Zuleyka Silver(JERRY’S SISTER ON HAWAII 5-O)

Zuleyka Silver

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Zuleyka Silver
Born (1991-08-02) August 2, 1991 (age 24)
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Nationality Mexican, American (naturalized)
Occupation Actress, fashion model, beauty pageant contestant

Zuleyka Silver (born August 2, 1991) is a MexicanAmerican actress, fashion model, and the seventh runner-up of the seventh season of Univision‘s Nuestra Belleza Latina.[1]

Early life[edit]

Silver was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.[1]

Career[edit]

Commencing her acting career by debuting in the television film The Strip (2010), Silver has frequently appeared in episodes of popular television series such as 90210, Big Time Rush, Touch, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The Bold and the Beautiful.

In 2009, she auditioned for Model Latinas third season, where she finished as the second runner-up.

In 2013, she auditioned for Nuestra Belleza Latina 2013, representing her home country Mexico, where she portrayed acclaimed Mexican actress María Félix in a photo shoot, and had the opportunity to portray María José Tenorio, a character from Jenni Rivera‘s acting debut film Filly Brown.

She portrayed 2014 Anna in the Canadian horror thriller film Girl House, in which she co-starred Ali Cobrin, Slaine, Nicole Arianna Fox, Wesley MacInnes and Camren Bicondova.[2] She also played the role of Daniela Welker in the TV series The Mentalist.

In 2016, she appeared in one episode of the American TV series Code Black playing the role of Kamilla.

In 2016, she appeared in one episode of the American TV series Hawaii Five-0 playing the role of Isabel.

THE ARCHITECT OF THE YANKEE MESS

 

Bipasha Basu

 

Bipasha Basu

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Bipasha Basu
Bipasha Basu at success bash of 'Alone' trailer.jpg

 
Basu at the success bash of Alone in 2015
Born (1979-01-07) 7 January 1979 (age 37)[1]
New Delhi, India
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Karan Singh Grover (m. 2016)[2]
Website Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu (born 7 January 1979)[1] is an Indian model and actress who appears primarily in Hindi language films. Basu is particularly known for her work in the thriller and horror film genres, and is cited in the media as a “sex symbol”.[3][4][5] Through her film career, she has become one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular and high-profile celebrities in India.

After a successful career as a fashion model,[6] Basu made her film debut with a supporting role in the thriller Ajnabee (2001), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her first leading role was in the horror film Raaz (2002), which earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination. She was noted for playing a seductress in the erotic thriller Jism (2003).[7] She has starred in top-grossing films like No Entry (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006), her biggest commercial success to date, and Race (2008). Her performances in Apaharan (2005), Corporate (2006) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) garnered critical praise. Other notable work include lead roles in the films All the Best: Fun Begins (2009) and Raaz 3 (2012). Bipasha Basu has also been given the title of “Bollywood’s Scream Queen” due to her contributions towards horror in India. [8]

Early life and modelling career[edit]

Basu was born to a Bengali family in Delhi, where she lived till the age of eight in Pamposh Enclave, Nehru Place and studied at Apeejay High School.[9] Her family then moved to Kolkata. Basu, who describes herself as a tomboy, was pampered as a kid and was very naughty. She was fondly called ‘Lady Goonda‘ in her school as everyone was scared of her short and commanding personality.[10] She has two sisters.

Basu was spotted by model Mehr Jesia Rampal at a hotel in Kolkata who suggested she take up modelling.[11] In 1996, she won the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest and the Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest.[12][13] Basu was flown to New York by the Ford Company and began her successful modelling career at the age of 17. She then appeared in the Calida commercial with her then-boyfriend Dino Morea, which was controversial for picturing them sultrily. She had some protesters outside her house after that.[12] She has appeared on over 40 magazine covers.[13]

Acting career[edit]

Debut: 2001–02[edit]

Bipasha Basu smiles for the camera

Basu won Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her debut film Ajnabee in 2001

One of the judges of the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest in which Basu participated, Vinod Khanna, wanted to launch her alongside his son Akshaye Khanna in Himalay Putra, but she felt she was too young and declined the role, which eventually went to Anjala Zaveri. After returning home, she was convinced by Jaya Bachchan to star opposite her son Abhishek Bachchan in J. P. Dutta‘s Aakhari Mughal.[14] However, the film was cancelled, and Dutta instead changed the script and made Refugee with Kareena Kapoor.[15] Basu was also offered a role in Refugee opposite Sunil Shetty, which she declined.[11]

In 2001, Basu finally made her debut opposite Akshay Kumar in Vijay Galani’s Ajnabee. The film, directed by Abbas-Mustan, was inspired by the American film Consenting Adults.[16] It was a moderate box-office success and attracted unfavorable reviews from critics.[17] However, Basu’s performance in a negative role was appreciated by critics and won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[11]

In 2002, Basu starred in the year’s most successful thriller, Raaz.[18] Directed by Vikram Bhatt, it established Basu in the Hindi film industry. Her portrayal of a woman who is pursued by a spirit received positive reviews. One review in The Tribune noted, “… it is Bipasha Basu who steals the show with her fine performance.”[19] She was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Raaz.[20] She was appreciated in a supporting role in Sanjay Gadhvi‘s Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, a moderate critical and commercial success. However, in David Dhawan‘s Chor Machaaye Shor, was her first commercial failure. She appeared in a supporting role opposite Mahesh Babu and Lisa Ray in the Telugu film, Takkari Donga.[21] Gunaah, which released later that year, was also a box-office failure.[18] She played the role of a cop who loves a convict and tries to reform him.[22] Derek Elley of Variety observed that Basu was a miscast as the “idealistic cop”.[23]

2003–05[edit]

In 2003, Basu starred in Pooja Bhatt‘s thriller, Jism, which was well received by critics and fared well at the box office.[24] She played the role of seductive, ambitious wife of a millionaire who indulges in an extramarital affair with an alcoholic lawyer and plots to kill her husband. The film ranked 92 in the top 100 sexiest movie scenes poll conducted by Channel 4.[25] Film critic Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama commented, “… the real show stealer is Bipasha Basu ; her sexy look and seductive deep voice, in contrast with her cold and calculating personality, makes her the most impressive femme fatale since Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi.”[26] She received a Filmfare Best Villain Award nomination for Jism. Her next release, Zameen, failed to make impact among audiences.[24]

Basu had four releases in 2004, all of which performed moderately and drew mixed reviews. She collaborated for the second time with Vikram Bhatt in her first release Aetbaar. She played the role of a young woman who falls in love with a psychopath. Rediff.com noted that “… The characters are not convincing, the plot is not fast-paced or interesting.”[27] Her next film was Mani Shankar‘s Rudraksh, based on the Indian epic Ramayana. The film was a disaster at the box office and was panned by the critics.[28] She then starred in Rakht as a tarot card reader trying to solve a murder mystery. Critic Shruti Bhasin of Planetbollywood wrote, “Bipasha Basu impresses in a different look and role.”[29] Her final release that year was Anil Sharma‘s Madhoshi opposite John Abraham.[30] Her performance of a mentally unstable woman was generally well received.[31]

In 2005, she appeared in the love triangle Barsaat alongside Bobby Deol and Priyanka Chopra. Taran Adarsh commented, “As an actor, she [Bipasha Basu] does show sparks only towards the end.”[32] She starred in the Tamil film, Sachein, which was a hit and then in Prakash Jha‘s Apaharan, which won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay.[33][34] In this period, she refused to act in art films due to salary problems.[35]

Besides acting, Basu did the video “Tu” for Sonu Nigam‘s album, Kismat. She made a guest appearance in Jay Sean‘s music video “Stolen.”[36]

2005–09[edit]

Basu established herself as an actress with the success of No Entry, Corporate and Dhoom 2.[4] No Entry grossed 750 million at the box office and was the highest grossing film of 2005.[37] Basu played the role of a bargirl who acts as wife of two men. She earned Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for the film. 2006 saw her star in four major releases — Phir Hera Pheri, Corporate, Omkara and Dhoom 2 — performing well critically and commercially.[38][39] Phir Hera Pheri became the ninth highest grossing film of the year.[40] She was featured opposite Akshay Kumar in a significant role of a con woman who steals 10 million from the protagonists. In Madhur Bhandarkar‘s Corporate, she gave up her glamorous look for the role of a businesswoman who has no qualms in taking advantage of her sexuality to con the CEO of a rival company. She won accolades from critics for her performance. Critic Aparna wrote, “[…] she has done a fabulous job as an ambitious woman. The kind of shrewdness in a woman that she plays has never been seen before in India films.”[41] She was nominated for the second time for Filmfare Best Actress Award.

Basu at the launch of Filmfare in 2012

In Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Othello, Omkara, Basu played the role of Bianca and was a cameo. She caught the attention of public with her dance number “Beedi”, which was highly popular in India and overseas.[42] Critic Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN wrote, “… Bipasha Basu is brought in to lend oomph and she succeeds in doing just that.”[43] Basu became the talk of the town for donning a bikini in Aditya Chopra‘s Dhoom 2. She reportedly ate only oranges for three days and trained hard to shoot the scene.[44] Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India commented, “Aah Bipasha! Looks great, brings back the bikini to Bollywood, and gently slips into the shadows as a pretty accessory.”[45]

In 2007, Ronnie Screwvala‘s Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal performed below average at the box-office. The song picturised on John Abraham and Basu, “Billo Rani”, became quite popular and earned her the nickname “Billo Rani”, though equal credit must be given to Omkara in which her name was Billo Chamanbahar.[46] In 2008, she teamed up once again with Abbas-Mustan for Race. She played the role of Sonia who is stuck in a love-triangle between two brothers (played by Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna) and, through the course, she murders one of them. The film grossed 680 million at the box office and was the fourth-biggest hit that year in India; it performed good enough overseas as well.[47] Her performance was appreciated by critics with Taran Adarsh citing it as “her best work so far. She’s superb”.[48] Basu’s work in Siddharth Anand‘s Bachna Ae Haseeno as a successful supermodel who finds it hard to forgive her ex-lover for betraying her earned her a second nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and the film was a commercial success with it becoming a “Hit”. She completed 2008 by appearing during the song “Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte” in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.[49]

Her first release in 2009, Aa Dekhen Zara failed to do well at the box office.[50] Rohit Shetty‘s All The Best: Fun Begins performed well and her comic role was appreciated by fans.[51] Later that year, Basu surprised everybody with Rituparno Ghosh‘s Bengali film, Shob Charitro Kalponik. “I love saris and I’m wearing a lot of them in Ritu’s film,” she said.[52] She gave up her glamorous look and was praised by critics for her performance. Critic Subhash K. Jha spoke high of her. He said, “Bipasha [Basu] pulls out all stops to deliver her career’s best performance. Her moments of anguish before and after her screen-husband’s death are expressed in tones of cathartic conviction that we never knew existed within Bipasha.” He also compared her with the multiple-award-winning actress, Shabana Azmi, commenting that Basu’s anguished portrayal of bereavement can be equalled by Azmi only.[53]

Recent work: 2010–present[edit]

Basu at Audio launch of her film Creature 3D (2015)

With the 2010 film Pankh, Basu returned w as an imaginary character who exists in the protagonist’s mind.[54] She was then featured as a Kashmiri girl in Rahul Dholakia‘s Lamhaa, which explored socio-political problems in Kashmir.[55] Principal photography of Lamhaa was disrupted many times by the locals due to the controversial theme.[56] During the shooting of Lamhaa, she left the sets at Anantnag and headed back to Mumbai citing she was afraid of the crowd there. Producer Bunty Walia thought of replacing her with Vidya Balan, but she returned for the shoot later with necessary security arrangements.[57][58] NDTV Movies wrote, “Bipasha sinks herself into her character imparting a dramatic resonance into the role without resorting to stock expressions. The sequence where she gets mauled by militant women is as traumatic to watch as it must have been for Bipasha to shoot.”[59] Basu then appeared as the wife of a ruthless cop in Priyadarshan‘s Aakrosh who helps the police with investigation on honour killings in their village. She met with mixed reviews for the film. Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India commented, “Bipasha actually doesn’t have much to do and does seem to be miscast as the much-abused, bruised and battered wife of Paresh Rawal.”[60]

Her only release in 2011 was Dum Maaro Dum, which performed reasonably well at the box office and met with good reviews from critics.[61][62] Talking of the film, she said, “My next release is DMD Dum Maaro Dum, in which I play a lively, colourful, happy-go-lucky girl called Zoey, who is the representation of Goa as we see it.”[63] Basu collaborated with Abbas-Mustan for the third time in Players, which became the first release of 2012.[64] The film was an official remake of The Italian Job.[65] Players was heavily compared to The Italian Job and was criticised for its execution and performances, including that of Basu.[66]

Her next release was Raaz 3, a supernatural horror thriller directed by Vikram Bhatt, upon release met with favourable response and emerging as a box office success after a period of relatively low phase for Basu. The movie not only became the highest grossing horror film, but also emerged a “blockbuster” with revenues of ₹730 million (US$11 million) in India alone. Her performance in the film garnered acclaim from critics with Subhash K. Jha of IANS saying, “It’s Bipasha who holds together the feverish proceedings. She delivers a full-bodied gutsy performance.”[67][68]

After appearing in a guest appearance in Race 2, where she reprised her role from the prequel,[69][70] Basu was seen in the horror film Aatma which was directed by Suparn Verma and produced by Kumar Mangat and Abhishek Pathak. She received mixed reviews for the movie.[71][72] Bipasha performed live alongside Atif Aslam, Shaan & Malaika Arora Khan for the first time in series of concerts in Birmingham & London.[73] in summer 2013.[74]

 Bipasha Basu poses for the camera

Basu at the ‘IIFA 2015 Fashion Extravaganza’ in 2015

In 2014 Bipasha Basu was seen on numerous roles in different types of movies. She appeared in Humshakals a movie Directed by Sajid Khan opposite to Saif Ali Khan which was a box office disaster. She even didn’t participate in the film’s promotions because she was “extremely disturbed by the end result” and stated that “Humshakals was the worst experience of my life”.[75][76][77] She was also seen in a special 3D movie by Vikram Bhatt produced by Bhushan Kumar titled Creature 3D, which was again a box office failure.[78][79] Basu has completed work on her first English film, Roland Joffé‘s epic drama The Lovers in which she will portray a Maratha warrior. The film was released on 13 March 2015.[80][81] In 2015, Basu featured in Bhushan Patel‘s romance horror film, Alone opposite Karan Singh Grover.[82]India TV reviewed the movie Alone when it released and wrote that “With some genuine scary moments and Bipasha-Karan’s scorching chemistry, Alone stands apart from numerous horrible horror flicks made in the past.” and also stated that “Bipasha just takes her act to another level.”[83]

Basu ranked 8 in The Times of India 50 most desirable women in 2011, ranked 13 in 2012, and ranked 7 in 2013.[84][85] UK magazine Eastern Eye named her the “Sexiest Woman in Asia” in 2005 and 2007.[86]

Other ventures[edit]

Fitness DVD launch[edit]

Basu at the Pantene launch in 2012

Basu is an advocate of physical fitness. Apart from films, in 2010 she released her first fitness DVD called Love Yourself, which emphasised on being strong, healthy, and loving one’s self.[87] DVD consisted 60-day routine for weight-loss. She was also the brand ambassador of Sugar Free, which helped her promoting the DVD. Hiren Gada, director of Shemaroo Entertainment said, “A celebrity like Bipasha Basu, genuinely believes in staying healthy. She is also passionate about fitness.”[88] She had previously worked on another fitness video called Bollywood Bodies with John Abraham.[89] Basu later launched her second Fitness DVD in September 2011 named Break Free, a 30-minute dance routine, the follow up to Bipasha Basu’s first workout video Love Yourself. She is also the face of Delhi Marathon, which has been inspired by her interest in fitness.[90][91] In January 2014 Bipasha Basu launched her much awaited third of her series fitness DVD Unleash, an advance training routine that includes plyometrics and focuses more on power and speed, while strengthening the bones and improving muscle coordination.[92][93]

Personal life[edit]

Karan and Bipasha smiles at the camera

Basu with her husband Karan Singh Grover in 2015

Basu was in a relationship with her Raaz co-star Dino Morea from 1996 till they broke up in 2002.[94] Soon afterwards during the filming of Jism, Basu began to date her co-star John Abraham; they were in a relationship till early 2011 when the couple officially broke off.[95][96][97] While together, the two were often referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media.[98]

On 19 February 2014, she confirmed being in a relationship with actor Harman Baweja.[99] In December later that year, she confirmed that they had broken up.[100] In 2015, Basu dated Alone co-star Karan Singh Grover and they got married on April 30, 2016.[101]

MELINDA PAGE HAMILTON

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Melinda Page Hamilton
Born (1974-08-22) August 22, 1974 (age 41)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Children 1

Melinda Page Hamilton (born August 22, 1974) is an American actress, best known for her role as Odessa Burakov in the Lifetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids, and for her leading role in the independent film Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006). She has had recurring roles on Desperate Housewives, Mad Men, and Big Love.

Life and career[edit]

Hamilton was born in New York City.[1] She attended the Princeton University and later the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University.[2] She starred in the number of theatre productions, including role of the title character in the original stage production of Cornelia, written by Mark V. Olsen.[2] She made her television debut in the episode of NBC legal drama Law & Order in 1997, and as of 2003 began playing regular guest-starring roles, in shows like Star Trek: Enterprise, Nip/Tuck, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, The Closer, Castle, NCIS, Modern Family and True Blood.

Hamilton played a supporting role in the 2004 film, Promised Land, and the leading role in the 2006 film Sleeping Dogs Lie. She also appeared in the films Corporate Affairs (2008), Not Forgotten (2009) and God Bless America (2011).

On television, she had a recurring roles in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives as Sister Mary Bernard, a nun trying to pursue married man Carlos Solis, and well on the AMC period drama, Mad Men where she played the role of Anna Draper, polio survivor and widow of the “real” Don Draper.[3] She also guest-starred on Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice, and all of CSI shows: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CSI: NY, and CSI: Miami. She also appeared in HBO drama series Big Love from 2009 to 2010.

In 2013, Hamilton was cast as Odessa Burakov in the Lifetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids.[4][1] She worked with a dialogue coach to hone a Russian accent for her role in show.[2] She appeared in the first two seasons. In 2015, she had the recurring roles in the USA Network series, Dig,[5] and SundanceTV drama, Rectify.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Promised Land Marisa
2006 Sleeping Dogs Lie Amy Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough
2007 Driftwood Blaire Farrow Short film
2008 Corporate Affairs Chris
2009 Not Forgotten Deputy Mindy
2009 The Horseman Abigail Cooper Short film
2011 God Bless America Alison

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Law & Order Jane Spoonser Episode: “Denial”
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Feezal Episode: “Stigma”
2004 CSI: Miami Julie Bryant Episode: “Slow Burn”
2004 Everwood Mary Kelly Episode: “There Is a Reaction”
2004 Medical Investigation Sarah Doyle Episode: “Alienation”
2005 Numb3rs Jennifer Nash Episode: “Soft Target”
2005 Nip/Tuck Colleen Eubanks Episode: “Hannah Tedesco”
2005 CSI: NY Kayla / Tara Episode: “Bad Beat”
2005–2006 Desperate Housewives Sister Mary Bernard Recurring role, 3 episodes
2007 Nurses Margo MacDonald TV Pilot
2005–2007 Cold Case Janie Stillman Episodes: “Revenge” and “Blood on the Tracks”
2007 Raines Connie Webb Episode: “5th Step”
2007 Ghost Whisperer Jane Taylor Episode: “Holiday Spirit”
2008 Criminal Minds Claire Bates Episode: “The Instincts”
2008 Without a Trace Dr. Sally Moss Episode: “Push Comes to Shove”
2009 The Closer Beth Gibson Episode: “Good Faith”
2009 The Mentalist Katie Episode: “Crimson Casanova”
2009 Castle Diana Harris Episode: “Nanny McDead”
2009 Private Practice Donna Keating Episode: “What You Do for Love”
2009 Bones Georgia Hartmeyer Episode: “The Goop on the Girl”
2010 NCIS Vanessa Tillman Episode: “Ignition”
2009–2010 Big Love Malinda Recurring role, 6 episodes
2010 The Glades Sara Weston Episode: “Cassadaga”
2008–2010 Mad Men Anna Draper Recurring role, 4 episodes
2010 Grey’s Anatomy Dr. Jennifer Stanley Episode: “That’s Me Trying”
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jody Cambry Episode: “The List”
2011 Law & Order: LA Attorney Episode: “Angel’s Knoll”
2012 Modern Family Sandy Episode: “Election Day
2012 True Blood Jill Steeler Episode: “Whatever I Am, You Made Me”
2012 Vegas Ginny Episode: “Estinto”
2013–2014 Devious Maids Odessa Burakov Recurring role, 10 episodes
2014 Hart of Dixie Marian Episode: “Star of the Show”
2014 Killer Women DEA Agent Episode: “Queen Bee”
2014 Masters of Sex Anne Palmateer Episode: “Kyrie Eleison”
2015 Dig Sandra Recurring role, 3 episodes
2015 Jane the Virgin Alexis Falco Episode: “Chapter Eighteen”
2015 iZombie Dr. Maddy Larson Episode: “Astroburger”
2015 The Whispers Ms. Bellings Episode: “X Marks the Spot”
2015 True Detective Gena’s Attorney Episode: “Other Lives”
2015 Rectify Therapist Episode: “Thrill Ride”

GRIMM  JOAN VARK  “THE BELIEVER

Alicia Vikander

 

Alicia Vikander

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Alicia Vikander
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Vikander in 2015
Born Alicia Amanda Vikander
(1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 27)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Residence London, England, UK
Alma mater Royal Swedish Ballet School
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 2002–present

Alicia Amanda Vikander (Swedish pronunciation: [aˈliːsɪa aˈmanda vɪˈkandər]; born 3 October 1988) is a Swedish actress and dancer. Born and raised in Gothenburg, she began acting as a child in minor stage productions at The Göteborg Opera and trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the School of American Ballet in New York. She began her professional acting career by appearing in Swedish short films and television series and first gained recognition in Northern Europe for her role as Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt in the TV drama Andra Avenyn (2008–10).

Vikander made her feature film debut in Pure (2010), for which she won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. She attracted widespread recognition in 2012 for portraying Princess Ekaterina “Kitty” Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya in Joe Wright‘s film adaptation of Anna Karenina and Queen Caroline Mathilde in the acclaimed Danish film A Royal Affair, receiving a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination for her breakthrough. She went on to star in the 2013 Swedish drama film Hotell and appeared in the Julian Assange-biopic The Fifth Estate that same year.

In 2014 and 2015, Vikander achieved global recognition and acclaim for her roles as activist Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth, an AI in Ex Machina, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, and painter Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl, for which she received the Academy Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress, among others.

Early life[edit]

Vikander was born in Gothenburg,[1] the daughter of Maria (Fahl) Vikander, a stage actress, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. Her parents are from small villages in the north and south of Sweden, respectively.[2] They separated when Vikander was two months old,[3][4][5] and she was mostly raised by her single mother. She has five half-siblings[6] on her father’s side.[citation needed] While growing up, Vikander says she got the best of both worlds, being an only child to her mother and being surrounded by a big family when she went to her father’s house every second week.[7] Her ancestry is Swedish and one quarter Finnish.[2]

Vikander started her career as an actress at the age of seven, starring in a production of Kristina från Duvemåla at The Göteborg Opera, which was written by the Mamma Mia! creators, Björn and Benny from ABBA; she performed in the play for three-and-a-half years.[5] She appeared in several musicals at the Opera, such as The Sound of Music and Les Misérables. In 1997 she participated in the TV4 kids’ singing show Småstjärnorna; she performed the Helen Sjöholms song “Du måste finnas”.[8] She won her episode with praise by the judges for her stage presence.[9]

Vikander trained in ballet from the age of nine with the Svenska Balettskolan i Göteborg (1998-2004). At the age of 15, Vikander moved from Gothenburg to train at the ballet’s upper school in Stockholm; she lived on her own, working to become a principal dancer.[7] She traveled around the world for summer courses, training one summer at the School of American Ballet in New York City.[10] At the age of 16, she almost left school to fully commit to the television series she worked on with director Tomas Alfredson, realizing her passion for acting.[10] Her dance career was sidelined by injuries in her late teens.[11] She auditioned for drama school but was turned down twice.[12] At one point, Vikander was admitted to law school but she never attended, following her dreams instead to become an actress.[13]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vikander began her career by appearing in a number of short films and television roles in her native Sweden.[14] She became well known in Scandinavia for her role in the popular Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn (2008–2010).[8]

2010–2014[edit]

Vikander and director Lisa Langseth at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Vikander received critical acclaim for her feature film debut, playing the leading role of Katarina in the Swedish film Pure (2010). The film centers around the troubled secretary Katarina, who desperately tries to escape her life. With this role, Vikander won the Rising Star Award in 2010 at the Stockholm Film Festival,[15] the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival[16] and the prestigious Guldbagge Award for Best Actress.[17] In 2011, she had the leading role of Fragancia Fernandez, who is arrested for attempted murder, in The Crown Jewels.

In 2012, Vikander gained international attention for playing the key role of Kitty in the English-language film adaptation of Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and received positive reviews.[18] That year, she added Danish to her repertoire while co-starring as Queen Caroline Mathilde in the Nikolaj Arcel feature film A Royal Affair. It had its world premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and was received with critical acclaim.[19] The film was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.[1][20]

Vikander was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival,[21] was nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2013,[22] and received the Editor’s Choice Award at the 2013 Elle Style Awards.[23]

In 2013, she starred as German Pirate Party member Anke Domscheit-Berg in The Fifth Estate.[24] The film opened the Toronto International Film Festival on 5 September 2013.[25] The film garnered mixed critical reactions;[26] however, some critics praised the performances in the film.[27] She also had the leading role of Erika in the Swedish film Hotell, for which she was awarded the Marrakech International Film Festival Award for Best Actress by jury president, director Martin Scorsese.[28]

In 2014, she appeared in the Australian crime thriller Son of a Gun. The film was released in Australia on 16 October 2014 and received mixed reviews;[29] however, Vikander was praised for her performance.[30]

2015–present[edit]

In 2015, Vikander starred in six films, she was praised for her portrayal of painter Gerda Wegener in Tom Hooper‘s The Danish Girl, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the second Swedish actress to win this award; the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress; and received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role but lost both awards to Kate Winslet for her role in Steve Jobs[31][32][33]

She gained public recognition and critical acclaim for her starring role as Artificial intelligence Ava[34] in Alex Garland‘s directorial debut Ex Machina, for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

She had the leading role of pacifist Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth alongside Kit Harington and Emily Watson. Testament of Youth was well received upon its release, with critics praising Vikander’s performance in particular.[35][36] For her role as Brittain, Vikander was nominated for BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film. She also played the role of half-human/half-witch Alice Deane in the fantasy film Seventh Son (2015),[37] narrated the Swedish documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015), had the female leading role in the Guy Ritchie-directed action film The Man from U.N.C.L.E., based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name; and appeared in the film Burnt (2015).[38]

Upcoming projects[edit]

Vikander will next be seen as the female leading roles in Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick, with Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz[39] and in the upcoming adaptation of the novel The Light Between Oceans (2016), directed by Derek Cianfrance, with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.[40] On 23 June 2015, it was confirmed by Deadline that Vikander will star opposite Matt Damon in Jason Bourne (2016), directed by Paul Greengrass.[41] On 30 November 2015, it was announced that Vikander will co-star opposite James McAvoy in the upcoming romantic thriller, Submergence. The film will be directed by Wim Wenders.[42]On April 28th, 2016 it was confirmed that Vikander would play Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider film adaptation.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Vikander in 2013

Vikander lives in London.[44][45] Since 2014, she has been dating actor Michael Fassbender.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Standing Outside Doors Alicia Short film
2007 Darkness of Truth Sandra Svensson Short film
2007 The Rain Dancer Short film
2008 My Name is Love Fredrika Short film
2009 Susans längtan Girl in Apartment Short film
2010 Pure Katarina
2011 Jeu de chiennes The Swedish girl Short film
2011 The Crown Jewels Fragancia Fernandez
2012 A Royal Affair Caroline Mathilde
2012 Anna Karenina Kitty
2013 Hotell Erika
2013 The Fifth Estate Anke Domscheit-Berg
2014 Testament of Youth Vera Brittain
2014 Son of a Gun Tasha
2014 Seventh Son Alice Deane
2015 Ex Machina Ava
2015 Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Narrator Documentary
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Gaby Teller
2015 Burnt Anne Marie
2015 The Danish Girl Gerda Wegener
2016 Tulip Fever Sophia Completed
2016 Jason Bourne Post-production
2016 The Light Between Oceans Isabel Sherbourne Post-production
2017 Submergence Danielle Flinders Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Min balsamerade mor Ebba Du Rietz Movie
2005 En decemberdröm Tony 3 episodes
2007 Levande föda Linda Miniseries
2007–08 Andra Avenyn Jossan Tegebrandt Björn 39 episodes
2008 Höök Katarina 2 episodes

THE YANKEE’S DISGRACE DREADLEY

 

Chase Headley’s only redeeming quality has disappeared | New York Post

Despite the encouraging talk from Joe Girardi about hard-hit outs and bad luck, the results are plain.

Headley has had 65 plate appearances this season and still is looking for his first extra-base hit. Even after he showed signs of life with a pair of singles vs. The  Athletics on April 19, the third baseman followed by falling back into a 2-for-24 rut.  Chase Headley’s only redeeming quality has disappeared | New York Post

Headley has talked throughout this season and last about his attempts to hit the ball in the air more, but his ground-ball ratio remains alarmingly high (up roughly 10 percent from his career levels), and he’s been wildly unproductive.

Let’s face it, Dreadley sucks.  If George were around, Genius Cashman would be gone for resigning Dreadley, after he proved a mediocrity for the Yankees in the half season, he played for them.  The Yankees are stuck with Dreadley for this season and two more at 13 million each year.  With their bean counter owner, The Yankees will continue to play Dreadley.

Annaleigh Ashford

 

Annaleigh Ashford

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Annaleigh Ashford
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Ashford at PaleyFest 2014 for Masters of Sex
Born Annaleigh Amanda Swanson
(1985-06-25) June 25, 1985 (age 30)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Alma mater Marymount Manhattan College
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Joe Tapper (m. 2013)
Website www.annaleighashford.com

Annaleigh Ashford (born Annaleigh Amanda Swanson; June 25, 1985) is an American actress and singer.

She is known for her work on Broadway as Glinda in Wicked, Margot in Legally Blonde, as well as for originating the role of Lauren in Kinky Boots, a performance for which she received a 2013 Tony nomination. Ashford won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Essie Carmichael in the revival of You Can’t Take It with You.

Ashford is also known as Betty Dimello on the Showtime American period drama television series Masters of Sex.

In 2015 she released her debut album, a live album entitled Lost in the Stars: Live at 54 Below.

Early life[edit]

Ashford was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in a single parent household by her mother, Holli Swanson, an elementary school gym teacher. Ashford participated in Kids Cross Country and Track at the age of six, coached by her mother. It was discovered there that she hated running, and it was very clear that she was more interested in the costume for the races rather than the actual races themselves. The last race she ever ran was the 400 m. After that race, her mother decided it was time to enroll her in the nearest dance studio. She was first enrolled and started studying at Kit Andrée’s Dance and Performing Arts Center the same day she started the second grade. She acted and sang in numerous performances in her hometown, including the leads in the musicals Ruthless!, and Anything Goes. She graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in three years at the age of 16, and then attended Marymount Manhattan College, where she earned a degree in theatre in another three years at the age of 19.[1] [2]

Career[edit]

Ashford’s professional career began at age nine, when she was cast as the lead in Ruthless! at “Theatre on Broadway”. At fourteen, she was profiled as “The Teen to Watch” by the Rocky Mountain News.

In 2004, while hanging around in New York City’s Lower East Side club scene, Ashford met nightlife personality Lady Starlight, a local rock DJ and performance artist. Lady Starlight invited the budding starlet to dance at her 1970s glitter rock party “Lady Starlight’s English Disco”, and christened her Hollywood Starr.[3] She performed in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Feeling Electric as Natalie at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2005.[4] Soon after graduating from college, Ashford got her big break performing as one of Glinda’s friends, Pfanne, and understudying the role of Glinda on the First National Tour of Wicked. She joined the cast in December 2005 and left in September 2006. She then originated the role of Margot in Legally Blonde: The Musical, her Broadway debut. She also understudied the lead role of Elle Woods, but only went on once. She was featured on the original cast recording and appeared in the MTV televised airing. She left the show in September 2007.[2]

She then returned to Wicked, this time playing the lead role of Glinda in the Broadway production. She replaced Kendra Kassebaum on October 9, 2007.[5] She departed the company on May 11, 2008 when Kassebaum returned to the role, and transferred to the Chicago production, replacing Kate Fahrner as Glinda on June 3, 2008.[6] She played her final performance as Glinda on January 25, 2009, when the Chicago production closed.[7]

In 2008, she made her film debut with a small part in Sex and the City: The Movie playing a “spoiled label queen.” She also appeared in the film, Rachel Getting Married as a counter girl.[8]

In 2009 it was announced that Ashford would take place as one of the principal characters and singers in the new vaudeville styled Cirque du Soleil show, Banana Shpeel. However, even following a national television broadcast on America’s Got Talent, it was announced that Ashford and her colleague, Michael Longoria, were no longer in the cast of the show. Publicists announced that the two leading vocalists had fallen victims of a creative decision to remove large portions of dialogue from the show, therefore making their characters non-existent. Ashford was originally slated to stay in the production from its premier in Chicago until sometime in 2010.

Ashford starred as Jeanie in the Broadway revival of Hair. She succeeded Kacie Sheik in the role from March 9, 2010 through June 27, 2010 when the production closed.[9]

In September 2010, Ashford made her directorial debut at Birdland Jazz Club, directing fellow Hair alum Jay Armstrong Johnson in his solo concert debut. The concert was met with rave reviews, including a notice for Ashford’s “thoughtfully put together” directorial style.[10]

In January 2012, Ashford ended her run playing Maureen Johnson in the Off-Broadway revival of Rent, which began July 14, 2011 and closed on September 9, 2012.[11] Emma Hunton took over the role of Maureen from her on January 13, 2012. In February 2012, Ashford made a cameo on Smash as Lisa McMann, and returned for another short appearance in 2013 before cancellation.[12]

From June 27 to August 19, 2012, she appeared in the Off-Broadway musical Dogfight, based on the 1991 film of the same name, playing a toothless hooker named Marcy. The role in the film was originally played by Elizabeth Daily.[13]

In 2013, Ashford provided the voice of a troll in the highest grossing animated film of all time,[14] Frozen. She has a short line greeting Kristoff, and sings the second female solo after Maia Wilson in the song ‘Fixer Upper’ for the soundtrack.[15]

In 2013, after first appearing in the Chicago try-outs, she reprised her role as Lauren in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.[16][17] For this role, Ashford received nominations for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.[18][19] Ashford left her role in Kinky Boots on March 2, 2014.[20]

In 2013, Ashford appeared in the recurring role of young prostitute Betty Dimello in season one of the Showtime series Masters of Sex. Her part was upgraded from a recurring to regular for season two.[20]

On January 14, Ashford released her first single, Another Time (Andrew’s Song), with musical director Will Van Dyke on iTunes. In addition to writing music and lyrics, Van Dyke is the featured pianist on the single. The track also features Michael Aarons on guitar, Steve Gilewski on bass, Sammy Merendino on drums, Philip Payton on violin/viola, and Allison Seidner on cello. It was recorded at Harlem Parlour Recording, NYC by Derik Lee, who also mixed and mastered the recording.[21]

Beginning on August 26, 2014, Ashford played the role of Essie Carmichael in the Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It with You, directed by Scott Ellis. She appeared alongside Rose Byrne, James Earl Jones, and Elizabeth Ashley. The show closed on February 2, 2015. For this role, she won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

In a limited run from October 2, 2015 to January 3, 2016, Ashford starred as the titular canine in the first Broadway production of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney.[22] The show opened at the Cort Theatre on October 27, 2015. Directed by Daniel J. Sullivan, the show also starred Julie White, Matthew Broderick and Robert Sella.[23]

Ashford’s debut album was released on November 13, 2015.[24]

On November 17, 2015, it was announced that Ashford had signed with talent agency ICM Partners.[25]

On November 20, 2015, BroadwayWorld.com announced that Ashford would be the involved in a filmed career retrospective Q&A with SAG-AFTRA, taking place on December 3, 2015 at The New School.[26] The Q&A was released via YouTube on December 14, 2015.[27]

On November 20, 2015, Ashford was selected to present the sixth annual Clive Barnes Theatre Award, taking place on January 11, 2016.[28]

On February 1, 2016, it was announced that Ashford would be taking on the live-in groupie Columbia in the FOX television remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.[29][30]

Lost in the Stars[edit]

On April 7, 2008, Ashford made her professional cabaret debut as apart of the Broadway at Birdland series at Birdland Jazz Club. She performed an early version of what has now become her critically acclaimed Lost in the Stars show. Many songs from her debut, including Love Hurts, Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters, and the titular song, Lost in the Stars, stayed with the show and are now featured on her live album. Alex Lacamoire served as her musical director.[31]

In February 2014, Ashford made her 54 Below concert debut with her now acclaimed cabaret show, Lost in the Stars. After two sold-out shows on the 3rd of the month, Ashford added an encore performance due to popular demand.[32] She returned to 54 Below for a special Christmas themed reincarnation of her cabaret act for the first two Mondays of December with ” a little more holiday cheer involved”.[15] Highly impressed, she was reviewed by Stephen Holden of The New York Times for her show on December 1.[33] On February 11, 2015, it was announced that Ashford will be joined by Van Dyke and The Whiskey Five band to hit the road with a tour of her acclaimed cabaret show in five cities. In addition to her February 11 return to 54 Below, also played in Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and two special shows in her hometown of Denver, Colorado.[34]

On August 30, 2015, Ashford had a secret popup concert at 54 Below entitled Brunch With Annaleigh: The Concert, which was an extension of the Lost in the Stars show. This concert was recorded to serve as part of Ashford’s debut album, which is a compilation of multiple New York dates at 54 Below in 2014 and 2015.[35][36]

On September 29, 2015, it was announced that Ashford’s debut album, Lost in the Stars: Live at 54 Below, a live recording of her Lost in the Stars show, would be released on November 13.[24][37][38][39][40]

Ashford returned to 54 Below for a New Year’s Eve edition of her Lost in the Stars show entitled Lost in the Stars: New Year’s Magic. The concert also served as an album release party.[41][42][43] On November 26, 2015, Lost in the Stars was nominated for a 2015 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award in the category “Best Show, Celebrity Female”.[44]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
February 3, 2014 New York, New York United States 54 Below
February 15, 2014
December 1, 2014
December 8, 2014
February 11, 2015
March 21, 2015 Chicago, Illinois The Broadway Playhouse
April 11, 2015 Denver, Colorado The Denver Center
April 12, 2015
April 19, 2015 San Francisco, California The Venetian Room
June 27, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada The Smith Center
June 28, 2015
August 30, 2015 New York, New York 54 Below
January 31, 2015
April 17, 2016 Overland Park, Kansas Yardley Hall

Readings and workshops[edit]

In September 2005, Ashford appeared in an early incarnation of Next to Normal (then called Feeling Electric) at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, playing the role of Natalie. The role was later played on Broadway by Jennifer Damiano.

She worked on a musical adaptation of Catch Me if You Can as Brenda Strong. She previously did a staged reading for the project under the Tony Award-winning director of Hairspray, Jack O’Brien.[45]

In August 2008, Ashford played Wednesday Addams in the staged reading for musical adaptation to The Addams Family with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, but she was later replaced by Krysta Rodriguez.[46]

In September 2010, Ashford played Veronica Sawyer in a concert in New York City of the new musical Heathers.[47] The role was later played in the 2014 off-Broadway premiere by Barrett Wilbert Weed.

In November 2010, Ashford was part of a reading of the musical Carrie.[48] In December 2010, she participated in a “creative workshop” reading of the stage musical version of Diner, as Beth.[49]

Other readings include Bring It On: The Musical as Campbell, The Black Suits, C’mon Get Happy, Pal Joey, and a gender bent version of Stephen Sondheim‘s Company.[10][50]

On November 30, 2015, Ashford played eight various roles in a reading of Paul Rudnick‘s critically acclaimed play Jeffrey, directed by Christopher Ashley. Other cast included Michael Urie, Robin de Jesus, James Monroe Iglehart, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Russell Tovey.[51]

Theatre credits[edit]

Start year Production title Role Notes
2005 Wicked Pfanee (u/s Galinda Upland) Replacement
Emerald City Tour, First National Tour (December 6, 2005 – September 3, 2006)
2007 Legally Blonde Margot (u/s Elle Woods) Original Broadway Cast
Broadway, Palace Theatre (April 3 – October 1)
Wicked Galinda Upland Replacement
Broadway, George Gershwin Theatre (October 9, 2007 – May 11, 2008)
Chicago, Oriental Theatre (June 3, 2008 – January 25, 2009)
2010 Hair Jeanie Revival Replacement Cast
Broadway, Al Hirschfeld Theatre (March 9 – June 27)
Cirque du Soleil: Banana Shpeel Katie Original Cast
Off-Broadway, never opened
2011 Rent Maureen Johnson Original Revival Cast
Off-Broadway, New World Stages (July 14, 2011 – January 13, 2012)
2012 Dogfight Marcy Original Cast
Off-Broadway, Second Stage Theatre (June 27 – August 19)
2013 Kinky Boots Lauren Original Broadway Cast
Broadway, Al Hirschfeld Theatre (March 3, 2013 – March 2, 2014)
2014 You Can’t Take It with You Essie Carmichael Original Revival Cast
Broadway, Longacre Theatre (September 28, 2014 – February 22, 2015)
2015 Sylvia Sylvia Original Broadway Cast
Broadway, Cort Theatre (October 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

Sources:[52][53][54][55]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Sex and the City Spoiled Label Queen
2008 Rachel Getting Married Quick Stop Cashier
2013 Frozen Troll Voice role
2014 Top Five Michele
2015 Stereotypically You Anne
2015 Love on the Run Liza In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Legally Blonde: The Musical Margot MTV telecast
2009 Haute & Bothered Mckenzie Web series, lead role
2010 Law & Order Mia Episode: “Immortal”
2010, 2012 Submissions Only Adorable Girl Web series, recurring role
2011 The Big C Chloe Episode: “Cats and Dogs”
2012 Nurse Jackie Cori Episode: “Kettle-Kettle-Black-Black”
A Gifted Man Shauna Episode: “In Case of Complications”
Made in Jersey Jackie Episode: “Pilot”
2012, 2013 Smash Lisa McMann Episodes: “Pilot”, “The Fallout”
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lindsay Anderson Episode: “October Surprise”
Watch What Happens: Live Herself / Bartender Episode: “Harvey Fierstein & Kim Zolciak”
87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Herself / Lauren Performed with cast of Kinky Boots
2013–present Masters of Sex Betty Dimello Lead role
2015 Super Clyde Britney Pilot (not picked up for series)
Celebrity Name Game Herself 4 episodes
2016 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event Columbia Television film

Discography[edit]

Sources:[56][57][58][59]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Title of work Result Ref.
2008 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favorite Replacement (Female) Wicked Nominated [60]
2010 Favorite Replacement (Female) Hair Nominated [61]
2011 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Rent Nominated [62]
2013 Audience Choice Awards Favorite Actress in a Musical Kinky Boots Nominated [63]
Favorite Funny Performance Won [63]
Clarence Derwent Awards Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Female Performer Won
Drama Desk Awards Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated [64]
Tony Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2015 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favorite Featured Actress in a Play You Can’t Take It With You Won [65]
Favorite Funny Performance Nominated [66]
Drama Desk Awards Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won
Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Fred and Adele Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won [67]
Tony Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play Won
BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Best Show, Celebrity Female Lost in the Stars Nominated [44]
Broadway.com Star of the Year Award Star of the Year N/A Nominated [68]
2016 30th Annual MAC Awards Best Song Another Time (Andrew’s Song) Nominated [69][70]
Best Major Recording Lost in the Stars: Live at 54 Below Nominated
Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Sylvia Pending [71]

Rachel Boston

 

Rachel Boston

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Rachel Boston
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Boston at the Paley Center, in April 2012
Born Rachel Elizabeth Boston
(1982-05-09) May 9, 1982 (age 33)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Rachel Elizabeth Boston (born May 9, 1982) is an American actress and producer. Boston had leading roles in a number of independent films, and was a regular cast member in several television series. She starred in the NBC drama series, American Dreams as Beth Mason from 2002 to 2005, and later co-starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom The Ex List and on the USA Network series In Plain Sight. From 2013 to 2014, Boston starred as Ingrid Beauchamp in the Lifetime fantasy-drama series, Witches of East End.

Early life[edit]

Boston was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and grew up in Signal Mountain, Tennessee before moving to New York City at the age of seventeen to attend New York University. She was Miss Tennessee Teen USA in 1999, placing in the Top 10 at the national pageant.[1]

Career[edit]

Boston starred in the NBC series American Dreams, which aired from 2002 to 2005. She portrayed the character Beth Pryor (née Mason), the wife of the oldest son of the Pryor family, around whom the series was centered. She has made guest appearances in other series such as The Closer, Las Vegas, The Daily Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Grey’s Anatomy, Rules of Engagement, and Crossing Jordan, and NCIS.

Boston at the Paley Center in April 2012

Boston landed the lead role on ABC’s Ric Swartzlander comedy pilot The News (2007). The show was set in a chaotic Phoenix television newsroom. Boston was set to play a rising star at the station who was recently promoted to executive producer of all news programs. Rachel also starred with Donal Logue in the Fox pilot “Hackett” directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starred with Ed O’Neill and Christine Baranski in the CBS pilot Inseparable.

Boston starred as Daphne Bloom in the short-lived CBS series The Ex List. In that same year she also guest starred on NBC’s ER playing an American soldier. She filmed Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in February 2008. She has also filmed 500 Days of Summer with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in spring 2008.

In early 2011, Boston joined the cast of USA Network‘s hit series In Plain Sight,[2] where she plays Abigail Chaffee, an Albuquerque Police Detective and the love interest to Marshall Mann (Frederick Weller). For the fifth and final season, Boston continued her role as a series regular.[3]

Boston at Entertainment Weekly Party, Beverly Hills Post Office, Sept. 20, 2008

For her role opposite Noah Bean in the independent feature The Pill, Boston garnered rave reviews on the festival circuit and earned accolades including the Best Actress Award from the San Diego Film Festival,[4] the Stargazer Award from the Gen Art Film Festival [5] and the Emerging Artist Award from the Big Apple Film Festival.[6]

Boston has taken her turn behind the camera in the role of executive producer for the independent film Black Marigolds. She also stars in the film, which reunites her with her costar from The Pill, Noah Bean.[7] The film was shot over a 2-week span in the Palomar Mountain Range of Southern California.

In 2012, Boston starred in the feature film It’s a Disaster alongside Julia Stiles and America Ferrera.[8]

In 2012, Boston was cast as one of the leads in the Lifetime fantasy-drama series Witches of East End based on a novel of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz opposite Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan and Mädchen Amick.[9][10][11] The show debuted on October 6, 2013.[12][13]

During her tenure on Witches of East End, she was cast in the original independent romantic comedy A Ring by Spring, a Hallmark original film, directed by Kristoffer Tabori.[14] She would shortly thereafter be cast in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries‘ original telefilm, A Gift of Miracles opposite Jesse Moss and Rita Moreno.[15]

Shortly after Lifetime’s cancellation of Witches of East End, Boston would sign on as series regular in CBS civil rights crime drama pilot For Justice, a project from Ava DuVernay and starring Anika Noni Rose, [16] a project that CBS would pass over on. [17] After For Justice, Boston would later be cast in Hallmark Channel‘s original telefim, Ice Sculpture Christmas as part of their annual Countdown to Christmas event [18][19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Smoking Herb Jaquelyn Mason
2006 Fifty Pills Lindsay
2009 (500) Days of Summer Alison
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Deena the Bridesmaid
2010 10 Years Later Kyra Lee
2011 Chance of Showers Woman in Yellow
2011 The Pill Mindy San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Gen Art Film Festival Award for Best Actress
NY Emerging Talent Award
2012 Blind Turn Samantha Holt
2012 Coming Home Megan Morgan
2012 It’s a Disaster Lexi Kivel
2012 Christmas Crush: Holiday High School Reunion Georgia TV Movie, also Executive Producer
2013 Black Marigolds Kate Cole also Executive Producer
2013 Who the F Is Buddy Applebaum Janie
2014 A Ring by Spring Caryn TV Movie, also Associate Producer
2015 A Gift of Miracles Darcy TV Movie, also Associate Producer
2015 Ice Sculpture Christmas Callie TV Movie, also Associate Producer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Andy Dick Show, TheThe Andy Dick Show Tina Episode: “Professor Talcum”
2002–2005 American Dreams Beth Mason Series regular, 50 episodes
2005 Peep Show Marsha TV pilot
2005 Closer, TheThe Closer Jennifer Episode: “About Face”
2005 Love, Inc. Jill Episode: “Thick and Thin”
2006 Inseparable Steph TV pilot
2006 Crumbs Alison Episode: “Maybe I’m Tony Randall”
2006 Loop, TheThe Loop Jenna Episode: “Jack Air”
2006 Happy Hour Shauna Episode: “Crazy Girls”
2006 NCIS Siri Albert Episode: “Dead and Unburied”
2006 7th Heaven Ms. Margo 3 episodes
2007 News, TheThe News April Tarnoff TV pilot
2007 Grey’s Anatomy Rachel Episode: “Great Expectations
2007 Crossing Jordan Geneva Todd Episode: “Mr. Little and Mr. Big”
2007 Rules of Engagement Amy Episode: “Flirting with Disaser”
2007 Las Vegas Patsy Episode: “The Glass Is Always Cleaner”
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Waitress Episode: “The N Word”
2008 Hackett Audrey TV pilot
2008 ER Beth Ackerman Episode: “Status Quo”
2008–2011 Ex List, TheThe Ex List Daphne Bloom Series regular, 12 episodes
2009 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Ruby Geiler Episode: “Split Ends”
2009 Eastwick Charlene Episode: “Fleas and Casserole”
2010 Accidentally on Purpose Brenda Episode: “Speed”
2010 Scoundrels Tanya Leterre 3 episodes
2010 Castle Penny Marchand Episode: “He’s Dead, She’s Dead”
2011 Mad Love Erin Sinclaire Episode: “Fireworks”
Episode: “The Spy Who Loved Me”
2011–2012 In Plain Sight Det. Abigail Chaffee Series regular, 16 episodes
2013–2014 Witches of East End Ingrid Beauchamp Series regular, 23 episodes
2015 For Justice Lisa TV pilot

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

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Katie Holmes
Holmes at the National Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2009
Born Kate Noelle Holmes[n 1]
(1978-12-18) December 18, 1978 (age 37)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Residence Calabasas, California, U.S.
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Actress, model, director
Years active 1997–present
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Tom Cruise (m. 2006; div. 2012)[not verified in body]
Children 1

Kate NoelleKatieHolmes (born December 18, 1978)[7] is an American actress and model who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003. She appeared in 1998’s Disturbing Behavior, a thriller, which won her an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. In 2000 Holmes featured in Wonder Boys which got positive attention from many leading critics. Holmes hosted Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2001.

Holmes had a starring role in 2003’s Pieces of April, a gritty comedy about a dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving. Many critics and audiences agreed that Holmes had given her best performance in the film as April. In the 2005 film Batman Begins, the most successful film of her career to date,[8] she played Rachel Dawes, an attorney in the Gotham City district attorney’s office and the childhood sweetheart of the title character. She also appeared in art house films such as The Ice Storm, horror films such as Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and thrillers including Abandon. She has also played on Broadway in a production of Arthur Miller‘s All My Sons and had numerous guest roles on television programs such as How I Met Your Mother.

Her marriage to actor Tom Cruise[9] (2006–2012) led to a great deal of media attention, with the pair being called a supercouple and given the nickname “TomKat”.

Early life[edit]

Holmes was born in Toledo, Ohio.[10] She is the youngest of five children born to Kathleen, a homemaker and philanthropist, and Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr., an attorney.[11][12] She has three sisters and one brother. Holmes was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended Christ the King Church in Toledo.[13]

She graduated from the all-female Notre Dame Academy in Toledo (also her mother’s alma mater), where she was a 4.0 student.[14][15] At St. John’s Jesuit and St. Francis de Sales, nearby all-male high schools, Holmes appeared in school musicals, playing a waitress in Hello, Dolly! and Lola in Damn Yankees.[16] She scored 1310 out of 1600 on her SAT and was accepted to Columbia University (and attended for a summer session);[10][14] her father wanted her to become a doctor.[15]

At age 14, she began classes at a modeling school in Toledo run by Margaret O’Brien, who took her to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Competition held in New York City in 1996. Eventually, Holmes was signed to an agent after performing a monologue from To Kill a Mockingbird.[6] An audition tape was sent to the casting director for the 1997 film The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee, and Holmes made her big-screen debut in the role of Libbets Casey in the film, opposite Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.[16]

Career[edit]

1997–2003: Dawson’s Creek and career development[edit]

Holmes in May 2006

In January 1997, Holmes went to Los Angeles for pilot season, when producers cast and shoot new programs in the hopes of securing a spot on a network schedule. The Toledo Blade reported she was offered the lead in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but she turned it down.[16] Columbia Tri-Star Television, producer of a new show named Dawson’s Creek that was created by screenwriter Kevin Williamson, asked her to come to Los Angeles to audition, but there was a conflict with her schedule. “I was doing my school play, Damn Yankees. And I was playing Lola. I even got to wear the feather boa. I thought, ‘There is no way I’m not playing Lola to go audition for some network. I couldn’t let my school down. We had already sold a lot of tickets. So I told Kevin and The WB, ‘I’m sorry. I just can’t meet with you this week. I’ve got other commitments.'”[5][16][17]

The producers permitted her to audition on videotape. Holmes read for the part of Joey Potter, the tomboy best friend of the title character Dawson, on a videotape shot in her basement, her mother reading Dawson’s lines.[5][18] The Hollywood Reporter claimed the story of Holmes’s audition “has become the stuff of legend” and “no one even thought that it was weird that one of the female leads would audition via Federal Express.”[19] Holmes won the part. Paul Stupin, executive producer of the show, said his first reaction on seeing her audition tape was “That’s Joey Potter!”[20] Creator and executive producer Kevin Williamson said Holmes has a “unique combination of talent, beauty and skill that makes Hollywood come calling. But that’s just the beginning. To meet her is to instantly fall under her spell.”[21] Williamson thought she had exactly the right look for Joey Potter. “She had those eyes, those eyes just stained with loneliness.”[22] While Dawson’s Creek was met with mixed reviews,[23] Holmes attained national attention.[24][25] Holmes was soon on the covers of magazines such as Seventeen, TV Guide, and Rolling Stone. Jancee Dunn, an editor at Rolling Stone said she was chosen for the cover because “every time you mention Dawson’s Creek you tend to get a lot of dolphin-like shrieks from teenage girls. The fact that she is drop-dead gorgeous didn’t hurt either.”[26]

During her time as a series regular on Dawson’s Creek, Holmes first leading role in a film came in 1998’s Disturbing Behavior, a Scream-era Stepford Wives-goes-to-high school thriller, where she was a loner from the wrong side of the tracks. The film was recut from what the director intended. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote her character, Rachel, “dresses in black and likes to strike poses on the beds of pickup trucks and is a bad girl who is in great danger of becoming a very good one.”[27][28] Despite the fact that it received mixed reviews and was not a huge financial success, the actress won a MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for the role and also received a Saturn Award nomination for the part. Holmes, though, said the film was “just horrible.”[15] In 1999 Holmes played a disaffected supermarket clerk in Doug Liman‘s ensemble piece Go.[29] The film received excellent reviews and made a profit, and Holmes herself was liked by critics. The same year, in Kevin Williamson’s Teaching Mrs. Tingle, which he wrote and directed, Holmes played a straight-A student whose vindictive teacher (Helen Mirren) threatens to keep her from a desperately needed scholarship.[30] Also in 1999, she had an uncredited cameo with Dawson’s Creek co-star Joshua Jackson in Muppets from Space, which was filmed in Wilmington where Dawson’s Creek also filmed on location.[31]

The year 2000 saw Holmes feature in two film roles. The first was in Wonder Boys, directed by Curtis Hanson from the novel by Michael Chabon. The film told the story of a creative writing teacher at a university, with Michael Douglas in the leading role. Holmes had a small role (six and one-half minutes of screen time) as Hannah Green, the talented student who lusts after Professor Grady Tripp (Douglas’s character, who is her instructor and landlord. Many leading critics at the time took favorable notice to Holmes in the film. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said she was “just right as the beauty with kind of a crush on the old man.”[22][32][33] Her second feature film during 2000 was The Gift, a Southern Gothic story directed by Sam Raimi and starring Cate Blanchett, she played the antithesis of Joey Potter: a promiscuous rich girl having affairs with everyone from a sociopathic wife-beater (Keanu Reeves) to the district attorney (Gary Cole), and is murdered by her fiancé (Greg Kinnear). Holmes did her first nude scene for the film, in a scene where her character was about to be murdered. Her appearance was lamented by Variety’s Steven Kotler.[34] In Ohio, the scene met with disapproval from Russ Lemmon writing in the Toledo Blade.[35]

Holmes hosted Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2001, participating in a send-up of Dawson’s Creek where she falls madly in love with Chris Kattan‘s Mr. Peepers character and singing “Big Spender” from Sweet Charity. In the 2002 film Abandon, written by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, Holmes plays a delusional, homicidal college student named “Katie”. Todd McCarthy of Variety and Roger Ebert commended her performance,[36] but other critics savaged it.[37] During the final season of Dawson’s Creek, Holmes played the mistress of the public relations flack played by Colin Farrell in Phone Booth, which was both critically and financially successful. She also appeared as Robert Downey, Jr.‘s nurse in The Singing Detective (2003). Dawson’s Creek ended its run in 2003, and Holmes was the only actor to appear in all 128 episodes. “It was very difficult for me to leave Wilmington, to have my little glass bubble burst and move on. I hate change. On the other hand it was refreshing to play someone else”, she said in 2004.[38]

2003–2009: Focus on film career, brief hiatus, and theatre work[edit]

Holmes in May 2009

Holmes’ first starring role post-Dawson’s Creek was in 2003’s Pieces of April, a gritty comedy about a dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving. Many critics and audiences agreed that Holmes had given her best performance in the film as April. Variety said it was “one of her best film performances.”[39] “Each actor shines”, wrote Elvis Mitchell, “even Ms. Holmes, whose beauty seems to have fogged the minds of her previous directors” in playing “a brat who is slaving to find her inner decency and barely has the equipment for such an achievement, let alone to serve a meal whose salmonella potential could claim an entire borough. Yet it is her surliness, as well as her intransigent determination to make Thanksgiving work, that keeps the laughs coming.”[40] Holmes also received a Satellite Award for Best Actress for the role. On the November 9, 2003 episode, she was Punk’d by Ashton Kutcher and the next year she was the subject of an episode of the MTV program Diary.[41]

Holmes was a contender for the role of Christine Daaé in 2004’s The Phantom of the Opera,[42] but lost the role to Emmy Rossum. She later played the President’s daughter in First Daughter, which was originally to be released in January 2004 on the same day as Chasing Liberty, another film about a president’s daughter, but was ultimately released in September 2004 to dismal reviews and ticket sales. First Daughter, directed by Forest Whitaker, also starred Michael Keaton as her father and Marc Blucas as her love interest. The Hollywood Reporter’s Kirk Honeycutt called her character, Samantha Mackenzie, “a startling example of how a studio film can dumb down and neutralize the comic abilities of a lively young star.”[43] In the 2005 film Batman Begins, the most successful film of her career to date,[8] she played Rachel Dawes, an attorney in the Gotham City district attorney’s office and the childhood sweetheart of the title character. Variety was unenthusiastic. “Holmes is OK”, was its critic’s sole remark on her performance.[44] She was nominated for a Golden Raspberry for “worst supporting actress” for the film.[45] But not all were negative, as she was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in the same role.

In 2005, Holmes characterised her film career as being a string of “bombs.” “Usually I’m not even in the top ten”, she said, the highest grossing film of her career then being Phone Booth.[3] She lamented “It’s not like I have a lot of stuff that’s great just waiting for me to sign on to.”[46] She also appeared in the film version of Christopher Buckley‘s satirical novel Thank You for Smoking about a tobacco lobbyist played by Aaron Eckhart, whom Holmes’s character, a Washington reporter, seduces. Variety wrote one of the film’s “sole relatively weak notes [came] from Holmes, who lacks even a hint of the wiliness of a ruthless reporter” and The New York Times said the cast was “exceptionally fine” except for Holmes, who “strain[ed] credulity” in her role.[47][48] The film ended up a success, even earning a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Also in 2005, Holmes had agreed to play in Shame on You, a biopic about the country singer Spade Cooley written and directed by Dennis Quaid, as the wife whom Cooley (played by Quaid) stomps to death. But the picture, set to shoot in New Orleans, Louisiana, was delayed by Hurricane Katrina, and Holmes dropped out because of her pregnancy.[49][50][51] After her daughter Suri Cruise was born in April 2006, Holmes took a hiatus from her acting career throughout 2006 and 2007.

After speculation about Holmes reprising her role in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins, it was finally confirmed that she would not appear. Her role was later recast with Maggie Gyllenhaal in her place.[52] Instead, Holmes decided to star in the comedy Mad Money, opposite Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah in 2008. The film flopped.[53] The Canadian Press criticized Holmes’s performance “While Keaton has long done zany and giddy well, and she and Latifah have an interesting contrast of personalities, Holmes’ presence feels like an afterthought.”[54] The New York Post, the New York Times and Variety also criticized Holmes’ performance in the film, and the New York Times called Holmes “the movie’s weakest link”.[55][56]

Returning to television in 2008, Holmes appeared in an episode of Eli Stone as Grace, a lawyer, and her singing and dancing was praised by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly.[57] Holmes made her Broadway debut in the revival of Arthur Miller‘s All My Sons[58] in October 2008. She opened to mixed reviews. Ben Brantley of The New York Times claimed “the neophyte Ms. Holmes” is a “sad casualty” of director Simon McBurney’s “high concept approach” to the play. He adds that “Ms. Holmes delivers most of her lines with meaningful asperity, italicizing every word.”[59] Clive Barnes of the New York Post was similarly unimpressed by Holmes – and had few compliments for her co-stars. He wrote, “Lithgow starts in a sunny, benign fashion, but eventually finds himself screeching alongside Holmes, looking tough under a glossy wig.”[60] However, the New York Daily News Joe Dziemianowicz took a more positive view of her stage debut, writing, “Holmes, a TV and film vet, makes a fine Broadway debut. Her rather grand speech pattern takes getting used to, but she seems comfortable and adds a fitting glint of glamour.”[61] In 2009, Holmes appeared in the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C. in a dialogue with Dianne Wiest celebrating the life of an American veteran seriously wounded in Iraq, José Pequeño.[62]

2010–present: Television work and return to film[edit]

In early July 2009, Holmes began filming a remake of the 1970s ABC telemovie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark; the film was released in August 2011.[63] Also in 2011, Holmes played the role of Jackie Kennedy in the TV miniseries The Kennedys. In October 2011, she also portrayed “Slutty Pumpkin” (Naomi), in the TV show How I Met Your Mother, episode “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns“.

In late 2012, Holmes was set to appear in Theresa Rebeck‘s Dead Accounts on Broadway.[64] Holmes and Chace Crawford were reportedly cast as the leads in the romantic comedy Responsible Adults, to begin shooting in Los Angeles in “Fall 2011”.[65] In 2012, Holmes was reported to be cast in a film adaptation of Anton Checkov‘s The Seagull.[66] Holmes is also reportedly co-writing and co-producing a film called Molly, about a single mother.[67] In 2015, Holmes joined the third season of Ray Donovan.

Public image[edit]

Holmes was annually named by both the British and American editions of FHM magazine as one of the sexiest women in the world from 1999 onward. She was named one of Peoples “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2003; its sibling Teen People declared her one of the “25 Hottest Stars Under 25” that year;[68][69] and in 2005, People said she was one of the ten best dressed stars that year.[70] She has appeared in advertisements for Garnier Lumia haircolor, Coach leather goods, and clothing retailer Gap.[71]

In November 2008, it was confirmed that she would be the new face of the spring 2009 campaign for the high-end fashion line Miu Miu.[72] In 2008, Holmes started a high fashion clothing line called Holmes & Yang with longtime stylist Jeanne Yang.[73] Model Heidi Klum is a fan of the line.[74] In July 2009, Holmes, Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, and Carrie Ann Inaba announced the launch of a dance scholarship fund called the Dizzy Feet Foundation.[75]

Beginning January 2011, she became the new face of Ann Taylor Spring 11 collection.[76] In April 2011, she ranked 6th in People magazine’s annual 100 Most Beautiful issue.[77] Holmes & Yang presented their fashion line at New York Fashion Week for the first time in September 2012.[78][79] Holmes will act as the face for the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics brand in spring 2013 and Holmes will have her own capsule collection of color cosmetics in fall of that year.[80] In 2013, she also did an ad campaign for IRIS Jewelry.[81] In January 2013, Holmes was announced as the brand ambassador and co-owner of Alterna Haircare.[82]

Personal life[edit]

Holmes and Tom Cruise together, her hand on his shoulder.

Holmes with Tom Cruise in May 2009

Holmes dated her Dawson’s Creek co-star Joshua Jackson early in the show’s run.[83] She met actor Chris Klein in 2000. Klein and Holmes were engaged in late 2003, but in early 2005 she and Klein ended their relationship.[84][85][86][87] Klein and Holmes have remained friends of varying degree since the breakup.[88]

Weeks after her relationship with Klein ended, Holmes began dating actor Tom Cruise. Holmes, who was raised a Catholic,[89] began studying Scientology shortly after the couple began dating.[90] They got engaged in June 2005.[91] On November 18, 2006, Holmes and Cruise were married in a Scientologist ceremony at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.[9] The actors’ publicist said the couple had “officialized” their marriage in Los Angeles the day before the Italian ceremony.[92] The couple’s daughter, Suri, was born on April 18, 2006. The name derives from the Persian meaning Red Rose and the Hebrew as a derivative of “Sarah” meaning princess.[93]

On June 29, 2012, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in New York after five years of marriage.[94][95] Following the announcement, those close to Holmes stated that Holmes believed she had reason to fear that Cruise would abduct Suri, and also feared intimidation by the Church of Scientology.[96][97] On July 9, 2012, attorneys for the couple announced the couple signed a divorce settlement.[98] This was the first divorce for Holmes and the third for Cruise.[99][100] Holmes has custody of Suri.[101]

Following her divorce from Cruise, Holmes returned to the Catholic Church and began attending St. Francis Xavier Church.[102]

Legal issues[edit]

In early March 2011, Holmes filed a $50-million libel lawsuit against Star magazine following a cover story which insinuated that she took drugs.[103] The suit was settled on April 27, 2011, when Star wrote a public apology in the May 6, 2011, issue along with an undisclosed “substantial” “donation” to Holmes’ charity, Dizzy Feet Foundation.[104]

Awards[edit]

In June 2011, Holmes received the Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award.[105]

In 2005, TV Guide ranked Holmes No. 38 on its “50 Sexiest Stars of All Time” list.[106]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Ice Storm, TheThe Ice Storm Libbets Casey First professional role
1998 Disturbing Behavior Rachel Wagner MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
1999 Go Claire Montgomery
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Leigh Ann Watson First lead role
Nominated–MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Chemistry
2000 Wonder Boys Hannah Green
2000 Gift, TheThe Gift Jessica King
2002 Abandon Katie Burke
2003 Phone Booth Pamela McFadden
2003 Singing Detective, TheThe Singing Detective Nurse Mills
2003 Pieces of April April Burns Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2004 First Daughter Samantha Mackenzie
2005 Batman Begins Rachel Dawes Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2005 Thank You for Smoking Heather Holloway
2008 Mad Money Jackie Truman
2010 Extra Man, TheThe Extra Man Mary Powell
2010 Romantics, TheThe Romantics Laura Also executive producer
2011 Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Kim
2011 The Son of No One Kerry White
2011 Jack and Jill Erin Sadelstein Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble
Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2013 Days and Nights Alex
2014 Miss Meadows Miss Meadows
2014 The Giver Jonas’ Mother
2015 Woman in Gold Pam
2015 Touched with Fire Carla
2015 Underdogs Older Laura English voice-dub
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998–2003 Dawson’s Creek Joey Potter Lead role; 128 episodes
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for TV – Choice Actress (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003)
2001 Saturday Night Live Host (Herself) Episode: “Katie Holmes/Dave Matthews Band”
2008 Eli Stone Grace Episode: “Grace”
2011 The Kennedys Jackie Kennedy Lead role; 8 episodes
2011, 2013 How I Met Your Mother Slutty Pumpkin (Naomi)[107] Episode: “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns” and “The Poker Game
2015 Ray Donovan Paige Finney Recurring role (season 3)[108]
2016 The Kennedys: After Camelot Jackie Kennedy[109] Lead role; 4 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Batman Begins Rachel Dawes Voice