Rena Riffel Movies and Career Information
Mar 05, 1969
Actor, Director and Writer
Rena Riffel is an American actress, singer, dancer, model, writer, producer, and director. She is best known for her supporting roles in films such as Showgirls, Striptease, and Mulholland Drive. Rena Riffel was born in Los Angeles, California. When she was two years old her family moved from Playa Del Rey to Atascadero. Her father’s side of the family came from the music business and vaudeville in South Bend, Indiana and included a father who studied tap dancing and acrobatic ballet, a grandmother who was an accomplished singer, and a great grandmother who was a professional opera singer. Her mother is an accomplished accordion player and has performed with Myron Floren and Lawrence Welk. From an early age, Riffel enjoyed horseback riding, competing in rodeo barrel racing, and acting in home productions with her brother Todd. Performing in her first dance recital at age four, Riffel continued to study ballet, jazz, and tap. She also began taking vocal lessons and sang in a children’s all-girl group who performed locally at church events. At age 11, she landed her first acting and dance part in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Paso Robles Playhouse.