Lori Petty Personal Life: Wildly Speculated Gay/Lesbian Actress Has A Partner?

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American actress-director, Lori Petty is famed for her roles in the movie, A League Of Their Own (1992) and Tankgirl(1994), but it's not only because of her eye-catching appearance but Lori’s choice of characters that she has portrayed on the screen as well. The full-fledged lesbian roles in the movies
Lori Petty Personal Life: Wildly Speculated Gay/Lesbian Actress Has A Partner?

Quick Information

  • Dating/Affair No
  • Lesbian No
  • Body Measurements 34-24-34 inches
  • Eye Color Blue
  • Hair Color Dark brown
  • Hair Short
  • Weight 60 kg (132 lbs)
  • Height/ How Tall? 5'8" (1.72 m)
  • High School North High School in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Career 1985–present
  • Net Worth $3 Million
  • Date of Birth Oct 14, 1963
  • Age 57 Years, 11 Months
  • Ex-Boyfriend David Alan Grier, Gregory Hines
  • Divorce/Split Not Yet
  • Relationship Status Single
  • Children/Kids Not Yet
  • Ethnicity/Race Mixed
  • Religion N/A
  • Zodiac Sign Libra
  • Profession Actress
  • Birth Place Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
  • Nationality American

American actress-director Lori Petty is famous for her roles in the movie, A League Of Their Own (1992) and Tankgirl (1994). 

Her reputation is not only confined to her eye-catching appearance but also to her choice of characters that she has portrayed on the screen.

The full-fledged lesbian/gay roles in the movies Relax…It’s Just Sex and series Orange Is The New Black raised rumors about her sexual orientation.

What's more, the absence of an actively dating relationship and partner in her personal life has further added fuel to the fire!

Lori Petty Gay: Lesbian Roles Raised Rumors

One question surrounding Lori since her debut till now has been her sexuality. Adding to it, the actress' short hair and boyish looks depict an ultimate tomboy rather than a barbie.

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Lori in her ultimate tomboy look, which sparks rumors about her being a lesbian (Photo:

Her movie, A League Of Their Own, released in 1992, is considered one of the top films with lesbian subcontext. 

Six years later, she was also a part of the movie, Relax...It’s Just Sex, which had a storyline full of gay and lesbian characters. 

Similarly, after a brief hiatus in her acting career, she guest-starred in the series Orange Is The New Black (2013), where she portrayed a lesbian character, Lolly Whitehill. Impressed by her performance, the directors made her a series regular.

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Being part of films and TV series that included lesbian roles gave rise to rumors that she might be gay. Adding to it is the absence of a partner/husband and married life.  

However, Lori was linked romantically with American Actor David Alan Grier during the mid-90s.

Lori with her then-boyfriend David Alan Grier at an event for Things To Do in Denver (Photo:

The two were close to each other and attended red tape events together. Despite being in a long-term relationship together, the couple parted their ways but remained good friends. 

Her long-term relationship suggests that she is not lesbian.

Moreover, in a question-answer with fans on Facebook, one of her fans asked her about her relationship with Hollywood heartthrob Keanu Reeves. She gushed over the question and called Keanu the sexiest guy ever, and added that she was ready to get along with him 24/7.

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The interview underlined her interest in men, clarified her sexuality, and established her sexuality as straight.

Wishes Then-Partner On Valentines Day

On the occasion of 2018 Valentine’s Day, she shared a throwback picture along with her old friend and partner, Gregory Hines.

Lori with deceased dancer/actor Gregory Hines (Photo: Lori's Instagram)

Through the post, she wished the deceased actor a happy birthday and mentioned him as her valentine. 

Lori Petty Married?

Lori is currently not married; She always chose her professional life over a husband and settling down.

In an interview with The Daily Beast (2014), Lori had mentioned that she always chose her acting career over her personal life achievements. She told in the interview,

"I was thirty-something, and I hadn’t married my agent, married any guy co-stars, or gotten fake ti****s or Botox. I never wanted to be a bombshell; I wanted to be an actor. I would much prefer to be a woman than a man."

However, it seems like she has changed her perceptions after the pandemic; As mentioned in her Instagram post, she said she is missing everything: the laugh, makeup, gym, hugging strangers. Her caption read:

I miss everything. I miss loving you. I miss hugging strangers on the street and your selfies. I miss every “I love you.” I miss sleep. I miss work. I miss laughing and makeup and the gym. I miss you.

The thing to notice here is she said, ‘I miss loving you,’ which hinted that she might be seeing someone, probably her partner.

But it is yet to be clarified who the lucky person is. 

Career In Short

Lori has been in the acting industry for more than three decades now; And she has appeared in several popular shows, TV series, and films. She also lent voices in animated series like Superman: The Animated Series (1997) and The New Batman Adventure (1998); She voiced the villainous Livewire. 

She made her big-screen debut in 1990 with Cadillac Man. Her directional debut, The Poker House (2008), won awards at the LA Film Festival. 

She has been part of films including Poetic Justice (1993), Free Willy (1993), In The Army Now (starring Pauly Shore, 1994), Tank Girl (1995), Clubland (1999), Route 666 (2001), Prey for Rock & Roll (2003), Broken Arrows (2007), The Poker House (2008), Prison Break: The Final Break (2009), Dead Awake (2016), A Deadly Legend (2020) and many more. 

Her TV show’s credit includes The Equalizer (1985), Stingray (1987), The Thorns (1988), Miami Vice (1988), Police Story: Monster Manor (1988), Grand (1990), Lush Life (1996), Profiler (1997), Star Trek: Voyager (1999), The Beast (2001), ER (2002), Line of Fire (2004), CSI: NY (2005), Prison Break (2009), Gotham (2016) and many more.