Best known for her lusty portrayal of the stunningly sexy and bisexual Alex Kelly on the Fox teen drama, "The O.C.", starlet Olivia Wilde broadened her status as one of the decade's most promising new actors by appearing in a slew of feature films in 2006. She currently portrays Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley in TV drama House.
Born Olivia Jane Cockburn was born on March 10, 1984 in New York City, NY, the future actress was raised in Washington D.C. by journalist parents - National Geographic reporter/author Andrew Cockburn and "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ) producer Leslie Cockburn. In fact, her entire family was steeped in journalism - her sister Chloe Cockburn was a writer, her grandfather was James Helvick (aka Claud Cockburn) and her two uncles Alexander and Patrick Cockburn were also journalists.
Cockburn graduated from Philips Academy in Andover, MA, where she studied acting and starred in, directed and produced over two dozen school productions. During her summers, she traveled abroad, including Ireland, where she studied drama at the renowned Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. She was a rebellious teen and acted out by getting tattoos and piercings, dating older guys, and at one time, even shaving her head - hence "Wilde" as her stage name.