What Happened To Giovanni Ribisi’s Sister Marissa aka Cynthia Dunn Of Dazed And Confused

Elif Ozden

Giovanni Ribisi’s sister Marissa Ribisi has an acting career that stretches over three decades. She shot to fame for her role as Cynthia in Richard Linklater’s 1993 cult classic ‘Dazed and Confused.’ The film, although not an immediate commercial success, has since become an enduring favorite among audiences and critics alike.


Set on the last day of school in 1976 Texas, ‘Dazed and Confused,’ revolved around teenage life and its many facets — from freshman hazing to adolescent love. Interestingly, it continues to appeal to generations that weren’t even born at the time it was set.

Following her performance in ‘Dazed and Confused,’ Marissa continued to work in the film industry, appearing in popular films such as ‘True Crime,’ ‘The Brady Bunch Movie,’ ‘Pleasantville,’ and ‘Don’s Plum.’ Ribisi also expanded her reach to television, taking up roles in well-known shows like ‘Friends,’ ‘Felicity,’ and ‘Tales of the City.’


Another milestone in her career was when she co-wrote the 1998 movie ‘Some Girl’ and also acted in it alongside Michael Rapaport, Juliette Lewis, and her twin brother Giovanni. Directed by Rory Kelly, the film explored the insecurities of a young woman in search of a long-term relationship.

Away from the camera, Marissa embarked on a new venture in the fashion industry. In October 2007, she launched ‘Whitley Kros,’ a fashion line co-owned with her business partner and friend Sophia Banks.


Marissa’s personal life also garnered public attention, especially when she married musician Beck in 2004. The couple, parents to son Cosimo and daughter Tuesday, divorced in 2021. Following their separation, a series of legal arrangements were made. Beck was ordered to pay Marissa $18,169 per month in spousal support and $14,531 per month in child support.

Besides, the couple divided their properties and assets, with Ribisi keeping a California property, a 2014 Honda Odyssey, five Banksy pieces, and an Andy Warhol original. Beck, on the other hand, received several properties across California, Tennessee, and Arkansas, a 2013 Mercedes-Benz, gold coins, and over two dozen pieces of art, including four original Banksys.

Ribisi also practices Scientology, a fact that contrasted with Beck’s recent public clarification that he does not.

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