, and Josephine.In 2010, she posed nude for the May issue of Allure magazine.





External links

Jessica Capshaw at IMDb

Jessica Capshaw on Twitter

Jessica Capshaw Photos

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