Multi-talented actress/producer/writer and singer Rita Wilson first donned her producers cap for the record breaking box-office hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Wilson was the driving force behind bringing Nia Vardalos’ semi-autobiographical story to the screen with Vardalos as the lead. Rita was honored with the Visionary Award from the Producer’s Guild of America, and the film won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy, as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Rita’s instincts proved solid once again when saw the theatrical production of Mamma Mia! in London shortly after it opened. Rita loved the energy and ABBA’s music and felt it would make a wonderful film and secured the rights. She served as a producer on the 2008 Universal hit film that starred Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.
Wilson’s other film credits include It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, Runaway Bride, The Story of Us, Homework, Beautiful, Ohio, That Thing You Do!, The Chumbscrubber, Raise Your Voice, Auto Focus, Psycho, Mixed Nuts and Dawn Patrol.
Rita returned to Broadway in Fish in the Dark, an original comedy by Larry David, who also starred in the production. She made her Broadway debut in 2006 as ‘Roxie Hart’ in Chicago. Other theatre credits include the New York and Los Angeles stage productions of Love, Loss & What I Wore, written by Nora and Delia Ephron, the world premiere of Lisa Loomer’s Distracted, directly by Leonard Foglia at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner With Friends in both Boston and Los Angeles which was directed by Dan Sullivan. Rita works with the Shakespeare Festival/LA, a charity that provides free Shakespeare to the citizens of LA, as well as providing a program for youths in the community.
Recent television appearances include a recurring role on Golden Globe winning series, Girls, a six episode arc on CBS’s The Good Wife, a guest star on Law & Order: SVU and five episodes on Full Circle for DIRECTV. Rita has foiled Larry David in “The Doll” episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been girlfriend and mother to Kelsey Grammar’s Frasier, and co-starred as Susan Borman in HBO’s Emmy award winning miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Rita has The Brady Bunch to thank for her first professional acting job. Rita’s many other TV credits include Body of Proof, My Big Fat Greek Life, Mad About You, Moonlighting, Who’s The Boss?, Three’s Company, Happy Days, and M*A*S*H*. She co-produced the follow-up to My Big Fat Greek Wedding sixteen years later, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, released in March 2016.
In 2007 Rita made her directorial debut for Glamour Magazine’s Reel Moments. The Trap, starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Channing Tatum also includes the song “Lessons Learned” by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren, and is performed by Rita. Rita has been a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar and has also written for Oprah Magazine, where readers have followed her thoughts on varying subjects from fashion to family. Most recently, she was named Editor-at-Large of Huff/Post 50, a website launched by the Huffington Post for the Baby Boomer generation.
As a musician, Rita partnered with several Grammy Award winners and nominated songwriters and producers to release her self-titled album in 2016. This follows her 2012 album AM/FM, and marks her songwriting debut.
"Rita was amazing! Very open and refreshing. She’s also very funny. It was a great event. I’m going to do my best to book her again."- Baylor Health