October 1, 1976
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Danielle Bisutti may have grown up in the entertainment industry, but it was her own talent and ambition that led her to a successful career as an actor and musician. The native Los Angeleno studied acting and musical theatre at California State University Fullerton, and honed her acting skills in everything from productions of "Hair" and "Uncle Vanya," to a stint at Disneyland as Cruella de Vil. After making her small-screen debut on the short-lived sitcom "Strip Mall" (Comedy Central, 2000-01), Bisutti worked steadily in minor TV roles and the occasional feature film (2004's "Tropix") while building a reputation as a talented singer-songwriter. In 2008 she landed a major role as jealous fashion executive Amanda Cantwell on Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP" (2008-2011), which she balanced with guest-starring appearances on numerous primetime TV series. The dark-haired actress pulled off a horror hat-trick in 2013 when she appeared in two separate franchises - the straight-to-DVD sequel "Curse of Chucky" and the supernatural thriller "Insidious: Chapter 2" - which showcased her screams as well as her smarts.Born in Los Angeles at the tail end of the '70s, Bisutti spent as much time on set as she did at home. Her father Richard worked as a set decorator (he introduced her to "Child's Play" creator Don Mancini when she was just a child) and she counted producer Anthony Thomopolous and actress Cristina Ferrare among close family members. After graduating from Cal State Fullerton, Bisutti pursued a musical career while appeared in numerous plays in L.A., New York City and Chicago. After transitioning to film and TV she racked up minor gigs on the soap opera parody "Strip Mall" and the little-seen thriller "Tropix," before graduating to supporting roles on primetime like "The O.C." (Fox, 2003-07) and "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09). From 2008 to 2011 she portrayed the jealous but ultimately supportive Amanda Cantwell on "True Jackson, VP," about a stylish teen (Keke Palmer) who suddenly finds herself a high-powered fashion executive. Bisutti's steady stream of one-off appearances kept her profile up, and in 2013 she was cast in "Curse of Chucky" as an unsympathetic sister of one of Chucky's victims, and as a ghostly matriarch in the supernatural horror hit "Insidious: Chapter 2."