• Retired American actress, musician and model
• Scooped 1990 Miss Teen USA award
• Appeared in films such as "Last Action Hero," "Motor Kombat," and "Billy Madison"
• Married former professional tennis player Pete Sampras in 2000
• Net worth of approximately $25 million
Bridgette Wilson is a retired American actress, musician and model, who is perhaps best known for scooping the 1990 Miss Teen USA award. She’s appeared in various films such as “Last Action Hero,” “Motor Kombat,” and “Billy Madison” among others.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Bridgette Leann Wilson-Sampras is a native of Gold Beach, Oregon, who was born under the Libra zodiac sign on 25 September 1973, which makes her 49 years old as of 2022. She was born to Dale and his spouse Kathy Wilson, and is of Swedish and English ethnicity. She was raised alongside her sister, Tracy Wilson, who is now an established actress, famously known for her roles in the Fox series “24,” the CBS crime drama series “Cold Case,” and the 2002 comedy adventure film “The Masters of Disguise.”
Bridgette developed an interest in acting and modeling at a young age and participated in many beauty pageants as a teenager – she won the title of Miss Teen USA in Biloxi City, Mississippi, at the age of 17, which made her the second Oregon native to ever win the award, the first being Mindy Duncan, who scooped the award in 1988.
Bridgette attended a local elementary school in the coastal town of Gold Beach before she joined Gold Beach High School. She matriculated in 1991. Reportedly, she chose to pursue a career in the film industry instead of joining college.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Bridgette play basketball, volleyball and ran track when she was a teenager, and was a very skilled player.
She trains at the gym regularly to maintain her slim body, and also follows a strict healthy diet that is free from sugar and fast foods.
The former model is also a big fan of traveling, and has toured many European destinations together with her family. Her dream travel destination is Venice in Italy.
She also likes keeping pets such as cats, hamsters, horses and dogs.
The Oregonian actress likes reading fashion magazines such as “Vogue”, and is also a big fan of films starring her best-loved actor, Johnny Depp – her favorites are the film franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Wilson made her TV debut in 1992, with the role of Ginger in four episodes of the comedy “Saved by the Bell.” She rose to prominence in the year that followed, when cast to star as Lisa Castillo in Bridgette Dobson’s drama “Santa Barbara,” which was nominated for 161 awards and won 47. She appeared in 59 episodes of the show, which starred Marcy Walker, Nancy Lee Grahn and Jerome Dobson. In the same year (1993), she was cast in an episode of the crime drama series “Murder, She Wrote” and in 2000, she landed the starring role as Bridget Deshiel in Jeff Rake and Darren Star’s drama “The $treet,” which also starred Nina Garbiras and Tom Everett Scott.
Bridgett later guest-starred in several series, such as the comedy “Frasier” in 2002, the action drama “CSI: Miami” in 2003, and the sitcom “Jake in Progress” in 2005. She made her last TV appearance in an episode of the comedy show “Carpoolers” in 2008.
In 1993, Bridgette made her movie debut in the John McTiernan-directed action-comedy “Last Action Hero.” She appeared with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Art Carney in the hit Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award-winning film, which was also nominated for 17 awards. Subsequently, Wilson portrayed Sonya Blade in the action-adventure film “Mortal Kombat” in 1995 – the role had originally been assigned to the American actress, Cameron Diaz, but she broke one of her wrists before the shooting of the film and had to be replaced. The Paul W.S. Anderson-directed film starred Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and had an impressive box office collection of around $122 million against a budget of $20 million.
Wilson’s following roles were in “Higher Learning,” “Sweet Evil,” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in 1995, 1996 and 1997 respectively. Before the decade ended, she appeared in the drama “Starstruck” and “Love Stinks” in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Bridgette was later seen in the 2001 comedy “The Wedding Planner”, and in the drama “Shopgirl” in 2005. Her last film role was in the 2008 biopic sports drama “Phantom Punch.”
Music and Other Works
Bridgette released her debut album “I Only Wanna Be With You” In 1994, which is made up of the singles “Romeo and Juliet,” “Can’t Stop,” and “Love Inside,” among others. She released her second album entitled “Gimme a Kiss” in 1996 under King Records.
Bridgette performed the songs “Billy’s Victory Song” and “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” in the 1995 film “Billy Madison” and the 2002 movie “Beautiful” respectively. In 2002, she received special thanks for her artistic contribution to the acclaimed video game “Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.”
Moreover, she’s credited with voicing Sonya Blade in the video game “Mortal Kombat 11” in 2019.
Bridgette has appeared as a guest in the talk shows, “Beyond the Glory” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”
Bridgette is a married woman. She met her husband-to-be, the retired American tennis player Pete Sampras through a mutual friend, and the duo dated for several years before they exchanged vows in September 2000. Peter was one of the best professional tennis players in the world, who won 14 Grand Slams in his career including seven Wimbledon Championships, which spanned 14 years from 1988 to 2002. He was born to Sam and Georgia Sampras on 12 August 1971 (51 years old) in Washington, D.C., and is of Greek and Polish roots. The couple welcomed their first son, Christian C. Sampras on 21 November 2002, and their second boy Ryan Nikolaos Sampras was born on 29 July 2005.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Bridgette is of Caucasian ethnicity and has a set of dark brown eyes and long blonde hair. She is slimly built, weighs approximately 120lbs (54kgs), and is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall. The former Miss Teen USA’s vital statistics are 34-25-33.
Wilson had a successful career in the showbiz industry, making her famous and wealthy – she’s worth approximately $25 million as of 2022. On the other hand, her partner, Sampras is worth a whopping $150 million. In 2014, the couple bought a luxurious maisonette located in Bel Air in California.