Early life, family, educational background
American actress Anne Elizabeth ‘Annabeth’ Gish was born under the star sign of Pisces on 13 March 1971, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, to Robert and Judy Gish. Judy worked as an elementary school teacher. and Robert at the University of Northern Iowa as an English professor, so at two years of age, she moved with her family to Cedar Falls, Iowa where she was raised alongside her brother Tim and her sister Robin.
She attended Cedar Falls, Iowa’s Northern University High School, from where she matriculated in 1989. She then went on to study Drama, Women’s Studies, and Film Studies at Duke University, where she was a part of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She earned her BA degree in English in July 1993.
Her debut starring role was in the 1985 teenage film “Desert Bloom,”. Two years later, she starred opposite Jon Cryer in “Hiding Out.” In 1988 she played Julia Roberts’ character’s sister Kat in “Mystic Pizza.” The following year she had a major role as rape victim Lyn McKenna, in the television film “When He’s Not a Stranger.” That same year, she starred in “Shag,” a comedy co-starring Phoebe Cates, Scott Coffey and Jeff Yagher.
She played Rhett Butler’s second wife, Anne Hampton in “Scarlett,” a 1994 mini-series. That year also brought forth “Wyatt Earp”, Annabeth playing Urilla Sutherland who is Wyatt’s childhood love – the pair eventually marry; the film starred Kevin Costner in the titular role. In 1995 she played Julie Nixon in Oliver Stone’s “Nixon”, then appeared as Tracey in the following year’s “Beautiful Girls.” She next starred opposite Shaquille O’Neal as Susan Sparks in 1997’s “Steel,” the film adaptation of DC Comics’ superhero, and the same year starred as Euphemia Ashby in “True Women,” a television movie co-starring Angelina Jolie and Dana Delany, and as Trish, a head shop owner in 1998’s “SLC Punk!”
Annabeth joined “The X-Files” cast in 2001 as Special Agent Monica Reyes, following David Duchovny announcing his leaving the show after playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder in the show’s seventh season, written out of the show by being abducted by aliens. While the show was in its eighth and ninth season, actor Robert Patrick played FBI Special Agent John Doggett. After lead actress Gillian Anderson, who played FBI Special Agent Dana Scully left the show in 2002 to pursue an on-stage acting career, viewers thought that Robert and Annabeth would take over as the main leads in the series. Fans enjoyed Annabeth and Robert’s characters, but missed David and Gillian’s special spark that brought the show to life. Ratings continued to drop following their individual departures from the show, until the final season which wrapped up in 2016.
In 2003, Annabeth guest-starred as Elizabeth Bartlet Westin – President Josiah Bartlet’s oldest daughter; the president was portrayed by Martin Sheen. Three years later, she co-starred alongside Alicia Silverstone and Eion Bailey in “Candles on Bay Street;” then played Julia in “The Celestine Prophecy,” an independent movie, and Eileen Caffee in “Brotherhood,” a Showtime drama as well as in 29 out of the 33 total episodes of its accompanying three-season series.
In 2011, she was cast as Jo Noonan in A&E TV’s “Bag of Bones”, miniseries based on Stephen King’s homonymous novel. Later that year, she played the mysterious therapist, Dr. Anne Sullivan, in “Pretty Little Liars”, and the next year she guest-appeared in the twelfth season of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the popular CBS crime drama. She also co-starred as Ashley Greene’s character’s mother that year, in the pilot of “Americana,” an ABC drama, but the series was never picked up.
Annabeth was part of the main cast of FX’s “The Bridge,” from 2013 to 2014 as Charlotte Millwright, a new widow who discovers that her husband held many secrets in both America and Mexico. In 2014 she guest-starred as Lt. Althea Jarry of the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department in “Sons of Anarchy”, and a few months later, Fox announced that Annabeth would be returning as Monica Reyes in “The X-Files” in the revival’s sixth episode, tenth season as well as the eleventh season. In 2016, Annabeth co-starred alongside Thomas Jane, Dash Mihok, and as Kate Bosworth in the thriller, “Before I Wake.”
TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” welcomed Annabeth in 2016 for three episodes, wherein she guested as Alice Sands, a drug lord. In 2018 she appeared as Mrs Dudley, the caretaker of the home in the original Netflix series, “The Haunting of Hill House”. roughly based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same title. In 2021 she once again worked with Mike Flanagan who created and directed both “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Midnight Mass”, in which Annabeth played Dr. Sarah Gunning.
She has been nominated for several awards during her career; in 2002, for a Saturn Award in the Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series category for her performance in “The X-Files”, and in 2007 for a Prism Award for “Brotherhood,” in the Performance in a Drama Series, Multi-Episode Storyline category.
Some people suspect that she’s related to Dorothy and Lillian Gish, sisters who were both silent film actresses. When Annabeth was younger and began finding a passion for acting, she wrote Lillian a letter, asking for advice. Lillian replied, ‘There’s too much talent and not enough work in the movies!’ Even though she tried to discourage Annabeth from pursuing a career in film, Annabeth chose not to follow her advice.
She is very interested in charity work, and is involved with CARE International, One Million Bones, and Students Rebuild – in April 2012, she filmed a short video for both. Annabeth has also been appointed to the board of The Unusual Suspects Theater Company, a non-profit organization.
In December 2001, she began dating stuntman Wade Allen – they met while working on the set of “The X-Files”. They married on 11 October 2003 and have two children together, Cash Alexander Allen born on 12 January 2007, and Enzo Edward Allen on 25 October 2008. The family resides in Los Angeles.
Annabeth leads a very comfortable life that is fairly free of controversy and rumors, – she hasn’t been involved in any celebrity gossip or scandals.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
- She is not related to Dorothy or Lillian Gish, but her grandmother’s name was Lillian.
- Annabeth enjoys doing horror films because she gets scared very easily. ‘I kind of believe in ghosts. I believe they can wander around, so that scares me. But the stuff that really scares me are the catastrophic events like my husband or children or my family being harmed, or something like that.’
- As of March 2022, she has over 52,000 followers on Twitter, more than 6,000 on Facebook, and about 43,000 on Instagram.
Annabeth has light brown hair and light brown eyes. She stands at 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, weighs about 140lbs (63kg), with vital statistics of 34-24-36, bra size 34C, wears US size nine shoe, and US size six dress.
Net worth and salary
As of June 2022, Annabeth’s net worth is estimated at close to $4 million; she generally earns around $650,000 a year.
American stuntman actor, second unit director, and stunt coordinator Wade Edward Allen was born on 12 April 1972 in Fresno, California, USA. He’s worked with iconic directors including Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann and Christopher Nolan, including on several commercials, music videos, television series, as well as films. One of the most recent projects he has worked on is HBO’s “Barry,” starring Bill Hader.
He is a member of the Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science. Wade’s work has been nominated for multiple Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and several Taurus World Stunt Awards.