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

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

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth 1963-10-14
  • Age 57 Years 1 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
  • Profession Actress
  • Zodiac Sign Libra
  • Religion N/A
  • Ethnicity/Race Mixed
  • Children/Kids Not Yet
  • Relationship Status Single (2019)
  • Divorce/Split Not Yet
  • Ex-Boyfriend David Alan Grier, Gregory Hines
  • Dating/Affair No
  • Net Worth $3 Million
  • Career 1985–present
  • High School North High School in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Height/ How Tall? 5'8" (1.72 m)
  • Weight 60 kg (132 lbs)
  • Hair Short
  • Hair Color Dark brown
  • Eye Color Blue
  • Body Measurements 34-24-34 inches
  • Lesbian No

American actress-director, Lori Petty is famed for her roles in the movie, A League Of Their Own (1992) and Tankgirl(1994), however, her reputation is not confined to her eye-catching appearance but also to her choice of characters that she has portrayed on the screen as well.

The full-fledged lesbian/gay roles in the movies Relax…It’s Just Sex, and series Orange Is The New Black, has fueled the rumors about her sexual orientation. What's more, the absence of actively dating or a  partner in her personal life has further added fuels to the fire!

Lesbian Roles Give Rise To Gay Rumors

One question surrounding Lori Petty 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 Petty in her ultimate tomboy look, which sparks rumors about her being a lesbian (Photo: Autostraddle.com)

Her movie, A League Of Their Own, is considered one of the top films with lesbian subcontext. And rumor mills started swirling because of her appearance in the movie, and she fitted the bill of a gay, short hair, quirky fashion style.

Moreover, six years later, she was also a part of the movie Relax...Its Just Sex, which had storyline full of gay and lesbian characters. This furthered raised speculations about her being a lesbian.

Similarly, after a brief hiatus in her acting career, she was roped in for a guest role in the series Orange Is The New Black in 2013. Impressed by her performance as a lesbian, the directors made her a series regular, and many started to speculate her as a gay woman.

This void of actual relationship has further added to questions about her sexuality. Already labeled a lesbian in various quarters due to her roles, the absence of romance in her personal life has further solidified those accusations.

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However, Lori was linked romantically with American Actor, David Alan Grier during the mid-90s. The two were always close to each other and attended red tape events together. Despite being in a long-term relationship together, the couple parted their ways but still remain good friends.

And with her long-term relationship with David, it is for sure that she is not a lesbian.


Lori Petty with her then-boyfriend David Alan Grier at an event for Things To Do in Denver when (Photo: imdb.com)

Moreover, in a question-answer with fans on Facebook, one of her fans asked her how it was working 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 and also clarified about her sexuality and established her as straight personality.

Birthday And Valentine Wish To Old Partner?; Married Status

For the occasion of Valentine's Day 2018, Lori shared a throwback picture along with her old friend and possibly past partner Gregory Hines. In the post, she also wished the deceased dancer/actor for his birthday and the romantic day. In the old photo shared by the 54-year-old actress, she can be seen lovingly kissing Gregory on his cheek, which could be suggesting that the two had a relationship more than mere friendship at some point.

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

Lori is currently not dating anyone and may always choose her career over dating or getting married. Lori, who has not been married her whole life, had revealed the reason for remaining unmarried in an interview. In a 2014 interview with The Daily Beast, 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 titties 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."

And it looks like Lori made the right decision by choosing to remain unmarried. After all, who knows what would have happened to her if had chosen a partner over professional life. Instead of establishing herself as a sex symbol, she could have wasted her youth raising kids and changing their dirty diapers.

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