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|In "The Wonder Years":
Karen Arnold (Kevin's sister)
Episodes with focus on her: 20,
||January 22nd, 1967 in London
||Michael d'Abo (former Manfred Mann lead singer & song writer, now
a BBC broadcaster, producer and radio talk show host in London) and Maggie
London (actress with feature roles in "A Hard Days Night" and "2001" &
|Olivia's brother Benjamin in one year older than
she. She is the cousin of the actress Maryam
d'Abo who looks a bit like her but is older (27 December 1960, London,
England). Olivia was a single mom living in L. A. with her 3-year-old son
Oliver (April 1999). She is engaged to actor Thomas Jane (June 2000).
- Olivia d'Abo spent her first eight years in London and attended a
French school. Her father Michael remembers: "She used to compose
songs at the age of 3. I remember riding in the car and she would make
up songs about cats." But until the family left England in 1976
for an artists' colony of Taos, New Mexico, all her songs were in French.
Olivia recalls: "I went to a French school, and it was more or less
my first language. I didn't know how to read and write English
until I came to this country." At the artists' colony she got involved
in theatre music and dance. At the age of 13, she moved to Los Angeles.
- She has done her first commercial (for McDonald's) at the age of
- Olivia bought a house with her cousin, actress Maryam d'Abo, whom
she calls "Grandma". That was a levelheaded real-estate investment she
made at the age of 19 to avoid "piddling my money down the toilet
- Later, when "The Wonder Years" was produced, she often asked Jason
Hervey and Fred Savage for spontaneous
rap sessions. "All my music is very simple, just piano and voice,"
she says. "It's like Carole King or Rickie Lee Jones, a lot of ballads
- When Olivia's agent brought her the first script for "The Wonder
Years" in 1987, she knew it was something special. ("The script just
had so much wonder and mysticism to it.") To win the part of Karen
Arnold, she spent weeks researching the '60s and showed up for the auditions
in tie-dyed duds and love beads.
- About the same time the fourth season of "The Wonder Years" started,
Olivia went off to college. Later, she studied at the London Royal Ballet
Theatre for a short time. She also participated in Robert Redford's
acting workshops at the Sundance Institute.
- When D'Abo and Julian Lennon were introduced by mutual friends at
Olivia's 21st-birthday party, they immediately hit it off. "When
we met each other, we spent the whole evening playing different things
on the piano together," she says. "I've never met anyone who
was as much like me as Julian. He's like a male version of me."
She thinks one of the reasons is the similarity of their childhoods.
"We have the same background and influences, coming out of the 1960s
from our parents," she says. "It's funny." Olivia has a background-vocals
credit on his 1991 album "Help Yourself."
- She is a master of foreign accents and of physical comedy.
- She refused a regular spot on NBC's "Saturday Night Live,"
because she didn't want to make the five-year commitment. Instead, she
appeared on stage in the Mark Taper Forum production of "Scenes from
an Execution" and in L.A. Theater's a capella musical "It's a
- In 1996, Dan Ireland directed "The Whole Wide World" starring Vincent
D'Onofrio and Renee Zellweger. Zellweger's role was originally developed
with Olivia d'Abo in mind. But Olivia was five months pregnant when
the film went into production, and, as a result, was unable to appear.
- Olivia plays a role on "Party of Five," in which Neve Campbell's
character (Julia) "experiments" with lesbianism with Olivia's character.
"Entertainment Weekly" (April 30, 1999, #483) contained a short article
about Olivia (with a
picture) that quotes her regarding PO5, in which she plays a gay professor:
"There's no big lesbian affair ... We do share one rather nice kiss but,
like, GET OVER IT already." Olivia will also portray a porn star in the
upcoming independent film "The Velocity of Gary." Though she only
has seven minutes of screen time, "Olivia steals every scene she's in,"
according to the film's director, Dan Ireland. The article also contained
some background bio info (growing up, who her parents are, her McDonald's
commercial at age 13) which are consistent with this bio.
- On the web it was mentioned that Olivia went to Apple school and
is now a former scientogist.
- There is a fanclub:
1122 South Robertson Boulevard
Suite Suite 15
Los Angeles, CA 90035