Parker Posey

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Parker Posey

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Born Parker Christian Posey
(1968-11-08) November 8, 1968 (age 48)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1991–present

Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress and musician. Following her role in Richard Linklater‘s 1993 cult hit Dazed and Confused, she became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films such as Party Girl (1995) and The House of Yes (1997) that gained her the nickname “Queen of the Indies”.[1] She later played improvisational roles in Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006).[2] Her other film appearances include You’ve Got Mail (1998), Scream 3 (2000), Superman Returns (2006), and the Woody Allen films Irrational Man (2015) and Café Society (2016). On television, Posey has guest-starred in series such as Will & Grace, Boston Legal, The Good Wife, Louie, Parks and Recreation, and Search Party.

Early life[edit]

Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynda (née Patton),[3][4] a chef, and Chris Posey, owner of a car dealership. She has a twin brother, Christopher. Posey’s first name was a tribute by her father to 1950s model Suzy Parker. After Posey’s birth, her family lived in Monroe, Louisiana for 11 years.[5] They later moved to Laurel, Mississippi, where her mother worked as a chef and culinary instructor for the Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood, and her father operated a car dealership. Posey was raised as a Catholic.[6]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield[7] and Orlagh Cassidy.

Posey got her first break in television with the role of Tess Shelby on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Posey’s first major role in a feature film was in Dazed and Confused (1993) with Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London.[8] The film received favorable reviews from critics and has been identified as a cult classic. In 2003, Entertainment Weekly ranked the film #17 on their list of “The Top 50 Cult Films”,[9] third on their list of the 50 Best High School Movies,[10] 10th on their “Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years” list,[11] and ranked it #6 on their “The Cult 25: The Essential Left-Field Movie Hits Since ’83” list.[12]

In 1994, she appeared in Hal Hartley‘s short film Opera No. 1, with Adrienne Shelley. Throughout the late 1990s, Posey co-starred in 32 independent films and was nicknamed “Queen of the Indies”.[1] These films include Personal Velocity, Basquiat, Clockwatchers, The Daytrippers, Party Girl and The House of Yes, for which she received positive reviews for her role as a delusional woman in love with her own brother.[13][14] In an interview in January 2012, Parker said that the unofficial title has sometimes been a hindrance:

I’m trying to work in studio movies, but they won’t hire me. I get feedback from my agent saying, ‘She’s too much of an indie queen.’ And then on the other side, my name doesn’t get the financing to do a movie over $1 million. And I’m called ‘the indie queen.’ So it’s really a challenging path because I know so much about the indie side of the business. Because I grew up in it… But it’s different times. And this stuff gets projected onto me. People are like, ‘You’re here [at the Sundance film festival] every year, you do so many indie movies.’ And I’m like, ‘No, I did Broken English five years ago.’[15]

Posey exiting the premiere of the film Mascots at the Toronto International Film Festival

She has co-starred in Christopher Guest‘s films, including five of his mock documentaries, the first being Waiting for Guffman in 1996. In 1998, Posey appeared in Hartley’s film Henry Fool, and the big budget studio film You’ve Got Mail.

In 2000, she starred in Guest’s third mock documentary Best in Show, and in the big budget horror film Scream 3. Critical reaction to Posey’s performance in the latter film was highly positive, and earned her an MTV Movie Award nomination. However, she lost to Adam Sandler, who won it for his performance in Big Daddy. The next year she played the antagonist in Josie and the Pussycats. From 2001-2002, she appeared in a supporting role in the popular NBC sitcom Will & Grace.

In 2003, she starred in Guest’s A Mighty Wind. The next year she appeared in Sisters of Mercy, Laws of Attraction, and Blade: Trinity. Posey then co-starred in the 2005 film Adam & Steve.[16]

In 2006, Posey appeared in Superman Returns as Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor‘s ditzy sidekick,[8] a character based on Eve Teschmacher from the 1978 film Superman. Posey was the only actress considered for the role.[17][18] Superman Returns was a box office success.[19] The film was also successful at the 33rd Saturn Awards, Posey, a few fellow cast members, and the visual effects department were all nominated.[20] Later the same year she played the title character in Fay Grim, the sequel to Henry Fool, and appeared in For Your Consideration.

In 2007, Posey was cast in the lead role on the TV series The Return of Jezebel James.[21] The show was originally given 13 episodes, but, the show was cut to seven episodes in anticipation of the pending writers strike.[22][23] It premiered on the Fox television network in 2008 as a mid-season replacement. However, the show was officially canceled after the third episode aired due to unacceptably low ratings.[24] She starred in Zoe Cassavetes‘ 2007 film Broken English.[25] Broken English screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.[26] It was also entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.[27] The film was nominated at the 23rd Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Screenplay and Posey was nominated for Best Female Lead.[28] She was set to co-star in John Waters‘ film Fruitcake with Johnny Knoxville. The film was to be set in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.[29] However, Waters announced that he has canceled Fruitcake, saying “I can’t get it made…I thought it would do well, but it’s not. In this economy, I’m going to have to do a puppet show.”[30]

In 2012, Posey starred in four episodes of the third season of Louie as Liz, Louis C.K.‘s love interest. She received positive reviews for her stint on the show. The website Vulture stated “Posey is superb in a brilliantly written role.”[31] Lindsay Bahr of Entertainment Weekly said “Posey used her arsenal of talent and the material written and directed by C.K. to bring Liz to life”.[32] Andy Greenwald of GrantLand felt Posey was “funny, engaging, and breathless”, and went on to call Posey “one of the most gifted actors alive”.[33] Later the same year she was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.

Posey appeared in Ned Rifle, the third and final film in Hartley’s Henry Fool trilogy, again reprising her role of Fay Grim.[34] On November 6, 2013, Hartley launched a fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to produce the film, netting a total of $384,000. Posey, Liam Aiken, James Urbaniak, and Thomas Jay Ryan, as well as some crew members, appeared in several videos promoting the campaign.[35] The film premiered on September 7, 2014 at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[36] It was also screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2015.[37]

In July 2014, it was announced that Posey had signed on to co-star in Woody Allen‘s mystery drama Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Jamie Blackley.[38] The film had its world premiere on May 16, 2015, at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[39][40] In July 2015, Parker revealed that before being cast in the film, she had considered quitting acting, as she feared that she “saw the independent film movement go away from me… it’s a world market now. They’re made from real star power. Whoever’s hot at the moment.” When Allen cast her, she cried, as “the independent film way of working is something that was in my bones. It’s like being a part of a punk band but no one’s singing punk rock anymore. Only a few bands are able to play, and Woody Allen is one of them. That’s why I cried. It was a relief.”[41]

In 2018, she will appear as Dr. Smith in Lost in Space, the Netflix remake of the 1965 TV series.[42]

Stage and music[edit]

Posey made her stage debut in 2001. She learned to play the mandolin to prepare for her role in A Mighty Wind (2003),[8] a film in which she also sang. She provided vocals on several of her ex-boyfriend Ryan Adams‘ records. She also played the mandolin on The Dandy Warhols track “I Am Sound” from their Welcome to the Monkey House LP.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Coneheads Stephanie
1993 Joey Breaker Irene Kildare
1993 The Wake Beachgoer uncredited
1993 Description of a Struggle Wanda
1993 Dazed and Confused Darla Marks
1994 Mixed Nuts Rollerblader
1994 Amateur Girl Squatter
1994 Opera No. 1 Fairy # 1 Short film
1994 Iris Short film
1994 Final Combination Denise
1994 Sleep with Me Athena
1995 Party Girl Mary
1995 An Eviction Notice Short film
1995 Drunks Debbie
1995 Flirt Emily
1995 The Doom Generation Brandi
1996 Frisk Fergie
1996 Kicking and Screaming Miami
1996 subUrbia Erica
1996 Basquiat Mary Boone
1997 The House of Yes “Jackie-O” Pascal Sundance Film Festival Award for Special Recognition
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1997 The Daytrippers Jo Malone
1997 Waiting for Guffman Libby Mae Brown
1997 Clockwatchers Margaret Burre
1998 Henry Fool Fay Grim
1998 What Rats Won’t Do Mirella Burton
1998 You’ve Got Mail Patricia Eden
1998 The Misadventures of Margaret Margaret Nathan
1999 Dinner at Fred’s Celia
1999 The Venice Project Myra
1999 Gunshy Short film
2000 Best in Show Meg Swan
2000 Scream 3 Jennifer Jolie Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2001 The Anniversary Party Judy Adams
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Fiona
2002 The Sweetest Thing Judy Webb
2002 Personal Velocity Greta Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
2003 A Mighty Wind Sissy Knox Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2003 The Event Nick
2004 Blade: Trinity Danica Talos
2004 The Sisters of Mercy Short film
2004 Laws of Attraction Serena Jamison
2005 Adam & Steve Rhonda
2006 For Your Consideration Callie Webb Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006 Fay Grim Fay Grim
2006 The OH in Ohio Priscilla Chase
2006 Superman Returns Kitty Kowalski Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2007 Broken English Nora Wilder Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
2008 The Eye Helen Wells
2009 Spring Breakdown Becky St. Germaine Direct-to-DVD
2010 Happy Tears Jayne
2011 Inside Out Claire Small
2011 The Love Guide Angelica Lovecraft
2012 Price Check Susan Felders
2013 Highland Park Shirley Paine
2013 HairBrained Shelia Pettifog
2013 And Now a Word From Our Sponsor Karen Hillridge
2014 Grace of Monaco Madge Tivey-Faucon
2014 Ned Rifle Fay Grim
2015 Irrational Man Rita Richards
2016 Café Society Rad
2016 Mascots Cindi Babineaux
2016 The Brits Are Coming Gina Post-production
2016 The Architect Drew

2016   MY ART  ANGIE

2016     MASCOTS CINDY BARBINEAUX

2017     COLUMBUS

2017     THE BRITS ARE COMING

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1991 First Love, Fatal Love Television film
1991–1992 As the World Turns Tess Shelby Soap opera
1993 Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw 4 episodes
1993 Tracey Ullman Takes On New York Libby TV Special
1998 More Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw Episode “1.1”
2000 Futurama Umbriel (voice) Episode: “The Deep South
2000 The Simpsons Becky (voice) Episode: “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge
2001 Further Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw 3 episodes
2001 Will & Grace Dorleen 2 episodes
2002 Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay Jinger Heath Television film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Frankenstein Detective Carson O’Conner Television film
2006 Boston Legal Marlene Stanger 4 episodes
2008 The Return of Jezebel James Sarah Tompkins 7 episodes
2009 Bored to Death Michelle Whiting Episode: “The Case of the Stolen Skateboard”
2011 Parks and Recreation Lindsey Carlyle-Shay Episode: “Eagleton
2011 The Big C Poppy Kowalski 3 episodes
2011–2012 The Good Wife Vanessa Gold 3 episodes
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Mary Welsh Hemingway Television film
2012 Louie Liz 4 episodes
2012 New Girl Casey Episode: “Re-Launch”
2014 Inside Amy Schumer Parker Posey Episode: “Allergic to Nuts”
2015 Portlandia Episode: “Fashion”
2015 Granite Flats Alice White 8 episodes
2015 Drunk History Mary Phelps Jacob Episode: “Inventors”
2016 Skylanders Academy Dreamcatcher Episode: “Dream Girls”
2016 Search Party Brick Recurring

2017  BREAM GIVES ME HICCUPS DEBORAH KATZMAN

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Marissa Ribisi

Marissa Ribisi

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Marissa Ribisi
Born Santina Marissa Ribisi
(1974-12-17) December 17, 1974 (age 42)
Los Angeles, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Beck
(2004–)
Children 2
Parent(s) Al Ribisi
Gay Landrum
Relatives Giovanni Ribisi
(twin brother)

Marissa Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress who performed in the films Dazed and Confused, True Crime, The Brady Bunch Movie, Pleasantville, and Don’s Plum and television shows such as Felicity, Friends, Grace Under Fire, Watching Ellie, and Tales of the City. She is the twin sister of actor Giovanni Ribisi.

Early life[edit]

Ribisi was born Santina Marissa Ribisi in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Gay (née Landrum), is a manager of actors and writers, and her father, Al Ribisi, is a musician.[1] Ribisi began acting when she was nine years old.[2] Her twin brother, Giovanni, is also an actor.[3] Like her husband and her brother, she is a Scientologist.[4]

Career[edit]

Ribisi first appeared on television in 1988, playing a minor red-haired character named Ginger in She’ll Get Over It, an episode of My Two Dads. This was followed by similar brief appearances in Baywatch (“Old Friends” 1990), DEA (1991), and the miniseries Tales of the City (1993), playing a receptionist.

Ribisi’s first role in a feature film was in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused. She starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and Adam Goldberg, who were then, like Ribisi, unknowns.[5] The actress played Cynthia, a socially marginalized girl who runs with two verbose outsiders (Goldberg and Anthony Rapp).

In 1998, Ribisi cowrote the film Some Girl and starred in it alongside Juliette Lewis, Michael Rapaport, and Giovanni Ribisi. The film, directed by Rory Kelly, relates the story of insecure young women searching for long-term relationships in 1990s Los Angeles. She has had roles in the films True Crime, The Brady Bunch Movie, Pleasantville, and Don’s Plum. She has also appeared in television shows such as Felicity, Friends, Grace Under Fire, and Watching Ellie, as well as the TV miniseries Tales of the City.[5]

She also appeared on the short-lived TV series Grown Ups from 1999 to 2000.

In 2001 she played the role of Dora in the movie 100 Girls.

In October 2007, Ribisi launched a fashion line, Whitley Kros, with partner Sophia Banks.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Ribisi married musician and recording artist Beck in April 2004,[7] shortly before giving birth to their son, Cosimo Henri.[8] The couple’s second child, daughter Tuesday, was born in 2007.[9]

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Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook

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Kelly Brook
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Brook at the 2015 Television Critics Association’s Press Tour
Born Kelly Ann Parsons
(1979-11-23) 23 November 1979 (age 37)
Rochester, Kent, England, UK
Occupation
  • Model
  • actress
Years active 1997–present
Partner(s) Jeremy Parisi (since 2015)[1]
David McIntosh (2014–2015)
Thom Evans (2010–2013)
Billy Zane (2004–2008)
Jason Statham (late 90s-early, 2000s)
Website kellybrook.com

Kelly Brook (born 23 November 1979)[2] is an English model, actress and television presenter best known in the US for her roles in the 2010 horror comedy remake Piranha 3D and in the NBC sitcom One Big Happy.

Early life[edit]

Brook was born and raised in Rochester, Kent as Kelly Ann Parsons.[3] the daughter of Sandra Kelly, a cook, and Kenneth Parsons, a scaffolder. She has a younger brother, Damian, and an older half-sister, Sasha.[3] Kenneth Parsons died, aged 57, in Rochester from lung cancer,[4] on 26 November 2007, during Brook’s time on Strictly Come Dancing.[5]

Brook attended the Thomas Aveling School in Warren Wood, Rochester. She then studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London for three years before becoming a professional model.[6]

Modelling[edit]

Brook in 2010

Brook’s modelling career began at 16 after she won a beauty competition, into which she had been entered by her mother.[3] She later worked on a range of advertising campaigns, including Foster’s Lager, Renault Mégane, Walker’s crisps, Piz Buin and Bravissimo, a company that specialises in bras and lingerie for large-breasted women. Her figure eventually caught the eye of the editorial team of the Daily Star tabloid,[6] which began featuring her as a Page Three girl.

Brook’s picture soon began appearing in other lads’ mags such as GQ, Loaded and FHM. In April of the same year (which year??), a poll over 5,000 women for Grazia magazine considered her to have the best British female body. She also topped the ‘FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World‘ list in 2005, which was said to have polled 15 million people. Appearing in this list every year since 1998, she ranked No.34 in 2008, No.67 in 2009 and No.7 in 2010.[7] She was the cover star of FHM’s World Cup 2010 special issue,[8] and was on the cover of the magazine in April 2011.[7]

In February 2007, it was announced that Brook had signed a contract, reported to be worth around £1m, to represent Unilever’s Lynx body spray, known as “Axe” in the US and in continental Europe.[9] She has appeared on billboards, in newspapers and on-line as part of their advertising campaign.[10] She has also appeared in commercials for Sky + and T Mobile and modelled for Reebok.

In 2010, she was chosen as the “new face and body” of lingerie maker Ultimo‘s advertising campaign.[11]

In September 2010, Brook appeared in the American edition of Playboy magazine.[12] In October 2010, Brook appeared live at Clapham Picture House to surprise cinemagoers as part of a promotion for Carlsberg and Sky 3D.[13] In November 2010, Brook presented an award at MTV’s EMA’s in Madrid.[14]

Brook produces a line of swimwear with New Look, for which she herself has modelled.[15]

In September 2014, Brook launched a clothing line for Simply Be.[16] The following year, she became a brand ambassador for Skechers.[17]

Television career[edit]

Presenter[edit]

In 1997, aged eighteen, Brook started presenting youth television programmes on MTV, Granada Television and the Trouble TV channel.[6] Brook had a breakthrough into mainstream presenting in January 1999, when she was chosen to replace Denise van Outen as the female half of The Big Breakfast hosting team, alongside Johnny Vaughan. She left the show in July 1999.[18] In 2005, she hosted the reality television programme Celebrity Love Island for ITV.

Reality television[edit]

In 2007, Brook participated in the celebrity dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1, with dance partner was Brendan Cole. During the TV series, her father Kenneth Parsons died from cancer,[5] and although she initially decided to continue dancing in his memory, she withdrew from the competition in week nine.[19]

Brook at the January 2009 London Boat Show

She also competed in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2008, dancing the Jive with Brian Fortuna, Brendan Cole having to compete with his later partner Lisa Snowdon. Brook and Fortuna were put into fourth place, but with the studio audience’s vote they came second to Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett. In 2008, Brook took Jennifer Ellison‘s place as one of the three judges on the second series of the reality TV programme Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life,[20] broadcast between September and November 2008.

In January 2009, she joined the third series of Britain’s Got Talent as a fourth judge, but was subsequently axed from the programme after less than a week on the panel, the producers having decided the four-judge format was “too complicated”.[21] Brook was billed as a guest judge in the episode in which she appeared, taped in Manchester and aired on 16 May.

In 2013, Brook became a temporary team captain on Celebrity Juice aired on ITV2. She appeared in Season 9, replacing Fearne Cotton while she was on maternity leave.

In 2016, Brook served as a team captain on the Channel 5 panel show It’s Not Me, It’s You.

Acting[edit]

In 1997, she appeared in a Pulp video “Help the Aged” with Huck Whitney of the band the Flaming Stars, in a slow dance sequence.[22] Brook made her full screen debut with a minor role in the film Sorted. Shortly thereafter, she appeared in the film Ripper. She played the girlfriend of Clark Kent/Superman‘s nemesis Lex Luthor in four episodes of the American science fiction drama Smallville during the show’s first season (2001–02). She has also completed assignments as a film actress in Canada and made a short appearance as Lyle’s girlfriend in the 2003 film The Italian Job.

Her first starring role was in School for Seduction, a 2004 film – she received positive reviews for her role, “Seduction offers a few twists on the rapidly degenerating format, not the least of which is the comely Brook in the lead role.”[23] In 2004, she played character Nikki Morris in the video game Need for Speed Underground 2, alongside Brooke Burke. In 2005, she appeared in the Philippe Vidal thriller House of 9. In 2005 she starred opposite Billy Zane in the film Survival Island.

Also in 2006, she starred in an Agatha Christie’s Marple drama on ITV and appeared as herself throughout the second series of Moving Wallpaper, also for ITV, in 2009. She acted in the science fiction thriller Shadow Play, directed by Nick Simon.[24]

Brook had a leading role in the horror comedy remake Piranha 3D. The film received a worldwide theatrical release on 20 August 2010. Piranha 3D opened to generally positive reviews[25] and commercial success, grossing $83,188,163 on a budget of $24,000,000.[26] Kelly also played as herself in the British comedy film Keith Lemon: The Film.

In 2013 Brook appeared in the video to Lawson‘s song “Juliet“.

In 2014 she was cast as Prudence in an NBC sitcom pilot called One Big Happy,[27] which was subsequently picked up on 9 May.[28][29]

Theatrical work[edit]

In December 2000, she played exotic dancer Anya in the play “Eye Contact” at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.[30][31] In October 2008, she returned to the West End as Jeannie, in Neil LaBute‘s Fat Pig at London’s Comedy Theatre.[30][31] Her performances have had mixed reviews, the Daily Mail said “Kelly Brook has a pencil waist and rabbit-thigh legs, but she is not a great interpreter of a role”.[32] In November 2009, she began playing Celia in Calendar Girls at the Noël Coward Theatre, a role previously played by Jerry Hall.[33]

Kelly made a cameo appearance in the cabaret show “Forever Crazy” by Crazy Horse London end of 2012.[34]

Other work[edit]

In September 2014, Kelly released her autobiography.[35] which reached the Sunday Times Bestseller list on 21 September.[36] Domestic-violence groups and others criticised her during her promotional tour for laughing about punching two ex-boyfriends in the face.[37]

Brook is an animal lover and posed nude with her body painted in scales for the “Whose Skin Are You In?” campaign by PETA.[38]

At end of 2013 Kelly opened her bar Steam and Rye in London.[39] In June 2014 Steam and Rye won Bar of the Year at the London Club and Bar Awards.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Brook was in a relationship with actor Jason Statham until the mid-2000s.[41] Brook met American actor Billy Zane while filming thriller Survival Island in Eleuthera, Bahamas in 2004.[42] Brook and Zane were engaged to be married in mid-2008 and acquired a house in Kent, but Brook postponed the wedding upon the death of her father in November 2007. The couple split in April 2008 and briefly got back together before ending their relationship in August 2008.[42][43] Brook had been dating rugby player Thom Evans since December 2010. On 16 March 2011, she announced via her Twitter account that she and Evans were expecting a baby girl.[44] On 9 May 2011, Brook suffered a miscarriage.[45] On 1 February 2013, Brook announced through Twitter that she and Evans had split. She began dating fitness model David McIntosh in February 2014 and in March 2014 they announced their engagement; however, on 26 September 2014 she announced via Twitter that the engagement was over and wished him well.[46][47]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Sorted Sarah
2001 Ripper Marisa Tavares
2003 Absolon Claire
The Italian Job Lyle’s Girlfriend
2004 School for Seduction Sophia Rosselini
2005 House of 9 Lea
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Beautiful Woman in Painting
Survival Island (also known as Three) Jennifer
2006 In the Mood Eva short film
2007 Fishtales Neried
2010 Piranha 3D Danni Arslow
Removal Kirby
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Herself
2015 Taking Stock Kate Won 4 awards at the Monaco International Film Festival

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Fist of Fun Suzanne 2 episodes of series 2
1999 The Big Breakfast Herself Co-presenter, for 6 months
2001 The (Mis)Adventures of Fiona Plum Fiona Plum TV film
2002 Smallville Victoria Hardwick 4 episodes in season 1
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Linda Fashiobella TV film
2006 Agatha Christie’s Marple Elsie Holland The Moving Finger
2007 Hotel Babylon Lady Catherine Stanwood season 2 episode 3
Strictly Come Dancing Herself Three Episodes
2009 Moving Wallpaper Kelly Brook fictional version of herself 5 episodes
Renaissance pilot in Moving Wallpaper, screened on itv.com[48]
Britain’s Got Talent Judge judge on the judging panel 2 episodes
2011 Skins Jemima 1 episode, Series 5, Episode 3
2012–2013 Celebrity Juice Herself 1 episode in series 8, Series 9 team captain
2012 Lemon la Vida Loca Herself 1 episode
2012 Métal Hurlant Chronicles Skarr, Jen 2 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Anna 1 episode
2013 Trollied Herself 1 episode
2015 One Big Happy Prudence Regular
2015 Taking Stock Kate
2015 Celebrity Juice Herself 1 episode
2016 It’s Not Me, It’s You Herself Team Captain

Nicole Scherzinger

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Nicole Scherzinger

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Nicole Scherzinger
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Scherzinger attending will.i.am‘s album wrap party in Hollywood, August 2012
Born Nicole Prascovia Elikolani Valiente
(1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 38)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Wright State University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • dancer
  • actress
  • television personality
  • philanthropist
  • record producer
Years active 1999–present
Home town Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Website nicolescherzinger.com
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Labels
Associated acts

Nicole Scherzinger (/niˈkl ˈʃɜːrzɪŋər/; born Nicole Prascovia Elikolani Valiente; June 29, 1978) is an American singer, dancer, actress and television personality. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she performed in various singing competitions and musicals before joining American rock band Days of the New as a backing vocalist and later becoming one of the members of the ill-fated girl group Eden’s Crush in 2001. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the burlesque troupe turned-recording act, the Pussycat Dolls becoming one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. During their hiatus, Scherzinger planned to embark on her solo career with Her Name is Nicole, but it was later shelved after four singles failed to impact the charts significantly. Following the disbandment of the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger became a judge for two seasons of The Sing-Off and in 2010 won the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars.

In 2011 she released her debut studio album, Killer Love to moderate success and featured the top-ten hits “Don’t Hold Your Breath” and “Right There“. Later that year she served as a judge during the first season of the American version of The X Factor before heading to the UK version for two years in 2012, before returning in 2016. Her second studio album, Big Fat Lie (2014) which had a minor impact on the charts, was preceded by three singles including, “Your Love“. For starring in the 2014 West End revival of the musical Cats Scherzinger garnered a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Throughout a career spanning over 13 years, she has had three UK number one singles, sold over 16 million albums and over 37 million singles worldwide.[1] Having sold 16 million records as a solo artist,[2] and a further 54 million with Pussycat Dolls,[3][4][5] Scherzinger is one of the highest-selling female singers of all time.[6] Since her first chart entry in 2005, Scherzinger has also scored 20 top 20 hits on the UK Singles Chart.[7] Outside her work in the entertainment industry, Scherzinger has advertised brands including Herbal Essences and Müller, and helped to create the clothing brand Missguided. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF and a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and is involved in charitable activities.[8]

Early life[edit]

Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, into a Catholic family.[9][10] Her father, Alfonso Valiente,[11] is of Filipino descent,[12] while her mother, Rosemary Elikolani, has Native Hawaiian and Ukrainian ancestry.[13] Scherzinger’s parents separated when she was still a baby. When she was six years old, her maternal family moved to Louisville, Kentucky,[14] with her sister, Keala, and her German American stepfather, Gary Scherzinger.[15][16] She took her stepfather’s surname after he adopted her.[14] She first attended Bowen Elementary, and later attended Meyzeek Middle School as an adolescent. Scherzinger states that, growing up, her family did not have a lot of money, and she thanks her mother for all the support she gave her to become what she is today. Scherzinger began performing in Louisville, attending the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School, and performing with Actors Theatre of Louisville.[14] As a teenager, Scherzinger was the first runner-up at the 1996 Kentucky State Fair‘s Coca-Cola Talent Classic contest.[14] In 2007, she was inducted to duPont Manual Alumni’s Hall of Fame as one of the youngest inductees.[17] After earning a scholarship, she furthered her studies at Wright State University majoring in theater arts with a dance minor.[17] During this period, Scherzinger garnered the lead roles in regional productions of the musicals Chicago, Guys and Dolls and Show Boat.[18]

Career[edit]

1999–2002: Career beginnings and Eden’s Crush[edit]

In 1999, Scherzinger was hired by Days of the New band leader Travis Meeks, to contribute vocals on their self-tilted second studio album and later dropped out of college to tour through the US in support of the album.[19] Meeks claims that after touring, the two grew apart creatively and that despite being an “amazing entertainer,” she “just didn’t seem to understand music very well … she’s just not much of a musician, nor [does she] understand music.”[20]

In 2001, after her mother’s suggestion, Scherzinger quit the band in order to audition on the WB‘s television show Popstars, a precursor to modern’s string of reality series.[21] With the aim to chronicle the group’s formation until the recording of their debut album,[22] Warner Bros. imprint London-Sire Records signed the group to a recording contract before the band was named and had finalized its membership, due to the hours of network television exposure the group would receive.[23] Initially hesitant at the idea of joining a group, she then opted otherwise as she saw it as an opportunity to travel to Los Angeles.[21] For her audition she sang Whitney Houston‘s version of “I Will Always Love You” and ended up winning a spot along with other four finalists; Ivette Sosa, Maile Misajon, Ana Maria Lombo and Rosanna Tavarez establishing the girl group, Eden’s Crush.[24] Their debut single, “Get Over Yourself” was released on March 2001 and debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the first female act to debut at number one on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.[25] Their debut studio album, Popstars debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart.[26] They went on to tour with ‘N Sync and Jessica Simpson, but by the end of the year their label went bankrupt and disbanded.[27] During this time, will.i.am approached Scherzinger to become a member of the Black Eyed Peas, but had to turn it down as her then-boyfriend declined.[28] In December 2002, Scherzinger worked with Yoshiki of Japanese heavy metal band X Japan on his Violet UK project. She sang the English version of “I’ll Be Your Love” live with the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra.[29]

2003–2009: The Pussycat Dolls[edit]

Main article: The Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls performing on tour in 2006

With hopes of scoring a solo recording contract, she peddled a demo CD to labels under her Hawaiian family name, Nicole Kea, because it was easier to pronounce. In August 2003 Scherzinger traveled to the Arista Records office in New York with a demo CD of her own written material. Her performance was interrupted by a citywide blackout and she was forced to leave. She also did a brief detour into acting which includes a cameo in the independent comedy, Love Don’t Cost a Thing.[30] Meanwhile, Robin Antin, the creator of the burlesque troupe, the Pussycat Dolls, struck a joint venture with Interscope Records and along with record producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair, launched an open audition for a separate recording group.[31] After will.i.am recommended Scherzinger to Iovine,[32] and in hopes to obtain a solo deal, she successfully auditioned along with Melody Thornton joining Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta and Kimberly Wyatt.[30][33] Scherzinger suffered from bulimia following her first photo shoot with the group. She was required to wear a bra, underwear and garters; however, Scherzinger wasn’t comfortable in her own body. Her struggle with the eating disorder would last for eight years, during which she would keep to herself.[34] In 2004, Scherzinger covered “Breakfast in Bed” for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates.[35] As the lead singer, Scherzinger assumed the majority of the vocals and is the only member of the group to have songwriting credits on their debut album, PCD which was released in September 2005.[33] The album was preceded by “Don’t Cha” which became their international breakthrough, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.[36] The album spawned other number-one hits, “Stickwitu” and “Buttons“, the former of which was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.[37]

Once finishing recording the group’s debut album, Scherzinger began working on her solo album.[30] In February 2006, Scherzinger signed a global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group, which would cover her future songwriting.[38] Her work as lead singer furthered Scherzinger’s popularity as she continued to work on her own music. Scherzinger’s first solo recording was a feature on Avant‘s “Lie About Us” that was released in July 2006 and later collaborated with Diddy on “Come to Me” which became Scherzinger’s first solo top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100.[39] In March 2007, Scherzinger announced that her debut studio album would be titled Her Name is Nicole and was initially scheduled for a release in late summer.[33][40] Four singles were released from the project—”Whatever U Like” featuring T.I., “Baby Love” featuring will.i.am, “Supervillain”, and “Puakenikeni”—however, all failed to make any significant impact on the Billboard charts,[33] although “Baby Love” was a moderate success in international territories. After a number of push backs,[30] Scherzinger decided not to release any further singles from the album and at her request, Her Name Is Nicole was eventually shelved and shifted back her focus on the Doll’s second album.[41][42]

The Pussycat Dolls performed for more than 2,000 U.S. and coalition service members during a live concert March 10, 2008 at a U.S. Army camp in the Persian Gulf Region (2008).

In February 2008, Scherzinger along with a variety of other celebrities contributed to will.i.am‘s “Yes We Can“, to support Barack Obama‘s 2008 presidential campaign.[43] Following the cancellation of Her Name is Nicole, Scherzinger focused on the Pussycat Dolls’ second and final album, Doll Domination.[44] It was released in the United States on September 23, 2008 and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.[45] The album included singles “When I Grow Up” and “I Hate This Part” which peaked at number nine and eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.[46] Both songs were originally recorded for Scherzinger’s solo effort.[44] The following year, the Pussycat Dolls embarked on a worldwide concert tour, Doll Domination Tour which began on January 18, 2009.[47] While on tour, Scherzinger was asked to re-write pop version of “Jai Ho” from the movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008).[48] The song was entitled “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)” crediting A. R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls while Scherzinger was credited as a featured artist causing an internal strife within the group.[49] The song reached number one in 17 countries; in the US, it peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100, after charging eighty-five places consequently making the largest weekly leap from number 100.[50] On April 5, 2009, Scherzinger performed the “America the Beautiful” at Wrestlemania XXV, at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.[51] After the tour concluded in August 2009, the group announced a hiatus to further pursue solo careers.[52] In December 2009, Scherzinger was announced as the third judge joining Ben Folds and Boyz II Men band member Shawn Stockman on the first season of The Sing-Off.[53] She returned for the second season before being replaced by Sara Bareilles.[54]

2010–2013: Killer Love and The X Factor[edit]

Scherzinger during her first day as a judge on the American version of The X Factor.

In May 2010, Scherzinger and her dance partner Derek Hough won season 10‘s Dancing with the Stars.[55] In August, Scherzinger portrayed Maureen in the Hollywood Bowl production of the rock musical Rent directed by Neil Patrick Harris.[56] Her performance in the musical received praise from critics,[57] Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times stated that “Scherzinger’s powerhouse voice was meant for venues like the Bowl.”[58] Meanwhile, following the departure of the four members, Scherzinger announced that she quit the Pussycat Dolls to focus on her solo career.[59]

Her debut studio album Killer Love, was released on March 21, 2011 in the United Kingdom. The album experienced moderate success in certain territories; on the UK Albums Chart the album debuted and peaked at number eight and by November it sold 140,000 copies.[60] The album’s second single, “Don’t Hold Your Breath” became Scherzinger’s first number-one single as a solo artist in the UK Singles Chart and singles, “Poison” and “Right There” both reached number three.[61] The latter one was remixed featuring 50 Cent and released as the lead single for the US version of Killer Love;[62] however the release was never materialized.[60] It peaked at number thirty-nine, remaining her highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist.[63] Originally hired to co-host along with Steve Jones the first season of The X Factor US,[64] Scherzinger received media attention after replacing Cheryl Cole as a judge joining Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.[65] She generated further controversy and received backlash after refusing to break the deadlock and leave the decision up to the public vote which resulted in Rachel Crow‘s elimination.[66] She mentored the Over 30s; her final act, Josh Krajcik, was named the runner-up of the season.[67] Meanwhile, Killer Love was re-released with four additional songs, including the fifth and final single, “Try with Me[68] and embarked on her first headlining tour in February 2012.[69]

Scherzinger appeared as Boris’ Girlfriend in the 3D comic science fictionaction film Men in Black 3, which was released on May 25, 2012 through Columbia Pictures.[70] In June 2012, Scherzinger was announced to replace Kelly Rowland as a judge for the ninth series of The X Factor UK joining Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Louis Walsh with a reported salary of $1.17 million.[71] Scherzinger mentored the Boys category; both of her acts, James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas reached the final with Arthur winning the series.[72] In March 2013, Scherzinger released “Boomerang” which debuted and peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart.[73] Whilst planning to release a new album worldwide in November, Scherzinger unveiled that she had doubts about returning for the tenth series of The X Factor UK as the promotion for the album would clash with the live stages of the singing competition.[74] She ultimately decided to return as a judge and scrapped the album “Boomerang” was associated with.[75]

2014–present: Big Fat Lie and television projects[edit]

In January 2014, it was reported that Scherzinger landed a $4.5 million recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment.[76] It was later confirmed that Scherzinger left her long-time label, Interscope Records, for Sony’s UK imprint label, RCA Records.[77] In February, Simon Cowell confirmed that Scherzinger would not return as a judge on The X Factor UK for its eleventh series and was replaced by Mel B.[78] Scherzinger’s second studio album, Big Fat Lie was released in October.[33] Commercially the album didn’t perform well on the UK Albums Chart spending two weeks inside the top 100 peaking at number 17.[79] The album was preceded by the singles “Your Love“, “Run” and “On the Rocks“;[80] the foremost peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart and was a moderate success on other international markets.[81] In December, Scherzinger made her West End debut starring as Grizabella in the 2014 revival of the musical Cats at the London Palladium where she played the role for a 12-week run until February 8, 2015;[82] her performance received rave reviews from critics particularly praising her rendition of the song standardMemory” and garnered a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical.[83]

On June 30, 2015 Scherzinger was crowned as the winner of the variety show I Can Do That where six celebrities compete with each other by performing skills that they never knew they had.[84] She performed the American national anthem at the A Capitol Fourth concert in Washington, D.C. on 4 July and several days later opened the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.[85] The following month, Scherzinger was announced as the co-host the hour-long live comedy-variety series, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris which premiered on September 15 on NBC.[86] On October 22, the new music panel show Bring the Noise premiered on Sky 1 hosted by Ricky Wilson with Scherzinger and Tinie Tempah joining him as team captains.[87]

Scherzinger was set to reprise Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats but a week before rehearsal she quit after producers refused to give her top billing.[88] In June 2016, it was confirmed that Scherzinger will return and replace Rita Ora as a judge on The X Factor’s thirteenth series along with Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne.[89] She mentored the Boys category for the second time, with Matt Terry winning the series.[90] Scherzinger voiced Sina in the animated feature Moana which was released on November 23, 2016 through Walt Disney Pictures.[91]

She is set to star as Penny in the TV adaptation of the movie Dirty Dancing which will air on ABC and produced by Lionsgate Television.[92]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style and voice[edit]

Nicole Scherzinger possesses a lyric-soprano vocal range which spans over four octaves. She is known for her strong soprano vocals and conviction to convey emotion in her tracks.[93] A classically trained singer, Scherzinger is comfortable singing in a variety of styles (jazz, theater, classical). Along with control and power, Nicole is able to sing complex melisma throughout her range, expertly alter the dynamics of her voice mid-phrase and, thanks to excellent breath control, hold notes effortlessly. Her mid-range is versatile and can be manipulated to add character and emotional colouring to a vocal. Nicole also possesses a whistle register.[94][95][96] Her music is generally contemporary R&B,[97][98] and dance-pop in some of her songs, especially on her album Killer Love.[93] Though Scherzinger releases English language songs, she recorded Hindi lyrics for the Pussycat Dolls’ version of “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)“.[99] Throughout Scherzinger’s career, her vocal range and music has been compared to those of Mariah Carey, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Clarkson,[100] Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Kelly Rowland, Leona Lewis,[101][102] Beyoncé, Ciara, Christina Aguilera,[101] Sugababes,[102] and because of some of the more dance-pop and rock-inspired songs on Killer Love, Rihanna, and even Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.[101] Scherzinger also sings musical theatre music.[103][104] She has received co-writing credits for multiple songs she’s recorded.[105] Her early songs were female-empowerment themed compositions like “I Don’t Need a Man” and “Hush Hush” and transitioned to more mature “break-up” anthems such as “Don’t Hold Your Breath“.[106] Scherzinger has also received co-writing credits for some of the records in which she has been involved, especially during her solo efforts. She has also been involved in the vocal arrangement and vocal production of a few songs she’s written.[107]

Scherzinger’s songs are written from personal experiences, as she said they are “personal and heartfelt” tracks.[108] She co-wrote the majority of her first studio album, Killer Love.[106] Scherzinger’s earlier songs have been described as “sexual innuendo”[109] and “funky electronica”[110] which are also backed by “electro beats”.[111] In August 2010, RedOne revealed that he was working on Scherzinger’s debut album, stating: “I just finished her album. Her last one never came out because it wasn’t consistent. Her new record – it’s the real her.”[112] Scherzinger said a lot of her first studio album was about her split with Lewis Hamilton before they reunited.[113] Scherzinger said that she wanted to create songs which “lend themselves to live performances”.[114] She said she likes to record “empowering” ballads.[115] Scherzinger’s vocals on ballads have been compared to Kelly Clarkson.[100] She said that she wanted her debut album to be “in your face and strong”.[116] She told MTV “I’ve always said that in the Pussycat Dolls, I kind of feel like Superwoman. But that’s just one of my alter egos. I’ve got the vulnerable, lovesick side of me amongst others which all appear on my record.”[117]

Influences[edit]

Whitney Houston (left) and Michael Jackson (right) are Scherzinger’s two biggest influences.

Scherzinger credits Whitney Houston as being her greatest musical influence and idol, saying she wanted to “be Whitney” when she grew up.[118] She admired Houston so much that she auditioned with her version of “I Will Always Love You” at her Popstars audition.[118] When Scherzinger was growing up in her home town of Louisville, she received a Christmas gift (at the age of six) of a tiny purple boombox and a cassette of Whitney Houston’s chart-topping 1985 self-titled debut album. “My parents had no money, but they got me this player and Whitney’s album, which had “The Greatest Love of All” on it,” Scherzinger recalls. “That was it for me. From that moment on I wanted to sing. Her voice was so powerful; every note she sang just felt like the truth.”[119] Scherzinger also named Ella Fitzgerald,[118] Billie Holiday,[118] Roberta Flack,[118] Sade Adu,[118] Alanis Morissette,[118] Toni Braxton[118] and Tina Turner[118] as her biggest influences while growing up.[118] Scherzinger said that Beyoncé also inspired her, stating: “I am inspired by women like Beyoncé who wear costumes that aren’t much but they are real artists and they put real artistry into what they do and that is how I pride myself.”[120] Scherzinger said while she is on stage performing, she borrows personas of Tina Turner and Mick Jagger: “The way he [Mick Jagger] prances around stage and the poise he has on stage. But I love Tina Turner’s attitude and sass. I steal from her all the time, especially being the lead singer of this group, the Pussycat Dolls, to be fearless and just have that attitude and that soul behind you.”[118] Scherzinger also cites Gwen Stefani as an influence.[117] Janet Jackson and MIA are also influences to her.[117] When Scherzinger was older, Mariah Carey became a huge influence to her.[119] She also wished to work with the Black Eyed Peas saying she admired their music.[121] Scherzinger is also a fan of Adele.[122] Critically acclaimed, “Pop Prince”, Prince also became a big influence when she was in her teens.[123] Michael Jackson was one of Scherzinger’s biggest influences and idols.[123] Paula Abdul, who Scherzinger sat alongside on the judging panel of The X Factor, was one of her influences.[124] When she gained the role on Men in Black 3, Scherzinger said that music was a very big part of her inspiration for the character, which she plays for the film.[125] She said, “I listened to my heavier music and I listened to Led Zeppelin and I kind of got in that frame of mind because music is what inspires me most. I worked with my acting coach a lot and she told me about lots of crazy things to think about while I was in character, but I better not tell you what she said.”[125] Scherzinger said that the role has inspired her to record differently on her second studio album.[125]

Public image[edit]

Scherzinger is most recognized as the voice behind the Pussycat Dolls.[126][127] As a former member of the group, Scherzinger is the most successful as a solo artist,[128] having sold 16 million records, thus far.[2] Negative press appeared in which her music,[129] music videos, performances[130] and her image were unfavorably compared to those of Beyoncé.[131] In 2006, while on tour, Scherzinger ran into trouble in Kuala Lumpur with the authorities for sexually explicit dancing.[132] Her performance, part of the PCD World Tour, was not well received in the Muslim state which frowned upon the “eye-popping attire” and “sexually suggestive stage routines” and she was fined $3000 for the incident.[132] Scherzinger later admitted she cried when she saw the first outfit she would have to wear as a member of the band.[133] Scherzinger frequently has appeared in FHM Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women poll. Her History in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women: 2006 #49, 2007 #22, 2008 #49, 2009 #60, 2010 #73, 2011 #9, 2012 #43, 2013 #54, 2014 #9 and 2015 #24.[134]

Margeaux Watson of Entertainment Weekly took a major swipe at Scherzinger for her role as lead singer. Watson said, “there are two kinds of girl groups: those anchored by a superstar (the Supremes, Destiny’s Child), and those made up of charismatic personalities endowed with limited individual gifts (Spice Girls, TLC). The Pussycat Dolls are neither – they’re a brand, not a band. […] 2005’s multi-platinum PCD finds lead Doll Nicole Scherzinger in the spotlight, and she’s no Beyoncé.”[131] Scherzinger has claimed that she was responsible for both lead and backing vocals on the group’s songs, with hardly anything sung by the other members.[135] She commented, “…people don’t even know the story. I was in the center because I was singing. I was the one singing.”[136]

Scherzinger is also a supporter of gay rights. On November 24, 2012, Scherzinger posed for a “Some People Are Gay, Get Over It” T-shirt, part of a campaign from Stonewall, in support of same-sex marriage.[137] Scherzinger’s popularity within the gay community increased due to her work with the Pussycat Dolls.[97] One of the songs written by Scherzinger, “I Don’t Need a Man“, was dedicated to all of her gay fans.[97] She explained: “Whoever I could inspire, I wanted to inspire them. It’s about the messages of empowerment and loving yourself for who you are.”[97] Scherzinger is also very vocal when it comes to bullying.[138] She believes in acceptance and recalls receiving knock backs and the message of her music releases show how she dealt with them.[139]

She admits it is “frustrating” to read about the media’s portrayal of her as “a man-eater“.[140] Scherzinger has been linked to a number of different men, but insists none of the rumors are true.[140] In July 2013, Scherzinger posed semi-nude for a “Protect the Skin You’re In” T-shirt, part of a campaign by fashion designer Marc Jacobs to raise awareness and cash for melanoma research.[141] All sales benefit the NYU Cancer Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center.[142] The outfits she wore as a Pussycat Doll and sexual dance moves they performed has continued ever since she embarked on her solo career.[143] Scherzinger said: “I think I am able to handle myself in a good manner and hopefully I’m a positive role model for other girls out there.”[144] Scherzinger also wore the first Twitter dress at the EE launch party.[145]

Legacy[edit]

Scherzinger performing on the Doll Domination Tour on May 4, 2009

Described as the “driving force” behind the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger is credited for the result of the group’s international success in the music industry, during a time when girl groups were grossly underrepresented.[146][147] With only two studio albums, the band became the best selling girl group of the past decade,[148] digital era,[149] and fourth of all time.[150] Since beginning her career with the group in 2003, Scherzinger has sold 54 million records worldwide,[3][5][151] and another 16 million as a solo artist.[2] Scherzinger has been given several pop culture titles, including, “Pop Princess”[152] and the “Hawaiian Pop Goddess”[153] becoming an international pop culture icon following her debut.[154]

Scherzinger’s television and music video impact has also been acknowledged in pop culture where she is known for her music videos, which often incorporate raunchy outfits and dance breaks. Critics generally favor Scherzinger’s intricate choreography.[155] She is considered a sex symbol through her music videos.[156] Simon Cowell praised Scherzinger’s performance ability, respectively calling her “one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen” and “if you want an example of how you do it right… its Nicole. It’s focus, performance, vocals…”.[157] American recording artist Lady Gaga has been influenced by Scheriznger’s role in the Pussycat Dolls saying, “There’s something that’s very humbling about being able to work with a powerhouse group like that. Probably the biggest influence they’ve had on me is making me want to be a better writer.”[158]

Scherzinger has received many accolades throughout her career. Rolling Stone recognized her instant success as one of the best dancing musicians ranking her ninth in the world.[159] In February 2013, Scherzinger was honored by the Harvard Foundation as “2013 Artist of the Year” for her contributions in performing arts, support for breast cancer research and initiatives for adults and children with special needs.[160] In April 2013, she was awarded with the “Outstanding Achievement in Music Award” at the Asian Awards for “inspiring achievements in the fields of business, sport, entertainment, philanthropy and popular arts and culture”.[161] She has been hailed as one of the sexiest artists.[162] In 2013, Fuse included Scherzinger on the list of 50 Girls Who Run the World,[163] and the Top 100 Pop Breakthroughs.[164]

Other ventures[edit]

Scherzinger had re-recorded “Don’t Cha” in Simlish for inclusion in the computer game The Sims 2: Pets.[165] In Brazil, Scherzinger released in April 2010, a line of products for C&A, she traveled the country, to promote the launch, where she participated in press conferences, and recordings of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.[166][167][168] She has also recorded a version of “GoldenEye” – the theme song of the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye – for the 2010 video game GoldenEye 007. She also appeared in character form in the computer game Asphalt: Urban GT 2 in November 2006. Scherzinger’s solo and Pussycat Dolls songs have been featured in an array of dance and singing games including – Just Dance 2 , Zumba Fitness 2, Get Up and Dance, Everybody Dance, Just Dance: Greatest Hits and SingStar.[citation needed] In 2010, she made a commercial for the C&A campaign.[169] In December 2011, Scherzinger began endorsing the imPress Nails manicure line and has her own signature series.[170][171]

From 2012 to 2014, Scherzinger was the ambassador for Herbal Essences.[172] In March 2013, Scherzinger was announced as an ambassador for British Airways promoting first class routes to Moscow.[173] In April 2013, it was announced that Scherzinger will be the face of Müller Corner, a range of luxury yogurts and front TV and print campaigns.[174] In March 2014, Scherzinger designed and released her very own clothing line for the fashion company Missguided and can be seen on their website.[175] In September 2014, Scherzinger joined Proactiv+ as the new celebrity ambassador for the skin care company.[176]

Musical theatre[edit]

In late 2009, it was reported that Scherzinger was working closely with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the musical Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.[177] Although she has not yet appeared in the show, her version of the title song – Love Never Dies – was played on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Friday April 1, 2011.[178] As part of the 25th Anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Scherzinger performed the title song at the Royal Variety Performance – held in the Lowry, Manchester – on Monday December 5, 2011. The performance was aired on ITV1 on Wednesday December 14, 2011.[179] To celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Scherzinger sang “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me” as performed by Janet (Susan Sarandon) in the film adaptation in the Hollywood Bowl in 2010.[180]

Playbill confirmed Scherzinger as a cast member in Two Lost Worlds, a musical billed as “an epic tale of an ancient people saved by one woman.” The musical was presented July 31, 2012 at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.[181] On March 31, 2013, Scherzinger performed “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” for an Andrew Lloyd Webber televised program and was met with critical acclaim.[182] In May 2013, Scherzinger endowed the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School with a $2,000 scholarship named after herself, titled the “Nicole Scherzinger Performing Arts Scholarship”.[183]

Philanthropy[edit]

Scherzinger performing a special concert for U.S. troops in 2008

Besides her career in music, Scherzinger has also contributed to various charities. On July 7, 2007, Scherzinger, together with other artists, performed at the Live Earth Concerts, which were held to raise awareness of global warming in the United Kingdom.[184] In August 2008, the singer and other artists recorded the charity single, “Just Stand Up” produced by Babyface and L. A. Reid, to support “Stand Up to Cancer“.[185] In September 2008, Scherzinger raised money for a charity fundraiser to assist breast cancer research in Australia with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.[186] Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, along with other artists, she recorded “We Are the World 25 for Haiti“, which benefited people affected by the tragedy.[187] Scherzinger has also performed for many music events that donated to charities such as performing alongside Lea Michele for a performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Los Angeles.[180]

In February 2012, Scherzinger attended the third annual Women in Music event which benefited the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools.[188] Scherzinger says she enjoys her charitable endeavors so much, the work has ceased to be selfless and become a mere pursuit of her own pleasure, “I don’t know if it’s selfish because I get so much fulfillment out of it, but it excites me to be with special-needs kids and families. My aunt has Down’s syndrome so it’s very close to my heart,” says Scherzinger.[189] In March 2013, Scherzinger contributed to Comic Relief, which aims to “bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people, which [we] believe requires investing in work that addresses people’s immediate needs as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice”.[190] Scherzinger has also contributed to human trafficking charities such as the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking where, in May 2013, she participated in the “From Slavery to Freedom” event to raise money.[191]

In November 2013, Scherzinger was announced as the global ambassador of the Special Olympics for which she recorded “O Holy Night” for the 2013 edition of A Very Special Christmas with all proceeds benefiting the organization.[192][193] On November 20, 2013, Scherzinger was honored with the “Global Gift Philanthropist Award” at the Global Gift Gala for her contributions.[194] In 2014, Scherzinger became UNICEF UK‘s ambassador and traveled to Guyana to meet and assist children with disabilities at an inclusive play-park.[195] The following year, in support of UNICEF UK’s Children in Danger campaign traveled to Manila, Philippines met children living in dangerous, overcrowded communities around the capital.[196] She later performed “Brave” with the SU2C choir for Stand Up 2 Cancer to raise money for cancer research on October 17, 2014.[197] In September 2016, Scherzinger along with numerous other artists were featured on the remake of the Black Eyed Peas song “Where Is the Love? where all proceeds went towards will.i.am’s non-profit foundation, i.am.angel Foundation.[198]

Personal life[edit]

Scherzinger met Nick Hexum of 311, backstage at a Days of the New concert around 2000 or 2001. They dated and later became engaged, but broke off the engagement in 2004. Scherzinger had an on-again, off-again relationship with Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, from 2007 to February 2015.[199][200] In 2016, she began dating Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.[201]

In 2012, Scherzinger publicly revealed her eight-year struggle with bulimia, explaining how during her time in the Pussycat Dolls, “I just hated myself. I was in a group but I never felt so alone in my life… I never did drugs, but hurting myself was my addiction. The music is what saved me. That’s the only thing I can trust.”[202][203] Paula Abdul applauded Scherzinger for overcoming her bulimia.[204]

Discography[edit]

For the discography with her groups, see Eden’s Crush § Discography, and The Pussycat Dolls discography.

Filmography[edit]

Tours[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ceremony Year Award Nominee/work Result Ref.
Grammy Award 2007 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Stickwitu Nominated [205]
MTV Video Music Award 2009 Best Choreography Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) Nominated [206]
TRL Awards 2011 Best Look Herself Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2012 Choice Movie Scene Stealer Men in Black 3 Nominated [207]
Cosmopolitan Awards Ultimate Fun Fearless Female Herself Won [208]
The Asian Awards 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Music Herself Won [209]
Glamour Awards TV Personality Herself Won [210]
Cosmopolitan Awards Ultimate TV personality Herself Won [211]
World Music Awards 2014 Best Female Artist Herself Nominated [212]
Best Live Act Herself Nominated [213]
Best Entertainer of the Year Herself Nominated [214]
Best Song Fino all’estasi Nominated [215]
MTV Europe Music Awards Best World Stage Performance Herself Nominated [216]
Laurence Olivier Award 2015 Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical Cats Nominated [217]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Selfie Taker Herself Nominated [218]
National Television Awards 2017 Best TV Judge The X Factor Nominated [219

 

Nicole Scherzinger Filmography

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Joey Lauren Adams

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Joey Lauren Adams

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Born (1968-01-09) January 9, 1968 (age 49)
North Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Residence Beverly Hills, California
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 1991–present

Joey Lauren Adams (born January 9, 1968)[1][2] is an American actress and director who has appeared in more than 40 films. She appeared in Kevin Smith‘s View Askewniverse films, particularly Mallrats and Chasing Amy, receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the latter.

Career[edit]

She began her film career in 1977 with a small role in Exorcist II: The Heretic. From there she began to find larger roles. In 1991, she appeared in “Top of the Heap”, the 100th episode of Married… with Children, and subsequently starred in its short-lived spinoff. In 1993, Adams landed her first major film role as Simone in Richard Linklater‘s Dazed and Confused. The same year, she appeared in the Saturday Night Live spinoff film Coneheads as one of Connie Conehead’s friends.

Two years later, Adams appeared in Mallrats, written and directed by Kevin Smith. The two started dating during the film’s post-production, and their relationship provided the inspiration for Smith’s next film, Chasing Amy. The relationship did not last long but ended on friendly terms. Meanwhile, in 1996, while Smith was finalizing the script for Chasing Amy, Adams was cast in the slapstick comedy Bio-Dome, which was directed by Jason Bloom. Adams played the role of Monique, Bud Macintosh’s (Pauly Shore) girlfriend.[3]

In 1997’s Chasing Amy, Adams played the lead role of Alyssa Jones, a lesbian who falls in love with a man, played by Ben Affleck. Later, Smith would describe Chasing Amy as a “sort of penance/valentine” and a “thank-you homage” to Adams.[4] In addition to her acting work on the film, Adams wrote and performed the song “Alive” for the film’s soundtrack.[3]

Adams’ performance in Chasing Amy earned her both the 1997 Chicago Film Critics Award and Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Most Promising Actress, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. From there, Adams was originally slated to play the female lead in Smith’s next film, 1999’s Dogma, but Linda Fiorentino ultimately was assigned the role.[5] However, she would later make brief appearances in two other Smith projects: the 2001 film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and the 2004 animated short Clerks: The Lost Scene, featured on the Clerks X DVD. In both of these appearances, Adams reprises the Alyssa Jones role.[3]

Her post-Smith projects included playing a spunky veterinarian’s assistant who falls in love with a single father (Vince Vaughn) in 1998’s A Cool, Dry Place. The following year, Adams appeared in her first big-budget Hollywood release, playing Adam Sandler‘s love interest in the successful comedy Big Daddy. She then went on to appear in many smaller films, including Beautiful and In the Shadows.[3] In 2005, she had a guest role in an episode of the TV series Veronica Mars.

Also in 2006, Adams released her directorial debut film, Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Diane Ladd, Tim Blake Nelson and Laura Prepon. The film, shot on location in Little Rock, Arkansas, was selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.[3]

Awards[edit]

In 2006, she, along with Lian Lunson and Nicole Holofcener, was awarded the Women in Film Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.[6] On November 24, 2009, Interscope Records released Adams’ directorial debut for a music video entitled “Belle of the Boulevard” by Dashboard Confessional.

Adams returned to TV in March 2010, on the Showtime series The United States of Tara. She appeared in six episodes as Pammy, a barmaid who falls for Buck, one of the title character’s alternate personalities.

Regarding her unique voice she has commented: “It’s not a normal voice. It doesn’t fit into people’s preconceptions about what a woman’s voice should sound like. My mom doesn’t think I have an unusual voice, though. I’m sure it’s helped me get some roles. But Chasing Amy I almost didn’t get. There was concern the voice would grate on some people, which some critics said it did.”[7] One film critic referred to her voice as a “sex-kitten-on-helium”.[8] Another said that whether viewers loved it or hated it, her voice had “the potential to hypnotize.”[9]

Personal life[edit]

Adams was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas, the youngest of three children. Her father was a lumber yard owner.[1] Adams grew up in the Overbrook neighborhood in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from North Little Rock Northeast High School in 1986. She announced her intention to pursue acting after an exchange-student year in Australia.[9] She currently resides in Beverly Hills, California.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Coneheads Christina
1993 Dazed and Confused Simone Kerr
1993 Program, TheThe Program Louanne Winters
1993 Pros & Cons of Breathing, TheThe Pros & Cons of Breathing Shirley
1994 Sleep with Me Lauren
1994 S.F.W. Monica Dice
1995 Mallrats Gwen Turner
1996 Bio-Dome Monique
1996 Drawing Flies Hippy Chick
1996 Michael Anita
1997 Chasing Amy Alyssa Jones Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Carmen Llywelyn)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
1999 Cool, Dry Place, AA Cool, Dry Place Beth Ward
1999 Big Daddy Layla Maloney Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy
2000 Bruno Donna Marie
2000 Beautiful Ruby
2001 Harvard Man Chesney Cort
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Squirrel (voice)
2001 Reaching Normal Sarah
2001 In the Shadows Clarissa Huston
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Alyssa Jones
2002 Grand Champion Hallie
2002 Beeper Inspector Julia Hyde
2003 Big Empty, TheThe Big Empty Grace
2004 Gunman, TheThe Gunman Daphne
2005 Conflict Ricci Storm Short film
2006 Break-Up, TheThe Break-Up Addie
2007 Bunny Whipped Ann
2008 Trucker Jenny Bell
2009 ExTerminators Kim
2010 Endure Sirena Lane
2011 Big Swim The Egg
2011 Apart Dr. Jane Sheppard
2012 Birthday Present, TheThe Birthday Present Mom Short film
2012 Mulberry Stains Savannah
2012 Art Machine Prudence
2013 Blue Caprice Jamie
2013 Country Christmas, AA Country Christmas Renae Logan
2013 She Loves Me Not Beth
2014 Making the Rules Becca
2014 Sequoia Bev
2014 Valley Inn Althea
2014 Animal Vicky
2014 All the Birds Have Flown South Tonya

2016 HERE COMES RUSTY  VICKY

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Top of the Heap Mona Mullins 7 episodes
1991 Married… with Children Mona Mullins Episode: “Top of the Heap”
1991 Married… with Children Cousin Effie Episode: “Buck Has a Belly Ache”
1992 Vinnie & Bobby Mona Mullins 5 episodes
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Dianne Episode: “Words Up!”
1993 Married… with Children Janie Episode: “Wedding Show”
1995 Love & War Vicky Episode: “Atlantic City”
1995 Out of Order Whitney Episode: “Strange Habit”
1995 Double Rush Dee Dee Episode: “Slamming Into a Car Isn’t Good”
1996 Second Noah Darby 5 episodes
1999 Hercules Electra (voice) Episode: “Hercules and the Complex Electra”
2003 As Told by Ginger Thea Mipson Episode: “Far from Home”
2003–04 Stripperella Catt (voice) 2 episodes
2005 What’s New, Scooby-Doo? Rachel (voice) Episode: “A Scooby-Doo Valentine”
2005 Veronica Mars Geena Stafford Episode: “Weapons of Class Destruction
2009–10 Party Down Diandra Stiltskin 2 episodes
2010 Tough Trade Shawnelle Television film
2010 United States of Tara Pammy 6 episodes
2010 Frenemies Joy Hardwick Unsold TV pilot
2012 Supermoms Kelly Unsold TV pilot
2013–14 Switched at Birth Jeniece Papagus 4 episodes
2015 Grey’s Anatomy Dr. Tracy McConnell Episode: “Sledgehammer”
2016 Still the King Debbie Lynn Cooke 10 episodes

Nicole Randall Johnson

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Nicole Randall Johnson
Born (1973-12-09) December 9, 1973 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present

Nicole Randall Johnson (born December 9, 1973) is an American comic actress. Johnson is most notable for her membership in the recurring cast of comedians on sketch comedy series MADtv.

Biography and education[edit]

Johnson was born in Los Angeles, California. When she turned seven, Johnson’s family left LA and she split the rest of her time growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, and later, Portland, Oregon. She attended the University of Arizona,[1] where she majored in theatre. While pursuing her degree, she performed in a number of dramatic plays and was a member of the school’s sketch and improv group, Comedy Corner.

After college, Johnson moved back to Los Angeles and began studying at The Groundlings School and Theatre, whose alumni include fellow MADtv cast members Phil LaMarr, Michael McDonald and Daniele Gaither. There she became a member of the Sunday Company, where she wrote and performed for a year before becoming a Series Regular on the acclaimed Bravo comedy series, Significant Others.

Johnson has had recurring roles on Key & Peele, Reno 911! and Andy Barker, P.I.. A few of her other television credits include guest-starring roles on Prime Suspect, Weeds, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Shield, Hannah Montana and Hot in Cleveland.

Johnson had supporting roles in such films as Role Models, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Transformers and In Her Shoes.[2]

In 2013, auto financing company DriveTime hired Johnson for a “DriveTime Girls” ad campaign,[3] portraying one half of a comically eccentric duo of mobile credit approval agents “rescuing” potential car buyers rejected for financing by other auto dealers.

MADtv[edit]

Johnson joined the cast of MADtv in 2005 as a feature performer, for the eleventh season. She became the third black female cast member in the show’s history (Debra Wilson and Daniele Gaither were the first two respectively). She was promoted to repertory status for the show’s twelfth season. Frequently recurring characters include Ka-Son and Darrell, while her impersonations include Condoleezza Rice, Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah and Randy Jackson.

Characters[edit]

  • Ka-son: A customer service rep who gets in verbal confrontations with unruly customers. Her many jobs include: Komkast Kable phone rep, 1-800-Gifts-and-Flowers phone rep, Nightclub Door-Person and TSA Airport Security.[4]
  • Darrell: A man who relentlessly asks women for their phone number. This character is especially popular; the video of the sketch has over 31 million views on YouTube and growing.[5]

Celebrity impersonations[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • Role Models (2008) as Karen
  • Transformers (2007) as ASI Security Woman
  • License to Wed (2007) as Louise
  • The Brothers Solomon (2007) as Birthing Instructor
  • School for Scoundrels (2006) as Shanice
  • Jimmy and Judy (2006) as Prostitute
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) as Speed Dater
  • In Her Shoes (2005) as Rose’s Assistant
  • Reaction (2004) as The Acting Partner
  • Till Death (2004) Prostitute
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin (s005) Speed Dater
  • In her Shoes (2005) rose’s Assistant
  • Jimmie And Judy (2006) Prosstitute
  • School For Scoundrels (2006) Shanice
  • Transformers (2007) Security Woman
  • License To Wed (2007) Louise
  • The Brothers Soloman (2007) Birhing Instructor
  • Truth Be Told (2007)
  • Role Models (2009) Karen
  • Lez Chat (2010) Disappointed Woman
  • Reno 911 (2004) Stolen Hair Victim
  • Significant Others (2004) Alex
  • Listen Up (2005) Susan
  • Half & Half (2005) Reporter
  • Monk (2005) Frances
  • Inconceivable (2005) Dana
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (2005) Omar’s Receptionist
  • Andy Barker, P.I. (2007) Nicole
  • The Shield (2007) Leticia Gregory
  • Mad TV (2005-07) Mo’Nique
  • Kath & Kim (2008) Suzette
  • Hot In Cleveland (2010) Eleanor
  • Traffic Light (2011) Cop
  • Greetings From Home (2012) Emma
  • Prime Suspect (2012) Diane Carey
  • Weeds (2012) Detective Diane Crowley
  • The Crazy Ones (2013) Debbie
  • Key And Peele (2012-13) Ketendre
  • I hate My Teenage Daughter (2013) Ginger
  • The Crossroads Of History (2016) Prudence

Stacy Martin

 

Stacy Martin

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Martin in January 2014
Born (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 26)
Paris, France
Alma mater London College of Communication
Occupation Actress
Years active 2013–present
Notable work Nymphomaniac
Parent(s) Rene & Annette Martin

Stacy Martin (born 1 January 1991)[1] is a FrenchEnglish actress. She is best known for her breakthrough role as the younger version of Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s character Joe in Lars von Trier‘s drama film Nymphomaniac.

Early life[edit]

Martin was born on 1 January 1991, and spent her early childhood in Paris but moved to Japan when she was seven where she lived with her French father, René, a hairstylist and her English mother Annette until she was thirteen. She then returned to France. After finishing school, she moved to London to follow her dream of becoming an actress and took up modeling to fund her living. She took up Media and Cultural Studies at the London College of Communication. She also used the money she earned to pay for private acting classes and also studied the Meisner technique of acting at the Actors’ Temple.[1]

Career[edit]

In 2013, Martin starred as Young Joe aged 15 to 31, in Lars von Trier‘s drama film Nymphomaniac.[2][3] For her role in the film, which had real sex scenes and featured hardcore porn in some cases, Martin had a “porn double” and used a prosthetic vagina.[4][5] The role got her nominated for a Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She was also a part of the Breakthrough Brits of 2014 which was organized by BAFTA to recognize emerging talents. She played Faye in Ben Wheatley‘s 2015 film High-Rise,[6] and Young Dora in Matteo Garrone‘s Tale of Tales, also in 2015.

Martin was a part of the Rag & Bone Spring 2014 campaign alongside Emile Hirsch. She also modelled for Miu Miu in their 2014 and 2015 Fall/Winter campaigns. She is also the face of Miu Miu’s first fragrance.

Personal life[edit]

As of March 2014, she lives in London with her boyfriend musician Daniel Blumberg of Yuck and Cajun Dance Party.[1][4]

Filmography[edit]

Stacy Martin (3rd from the left) with the cast of Nymphomaniac at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Nymphomaniac Young Joe Nominated – Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2015 Winter Sophie
2015 Tale of Tales Young Dora
2015 The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun Anita
2015 The Childhood of a Leader
2015 Taj Mahal Louise
2015 High-Rise Faye
2017 Rosy Rosy In post-production
2017 Redoubtable Anne Wiazemsky In post-production
2017 Halo of Stars Girl in Night Store In post-production
2017 The Last Photograph Bird In post-production
2017 3 Way Junction Lisa In post-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Award Result
2014 Nymphomaniac Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2014 Nymphomaniac Robert Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated

Mindy Robinson

 

Mindy Robinson

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Mindy Robinson
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Born (1980-02-14) February 14, 1980 (age 37)
Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress, model, reality television host
Years active 2011–present
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 106 lb (48 kg)
Partner(s) Randy Couture
Website http://MindyRobinson.wordpress.com

Mindy Robinson (born February 14, 1980) is an American actress, model and reality star. Robinson is known for appearing as herself on such major network shows like Take Me Out,[1] King of the Nerds, Millionaire Matchmaker, and appears in several LMFAO music videos such as “Sexy and I Know It“. She has also appeared in the feature films Abstraction,[2] Pain & Gain,[3] Casting Couch, Ted, Mantervention,[4] V/H/S/2.[5] and the comedy, The Bet.

She often works with and is seen attending events as the long-term girlfriend of UFC heavyweight champion and actor Randy Couture.[6]

She wrote and hosted the web series Veronique Von Venom: Horror Hostess Hottie.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]

Title Release Role Media / Note
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens 2016 Annie Syfy Original movies
Range 15 2016 Eliza Movie
The Bet 2016 Kirsten Kelly Lucas Movie
Hello California TBA, 2014 Kelly TV series
Errores de mi vida TBA, 2014 Patricia Cruz Movie
Swelter TBA, 2014 Party Host Movie
The American Gandhi TBA, 2014 Candy Movie
Alpha House 2014 Abby Movie
Mantervention 2014-08-01 Beach Hottie Movie
Celebrities Undercover 2014-03-25 Mindy TV reality show: 1 episode
Kroll Show 2014-03-25 Mermaid TV series: 1 episode
Mauj Mastiyan (Taste of Love) 2014-03-13, India Blondie Movie
Episodes 2014-02-09 Movie Star (uncredited) TV series: 1 episode
Teachers’ Day 2014-01-10 Linda Movie
Guinness World Records Unleashed 2013-12-19 Mindy TV reality show: 1 episode
Win, Lose or Pawn 2013-12-19 Mindy TV reality show
The Bitch That Cried Wolf [8] 2013-09-20 Maya Movie. Lead role.
Tough Love 2013-09-18 Mindy TV reality show: 1 episode
Fork You 2013-08-29 Sandy Movie
Abstraction [2] 2013-08-20 Jenny Movie
Horror Haiku 2013-08-07 Sarah TV series
V/H/S/2 2013-06-06 Tabitha (Segment “Tape 49”) Movie
Iron Man 3 2013-05-03 Bikini Girl (uncredited) Movie
Pain & Gain 2013-04-26 Snake Model (uncredited) Movie
The Millionaire Matchmaker 2013-04-02 Mindy TV reality show: 1 episode
Casting Couch 2013-03-22 Kristin Fox Movie
The Spat [9] 2013-03-08 Val Short film
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family 2013-02-26 ~
2013-04-02
Model / Go Go Bear TV series: 5 episodes
King of the Nerds 2013-01-17 ~
2014-03-06
Pom Pom Kitty TV game show: 7 episodes
Helen Keller Had a Pitbull 2013 Suzy Barry Movie
Veronique Von Venom: Horror Hostess Hottie [7] 2012-12-15 ~
2013
Veronique Von Venom Web series: 17 episodes. Also as writer.
The Haunting of Whaley House 2012-07-31 Candy Galore Movie
Ted 2012-06-29 Hot Chick (uncredited) Movie
King Bachelor’s Pad [10] 2012-06-05 The Bachs Web series
“Sexy and I Know It” music video (by LMFAO) [11] 2011-09-16 Music video
my roommate the 2011-08-29 ~
2013-12-30
Various roles Web series: 4 episodes

Naya Rivera (UPDATE)

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Naya Rivera

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Rivera in April 2011
Born Naya Marie Rivera
(1987-01-12) January 12, 1987 (age 30)
Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, U.S.
Other names Naya Rivera Dorsey
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter, model
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Ryan Dorsey (m. 2014; separated 2016)[1]
Children 1
Relatives Mychal Rivera (brother)
Musical career
Genres Pop, R&B
Instruments Vocals
Labels Columbia Records
Website nayarivera.com

Naya Marie Rivera (born January 12, 1987)[2] is an American actress and singer, known for playing Santana Lopez on Fox‘s musical comedy-drama television series Glee. She also played the role of Hillary Winston on The Royal Family at the age of 4, for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination. Her first solo single “Sorry“, featuring American rapper Big Sean, was released on September 17, 2013.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rivera was born and raised in the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, California, and has lived in or around Los Angeles for most of her life.[2] She is of Puerto Rican, African American, and German descent.[4] Her parents are Yolanda, a former model, and George Rivera.[5] Her 3-year-younger brother is NFL tight end Mychal Rivera,[6] and her 7-year-younger sister is runway model Nickayla Rivera.[7] At 8 or 9 months old, Rivera began to be represented by the same talent agent as her mother, who had moved to Los Angeles to pursue modelling.[8]

Career[edit]

1991–2008: Career beginnings[edit]

Rivera appeared in commercials for Kmart as a baby, but her first significant acting job was at age 4 when she appeared as Hillary Winston in The Royal Family sitcom in 1991.[8] The show received positive reviews and high ratings initially, but it was canceled soon after star Redd Foxx suffered a sudden heart attack on set.[9] Rivera received a Young Artist Award nomination for her performance in the series.

Between 1992 and 2002, she had small roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Live Shot, Baywatch, Smart Guy, The Jersey, House Blend, Even Stevens and The Master of Disguise. In 2002, she also appeared in the music video for B2K‘s “Why I Love You“. She was hired for a single episode guest appearance on The Bernie Mac Show in 2002, but she was brought back to work on a further ten episodes throughout all five seasons.[10] She was later featured in episodes of 8 Simple Rules and CSI: Miami.[8][11] In between auditions and roles, Rivera worked jobs as a telemarketer, a nanny and a greeter at an Abercrombie & Fitch store.[12] In 2006 and 2007, Rivera took part in a production of Mark E. Swinton’s play, U Don’t Know Me: The Musical, both in Los Angeles and when the production was taken on national tour.[13] Rivera auditioned for an unspecified season of American Idol during the San Francisco auditions, she was cut in the first round.[14]

2009–11: Breakthrough and acclaim with Glee[edit]

Rivera at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con

In 2009, Rivera was cast as Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader, on Fox‘s musical comedy series Glee, about a high school glee club. Rivera’s character comes off as a cold-hearted and vicious cheerleader, who often shows her softer side to fellow cheerleader Brittany (played by Heather Morris). Rivera auditioned for the opportunity “to sing, dance and act all in the same show,” and because she was a fan of co-creator Ryan Murphy‘s previous work on Nip/Tuck.[11] Rivera drew on her own high school experience of unpopularity to prepare for the role, as well as watching films such as Mean Girls to “really get in the zone and feel like a bitchy sophomore.”[15] She has described Santana as “your typical high school cheerleader, for the most part,” explaining: “She’s really mean and loves boys. She’s really witty so I love playing her.”[15] She has characterized Santana as “a bit of a bad girl” who is “really snarky and always has these really witty one-liners she throws out there.”[16] Rivera enjoys the fact Santana is competitive and headstrong as she herself shares those traits, but dislikes Santana’s mean streak.[17] She finds the show’s pacing challenging, especially the dancing, and commented in June 2009 that her most memorable moment on Glee was performing the Cheerios’ glee club audition piece, “I Say a Little Prayer“.[15] Santana played a more prominent part in the last nine episodes of Glee‘s first season.[18] Rivera commented: “Santana’s been wreaking havoc with people’s boyfriends and people’s babies and teachers – she’s the high school terror, and she’s going to continue to be the villain.”[19]

After having her screen time and musical involvement increased in the second half of the first season, Rivera was promoted to official series regular status as of the beginning of the second season.[20] She was given her first solo in the fifth episode of season two, “The Rocky Horror Glee Show“, and performed several others as the season progressed. During the second season, Rivera’s role in the show was radically changed when it was revealed that her character was a lesbian. Rivera portrayed Santana struggling to come to terms with her sexuality, with her love for her best friend, and with her inability to come out of the closet. She received favorable reviews for her performance.[21][22] In January 2011, Rivera appeared in a parody of “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang“, called “Nuthin’ But a Glee Thang”, co-written by Glee co-star Heather Morris.[23]

Rivera (left) and Heather Morris at the 2011 PaleyFest event

In July 2011, Rivera was nominated for two ALMA Awards, in the categories of Favorite Female Music Artist and Favorite TV Actress – Leading Role in a Comedy.[24] Rivera received a great amount of critical praise for both her acting and her singing performances in the latter part of season two and the beginning of season three. As 2011 ended, she or her character were on many “Best Of” lists, including HitFix‘s 25 Breakout Stars of 2011,[25] TV Guide‘s Best Performances of 2011,[26] MTV‘s Best TV Characters of 2011,[27] as well as others. In the second half of the series’ third season, she was given the opportunity to do a duet with Ricky Martin,[28] and worked with Gloria Estefan, who was cast as Santana’s mother.[29] As the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards approached, Rivera was listed by many critics and media outlets as deserving of a nomination; The Hollywood Reporter included her in their “Emmy 2012: Supporting Players” photo shoot,[30] and Rivera was also honored by E!,[31] HitFix,[32] TV Guide,[33] and others. She was also chosen by the TV Academy to take part in a promotional video for the upcoming awards ceremony.[34]

2011–present: Musical solo debut and film debut[edit]

Rivera posing with her two Alma Awards at the 2012 ceremony

In May 2011, it was announced that Rivera had signed a deal with Columbia Records to produce a solo album.[35] The musical duo 2Cellos released the second single to their second album, a cover of Muse‘s “Supermassive Black Hole” featuring vocals by Rivera. She also starred in the music video for the song.[36] Rivera’s debut single “Sorry“, featuring rapper Big Sean, was released as a digital download on September 17, 2013.[37] However, production on the album “kind of halted” due to “so many things going on,” Rivera stated, “Politics got involved so I’ve been putting it on the back burner; there are a lot of things that I’m doing that I’m excited about.”[38]

On May 1, 2014, it was reported that Columbia had dropped Rivera because her debut single had underperformed.[39] Rivera’s representative released a statement to news outlets stating that any claims were falsified, and that legal action would be potentially taken to ensure Rivera’s creditability; at the time of publishing, Columbia Records could not be reached for comment.[40][41] Rivera subsequently worked on an immigrant project with Guillermo Diaz, directing a short film PSA about the effect of immigration on children and their parents. While Diaz’s part is about telling the stories of young dreamers and the fear they have of their mothers being deported, Rivera’s PSA is about the problems immigrants deal with or face in the United States.

At the Devil’s Door (previously titled Home), Rivera’s debut feature film, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 9, 2014. The film has been described by its director, Nicholas McCarthy, as “a unique kind of genre film I think, almost like a Rubik’s cube of a horror movie.”[42] The film was released through video on demand on August 8, 2014, and theatrically released on September 12, 2014.[43][44] The film continued to play at festivals, receiving mixed reviews. Rivera’s acting, however, received praise.[45][46][47][48] Edgar Chaput, of Sound on Sight, called Rivera “the standout… the most natural performance in the film,”[49] while Marsha McCreadie, of Film Journal, wrote, “At the Devil’s Door doesn’t pick up steam until late in the story, when Rivera carries the narrative,”[50] and Jeremy Kibler of Diabolique magazine wrote, “Coming primarily from a TV background and fun to watch as sharp-tongued lesbian cheerleader Santana on Glee, the eye-grabbing Naya Rivera adjusts to the big screen with ease in front of the camera. Her Vera is headstrong and rigid but cut with just the right amount of vulnerability.”[51]

In 2015, Rivera portrayed the recurring role of Blanca Alvarez in the third season of Lifetime’s drama series Devious Maids. Rivera will release a memoir titled Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up in September 2016.[52]

Personal life[edit]

Rivera began dating recording artist Big Sean in April 2013.[53] They announced their engagement that October,[53] but ended their relationship in April 2014.[54] Soon after, Rivera began dating actor Ryan Dorsey, whom she had previously dated four years earlier. They were married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on July 19, 2014.[55] On February 24, 2015, Rivera announced that she and Dorsey were expecting their first child.[56] Their son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, was born on September 17, 2015.[57] In her memoir, Rivera revealed that she had an abortion in 2010, shortly after splitting from Dorsey, due to the fact her career was taking off with the success of Glee.[58] In November 2016, Rivera filed for divorce after two years of marriage.[1]

Rivera and her family reside in Los Angeles.[59] During her appearance as a guest host on The View on January 14, 2015, Rivera alluded to her possible bisexuality. Rosie O’Donnell remarked on a recent study that showed that bisexual women were more likely to have mental health problems than lesbians, to which Rivera replied, “Rosie, no wonder I’m crazy. This just solves it all.”[60]

Rivera took up songwriting at the age of 15, declaring in one interview, “…my passion for music is one of my greatest loves.”[4][61] In 2008, Rivera completed an 8-week screenwriting workshop at the New York Film Academy.[62][63] She has stated that if she could not act or sing, she would work as a writer.[64]

Concerning her religious views, Rivera noted in an interview with Latina magazine that she was raised a devout Christian but is very private about it, noting the conflict that can result from revealing such information. She stated, “It’s hard and sort of sad that you do feel the need to tread lightly when you say, ‘Yes, I do go to church and I do read the Bible,’ because once you do that, people will be like, ‘Why are her boobs out? Why is her midriff showing? Why is she playing a lesbian?’ I don’t want to deal with that stuff, so I’ve never really discussed it. It’s very personal.”[65]

Rivera dedicates her time to various charitable organizations:[66] GLAAD,[67] The Trevor Project,[68] Stand Up to Cancer,[69] The Elephant Project,[70] and The Sunshine Foundation.[71]

Media appearances[edit]

In 2011, Rivera hosted the San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards.[72] In November 2011, Rivera and her Glee co-star Amber Riley performed at the 10th Annual Celebration of Dreams Event for the Dream Foundation.[73] In December 2011, Rivera was revealed as the newest celebrity spokesperson for Proactiv.[74] On March 24, 2012, she co-hosted the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York with Glee co-star Cory Monteith. Along with John Stamos, both hosts auctioned off kisses to the crowd, raising $15,000. This tradition started with Rivera when she hosted the 22nd Annual Media Awards in San Francisco.[67]

In April 2012, Rivera was featured on the cover of Latina magazine.[75] The following month she was also featured in the inaugural issue of Cosmo for Latinas,[76] and was selected by People en Español for their 50 Most Beautiful list.[77] In May 2012, Rivera made FHMs 100 Sexiest Women list, coming in at number 39.[78] She made the Maxim Hot 100 list for the third year in a row, moving up sixteen spots to number 27.[79] On the 2012 AfterEllen Hot 100 list, she was again ranked number 1. In May 2013, Rivera posed nude in an issue of Allure magazine.[80]

In October 2012, Rivera was featured in the third episode of MTV‘s series This Is How I Made It. In the episode, Rivera recounted her childhood career as an actress and a model, as well as the lean times that came between the age of 16 and 21, leading up to her big break of being cast on Glee.[81] In December 2012, Rivera attended the annual Trevor Live! event, where she performed a cover of the song “Silent Night“.[68] Rivera starred in an M&M’s commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013, as the girl that “Red” is referring to (and who is essentially trying to eat him) with a cover of Meat Loaf‘s “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)“.[82] Rivera was ranked number 37 in the Men’s Health Hottest Women of 2014.

In April 2017 Rivera will guest judge the 4th episode of season 9 of the reality competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Master of Disguise Captain America Kid
2009 Frankenhood Hottie
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Santana Lopez Concert film
2013 The Naughty List Sparkle (voice) Animated film
2014 At the Devil’s Door Vera
2017 Mad Families Felipa
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1991–1992 The Royal Family Hillary Winston 15 episodes
1992–1993 Family Matters Gwendolyn 3 episodes
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cindy Episode: “Bundle of Joy”
The Sinbad Show Party Guest Episode: “It’s My Party, I’ll Cry If I Want To”
1995 Live Shot Ann Episode: “Another Day, Another Story”
1996 Baywatch Willa Episode: “Scorcher”
1997 Smart Guy Kelly Episode: “Baby, It’s You and You and You”
1999 Tanya Episode: “Never Too Young”
The Jersey Girl #2 Episode: “Be True to You”
2002 House Blend Chloe Pilot episode
Even Stevens Charlene Episode: “Short Story”
2002–2006 The Bernie Mac Show Donna 11 episodes
2003 Soul Food Lauryn 2 episodes
2004 8 Simple Rules Nice Girl Episode: “Halloween”
2008 Girlfriends Young Lady Episode: “Stand and Deliver”
CSI: Miami Rachel Calvado Episode: “Power Trip”
2009–2015 Glee Santana Lopez 99 episodes
2015 Devious Maids Blanca Alvarez 5 episodes
2016 American Dad! Lolo Fuentes Episode: “The Unincludeds”
2017 RuPaul’s Drag Race Guest Judge 1 episode
Music videos
Year Artist Song title
2002 B2K “Why I Love You” “1:47”
2012 2Cellos “Supermassive Black Hole”[83]

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Location
2006–2007 U Don’t Know Me Keila Los Angeles, California and U.S. national tour

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Rhythmic

[84]
IRE
[85]
UK
[86]
Sorry
(featuring Big Sean)
2013 34 81 73 Non-album single
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
1992 Young Artist Awards Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under Ten Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (with Glee cast) Won
TV Land Awards Future Classics (with Glee ast) Won
Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (with Glee cast) Nominated
Lesbian/Bi People’s Choice Awards Favorite Music Duo or Group (with Glee cast) Nominated
Gay People’s Choice Awards Favorite Music Duo or Group (with Glee cast) Won
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (with Glee cast) Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (with Glee cast; “Don’t Stop Believin’“) Nominated
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (with Glee cast; Glee: The Music, Volume 1) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (with Glee cast) Nominated
ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress – Leading Role in a Comedy Nominated
Favorite Female Music Artist Won
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (with Glee cast) Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (with Glee cast; Glee: The Music, Volume 4) Nominated
My TV Awards Ridiculously Good-Looking Female Won
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Won
NewNowNext Awards Cause You’re Hot Won
ALMA Awards Best Female Music Artist Won
Favorite TV Actress – Comedy Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (with Glee cast) Nominated
Giffoni Film Festival Giffoni Award Won
2014 People’s Choice Awards Favorite TV Gal Pals (with Lea Michele) Won
Teen Choice Awards Female Scene Stealer Nominated

THE YANKEES 2017 OPENING DAY LINEUP

2017 New York Yankees Projected Lineup

TOO MANY

Player POS AB HR RBI AVG
1 Brett Gardner OF 509 11 48 0.261
2 Gary Sanchez C 480 24 72 0.271
3 Greg Bird 1B 409 26 73 0.254
4 Matt Holliday DH 405 16 64 0.259
5 Jacoby Ellsbury OF 511 9 50 0.262
6 Starlin Castro 2B 558 16 69 0.271
7 Chase Headley 3B 465 12 50 0.252
8 Aaron Judge OF 310 15 48 0.235
9 Ronald Torreyes SS 221 1 18 0.262