Actor, producer and writer Rita Wilson first donned her producers cap for the record-breaking box-office hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). Wilson was the driving force behind bringing actress-writer Nia Vardalos’ semi-autobiographical story to the screen. Wilson was honored with the Visionary Award from the Producer’s Guild of America, and the film won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy, as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Wilson's instincts proved solid once again when she saw a theatrical production of Mamma Mia! in London shortly after it opened. Wilson loved the energy and ABBA’s music and felt it would make a wonderful film. She secured the rights and served as a producer on the subsequent hit Universal film that starred Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan in 2008.
As an actress, Wilson’s film credits include It’s Complicated (2009), Beautiful, Ohio (2006), The Chumbscrubber (2005), Raise Your Voice (2004), Auto Focus (2002), Runaway Bride (1999), The Story of Us (1999), Psycho (1998), That Thing You Do! (1996), Mixed Nuts (1994) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).
In 2009 and 2010, Wilson appeared in the New York and Los Angeles stage productions of Love, Loss & What I Wore, written by Nora & Delia Ephron. In 2007, she starred in the world premiere of Lisa Loomer’s Distracted, directed by Leonard Foglia at the Mark Taper forum in Los Angeles. Wilson made a personal dream come true and made her Broadway debut in 2006 as Roxie Hart in Chicago. She also starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Dinner With Friends in Los Angeles and Boston, directed by Dan Sullivan. Wilson works with the Shakespeare Festival/LA, a nonprofit that provides free Shakespeare to the citizens of Los Angeles, as well as a program for youths in the community.
Recent television roles include those on the DirectTV original series Full Circle; HBO's Girls; and a six-episode arc on CBS’ The Good Wife. Wilson foiled Larry David in “The Doll” episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been girlfriend and mother to Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier, and co-starred as Susan Borman in HBO’s Emmy award-winning miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Wilson has The Brady Bunch to thank for her first professional acting job.
In 2007, Wilson made her directorial debut for Glamour magazine’s Reel Moments. The short film The Trap (2007), starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Channing Tatum, also includes the song “Lessons Learned” by Grammy award winning songwriter Diane Warren, and is performed by Wilson.
Wilson has been a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar since 2006 and has also written for Oprah magazine, where readers have followed her thoughts on varying subjects from fashion to family. She is also an Editor-at-Large at Huff/Post 50, a website launched by The Huffington Post for the Baby Boomer generation.