Olivia Wilde: Snapshot

Olivia Wilde
Date of Birth
March 10, 1984
Birth Place
New York, NY
Olivia Wilde got on every man's radar when she locked lips with Mischa Barton in The O.C. – and she's only gotten sexier. Just ask Maxim, which put the star at the top of its famed Hot 100 list in 2009.

Reared at prestigious schools by renowned journalists, Wilde (born Olivia Cockburn) ditched her family's trade and surname, and moved to Hollywood after eloping with Italian prince Tao Ruspoli at age 18. She nabbed her first acting gig shortly after on the short-lived series Skin but really cemented her It Girl status with her role as sexy doc Thirteen on FOX's House.

While her growing fame helped Wilde land parts in big-screen blockbusters like Tron: Legacy and Cowboys & Aliens, it coincided with the breakup of her marriage. But just months after her split, the actress found love again with fiancé Jason Sudeikis, with whom she welcomed son Otis.

Olivia Wilde: Five Fun Facts

  1. Born Olivia Cockburn, the actress adopted Wilde as her surname after deciding to pursue acting professionally. It was inspired by her playing Gwendolen in a high school production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
  2. When she was a child, Mick Jagger came over to Olivia Wilde's house to have dinner with her parents and caught her spying on them. "How many girls were told to go to bed by Mick Jagger?" Wilde boasted to GQ.
  3. Olivia Wilde lost the lead role of Marissa Cooper in The O.C. to Mischa Barton, whom she later infamously kissed during a recurring role on the series in 2004.
  4. As a teen, Olivia Wilde joined George Clooney for lunch on the set of 1997's The Peacemaker, for which her parents wrote the screenplay. "Having George Clooney be the first Hollywood actor I met set a pretty high standard," she said. "He's genuinely sincere, smart, gracious, and I like his politics, too, which always helps."
  5. Olivia Wilde's mutt Paco was an Old Navy spokesdog in 2006. "He still acts like a doggie model sometimes," she told Women's Health. "If I put a T-shirt on him, he won't move. He thinks he's back at the job; he'll strike a pose and just sit there."

Olivia Wilde: Biography


Off to a Good Start

Born Olivia Cockburn to renowned journalists Leslie and Andrew Cockburn, Wilde realizes she wants to be an entertainer at a young age. "First I wanted to be Einstein – then an actress," she later recalls of her youthful ambition, which is cemented at the prestigious Phillips Academy boarding school in Andover, Mass.


Irish Spring

Upon graduation, Wilde studies at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin (because her father is Irish and her mother is American, Wilde is a citizen of both Ireland and the United States). "There is a certain humility that goes with the acting business in Dublin that I could not have learned elsewhere," she says of her time in Ireland. The budding thespian moves to Los Angeles in 2003 to pursue acting professionally, upon which she adopts the stage name Olivia Wilde. "Oscar Wilde is someone who I respect for so many reasons – a revolutionary, a comedian and a profound thinker," she says.


Olivia Wilde


A Royal Pair

At a party in L.A., Wilde meets filmmaker Tao Ruspoli, who also happens to be Italian royalty. After six months together, the 18-year-old actress and her 26-year-old prince elope on an old school bus. "We got engaged at Burning Man and married on a school bus. We were not conventional," she tells Glamour of her low-key nuptials. They eventually do it up right, holding two more ceremonies: one at her parents' farmhouse in Virginia, the other in the garden of her husband's Italian castle.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: David Johnson/FOX

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Giulio Marcocchi /Getty

Edited by Julia Wang

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