Pat Carroll (AUSTRALIAN SONGSTRESS)

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Pat Carroll (born 1946 in Melbourne) is an Australian singer from the 1960s.

Biography and career[edit]

Carroll began her entertainment career at age eight when she started taking singing and dancing lessons. Appearances on children’s TV shows followed by the time she was eleven years old. She continued by appearing in musical comedy shows such as Carnival and Bye Bye Birdie.

This led to appearing on national Australian pop TV shows such as Brian Henderson‘s Bandstand and The Go!! Show when in her mid-teens. Her first 45 single “He’s My Guy” was released when she was 18.

In the mid-1960s Carroll and her friend Olivia Newton-John formed a singing duo called Pat and Olivia (see YouTube). Having won a song contest in Melbourne, they travelled to the United Kingdom. They achieved some success there on TV and in the clubs. After a period of performing there, Carroll’s visa expired, forcing her to return to Australia where she would eventually marry ex-Strangers member, John Farrar. Newton-John stayed on and launched her own international career.

Carroll released a number of singles with W&G Records and Interfusion during the 1960s and early 1970s most of which failed to chart. Her most successful single in Australia was her cover of Dana‘s 1970 Eurovision winnerAll Kinds of Everything“. However Carroll’s best known single is “To the Sun” on account of its featuring Cliff Richard on backing vocals.

At about 1970, Farrar quit the Strangers and with Carroll, returned to London. During 70s and 80s, she often sang backing vocals on Olivia Newton-John’s albums.

Currently living in Malibu (USA) with husband John Farrar: her first son Sam Farrar (born 29 June 1978) is the bass player for American rock’n’roll band Phantom Planet. Her 2nd son Max Farrar is the keyboardist/guitarist for the rock ‘n’ roll band Azura.

Discography[edit]

Pat Carroll A side singles on vinyl – (7″) (W&G)
  • He’s my Guy//He loves me too; [WG-S-2302].1964
  • Where have you been//That’s all you do; [WG-S-2388].1965
  • Why do fools fall in love//the end of the world; [WG-S-2427].1965
  • I Know (You don’t want me no more)//Chained to a memory; [WG-S-2471].1965
  • Here i am//Did he call Today Mama; [WG-S-2501].1965
  • Don’t come running back to me//You’re no good; [WG-S-2550].1965
  • I Only Have Eyes for You//Eddie my love; [WG-S-2677].1966
  • He’s a Rebel//Talk about love; [WG-s-8031).1966
  • To the sun//Out of my mind; 7N25592(Pye)/ K-???? (Interfusion) -1972
  • Riley’s Brew//The March of the maple leaf; w/The Shannakeys; WG-3249; Melbourne; Canadian.
  • Live love//To the Sun; ITFK-4836; (Interfusion) – 1972
  • All Kinds of Everything//In your world; [FB-004]; (Fable); 1970
  • Now I’m stuck on you//I’m not ready; K-5288 (Interfusion) – 1973
  • Curly headed rooster//To the sun; K-5713 (Interfusion/WB) – 1974
Pat Carroll EPs on vinyl
  • The Many faces of Pat Carroll; [WG-E-2408].
  • Pat Carroll Requests; [WG-E-2559].
Pat Carroll guest vocals on
  • (Cliff Richard) Live in Japan 1972 – ToshibaEMI – 2LP.
  • (Cliff Richard) Cliff and Olivia Live – ToshibaEMI – 2LP.
  • (Cliff Richard) Cliff Goes East – ??????? – 2LP.
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Alison Lohman

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Born Alison Marion Lohman
(1979-09-18) September 18, 1979 (age 37)
Palm Springs, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–2009, 2015–present
Spouse(s) Mark Neveldine (m. 2009)
Children 2

Alison Marion Lohman (born September 18, 1979)[1][2][3] is an American actress. She starred as Astrid in White Oleander (2002), and has appeared in Matchstick Men (2003), Where the Truth Lies (2005), The Big White (2005), Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (2005), Flicka (2006), and her most notorious role as Christine Brown in Sam Raimi‘s Drag Me to Hell (2009); as well as smaller parts in Big Fish (2003), Beowulf (2007), and Gamer (2009). She has also been on television shows such as Tucker and Pasadena.

Early life[edit]

Lohman was born and raised in Palm Springs, California, the daughter of Diane (née Dunham), a patisserie owner, and Gary Lohman, a Minnesota-born architect.[3][4] She has one younger brother, Robert (born 1982).[5] She has two cats, Monk and Clint.[6]In high school she had straight A’s in all her school subjects, except in drama, because she was too shy.[7] At age nine, she played Gretl in The Sound of Music at the Palm Desert’s McCallum Theater. Two years later, she won the Desert Theater League’s award for “Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical” for the title role in Annie. By the age of 17, Lohman had appeared in 12 different major productions and had been a backing singer for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and the Desert Symphony.

As a senior, Lohman was an awardee of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and was offered the chance to attend the Tisch School of the Arts, but declined.

Career[edit]

In 1997, after graduating from high school, Lohman moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screen acting career.[6] For the next few years, her work consisted of science fiction B-movies (such as Kraa! The Sea Monster and Planet Patrol), television productions (including the television film Sharing the Secret) and children’s films (such as Delivering Milo and The Million Dollar Kid). Also included was the dark urban drama White Boy.

Lohman starred in White Oleander, an adaptation of Janet Fitch’s novel, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn and Renée Zellweger and directed by Peter Kosminsky. Though the film was unsuccessful at the box office (it opened to $5.6 million in 1,510 theaters),[8] it received generous reviews and her performance met with wide critical acclaim, being described as her “breakthrough role” by media sources.[6]

The following year, Lohman appeared in Matchstick Men, directed by Ridley Scott, starring with Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell. And though it was not a box office success either, Lohman continued to receive critical praise. Later that year, she appeared in Tim Burton’s Big Fish, which continued her trend of appearing in acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful films.

In 2005, Lohman appeared in Atom Egoyan‘s Where the Truth Lies. The film originally received an NC-17 rating for its graphic sexual content,[9] and failed at the box office afterwards.[10] Some critics (such as Roger Ebert) felt that she was well-suited for the role.[11] Her next feature, The Big White, featured her alongside actors Robin Williams, Holly Hunter and Tim Blake Nelson, but nevertheless went direct-to-video. In the same year, Lohman voiced the title character in the English language re-dubbing of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

Lohman’s next film was the drama Flicka, which was released on October 20, 2006. At the age of 25, she played a 16-year-old girl who befriends a wild mustang in the film. Lohman had never ridden a horse prior to filming and trained rigorously for a month. She said that she was “constantly thrown emotionally and physically” while working with the horses for this role.[6] Flicka went on to become a surprise hit in the DVD market. She then played a recovering heroin addict in Things We Lost in the Fire.

Lohman was then signed to replace Ellen Page in Sam Raimi‘s critically acclaimed horror film, Drag Me to Hell, which was released on May 29, 2009.[12]

Lohman, who is frequently cast as a teenager, has said that she believes she “look[s] younger, but act[s] older” than her age.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Lohman married filmmaker Mark Neveldine[13] in Watertown, New York on August 19, 2009, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.[14]

In 2010, Lohman gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy, Billy Neveldine in Bucharest, Romania, where Neveldine’s 2012 film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was filming. News of the child’s birth was not revealed until August 2011.[15] She has since given birth to a second child.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Kraa! The Sea Monster Curtis
1999 Planet Patrol Patrolman Curtis
1999 The Auteur Theory Teen Rosemary – Elliot’s Film
1999 Thirteenth Floor, TheThe Thirteenth Floor Honey Bear Girl
2000 The Million Dollar Kid Courtney Hunter
2001 Alex in Wonder Camelia
2001 Delivering Milo Ms. Madeline
2002 White Oleander Astrid Magnussen Young Hollywood Award for Superstar of Tomorrow
Nominated–Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Newcomer
2002 White Boy Amy
2003 Big Fish Young Sandra Templeton
2003 Matchstick Men Angela
2005 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaä (voice) English dub
2005 The Big White Tiffany
2005 Where the Truth Lies Karen O’Connor
2006 Delirious K’harma Leeds
2006 Flicka Katy McLaughlin
2007 Beowulf Ursula
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Kelly
2009 Gamer Trace
2009 Drag Me to Hell Christine Brown Nominated–Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated–MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance
2015 The Vatican Tapes Psych Patient
2016 Urge Mother

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Pacific Blue Molly Episode: “Seduced”
1998 7th Heaven Barbara Episode: “Let’s Talk About Sex”
1999 Crusade Claire Episode: “The Long Road”
1999 Safe Harbor Hayley 4 episodes
2000 Sharing the Secret Beth Moss Television film
2000–2001 Tucker McKenna Reid 13 episodes
2001–2002 Pasadena Lily McAllister 13 episodes

Jane Levy

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Jane Levy

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Levy in 2013.
Born (1989-12-29) December 29, 1989 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present
Spouse(s) Jaime Freitas (m. 2011; div. 2013)

Jane Colburn Levy (born December 29, 1989)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Tessa Altman on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory. She made her television debut on Showtime‘s Shameless.

Levy appeared in the films Fun Size and Nobody Walks in 2012, and Evil Dead in 2013. She was named by critics as one of the breakout stars of 2011, and Forbes named her on their list of 30 under 30 who are “reinventing the world” (a list of the brightest stars of the future).

In 2016, she teamed up with director Fede Alvarez again and starred in the suspenseful-horror film Don’t Breathe.[2]

Early life[edit]

Levy was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Mary (née Tilbury), an artist, and Lester Levy, a musician.[3] Her father is Jewish and her mother is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.[4] She attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California. While in school, she was on the hip hop dancing team and was captain of the soccer team,[5][6] and appeared in community theatre productions of Annie and The Wizard of Oz.[5] She describes herself at school as being a “floater”,[7] someone who got along with everyone. While at high school she visited England for five months.[7] She attended Goucher College for a semester before transferring to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York where she graduated from the Conservatory.[8]

Career[edit]

Levy moved back to Los Angeles after two years in New York City. Levy was cast as Mandy Milkovich in a five-episode role on the Showtime series Shameless within a few weeks of returning to the West Coast.[5]

In March 2011, she landed the first lead role of her career on the sitcom Suburgatory, with Jeremy Sisto and Cheryl Hines.[9][10] Since being in the show she has been compared to Emma Stone, due in part to her red hair.[11]

She was named by both TV Guide and TheInsider.com as one of the breakout stars of 2011,[12][13] and was included on the top eleven list of funniest women compiled by AOL.[14] Forbes named her as one of the handful of entertainment stars on their list of 30 under 30 who are “reinventing the world” (a list of the brightest stars of the future).[15][16] Noting that Suburgatory was “one of the big hits of the new [TV] season” and that Levy would be seen in two upcoming films, Forbes called her “one to watch”.[17]

Levy appeared in two films in 2012, Fun Size and Nobody Walks; the former was the first feature from Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz.[11] Released before Halloween, Fun Size co-starred Victoria Justice and comedian Chelsea Handler.[18] While filming it, Levy was disappointed that she failed to meet co-star Johnny Knoxville, as he was on set for the one week of shooting that she was not.[18]

Levy starred in the 2013 remake of the horror classic The Evil Dead[19] as the drug-dependent Mia, replacing Lily Collins, who had originally been cast.[20]

In 2016, Levy starred in her Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez‘s horror film Don’t Breathe, the story of friends who break into the house of a wealthy blind man.

Levy will star in Monster Trucks, Paramount Animation‘s first live-action/CGI film, which is directed by Ice Ages Chris Wedge.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

On March 3, 2011, Levy married actor Jaime Freitas. According to court documents, the couple separated on October 31, 2011. In April 2013, Levy filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[23][24]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Nobody Walks Caroline
2012 Fun Size April Martin-Danzinger-Ross
2013 Evil Dead Mia Allen
2014 About Alex Kate
2014 Bang Bang Baby Stepphy
2015 Frank and Cindy Kate
2016 Don’t Breathe Rocky
2017 Monster Trucks Meredith Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Shameless Mandy Milkovich 5 episodes
2011–2014 Suburgatory Tessa Altman Main cast; 57 episodes
2014 Kroll Show Madison 1 episode (“Krolling Around with Nick Klown”)
2017 Twin Peaks Filming

Maika Monroe

 

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Maika Monroe
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Monroe at the Japan premiere of Independence Day: Resurgence, June 2016
Born Dillon Monroe Buckley[1][2]
(1993-05-29) May 29, 1993 (age 23)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, kiteboarder
Years active 2012-present

Maika Monroe (born Dillon Monroe Buckley; May 29, 1993) is an American actress and professional kiteboarder.[3] She made her acting debut in the 2012 film At Any Price. In 2013, she appeared alongside Kate Winslet in the drama film Labor Day. She became recognized as a “scream queen” after her performances in the critically acclaimed 2014 films The Guest and It Follows. She also played Patricia Whitmore in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).

Life and career[edit]

Monroe was born Dillon Monroe Buckley in Santa Barbara, California, the daughter of Dixie, a sign language interpreter, and Jack Buckley, who works in construction.[4][5] She later changed her first name to “Maika”, by which she had already been publicly called for most of her life.[1]

In April 2012, Monroe signed up for the drama film Labor Day, an adaptation of the novel of the same name.[6] She played Mandy, a farm girl who romances with a young man and eventually becomes his wife and the mother of his child.[7] In June 2013, she joined the cast of the psychological thriller film The Guest.[8][9] In 2014, she starred as Jay in the horror film It Follows,[10] which became a cult hit and secured Monroe’s status as a scream queen.[11][12] In 2016, she co-starred in the invasion thriller film The 5th Wave, based on the novel of the same name.[13][14] Monroe also co-starred in the 2016 movie Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to Independence Day (1996), playing former First Daughter Patricia Whitmore.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 At Any Price Cadence Farrow
2013 The Bling Ring Beach Girl
2013 Labor Day Mandy
2013 Flying Monkeys Joan Television film
2014 The Guest Anna Peterson
2014 It Follows Jay Height Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
2015 Echoes of War Abigail Riley
2016 The 5th Wave Ringer
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Patricia Whitmore
2016 Hot Summer Nights McKayla Strawberry Post-production
2016 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Jody Linder Post-production
2016 Bokeh Jenai Post-production
2016 The Tribes of Palos Verdes Medina Post-production
2017 Felt Joan Felt Post-production
2017 I’m Not Here Karen Post-production
2017 TAU Julia Post-production

Alycia Debnam-Carey

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Alycia Debnam-Carey

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Born Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey
(1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 23)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Other names Alycia Debnam-Carey
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Notable work The 100
Fear the Walking Dead
Parent(s) Leone Carey

Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey (born 20 July 1993[1]) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her role as Commander Lexa in The CW series The 100[2] and her portrayal of Alicia Clark on the AMC series Fear the Walking Dead (the companion series to The Walking Dead).[3] Debnam-Carey has also starred in the 2014 films Into the Storm[4] and The Devil’s Hand,[5] and appeared in the television series McLeod’s Daughters,[6] Dream Life,[7] and Next Stop Hollywood.[4] In 2016, she starred in the Warner Bros film Friend Request.[8]

Early life[edit]

In 2011, Debnam-Carey graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, where she was a percussionist. In 2010, in partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic, she and around 40 other musicians worked together and composed a piece in a two-week program.[9] Debnam-Carey also studied for ten years in classical percussion and she has said that she almost went to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music but decided that it wasn’t what she actually wanted to do.[10][11] In her last year of school, Debnam-Carey took her HSC exams and managed to get top band (how the HSC results are divided, 1 being lowest, 6 being highest) in six of her courses.[12] Debnam-Carey also received the Premier’s award for receiving a score of 90 in 6 subjects.[13]

Career[edit]

2003–12: Career beginnings[edit]

Alycia Debnam-Carey started acting at the age of 8. In 2003, she co-starred in Rachel Ward’s award winning short-feature film, Martha’s New Coat.[14] Later, Debnam-Carey guest-starred in Australian drama series McLeod’s Daughters. In 2008, she appeared in television film Dream Life and short film Jigsaw Girl. Debnam-Carey also showed up in other short films At the Tattooist and The Branch. In 2010 she co-starred in the unsold pilot Resistance,[15] and guest-starred in another Australian drama series, Dance Academy.

2012–13: Los Angeles and Next Stop Hollywood[edit]

Debnam-Carey began to make her mark in Hollywood at age of 18, when she traveled to the U.S. for the first time. She starred as the youngest cast member in Next Stop Hollywood, a six-part documentary that followed six Australian actors as they competed for roles during the U.S. TV pilot season. Her mother, Leone Carey, is a television writer, and she accompanied Alycia on her journey.[16]

Just after two weeks in Hollywood, Debnam-Carey auditioned for the role of Carrie Bradshaw for the new CW series The Carrie Diaries and was asked to audition for an independent feature film, a thriller set in the Amish community. After two more weeks in Hollywood, Debnam-Carey had landed on the short list for The Carrie Diaries and had been offered a lead role in a feature film, The Devil’s Hand, then known as The Occult, and the next week left Hollywood to meet a film director in Canada. In the sixth and final week in Hollywood, Debnam-Carey started filming The Devil’s Hand in North Carolina. In the end, Debnam-Carey lost the role of Carrie in The Carrie Diaries to actress AnnaSophia Robb. The documentary aired in 2013 on ABC1 in Australia.

While staying in LA, Debnam-Carey became a Heath Ledger Scholarship Finalist in July 2012.[17]

2014–present: Breakthrough, The 100 and Fear The Walking Dead[edit]

In 2014 Debnam-Carey co-starred in American disaster film, Into the Storm.[4] Following The Devil’s Hand Debnam-Carey was cast in a series pilot called Galyntine for AMC,[18] though AMC ultimately opted not to take the pilot to series.[19] Debnam-Carey also made an appearance in Made in Hollywood in the same year.

Debnam-Carey guest starred in season two of CW’s The 100, first appearing in episode six as Commander Lexa, a powerful leader of twelve clans. She became one of the fan favorites. At San Diego Comic Con International 2015, it was confirmed by show’s creator Jason Rothenberg that Debnam-Carey would be returning to the show’s third season in a recurring role.[20]

In December 2014, the first four lead roles of The Walking Dead’s spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead were cast including Debnam-Carey as Alicia.[21] The first photos of Debnam-Carey on set showed up after production began on the remaining five first-season episodes on 11 May 2015, in Vancouver. Production for the show in Canada concluded at the end of June 2015 and finished in July 2015 in Los Angeles. Fear the Walking Dead debuted on 23 August,[22] 2015 and is ordered for 2 seasons.[23] At the Television Critics Association Press Tour, it was announced that AMC ordered 15 episodes for season 2.[24]

On 27 August, Debnam-Carey made her first talk show appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Debnam-Carey also appeared in the lead role of Laura in the German thriller Friend Request, originally named Unfriend. The film was originally scheduled to be released in 2015, but was eventually released in Germany on 7 January 2016.[25]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Martha’s New Coat Elsie
2008 Jigsaw Girl Caitlyn Short film
2010 At the Tattooist Jane Short film
2011 The Branch Mia Short film
2014 Into the Storm Kaitlyn Johnston
2014 The Devil’s Hand Mary also known as Where the Devil Hides, The Devil’s Rapture and The Occult
2016 Friend Request Laura Woodson
2016 Liked Roxy Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 McLeod’s Daughters Chloe Sanderson 1 episode
2008 Dream Life Cassie Television film
2008 Resistance Genevieve “Gen” Leone Unsold pilot
2010 Dance Academy Mia 1 episode
2013 Next Stop Hollywood Herself 6 episodes
2014 Galyntine Essin Unsold pilot
2014 Made in Hollywood Herself 1 episode
2014–16 The 100 Commander Lexa Recurring role (seasons 2–3); 16 episodes
2015–present Fear the Walking Dead Alicia Clark Main role; 18 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2010 Eli Mailer Daemon / Lincoln Davis
2011 She’s Like a Comet Jebediah

Awards and nominations[edit]

MTV Fandom Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated Work Result Source(s)
2015 Ship of the Year (shared with Eliza Taylor) The 100 Nor !Runner-up [26]
2016 Fan Freakout of the Year Won [27]
Ship of the Year (shared with Eliza Taylor) Nor !Runner-up [26]
Best Fandom (shared with the cast) Nominated [26]

E! Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated Work Result Source(s)
2015 Best Kiss (shared with Eliza Taylor) The 100 Won [28]
Best Guest Star Won
Best Cast On Social Media (shared with the cast) Nor !Runner-up
2016 Best Couple (shared with Eliza Taylor) Nor !Runner-up [29]
Steamiest/Sexiest Moment (shared with Eliza Taylor) Won
Most Heartbreaking Goodbye (shared with Eliza Taylor) Won
Best Fight (shared with Zach McGowan) Won
Best Kiss (shared with Eliza Taylor) Won
Moment That Made You Want To Throw Out Your TV Won
Best Guest Star Won
Best Cast On Social Media (shared with the cast) Nor !Runner-up
Best Fandom (shared with Eliza Taylor) Clexa Won
Female Breakout Star The 100
Fear The Walking Dead
Won

RadioTimes[edit]

Year Category Nominated Work Result Source(s)
2016 Sci-Fi Champion The 100 Won [30]

Kate Hudson

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Kate Hudson

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Born Kate Garry Hudson
(1979-04-19) April 19, 1979 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Chris Robinson (m. 2000; div. 2007)
Partner(s) Matthew Bellamy (2010–14)
Children 2
Parent(s) Bill Hudson
Goldie Hawn
Relatives Oliver Hudson (brother)
Wyatt Russell (half-brother)
Mark Hudson (uncle)
Brett Hudson (uncle)
Kurt Russell (stepfather)

Kate Garry Hudson (born April 19, 1979)[1] is an American actress. She rose to prominence in 2000 for playing Penny Lane in Almost Famous, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Raising Helen (2004), The Skeleton Key (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Fool’s Gold (2008), and Bride Wars (2009). Hudson also co-founded Fabletics, a fitness brand and membership program operated by JustFab.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Hudson was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Academy Award–winning actress Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, an actor, comedian, and musician.[1] Her parents divorced when she was 18 months old and she and her older brother, actor Oliver Hudson, were raised in Snowmass, Colorado, and Pacific Palisades, California, by her mother and her mother’s longtime boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell.[4]

Hudson has stated that her biological father “doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall”, and that she considers Russell her father.[5] Her biological father indicated that though he had made several efforts to connect with Kate and Oliver, neither reciprocated.[6] Hudson has described her mother as “the woman that I’ve learned the most from, and who I look up to, who has conducted her life in a way that I can look up to”.[7] She has four half-siblings: Emily and Zachary Hudson, from her biological father’s later marriage to actress Cindy Williams; Lalania Hudson, from his relationship with another woman;[6] and Wyatt Russell, from her mother’s relationship with Kurt Russell.

Hudson’s ancestry is Italian (from her paternal grandmother), Hungarian Jewish (from her maternal grandmother), and the remainder a mix of English and some German.[8][9] She was raised Jewish.[10][11] In 1997, she graduated from Crossroads, a college preparatory school in Santa Monica. She was accepted to New York University but chose to pursue an acting career instead of an undergraduate degree.[4]

Career[edit]

Hudson’s breakthrough role was as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe‘s Almost Famous (2000), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[4] She had previously appeared in the lesser-known films Gossip, a teenage drama, and 200 Cigarettes, a New Year’s-set comedy with a large cast of actors. Regarding her early career and success, Hudson has noted that she is a “hard worker” and did not want to be associated with her well-known parents, wishing to avoid the perception that she “rode on somebody’s coattails”.[4]

Hudson signing autographs in July 2006

In 2002, Hudson starred in the remake of the historical romance The Four Feathers, which was panned by critics and audiences. Her next film, the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, was a box office success, grossing over $100 million after its February 2003 release. Hudson subsequently appeared in several romantic comedies, including Alex and Emma and Raising Helen; the films met with varying degrees of success. Hudson later headlined a thriller called The Skeleton Key in 2005. The film, which had a production budget of $43 million, enjoyed box office success, grossing over $91.9 million worldwide ($47.9 million in North America).[12] Her next film, a comedy titled You, Me and Dupree and co-starring Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon, grossed $21.5 million on its opening weekend of July 14, 2006.[13]

In 2007, Hudson directed the short film Cutlass, one of Glamour magazine’s “Reel Moments” based on readers’ personal essays. Cutlass co-stars Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Virginia Madsen, Chevy Chase and Kristen Stewart.[14] The following year, she appeared in the romantic comedy Fool’s Gold, her second film co-starring with Matthew McConaughey; she was certified in scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef for the movie’s underwater scenes. She also appeared in My Best Friend’s Girl, another romantic comedy, in 2008. Hudson next appeared in the musical film Nine, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, and Judi Dench. The film, directed by Rob Marshall, was released in December 2009. Hudson was critically acclaimed for her dancing skills, showcased in a 1960s-inspired original piece called “Cinema Italiano”, which was written specifically for her character. She later starred in the film adaptation of Jim Thompson‘s The Killer Inside Me, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, she starred in an another romantic comedy, Something Borrowed, based on Emily Giffin‘s novel of the same name.

In 2012, Hudson was cast in the recurring role on Fox teen comedy series, Glee as Cassandra July, Rachel Berry‘s dance teacher at the fictitious New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA).[15][16][17] Hudson later went to play supporting roles in smaller films, include Wish I Was Here and Good People. In 2016, she starred in the romantic comedy Mother’s Day, opposite Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts, and will play Mark Wahlberg‘s character’s wife in disaster drama Deepwater Horizon.[18][19]

In 2013, Hudson began a partnership with online fashion retailer JustFab to launch her own line of workout clothes and active wear called Fabletics.[20][21][22]

In 2016 Hudson released her book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. HarperCollins. 2016. ISBN 978-0-06-243424-1. 

Personal life[edit]

Hudson married Chris Robinson, the frontman for The Black Crowes, on December 31, 2000, in Aspen, Colorado. The couple lived in a house that was once owned by director James Whale and traveled together during Hudson’s film shoots or Robinson’s music tours.[4] On August 14, 2006, Hudson’s publicist announced that Hudson and Robinson had separated. On November 18, 2006, Robinson filed divorce papers, citing “irreconcilable differences“.[23] The divorce was finalized on October 22, 2007.[24] Robinson and Hudson have one child together, a son, Ryder, born in 2004.

In early 2006, Hudson sued the English version of the National Enquirer after it reported she had an eating disorder, describing her as “painfully thin”. Hudson said the tabloid’s statements were “a blatant lie” and she was concerned about the impact the false report could have on impressionable young women.[25] The newspaper apologized and compensated her.[26]

Like her mother Goldie Hawn, Hudson practices Buddhism.[27]

In early 2010, Hudson began dating Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy.[28][29][30] In February 2011, Hudson bought a house in London, England. A Daily Mail source reported that she planned to live in London with Bellamy six months a year.[31] Hudson and Bellamy became engaged in April 2011[32] and their son, Bingham was born in July 2011.[33][34] On December 9, 2014, the couple announced that they had ended their engagement.[35]

Hudson says that she does not enjoy seeing herself on screen, saying, “I get cold and I shake and I sweat” when watching her performances for the first time.[7]

In 2016 Hudson said: “Meditation has been the most helpful and life-changing thing for me. You can feel the difference when you meditate on a regular basis. At least I can…. I started practicing transcendental meditation a year and a half ago so I meditate 20 minutes in the morning and I try to do another 20 minutes in the afternoon.”[36]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Desert Blue Skye Davidson
1998 Ricochet River Lorna
1999 200 Cigarettes Cindy
2000 Dr. T & the Women Dee Dee Travis
2000 Almost Famous Penny Lane Won – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female – Newcomer
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Artist
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Newcomer of the Year
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
MTV Movie Award for Best Dressed
MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress
2000 Gossip Naomi Preston
2000 About Adam Lucy Owens Limited release
2001 The Cutting Room Chrissy Campbell Uncredited
2002 The Four Feathers Ethne
2003 Le Divorce Isabel Walker
2003 Alex & Emma Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Andie Anderson Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy
Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Liar
Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Liplock shared with Matthew McConaughey
2004 Raising Helen Helen Harris Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy
2005 The Skeleton Key Caroline Ellis
2006 You, Me and Dupree Molly Peterson Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy
2008 Fool’s Gold Tess Finnegan
2008 My Best Friend’s Girl Alexis
2009 Bride Wars Olivia “Liv” Lerner Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Rumble shared with Anne Hathaway
Also producer
2009 Nine Stephanie Necrophuros Won – Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2010 The Killer Inside Me Amy Stanton Direct-to-video
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Marley Corbett Limited release
2011 Something Borrowed Darcy
2013 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Erica Limited release
2014 Wish I Was Here Sarah Bloom Limited release
2014 Good People Anna Reed Direct-to-video
2015 Rock the Kasbah Merci
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Mei Mei Voice role
2016 Mother’s Day Jesse
2016 Deepwater Horizon In post-production
2016 Marshall Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Party of Five Cory Episode: “Spring Breaks: Part 1” (season 2)
1997 EZ Streets Larraine Cahill Episode: “Neither Have I Wings to Fly” (season 1)
2000 Saturday Night Live Herself/Host Episode: “Kate Hudson/Radiohead” (season 26)
2012–13 Glee Cassandra July Episodes: “The New Rachel“, “Britney 2.0“, “Glease“, “Swan Song“, “Wonder-ful” (season 4)
2013 Clear History Rhonda Haney Television film
2015 Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast Herself/Cook Episode 1: “Kate Hudson” (season 2)
2015 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Herself Episode 1: “Kate Hudson: Dolomites” (season 2)

Jennifer Hudson

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Hudson at Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Illinois on January 17, 2012
Born Jennifer Kate Hudson
(1981-09-12) September 12, 1981 (age 35)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education
Alma mater Langston University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • spokeswoman
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s)
  • James Payton (1999–2007)
  • David Otunga (2008–present; engaged)
Children 1
Awards See awards and nominations
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels
Associated acts Ne-Yo
Website jenniferhudson.com

Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer, actress and spokesperson.[1] She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

As an actress, she made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls, for which she gained worldwide acclaim and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has also appeared in such films as Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees and Black Nativity. She has made numerous television appearances, including guest roles on Smash, Empire and Inside Amy Schumer. In 2015 she made her Broadway debut in the role of Shug Avery in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple.

As a singer, Hudson has released three studio albums. Her debut album Jennifer Hudson, released in 2008, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA, with sales exceeding a million copies worldwide. The record was nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning the 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Her second album I Remember Me, released in 2011, also debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. Her third and most recent album JHUD peaked in the top ten and featured the Grammy-nominated track “It’s Your World“.

In October 2008, after Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew were killed in a shooting, Hudson stepped out of the public eye for three months. Hudson resumed her public appearances in 2009, with high-profile performances at Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, American Idol, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.[2] Hudson has been described as a friend of President Barack Obama, who invited her to appear with him at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills in May 2009.[3] She also performed at the White House at the “Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” event.[4] In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[5]

Early life[edit]

Hudson was born on September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois.[6][7] She is the third and youngest child of Darnell Donnerson (November 7, 1950 – October 24, 2008)[8] and Samuel Simpson[9] (died 1999).[10] She was raised as a Baptist[11] in Englewood[12] and attended Dunbar Vocational High School, from which she graduated in 1999.[13] She cites Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti LaBelle as her overall biggest influences and inspiration.[14] At the age of 7, she got her start in performing by singing with the church choir and doing community theater with the help of her late maternal grandmother, Julia.[15] She enrolled at Langston University but she left after a semester due to homesickness and unhappiness with the weather, and registered at Kennedy–King College.[16]

In January 2002, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records, a Chicago-based independent record label. She was released from her five-year contract with Righteous Records so that she could appear on American Idol in 2004.

Career[edit]

2004–05: American Idol[edit]

Hudson auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Atlanta commenting that she had been singing on Disney Cruise Lines (aboard the Disney Wonder) for the past few months (as one of the Muses from Hercules); and contestant judge Randy Jackson said, “We’re expecting more than a cruise ship performance from you.”[citation needed] Hudson received the highest number of votes in the “Top 9” after her performance of Elton John‘s “Circle of Life” on April 6, 2004, but two weeks later was eliminated during the “Top 7” show after performing Barry Manilow‘s, “Weekend in New England.” The bottom three consisting of three African-American females led to controversy.[17][18] In May 2009, MTV listed Hudson as the sixth greatest American Idol and noted her exit was the most shocking of all time.[19] In May 2010, the Los Angeles Times claimed Hudson to be the third greatest Idol contestant in the history of the show, placing behind season one winner Kelly Clarkson and season four winner Carrie Underwood.[20]

Performances[edit]

2006–07: Dreamgirls and breakthrough[edit]

In one of her first appearances on a record, Hudson is featured in a duet, “The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be”, on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. In September 2006, Hudson performed the song, “Over It,” live on Fox Chicago Morning News. In the interview she stated the song would be included on her debut album, to be released in early 2007; however, this was before she was signed to a record label.[21] In November 2006, Hudson signed a record deal with Arista Records.[22] On The Oprah Winfrey Show, Hudson announced plans to enter the studio in March 2007.[citation needed] Hudson said on The Tyra Banks Show, on February 23, 2007, that she just finished the first song for the album.[citation needed] Hudson also recorded a song she co-wrote with Bill Grainer and Earl Powell called “Stand Up”, which was available for preview on her fan website. The track was produced by Chicago natives Powell and Herman Little III, who also arranged the song.[23] The power-ballad would later become available on the deluxe edition of Hudson’s self-titled album as a bonus track.

In November 2005, Hudson was cast in the role of Effie White for the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, which also starred Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles and Eddie Murphy. The role, originally created in a Broadway performance by Jennifer Holliday,[citation needed] marked Hudson’s debut screen performance. She won the role over hundreds of professional singers and actresses, including Fantasia Barrino.[24] Filming of Dreamgirls began on January 9, 2006, and the film went into limited release on December 25, 2006, and national release on January 12, 2007. Hudson has won particular praise for her show-stopping onscreen rendition of the hit song, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going“, the signature song of the role, which had earlier been recorded, and had already reached the status of musical standard, because of the definitive performance of Jennifer Holliday. The New York Observer described Hudson’s performance of the song as “five mellifluous, molto vibrato minutes that have suddenly catapulted Ms. Hudson… into the position of front-runner for the best supporting actress Oscar”.[25] Newsweek said that when moviegoers hear Hudson sing the song, she, “is going to raise goose bumps across the land.”[26] Variety magazine wrote that Hudson’s performance “calls to mind debuts like Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl or Bette Midler in The Rose, with a voice like the young Aretha”.[27] Hudson’s version of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” debuted at number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the January 13, 2007, issue.[citation needed] The Dreamgirls track became Hudson’s first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay chart on February 24, 2007.[citation needed]Love You I Do” was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song and won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Hudson performing in 2007

As Effie White, Hudson has garnered 29 awards from film critics as Best Supporting Actress and Breakthrough Performer of 2006. She won the Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In addition, she has been named Best Supporting Actress by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and also by the Screen Actors Guild. After seeing Hudson’s performance in Dreamgirls, Simon Cowell taped a congratulatory message to her, which aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[28] With the March 2007 issue, Jennifer Hudson became the third African-American celebrity and the first African-American singer to grace the cover of Vogue magazine.[29] On February 11, 2007, the 60th British Academy Film Awards were held in London, but Hudson was not there to accept her award for BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. The BAFTA Award went missing and Hudson did not receive her award until April 22, 2011, when it was presented to her on the Graham Norton Show. On February 25, 2007, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. During her acceptance speech, Hudson said: “Oh, my God, I have to just take this moment in. I cannot believe this. Look what God can do. I didn’t think I was going to win. […] If my grandmother was here to see me now. She was my biggest inspiration.” She also concluded her speech by thanking Jennifer Holliday.[30] Later in 2007, the mayor of her home town, Chicago, Richard M. Daley, declared March 6 as “Jennifer Hudson Day”.[31][32] She was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 18, along with 115 other individuals for 2007.[33][34] Entertainment Weekly put her performance on its end-of-the-decade, “best-of” list, saying, “Sure, Beyoncé’s performance was great. And Eddie Murphy’s was impressive. But there was really only one reason we all rushed to see 2006’s Dreamgirls: Jennifer Hudson’s soul-to-the-rafters rendition of the classic ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’. When she sang ‘You’re gonna love me,’ it wasn’t just a lyric — it was a fact.”[35]

2008–09: Winnie Mandela and Jennifer Hudson[edit]

In May 2008, Hudson appeared in the feature film Sex and the City as Louise, Carrie Bradshaw‘s assistant. Filming finished in December 2007 and the movie was released on May 30, 2008.[36] In October 2008, Hudson made her third film appearance in The Secret Life of Bees as Rosaleen, the mother figure of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning). Also starring in the film are fellow Oscar nominees Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo, as well as Alicia Keys. The film opened on October 17, 2008, and grossed over $37 million at the box office. The film won two People’s Choice Awards in January 2009 in the categories, Favorite Drama Movie and Favorite Independent Movie. The film also received nine Black Reel Awards nominations including three wins. Hudson was nominated for her performance in the film, but lost to Queen Latifah. The film also received eight nominations at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards, including a nomination for Hudson for her performance. In 2009, Hudson starred as Kathy Archenault in Fragments, a film based on the novel by Roy Freirich, with Dakota Fanning and Forest Whitaker. The name of the film was changed from “Winged Creatures” to “Fragments”.[citation needed] It was released on DVD on August 4, 2009. In 2010, Hudson started filming the biopic film Winnie Mandela[37] based on the South African politician Winnie Mandela[37] starring alongside Terrence Howard and directed by Darrell J. Roodt.[38] Andre Pieterse and Roodt and Paul L. Johnson based the film’s script on Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob’s biography, Winnie Mandela: A Life.[39] The Creative Workers Union of South Africa have opposed this choice, stating they will push for a moratorium on the film if the casting is not reversed.[40] Winnie Mandela has threatened legal action over this film, claiming she was not “consulted” about the film.[41] Winnie Mandela was originally scheduled to be released in December 2011; the trailer was released in 2010.[38] Image Entertainment released the film on September 6, 2013.[42][43]

In January 2008, Hudson returned to the studio to record new songs for her debut studio album. Her label was reportedly unhappy with the direction they were sending Hudson musically and decided it would be best to scrap the older songs and instead focus on new ones. Hudson worked with Ryan Tedder and Timbaland on a number of songs. Her debut single, “Spotlight” was released on June 10, 2008 and became Hudson’s first top 40 hit peaking at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a top 20 hit in the United Kingdom and Turkey. Her debut studio album, Jennifer Hudson was released on September 30, 2008 on Arista and was written by Ne-Yo, who co-produced along with Stargate. Additional contributors on the album include Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Robin Thicke, Harvey Mason, Jr., Diane Warren, Earl Powell, and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, among others.[44] The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with 217,000 copies in the US and opened to positive reviews. As of August 2009, the album has sold 739,000 copies in the US, receiving a Gold certification for surpassing sales of 500,000. She has performed the song, “All Dressed in Love” for the Sex and the City soundtrack, which was released on May 27, 2008.[45] Hudson performed the national anthem at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The album’s second single was to be released in October 2008, and was originally set to be “My Heart” before “If This Isn’t Love” was chosen as the official second single. After three of her family members were brutally murdered, the single was rescheduled for a January 2009 release. However, in January 2009, her label decided to postpone the release of the second single once more until, choosing a February 2009 release date. After the release of “If This Isn’t Love”, the single eventually peaked at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 37 on the UK Singles Chart. The third single was announced as “Pocketbook” featuring Ludacris in April 2009, for a June 2009 release, despite speculation that the third single would be “My Heart” after it was canceled as the second single. In May 2009, “Pocketbook” was canceled as the third single due to negative reception from fans and critics alike. The third single was then rescheduled as “Giving Myself” and was released on June 2, 2009 to the US. Her debut album garnered Hudson three nominations at the 2009 Grammy Awards; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Spotlight”, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “I’m His Only Woman” with Fantasia Barrino, and Best R&B Album for Jennifer Hudson. She won the last of these and performed at the awards ceremony.[46]

2009–11: I Remember Me and other endeavours[edit]

Jennifer Hudson’s first public appearance after the murder of three family members, including her mother, sings the “National Anthem” at Super Bowl XLIII

Hudson at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011

In February 2009, Hudson made her first public appearance since the murders when she sang the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLIII.[47][48][49] She toured the United States with Robin Thicke in 2009.[50] In early May 2009, Hudson suffered “throat fatigue” and had to reschedule her May 16–19, 2009, tour dates.[51] She sang “Will You Be There” at the Michael Jackson memorial service in July 2009.[52] Hudson recorded “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye),” originally by Gladys Knight & the Pips, for American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics — the official American Idol album for the third season. She also performed the song “Easy to be Hard” on the Actors’ Fund benefit recording of the musical Hair;[citation needed] and she is featured on Ne-Yo’s second album, Because of You, on the track, “Leaving Tonight”. Hudson sang “Dancing a Catchy Rhythm” with Brooke White.[citation needed] Hudson performed a Christmas special on ABC in December 2009 called Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas. During the special, she relived her childhood Christmases with musical performances filmed at her favorite locations in her native Chicago. Hudson also visited family members, friends and other childhood influences during the broadcast.[53] On January 22, 2010, Hudson appeared on the telethon “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief”, performing the Beatles’ “Let it Be”. The telecast generated $61 million in donations as of January 26, 2010.[54] Also, that year, Hudson recorded the song “One Shining Moment” for the 2010 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.

In 2010, Hudson became the spokesperson for Weight Watchers.[1][55] She has lost 56 pounds (25 kg) in the last year and “does not want to lose any more weight.”[56] However, on February 10, 2011, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and revealed she has now lost a total of 80 pounds.[57] Her 2012 autobiography, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, detailed her weight loss.[58][59][60]

Early in the album I Remember Mes development, Ne-Yo told E! Online that Hudson was ready to get personal on her second studio album and that he might be producing the album. He said “She’s gone through a lot over the last year, so she has a lot to talk about,” he continues. “She’s definitely gotten stronger. The things that she’s gone through and for her to still be upbeat and happy, it’s amazing.”[61] Hudson released her second studio album I Remember Me on March 22, 2011. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 selling 165,000 copies in its first week of release.[62] On January 24, 2011 Hudson premiered the album’s lead single “Where You At“.[63] It was written by R. Kelly and produced by Harvey Mason, Jr.[64] The song went for radio adds that same week.[65] On February 3, 2011 due to radio adds the single made its debut on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 53,[66][clarification needed] having so far reached a peak of number 10.[67] The music video premiered on BET‘s 106 & Park and through Vevo in February 2011.[68][69] “No One Gonna Love You” impacted on Urban adult contemporary radio in the United States in May 2011. A remix bundle titled “No One Gonna Love You-The Remixes” was released as a digital download in the US and the UK in July 2011.[70][71][72] The song has reached number 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[73] The third US single will be “I Got This”.[74] The non-single track “Don’t Look Down” reached number 70 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[75]

2012–present: JHUD and continued acting[edit]

Hudson played a nun in the Farrelly brothers film The Three Stooges (2012).[76] The day after the death of Whitney Houston, Hudson paid tribute to her by singing Houston’s iconic “I Will Always Love You” during the 54th Grammy Awards held on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.[77] Hudson guest-starred for a multi-episode arc on the second season of the NBC series, Smash.[78] She sang “America the Beautiful” with the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus at Super Bowl XLVII.[79] Hudson sang at the 85th Academy Awards in a tribute to musical films.[80] She performed “Same Love” with Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.[81]

On September 21, 2013, a new single from Hudson’s forthcoming third studio album was released via her website. The 70s stylized uptempo ballad, titled “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)“, features T.I. with production by Pharrell, she performed this song alongside Chaka Khan, Evelyn Champagne King, and T.I. at the 2013 Soul Train Awards.[82] In October 2013, Hudson starred in the coming of age drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete alongside Jordin Sparks as well as the drama/musical Black Nativity. Furthermore, she appears alongside Amy Adams in the drama Lullaby. On November 13, 2013, Hudson was awarded with the 2,512th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[5]

Hudson’s third studio album, JHUD, was released on September 23, 2014. Hudson described the album as more “upbeat” than her previous material. She worked with Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, RedOne, and R. Kelly among others. RedOne said about the material: “It’s not dance dance, but it’s soulful dance. It’s very ’70s kinda style”.[83] Hudson stated: “What we’re doing feels so right that I never want to go home (from the studio). My sister and my manager will be sleeping on the couch while we work until 4 or 5am”.[84]

Hudson confirmed that a song on the album will be “It’s Your World” and features R. Kelly, in an interview with Jonathan Ross on The Jonathan Ross Show. On June 20 she released the music video for “Walk it Out” featuring Timbaland, which is the first single off her upcoming album. On July 3 Hudson announced that the name of her third album is JHUD and would include “different expressions of [Hudson] as an artist, a girl, [and] a music lover”.[85]

In January 2015, it was announced that Hudson would be making her Broadway debut as Shug Avery in a revival of The Color Purple.[86] She guest-starred and sang a song in the 10th episode of the first season of Empire.[87] Hudson performed “I Can’t Let Go” by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman at the 87th Academy Awards as a tribute to the individuals Hollywood lost in the previous year.[88] She had a role in Spike Lee‘s musical film, Chi-Raq and was later seen in the HBO film, Confirmation.[89][90] Hudson has been confirmed to play Motormouth Maybelle in the live NBC telecast of Hairspray.[91] She will also play the female lead alongside Adam Sandler in the Netflix film, Sandy Wexler.[92] On June 28, 2016, it was announced that Hudson had signed with Epic Records.[93]

Personal life[edit]

Hudson began dating James Payton in 1999, when she was 18.[94] They separated in late 2007. Hudson met David Otunga, a professional wrestler in the WWE and a Harvard Law graduate,[95][96][97] and the couple became engaged in September 2008.[98] In August 2009, Hudson gave birth to her first child, a boy named David Daniel Otunga, Jr.[99]

In October 2008, Hudson’s 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donnerson, and 29-year-old brother, Jason, were found shot dead inside the Chicago home Donnerson shared with Hudson’s elder sister, Julia.[100] An AMBER Alert was issued for her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, when Julia reported him missing.[101][102] Three days later the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed a body found on Chicago’s West Side was the nephew; an autopsy indicated the death was due to “multiple gunshot wounds.”[103][104][105][106] William Balfour, 27, Julia’s estranged husband, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of home invasion and was denied bail.[107] In May 2012 he was convicted on all seven counts against him, including possession of a stolen vehicle.[108] In July 2012, he was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole; served consecutively, followed by an additional 120 years for his other convictions.[109][110] He is incarcerated in Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, Illinois.

Hudson’s family announced creation of The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims, in honor of the three victims.[111]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Dreamgirls Effie White Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Breakout Artist
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
BET Award for Best Actress
BET Award for Best New Artist
Black Reel Award: Best Supporting Actress
Black Reel Award: Best Breakthrough Performance
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Central Ohio Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Central Ohio Film Critics Award for Breakthrough Film Artist
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Pauline Kael Breakout
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Hollywood Life Award for Breakthrough of the Year
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
National Board of Review Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Breakthrough Performer
North Texas Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Breakout Performance
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performance
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance – On Screen
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow Award
Soul Train Award for Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Drama
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—BET Award for Best Female R&B Artist
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Performance
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Breakout Female
Nominated—Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008 Sex and the City Louise
2008 Secret Life of Bees, TheThe Secret Life of Bees Rosaleen Daise
2009 Fragments – Winged Creatures Kathy Archenault Also known as Fragments
2011 Winnie Mandela Winnie Mandela Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Movie
2012 The Three Stooges Sister Rosemary
2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Gloria
2013 Black Nativity Naima Cobbs[112]
2014 Lullaby Nurse Carrie
2015 Chi-Raq Irene Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2017 Sandy Wexler[113] Courtney Clarke
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Idol Herself Season 3; 7th place
2011 The X Factor Herself UK series 8; Invited Judge
2012 Smash Veronica Moore 3 episodes
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Maggie Television film
2015 Empire Michelle White 3 episodes
2016 Confirmation Angela Wright Television film
2016 Inside Amy Schumer Herself Episode: “Brave”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2006 ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow Dreamgirls Won
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Best Female Breakthrough Performance Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won
New York Film Critics Online Best Supporting Actress Won
Breakthrough Performer Won
Hollywood Life Awards Breakthrough of the Year Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Washington, DC Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Best Breakthrough Performance Won
African-American Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Palm Springs International Film Festival Breakthrough Performance Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Pauline Kael Breakout Won
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award Breakout Performance Won
2007 The National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Austin Film Critics Association Breakout Artist Won
Broadcast Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Won
Screen Actors Guild Best Supporting Actress Won
Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Won
British Academy Film Awards Actress in a Supporting Role Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Academy Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Won
Soul Train Awards Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Performance Nominated
BET Awards Best Female R&B Artist Nominated
Best Actress Dreamgirls Won
Best New Artist Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama Dreamgirls Won
Choice Movie Actress (Breakout) Nominated
2008 Vibe Music Awards VHollywood Award Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Actress The Secret Life of Bees Nominated
Best Ensemble Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture Nominated
2009 Best R&B Album Jennifer Hudson Won
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Spotlight Nominated
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals I’m His Only Woman featuring Fantasia Barrino Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding New Artist Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture The Secret Life of Bees Nominated
Outstanding Female Artist Nominated
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration I’m His Only Woman featuring Fantasia Barrino Won
Outstanding Music Video Spotlight Nominated
Outstanding Song Nominated
Outstanding Album Jennifer Hudson Won
BET Awards Best Female R&B Artist Nominated
Best Actress The Secret Life of Bees Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: R&B Artist Nominated
Choice Music: R&B Track If This Isn’t Love Nominated
Soul Train Awards Best R&B/Soul Female Artist Nominated
Song of the Year Spotlight Nominated
2010 People’s Choice Awards Favorite R&B Artist Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice American Idol Alum Nominated
2011 BET Awards Best Female R&B Artist[114] Nominated
2012 NAACP Image Awards[115] Outstanding Female Artist Nominated
Outstanding Music Video Where You At Won
Outstanding Album I Remember Me Won
Billboard Music Awards Top R&B Album[116] I Remember Me Nominated
2014 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Humanitarian Won
NAACP Image Awards[117] Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Winnie Mandela Nominated
BET Awards 2014 Centric Award I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I. Nominated
Soul Train Awards Best R&B/Soul Female Artist Nominated
2015 People’s Choice Awards Favorite R&B Artist Nominated
Grammy Award Best R&B Performance It’s Your World” featuring R. Kelly Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Female Artist Nominated
Outstanding Album JHUD Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards[118] MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Message I Still Love You Nominated
2016 NAACP Image Awards[119] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Chi-Raq Nominated
Drama League Award[120] Distinguished Performance The Color Purple Nominated

Jessica Stroup

 

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Jessica Stroup
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Stroup at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born Jessica Leigh Stroup
(1986-10-23) October 23, 1986 (age 29)
Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2005–present

Jessica Leigh Stroup (born October 23, 1986) is an American actress and comedian, best known for her role as Erin Silver on 90210 and Max Hardy on The Following. She is regarded as a scream queen for starring in the horror films Prom Night, Vampire Bats, Left in Darkness, and The Hills Have Eyes 2.

Early life[edit]

Stroup was born in Anderson, South Carolina, the daughter of Judith and Don Stroup, a senior vice president at MUFG Union Bank.[1] She spent her childhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Providence High School in 2004. Stroup received a full scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, but declined in order to pursue an acting career.

Career[edit]

Stroup’s first acting role was a guest appearance on Unfabulous. Stroup has since appeared in a number of TV shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, October Road, and True Blood. In 2007, Stroup appeared in 4 episodes of Reaper, in which she played the protagonist’s ex-girlfriend. She appeared in a number of small independent movie productions, such as Left in Darkness, Pray for Morning, Vampire Bats, and Southern Comfort.

In March 2007, Stroup starred as the female lead in The Hills Have Eyes 2. Stroup played the role of a national guard named Amber who fights for survival with her peers against a group of mutant people. The film was a fast-forward sequel to The Hills Have Eyes a remake of the 1977 movie of the same name. Despite negative reviews from critics the film went on to gross over $67 million worldwide. That same year Jessica had a supporting role in This Christmas.

In April 2008, Stroup was cast as a series regular on 90210, a reboot of the Golden Globe Award-nominated series Beverly Hills, 90210. Stroup played the role of high school student Erin Silver, the younger sister of David Silver and Kelly Taylor from Beverly Hills, 90210. The pilot premiered on September 2, 2008 to a high 4.65 million viewers despite mixed reviews from critics. In 2010 Stroup was awarded the “Sparkling Performance” award at the Young Hollywood Awards.

Also in April 2008, Stroup played the role of Claire in Screen Gems remake Prom Night. In December 2007, MTV.com announced that Stroup was cast in another horror film titled Homecoming, which follows a young woman being kidnapped by her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. Despite the film completing production in February 2008, it was not released until July 2009 for a limited release in selected cinemas.[2] In 2008, Stroup played Rachel in the ensemble film The Informers.

In 2011, Stroup guest-appeared on Family Guy, in which she voiced a number of characters over the course of two episodes. Stroup reunited with Seth MacFarlane in his directorial debut Ted, in which she played Tracy, Lori’s (played by Mila Kunis) friend at work.

On August 20, 2013 it was announced that Stroup would join The Following in season 2 as a series regular. Her character, Max, is “the niece of Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon). She’s an NYPD cop, currently working in the Intel Division. Max reconnects with Ryan and she becomes a valuable ally.”[3]

In April 2016, Stroup was cast in Marvel’s Iron Fist as Joy Meachum – the daughter of Harold and childhood acquaintance of Danny Rand‘s, whose work building up Rand Enterprises with her brother Ward is threatened to be undone with Rand’s return.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Stroup currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Vampire Bats Eden Television film
2006 Pray for Morning Ashley
2006 Left in Darkness Justine Direct-to-video
2006 School for Scoundrels Eli’s wife
2006 Broken Sara
2007 Hills Have Eyes 2, TheThe Hills Have Eyes 2 Amber
2007 This Christmas Sandi Whitfield
2007 Structure H Telepathic Allie Short film
2008 Prom Night Claire
2008 Informers, TheThe Informers Rachel
2009 Homecoming Elizabeth Mitchum
2012 Ted Tracy
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Unfabulous Fredericka Episode: “The Road Trip”
2006 Southern Comfort Lindy Unsold Fox pilot
2006 Girlfriends Riley Episode: “Oh, Hell Yes: The Seminar”
2006 Zoey 101 Girl Episode: “Lola Likes Chase”
2007 Grey’s Anatomy Jillian Miller Episode: “Great Expectations
2007–08 Reaper Cady Hanson 4 episodes
2007 October Road Taylor Episode: “Once Around the Block”
2008–13 90210 Erin Silver Main cast; 114 episodes
2008 True Blood Sorority girl Kelly Episode: “Strange Love
2011–13 Family Guy Crowd member (voice)
Denise(voice)
Episode: “Friends of Peter G.
2 episodes
2014–15 The Following Max Hardy Main cast; 28 episodes
2016- Iron Fist Joy Meachum Main cast

Hilary Duff

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Hilary Duff

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Hilary Duff
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Duff at the Younger premiere in 2015
Born Hilary Erhard Duff
(1987-09-28) September 28, 1987 (age 29)
Houston, Texas, United States
Occupation
  • Actress
  • Singer-songwriter
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Mike Comrie (m. 2010; div. 2016)
Children 1
Relatives Haylie Duff (sister)
Website www.hilaryduff.com
Musical career
Genres
Labels

Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress and singer. Duff began her acting career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the Disney Channel comedy series Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004). The series proved to be a hit, leading to a film adaptation of the series to be released. Duff began working on numerous projects with the Disney Channel, including the film Cadet Kelly (2002). She later began work on an album, releasing the Christmas themed Santa Claus Lane (2002) through Walt Disney Records. Upon signing with Hollywood Records, Duff began working on her second studio album, Metamorphosis (2003). The album achieved critical and commercial success, topping the Billboard 200 and selling over three million copies in the United States alone. The album also found success in both Canada and Japan. Duff’s success in both acting and music led to her becoming a household name, with merchandise such as dolls, clothing, and fragrances being released.

Duff began to expand her career into theatrical films, with leading roles in projects such as Agent Cody Banks (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005). She continued to have success in music, with her albums Hilary Duff (2004) and Most Wanted (2005) achieving Platinum status in the United States. Following the release of her fourth studio album, Dignity (2007), Duff released a greatest hits album and parted ways with Hollywood Records. During this time, she began appearing in independent films such as War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009), and Bloodworth (2010). She later released the novel Elixir (2010), which became a New York Times best seller. The book was followed by the sequels Devoted (2011) and True (2013). She currently stars in the comedy-drama series Younger as Kelsey Peters. She returned to music in 2014, and signed with RCA Records for her fifth studio album Breathe In. Breathe Out. (2015). Duff has worked with numerous charities and organizations throughout her career.

Duff has received much media attention since the beginning of her career, most notably for her romantic relationships, friendships and her public image. Her romances with Aaron Carter and Joel Madden were often reported in the media. In 2010, she married former professional hockey player Mike Comrie, with whom she has a son. The two of them finalized their divorce six years later. She has been described by later Disney actresses as an inspiration, with artists such as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez claiming they looked up to Duff and emulated her career. Duff has sold an estimated 15 million records since her debut in 2002.[1]

Life and career

1987–2000: Early life and career beginnings

Duff (right) pictured with her older sister Haylie (left) in 2008

Duff was born on September 28, 1987, in Houston, Texas.[2][3][4] Her parents are Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores, and Susan Colleen (née Cobb), a homemaker turned film and music producer. Duff has one older sister named Haylie.[4] Hilary was raised between Houston and San Antonio, the locations of her father’s convenience stores. Encouraged by their mother, both Hilary and her sister enrolled in acting, singing, and ballet classes.[5] The siblings earned roles in local theater productions, and later participated in a touring BalletMet production of The Nutcracker in San Antonio.[4] Increasingly interested in the pursuit of show business, the Duff sisters and their mother moved to California in 1993, while their father stayed in Houston to take care of his business.[5] The sisters auditioned for several years and were cast in many television commercials.[5] Due to her acting career, Duff was home-schooled from the age of eight.[6] The pair also modeled for various clothing brands.[7] Duff stated, “My sister and I really showed an interest in [performing] and dedication, and [our mother] was like, ‘How can I tell my kids no?’ It’s the same as kids that are going into sports. Parents support them and push them.”[8]

During her initial acting years, Duff primarily played minor roles, such as her uncredited part in the Hallmark Entertainment western miniseries True Women (1997)[9] and as an uncredited extra in the ensemble comedy-drama Playing by Heart (1998). The same year, Duff landed her first major role as Wendy in Casper Meets Wendy, based on the Harvey Comics characters.[10][11] After appearing in the supporting role of Ellie in the television film The Soul Collector (1999), Duff received a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress).[12] In March 2000, Duff appeared as a sick child in the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope. She was next cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Daddio.[5] Her Daddio co-star Michael Chiklis stated, “After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, ‘This young girl is gonna be a movie star.’ She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin.”[5] However, producers dropped Duff from the cast prior to the airing of the show.[5]

2000–07: Mainstream success with acting and music

A week after being dropped from Daddio, Duff landed the title role of a newly developed Disney Channel series, Lizzie McGuire.[5] Lizzie McGuire premiered on January 12, 2001 and became a ratings hit, with an estimated 2.3 million viewers per episode.[5] Duff quickly became labeled as a teen idol and household name, particularly within the show’s pre-teen adolescent target demographic.[13] Disney began marketing the series through soundtracks, books, dolls, toys, and video games based on Duff’s character; the company reportedly made an estimated $100 million from the show’s merchandise alone.[14] That same year, it was confirmed that Duff was in a relationship with fellow teen star Aaron Carter.[15] Carter later guest-starred in an episode of Lizzie McGuire with Duff.[15] The relationship garnered media attention with reports of a love triangle between Duff, Carter, and actress Lindsay Lohan.[16] Duff and Carter continued an on-again-off-again relationship for three years, before ultimately ending their relationship for good.[15] Duff made her feature film debut in Human Nature (2002), in which she portrayed the younger version of Patricia Arquette‘s character.[17] Duff also starred in the 2002 Disney Channel television film Cadet Kelly, which became the network’s most watched program in its 19-year history.[5]

Duff began making appearances on various soundtracks for the Disney channel, recording a cover of the Brooke McClymont song “I Can’t Wait” for the soundtrack to Lizzie McGuire.[18] She later recorded a cover of “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” for DisneyMania.[18] Upon expressing interest in a music career, production on Duff’s debut Christmas themed album began.[18] Santa Claus Lane was released in October 2002, charting in the lower portion of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album was initially distributed through Walt Disney Records, with Buena Vista later re-releasing the project. It went on to receive a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments exceeding 500,000 copies.[19][20] Despite initially only being released in North America, the album received numerous re-releases in the following years. Duff later signed a recording contract with Andre Recke of Hollywood Records to release future recordings.[21] Though her early music recordings garnered much success on Radio Disney, Recke and Buena Vista Records envisioned Duff appealing to a more mature audience.[18]

In 2003, Duff earned a co-starring role in the children’s action comedy film Agent Cody Banks with Frankie Muniz. Scott Foundas of Variety called Duff’s performance “charming,” and thought she was “sidelined with little to do much of the time.”[22] The same year, Duff reprised her role as Lizzie McGuire for The Lizzie McGuire Movie.[23][24][25] The film saw her also portraying the character of Isabella Parigi, an Italian pop star who McGuire is later mistaken for. Duff recorded the original song “What Dreams Are Made Of” for the film’s finale, which was later included on the film’s soundtrack.[26] She also recorded the song “Why Not,” which released as Duff’s debut single, though the song was not released as a single release in North America.[27] The song became a top-twenty hit in Australia and New Zealand, becoming her first song to chart worldwide.[28] The soundtrack to The Lizzie McGuire Movie went on to be certified Platinum in Canada and 2x Platinum by the RIAA.[29]

Duff released her second studio album, Metamorphosis, in August 2003.[30] The album received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, though it went on to reach the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.[31] The album became a major hit for Duff, going on to sell over five million copies within its first two years of release.[4][32] The album sold over three million copies in the United States, becoming her highest selling album to date and earning a 3x Platinum certification from the RIAA.[33] The album spawned the successful singles “So Yesterday” and “Come Clean“. While “So Yesterday” achieved Platinum status in Australia, “Come Clean” went on to become her first hit in the United States.[34][35] “Come Clean” was used as the theme song to the popular MTV series Laguna Beach and went on to receive a Gold certification from the RIAA.[36] Metamorphosis earned Duff multiple awards and nominations following its release.[37] Duff further promoted the album with the Metamorphosis Tour that ran from November to December 2003.[38] Later that year, Duff co-starred as one of the twelve children of Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in the family comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, which remains her highest grossing film to date. Slant Magazine reviewer Nick Schager wrote that Duff “does nothing more than look perky and stylish.”[39][40]

Lizzie McGuire aired its final episode on February 14, 2004 following the fulfillment of Duff’s 65-episode contract. Despite reports that the series was in talks for a second film and further television spin-off, these plans fell through as Duff’s salary for the proposal was insufficient.[41] The same year, she starred opposite Chad Michael Murray in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story. The film went on to become a moderate box office hit despite negative reviews.[39][42][43] Duff’s self-titled third studio album was released in September of that year. Duff was more involved in the production of this album than she had been in the production of her previous record, hoping of departing from the image she had developed during Lizzie McGuire.[44] The album, featuring prominent rock elements and drawing comparison to works from Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell over 1.8 million copies in the United States.[45] The album contained one single released as such in the United States, which failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Later in the year, Duff starred in the musical drama Raise Your Voice. The film, however, was panned by just about everyone and unsuccessful at the box office.[46] Several reviews, however, while indifferent to Duff’s acting performance, were critical of her vocals, a number finding fault with what appeared to be her digitally enhanced voice.[47][48][49][50] Her performances in A Cinderella Story and Raise Your Voice earned Duff her first Razzie nomination for Worst Actress in 2004.[51] In July 2004, a 16-year-old Duff began dating Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, who was then 25 years old.[52] After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff’s mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine.[53] Madden worked with Duff on her compilation album, Most Wanted. In November 2006, Duff and Madden broke up.[54] Duff launched her first clothing line, “Stuff by Hilary Duff,” in 2004. The line was distributed by Target in the U.S., Kmart in Australia, Zellers in Canada, and Edgars Stores in South Africa from March 2004 onwards.[55]

In 2005, Duff had a starring role in the film The Perfect Man, starring alongside Heather Locklear. The Village Voice’s Matt Singer wrote, “Duff plays her standard character—an introverted romantic who falls for a guy whose hunky exterior belies an artistic soul.”[56] That August, Duff released her first compilation album, entitled Most Wanted.[57] The album featured songs from Duff’s previous albums, as well as remixes and new material and included the hit single “Wake Up,” which went on to become her second single to be certified Gold by the RIAA.[36] The compilation debuted at number one on the Billboard 200,[58] and had sold over one million copies a month after its release.[59][60] Duff later appeared in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, which resulted in her second Razzie nomination for Worst Actress in 2005.[61] Mike Clarke of USA Today said, “Duff just looks like she’d rather be in a different movie.”[62][63]

Duff co-starred with her sister Haylie in the satirical comedy Material Girls (2006). The film earned both sisters a shared Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress, becoming Duff’s third consecutive nomination in three years.[64] The sisters were also nominated for Worst Screen Couple.[65] Hilary and Haylie collaborated on a cover of Madonna‘s single “Material Girl” for the film’s soundtrack.[66] Duff released her first perfume, “With Love… Hilary Duff,” in September 2006. The line was distributed by the Elizabeth Arden company. Initially only sold in Macy’s department stores, the fragrance became available in Europe, Japan, and Canada and was one of the three best-selling fragrances launched in department stores in 2006.[67] That same year, Duff was stalked by a 19-year-old Russian immigrant identified as Max and his 50-year-old roommate David Joseph Klein. She filed for restraining orders against the two men,[68] claiming that Max “threatened to kill himself” to get her attention. She also alleged that he threatened to “remove enemies” who stand in his way, including Duff’s boyfriend at the time Joel Madden. Max, later identified as Maksim Myaskovskiy, was sentenced to 117 days in prison.[69] In 2007, it was confirmed that Duff’s parents had separated following her father’s infidelity.[70]

2007–10: Dignity, new image and television

In the midst of drama in her personal life, Duff began working on material for her fourth studio album. Duff co-wrote thirteen of the album’s fourteen songs, along with writers such as Kara DioGuardi.[71] The finished product, Dignity (2007), featured production from Rhett Lawrence, Tim & Bob, and Richard Vission, resulting in a dance and electropop sound for the record.[72][73][74] The album received critical praise, despite some critics noting Duff’s “weak” vocals. The album was praised for its lyrical content and new musical direction.[75] The album dealt with topics such as her parents’ divorce, her breakup with Joel Madden, and the stalking incident during the prior year. Despite a positive critical reception, Dignity failed to match the commercial success of her previous releases. Debuting at number three on the Billboard 200, the album failed to receive higher than a Gold certification from the RIAA.[36] Despite the album’s lackluster performance, it included the single “With Love,” which went on to become her highest charting single in the United States. Both “With Love” and the album’s third single, “Stranger,” topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States.[76][77] A television special titled Hilary Duff: This Is Now was produced to chronicle Duff’s return to music. The two-part project aired on MTV before the album’s release.[78] The series reportedly took sixty weeks to complete filming, and saw Duff both recording and preparing for the release of Dignity.[79][80]

Duff attending the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival

Duff began dating Canadian NHL player Mike Comrie in 2007. Following the release of Dignity and the music videos for “With Love” and “Stranger,” Duff began to adapt a more mature image. Duff’s new image inspired some to consider her a “sex symbol.”[81] This image was reinforced by her appearance in the political satire film War, Inc. (2008), in which Duff portrayed an “oversexed” Central Asian pop star named Yonica Babyyeah. The film received a limited release in the United States, and grossed $580,862 domestically.[82] Duff recorded the songs “Boom Boom Bang Bang” and “I Want to Blow You Up” for the film’s soundtrack.[82] Despite initially announcing a deluxe edition of Dignity for a 2008 release, Duff later confirmed that she would release a greatest hits album to fulfill her contract with Hollywood Records.[83] Best of Hilary Duff (2008) received no promotion prior to its release, entering the Billboard 200 at number 125.[84] It became her first album released in the United States to not receive a certification from the RIAA.[84] The compilation included the single “Reach Out,” which sampled the Depeche Mode song “Personal Jesus.”[85] The song featured provocative lyrics referencing sex, while its music video saw Duff both humping a statue and sucking a man’s thumb.[86][87] The song became her third consecutive single to top the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States. She announced to MTV that she would begin writing another album in December 2008, but it was never developed.[88][89] That same year, Duff ceased to have control over “Stuff by Hilary Duff”, thus the line was discontinued.[90][91]

Duff had a leading role as the title character of the film According to Greta (2009), which chronicled the life of a suicidal and rebellious teen. Her performance received mixed reviews. Andrew Barker of Variety magazine criticized Duff’s “child star” approach to acting and wanted her to stay away from teen roles.[92] However, Los Angeles Times critic Robert Abele wrote that her attempt to “transform her bright-eyed wholesomeness into rebellious snark” in Greta “is a valiant one.”[93] Later that year, she co-starred as a narcissistic seductress in What Goes Up. Brian Lowry of Variety magazine stated that Duff’s performance “amounts to a near-adult role,” yet labeled her role and the film “confused.”[94] Despite having previously turned down a role in The CW drama 90210 to avoid projects outside of the “teen” genre, it was later confirmed that Duff would appear as a recurring character in the third season of the hit series Gossip Girl.[95][96] Duff portrayed famous actress Olivia Burke, who enrolled at New York University in search of a traditional college experience. Duff sparked a romantic relationship with male lead Dan Humphrey, and was later the center of controversy when the two had a threesome with female cast member Vanessa Abrams.[97] Enid Portugez of the LA Times praised her performance by giving a positive review to her involvement in this adult role.[98] The following year, she won a Teen Choice Award for Best Female Scene Stealer for her appearance on Gossip Girl.[99] In 2009, Duff collaborated with DKNY Jeans where she co-designed a collection of special pieces. With the objective of designing a clothing line for women her own age, the collaborative apparel line, titled Femme for DKNY Jeans, debuted in the United States in August 2009 and was around for a limited time.[100][101][102][103]

2010–14: Marriage, motherhood, and other endeavors

Duff at a signing for Elixir in 2010

Duff continued to appear in film roles, starring in the ABC Family television film Beauty & the Briefcase (2010). The film saw Duff as a fashion magazine columnist who wrote about her dating struggles in the city. The film inexplicably attracted 2.4 million viewers during its premiere.[104] Following this appearance, she showed up in an episode of the NBC sitcom Community.[105][106] She then co-starred as Raven Halfacre, the teenage daughter of a promiscuous alcoholic, in the drama Bloodworth, in which, despite not warming to the film, Los Angeles Times reviewer Sheri Linden thought she “acquits herself well.” The Examiner also wrote that the “biggest surprise performance [in the film] probably belongs to Hilary Duff.”[107] Duff and Comrie announced their engagement in February 2010,[108][109] and married on August 14, 2010 in Santa Barbara, California.[110] In 2010, Duff set up a book-writing deal with Simon & Schuster.[111] Published in October 2010, the first young adult novel to result from her and Elise Allen’s collaboration was entitled Elixir. It was subsequently released internationally and became a New York Times best-seller.[112]

The following year, Duff co-starred in the Polish brothers’ comedy Stay Cool (2011) to neither much critical nor commercial acclaim or success.[113][114] The independent film saw Duff in a major role alongside Winona Ryder among others. Devoted, the sequel to Duff’s authorial debut, was released in October 2011. Devoted picks up where its predecessor left off and continues the story of the original novel.[115] That same month, Duff alluded to working on her fifth studio album to E! Online.[116] In January 2012, she confirmed, through her official website and Twitter, that she had again begun recording songs.[117][118] Throughout the recording sessions in 2012, Duff primarily worked with songwriter Ali Tamposi, musicians Matt Squire and Jason Evigan. However, those songs did not make the final cut on Duff’s album.[119] The same year, she co-starred in Rob Margolies‘ comedy She Wants Me, as a well-known starlet who enters a love triangle.[120] In August 2012, Duff signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop and produce a sitcom in which she would star. According to the deal if the thirty-minute sitcom failed to work, Duff would be cast in a different show. However, this plan failed to develop.[121][122][123] She appeared as a guest judge in Project Runway that September.[124]

Duff announced her pregnancy in 2011, and gave birth to a son named Luca Cruz Comrie in March 20, 2012.[125][126] Duff herself announced Luca’s birth, tweeting, ““Welcome to the World Luca Cruz Comrie! Tuesday evening, we became proud parents of a healthy 7 pound 6 ounce beautiful boy. We are overjoyed and feel like the luckiest parents in the world…. He is surrounded by so much love!! Mom and baby are both doing extremely well.”[127] In early 2013, Duff guest starred in the Fox sitcom Raising Hope,[128] her first role since the birth of her child. She later guest starred in the tenth season finale of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.[129] Duff provided voice work for the animated film Wings, alongside Jesse McCartney and Josh Duhamel; she later appeared in its sequel the following year.[130] By July 2013, Duff had finished filming the independent film Flock of Dudes, which moved into post-production in August 2013.[131] That same year, Duff released the third and final novel in her Elixir trilogy, titled True (2013).[132] The novel serves as her final book release to date.

2014–present: Divorce, Younger and new music

On January 10, 2014, Duff and Comrie announced that they had amicably separated and would continue to co-parent their son.[133][134] On January 15, 2014 it was announced that Duff had signed on to co-star opposite Sutton Foster in the comedy-drama pilot Younger. The series is based on a Pamela Redmond Satran novel, and created and executive produced by Darren Star for TV Land. Duff was cast as Kelsey Peters, an “ambitious 20-something” who persuades Foster’s character to work in a publishing firm.[135] In April 2014, it was announced that the pilot was picked up for a series with a 12-episode deal and would premiere in the fall; the premiere date was later changed to 2015.[136][137] The show marks Duff’s first starring role in a television series since her appearance on Lizzie McGuire.[138] Younger premiered on March 31, 2015.[138] The series has received generally positive reviews from critics and was renewed for a second season in April 2015 and a third season on January 6, 2016.[139] The show was renewed for a fourth season on June 14, 2016.[140]

Duff attended the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 1, 2014, where she confirmed that she was working with songwriter Savan Kotecha and English singer Ed Sheeran.[141] On July 23, 2014, it was revealed that Duff had signed with RCA Records to release her upcoming fifth studio album. She released the album’s lead single, “Chasing the Sun” and its accompanying music video on July 29, 2014.[142][143] The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 79, becoming her first song to enter the chart since “Stranger” (2007).[144] The song’s music video garnered fourteen million views in its first week of release on popular video sharing website YouTube, making it her fastest viewed music video to date.[145] The album’s second single, “All About You,” was released as the album’s official lead single on August 12.[145] It failed to enter the Hot 100 chart, but became her first song to chart on the Mainstream Top 40 chart since “With Love” (2007). It became a top-twenty hit in Australia, where it later earned a Gold certification from the ARIA. This made it her second song to receive a certification in the country, following “So Yesterday” (2003) eleven years prior.[146] In November 2014, Duff provided voice work for a Dora the Explorer special episode as Ice Witch.[147]

In February 2015, Duff filed for divorce from Comrie, citing irreconcilable differences,[148] and requesting primary physical and legal joint custody of their son.[148] The divorce was finalized in February 2016.[149]

Duff released the single “Sparks” from her fifth studio album titled Breathe In. Breathe Out. on April 6, 2015, which debuted and peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her fourth top ten hit on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.[150] Breathe In. Breathe Out was released on June 12, 2015. It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, becoming her fifth top five album. Duff had planned to tour in support of the album in early 2016,[151] but announced in February 2016 that she would not be touring.[152] The album was however Duff’s first studio effort to not have received any certification from RIAA. On the Billboard 200 charts, it slipped from #5 to #65 in the second week before falling to #134 in its third week. [153]

In June 2016, Duff revealed that she has been working on a new album. In contrast to Breathe In. Breathe Out, she said that the new album has a “darker and heavier tone.” She teased a new song via her Snapchat post, which was then confirmed to be titled “Tied to You.”[154]

Musical style

With her debut, Duff’s music featured prominent pop and pop rock elements.[155] Duff cited listening to rock music as a child for the main influence behind the theme.[155] She worked heavily with The Matrix for her second studio album, leading critics to compare the effort to releases from artists such as Avril Lavigne, Ashlee Simpson and Lindsay Lohan.[156] These themes were featured more prominently on her third studio album, Hilary Duff. The album makes further use of strong drum and guitar beats.[157] Duff co-wrote multiple songs for the album, with the lyrics speaking on topics such as criticism, following your dreams, and love.[158] The new material featured on her Most Wanted (2005) compilation album began to see Duff transfer towards a more pop and dance friendly sound. This was later expanded upon for her fourth studio album, Dignity (2007). Dignity was heavily influenced by Europop, hip hop, and rock ‘n roll.[73][74] Duff described the music as “dance,” “rock,” and “electro.”[159] Duff co-wrote all but one of the songs on the album, which dealt with topics including her stalker, her breakup with Joel Madden, and her parents’ divorce. Following its release, someone said the album was “slightly ahead of its time.”[160] Her 2014 releases, featured a more folk influenced, earthy indie pop sound[161] compared to her last release.[162][163] The album’s lead single was planned to be “All About You” (2014) and, among other instruments, it featured a banjo [164] and an acoustic sound.[165] Instead of the original plans, Duff released a dance-pop record which balanced EDM with the folk pop sound originally planned for the record.[166] This album consolidated Duff as a dance-pop singer.[167]

Public image

Following the launch of Lizzie McGuire, Duff received a significant amount of fame and media attention. The series proved to be a major hit for the network, and led to a string of merchandising that included Lizzie McGuire dolls, video games, plush figures, and even McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys.[168] The success of The Lizzie McGuire Movie “indicated that Duff’s television fanbase could be migrated to film.”[169] Following her success from her Lizzie McGuire days, Richard Huff of the New York Daily News called Duff “a 2002 version of Annette Funicello” but admitted that the character of Lizzie McGuire was both a blessing and burden for her. In 2003, Huff stated that Duff’s public image is “tied” to Lizzie McGuire.[5][170] In 2005, Katie Long from the Centre of Parent/Youth Understanding wrote an analysis about Duff and her suitability as an idol for young teens. Duff, she wrote, “is not like Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera… yet,” celebrities who seem to use their sex appeal to sell albums, but remains “someone that adolescent girls can relate to.” However, while Duff is a “positive role model” who has a “close relationship” with her family, the writer acknowledged that as Duff matures, “her looks and message will most likely mature as well.”[171]

Duff was credited with the revival of Hollywood Records following the release of Metamorphosis (2003).[169] The San Fernando Valley Business Journal wrote that the album was “giving Hollywood Records a needed shot in the arm” after a decline in CD sales during the previous two years had forced the label to reduce costs and alter its operation. Hilliard Lyons analyst Jeffrey Thomison cited Metamorphosis as a reflection of Disney’s ability to develop “great synergy between their cable, film and music segments”[169] Duff’s transition from Disney star to successful singer became a formula that Hollywood Records tried to implement with future acts such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Jesse McCartney among others.[172] Artists such as Miley Cyrus,[173] Selena Gomez,[174] Demi Lovato,[175] Ariana Grande[176] and Keke Palmer[177] have all cited Duff as influences on their careers.

Her song “Come Clean” (2003) was used as the theme song to the MTV reality series Laguna Beach, which is in turn credited with helping promote the song in the United States. Her song “Sweet Sixteen” (2003) was used as the theme for the MTV reality series of the same name.[178] Multiple dates on her Most Wanted Tour to promote Hilary Duff (2004) sold out in minutes.[179] Her success with music led to her selling over fifteen million albums by 2014.[1]

Her transition from teenage star to adult actress has been praised by critics,[180] while her transition is often compared to the less successful transitions of her peers.[181][182] In 2007, Duff’s her appearance on the cover of Maxim was accompanied by the declaration that she had gone “from the queen of teen to breakout sex symbol.”[183] Following this, Duff placed at #23 on the annual Hot 100 Women list compiled by Maxim. She has remained on the list ever since in addition to being regularly listed on the annual FHM list of the 100 Sexiest Women (she peaked at #8 in 2008). The Associated Press wrote that this sudden provocativeness was representative of “a clear move [on Duff’s part] to put her Lizzie McGuire past behind her,” and that more provocative imaging of her would help her singles to garner mainstream radio play: “Ultimately, nature, time and genetics may help Duff in a way Disney, despite all its might, cannot.”[183] However, despite “the fact that she is grown up,” Duff “has managed to maintain her sweet persona,” wrote Young Hollywood.[184]

Following the birth of her son, Duff was the center of criticism for her post-pregnancy body.[185] In 2013, Duff revealed that it took her a year for her to lose her baby weight and that she lost nearly 50 pounds since the birth of her son.[186] Duff stated that she revamped her diet and hired a personal trainer to train her in boxing, which was one of the ways she lost her weight other than piloxing and spin cycling.[187] Duff’s slow but healthy method in shedding off her post-pregnancy weight was praised by health experts and was looked up by actress Tia Mowry, who cited Duff as her idol in taking up a healthy and safer way to lose the excess weight gained during pregnancy.[188] Duff is very vocal about her disapproval of paparazzi photographing children.[189] In 2014, Duff expressed her anger on Twitter regarding two paparazzi who were taking pictures of her son without her consent. She tweeted, “I chose to let them off with a stern warning, next time I will not be so nice. #NoKidsPolicy”[190] The hashtag refers to a bill that was pushed by actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, which prohibits paparazzi from taking pictures of celebrities’ children.[191]

Philanthropy

Duff at the launch of National Military Families Week (2005)

Duff has involved herself with various philanthropic activities.[192] For natural disasters, she donated $250,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in addition to donating over 2.5 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in southern US in 2005. In August 2006, Duff traveled to a New Orleans elementary school and worked with USA Harvest to distribute meals.[193][194]

She also has helped various youth charities and is a member of Kids with a Cause. Duff has also served on the Advisory Board of the Audrey Hepburn Child Benefit Fund and the Celebrity Council of Kids with a Cause.[195] In October 2008, Duff starred in a public service announcement for The Think Before You Speak Campaign by Ad Council and GLSEN to prevent youth from using anti-LGBT vocabulary, such as the phrase “That’s So Gay.”[196] In July 2009, Duff was named as a Youth Ambassador to the children of the Colombian capital, Bogotá. As a Youth Ambassador, she spent five days in the country, distributing backpacks filled with food to needy children.[197]

Duff is a strong animal rights supporter and commented when asked what she would do if she was not a celebrity, “I always wanted to be a veterinarian when I was younger, but then I figured out that animals actually die there, so that was not the job for me. Definitely something with kids or animals or something like that.”[198]

In 2012, a few months after giving birth to her son, Duff was actively involved in the Johnson’s Baby Cares campaign. The campaign included activities such as sending care kits and care cards to new mothers across the U.S. as a motivation. It also raises funds for children and poor families together with Save The Children.[199]

Towards the start of the Christmas shopping season in November 2013, Duff teamed up with Duracell in Canada for a campaign especially for kids in hospitals. The campaign called Powering Holiday Smiles donated 20,000 batteries to hospitals across Canada in order to power lifesaving medical devices and the thousands of playroom toys and games that children and their families will be using the holiday season of 2013 and beyond. The campaign encourages Canadians to buy Duracell Quantum AA-16 batteries, in which for every packet sold, one dollar will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. The campaign began on November 22 and commenced on December 27, 2013. In order to promote the campaign, Duff paid a visit to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario to hand out brand new toys supplied by Hasbro. She has discussed the campaign on Breakfast Television Toronto, a radio show and in numerous magazine interviews.[200]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Wendy
2002 Human Nature Young Lila Jute
2003 Agent Cody Banks Natalie Connors
2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie Lizzie McGuire/Isabella Parigi Main Role/Dual Role
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Lorraine Baker
2004 A Cinderella Story Sam Montgomery
2004 Raise Your Voice Terri Fletcher
2004 In Search of Santa Crystal Voice
2005 The Perfect Man Holly Hamilton
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Lorraine Baker
2006 Material Girls Tanzie Marchetta Also producer
2008 War, Inc. Yonica Babyyeah
2009 Stay Cool Shasta O’Neil
2009 What Goes Up Lucy Diamond
2009 According to Greta Greta Also executive producer
2011 Bloodworth Raven Halfacre
2012 She Wants Me Kim Powers
2012 Foodfight! Sunshine Goodness[201] Voice
2013 Wings Windy Voice
2014 Wings: Sky Force Heroes Windy Voice
2015 Flock of Dudes Amanda L. Benson

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997 True Women Uncredited[202]
1999 The Soul Collector Ellie Television film
2000 Chicago Hope Jessie Seldon[202] “Cold Hearts” (Season 6, Episode 17)
2001–04 Lizzie McGuire Lizzie McGuire Lead role
2001–05 Express Yourself Herself Interstitial series
2002 Cadet Kelly Kelly Collins Television film
2003
2005
George Lopez Stephanie / Kenzie[202] “Team Leader” (Season 2, Episode 22)
“George’s Grand Slam” (Season 4, Episode 19)
2003 American Dreams The Shangri-Las member[202] “Change a Comin” (Season 2, Episode 8)
2004 Frasier Britney[202] Voice; “Frasier-Lite” (Season 11, Episode 12)
2005 Joan of Arcadia Dylan Samuels “The Rise & Fall of Joan Girard” (Season 2, Episode 14)
2005 Dear Santa Herself Television special
2006 Rebelde Herself Episode dated 2 June 2006
2007 Andy Milonakis Show, TheThe Andy Milonakis Show Herself “Andy Moves To L.A.” (Season 3, Episode 1)
2007 Hilary Duff: This Is Now Herself Television documentary
2009 Ghost Whisperer Morgan Jeffries “Thrilled to Death” (Season 4, Episode 19)
2009 Law & Order: SVU Ashlee Walker “Selfish” (Season 10, Episode 19)
2009 Gossip Girl Olivia Burke Recurring role (Season 3)
2010 Beauty & the Briefcase Lane Daniels Television film; also producer
2010 Community Meghan Aerodynamics of Gender” (Season 2, Episode 7)
2012 Project Runway Herself / Guest Judge “It’s Fashion Baby” (Season 10, Episode 11)
2013 Raising Hope Rachel[203] “The Old Girl” (Season 3, Episode 20)
2013 Two and a Half Men Stacey “Cows, Prepare to Be Tipped” (Season 10, Episode 23)
2013 Dora the Explorer Jessica the Ice Witch Voice; “Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular” (Season 8, Episode 10)
2014 Real Girl’s Kitchen[204] Herself 3 episodes
2015–
present
Younger Kelsey Peters Main role

Discography

Published works

The Bella Twins

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The Bella Twins
The Bella Twins WrestleMania 31.jpg

Nikki (left) and Brie (right) in March 2015
Tag team
Members Brie Bella
Nikki Bella
Heights 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Hometown San Diego, California[1][2]
Billed from Scottsdale, Arizona
Debut September 15, 2007
Disbanded April 3, 2016
Years active 2007–2016 (Brie) 2007- Present (Nikki)
Promotions CTWE
FCW
NEW
WWE
Trainer Tom Prichard
Natalya Neidhart
WWE Performance Center

The Bella Twins were a women’s professional wrestling tag team which performed on WWE and consisted of twin sisters Brie Bella and Nikki Bella.

They are both former WWE’s Divas Champions, with Nikki’s second reign of 301 days being the longest in the title’s history. In November 2015, Nikki was ranked No. 1 in Pro Wrestling Illustrateds Female 50 in 2015.[3] Brie announced that she was taking an extended break from in-ring action in April 2016.[4]

Early lives and careers[edit]

Born sixteen minutes apart to parents Jon Garcia and Kathy Colace,[5] Brianna and Nicole were born in San Diego, California and raised on a farm in Scottsdale, Arizona.[6] They are of Mexican and Italian descent.[7] Keen soccer enthusiasts, they both played for Scottsdale clubs from second grade. In third grade, the girls were separated into different classes by their mother to allow for more independence. The twins graduated from Chaparral High School in 2002.[5] They both returned to San Diego for college, where Nicole played soccer for Grossmont College,[6] but relocated to Los Angeles a year later, where they worked as waitresses at the Mondrian Hotel while trying to find an agent.[5]

They then started modeling, acting, and doing promotional work.[7][8] They made their first national TV appearance on the Fox reality show Meet My Folks.[5][9] Following this appearance, the Garcia twins were hired to be the World Cup Twins for Budweiser and were photographed holding the World Cup trophy.[10] They were contestants in the 2006 “International Body Doubles twins search”.[11] They participated in the 2006 WWE Diva Search, but did not make the cut.[12]

Professional wrestling careers[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

Florida Championship Wrestling (2007–2008)[edit]

AJ Lee, The Bella Twins and Victoria were signed to developmental contracts by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in June 2007 and were assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE’s then-developmental territory, in Tampa, Florida.[9] On September 15, 2007, the twins made their in-ring debut. Dubbed The Bella Twins, they defeated Nattie Neidhart and Krissy Vaine with Victoria Crawford as the special guest referee.[13][14] The duo quickly started a scripted rivalry with Neidhart and Crawford, and had a series of matches against them throughout October 2007. As a part of their on-screen personas, they switched places behind the referee’s back if one of them was hurt. This was called “Twin Magic”. They also occasionally competed in mixed tag team matches, teaming with male wrestlers including Kofi Kingston and Robert Anthony. They also made some non-wrestling appearances on Heath Miller‘s Happy Hour promo segment.[14]

Starting in December 2007, they managed Derrick Linkin,[14] but this storyline was cut short when Linkin was released in January 2008. They then resumed their feud with Neidhart and Crawford, wrestling them throughout much of 2008.[15] After Neidhart was called up to the WWE roster in April 2008, Milena Roucka took her place in the feud.[15][16] The twins also competed in bikini contests, and wrestled against other competitors including Katie Lea Burchill and Daisy. Their last FCW appearance was on September 2, when they competed in a Divas battle royal won by Miss Angela.[15]

Various storylines (2008–2011)[edit]

On the August 29, 2008 episode of SmackDown, Brianna debuted as Brie Bella and defeated Victoria.[17] She quickly began a scripted rivalry with Victoria and Victoria’s accomplice, Natalya, and had a series of matches against them.[18][19][20] In each match, Brie would roll out of the ring and go underneath it, emerging and appearing revived, and then win the match.[18][21] On the October 31 episode of SmackDown, when Brie went under the ring Victoria grabbed her legs, but a second pair of legs kicked her off, implying that a second person was under the ring.[22] The following week on SmackDown, Brie picked up a win against Victoria and then ran under the ring to escape Natalya and Victoria, but Victoria and Natalya both reached for Brie under the ring, resulting in both Nicole and Brie being pulled out. The twins then attacked them and celebrated afterward.[23] Nicole was then introduced as Nikki Bella. The twins had their first official match as a team on the November 21 episode of SmackDown, defeating Victoria and Natalya.[24] They continued competing in tag team matches over the following months.[25][26][27]

Nikki (left) and Brie (right) during a Raw event in 2009

Starting in November, the twins developed an on-screen relationship with The Colóns (Carlito and Primo), appearing in numerous backstage segments with them, and accompanying them to the ring.[28][29] In February 2009, the storyline expanded to include John Morrison and The Miz, who flirted with the Bellas and took them on a date for Valentine’s Day.[30][31] The date provoked a rivalry between the teams of The Miz and Morrison and Primo and Carlito, with the four competing for the affection of the twins, who were seemingly unable to choose between them.[32][33] On March 17 on ECW, Carlito and Primo, aiming for Morrison and The Miz, accidentally spat apples in the face of Brie.[34] Nikki began to laugh at Brie’s misfortune, and a fight broke out between the two, which led to Nikki leaving with The Miz and Morrison, while Brie stayed with Primo and Carlito.[34] Brie won her first match over Nikki in a six-person intergender tag team match on SmackDown the following week.[35] On ECW on March 31, Nikki pinned Brie in their first singles match against each other, after a distraction from Morrison and The Miz.[36]

On April 15, 2009, The Bella Twins were both drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2009 supplemental draft.[37] On April 27, Brie made her Raw in-ring debut in an eight-Diva tag team match, which her team won. Nikki also made an appearance, reuniting with her twin, as she was under the ring to help Brie during the match.[38] Nikki then made her in-ring debut for the brand the following month in a battle royal, but was eliminated by Beth Phoenix.

On June 29, 2009, they were both traded to the ECW brand.[39] They debuted on ECW the following night on The Abraham Washington Show, as the special guests.[40] They quickly developed a storyline feud with Katie Lea Burchill, when Nikki defeated her in a match by switching places with Brie behind the referee’s back.[41] The following week on Superstars, Brie defeated Burchill after a similar fashion, and the feud ended in September, when Nikki defeated Burchill on Superstars.[42][43]

The Bella Twins with Eve Torres (left) at the 2010 Royal Rumble event

On October 12, the Bellas were traded back to Raw as part of a tri-branded Divas trade,[44] where they predominately appeared in backstage segments with the weekly guest stars and only occasionally competed in matches.[13] On the January 4, 2010, episode of Raw, Brie participated in a tournament for the vacant Divas Championship, but lost to Maryse in the first round, when a switch resulted in Nikki being pinned.[45] In June 2010, they developed a feud with Jillian Hall, when Brie defeated her after switching places with Nikki.[46] The following week, Nikki defeated Hall after switching with Brie.[47] The feud was exacerbated when the Bellas acted as the special guest referees during one of Hall’s matches. During the match, Hall attacked both twins, but lost the match when Nikki made a fast count, allowing her to be pinned by Gail Kim.[48] The next week on Superstars, the twins defeated Hall and Maryse in a tag team match to end the storyline.[49]

On August 31, The Bella Twins announced they would be part of the all-female third season of NXT, mentoring Jamie.[50] Jamie was the first rookie Diva eliminated on the October 5 episode of NXT.[51] In November, the twins began a storyline with Daniel Bryan, when Brie accompanied him to the ring for his match. Following his win, Nikki ran out and the two fought over Bryan’s affection, until Bryan broke it up and had them hug each other.[52] They began to manage Bryan and frequently accompanied him to the ring over the next two months.[53][54] In January 2011, both Bellas turned into villainous characters, when they discovered Bryan kissing Gail Kim backstage and assaulted her.[55] They continued to attack Kim, both at the Royal Rumble and on Raw, and on February 7, they teamed with Melina in a losing effort to Kim, Eve Torres, and Tamina.[56][57][58]

Divas Champions (2011–2012)[edit]

Brie Bella (right) with Nikki Bella (left) during her reign as Divas Champion in April 2011

The Bellas began feuding with Eve Torres after they appeared as lumberjills during a Divas Championship match between Torres and Natalya on the February 14 episode of Raw. Following the match, they attacked Torres backstage before Gail Kim and Natalya stopped them.[13] The next week, the twins defeated Torres and Kim in a tag team match.[59] The following week, Nikki won a battle royal to become the number one contender for the Divas Championship, and unsuccessfully challenged Torres for the championship on March 7.[60][61]

On April 11, Brie defeated Torres to win the Divas Championship, marking the first time either twin had held a championship in WWE.[62][63] Brie went on to successfully defend the championship against Kelly Kelly at Over the Limit, after switching places with Nikki.[64] On a special “Power to the People” episode of Raw on June 20, Brie defended her WWE Divas Championship against Kelly, who was selected by voters. Kelly then defeated Brie and won the championship. On July 17, Brie challenged Kelly for the championship in a rematch at Money in the Bank, but failed to win.[65]

The twins spent the majority of the rest of the year in tag team matches, regularly facing Kelly and Torres.[66][67] The Bellas began to show friction for the second time since joining WWE in March 2012, after both twins lost to AJ Lee in singles competition.[68][69] After Brie’s match with Lee, Nikki revealed that Brie was rooting for Team Johnny in the 12-man tag team match at WrestleMania XXVIII, whilst Nikki was rooting for Team Teddy, thus furthering their dissension.[70]

On the April 6 episode of SmackDown, Nikki defeated the Divas Champion Beth Phoenix in a non-title match, after Kelly Kelly distracted Phoenix.[71] On April 23, Nikki defeated Phoenix in a lumberjill match on Raw to win the Divas Championship for the first time.[72][73] Brie lost Nikki’s championship to Layla at Extreme Rules after Twin Magic failed, ending her Divas Championship reign after only a week.[74] The following night on Raw, they competed in their last match with the WWE, failing to win back the Divas Championship from Layla in a triple threat match.[75] Later that night, WWE announced on their website that the twins had been fired by Executive Administrator Eve Torres.[76]

Independent circuit (2012–2013)[edit]

On May 1, 2012, the twins appeared at their first independent wrestling show in Newburgh, New York at Northeast Wrestling.[77][78] They later appeared for CTWE Pro Wrestling at the Season Beatings pay-per-view on December 15, each accompanying a different wrestler to the ring.

Return to WWE[edit]

Total Divas and brief split (2013–2014)[edit]

After returning to WWE, the twins began dressing in different outfits, as seen here

The Bella Twins returned to WWE on the March 11, 2013, episode of Raw in a backstage segment with Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow).[79] On the March 15 episode of SmackDown, the twins attacked The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi),[80] and the following week interfered in matches between Team Rhodes Scholars and Brodus Clay and Tensai, but were attacked by The Funkadactyls.[81][82] The twins made their in-ring return facing and defeating The Funkadactyls on the March 27 episode of Main Event after interference from Cody Rhodes,[83] and also defeated them on Raw five days later.[84] The Bella Twins were scheduled to participate in an eight-person tag team match with Team Rhodes Scholars against Tons of Funk (Clay and Tensai) and The Funkadactyls at WrestleMania 29, but the match was cancelled due to time restraints,[84] and instead took place the following night on Raw, where The Bella Twins and Team Rhodes Scollars were defeated.[85] The twins continued their feud with The Funkadactyls throughout April, defeating them in standard tag team,[86] and six-Diva tag team matches.[87][88] In June, Nikki suffered a fractured tibia.[89]

Upon the debut of the Total Divas reality television program in July, The Bellas began feud with their co-star on the show, Natalya. Brie and Natalya went on to trade victories in singles competition on Raw and at SummerSlam.[90][91][92] The cast of Total Divas then transitioned into a scripted feud with Divas Champion AJ Lee, who mocked the show and cast.[92] At Night of Champions, Brie unsuccessfully challenged Lee for the Divas Championship in a four-way match, which also involved Natalya and Naomi.[93] Following Brie’s real-life engagement to Daniel Bryan, their relationship began to be acknowledged on WWE television.[94] Continuing their feud into October, Brie and Lee faced off at the Battleground and Hell in a Cell pay-per-views for the Divas Championship, but Brie was unsuccessful.[95][96] Nikki returned to in-ring action on the October 25 episode of SmackDown, losing to Lee.[97] At Survivor Series the following month, the twins were part of the victorious Team Total Divas.[98] The twins failed to win the Divas Championship again at WrestleMania XXX in the Divas Invitational match, which was won by Lee.[99]

From the crowd, Brie (who kayfabe quit WWE) watches Nikki, who is about to participate in a four-on-one handicap match on July 2014

In April 2014, Brie became involved in her real-life husband Daniel Bryan‘s ongoing storyline with Stephanie McMahon and Kane,[100] where as part of the storyline, McMahon threatened to fire Brie if an injured Bryan did not relinquish the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Payback, which forced Brie to “quit” WWE before slapping McMahon in the face.[101] After Brie “quit”, McMahon put Nikki in several handicap matches as punishment.[102][103][104] After a month absence, Brie returned to WWE television, appearing in the crowd on July 21; following a confrontation, McMahon slapped Brie and was subsequently arrested.[105] In order to have Brie drop the “charges”, Brie was rehired and received a match against McMahon at SummerSlam.[106]

At the pay-per-view, Nikki turned villainous by attacking Brie, which allowed McMahon to win the match.[107] The next several weeks saw the twins fight in several backstage and in-ring segments, including a cameo appearance from Jerry Springer on Raw on September 8.[108] As part of the storyline, McMahon declared Nikki the face of the WWE Divas division and granted her a match at Night of Champions for the Divas Championship, which she failed to win.[109][110] Nikki then obtained permission to begin forcing Brie to compete in handicap matches, similar to her punishment at the hands of McMahon, although Brie was able to win them.[111][112] This led to a match between the twins at Hell in a Cell, where the loser was forced to become the winner’s personal assistant for 30 days, in which Nikki defeated Brie.[113] Five days later on SmackDown, Nikki won a Halloween costume battle royal to become the number one contender for the Divas Championship.[114]

Team Bella (2014–2015)[edit]

Nikki (right) as the Divas Champion, along with Brie (left) during a WWE live event in April 2015

Nikki received her title match against AJ Lee on November 23 at Survivor Series, which she won, with Brie’s help, to become a two-time Divas Champion.[115] The duo had reconciled at this point, with Brie also turning heel in the process.[116][117][118] Nikki then went on to retain her championship in three separate occasions – against Lee in a rematch on December 14, at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs,[119] against Naomi two days later on SmackDown[120] and against Paige at Fastlane on February 22, 2015.[121] Paige and Lee then formed an alliance against Bellas[122] which led to a tag team match at WrestleMania 31, where Lee and Paige were victorious.[123][124]

On April 26, after Nikki, with the help of Brie, once again retained her title against Naomi at Extreme Rules[125] a feud started, with Naomi aligning with the returning Tamina (Naomi’s real life husband Jimmy Uso’s real life cousin) to even the odds against Bellas, who began showing more heroic characteristics,[126][127] This change in character was criticized as “sudden”, “randomly” and “for no reason”.[128] This led to a tag team match between the two teams on May 17, at Payback, which Naomi and Tamina won.[129] Two weeks later at Elimination Chamber, Nikki retained her title against Naomi and Paige in a triple threat match, with Brie banned from ringside.[130]

In June, The Bella Twins became villains once again by employing Twin Magic, which helped Nikki retain the title against Paige on the June 1 episode of Raw and at Money in the Bank.[131][132] During the feud with Paige, Alicia Fox allied with them to form Team Bella.[133] At the The Beast in the East on July 4, Nikki retained the title against Paige and Tamina.[134] After weeks of Team Bella outnumbering Paige, Naomi, and Tamina, Stephanie McMahon called for a “revolution” in the WWE Divas division and introduced the debuting Charlotte and Becky Lynch as Paige’s allies, while NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks debuted as an ally to Naomi and Tamina, which led to a brawl between the three teams.[135][136] Nikki then lost to Charlotte in a tag team match on the August 3 episode of Raw,[137] and to Banks on the August 17 episode of Raw in a non-title match.[138] The three teams faced off on August 23 at SummerSlam in a three team elimination match, in which Team Bella first eliminated Team B.A.D. before Team PCB‘s win.[139]

On the September 14 episode of Raw, Nikki defended her title against Charlotte, who pinned Brie after the twins had switched places to win the match; however, since the title cannot change hands by disqualification, Nikki retained the championship, and in the process, became the new longest reigning Divas Champion in history, surpassing AJ Lee’s previous record of 295 days.[140]

Nikki’s injury and Brie’s semi-retirement (2015–2016)[edit]

Nikki dropped the championship to Charlotte, on September 20, at Night of Champions, ending her reign at 301 days,[141] and failed to regain the title in a rematch on October 25 at Hell in a Cell.[142] Shortly after, Nikki went on a hiatus from both television and in-ring competition due to a neck injury which would require surgery,[143][144] but returned for one night on December 21, to accept the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year.[145] During this time, Brie continued to compete in singles competition, and in tag team matches with Fox.[145][146][147]

After defeating Charlotte in a non-title match on the February 1 episode of Raw,[148] Brie was granted a match for the Divas Championship at Fastlane on February 21, where she failed to capture the title.[149] During that time, Team Bella quietly disbanded and Brie transitioned into a fan favorite.[150][151]

The Bella Twins celebrating along their fellow Total Divas co-stars after Brie’s victory at WrestleMania 32 in April 2016

In March 2016, Brie was placed in a feud with Lana, who argued that Brie’s fans only supported her out of pity for having a “bad husband”,[152] and went on to distract Brie during her matches and attack her after the matches.[153][154] Brie then aligned herself with fellow Total Divas cast members Alicia Fox, Natalya, Paige and Eva Marie, while Lana aligned herself with Team B.A.D. (Naomi and Tamina), Summer Rae and Emma (which was officially called “Team B.A.D. and Blonde”), leading to a 10-woman tag team match on the WrestleMania 32 kickoff show, which Team Total Divas would win when Naomi submitted to Brie. After the match, Nikki returned and celebrated with her co-stars[155] Three days later on April 6, Brie confirmed that she would be taking an extended break from in-ring competition, citing family reasons, while also stating that she will continue working for WWE as an ambassador.[4]

Other media[edit]

Prior to working with WWE, the twins appeared on Meet My Folks.[5] Both twins also appeared in the music video for “Right Side of the Bed” by the band Atreyu.[156] The twins made a guest appearance on the MTV series Ridiculousness in October 2012.[157] They also appeared in the music video for “Na Na” by Trey Songz in 2014.[6]

The twins guest starred on the television series Psych, in the 2014 episode “A Nightmare on State Street”.[6][158] Nikki and Brie are part of the main cast for the reality television show Total Divas, which began airing in July 2013.[159][160] In April 2016, it was announced that Total Bellas, a spin-off of Total Divas starring the twins, would begin airing in fall 2016.[161]

Nikki and Brie co-starred in the 2014 independent film Confessions of a Womanizer, and provided voices for the 2015 movie The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!.[162][163]

Both twins appeared on the WWE YouTube show The JBL & Cole Show.[164] Nikki appeared at the Miss USA 2013 pageant as one of the celebrity judges.[165] They appeared at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, where they presented the award for Best Female.[166][167] The twins were both nominated for Choice Female Athlete at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards.[168] The following year at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards, The Bella Twins were nominated again for Choice Female Athlete and won. Brie appeared alongside Paige, Natalya and the Chrisley family on the 88th Academy Awards edition of E! Countdown to the Red Carpet in February 2016.[169]

The Bella Twins have appeared in eight WWE video games. They made their in-game debut at WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2010 and appeared in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, WWE 12 (DLC), WWE 13, WWE 2K14 (DLC),[170] WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16, and WWE 2K17.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Confessions of a Womanizer Erica and Sally [162]
2015 The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! Brie and Nikki Boulder Voice performances[163]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002/2003 Meet My Folks Unknown [5]
2012 Ridiculousness Themselves [157]
2013–present Total Divas Main cast (Season 1–present)
2014 Psych Episode: “A Nightmare on State Street”[6]
2016 Total Bellas[171][172] Main cast

Personal lives[edit]

Since 2012, Nicole has been dating fellow professional wrestler John Cena.[173] Nicole previously dated Nick Nemeth, who is known on-screen as Dolph Ziggler.[174][175] In May 2014, Nicole revealed on Total Divas that she had married her high school sweetheart at the age of 20; the marriage was annulled three years later.[176][177] Nicole also announced on Total Divas in 2014 that she is a qualified real-estate agent.[178]

Brianna and her long-term boyfriend, retired professional wrestler Bryan Danielson (better known as Daniel Bryan), revealed their engagement in September 2013.[179][180][181] The couple married on April 11, 2014.[182][183] She was previously in a relationship with former Poison guitarist Richie Kotzen.[174] Brianna is an animal and environmental advocate, and has used her appearances on Total Divas to promote awareness of environmental and animal cruelty issues.[184]

In wrestling[edit]

Nikki setting up the Rack Attack on Brie (top) at WrestleMania XXX
Nikki setting up to perform the Rack Attack on Naomi
Nikki executing an Alabama slam on Paige at WrestleMania 31
Brie applying a single leg Boston crab on Cameron
Brie performing a missile dropkick on Naomi
Brie setting up a snap suplex on Aksana at WrestleMania XXX

Championships and accomplishments[edit]