Born Oct. 31, 1976 in Dallas, TX but raised in Toms River, NJ, Piper Lisa Perabo was the daughter of Mary Charlotte, a physical therapist, and George William Perabo, a poetry professor and dean. Growing up in an artistic family helped push Perabo (named after the actress Piper Laurie) to follow her love of acting to college, where she studied theater at Ohio State University. Her big break came by accident the summer before her senior year, when she accompanied her actor boyfriend to a New York audition. She caught the eye of a casting director, who asked her to read and eventually hooked her up with a manager.
Things started to get better for Piper when she landed a major part in Marc Levin's comedic drama flick of "Whiteboyz" (1999) for it consequently became her stepping-stone to secure a role in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" (2000) alongside Rene Russo, Robert De Niro, and Jason Alexander. Moved on to play Violet Sanford in her next project entitled "Coyote Ugly" (2000), this mesmerizing brunette finally encountered the breakthrough she had aimed for as the picture managed to create a buzz among the moviegoers, even gained her an MTV Movie Award for Best Music Moment in 2001.
It seemed as if she would move from strength to strength when her next project, "Because I Said So" (2007) hit theaters. Starring a recently career-revitalized Diane Keaton, the film followed Mandy Moore as her luckless-in-love daughter who endures her mother's obsessive schemes to marry her off. Perabo and Lauren Graham played Keaton's other daughters; themselves already happily married and all too eager to share graphic recaps of their respective sex lives with her. Despite all the winning actresses and elements assembled, critics were merciless with the final product and the film bombed. Perabo was better received in a fun guest spot on the hit show "House" (FOX, 2004- ). Playing a vegan nutritionist named Honey, Perabo caught the titular doctor's attention for what she thought was a job interview but turned into more of a date.