Though most audiences will likely remember getting their first glimpse of the lovely Gabrielle Anwar when she took the dance floor as Al Pacino's tango partner from 1992's Scent of a Woman, she had previously appeared in numerous British miniseries' since the late '80s. Breaking into American cinema opposite Richard Grieco in the 1991 teen spy comedy If Looks Could Kill, Anwar soon found herself climbing the credits list after her charm and skillful footwork left audience hungering for more.
Born in Laleham, England on the 4th of February 1970, Gabrielle has a daughter named Willow (born 1993). At 19, daughter of a Persian film producer and an English actress, Gabrielle moved to Los Angeles with American actor and Grave co-star Craig Sheffer, whom she met while both were working in London. "He quoted some lines from a Hardy novel I was reading," she says. "I was completely enchanted."
Gabrielle chose acting to keep from going to school. Having been kicked out of one for fistfighting, she decided at 15 that the competition at drama school was too stiff. So after landing a role in the BBC miniseries Hideaway, she just kept working. "To this day, I think if I stop I'm going to end up in some establishment somewhere," she says.
While cleaning apartments between jobs, she got called in to audition for what would become her breakthrough role, Al Pacino's tango partner in Scent of a Woman, or as she jokingly calls it, "Stench of a Wench". Her next part, as a hotelier's mistress in the Michael J. Fox comedy For Love or Money, was she says a "dreadful waste of millions. I beg for forgiveness for every woman who listened to what I said." As co-webmaster for this website, I can say I truly enjoyed that film. Both Gabrielle and Michael J worked well together, a perfect chemistry. And showed, without fail, what a perfect singing voice Gabrielle also has.
Still appearing frequently in features, the woman voted as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine (in 1993) could be spotted in such efforts as Save it for Later and Mob Dot Com in 2003.
Whatever Gabrielle Anwar opinions of her own movies, her fans have never yet been let down.