Nancy Kwan

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Nancy Kwan

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Nancy Kwan (關家蒨)
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Publicity photo, 1971
Born (1939-05-19) May 19, 1939 (age 77)
Hong Kong
Years active 1960–2010
Spouse(s) Peter Pock (m.1962)
David Giler (m.1972)
Norbert Meisel (1976–)
Children Bernie Pock (1963-1996; deceased)
Parent(s) Kwan Wing Hong and Marquita Scott
Relatives Ka Keung Kwan – brother
Website http://nancy-kwan.com/index.html

Nancy “Ka Shen” Kwan (traditional Chinese: 關家蒨; simplified Chinese: 关家蒨; pinyin: Guān Jiāqiàn; born May 19, 1939)[1] is a Hong Kong-born American actress, who played a pivotal role in the acceptance of actors of Asian ancestry in major Hollywood film roles.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Nancy Kwan and her father, Kwan Wing Hong

Born in Hong Kong on May 19, 1939,[2] and growing up in Kowloon Tong,[3] she is the daughter of Kwan Wing Hong,[4] a Cantonese architect,[5] and Marquita Scott, a Caucasian[6] model of English and Scottish ancestry.[7][note 1] The son of a Chinese lawyer, Kwan Wing Hong attended Cambridge University and became an eminent architect in Hong Kong. After he met Marquita Scott in London, the two married and moved to Hong Kong.[7] In that era, society held a dim view of marriage between different races.[8] Kwan has an older brother, Ka Keung.[9]

In fear of the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong during World War II, Wing Hong, in the guise of a coolie, escaped from Hong Kong to North China in Christmas 1941 with his two children, whom he hid in wicker baskets.[7][9] Kwan and her brother were transported by servants, evading Japanese sentries.[7][9] They remained in exile in Western China for five years until the war ended, after which they returned to Hong Kong and lived in a spacious, contemporary home her father designed.[7][9] Marquita Scott escaped to England and never rejoined the family.[7] Kwan’s parents divorced when she was two years old.[9] Her mother later moved to New York and married an American.[10] Remaining in Hong Kong with the children, her father married a Chinese woman, whom Kwan called “Mother”.[7][11] Her father and her step-mother gave her, in addition to her brother, five half-brothers and half-sisters.[7] Five of Kwan’s siblings became lawyers.[3]

Except during World War II, Kwan had a comfortable early life. Cared for by an amah (阿嬤), a woman who looks after children, Kwan owned a pony and passed the summer in resorts in Borneo, Macao, and Japan.[7] An affluent man, her father owned a several-acre hilltop property in Kowloon.[12] In her youth, she was called “Ka Shen”.[13] She wrote in 1960 that as an eight-year-old, her fortune-teller “predicted travel, fame, and fortune for me”. The Associated Press called the fortune-teller “either a gifted or lucky” one.[14][note 2]

She attended the Catholic Maryknoll Convent School until she was 13 years old,[7] after which she traveled to Kingsmoore,[7] an English boarding school that her brother, Ka Keung, was then attending.[10] Her brother studied to become an architect, and she studied to become a dancer.[10] Her four years of studying at the school earned her the General Certificate of Secondary Education.[7]

Her introduction to tai chi sparked a desire to learn ballet.[9] When Kwan was 18, she pursued her dream of becoming of a ballet dancer by attending Royal Ballet School in London. She studied performing arts subjects such as stage make-up, and danced every day for four hours. Her studies at the Royal Ballet School ran concurrently with her high-school studies. Because Kwan’s high school had deep connections with nearby theater groups, Kwan was able to perform small parts in several of their productions.[note 3] Upon graduating from high school, she sojourned in France, Italy, and Switzerland on a luxury trip. Afterwards, she traveled back to Hong Kong,[2] where she started a ballet school.[15]

Early career[edit]

Stage producer Ray Stark posted an advertisement in the Hong Kong Tiger Standard (later renamed The Standard) regarding auditions for the character Suzie Wong for a play. The ad asked applicants to present their pictures, résumés, and proportions.[10] Kwan submitted the application[10] and was discovered by Stark in a film studio constructed by her architect father.[16][17] After auditioning for Stark, she was asked to screen test to play a character in the prospective film The World of Suzie Wong.[2] Stark preferred Kwan over the other women because she “would have more universal acceptance”. Another auditionee, French actress France Nuyen, played the stage version of the role and had been called a “businessman’s delight” by a number of reviewers. Stark disliked this characterization, as well as “happy harlot” characters such as Melina Mercouri in Never on Sunday. Stark wanted an Asian actress because slanting the eyes of a white actress would merely look artificial. He also praised Kwan’s features: an “acceptable face” and “being alluringly leggy [and] perfectly formed”.[12]

For each screen test, Kwan, accompanied by her younger sister, was chauffeured to the studio by her father’s driver. Stark characterized Kwan’s first screen test as “pretty dreadful”, but one that hinted at her potential. After four weeks of training with drama teachers, including hours of lessons with Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright–screenwriter John Patrick, Kwan’s second screen test was a significant improvement. Although she had not yet become an actress, Stark said, there was a “development of her authority”. Once, upon viewing her screen test, Kwan said, “I’m terrible girl” and “squealed with embarrassment”; acting as a prostitute was a vastly different experience from her comfortable life with her affluent father. The reaction prompted Stark to refrain from letting her view the dailies. Kwan did a third screen test after four months had passed, and a deadlock existed between whether to choose Kwan or Nuyen.[12]

Owing to Kwan’s lack of acting experience, at Stark’s request,[18] she traveled to the United States, where she attended acting school in Hollywood[2] and resided in the Hollywood Studio Club,[19] a chaperoned dormitory, with other junior actresses.[2] She later moved to New York.[2] Kwan signed a seven-year contract[20] with Stark’s Seven Arts Productions[11] at a beginning salary of $300 a week[20] though she was not given a distinct role.[12] In 2005, Edward S. Feldman and Tom Barton characterized Kwan’s wages and her employment as “indentured servitude”.[20] In a retrospective interview, Kwan told Goldsea that she had no prior acting experience and that the $300 a week salary was “a lot of money to me then”.[2]

When The World of Suzie Wong began to tour, Kwan was assigned the part of a bargirl. In addition to her small supporting character role, Kwan became an understudy for the production’s female lead, France Nuyen.[2] Though Stark and the male lead William Holden preferred Kwan, despite her somewhat apprehensive demeanor during the screen test,[9] she did not get the role. Paramount favored the eminent France Nuyen, who had been widely praised for her performance in the 1958 film South Pacific.[9] Stark acquiesced to Paramount’s wishes.[12] Nuyen received the role and Kwan later took the place of Nuyen on Broadway. In a September 1960 interview with Associated Press journalist Bob Thomas, she said, “I was bitterly disappointed, and I almost quit and went home when I didn’t get the picture.”[17] Kwan did not receive the lead role because Stark believed she was too inexperienced at the time.[18] Nuyen won the title role in the upcoming movie because of her powerful portrayal of Suzie Wong during the tour. She moved to England to film the movie, leaving an opening for Kwan to ascend to the lead female role in the touring production. In 1959,[15] one month after Nuyen was selected for the film role[12] and while Kwan was touring in Toronto, Stark told her to screen test again for the film.[2] Kwan responded to his phone call from London, asking, “How can I come? I’m in this show.” To provide a pretext for Kwan’s sudden hiatus from the touring production, Stark sent a cablegram to her superiors saying her father had become ill and had been hospitalized. Kwan later recalled in an interview about three years later, “So I went to the manager and told him a lie. It was not very nice, but what could I do?”[12] After Kwan accepted the role, the Broadway play producer sued her for leaving with little notice.[17]

Nuyen, who was in an unstable relationship with Marlon Brando, had a nervous breakdown and was fired from the role because of her erratic actions.[16][note 4] The film’s director, Jean Negulesco, was fired and replaced by Richard Quine.[16] Kwan, who previously had never been in a film, defeated 30 competitors from Hollywood, France, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.[22] On February 15, 1960, she began filming the movie in London with co-star William Holden.[23] During the filming, Kwan’s only trouble was a lingerie scene. Robert Lomax, as played by Holden, tears off her Western dress and says, “Wear your own kind of clothing! Don’t try to copy some European girl!” Director Richard Quine was displeased with Kwan’s underclothes: She wore a full-slip rather than a half-slip and bra. Finding the attire too modest and unrealistic, he asked Stark to talk to Kwan. Stark discovered Kwan taking refuge in her dressing room, sobbing grievously. He warned her, “Nancy, wear the half-slip and bra or you’re off the picture. France Nuyen is no longer in it, remember? If you’re difficult you’ll be off it too. All we want to do is make you the best actress possible.” Kwan returned to the set after lunch, aloofly wearing a bra and half-slip, acting as if what had happened earlier had not transpired.[12]

Owing to Kwan’s perceptible Eurasian appearance, the film’s make-up artists endeavored to make her look more Chinese.[24] They plucked her eyebrows and sketched a line across her forehead.[12] In movies where Kwan plays Asian roles, the makeup artists slant her brown eyes. The Hartford Courants Hedda Hopper wrote that Kwan, as a Eurasian, does not look fully Asian or European. Hopper wrote that the “scattering of freckles across her tip-tilted nose give her an Occidental flavor”.[11] The production spanned five months, an unusually lengthy period for the era.[3]

Stardom[edit]

As Suzie Wong in The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

The World of Suzie Wong was a “box-office sensation”. Critics lavished praise on Kwan for her performance.[24] She was given the nickname “Chinese Bardot” for her unforgettable dance performance.[9] Kwan and two other actresses, Ina Balin and Hayley Mills, were awarded the Golden Globe for the “Most Promising Newcomer–Female” in 1960. The following year, she was voted a “Star of Tomorrow”.[24] Scholar Jennifer Leah Chan of New York University wrote that Suzie provided an Asian actress—Kwan—with the most significant Hollywood role since actress Anna May Wong‘s success in the 1920s.[25] Designed by London hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, Kwan’s bob cut in the film drew widespread media attention for the “severe geometry of her new hairstyle”.[26][27] Sassoon’s signature cut of Kwan’s hair was nicknamed “the Kwan cut”, “the Kwan bob”, or was plainly known as “the Kwan”; photographs of Kwan’s new hairstyle appeared in both the American and British editions of Vogue.[28]

Kwan was unprepared for fame as an 18-year-old. While she was purchasing fabric in a store on Nathan Road, she found people staring at her from the window. Wondering what they were staring at, it suddenly struck her that she was the point of attraction.[3] Kwan remarked that in Beverly Hills, she can walk without attracting notice. She rationalized, “[It] is better in America because America is much bigger, I guess”.[12] When people addressed her father after watching the film, they frequently called him “Mr. Wong”, a name that severely displeased him.[3] Kwan said in a 1994 interview with the South China Morning Post that even decades after her film debut and despite her having done over 50 films thence, viewers continued to send numerous letters to her about the film.[29]

The scene of Kwan, reposed on a davenport and adorned in a dazzling cheongsam, while showing a “deliciously decadent flash of thigh”, became an iconic image.[3] Clad in a cheongsam—”a Chinese dress with a high collar and slits, one on each side of the skirt”[10]—Kwan was on the October 1960 cover of Life, cementing her status as an eminent sex symbol in the 1960s.[1] Nicknamed the “Suzie Wong dress”,[30] the cheongsam in the portrait spawned thousands of copycat promotional projects.[3] In a 1962 interview, Kwan said she “loved” the cheongsam, calling it a “national costume”. She explained that it “has slits because Chinese girls have pretty legs” and “the slits show their legs”.[10][note 5]

Jack Soo and Nancy Kwan in Flower Drum Song

Chinese and Chinese-Americans became aggrieved after seeing how Chinese women were depicted as promiscuous. Tom Lisanti and Louis Paul speculated that the wave of unfavorable media attention drove filmmakers to escalate the production of Kwan’s next film. In 1961, she starred in Flower Drum Song in a related role. The film was distinguished for being the “first big-budget American film” with an all–Asian cast.[24][note 6] Kwan did not sing the songs in the musical film; the vocals for Linda Low were performed by B. J. Baker.[32] Comparing Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song, she found the latter much harder because the girl she played was “more go-getter”. Her prior ballet education provided a strong foundation for her role in Flower Drum Song, where she had much space to dance.[33][note 7]

After starring in The World of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song, Kwan experienced a meteoric rise to celebrity. Scholar Jennifer Leah Chan of New York University chronicled the media attention Kwan received after starring in two Hollywood films, writing that Kwan’s fame peaked in 1962. In addition to being featured on the cover of Life magazine, Kwan the subject of a 1962 article in a popular women’s magazine, McCall’s, entitled “The China Doll that Men Like”.[34]

As a Hollywood icon, Kwan lived in a house atop Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. She commuted in a white British sports car and danced to Latin verses. She enjoyed listening to Johnny Mathis records and reading Chinese history texts.[10] In 1962 (when she was 22), Kwan was dating Swiss actor Maximilian Schell. In an interview that year, she said she did not intend to get married until she was older, perhaps 24 or 25. She said a number of Americans married just to leave home or to “make love”. Kwan said this was problematic because she found dialogue and an ability to appreciate and express humor important in a marriage: “You can’t just sit around and stare at walls between love-making.”[33]

In 1961, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry declined to employ Kwan as a teacher for the soldiers. The infantry was training for military involvement in Malaya (now part of Malaysia), and the regiment’s commanders believed that the infantrymen should be taught the Chinese language and how to handle chopsticks. Captain Anthony Hare announced to the public that the infantry needed a teacher—an attractive one. He later acknowledged that he appended the rider that the instructor must be attractive so that more soldiers would attend the sessions. Kwan, in Hollywood at the time, replied via cable: “Please consider me a candidate as Chinese teacher for Yorkshire Light Infantry. I am fluent in Chinese, fabulous with chopsticks, and fond of uniforms.” Captain Hare commented, “Miss Kwan is too beautiful. I think she would be too much of a distraction.” Her tardy request was not evaluated; it was denied by the infantry, which had just accepted the application of another Chinese woman.[15]

Later films[edit]

Kwan’s success in her early career was not mirrored in later years,[35] due to the cultural nature of 1960’s America. Ann Lloyd and Graham Fuller wrote in their book The Illustrated Who’s Who of the Cinema: “Her Eurasian beauty and impish sense of humor could not sustain her stardom”.[36] Her later films were marked by multifarious parts,[36] comprising movie and television roles for American and European productions.[1] Kwan discovered that she had to journey to Europe and Hong Kong to escape the ethnic typecasting in Hollywood that confined her largely to Asian roles in spite of her Eurasian appearance.[9][35]

Her third movie was the 1962 British drama film The Main Attraction with Pat Boone. She played an Italian circus performer who was the love interest of Boone’s character. While she was filming the movie in the Austrian Alps, she found Peter Pock, a hotelier and ski teacher, with whom she immediately fell in love. She reflected, “The first time I saw that marvelous-looking man I said, ‘That’s for me.'” After several weeks, the two married and resided in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria. Kwan later gave birth to Bernhard “Bernie” Pock.[37] In December 1963, Pock was constructing a luxury hotel in the Tyrolean Alps. During Christmas of that year, Nancy Kwan visited the location and was able to participate in several pre-1964 Winter Olympics events despite having been very occupied with movies. Her contract with film production company Seven Arts led her to travel around the world to film movies. She found the separation from her son, Bernie, who was not yet a year old, difficult. She said, “He’s coming into a time when he’s beginning to assert his personality.” Fair-skinned and blue-eyed, Bernie had his father’s appearance.[11]

In 1963, Kwan starred as the title character of Tamahine. Because of her role, she went to the optician to get contact lenses so should would look blue-eyed.[10] Playing an English-Tahitian ward of the head master at an old English public school, she was praised by the Boston Globe for her “charming depict[ion]” of the character.[38][note 8]

In the 1964 Fate Is the Hunter, her seventh film, Kwan played an ichnologist. It was her first role as a Eurasian character.[11][note 9] Kwan’s roles were predominantly comic characters, which she said were more difficult roles than “straight dramatic work” owing to the necessity of more vigor and precise timing.[11]

Kwan met Bruce Lee when he choreographed the martial arts moves in the 1969 film The Wrecking Crew.[29][39] In Kwan’s role in the film, she fought the character played by Sharon Tate by throwing a flying kick. Her martial arts move was based not on karate training, but on her dance foundation. Author Darrell Y. Hamamoto noted that this “ironically” twisted Kwan’s “dragon-lady role” through its underscoring the replacement of Kung Fu with Western dance moves.[39] She became close friends with Lee and met his wife and two children. In the 1970s, both Kwan and Lee returned to Hong Kong, where they carried on their companionship.[29]

Kwan divorced Peter Pock in June 1968.[40]

Nancy Kwan married David Giler (a Hollywood scriptwriter) in July 1970 in a civil ceremony in Carson City, Nevada. The marriage was Kwan’s second and Giler’s first.[41][note 10]

That year, Kwan returned to Hong Kong with her son because her father was sick. She initially intended to remain for one year to assist him, but ultimately remained for about seven years.[43] She did not stop her work, starring as Dr. Sue in the 1973 film Wonder Women. While in Hong Kong, Kwan founded a production company,[43] Nancy Kwan Films,[5] which made ads mostly for people in Southeast Asia. In the 1980s, she returned to the United States,[44] where she played characters in the TV shows Fantasy Island, Knots Landing, and Trapper John, M.D..[5]

In a 1993 interview with the St. Petersburg Times, Kwan remarked that her son Bernie was frequently called a “blond, blue-eyed Chinese” because he could speak the language fluently. In 1979, the two returned to the United States because Kwan wanted him to finish his schooling there. Bernie was an actor, a martial artist, and a stunt performer.[43] For the 1991 action comedy film Fast Getaway, fellow stunt performer Kenny Bates and he gripped hands and leaped off the Royal Gorge Bridge. They fell 900 ft before being restrained by wire rope 200 ft over the Arkansas River.[45][46] Bates said their stunt was the “highest ‘double drop’ ever attempted”.[46] Kwan and Bernie recorded a tape about t’ai chi ch’uan.[43]

Nancy Kwan with her son, Bernhard “Bernie” Pock, and her husband, Norbert Meisel, 1993

Later years[edit]

Nancy Kwan and Jackie Chan at the Hong Kong Ballet’s premiere gala of Suzie Wong, 2006

In 1987, Nancy Kwan co-owned the dim sum restaurant Joss. Kwan, producer Ray Stark, and restaurateur and Hong Kong film director Cecile Tang financed the restaurant, located on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.[47]

Kwan sporadically records audiobooks.[8] In 1995, Kwan recorded an audiobook for Anchee Min‘s memoir Red Azalea in what Publishers Weekly called a “coolly understated performance that allows the story’s subtleties and unexpected turns to work by themselves”.[48] In 2011, she recorded an audiobook for the 1989 memoir When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip with Jay Wurts. San Francisco Chronicles Patricia Holt praised Kwan’s intonation in her delivery, writing that “Kwan’s faint Asian accent and careful pronunciation of Vietnamese words make Hayslip’s weaving of her past and present lives a riveting experience”.[49]

In 1993, Kwan played Gussie Yang, a “tough-talking, soft-hearted Hong Kong restaurateur”, in the fictional Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.[43] She played a pivotal role in the film,[50] a character based on Seattle restaurateur and political leader Ruby Chow[1] who hires Bruce Lee as a dishwasher and gives him the funds to open a martial arts school.[50]

In May 1993, she completed the production of a film about Eurasians, Loose Woman With No Face, which she wrote, directed, and starred.[50] She called the film “a slice of life about Euro-Asians in Los Angeles, and it’s something I know about”.[43][50]

In 1993, Kwan was asked about whether she was confronted with racism as a leading Asian Hollywood actress in the 1960s. Kwan replied, “That was 30 years ago and (prejudice) wasn’t such a heavy issue then. I was just in great Broadway productions that were turned into films. I personally never felt any racial problems in Hollywood.”[15] In the 1990s, she faced a severe shortage of strong roles. She attributed this to both her age and the movie enterprise’s aversion to selecting Asians for non-Asian roles. In earlier years, she was able to play an Italian and a Tahitian.

In the 1990s, there were more Hollywood films about Asians. Kwan could have capitalized on the trend through a role in the 1993 film The Joy Luck Club. Because the filmmakers refused to excise a line calling The World of Suzie Wong a “…horrible racist film,” she passed on the role.[51][note 11]

In November 1993, Kwan co-starred in the two-character play Arthur and Leila about two siblings who struggle with their Chinese identities. It debuted in the Bay Front Theater in Fort Mason, San Francisco, and moved to Los Angeles two weeks later.[51][note 12] Variety reviewer Julio Martinez praised Kwan for her ability to “flo[w] easily between haughty sophistication and girlish insecurity”.[56]

In 1994, she lived with her second husband, film distributor David Giler, and her son, Bernie, in a Beverly Hills house. She preserved her “dancer’s figure” through the Chinese martial art tai chi she dearly enjoyed and frequent dance sessions.[29] That year, she assumed the role of 52-year-old Martha in Singapore Repertory Theatre‘s showing of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, an “intense psychological play” by Edward Albee.[44]

Around 1994,[44] her husband and she produced the feature film Biker Poet.[5] Bernie was the director and an actor in the film.[44]

In 1996 when he was 33,[57] Kwan’s son, Bernie, died after contracting AIDS from his girlfriend whom Kwan had cautioned him to avoid.[8] Four years after his death, poet and actress Amber Tamblyn compiled her debut poetry book Of the Dawn and dedicated it to Pock. Calling him like a “big brother”, she noted that she acted in the film Biker Poet with him when she was nine. Tamblyn said he was the “first guy” to convince her to share her poems.[58]

Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz Hammel-Smith gave the thumbs up to Nancy Kwan at the Hawaii International Film Festival on October 20, 2010.

She has appeared on television commercials even into the 1990s and appeared in “late night infomercials” as the spokesperson for the cosmetic “Oriental Pearl Cream”.[42][59][note 13]

Kwan has been involved in philanthropy for AIDS awareness. In 1997, she published A Celebration of Life – Memories of My Son, a book about her son who died after being infected by HIV. She gave profits from both the book and a movie she created about him to supporting the study of AIDS and the promotion of AIDS awareness.[1]

On March 17, 2006, cheongsam-wearing Kwan and her husband, Norbert Meisel, attended the debut performance of Hong Kong Ballet‘s depiction of Suzie Wong at Sha Tin Town Hall.[61] Kwan told The Kansas City Star in 2007 that she did not consider retiring, leads to trouble. Retirees, she professed, frequently find themselves with nothing to do because they have not readied themselves for it. Kwan said, “I hope I’m working until the day I die. If work is a pleasure, why not?”[4] In 2006, Kwan reunited with Flower Drum Song co-star James Shigeta to perform A. R. Gurney‘s two-person play Love Letters. They performed the play at Los Angeles’ East West Players and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.[62]

Kwan appeared in Arthur Wong‘s 2007 documentary Hollywood Chinese, where other Chinese dignitaries and she discussed the past accomplishments and the impending plight of Chinese people in the film industry.[63]

At Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre on August 11, 2011

Kwan and her husband Norbert Meisel write and direct films about Asian-Americans. Kwan believes that Asians are not cast in enough films and TV shows. Meisel and she resolved to create their own scripts and films about Asian characters.[4] In 2007, they wrote, directed, and produced Star of Sunshine, a Bildungsroman film starring Boys Don’t Cry actress Cheyenne Rushing, who plays Rachel. An ardent pianist in an afflicted household, Rachel journeys to find her restless father, a musician who deserted her when she was a mere child.[4][64] In Sunshine, Rachel is supported by Kwan, the manager of a jazz club, who knows a mystery about her.[64] In the film’s final scene, Kwan dances, an activity she has enjoyed since her youth.[4]

Kwan wrote an introduction for the 2008 book For Goodness Sake: A Novel of Afterlife of Suzie Wong written by American author James Clapp using the nom de plume Sebastian Gerard. Clapp became acquainted with Kwan through director Brian Jamieson, who was filming a documentary about Kwan’s life.[65][note 14]

She serves as a spokeswoman for the Asian American Voters Coalition,[1] a Pan-Asian political group established in 1986[1] to aid Asian actors.[3]

In her performing arts career, Kwan appeared in two television series and over 50 films. The Straits Times reported in March 2011 that Kwan continues to serve as a film screenwriter and executive.[8]

Kwan currently resides in Los Angeles and has family members in Hong Kong.[57] Once every few years, she travels to the island.[66]

Selected filmography[edit]

Awards[edit]

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Traci Bingham

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Bingham aboard the Fantasea One for the Deep Flight – Lux5 Cocktail Social Yacht Cruise for Make-A-Wish Foundation – Marina del Rey, California, May 2008
Born (1968-01-13) January 13, 1968 (age 49)
North Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actress, model, television personality
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Robb Vallier (m. 1998; div. 2001)

Traci Bingham (born January 13, 1968) is an American actress, model, and television personality who is best known for playing Jordan Tate on the television series Baywatch between 1996 and 1998.

Personal life[edit]

Bingham was born in North Cambridge, Massachusetts,[1] the daughter of Betty, a librarian, and Lafayette Bingham, an aircraft technician.[2] She is the sister of Larry, Wayne, Tommy, Jenny, Neil, and Elizabeth Bingham. She is the niece of the former Chief of Police of Mashpee, Massachusetts, Dewey Bingham.

She was in the class of 1986 at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.[3]

She currently participates in a daily morning broadcast on WAAF in the Boston area.[4]

Career[edit]

Music videos[edit]

In 1991, Bingham appeared in the video for Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.[5] Eight years later, she appeared in the video for I Really Like It by Harlem World featuring Mase and Kelly Price.

Acting on television[edit]

Bingham began her career in minor acting roles. Aside from Baywatch, Bingham’s appearances include the television series D.R.E.A.M. Team and Beverly Hills, 90210, and the film Demon Knight.[6] She also played minor roles in the popular American sitcoms The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Married… with Children.

Reality television[edit]

Bingham has appeared on a number of reality television programs. In 2004 she was in the second series of The Surreal Life. Her cast mates included Ron Jeremy, Vanilla Ice, Erik Estrada, Tammy Faye Bakker and Trishelle Cannatella. Two years later, she flew to England to appear in Celebrity Big Brother where she made it to the final six contestants and was evicted on the final night of the show. She befriended Maggot, the rapper from Goldie Looking Chain, but was ridiculed by the singer Pete Burns. She selected Families of SMA as the charity to receive a donation from her participation in the show because her niece had died from Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). In 2007, Bingham appeared on VH1’s The Surreal Life: Fame Games and won the $100,000 Goldenpalace.net Grand Prize. In 2008, Bingham appeared on Fox Reality’s Gimme My Reality Show! competing with six other celebrities to get their own reality show.

Other television[edit]

In 2008, Bingham also appeared on The 2008 World Magic Awards television show.[7] Two years later, she appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff.[8]

Modelling[edit]

Bingham has posed for Playboy Magazine on a number of occasions. In June 1998, she posed for a “Babes of Baywatch” issue along with Donna D’Errico, Marliece Andrada, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Carmen Electra, Gena Lee Nolin, and Erika Eleniak. In 2005, Bingham was hired as a spokesmodel by Empire Poker, an online gambling site.

In 2014 a California court entered an over $180,000.00 judgment against Bingham for failing to honor a XXX adult pornography contract. In the contract Bingham agreed to the following:

“Player (Traci Bingham) and Male Model progress from a state of full dress to varying stages of undress and sexual arousal culminating in total nudity by Player and Male Model while posing in a variety of sexual positions, defined and directed at Producer’s discretion and ranging from foreplay to intercourse, culminating in an actual sexual climax by Male Model on Player’s face. Climax is defined as an orgasm accompanied by the sensation of ejaculation of semen by the Male Model’s erect penis. Player agrees to pose for what is commonly referred to in Erotica as a “facial”. Facial is defined as Male Model ejaculating with his erect penis onto Player’s face as Player has an open mouth with her tongue extended out. Player agrees to pose for 2 (two) facials. The first facial will occur as the final pose/shot of the Photo Set, and the second will take place within 1 (one) hour after completion of the first facial.”

The contract is with niche Austrian company hotchicksonly.com

Activism[edit]

Bingham is a committed vegetarian.[9] Bingham is a member of PETA and has appeared in their “I’d Rather Be Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1995 Demon Knight
1998 Beach Movie Julie
1999 Foolish Simone
2000 The Private Public Laina Brookhart
2000 Longshot Herself
2003 More Mercy
2003 Four Fingers of the Dragon Herself
2003 Malibooty! Herself
2004 Official Fantasy Fest 2004 DVD Herself.
2004 Bad Bizness! Sandra
2007 Hanging in Hedo Cashmere
2010 Black Widow Lynda
2013 Traci In Space Herself

Television work[edit]

References[edit]

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Yuliya Mayarchuk

 

Yuliya Mayarchuk

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Yuliya Mayarchuk
Born Ю́лія Маярчу́к
(1977-04-20) April 20, 1977 (age 39)
Mykolaiv, Ukraine

Yuliya Mayarchuk (Ukrainian: Ю́лія Маярчу́к), born (1977-04-20)April 20, 1977 in Mykolaiv, Ukraine (when it was part of the Soviet Union), is a Ukrainian actress.

She had the lead role in the 2000 movie Trasgredire by Tinto Brass.[1]

Filmography[edit]

  • 1999 : Sogno
  • 2000 : Faccia di Picasso
  • 2000 : Cheeky
  • 2000 : La Squadra, TV show
  • 2002 : L’Italiano
  • 2006 : Il rumore delle molliche
  • 2007 : In nome di Maria
  • 2007 : Go Go Tales
  • 2010 : La vita è una cosa meravigliosa
  • 2011 : IL REGISTRA DEL MONDO (SHORT) RUSSIAN BOSS
  • 2012: IMPEPATTA DI NOSSI  YULIA
  • 2016: LA PORTA ROSSA (TV SERIES) HELENA CASSIAN
  • 2017: 45…GOOD WINE  YULIA OSTAPENKO

Natassia Malthe

 

Natassia Malthe

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Natassia Malthe
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Born Natassia Malthe
(1974-01-19) 19 January 1974 (age 43)
Oslo, Norway
Other names
  • Natasha Malthe
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 1996–present

Natassia Malthe (born 19 January 1974) is a Norwegian model and actress.

Life and career[edit]

Natassia is the younger of two daughters. She was born in Oslo, Norway, and is of half Malaysian descent. Her mother is from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.[1] She is usually credited by her birth name but is sometimes credited as “Lina Teal”.

In Scotland, and Norway, Malthe went to dance schools at , the Goh Ballet Academy, and the Norwegian Opera House respectively, where she sang and danced while finishing high school. Later she moved to London, England to study musical theater. From there she went to Los Angeles and landed her first part on television.

In 2005, Natassia Malthe, with Jennifer Garner was nominated at MTV Movie Awards for MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss.[2]

In 2009, Malthe starred as an elf bounty-hunter and sorceress-in-training in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries Knights of Bloodsteel.[3] She also does fashion modeling and is among the Girls of Maxim and Toro Women.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Viper Trixie Episode: “Holy Matrimony”
1997 Millennium New Leslie Episode: “Loin Like a Hunting Flame”
1998 Disturbing Behavior Mary Jo Copeland
1998 First Wave Maid Episode: “Hotel California”
1999 Lake Placid Janine
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Actor – Actor
2000 Dark Angel Redhead at Party Episode: “Pilot”
2001 Seven Days Lana Episode: “Live: From Death Row”
2001 Trapped Marisa TV movie
2001 Wedding Dress, TheThe Wedding Dress Lula TV movie
2002 Chris Isaak Show, TheThe Chris Isaak Show Olivia Ulmer Episode: “Family Ties”
2002 40 Days and 40 Nights Girl in Bed
2002 Stark Raving Mad Stacie
2002 Halloween: Resurrection French Maid
2002 K-9: P.I. Dirty Dancer TV movie
2003 Guy Thing, AA Guy Thing Melanie
2004 Chicks with Sticks Marcie Rutledge
2004 Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss Charisse TV movie
2004 Maxim Uncovered! Vol. 2 Model Video
2004 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Tyler Episode: “Shadows”
2004 Andromeda Tolek Episode: “So Burn the Untamed Lands”
2005 Devil’s Highway Michelle
2005 Elektra Typhoid
2005 Wish You Were Here Georgie
2005 Bound By Lies Randi Fuller TV movie
2005 Awake Rebecca
2005 La belle dame sans merci The Lady
2005 Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber Frangiapani TV movie
2005 Bloodsuckers Quintana TV movie
2006 Chaos Gina Lopez
2006 Big Momma’s House 2 Angela Pierce Turner
2006 Dead & Deader Dr. Boyce TV movie
2006 Skinwalkers Sonja
2006 DOA: Dead or Alive Ayane
2007 Sex and Death 101 Bambi
2007 Fallen Gadreel Episode: “The Time of the Redeemer”
Episode: “Mysterious Ways and All That”
2007 BloodRayne II: Deliverance Rayne
2008 Alone in the Dark II Turner
2008 Other Side of the Tracks, TheThe Other Side of the Tracks Lucinda
2009 Knights of Bloodsteel Perfidia 2 episodes
2009 Assistants, TheThe Assistants Tabitha Tinsdale Episode: “Rehab”
2009 Slave Georgie
2010 Fringe Linda Episode: “What Lies Below
2010 BloodRayne 3: The Third Reich Rayne
2010 Manslaughter Toni Post-production
2011 In the Name of the King 2 Manhattan
2011 Avarice Mary
2013 Vikingdom Brynna
2015 The Good, the Bad and the Dead Christine

2014 KLINIK UNTER PLANEN  LEA SASS

2015 4GOT10 CHRISTINE

2017 BATTLE OF THE DRONES VALKERIE

2017 THE SOLUTREAN RHO

2017  HOUSE IN THE HAMPTONS

2018 BOTTECELLI MURDERS  MARA YOUNG

Holly Valance

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Holly Valance

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Holly Valance
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Valance in adverts for the reverse charges service 1800 Reverse
Born Holly Rachel Vukadinović[1]
(1983-05-11) 11 May 1983 (age 33)
Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Residence London, England
Other names Holly Candy[2] (married name)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • model
Years active 1999–present
Home town Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Spouse(s) Nick Candy (m. 2012)[3]
Children 1
Relatives Olympia Valance (half-sister)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Labels London
Website hollyvalance.com

Holly Rachel Candy (née Vukadinović, Serbian pronunciation: [ʋukadǐːnoʋitɕ]; born 11 May 1983), known professionally as Holly Valance, is an Australian actress, singer, songwriter and model. Valance began her career as Felicity “Flick” Scully on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. In 2002, she released her first album Footprints which included the single “Kiss Kiss“.

Early life[edit]

Valance was born in Fitzroy, Victoria to a Serb father, Rajko Vukadinović, and an English mother, Rachel (née Stephens).[4][5] Her father was a musician, playing the piano, and a model in his younger years in Belgrade.[6][7] Her mother, whose father was a relative of Benny Hill, was a model in the UK.[5][6][7] She has two sisters, Coco and Olympia. The latter is an actress who plays Paige Smith in Neighbours. All three sisters hold dual Australian-British citizenship.[8][9] Valance grew up in Melbourne and moved to the UK when she was 18. After two years in the UK, she moved to Los Angeles, where she spent seven years.[8]

Career[edit]

1999–2003: Neighbours and music[edit]

As a teenager, in 1999 she was cast in the long-running Australian soap Neighbours as Felicity “Flick” Scully. Valance left the series in 2002 to pursue a music career.[10] Valance’s first single as a recording artist was “Kiss Kiss”, an English language rewrite of the Turkish singer Tarkan‘s “Şımarık” (composed by the Turkish “diva” Sezen Aksu), released in 2002. The song entered both the Australian Recording Industry Association and UK Singles Charts charts at No. 1 in April/May 2002. The song dominated the charts around Europe, going top ten in seventeen countries, and became a surprise Number One in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The director’s cut version of the music video was notable in that Valance appeared to be dancing naked. She revealed that she was topless but also wearing flesh-coloured underwear. The footage was digitally retouched adding strategically placed lighting effects. The song was nominated for four ARIA Music Awards.[11] Valance’s next single, “Down Boy” peaked at No. 2 in the UK and at No. 3 in Australia. Her first album, Footprints, was released on 14 October 2002. It peaked in its first week at No. 9 in the UK and No. 15 in Australia. The album’s third and final single “Naughty Girl” peaked at No. 3 in Australia and at No. 16 in the UK.

In 2003, the first single “State of Mind” from Valance’s second album State of Mind peaked in its first week No. 8 in the UK and at No. 14 in Australia, but the album did not reach the top 50 in either country. Following the legal problems and poor sales from the album State of Mind, Valance was reportedly dropped from her recording company. She denied this stating, “I asked to be released, but Warner refused, so I hung out for a year until the contract expired. We parted on good terms.”[12] Valance later confirmed she is no longer interested in recording music, telling Men’s Style magazine: “I do something until it’s not fun any more and then move on. Music wasn’t fun any more.”[12]

2004–11: Prison Break and films[edit]

Valance at an airport filming an advert for 1800 Reverse, in 2006

In 2004, Valance returned to acting, this time in the United States, appearing in episodes of the television series CSI: Miami and Entourage. In 2005, she appeared in an episode of CSI: NY. In 2005 Valance returned to music, albeit briefly, when she appeared on Har Mar Superstar‘s album The Handler singing on the tracks, “DUI”, “Back the Camel Up” and “Body Request”.[13] She starring in Prison Break in 2006 as Nika Volek, a role which she continued to portray in the show’s second season. Also in 2006, Valance appeared in the National Lampoon comedy Pledge This!, alongside American socialite Paris Hilton. The same year, she was in DOA: Dead or Alive, an adaptation of the popular video game Dead or Alive, where she played Christie. In 2007 she appeared in the TV series Shark and Moonlight. In 2008 she had a role in the film Taken alongside Liam Neeson, and appeared in an episode of the The CW series Valentine.

In 2009, she appeared in Frankmusik’s video for his single “Confusion Girl“. She also leaked a track called “Superstar” in 2009. In 2009 Valance played Brenda Snow for the video game Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising. She also appeared in Scott Caan‘s film Mercy.[14] Valance took part in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing,[15] where she was paired with the professional winner of series 8, Artem Chigvintsev.[16] Valance and Chigvintsev were eliminated in the semi-final of the competition, giving them a fourth-place finish. She also starred in the Miss Marple television episode called “The Pale Horse“.

2012–present: Current work[edit]

In 2013 Valance was mentor and judge of fashion competition Shopaholic Showdown.[17] In 2015 she starring the action film Red Herring as Angela.[18] On 7 December 2016, Olympia Valance said that Valance is expected to return to Neighbours in 2017.[19]

Personal life[edit]

After living in Los Angeles for seven years, Valance returned to Great Britain in 2009. That summer she had a brief relationship with electropop star Vince Frank (FrankMusik) after appearing in the video for his “Confusion Girl” single.[20] On 29 September 2012, Valance married billionaire British property developer Nick Candy in Beverly Hills, California.[21] In November 2013, Valance gave birth in London to their first child, a daughter, Luka Violet Toni Candy.[22]

Legal troubles[edit]

In 2003, Valance fired her then-manager Scott Michaelson (who owns Biscayne Partners Pty Ltd) by telephone, 15 months before his contract was due to expire. Biscayne Partners sued Valance Corp., won the case and was awarded damages by the Supreme Court of New South Wales.[23][24] During the trial, Valance’s mother claimed Michaelson had been negligent as a manager, which forced her to take over from him.[25] The former Neighbours co-star Kym Valentine also gave evidence that Valance “said she was feeling bad, a bit stressed out, because she was leaving Scott” and that “she said the solicitors for her record company would get her out of the contract and would be faxing him the paper work (from the UK) to do so.”[26] In court, Valance denied that she had said this to Valentine, even though she had signed an affidavit stating she had no recollection of the conversation.[27][28]

Justice Clifford Einstein said, “I have given close consideration to the question of whether or not the circumstances presently before the Court which do, it seems to me, show a calculated disregard of the rights of Biscayne as well as a cynical pursuit of benefit”.[23] The court subsequently ordered Valance Corp. pay $350,000 to Biscayne Partners Pty. Ltd. Of this amount, $47,264.56 was “from shares Ms Valance and Mr Michaelson had bought together on the London Stock Exchange“,[29] though the court did not award in favour of Biscayne getting a percentage of sales of her album, State of Mind.[23][30]

Endorsements[edit]

In addition to film and television roles, Valance has also appeared in adverts for Schwarzkopf hair care products and 1800 Reverse. In 2011, Valance appeared in an advert for Foster’s Gold bottled beer.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 DOA: Dead or Alive Christie Allen
2006 Pledge This! Jessica
2008 Taken Sheerah
2009 X Returns Sammy Walters Short film
2009 Kambakkht Ishq Herself
2010 Luster Sally
2011 Surviving Georgia Rose
2011 Big Mamma’s Boy Katie
2015 Red Herring Angela
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2002 Neighbours Felicity Scully Main role
2004 CSI: Miami Kay Coleman Episode: “Addiction”
2005 Entourage Leanna Episode: “My Maserati Does 185”
2005 CSI: NY Lydia Episode: “YoungBlood”
2005–06 Prison Break Nika Volek Recurring role (Season 12)
2007 Moonlight Lola Episode: “B.C.”
2007 Shark Christina Shaw Episode: “Every Breath You Take”
2008 Valentine Vivi Langdon Episode: “Act Naturally”
2010 Agatha Christie’s Marple Kanga Episode: “The Pale Horse”
2011 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Season 9
2011 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow Herself Television special
2013–14 Shopaholic Showdown Judge / Mentor
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising Brenda Snow Voice

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work Result
2000 Logie Award Most Popular New Talent – Female Neighbours Nominated
2002 ARIA Award Highest Selling Single “Kiss Kiss” Nominated
2002 ARIA Award Best Female Artist “Kiss Kiss” Nominated
2002 ARIA Award Breakthrough Artist – Single “Kiss Kiss” Nominated
2002 ARIA Award Best Pop Release “Kiss Kiss” Nominated
2003 Disney Channel Kids Awards Breakthrough Artist Won
2003 Disney Channel Kids Awards Best Single “Kiss Kiss” Won

Martina García

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Martina García

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Martina García (2010)
Born (1981-06-27) June 27, 1981 (age 35)
Bogotá
Occupation Model, film and television actress

Martina García (born June 27, 1981, in Bogotá) is a Colombian model, film and television actress. Internationally she is best known for her roles in the second season of the Netflix crime drama Narcos and in the Spanish-Colombian movie The Hidden Face (La cara oculta), as well as a role in Homeland season 3.

Filmography[edit]

Adam Sandler (UPDATE)

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Adam Sandler

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Adam Sandler
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Sandler receiving his star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2011
Born Adam Richard Sandler
(1966-09-09) September 9, 1966 (age 50)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • screenwriter
  • film producer
  • musician
Spouse(s) Jackie Sandler (m. 2003)
Children 2
Comedy career
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Website adamsandler.com

Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966[1]) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.[2] He is best known for his comedic roles, such as in the films Billy Madison (1995), the sports comedies Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Waterboy (1998), the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), and Mr. Deeds (2002), and voicing Dracula in Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). He has ventured into more dramatic territory with his roles in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Spanglish (2004), Reign Over Me (2007), and Funny People (2009).

Sandler has released five comedy albums in his career. They’re All Gonna Laugh at You! (1993) and What the Hell Happened to Me? (1996) are both certified double-platinum. In 1999, Sandler founded Happy Madison Productions.

Early life

Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966,[3] to Judith “Judy” (née Levine), a nursery school teacher, and Stanley Sandler (1935-2003), an electrical engineer.[1] His family is Jewish and descends from Russian and Israeli immigrants on both sides.[4] He grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire after moving there at the age of six.[5] He attended Manchester Central High School. Sandler graduated from New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts in 1988.[6]

Career

Acting career

Sandler at 2002 Cannes Film Festival

Early in his career, Sandler played Theo Huxtable‘s friend, Smitty in The Cosby Show and the Stud Boy or Trivia Delinquent in the MTV game show Remote Control. After his film debut Going Overboard in 1989, Sandler performed in comedy clubs, having first taken the stage at his brother’s urging when he was 17. He was discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, who caught Sandler’s act in Los Angeles and recommended him to Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Sandler was hired as a writer for SNL in 1990 and became a featured player the following year, making a name for himself by performing amusing original songs on the show, including “The Thanksgiving Song” and “The Chanukah Song“.[7] Sandler told Conan O’Brien on The Tonight Show that NBC fired him and Chris Farley from the show in 1995.[8]

In 1993, Adam Sandler appeared in the film Coneheads with Chris Farley, David Spade, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman, and Jane Curtin. In 1994, he co-starred in Airheads with Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi. He starred in Billy Madison (1995) playing a grown man repeating grades 1–12 to earn back his father’s respect and the right to inherit his father’s multimillion-dollar hotel empire; the film received mixed reviews. He followed this film with Bulletproof (1996), and the financially successful comedies Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Wedding Singer (1998). He was initially cast in the bachelor-party-themed comedy/thriller Very Bad Things (1998) but had to back out due to his involvement in The Waterboy (1998), one of his first hits.

Although his earliest films did not receive critical praise, he started to receive more positive reviews, beginning with Punch-Drunk Love in 2002. Roger Ebert‘s review of Punch-Drunk Love concluded that Sandler had been wasted in earlier films with poorly written scripts and characters with no development.[9] Sandler has moved outside the genre of slapstick comedy to take on more serious parts such as the aforementioned Punch-Drunk Love (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe), Spanglish (2004) and Reign Over Me (2007). He played a loving father figure in Big Daddy (1999).

He returned to more dramatic fare with Mike Binder‘s Reign Over Me (2007), a drama about a man who loses his entire family in 9/11 and rekindles a friendship with his old college roommate (Don Cheadle). He starred with Kevin James in the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007). Sandler headlined You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008). The film was written by Sandler, Judd Apatow, and Robert Smigel, it was directed by Dennis Dugan.

Sandler in Berlin 2009

Sandler starred along with Keri Russell and English comedian Russell Brand in Adam Shankman‘s fantasy film Bedtime Stories (2008), as a stressed hotel maintenance worker whose bedtime stories he reads to his niece and nephew begin to come true. It marked as Sandler’s first family film and first film under the Walt Disney banner.[10]

In 2009, Sandler starred in Judd Apatow’s third directorial feature Funny People. The film was released on July 31, 2009.[11] Following the release of Funny People, it, along with Punch-Drunk Love were cited in the June 2010 announcement that Sandler was one of 135 people (including 20 actors) invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[12]

Sandler appeared in Grown Ups, alongside Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade. Sandler and Dickie Roberts scribe Fred Wolf wrote the script and Dennis Dugan directed the film.[13]

Sandler starred with Jennifer Aniston in the 2011 romantic comedy film Just Go with It. Sandler also voiced a capuchin monkey in Kevin James’ Zookeeper, released on July 8, 2011.[14] In 2012, he starred in That’s My Boy, as a man who fathered a son (Andy Samberg) with his teacher in high school.

Sandler starred with Drew Barrymore in the Warner Bros. romantic comedy Blended, which was filmed in South Africa, and was released on May 23, 2014.

In 2013, he guest starred in the Disney Channel Original Series Jessie as himself. He and Cameron Boyce previously worked together in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. The episode is titled “Punched Dumped Love”. Sandler co-starred in the drama film Men, Women & Children (2014), directed by Jason Reitman.[15][16] He was considered for the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy but Bradley Cooper was cast instead.[17]

In 2015, Sandler starred in the Western comedy film The Ridiculous 6, distributed by Netflix. Despite being universally panned by critics,[18] it was announced on January 6, 2016, by Netflix that the film had been viewed more times in 30 days than any other movie in Netflix history.[19]

Sandler’s recent comedy films, including Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, have received strongly negative reviews.[20] In reviewing the latter, critic Mark Olsen of The Los Angeles Times remarked that Sandler had become the antithesis of Judd Apatow; he was instead “the white Tyler Perry: smart enough to know better, savvy enough to do it anyway, lazy enough not to care.”[21]

Happy Madison Productions

Sandler at a press conference for Click in 2005

Sandler formed his film production company, Happy Madison Productions,[22] in 1999, first producing fellow SNL alumnus Rob Schneider‘s film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. The company has produced most of Sandler’s subsequent films to date. The majority of the company’s films have received negative reviews from critics, with three considered to be among the worst ever made[23] yet most have performed well at box office.

Others who frequently appear in Sandler films include David Spade, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, John Turturro and Jon Lovitz.

In 2014, Netflix announced a four-movie deal with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions.[24]

The company is located on the Sony/Columbia Pictures lot in Culver City, California.

Personal life

On June 22, 2003, Sandler married actress Jacqueline Titone. Titone converted to Sandler’s religion, Judaism, in 2000.[25][26] The couple have two daughters: Sadie (born 2006)[27] and Sunny (born 2008).[28]

In 2007, Sandler made a $1 million donation to the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown, Manchester, New Hampshire.[29] The same year, he donated $2,100 to former New York City Republican mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign.[30]

Filmography

This is a partial list of Sandler’s film work. For the complete list, see Adam Sandler filmography.

Discography

Sandler’s handprints and shoeprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 2008

Studio albums
Year Title Certification
1993 They’re All Gonna Laugh at You! 2× Platinum[31]
1996 What the Hell Happened to Me? 2× Platinum[31]
1997 What’s Your Name? Gold[31]
1999 Stan and Judy’s Kid Gold[31]
2004 Shhh…Don’t Tell

Lauren Conrad (UPDATE)

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Lauren Conrad

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Lauren Conrad
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Conrad attending the 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards in October 2009
Born Lauren Katherine Conrad
(1986-02-01) February 1, 1986 (age 31)
Laguna Beach, California, U.S.
Residence Westwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Laguna Beach High School
Alma mater Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Occupation
  • Fashion designer
  • author
  • television personality
Years active 2004–present
Net worth US$25 million[1]
Television
Spouse(s) William Tell (m. 2014)
Relatives
Website laurenconrad.com

Lauren Katherine Tell (née Conrad; born February 1, 1986)[2] is an American television personality, fashion designer, and author. Born and raised in Laguna Beach, California, she attended Laguna Beach High School. In September 2004, at the age of 18, Conrad came to prominence after being cast in the reality television series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, which documented her life and those of her friends.

After moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the fashion industry in May 2006, Conrad was commissioned to star in her own spin-off series The Hills, which chronicled the personal and professional lives of her and friends Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port. During its production, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and held positions with Teen Vogue and Kelly Cutrone‘s PR firm People’s Revolution. As the series progressed, a widely publicized feud developed between Conrad, Montag and Montag’s boyfriend Spencer Pratt. Consequently, the conflict became the central focus of the series, and was carried through each subsequent season in which Conrad appeared.

In May 2009, Conrad left The Hills after five seasons, and was replaced by former Laguna Beach cast member Kristin Cavallari. She filmed an alternate ending for the series finale in July 2010, which was broadcast in August 2013. Conrad launched the fashion lines LC Lauren Conrad and Paper Crown in 2009 and 2011, respectively. She released the L.A. Candy book trilogy in 2010 and the spin-off The Fame Game series in 2012. Conrad married former musician and law school graduate William Tell in September 2014.

Life and career[edit]

1986–2005: Early life and Laguna Beach[edit]

Conrad was born in Laguna Beach, California on February 1, 1986, to parents Jim, an architect, and Kathy (née Lawrence).[3][4] She has two younger siblings, a sister named Breanna, also a television personality,[5] and a brother, Brandon.[6] Conrad first expressed an interest in a career in the fashion industry when she was in the sixth grade.[4] Her father added that Conrad “wasn’t a great student [and] wasn’t that interested” during her childhood, although noted that “we figured out along the way that she was an artist and her real love was fashion.”[7]

Alongside eventual castmates Lo Bosworth, Kristin Cavallari, and Stephen Colletti, Conrad was educated at Laguna Beach High School. In 2004, they starred in Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, an MTV reality television series which documented their lives during high school. During its production, she was often referred to by the initialism “L.C.”, although she has since expressed her distaste for the nickname.[8] The series proved successful for the network;[9] she described the lifestyle it imposed on her as being “definitely a different way to grow up”.[10] The first season notably focused on the love triangle between Conrad, Cavallari, and Colletti, and the subsequent feud between the former two.[11] Upon the conclusion of the first season, Conrad appeared on an episode of MTV Cribs.[12]

After graduating high school in 2004, Conrad attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for one semester, where she met Heidi Montag.[13] Conrad left the series after the second season,[14] during which period she moved back home and transferred to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.[15] After her sister Breanna became a primary cast member, Conrad made a guest appearance on the series during the third season in 2006.[16]

2006–2009: The Hills[edit]

Conrad at The Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 2008

After moving to Los Angeles in May 2006, the spin-off series The Hills was developed to chronicle the lives of Conrad, her housemate Montag, and their friends Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port.[17] During production of the first season, Conrad and Port held internships with Teen Vogue under the direction of West Coast Vogue editor Lisa Love; she stated that they had to interview successfully for the positions, “regardless of what the cameras wanted”.[18] By the second season, their friendship had deteriorated after Montag began dating Spencer Pratt.[19] After Montag moved in with Pratt, Patridge and Lo Bosworth later became roommates with Conrad.[20][21]

During the third season, Conrad ended her friendship with Montag after she suspected that Montag and Pratt were responsible for rumors of a sex tape involving herself and her former boyfriend Jason Wahler; the ensuing feud carried through each subsequent season in which Conrad appeared.[22] Conrad briefly dated fellow castmate Brody Jenner, which she commented had been subject to “editing to drag it out” during the series.[23] In January 2007, Conrad was announced as the inaugural spokeswoman of Avon Products‘s “mark.” line, marketed towards young women;[24] she was succeeded by actress Ashley Greene in June 2010.[25] Later in 2007, Conrad appeared as a satirical version of herself in the comedy film Epic Movie.[26] In 2008, Conrad and Port began employment with Kelly Cutrone‘s PR firm, People’s Revolution.[27] Conrad later made a cameo appearance in an episode of Greek[28] and provided her voice for a cartoon version of herself in an episode of Family Guy.[29] In March, she premiered her first fashion line The Lauren Conrad Collection. After underwhelming sales figures, Conrad ended the line the following year to further familiarize herself with the industry.[30]

In 2008, Conrad began dating actor Kyle Howard. Howard expressed concern that appearing on reality television would interfere with his acting career; consequently, their relationship was not documented on The Hills. (After three years together, Conrad and Howard ended their relationship in 2011.)[31][32] Upon the conclusion of the fourth season of the series that December, Conrad wished to leave the series to pursue other career opportunities.[33] However, per the producers’ requests, she filmed ten episodes for the following season, in which she closed her storylines.[34] Conrad made her final appearance on the series in May 2009, attending Montag and Pratt’s wedding after much deliberation during the mid-season finale of the fifth season.[35] However, in the July 2009 issue of Cosmopolitan, she stated that producers had pressured her into a reconciliation with Montag throughout the season, adding that she was displeased when they would not allow otherwise.[36] Conrad was replaced by former Laguna Beach castmate Kristin Cavallari until the series’ conclusion in July 2010.[11][37]

2009–12: Expansion into fashion and retail industries[edit]

Conrad attending the VH1 Divas concert in 2009

Conrad’s first novel L.A. Candy was released in June 2009, and became a bestseller on The New York Times.[38] It was inspired by her life, focusing on a woman named Jane Roberts who moves to Los Angeles.[39] It was followed by sequels Sweet Little Lies[40] and Sugar and Spice[41] in 2010. Conrad also released the fashion guide Lauren Conrad Style in 2010.[42] She later made appearances on the syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, playing for her charity “m.powerment by mark”[43] and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,[44] and also served as a guest judge on the thirteenth cycle of America’s Next Top Model.[45] In fall 2009, Conrad collaborated with Kohl’s to launch her second fashion line LC Lauren Conrad,[46] and was later expanded to include a bedding collection.[47]

In September 2010, Conrad was to star in an MTV series that would have focused on her career endeavors, though the network chose not to pick up the program after Conrad preferred not to film her private life.[48] In April 2011, Conrad launched The Beauty Department with her hairstylist, Kristin Ess, and her makeup artist, Amy Nadine;[49] she later announced plans to expand the brand to include a line of cosmetics.[50] Looking to target a more upscale audience, Conrad released her third fashion line Paper Crown that August;[51] Conrad released her fourth novel The Fame Game as a spin-off to the L.A. Candy series in April 2012.[52] she has since established an account with Nordstrom for the line.[53] In July, she collaborated with BlueAvocado to launch XO(eco), an environmentally-friendly collection of bags.[54] October 16, 2012 the well known style icon published a 288 page beauty book in which she shared all her beauty secrets.[55] In October 2012, Conrad released The Fame Game continuation novel Starstruck and the style guide Lauren Conrad Beauty.[56][57] The final novel Infamous was released in June 2013.[58]

2013–present: Marriage and continued career[edit]

In September 2010, Conrad revealed that she had filmed an alternate ending for The Hills with Jenner.[59] Upon the conclusion of their month-long morning marathon of the series, titled “RetroMTV Brunch”, MTV aired the footage in August 2013.[60] The scene depicts Jenner returning to his apartment after seeing Cavallari’s limousine off to Europe. Conrad is revealed to be sitting on his couch, and comforts him that “it’s hard to say goodbye” to a “friend of [his]”, before the camera focuses on a smiling Conrad.[61] That month, she also expressed interest in participating in a potential reunion film.[62] In December 2013, Montag stated that she and Conrad have “talked a few times” since the series’ conclusion, elaborating that “it’s unfortunate things happened the way that it did, but we’re both different people now, older and more mature.”[63]

Having begun dating in February 2012,[64] Conrad and law student and former Something Corporate guitarist William Tell, moved into a shared residence in Westwood, Los Angeles in September 2013,[65] and announced their engagement the following month.[66] That October, Conrad and her friend Hannah Skvarla opened the online store The Little Market, which distributes handmade pieces from women of varying cultural backgrounds.[67] Conrad and Tell got married on September 13, 2014 in California.[68] On January 1, 2017, Conrad announced via instagram that she and Tell are expecting their first child.[69]

Conrad released limited-run Cinderella, Minnie Mouse, and Bambi-inspired collections for LC Lauren Conrad in February,[70] May,[71] and October 2015, respectively.[72] She also introduced an upscale runway collection for the line during New York Fashion Week that September.[73]

Public image[edit]

“The TV show did not help my reputation very much. It was difficult to be taken seriously, but I think the fact that I went to school to study fashion and worked in the industry helped me. I think it’s a good thing to feel like you have to prove something, because you’re always going to have to work a little bit harder.”

– Conrad discussing her efforts in attaining credibility within the fashion industry.[51]

Lauren Conrad at MTV VMAS 2008

Since appearing on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, Conrad has been recognized as being among the first individuals to benefit from the popularity of reality television in the early 2000s. In 2009, Thomas Rogers from Salon described her as “one of the dullest major characters in reality television history”, but opined that her normalcy compared to her co-stars on The Hills made her “vaguely likable”.[74] An editor from People stated that Conrad “became a full-blown TV phenom” during its third season, which notably introduced the conflict with Montag and Pratt, in addition to controversy regarding scripting allegations.[8]

In 2013, Misty White Sidell from The Daily Beast noted that Conrad established a following based on her respectability instead of “bitch-slaps and drunken sex-capades”, further commenting that her more relatable image made her an “anomaly” among television personalities.[75] Conrad herself commented that The Hills was intended to be an “aspirational” program despite being “laced with scandal and catfights”, stating that the storyline differed from the “shock value” emphasized in recent programming.[76] Conrad has additionally been recognized for originating several now-famous quotes on The Hills, including “He’s a sucky person!” when criticizing Spencer Pratt during the second season, and “You know what you did!” when arguing with Heidi Montag over her alleged involvement with sex tape rumors involving herself in the third season.[77]

Conrad has been featured on the covers of several magazine’s best-selling issues, including those of People StyleWatch and Cosmopolitan.[78] She appeared on the May 2012 issue of Glamour, which sold approximately 500,000 copies and became the magazine’s strongest-selling issue of the year,[79] and was featured on the covers of the second highest-selling issues of Lucky and Marie Claire in 2013.[80] Lauren Sherman from Fashionista credited Conrad’s success to “her knack for entrepreneurship, her easy style, and her friendliness”.[78] Jim Higgins from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel complimented her pursuit of several different career endeavors, and compared her to a “young Martha Stewart“.[81] However, in August 2012, Conrad was criticized for destroying a collection of A Series of Unfortunate Events novels for a crafting tutorial posted to YouTube.[82]

During its production, Conrad was the highest-paid cast member on The Hills, earning an annual salary of $2.5 million.[83] In 2008, her endeavors earned her an additional $1.5 million.[84] In 2010, Conrad was named the second highest-paid reality television personality, ranking behind Kim Kardashian.[85] Conrad is a registered member of the Republican Party.[86] She has stated that she has “done several things to […] encourage people to vote”, but respects the private ballot and “[doesn’t] want to ever influence someone’s vote or have [her] vote change someone’s opinion of [her]”.[87][88] Conrad collaborated with Seventeen magazine to film a public service announcement for Declare Yourself, a campaign which encouraged young adults to register themselves to vote during the 2008 presidential election.[89] She has additionally expressed her support for same-sex marriage, and on one occasion left a Mexican restaurant after learning of its disapproval of marriage equality.[90]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
Television
2004–2006 Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County Herself Narrator (season 1), main cast member (seasons 1–2), guest (season 3)
2006–2009, 2016 The Hills Narrator and main cast member (seasons 1–5), guest (season 6)
2008 Greek “Hell Week” (season 2, episode 10)[28]
Privileged “All About Friends and Family” (season 1, episode 5)[91]
2009 Bromance “Who’s Got Game?” (season 1, episode 3)[92]
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 10th Anniversary Celebration[43]
America’s Next Top Model “Fortress of Fierceness” (cycle 13, episode 3)[45]
Family Guy We Love You, Conrad” (season 7, episode 14)[29]
2010 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List “Moving the Merch” (season 6, episode 4)[44]
2012 Punk’d “Dax Shepard” (season 9, episode 7)[93]
2014 Fashion Police “Lauren Conrad & Nigel Barker” (episode 271)[94]
Pop Innovators “Lauren Conrad” (season 1, episode 3)[95]
The Eric Andre Show “Lauren Conrad; Reese Witherspoon” (season 3, episode 2)[96]
Film
2007 Epic Movie Herself Cameo appearance[26]
2012 L!fe Happens Guest appearance[97]

Published works[edit]

  • L.A. Candy (2009)
  • Sweet Little Lies (2010)
  • Sugar and Spice (2010)
  • Lauren Conrad Style (2010)
  • The Fame Game (2012)
  • Lauren Conrad Beauty (2012)
  • Starstruck (2012)
  • Infamous (2013)
  • Lauren Conrad Celebrate (2016)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Series Result Ref.
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Reality TV The Hills Won [98]
2007 [98]
2008 [99]
2009 [100]
2010 Nominated [101]
2013 Young Hollywood Awards SodaStream UnBottle the World Award N/A Won [102]

 

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Keri Russell
Keri Russell at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California.

Russell at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con
Born Keri Lynn Russell
(1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 40)
Fountain Valley, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Shane Deary (m. 2007; separated 2013)
Partner(s) Matthew Rhys (2013-present)
Children 3

Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976)[1] is an American actress and dancer. She came to fame for portraying the title role of Felicity Porter on the series Felicity, which ran from 1998 to 2002, and for which she won a Golden Globe Award.

Russell has since appeared in several films including Mission: Impossible III (2006), Waitress (2007), August Rush (2007), Extraordinary Measures (2010), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and Free State of Jones (2016). She currently stars as KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings in the FX television series The Americans for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nomination.

Early life[edit]

Russell was born in Fountain Valley, California, the daughter of Stephanie (née Stephens), a homemaker, and David Russell, a Nissan Motors executive.[2] She has an older brother, Todd, and a younger sister, Julie. The family lived in Coppell, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; and Highlands Ranch, Colorado, moving frequently because of her father’s work. Russell’s dancing earned her a spot on The Mickey Mouse Club.[3]

Career[edit]

1991–2002[edit]

Russell first appeared on television at age 15 as a cast member of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club variety show on the Disney Channel.[4] She was on the show from 1991 to 1994 (Seasons 4–6) and co-starred with future actor Ryan Gosling and future pop stars Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, and Tony Lucca.[5]

In 1992, Russell appeared in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid alongside Rick Moranis and in 1993, she had a role on the sitcom Boy Meets World as Mr. Feeny’s niece. Russell appeared on Married… with Children in a 1995 episode (“Radio Free Trumaine”, production 9.24). She subsequently starred in several film and television roles, including the 1996 made-for-television film The Babysitter’s Seduction.[3] That year she also had a role on the short-lived soap opera series Malibu Shores.[3]

In 1994, Russell appeared as the “other woman” in Bon Jovi‘s music video “Always” with Jack Noseworthy, Carla Gugino, and Jason Wiles.[6] In 1997, she appeared in two episodes of Roar alongside Heath Ledger.[3]

From 1998 to 2002, Russell starred as the title character on the successful WB Network series Felicity. She won a Golden Globe for the role in 1999. Russell’s long and curly hair was one of her character’s defining characteristics. A drastic hairstyle change at the beginning of the show’s second season was thought to cause a significant drop in the show’s television ratings.[7]

During the show’s run, Russell appeared in the films Eight Days a Week, The Curve, and Mad About Mambo, all of which received only limited releases in North America. Her next role was in the film We Were Soldiers (2002),[3] playing the wife of a United States serviceman during the Vietnam War. The film was released two months before the end of Felicity‘s run.

2003–present[edit]

When Felicity ended, Russell moved to New York City and made her off-Broadway stage debut in 2004, appearing opposite Jeremy Piven, Andrew McCarthy, and Ashlie Atkinson in Neil LaBute‘s Fat Pig.[8] In 2005, she returned to television and film, beginning with an appearance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie The Magic of Ordinary Days, theatrical film The Upside of Anger (alongside Kevin Costner, Joan Allen and Evan Rachel Wood), and the television miniseries Into the West. Directing Mission: Impossible III in 2005, J. J. Abrams asked Russell to join the cast and she accepted. She was screen tested for the role of Lois Lane in Superman Returns but lost the role to Kate Bosworth.[9]

In the summer of 2006, Russell was chosen to be a celebrity spokeswoman for CoverGirl Cosmetics.[10] In the summer of 2007, Russell appeared in The Keri Kronicles, a reality show/sitcom sponsored by CoverGirl and airing on MySpace; the show was filmed at Russell’s home in Manhattan and spotlighted her life.[11] Also in 2007, she played “Melody” on the NBC show Scrubs.

Russell next starred in the film Waitress, which marked the fourth time Russell had played a pregnant woman.[12] Her performance—opposite Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith and the film’s director Adrienne Shelley—was positively received by critics,[11] with Michael Sragow of The Baltimore Sun writing that Russell’s performance had “aesthetic character” and “wields tenderness and fierceness with quiet heat”.[13] In 2007, Russell also completed roles in Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story (titled Rohtenburg for its German release), in which she played Katie Armstrong, a graduate student who writes a thesis paper on an infamous cannibal murder case, and the thriller The Girl in the Park, opposite Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Alessandro Nivola.

Russell next appeared in August Rush, released in November 2007. She also appeared on the cover of the New York Post’s Page Six magazine on November 11, 2007.[14] Russell later appeared in Bedtime Stories.[15] In an appearance on The View on December 15, 2008, Russell said she got the part because Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie had seen her in Waitress and suggested her for the movie. Russell voiced Wonder Woman in a direct-to-video animated feature released March 3, 2009.[16]

Russell starred alongside Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford in the Tom Vaughan-helmed Extraordinary Measures[17][18] for CBS Films. The drama, which started filming on April 6, 2009 and was released on January 22, 2010, was the first film to go into production for the new company.[3][19] Russell played Aileen Crowley, a mother who tries to build a normal home life for her sick children while her husband, John (Fraser), and an unconventional scientist (Ford) race against time to find a cure.[20]

Russell starred in the Fox series Running Wilde, from 2010 to 2011.[21] Since 2013, she has starred in the FX series The Americans, playing a deep undercover KGB spy living as an American in the early 1980s.[22]

In 2014, Russell starred in the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes alongside actors Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Russell and Shane Deary, a carpenter she met through mutual friends,[12] became engaged in 2006 and were married on February 14, 2007, in New York.[24] The couple separated in early summer 2013.[25] This was confirmed by her representative at a time of media inquiries when the actor’s home was burglarized in early December of that year.[26]

Russell and Deary have two children together, a son River, born in 2007[27] and a daughter Willa, born in 2011.[28]

Russell has been in a relationship with her Americans co-star Matthew Rhys since 2013.[29][30] They welcomed their first child together, a son named Sam, in late May 2016.[31][32]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Mandy Park
1997 Eight Days a Week Erica
1998 Curve, TheThe Curve Emma AKA Dead Man’s Curve
2000 Mad About Mambo Lucy McLoughlin
2002 We Were Soldiers Barbara Geoghegan
2005 Upside of Anger, TheThe Upside of Anger Emily Wolfmeyer
2006 Mission: Impossible III Lindsey Farris
Grimm Love Katie
2007 Waitress Jenna Hunterson
Girl in the Park, TheThe Girl in the Park Celeste
August Rush Lyla Novacek
2008 Bedtime Stories Jill
2009 Wonder Woman Wonder Woman Video; voice role
Leaves of Grass Janet
2010 Extraordinary Measures Aileen Crowley
2012 Goats Judy
2013 Austenland Jane Hayes
Dark Skies Lacy Barrett
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Ellie
2016 Free State of Jones Serena Knight

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991–1993 Mickey Mouse Club Herself Variety show
1993 Boy Meets World Jessica Episode: “Grandma Was a Rolling Stone”
1994 Daddy’s Girls Phoebe Walker 3 episodes
1995 Married… with Children April Adams Episode: “Radio Free Trumaine”
Clerks. Sandra Television film
1996 Babysitter’s Seduction, TheThe Babysitter’s Seduction Michelle Winston Movie
Lottery, TheThe Lottery Felice Dunbar Movie
Malibu Shores Chloe Walker 10 episodes
1997 7th Heaven Camille Episode: “Choices”
Roar Claire 2 episodes
When Innocence Is Lost Erica French Movie
1998–2002 Felicity Felicity Porter 84 episodes
1999 CinderElmo Princess Movie
2005 Into the West Naomi Wheeler Episode: “Manifest Destiny
Magic of Ordinary Days, TheThe Magic of Ordinary Days Olivia “Livvy” Dunne Movie
2007 Scrubs Melody O’Hara 2 episodes
2010–2011 Running Wilde Emmy Kadubic 13 episodes
2013–present Americans, TheThe Americans Elizabeth Jennings 53 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Widow Carr (voice) Episode: “Señoritis”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1993 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show The All New Mickey Mouse Club Nominated
Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Nominated
1999 Golden Globes Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama Felicity Won
Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress Nominated
TV – Breakout Performance Won
2000 TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2001 TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2002 TV – Choice Actress, Drama Nominated
2005 Satellite Awards Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Magic of Ordinary Days Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards Movies – Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure Mission: Impossible III Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama August Rush Nominated
2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
Women’s Image Network Awards Outstanding Actress Drama Series Nominated
2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated
2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Won
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2017 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated