Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

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Paget Brewster
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Brewster performing at the Thrilling Adventure Hour comedy radio show
Born Paget Valerie Brewster
(1969-03-10) March 10, 1969 (age 46)
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Steve Damstra (m. 2014)

Paget Valerie Brewster (/ˈpæɛt brstər/; born March 10, 1969) is an American actress. Her best-known roles are Kathy on NBC‘s Friends (first as Joey’s girlfriend and later Chandler’s), Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss on CBS‘s Criminal Minds, Elise and Mr. Mumbles on The Hub‘s Dan Vs., Frankie Dart on Yahoo‘s Community and Sadie Doyle on the Thrilling Adventure Hour segment “Beyond Belief.” She has had numerous guest appearances on shows such as Two and a Half Men, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Modern Family. She currently stars as Dodo Bellacourt in the Comedy Central comedy Another Period and in Grandfathered with John Stamos and Josh Peck.

Early life[edit]

Brewster was born on March 10, 1969, in Concord, Massachusetts. Her mother, Hathaway Brewster (née Tew), worked as a government official, and her father, Galen Brewster, worked as a school administrator.[1][2][3] She has a younger brother, Ivan.

Brewster grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. During her first year, she made her acting debut and eventually dropped out of design school to pursue her acting career. In the mid 1990s, Brewster moved to San Francisco and enrolled in acting classes. As of 2014[update] she resides in Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

Brewster hosted a late-night talk show in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1990s called The Paget Show for 65 episodes.[4] She first came to prominent attention in her recurring role as “Kathy” in the fourth season of NBC‘s Friends. She appeared in Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Huff. On film she played Ms. Indestructible, the female lead in James Gunn’s low-budget superhero comedy The Specials (2000). She played Amy Pierson, a calculus teacher afraid of the water, in the independent film The Big Bad Swim, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2005, she began voice work as Judy Sebben/Birdgirl, a recurring character on the animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (and later played a similar guest character on American Dad!).

Brewster had a long run with the show Criminal Minds, playing multi-lingual Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss until the show’s sixth season, when she and A. J. Cook were released from their contracts by CBS in a cost-cutting move. Due to complaints from fans, both she and Cook were rehired and kept for the following season. In February 2012, Brewster announced via Deadline that she was leaving Criminal Minds at the end of the season to pursue a possible career in comedy television.[5] Brewster reprised as Emily Prentiss in season nine for the 200th episode, as a special guest star.[6]

Brewster subsequently portrayed bureau chief ADA Paula Foster in the Public Integrity Unit of the District Attorney’s office on NBC’s long-running police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her character handled the case against SVU commanding officer Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), suspected of murder after awakening next to a dead woman in the 13th season finale.[7][8][9]

Brewster is a regular on The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged production in the style of old-time radio that is recorded monthly at Largo in Los Angeles. She plays the recurring character of Sadie Doyle, the alcoholic socialite who can communicate with the supernatural alongside her husband, Frank (Paul F. Tompkins), in the “Beyond Belief” segments. In early April 2013, Brewster appeared in Modern Family as Trish in episode 20, “Flip Flop,” playing an art expert who is dating Gloria’s ex-husband, Javier. In August 2013, Brewster appeared in episode 106 of the Drunk History television series on Comedy Central. In January 2015 Brewster appeared on Community. In February 2014 it was announced that she had been cast in a new ABC comedy called St. Francis.

Personal life[edit]

On the March 30, 2006, episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Brewster revealed that she had recently received a handwritten note indicating Hugh Hefner would like her to pose for Playboy. She seriously considered the offer, but even though she said that she admired Playboy more than magazines such as Maxim and FHM and her parents gave her their blessing, she eventually turned it down for career reasons.[10] She has volunteered as an actress with the Los Angeles Young Storytellers Program.[11]

On March 17, 2013, Brewster became engaged to Steve Damstra. She made the announcement via Twitter by posting a photograph of the jade engagement ring on her finger.[12][13] Damstra is in the band Folded Light and Whirlwind Heat and is a friend of Brewster’s Criminal Minds co-star Matthew Gray Gubler. Brewster and Damstra were married on November 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, in a ceremony officiated by Gubler.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Let’s Talk About Sex Michelle
1999 Desperate But Not Serious Frances
2000 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, TheThe Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Jenny Spy
2000 The Specials Emily Tilderbrook/Ms. Indestructible
2001 Agent 15 Agent 15 Short film
2001 Hollywood Palms Phoebe
2001 Skippy Julie Fontaine
2002 Now You Know Lea
2003 Brainwarp Lipstikk Short film
2004 Eulogy Aunt Lily
2005 Man of the House Binky Beauregard
2005 My Big Fat Independent Movie Julianne
2006 Cyxork 7 Bethany Feral
2006 The Big Bad Swim Amy Pierson
2006 Kidney Thieves Melinda Short film
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Valerie Davenport
2007 Sublime Andrea Direct-to-video
2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Lana Lang (voice)
2014 Gumshoe Stiletto (voice) Short film
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Lois Lane (voice)
2015 Uncle Nick Sophie
2015 Welcome to Happiness Prescilla

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Friends Kathy 6 episodes
1998 Ghost Cop Anette Episode: “Pilot”
1998 Godzilla: The Series Audrey Timmonds (voice) 11 episodes
1998 Max Q Rena Winter Television film
1999 The Expert Dr. Jo Hardy Episode: “Pilot”
1999–2000 Love & Money Allison Conkli 13 episodes
2000 Star Patrol Rachel Striker Pilot
2000 One True Love Tina Television film
2000–2001 The Trouble With Normal Claire Garletti 13 episodes
2001 DAG Patti Donovan Episode: “Prom”
2001 Raising Dad Gracie Episode: “Sex Ed”
2002 George Lopez Ginger Episode: “The Wedding Dance”
2002–2003 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Jessica Green 19 episodes
2003 The Snobs Pilot
2003 Time Belt Col. Jocelyn Anchor Episode: “Oh. Shit. Zombies.”
2004 Rock Me, Baby Debbie Episode: “Look Who’s Talking”
2004–2006 Huff Beth Huffstodt 25 episodes
2005 Two and a Half Men Jamie Eckleberry Episode: “A Lung Full of Alan”
2005 Duck Dodgers Rona Vipra (voice) 2 episodes
2005 Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution Carol Carter Television film
2005–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Birdgirl (voice) 9 episodes
2005–2013 American Dad! Various voices 15 episodes
2005–2006 Stacked Charlotte 3 episodes
2006 Drawn Together Child Services (voice) Episode: “Captain Girl”
2006 A Perfect Day Allyson Harlan Television film
2006–2016 Criminal Minds Emily Prentiss 128 episodes
2007, 2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sheila Tierney / ADA Paula Foster 3 episodes
2008 Lost Behind Bars Lauren Wilde Television film
2009 King of the Hill Myrna (voice) Episode: “Lucky See, Monkey Do”
2011–2013 Dan Vs. Elise / Various voices 53 episodes
2011 My Life As an Experiment Stacie Wilder Pilot
2013 Modern Family Trish Episode: “Flip Flop
2013 Spy Erica Pilot
2013–2015 The Venture Bros. Amber Gold / Various voices 3 episodes
2013–2015 Drunk History Herself / Emma Folsom 4 episodes
2013 The Birthday Boys Keri Episode: “Going All the Way”
2014–2015 Community Debra Chambers / Francesca “Frankie” Dart 14 episodes
2014 The Boondocks Various voices Episode: “The New Black”
2014–2016 Adventure Time Viola (voice) 2 episodes
2014 Saint Francis Stephanie Quinlan Pilot
2014 Key and Peele Det. Sally Ferguson Episode: “Sex Detective”
2015 Down Dog Amanda Asher Pilot
2015 Kroll Show Bobby’s Mom Episode: “The In Addition Tos”
2015 Another Period Dodo Bellacourt 10 episodes
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Lois Lane (voice) Episode: “Bomb”
2015–present Grandfathered Sara Kingsley Main role
2015 Moonbeam City Charisma (voice) Episode: “Lasers & Liars”
2015 W/ Bob & David Charlene Boyeur Episode: “Episode 1”

Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson

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This article is about the American actor. For the British aviator of similar name, see Amy Johnson.
Amy Jo Johnson
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Johnson in 2015
Born (1970-10-06) October 6, 1970 (age 45)
Dennis, Massachusetts
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter, musician, gymnast
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Olivier Giner (August 2009–present)
Children Francesca Christine
Website amyjojohnson.com

Amy Jo Johnson (born October 6, 1970) is an American/Canadian actress best known for her roles in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Felicity, The Division, and Flashpoint.

Johnson came to prominence in the mid 1990s as part of the original Power Rangers cast. After leaving the show, she had several parts in made-for-television movies before landing a leading role in Felicity on The WB, which ran from 1998-2000. In the 2000s, she continued her acting career, with main roles in The Division and Flashpoint, as well as recurring and guest roles on several other shows.

Johnson is also a singer-songwriter and has released three albums to date.

Personal life[edit]

Johnson was born in Dennis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, to Greig, a car salesman, and Christine, who managed a clothing store.[1] She attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.[2]

As a teenager, Johnson participated in gymnastics. She reached Class One and participated in competitions hosted in the United States and Europe in uneven bars, vault, beam, and floor. At the age of 17, she left gymnastics to pursue acting.

Johnson is married to Olivier Giner (August 2009). They live in Toronto[3] and have one daughter, Francesca Christine, born in December 2008.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Johnson moved to New York City at 18 to pursue an acting career. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the American Musical and Acting Academy. She later moved to Los Angeles to audition for her first part.

Johnson’s first role was as Kimberly Ann Hart, the Pink Ranger, in the 1993 series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. She acquired the role less than a month after moving to Los Angeles. Her gymnastics background was an advantage in fight scenes. The series achieved unexpected success, and Johnson had a fair share of media exposure. In later years, Johnson revealed that becoming famous from the show was at times overwhelming and had given her nightmares but that overall, she learned many things and was grateful to the show and her fans.[5][6] In an appearance on VH1’s I Love the ’90s, Johnson stated that having been the Pink Power Ranger was something she would “never live down.”

Johnson in 2000

After she left the series in 1995, Johnson went on to star in Disney Channel‘s Susie Q and in the Saved by the Bell: The New Class episode “Backstage Pass.” In 1997, she starred in NBC‘s adaptation of Lois Duncan‘s novel Killing Mr. Griffin and played a gymnast with an eating disorder in Perfect Body. Johnson also participated in the film Without Limits. She also reprised her role as Kimberly Hart in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.

In 1998, Johnson was invited to play Julie Emrick in The WB series Felicity. She held a main role on Felicity for three seasons and was a special guest in its fourth and final season.

In the early 2000s, Johnson had roles in Interstate 60, Pursuit of Happiness, and Infested, as well as television film Hard Ground. She also had guest starring roles on Spin City and ER. In 2004, she starred as Stacy Reynolds in the fourth season of The Division. In the latter half of the decade, she had recurring roles in Wildfire and What About Brian, and she starred in television films Magma: Volcanic Disaster on Syfy and Fatal Trust on Lifetime. In addition, Johnson took parts in a few independent films, Veritas, Prince of Truth and Islander.

Beginning in 2008, Johnson became a series regular on Flashpoint as Constable Jules Callaghan, a member of the fictional Strategic Response Unit of the Toronto Police service.[7] She was nominated for a Gemini Award for her performance. The show aired new episodes through 2012.

Since 2012, Johnson has had guest roles on a few shows including a recurring role on USA‘s Covert Affairs. In addition, she has directed and produced two short films, Bent and Lines.[8]

Music career[edit]

Johnson is a singer-songwriter and has released three albums: The Trans-American Treatment (2001), Imperfect (2005), and Never Broken (2013).[9] She has performed in the Los Angeles area with The Amy Jo Johnson Band. In December 2007, she contributed guest vocals to Koishii & Hush‘s cover of The Cars track “Since You’re Gone”, which was released as a single.[10]

Some of Johnson’s music has been featured on television shows. Johnson’s character in Felicity was originally described as a dancer, but with Johnson’s input, the producers rewrote the character as a singer and guitarist. As a result, Johnson was able to perform her own song, “Puddle of Grace,” on the show. In Flashpoint, her songs “Dancing In-Between” and “Goodbye” were featured.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Among other notable recognitions, Johnson received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role at the 24th Annual Gemini Awards in 2009. She also received two nominations as Best Actress for her role in Flashpoint at the Monte Carlo TV Festival. [12][13]

Year Result Award Category Work Ref.
2000 Nominated Teen Choice Awards TV Star Choice Sidekick Felicity [14]
2002 Nominated Slamdunk Film Festival Best Actress Pursuit of Happiness [15]
2009 Nominated Gemini Awards Best Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Flashpoint [16]
2010 Nominated Monte Carlo TV Festival TV Best Actress Flashpoint [17]
2012 Nominated Monte Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Flashpoint [18]
2013 Won Long Island Film Festival Shelly Award for Woman Filmmakers Bent [19]
2013 Won Women in Film and Television Audience Choice Bent [19]
2013 Won Toronto International Film Festival Jury Award Bent [19]
2014 Won Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Best Canadian Short Bent [19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Kimberly Ann Hart / The Pink Ranger
1997 Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Kimberly Ann Hart
1998 Without Limits Iowa’s Finest
1999 Cold Hearts Alicia
2001 Pursuit of Happiness Tracy
2001 Liars Club Karen
2002 Interstate 60 Laura
2002 Infested Jesse
2005 Adjusting Arbie Fairy Short film
2006 Islander Cheryl
2007 Veritas, Prince of Truth Marty Williams
2011 Summer Song (film) Jenni
2012 Tiger Eyes Gwen Wexler
2013 Bent Amelia Short film
2013 Coming Home for Christmas Wendy Video
2014 Lines Short film, completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Kimberly Hart / The Pink Ranger Main role (138 episodes)
1994 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alpha’s Magical Christmas Kimberly Ann Hart Video short
1995 Eddie Files, TheThe Eddie Files Cindy Episode: “The Counting Principle: Eddie in Barbieland”
1996 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Linda Episode: “Backstage Pass”
1996 Susie Q Susie Quinn / Maggie TV film
1997 Killing Mr. Griffin Susan McConnell TV film
1997 Perfect Body Andie Bradley TV film
1998–2000 Felicity Julie Emrick Main role (50 episodes)
1999 Sweetwater Nansi Nevins TV film
2001 Night Visions Sara Episode: “Rest Stop/After Life”
2001 ER Jill Episode: “Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain”
2002 Spin City Stephanie Episode: “Sex, Lies and Video Date”
2002 Felicity Julie Emrick Episodes: “Spin the Bottle”, “Felicity Interrupted”
2003 Hard Ground Elizabeth Kennedy TV film
2004 I Love the 90s Herself Episode: 10
2004 Division, TheThe Division Stacy Reynolds Main role (22 episodes)
2005–2007 Wildfire Tina Sharp Recurring role (7 episodes)
2006 Magma: Volcanic Disaster Brianna Chapman TV film
2006 What About Brian Karen – Car Girl Episodes: “Pilot”, “What About the Fish”, “What About Angelo’s Ashes”
2006 Fatal Trust Kate TV film
2008–2012 Flashpoint Jules Callaghan Main role (75 episodes)
2013 Cracked Sydney Reid Episode: “Night Terrors”
2014 Bookaboo Herself Episode: “The Talent Show”
2014 Covert Affairs Hayley Price Recurring Character

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Trans-American Treatment (2001)
  • Imperfect (2005)
  • Never Broken (2013)

As a featured performer[edit]

  • Felicity (soundtrack) (1999)
  • Sweetwater (soundtrack) (2000)
  • Since You’re Gone (EP) (2007)
  • Souvenirs (2008)

SOPHIE TURNER

    

Born:

February 21, 1996 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, UK

Filmography

Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani Thiessen

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Tiffani Thiessen
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Thiessen in 2010.
Born Tiffani Amber Thiessen
(1974-01-23) January 23, 1974 (age 42)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Brady Smith (m. 2005)
Children 2
Website tiffanithiessen.com

Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (born January 23, 1974) is an American actress. She is primarily known for starring as Kelly Kapowski on NBC‘s Saved by the Bell (1989–1993) and as Valerie Malone on Fox‘s Beverly Hills, 90210 (1994–1998), two TV series that met great success. Thiessen has also starred in other TV series such as Fox’s Fastlane (2002–2003) and USA Network‘s White Collar (2009–2014), as well as in a number of TV movies, and she has also appeared in several films like Son in Law (1993), Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000), Hollywood Ending (2002) and Cyborg Soldier (2008).

Early life[edit]

Thiessen was born in Long Beach, California, the daughter of Robyn (née Ernest), a homemaker, and Frank Thiessen, a park designer and landscape architect.[1] She has credited her brother, Todd, as one of her most important sources of inspiration, and her mother and grandmother as role models.[2] She attended Cubberley Elementary and Marshall Junior High School in Long Beach. In 1992, Thiessen graduated as valedictorian at Valley Professional High School in Studio City, Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

Thiessen participated in beauty pageants during her childhood and was crowned Miss Junior America in 1987. The following year, she graced the cover of Teen magazine, having won the magazine’s “Great Model Search”. In 1989, she was named Cover Girl magazine’s “Model of the Year”, and landed her first role of Kelly Kapowski on NBC‘s television sitcom Saved by the Bell, starring until its end in 1993. The success of the show gave her career a boost and Thiessen received Young Artist Award nominations for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in 1990 and Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series in 1992 and 1993. Simultaneously, Thiessen guest starred on series such as Married… with Children, Charles in Charge and Step by Step. In 1992, she starred in her first television movies Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style and A Killer Among Friends, making her film debut in Son in Law in 1993. She then continued with starring in spin-off Saved by the Bell: The College Years in its single season (1993–94) and in television movie Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (1994), which marked the end of the original Saved by the Bell series.

In 1994, after her tenure on Saved by the Bell had ended, Thiessen landed the role of Valerie Malone in Fox‘s Aaron Spelling-produced hit teen-drama Beverly Hills, 90210, to fill the void after Shannen Doherty‘s departure. She was the first actress to join directly the main cast of the show and portrayed Valerie until 1998, when she left in the early episodes of the ninth season of the show. While starring in 90210, Thiessen began to take on continuous dramatic leading roles in television films: The Stranger Beside Me and She Fought Alone in 1995, Sweet Dreams and Buried Secrets in 1996. After her departure from the show, she appeared in a number of films, including Speedway Junky (1999), From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999), Love Stinks (1999) and The Ladies Man (2000); she also guest-starred on NewsRadio (1999), Two Guys and a Girl (2000), Just Shoot Me! (2001) and Good Morning, Miami (2003–04). In 2000, she was featured in the music video for “You’re a God” by Vertical Horizon, portraying a beauty pageant contestant, in her first music video appearance. That year she also dropped her middle name which she had been including professionally for many years and is now credited as simply Tiffani Thiessen.[3] Thiessen was Spelling’s first choice to replace Doherty in popular series Charmed in 2001, but she refused his offer because she was hoping her NBC Everything but the Girl pilot would be picked up.[4]

Meanwhile, Thiessen starred in direct-to-video parody film Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000) and in television movie Everything But the Girl (2001), before appearing in the Woody Allen-directed film Hollywood Ending (2002) and starring in action drama series Fastlane (2002–03) as Wilhelmina ‘Billie’ Chambers, for which she received a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice TV Actress in Drama/Action Adventure. In 2003, she launched her production company Tit 4 Tat Productions, producing and directing the short film Just Pray in 2005, which earned distinctions at several film festivals.[5] Later on, she starred in television movies Stroller Wars (2006) and Pandemic (2007), she joined the cast of ABC‘s drama What About Brian (2007) for its last five episodes and starred in the science fiction film Cyborg Soldier (2008). In 2008, she made her second music video appearance, this time for Ben Lee‘s “American Television”. Thiessen appeared with her husband Brady Smith on the September 6, 2009 episode of season four of the reality show HGTV Design Star. Interior designer Lonni Paul, one of the final three contestants of the season, was given the task of redesigning Thiessen’s guest bedroom with an eco-friendly theme; Thiessen and Paul now have a nursery furniture line called PetitNest.[6] From 2009 through 2014 Thiessen appeared in the USA Network crime series White Collar as Elizabeth Burke.

On February 4, 2015, Thiessen reunited with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkley, Dennis Haskins and Mario Lopez on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they appeared in a Saved by the Bell sketch with Fallon.[7][8][9]

Also in 2015, Thiessen started hosting her own show on Cooking Channel called “Dinner at Tiffani’s“.

Personal life[edit]

In early 1992, Thiessen started dating Brian Austin Green, introduced by mutual friend David Faustino;[10] they moved in together in July 1994, but they broke up in the fall of the next year.[11] In 1999, she went through a difficult period in her personal life, when David Strickland, also an actor, whom she had begun dating, committed suicide.[12] From 2001 to the spring of 2003, she was engaged to actor Richard Ruccolo, whom she had met during the Two Guys and a Girl run.[13] She married actor Brady Smith on July 9, 2005,[13] and they have two children: daughter Harper Renn Smith (born June 15, 2010) [14] and son Holt Fisher Smith (born July 1, 2015) [15]

Thiessen served as maid of honor at 90210 co-star and best friend Jennie Garth‘s wedding to actor Peter Facinelli, with whom she co-starred on Fastlane. Garth and Thiessen’s friendship has since come to an end.[16] Her friendship with fellow 90210 star Tori Spelling also broke up, after Spelling’s split from her first husband.[17]

In 2013, she participated in the One Bag party for April for Earth Month, in which the Glad company promoted “clean, green living”.[18]

Public image[edit]

Thiessen was a teen idol during the 1990s, starting from her role as cheerleader Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell and then playing bad girl Valerie Malone on Beverly Hills, 90210,[19] usually included in the lists of the sexiest women of the decade.[20][21] In a much-discussed moment, Justin Bieber appeared wearing a T-shirt with a photo of Thiessen in her Saved by the Bell days at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards,[22] admitting his admiration for her. Chris Paul also revealed publicly that he was a fan of Thiessen back then, when she sent him an autographed photograph of her Saved by the Bell-era for his 29th birthday in 2014.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989–93 Saved by the Bell Kelly Kapowski Series
1990 Married… with Children Heather McCoy Episode: “What Goes Around Came Around”
1990 Charles in Charge Jennifer Episode: “There’s a Girl in My Ficus”
1992 Step by Step Tina Gordon Episode: “Daddy’s Girl”
1992 Blossom Ricki Episode: “Driver’s Education”
1992 Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style Kelly Kapowski TV movie
1992 The Powers That Be Barbara Episode: “The Intern”
1992 A Killer Among Friends Jenny Monroe Movie
1993–94 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Kelly Kapowski Series
1994 Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas Kelly Kapowski Movie
1994–98 Beverly Hills, 90210 Valerie Malone Series
1995 The Stranger Beside Me Jennifer Gallagher Movie
1995 She Fought Alone Caitlin Rose Movie
1996 Sweet Dreams Alison Sullivan Movie
1996 Buried Secrets Annalisse Vellum Movie; also co-producer
1999 Cupid Stephanie McGregor Episode: “Children’s Hour”
1999 NewsRadio Foxy Jackson Episode: “Assistant”
2000 Two Guys and a Girl Marti 8 episodes
2001 Everything But the Girl Denise Pilot movie
2001 Just Shoot Me! Amy Watson 3 episodes
2002–03 Fastlane Wilhelmina ‘Billie’ Chambers Series
2003–04 Good Morning, Miami Victoria Hill 11 episodes
2006 Stroller Wars Lainey Pilot movie
2007 Pandemic Kayla Martin Movie
2007 What About Brian Natasha Drew 5 episodes
2009–14 White Collar Elizabeth Burke Main role (76 episodes)
2012–
present
Jake and the Never Land Pirates Misty the Wonderful Witch / Mermaid Recurring voice role
2014 Northpole Chelsea Hastings Movie
2015 The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Kelly Kapowski Episode 205 Saved by the Bell sketch
2015 Dinner at Tiffani’s Host Series

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Son in Law Tracy
1999 Speedway Junky Wilma Price
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Pam Direct-to-video
1999 Love Stinks Rebecca Melini / Juliette
2000 Ivans XTC Marie Stein
2000 The Ladies Man Honey DeLune
2000 Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth Hagitha Utslay Direct to video
2001 A Christmas Adventure …from a Book Called Wisely’s Tales Vixen (voice) Direct-to-video
2002 Hollywood Ending Sharon Bates
2005 Just Pray Short film; director
2008 Cyborg Soldier Lindsey Reardon
Music videos
Year Artist Song
2000 Vertical Horizon You’re a God
2008 Ben Lee “American Television”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1990 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast Saved by the Bell Nominated
1992 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Prime-time or Cable Series Saved by the Bell Nominated
1993 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in an Off-Prime-time Series Saved by the Bell Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Drama/Action Adventure Fastlane Nominated
2005 Jury Award Best Live Action Over 15 Minutes (as producer and director) Just Pray Runner-up

Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash

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Stacey Dash
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Born Stacey Lauretta Dash
(1966-01-20) January 20, 1966 (age 50)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, Fox News contributor
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s)
  • Brian Lovell (m. 1999–2000)[1]
  • James Maby (m. 2005–06)[1]
  • Emmanuel Xuereb (m. 2007–10)
Children 2

Stacey Lauretta Dash[2] (born January 20, 1966)[3][4][5] is an American actress, known for starring in the 1995 feature film Clueless and the television series spinoff of the same name. She has also appeared in films such as Moving, Mo’ Money, Renaissance Man and View from the Top. Other television work by Dash includes appearances in series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Single Ladies and the reality television show Celebrity Circus. She has also appeared in music videos for Carl Thomas‘ “Emotional” and Kanye West‘s “All Falls Down“.

She is a co-host on Fox News Channel talk show Outnumbered.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

Stacey Dash was born in The Bronx, New York.[2] She is of West Indian and Aztec indian descent.[8] Her first cousin is Damon Dash, the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records.[9]

Career[edit]

Dash made her first television appearance in the NBC crime drama pilot Farrell: For the People starring Valerie Harper and Ed O’Neill in 1982, which did not make it past its pilot episode.[10][11] Her first notable appearance was as Michelle in the 1985 The Cosby Show episode “Denise’s Friend” alongside Lisa Bonet, and in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[12] Dash’s first substantial television role was in the 1988 television series TV 101, which also featured Matt LeBlanc and Sam Robards. The series was canceled after 13 episodes.

Dash’s first major film role was in the Richard Pryor comedy Moving in 1988. She also had sizeable roles in Mo’ Money and Renaissance Man during this time. In 1995, Dash starred as a femme fatale in the low-budget film Illegal in Blue. Dash received her big break with the 1995 teen comedy film Clueless, which also starred Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy. Dash played Cher’s high school best friend Dionne Marie Davenport, although Dash was twenty-eight at the time. In 1996, the film spawned a television spin-off of the same name, in which Dash reprised her role as Dionne and Rachel Blanchard played Cher. The series ran from 1996 to 1999.

After the television series ended, she appeared in View from the Top (2003) and smaller budget films, including Gang of Roses (2003), and Getting Played (2005). She also has appeared in small guest roles on television shows such as Eve and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Dash played Vanessa Weir in the television series, The Strip, which was not successful and was canceled after several episodes. In 2001, Dash was featured in a music video by Carl Thomas for the single “Emotional“. In 2004, Dash was featured in a music video by Kanye West, labelmate of her cousin Damon Dash, for the single “All Falls Down“. Dash posed nude in the August 2006 issue of Playboy. Also in 2006, she was featured in singer Marques Houston‘s video for “Favorite Girl“. In 2006, she launched her own lingerie line called Letters of Marque.[13]

In 2007, she completed filming roles in I Could Never Be Your Woman, Nora’s Hair Salon II, Fashion Victim, Ghost Image and American Primitive. For 2008 release, she filmed Phantom Punch and Secrets Of A Hollywood Nurse for television, and the feature film Close Quarters. Dash performed in the 2008 reality television series Celebrity Circus. Prior to the series premiere, Dash suffered a broken rib while training. Despite the injury, Dash performed on the trapeze bungee during the premiere and continued on to be a finalist. Dash finished second behind Antonio Sabàto, Jr.

Dash appeared as a recurring character on the television series The Game in early 2009. In 2011, Dash starred in the first season of VH1‘s first scripted series, Single Ladies, playing Valerie “Val” Stokes, described as a “‘good girl’ looking for a good man”.[14] On August 31, 2011, it was reported that she would leave the series in order to focus on her family.[15][16][17]

In 2012, Dash starred as Lisa, the female lead in the film Dysfunctional Friends, alongside Meagan Good, Tatyana Ali, Stacy Keibler and Terrell Owens. The film was written and directed by Corey Grant. It garnered favorable reviews from Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com[18] and Michael Dequina of TheMovieReport.com,[19] but a negative review by John Anderson of Variety.[20][21] In 2012, Dash was featured in Funny or Die and YouTube broadcast trailers and shorts for her web series Stacey Dash Is Normal.[22] The scripted series launched in 2013.[23]

On May 28, 2014, Fox News announced that Dash had been hired as a contributor for “cultural analysis and commentary.”[24] On the December 7, 2015 edition of Outnumbered, Dash made a remark about President Barack Obama‘s address regarding Islamic terrorism that took place the day before, suggesting the president didn’t “give a shit” about terrorism. Due to this remark, the network suspended her without pay for two weeks.[25]

In 2016, Dash received criticism when she argued that the BET Awards lied to black people about news regarding the boycotting of the Oscars due to lack of ethnic diversity, and called for an end to Black History Month.[26][27][28][29][30] She made a cameo at the 88th Academy Awards repeating this sentiment.[31][32]

Personal life[edit]

Dash has been divorced three times.[1] In 2010, she filed a divorce and restraining order against her now ex-husband Emmanuel Xuereb.[33][34] Dash claimed “Xuereb hit her on several occasions on her face, head and body throughout the marriage.”[35]

She has two children, a son (born 1991, fathered by R&B singer Christopher Williams) and a daughter (born 2003).[1][36]

Dash voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 US presidential election.[37] In 2012, however, she switched her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican,[38] and endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on her Twitter account. Some Twitter users responded with criticism, racial epithets and calls for her to commit suicide, while others supported her and addressed the criticism. In response to the harassment, Dash stated, “My humble opinion… EVERYONE is entitled to one”.[39][40][41] She said, “I really don’t understand the fury. I don’t get it. … I was shocked, really shocked. But you can’t expect everyone to agree with you.” Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan personally telephoned her. During their conversation, Ryan thanked Dash for supporting the Romney–Ryan ticket, and “told her she was brave”.[37][42]

Since the 2012 election, Dash has publicly expressed her political views. She criticized hip hop singers Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s trip to Cuba in April 2013. Dash asked her fans on Twitter if they cared whether Jay-Z visited Cuba before the embargo was lifted.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Enemy Territory Toni Briggs
1988 Moving Casey Pear
1989 Tennessee Waltz Minnie
1992 Mo’ Money Amber Evans
1994 Renaissance Man Pvt. Miranda Myers
1995 Clueless Dionne Davenport
1995 Illegal in Blue Kari Truitt Video
1997 Cold Around the Heart Bec Rosenberg
1999 Personals Leah
2001 Painting, TheThe Painting Hallie Gilmore at 18
2002 Paper Soldiers Tamika
2003 View from the Top Angela Samona
2003 Gang of Roses Kim
2003 Ride or Die Real Venus Video
2004 All Falls Down Kanye West’s Girlfriend Video
2005 Lethal Eviction Amanda Winters
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Brianna Minx
2007 Ghost Image Alicia Saunders
2008 Christmas Break Smokin’ Woman Short film
2008 Nora’s Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above Simone
2008 Fashion Victim Cara Wheeler
2008 Phantom Punch Geraldine Liston
2009 Wild About Harry Joy Crowley
2009 Chrome Angels Lady
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Lisa
2012 House Arrest Chanel
2013 Blue Butterflies Faith Short film
2014 Lap Dance Dr. Annie Jones
2015 Patient Killer Nancy Peck

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Farrell for the People Denise Grey TV movie
1985 Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Michelle Episode: “Denise’s Friend”
1988 St. Elsewhere Penny Franks 4 episodes
1988–1989 TV 101 Monique Main role (13 episodes)
1994 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Michelle Michaels Episode: “When You Hit Upon a Star”
1996–1999 Clueless Dionne “Dee” Davenport Main role (62 episodes)
1999–2000 Strip, TheThe Strip Vanessa Weir Main role (10 episodes)
2001 Going to California Janie Episode: “A Pirate Looks at 15 to 20”
2001 Men, Women & Dogs Meg Episode: “Pilot”
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Amy Young Episode: “Slaves of Las Vegas”
2003 Eve Corryn Episode: “The Ex Factor”
2005 Duck Dodgers Paprika Solo (voice) Episode: “Diamond Boogie/Corporate Pigfall”
2006 Getting Played Emily Movie
2008 American Dad! Janet Lewis (voice) Episode: “Escape from Pearl Bailey
2008 Secrets of a Hollywood Nurse Reporter Movie
2009, 2011 Game, TheThe Game Camille Rose 5 episodes
2011 Single Ladies Valerie “Val” Stokes Main role (11 episodes)
2013 Exes, TheThe Exes Dana Episode: “Trading Places”
2014–present Outnumbered Herself Semi-regular co-host
2015 Cloudy with a Chance of Love Kelly Movie

CHARLIZE THERON…FILMOLOGY

   

Filmography

 2017 Fast 8 (announced) (rumored)
 2016 Mindhunter (TV Series) (pre-production)
 2010 Brandon Flowers: Crossfire (Video short)
Heroine
 2009 Astro Boy
‘Our Friends’ Narrator (voice)
 2009/I The Road
Woman
 2008 Hancock
Mary
 2006 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
Daniel’s Mom / Mother / Waitress

Book of Corrine (2006) … Daniel’s Mom / Mother / Waitress (voice)
 2005 Arrested Development (TV Series)
Rita

The Ocean Walker (2005) … Rita
Notapusy (2005) … Rita
Mr. F (2005) … Rita
Forget Me Now (2005) … Rita
 2005 Æon Flux (Video Game)
Æon Flux (voice)
 2002 Waking Up in Reno
Candy Kirkendall
 2002/I Trapped
Karen
 2001 15 Minutes
Rose Hearn
 1997 Hollywood Confidential (TV Movie)
Sally
 1995 Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
Eli’s Follower (uncredited)

Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron
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Born (1975-08-07) 7 August 1975 (age 40)
Benoni, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Citizenship South African (1975–present)[1]
American (2007–present)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • Producer
  • Fashion Model
Years active 1995–present
Partner(s) Stuart Townsend (2001–10)
Children 2
Website www.charlizeafricaoutreach.org

Charlize Theron (/ʃɑːrˈlz ˈθɛrən/ shar-LEEZ THERR-ən; Afrikaans pronunciation: [ʃɐrˈlis tron];[2] born 7 August 1975)[3] is a South African and American actress, producer and fashion model. She has starred in several Hollywood films, such as The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Italian Job (2003), Hancock (2008), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Academy Award, Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress among several other accolades, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category. She received further Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in the sexual harassment-themed drama North Country in 2005 and a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in Jason Reitman‘s 2011 film Young Adult.

Theron became a U.S. citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship. In the late 2000s, she moved into the field of producing, both in television and film. In 2006, she produced the documentary East of Havana. She had producing credits on the films The Burning Plain (2008) and Dark Places (2015), both of which she starred in. In 2012, she played Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman and Meredith Vickers in Prometheus, both of which were box office successes. She will reprise her role of Queen Ravenna in the 2016 prequel film The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

Early life[edit]

Theron was born in Benoni, in the then-Transvaal Province of South Africa, the only child of Gerda Jacoba Aletta (née Maritz)[4][5] and Charles Jacobus Theron (born 27 November 1947).[5][6] Second Boer War figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle.[7] She is from an Afrikaner family, and her ancestry includes French, German, and Dutch; her French forebears were early Huguenot settlers in South Africa.[7] “Theron” is an Occitan surname (originally spelled Théron) pronounced in Afrikaans as [tron].

She grew up on her parents’ farm in Benoni, near Johannesburg.[8][9][10] On 21 June 1991, Theron’s father, an alcoholic,[10] physically attacked her mother and threatened both her and her mother while drunk; Theron’s mother then shot and killed him. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defence and her mother faced no charges.[11][12]

Theron attended Putfontein Primary School (Laerskool Putfontein), a period she later characterised as not “fitting in.”[13] At 13, Theron was sent to boarding school and began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg.[10] Although Theron is fluent in English, her first language is Afrikaans.[14][15]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Although seeing herself as a dancer,[16] Theron at 16 won a one-year modeling contract[10] at a local competition in Salerno[16][17] and with her mother moved to Milan, Italy.[18] After Theron spent a year modeling throughout Europe, she and her mother moved to New York City and Miami, Florida.[18] In New York, she attended the Joffrey Ballet School, where she trained as a ballet dancer until a knee injury closed this career path.[16] As Theron recalled in 2008:

“I went to New York for three days to model, and then I spent a winter in New York in a friend’s windowless basement apartment. I was broke, I was taking class at the Joffrey Ballet, and my knees gave out. I realized I couldn’t dance anymore, and I went into a major depression. My mom came over from South Africa and said, ‘Either you figure out what to do next or you come home, because you can sulk in South Africa’.”[16]

At 19,[19] Theron flew to Los Angeles, on a one-way ticket her mother bought her, intending now to work in the film industry.[16] During her early months there, she went to a Hollywood Boulevard bank to cash a check her mother had sent her to help with the rent.[20] When the teller refused to cash it, Theron engaged in a shouting match with him.[10] Upon seeing this, talent agent John Crosby,[20] in line behind her, handed her his business card and subsequently introduced her to casting agents and also an acting school.[20][21] She later fired him as her manager after he kept sending her scripts for films similar to Showgirls and Species.[22] After several months in the city, she made her film debut with a non-speaking role in the horror film Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995).[10] Her first speaking role was a supporting but significant and attention-garnering part as a hitwoman in 2 Days in the Valley (1996).[10] Larger roles in widely released Hollywood films followed, and her career expanded in the late 1990s with box-office successes like The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999).[10] She was on the cover of the January 1999 issue of Vanity Fair as the “White Hot Venus”.[23] She also appeared on the cover of the May 1999 issue of Playboy magazine, in photos taken several years earlier when she was an unknown model; Theron unsuccessfully sued the magazine for publishing the photos without her consent.[24][25]

Success and hiatus[edit]

She starred in five films in 2000: Reindeer Games, The Yards, The Legend of Bagger Vance and Men of Honor, Sweet November and was briefly considered a new “It girl“. Theron has said of this period in her career that, “I kept finding myself in a place where directors would back me but studios didn’t. [I began] a love affair with directors, the ones I really, truly admired. I found myself making really bad movies, too. Reindeer Games was not a good movie, but I did it because I loved John Frankenheimer.”[26]

Theron at the premiere of North Country at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005

After appearing in other films, Theron starred as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003).[10] Film critic Roger Ebert called it “one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema”.[27] For her role, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 76th Academy Awards in February 2004,[28] as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award.[29] She is the first South African to win an Oscar for Best Actress.[30] The Oscar win pushed her to The Hollywood Reporter‘s 2006 list of highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning US$10 million for both her subsequent films, North Country and Aeon Flux, she ranked seventh, behind Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Renée Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.[31] AskMen also named her the number one most desirable woman of 2003.[32]

In 2005, Theron portrayed Rita, Michael Bluth‘s (Jason Bateman) love interest, on the third season of Fox’s critically acclaimed television series Arrested Development.[33] She also received Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her role of Britt Ekland in the 2004 HBO film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.[34] On 30 September, Theron received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[30] In the same year, she starred in the financially unsuccessful science fiction thriller Aeon Flux. She also received the 2005 Spike Video Game Award for Best Performance by a Human Female for her voiceover work in the Aeon Flux video game.[35][36]

Theron received Best Actress Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her lead performance in the drama North Country.[28][29] Ms. magazine also honoured her for this performance with a feature article in its Fall 2005 issue.[37] She was supposed to star in the screen adaption of the short story The Ice at the Bottom of the World by Mark Richard, and it was to be directed by Kimberly Peirce[38] and produced by Theron’s company Denver and Delilah Productions (named after Theron’s two dogs). Theron has owned the rights for many years.[39] She was also supposed to star in a movie adaption of the graphic novel Jinx, but neither project has been produced yet.[38]

In 2008, Theron was named the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year.[40] That year she also starred with Will Smith in the superhero film Hancock, and in late 2008 she was asked to be a UN Messenger of Peace by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.[41]

On 4 December 2009, Theron co-presented the draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa, accompanied by several other celebrities of South African nationality or ancestry. During rehearsals she drew an Ireland ball instead of France as a joke at the expense of FIFA, referring to Thierry Henry‘s handball controversy in the play-off match between France and Ireland.[42][43] The stunt alarmed FIFA enough for it to fear she might do it again in front of a live global audience.[44]

Recent work[edit]

Theron at the 2010 Academy Awards

Theron at WonderCon in March 2012 promoting Prometheus

Following a three-year hiatus from the big screen, Theron returned to the spotlight in 2011 with Young Adult. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film earned critical acclaim especially for Theron’s performance. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and several other high profile awards. Theron played the Evil Queen Ravenna, Snow White’s evil stepmother, in the film Snow White and the Huntsman, which began production in 2011 and was released in 2012.[45]

In 2011, she described her process for becoming the characters in her film:

When I’m figuring out a character, for me it’s easy, since once I say yes to something, I become super-obsessed about it – and I have an obsessive nature in general. How I want to play it starts at that moment. It’s a very lonely, internal experience. I think about [the character] all the time – I observe things, I see things and file things [in my head], everything geared to what I’m going to do. I’m obsessed with the human condition. You read the script and become obsessed with [a character’s] nature, her habits. When the camera rolls, it’s time to do my job, to do the honest truth. You can’t do that part of the [character-creation] work when you’re [in the middle of] making the film. At least I can’t.[46]

In 2012, she starred in Ridley Scott‘s science fiction film Prometheus. In 2013, Vulture/NYMag named her the 68th Most Valuable Star in Hollywood saying: “We’re just happy that Theron can stay on the list in a year when she didn’t come out with anything … any actress who’s got that kind of skill, beauty, and ferocity ought to have a permanent place in Hollywood.”[47]

In 2015, Theron played Libby Day, the lead character in the film adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Theron also had a producer credit.[48] The same year, Theron also starred as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), opposite Tom Hardy.[49][50]

Theron starred in the fantasy epic The Huntsman: Winter’s War, a prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. She will be reprising her role as Queen Ravenna when the film is released on April 22, 2016.[51]

She is currently set to star in an adaptation of the graphic novel The Coldest City being directed by David Leitch, which will began production in November 2015.[52]

Other ventures[edit]

Activism[edit]

Theron at the 2013 Crystal Award Ceremony for Exploring Arts in Society

The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) was created in 2007 by Theron, a UN Messenger of Peace, in an effort to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS. CTAOP’s mission is to help keep African youth safe from HIV/AIDS. The project is committed to supporting community-engaged organizations that address the key drivers of the disease. Although the geographic scope of CTAOP is Sub-Saharan Africa, the primary concentration has mostly been Charlize’s home country of South Africa. CTAOP’s approach is based on the belief that community-based organizations on the ground understand the social and structural relationships of their communities better than anyone. By supporting these organizations through grant giving, networking, and spotlighting their work, CTAOP enables communities to mobilize and empower themselves to prevent HIV.[53]

In 2008, Theron was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.[54] In his citation, Ban Ki-Moon said of Theron “You have consistently dedicated yourself to improving the lives of women and children in South Africa, and to preventing and stopping violence against women and girls.”[55] She recorded a public service announcement in 2014 as part of their Stop Rape Now program.[56]

In December 2009, CTAOP and TOMS Shoes partnered to create a limited edition unisex shoe. The shoe was made from vegan materials and inspired by the African baobab tree, the silhouette of which was embroidered on blue and orange canvas. Ten-thousand pairs were given to destitute children, and a portion of the proceeds went to CTAOP.[57]

Theron is involved in women’s rights organizations and has marched in pro-choice rallies.[58] Theron also is a supporter of animal rights and active member of PETA. She appeared in a PETA ad for its anti-fur campaign.[59]

Theron is a supporter of same-sex marriage and attended a march and rally to support that in Fresno, California, on 30 May 2009.[60] She has publicly stated that she refuses to get married until same sex marriage is legal in the United States. Theron commented on the subject matter, saying: “I don’t want to get married because right now the institution of marriage feels very one-sided, and I want to live in a country where we all have equal rights. I think it would be exactly the same if we were married, but for me to go through that kind of ceremony, because I have so many friends who are gays and lesbians who would so badly want to get married, that I wouldn’t be able to sleep with myself.”[61] Theron further elaborated on her stance in a June 2011 interview on Piers Morgan Tonight. She stated: “I do have a problem with the fact that our government hasn’t stepped up enough to make this federal, to make [gay marriage] legal. I think everybody has that right.”[62]

In March 2014, CTAOP was among the charities that benefited from the annual Fame and Philanthropy fundraising event on the night of the 86th Academy Awards. Theron was an honored guest along with Halle Berry and keynote speaker James Cameron.[63]

In 2015, Theron signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.[64]

Endorsements[edit]

Having signed a deal with John Galliano in 2004, Theron replaced Estonian model Tiiu Kuik as the spokeswoman in the “J’adore” advertisements by Christian Dior.[65] From October 2005 to December 2006, Theron earned US$3 million for the use of her image in a worldwide print media advertising campaign for Raymond Weil watches.[66] In February 2006, she and her loan-out corporation were sued by Weil for breach of contract.[66][67] The lawsuit was settled on 4 November 2008.[68]

Personal life[edit]

Theron at the Meteor Awards in 2008

In 2007 Theron became a naturalized citizen of the United States,[69] while retaining her South African citizenship.[70]

In the mid-1990s, Theron had a two-year relationship with actor Craig Bierko.[71][72] From 1997 to 2001, she dated Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins.[73] Theron then began a relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend, with whom she starred in Trapped (2002) and Head in the Clouds (2004).[73] Theron and Townsend separated in January 2010 after nearly nine years together.[74] In early 2014, she began dating actor Sean Penn,[75] but it was reported that they had split in late June 2015.[76][77]

Theron has two children, both adopted. In March 2012 she adopted a boy, whom she named Jackson.[78] In July 2015 she adopted a girl, whom she named August.[79][80] She lives in Los Angeles.[81]

Health concerns[edit]

While filming Aeon Flux in Berlin, Germany, Theron suffered a herniated disc in her neck, caused by a fall while filming a series of back handsprings. It required her to wear a neck brace for a month.[82] In July 2009, she was diagnosed with a serious stomach virus, thought to be contracted while traveling overseas.[83][84] While filming The Road, Theron injured her vocal cords during the labour screaming scenes.[85]

Filmography[edit]

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Charlize Theron Herself Funny Or Die short
2012 Charlize Theron Cell Phone Hack Response Herself Funny Or Die short
2012 Sittin On Tha Toilet Herself Funny Or Die short
2012 Charlize Theron Gets Hacked Herself Funny Or Die short
2012 Charlize Theron Stalks Some Dude Herself Funny Or Die short
2012 Charlize Theron Talks in Her Sleep Herself Funny Or Die short
2012 Charlize Theron Practices Her Oscar Speech Herself Funny Or Die short

I TURNED ON YES AND THEY WERE SHOWING THE JETER DIVE IN THE STANDS GAME

Today, while channel surfing, I decided to put on The YES Network and low and behold a Yankee Classic.  The Red Sox and Yankees were tied 3-3.  Tanyan Sturtz on the mound, second and third and two outs.  A foul ball hit into the seats behind third base and what did I see?

Jeter, who needed stitches, played the next night.

I wondered, who long would

  AND

   Gardner, at least half the season and Ellsbury, six years.  EDB

Marsha Thomason

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Marsha Thomason
Marsha Thomason - White Collar panel crop.jpg    

Thomason at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born (1976-01-19) 19 January 1976 (age 40)
Moston, Greater Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Craig Sykes (m. 2009)
Children 1

Marsha Lisa Thomason (born 19 January 1976) is an English actress who is best known for playing Nessa Holt in the first two seasons of the NBC series Las Vegas, Naomi Dorrit on the ABC series Lost, and FBI agent Diana Berrigan on the USA Network series White Collar.

Early life[edit]

Thomason was born in Moston, Greater Manchester, the daughter of Phyllis (née McCrae), a Jamaican electronics company employee, and Peter Thomason, who worked in politics.[1] She attended Holy Trinity Primary School in Blackley and North Manchester High School for Girls, before attending Oldham Sixth Form College to study for A levels in Media Studies, Theatre Studies, and Performing Arts. Thomason attended the Manchester Metropolitan University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. From the age of 13, Thomason attended Oldham Theatre Workshop where she was able to participate in youth theatre productions.

Career[edit]

Thomason first came to prominence on British television in the series Playing the Field and Where The Heart Is, as well as in the first series of the BBC Three drama Burn It. In the United States, she appeared in Disney‘s The Haunted Mansion. She played Brandy in the film My Baby’s Daddy and Victoria in Black Knight. She also played Vicki in Pure. She starred in the U.S. television series Las Vegas as Nessa Holt in seasons 1 and 2, a total of 47 episodes.

On 21 October 2004, she was a guest on the radio show Loveline. In January 2008, she appeared in Messiah V: The Rapture. In August 2008, Thomason was cast as a series regular in the CW show Easy Money.[2] In late 2009, she appeared on General Hospital.[3] After appearing in the pilot episode for White Collar as agent Diana Berrigan, she returned for the first season finale. It was announced that she would appear on the series full-time in the second season.[4][5] She is also the new voice of Diana in Hitman: Absolution.

Thomason was a recurring character on the television show Lost as Naomi Dorrit. Being a friend of Dominic Monaghan (who played Charlie Pace on the series), she was a huge fan of the show and excited to be cast. She first appeared in the third season episode “Catch-22“, which aired on 18 April 2007, and continued to appear until the season finale “Through the Looking Glass“. She next appeared in “The Beginning of the End” and in the season 5, episode 13, “Some Like It Hoth“.

Thomas said about the lack of character transparency in Lost, “That’s kind of difficult as an actor, but also freeing in a way, because you just have to play the scenes as they’re written. And then if you find out if you’re a big villain or whatever, then you play that… you know when that worked really brilliantly? On 24 with Nina Myers. She didn’t have a clue – Sarah Clarke, the actress – and that made it really brilliant, because she played Nina honestly. Really honestly. And then she was a villain. Genius. That was such a great one.”[6]

Personal life[edit]

On 5 April 2009, Thomason married lighting technician Craig Sykes in Malibu, California.[7] Their daughter, Tallulah Anaïs, was born on 12 June 2013.[8]

Thomason is an avid supporter of Manchester City.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Safe Wendy TV film
1994 Priest Nurse
1996 Brazen Hussies Stripper with fire TV film
2001 Swallow Tina Harford TV film
Black Knight Chambermaid Number 7 / Victoria the Chambermaid / Nicole
2002 Long Time Dead Lucy
Pure Vicki
2003 The Haunted Mansion Sara Evers / Elizabeth Henshaw
2004 My Baby’s Daddy Brandy
2005 The Nickel Children Beatrice
2006 The Package Melissa Short film
Caffeine Rachel
The Fast One Lucy Comedy short
The Tripper Linda
Tug of War Sam Comedy short
2007 LA Blues Carla
2008 Messiah V: The Rapture Mel Palmer TV film
2009 Into the Blue 2: The Reef Azra Film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Prime Suspect 1 Episode: Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement
1997 Pie in the Sky Sally 8 Episodes
1998 Playing the Field Sharon ‘Shazza’ Pearce
Where the Heart Is Jacqui Richards 3 Episodes: “The Final Curtain”, “The Healing Game” & “Fresh”
1999 Love in the 21st Century Louise Episode: “Threesome”
2001 Table 12 Denie Episode: “Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner”
2003 Burn It Tina
2003–2005 Las Vegas Nessa Holt Seasons 1-2 (Main cast: 47 Episodes)
2007 Cane Miranda Sanfilipino Episode: “Family Business”
2007–2010 Lost Naomi Dorritt 12 Episodes
2008 Life Jill Abrahams Episode: “The Business of Miracles”
2008 Easy Money Julia Miller series regular
2009–2010 Make It or Break It Mary Jane “MJ” Martin 6 Episodes
2009–2014 White Collar Diana Berrigan Season 1 (2 episodes: Pilot, Finale); Season 2-6 (Main Cast)[4]
2009 General Hospital Gillian Carlyle
2011 2 Broke Girls Cashandra Episodes: “And Hoarder Culture”, “And The Really Petty Cash”
2013–2014 Men at Work Selena Episode: “Weekend at PJ’s”, “I Take Thee, Gibbs”
2014 House of Lies Acquaintance Episode: “Soldiers”
2015 Safe House Katy 4 Episodes