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Kat Graham

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Graham in 2015
Born Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham
(1989-09-05) September 5, 1989 (age 27)
Geneva, Switzerland
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
  • model
Years active 1998–present
Partner(s) Cottrell Guidry (2008–14)
Website katgraham.com
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels

Katerina Alexandre HartfordKatGraham[1][2] (born September 5, 1989) is a Swiss-born American actress, model, singer and dancer. Her film roles include The Parent Trap (1998), 17 Again (2009), The Roommate (2011) and Honey 2 (2011). She is known for her role as Bonnie Bennett on The CW supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Graham was born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Joseph, is of Americo-Liberian descent, and her mother, Natasha, is Jewish (from a family from Russia and Poland).[6] Graham’s father was a music executive and the godfather of two of Quincy Jones‘ children. Her paternal grandfather was a UN Ambassador, serving for 40 years in the Netherlands, Sweden, Romania and Kenya.[7] Her parents divorced when she was five.[8] She has a half-brother, Yakov, born in Tel Aviv, Israel.[7] Graham was raised in her mother’s Jewish religion[9] and attended Hebrew school.[10]

Career[edit]

Commercials and dancing[edit]

Graham began her career in the entertainment industry at age six.[1] Over the next eight years, she appeared in various commercials, including those for Barbie, K-Mart, Pop-Tarts and Edison. At the age of 15, Graham caught the eye of choreographer Fatima Robinson, and was asked to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for Bow Wow. Graham followed her BET Awards appearance with work as a background dancer for Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Jamie Foxx, and choreographers Hi-Hat and Michael Rooney.[11] At age 17, Graham participated in a national marketing campaign to advertise Coca-Cola‘s soft drink Fanta. Graham appeared in the marketing campaign as a member of the “Fantanas“, known as Capri, also known as Strawberry.[12][13] Graham has appeared in various music videos, including Akon‘s “Lonely“, Christina Millian‘s “Dip It Low“, Justin Bieber and Usher‘s “Somebody to Love (Remix)”, 112‘s “What If“, John Legend‘s “Used to Love U“, B2K‘s “Why I Love You“, Musiq Soulchild‘s “B.U.D.D.Y.” and Nelly‘s “Just A Dream” and Diddy – Dirty Money with Usher‘s “Looking for Love”.[14][15]

Television and film[edit]

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In 2002, Graham made her television debut on the Disney Channel teen sitcom Lizzie McGuire. Graham went on to appear on various television shows, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The O.C., Malcolm in the Middle, Joan of Arcadia, Grounded For Life and Greek. In 2008, she appeared in three episodes of the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana playing the role of a girlfriend to the character Jackson Stewart. Graham has also had notable supporting roles in films such as 17 Again and The Roommate.[16][17] In December 2008, Graham began filming sci-fi dance film Boogie Town in Los Angeles. Filming on the film was put on hold that same month due to payroll issues with background performers. In April 2009, principal photography was stopped due to schedule conflicts with some of her cast mates and other projects. The film is set in a futuristic New York City in 2015 where dance battles are permanently banned. Graham plays the role of Ingrid. The film was set to be released in theaters worldwide October 2011, however it was set to be originally released in June 2009.

In March 2009, Graham was cast in The CW supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries based on the book series of the same name. Graham portrays the role of Bonnie Bennett, a teenage witch, which is considered her breakout role. The series premiered on September 10, 2009 to 4.91 million viewers and received praise for the series progression from critics. In May 2012, the series was renewed for the shows fourth season. She took over as the female lead in 2015 after Nina Dobrev departed. In 2011, Graham won “Scene Stealer Female” at the Teen Choice Awards for her role on the show.[citation needed] In August 2010, The Hollywood Reporter announced Graham was cast in the Universal Pictures dance drama film Honey 2. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film Honey. The film follows a troubled teenager and aspiring dancer who joins a dance crew. The film was released theatrically in selected countries for a limited release and went on to make over $8 million worldwide. In June 2011, the film was released Straight-to-DVD in North America to negative reviews from critics though Graham’s performance and dancing was praised. That same year Graham starred in another Dance film this time a Kung Fu Dance Action film called Dance Fu in which Graham appeared as the female lead.[18] On January 12, 2016, she was cast as Jada Pinkett Smith in the upcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me.[19]

Music[edit]

In 2002, she wrote a song titled “Derailed”, which was featured in the Jean-Claude Van Damme film of the same title.[20] In 2006, Graham pursued a career as a musical artist. Graham found her break in 2007 when she was featured on “The Donque Song” and “I Got It From My Mama” on singer/rapper will.i.am‘s third studio album Songs About Girls.[21] The move saw Graham embark on a world tour with The Black Eyed Peas as a supporting act for the Black Blue & You Tour. In April 2010, the song “My Boyfriends Back” released on YouTube and got over 1 million views In October 2010 Graham released her debut single “Sassy”. A music video for the song premiered that same month, but the track performed poorly and it failed to chart.[22][23] She then went on to release covers of artists such as Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul which garnered Graham the attention of Paula who praised her cover.[24][25] Graham contributed a cover of the Garbage song “Only Happy When It Rains” to The Vampire Diaries soundtrack. The song premiered in December 2010 in an episode of the series titled “The Sacrifice”.[26] In March 2011, Graham released another single titled “I Want It All”. The music video premiered in May 2011.

In February 2012, Graham signed a recording contract with A&M Octone Records which was marked as her first major label signing. In March 2012, Graham released “Put Your Graffiti On Me“. The song itself received positive reviews from critics. That same month, the official music video premiered and as of October 19, 2012 has reached 4,843,458 views on YouTube. The song peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[27] On May 29, Graham performed the track on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. This was marked as her first televised musical performance ever. On that same day Graham released her first EP Against The Wall which debuted at #54 on the iTunes Music Album Chart.[28] Graham is currently[when?] in the process of recording her debut album. The second single taken from her debut EP is the track “Wanna Say”. The music video was directed by Benny Boom and produced by London Alley.[29] She also appeared on the song “Dog Day Afternoon” from the Ras Kass & Doc Hollywood free collaborative digital album Spit No Evil. On June 25, 2013, Graham gave the opportunity to five fans to release the name of her new single on Twitter, and released the single premiere of “Power” at Billboard.com the next day. “Power” is said to be the lead single from her debut album, which currently does not have a release date.[30] As stated on Billboard.com, Graham also released a new single titled “1991” on March 10, 2015.[31]

Influences[edit]

Graham cites Tupac Shakur,[32] Destiny’s Child, The Beatles,[33][34] Janet Jackson, M.I.A., Gwen Stefani, Grace Jones, Prince, Madonna and the Spice Girls[2][34] as musical influences. She describes her sound as “vintage 90’s with a modern twist.”[35]

Personal life[edit]

Graham speaks English, Spanish, and French, as well as some Hebrew and Portuguese.[10]

Graham started dating Cottrell Guidry in 2008 and got engaged to him on October 28, 2012.[36] They split and called off their engagement on December 12, 2014.[37]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Parent Trap Jackie
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Dancer
2009 17 Again Jamie
2011 Dance Fu Chaka Lovebell Straight-to-DVD
2011 The Roommate Kim Johnson
2011 Honey 2 Maria Ramirez
2012 Boogie Town Ingrid
2014 Addicted Diamond
2016 Muse Muse Short film[38]
2017 All Eyez on Me Jada Pinkett Post-production
2017 Where’s the Money Alicia Filming
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Lizzie McGuire Posse Member #2 Episode: “You’re a Good Man, Lizzie McGuire”
2003 Strong Medicine Ashley Collins Episode: “Degeneration”
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Actress Episode: “Watching the Baby”
2004 Joan of Arcadia Angela Episode: “No Bad Guy”
2004 Like Family Girl Episode: “Romancing the Home”
2004 Grounded for Life Laura Episode: “Psycho Therapy”
2006 The O.C. Kim Episode: “The Undertow”
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tisha Episode: “Poppin’ Tags”
2007 Greek Dancer Episode: “The Rusty Nail”
2007 Hell on Earth Felicia Television movie
2008 Hannah Montana Allison 3 episodes (plus one never-aired episode: “No Sugar, Sugar“)
2008 Our First Christmas Bernie Television movie
2009–2017 The Vampire Diaries Bonnie Bennett Main role
2012 Ridiculousness Herself Episode #2.12
2012 Oh Sit! Herself Episode #1.10
2013 Hell’s Kitchen Herself Episode: “Winner Chosen”
2013 The Show with Vinny Herself Episode #1.7
2014 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Episode #10.1
2015 Stalker Christine Harper Episode: “Love Kills”

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Year
Roxbury Drive[39]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
US Heat
Remixes
Against the Wall 4

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US Dance
“I Want It All” 2010 Non-album singles
“Sassy”
Cold Hearted Snake
Put Your Graffiti on Me 2012 5 Against the Wall
“Wanna Say” 25
“Power” 2013 Non-album single
“1991” 2015 Roxbury Drive
“Secrets”
(featuring Babyface)
All Your Love 2016 Love Music Funk Magic
“Sometimes” 2017

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US UK
I Got It from My Mama
(will.i.am featuring uncredited vocals by Kat Graham)
2007 31 38 Songs About Girls
One More Chance
(will.i.am featuring uncredited vocals by Kat Graham)
97
“The Donque Song”
(will.i.am featuring Snoop Dogg and uncredited vocals by Kat Graham)
“Dog Day Afternoon”
(Ras Kass with Doc Hollywood featuring Kat Graham and Dirt Nasty)
2012 Spit No Evil

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
“Boom Kat”[40] 2009 Adam Forstadt
My Boyfriend’s Back[41] Kevin Boston
“I Want It All”[42] 2010 Lance Drake
“Sassy”[43] Adam Forstadt and Paul Hogan
“Cold Hearted Snake”[44] Kevin Boston
“Love Will Do Without An Escapade”[45] 2011 Bille Woodruff
“Put Your Graffiti on Me”[46] 2012 Benny Boom
“Wanna Say”[47] 2013
“Power” (Lyric Video)[48] Kat Graham
“Power”[49] Byron Atienza
“1991”[50] 2015 Dano Cerny
“1991” (Cities at Night Remix Version)[51] Laurence Shanet and Morgan Miller
“Secrets”[52] Darren Genet
“Star F*cker”[53] 2016 Roi Hernandez by Electric Giant Limited

As featured artist[edit]

Participation in music videos as actress, dancer, singer, etc.
Title Year Other artist(s) Director(s)
“Slacker” 2002 Tech N9ne Ben Mor
Why I Love You B2K Erik White
“Wanna B Where U R (ThisIzzaLuvSong)” 2003 Floetry featuring Mos Def Nzingha Stewart
“No L.O.V.E.” Jhené Aiko None
Salt Shaker Ying Yang Twins featuring Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Nzingha Stewart
“The Way I Am” Knoc-Turn’al featuring Snoop Dogg Gil Green[54]
Used to Love U 2004 John Legend Ben Mor
Lonely 2005 Akon Gil Green
What If 112 Fat Cats
“What You Want (When U Want It)” 2006 The Frontline Rock Jacobs
B.U.D.D.Y. 2007 Musiq Soulchild Sanaa Hamri
One More Chance 2008 will.i.am Scott Speer
“Siempre Ausente” AKWID Sam Ketay and Zosimo Maximo
Somebody to Love (Remix)[55] 2010 Justin Bieber featuring Usher Dave Meyers
Just a Dream[56] Nelly Sanji
“Looking for Love” 2011 Diddy & Dirty Money featuring Usher Colin Tilley
“Broken Down” Kevin Hammond Tim Nackashi
“Black and Jewish (Black and Yellow Parody)”[57] Kali Hawk and Kat Graham James Davis and Rachel Goldenberg
Really Don’t Care[58] 2014 Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd Ryan Pallotta

Tour[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Scene Stealer Female The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards The Vampire Diaries Won
Youth Rock Awards Rockin’ Actress (TV) The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards The Vampire Diaries Nominated
Black Women in Film Association Creative Award[59] Contributions in the industry Won
2015 MTV Fandom Awards MTV Ship of The Year (with Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Scene Stealer The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Nominated

Haley Webb

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Haley Webb

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Haley Webb Headshot in 2013
Born (1985-11-25) November 25, 1985 (age 31)
Woodbridge, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Website www.haleywebb.com

Haley Webb (born November 25, 1985[citation needed]) is an American actress. She acts primarily in film and television and is the founder and president of production company Legion of Horribles. Webb’s most recent work includes independent films Rushlights (2013) opposite Aidan Quinn and Beau Bridges, On the Inside (2012) as Nick Stahl’s girlfriend, The Final Destination (2009) as Janet Cunningham, and the MTV series Teen Wolf as Jennifer Blake.

Life and career[edit]

Webb grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia where she was captain of her school’s dance team, and also earned her 1st Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In 2001, she moved to San Diego, California and was active in her high school’s theater department where she won various awards for her performances in productions of Rumors and Beauty and the Beast. In 2003, she competed in the Talent America Competition, winning the Western Region of the United States in dance and acting, and was discovered by longtime casting director/manager Gary Shaffer. Later that year she moved to Los Angeles, and began studying with acting instructors Howard Fine, Joanne Baron, and D.W. Brown.[1]

Webb made her directorial debut with the 2012 short film Patti, about the life and work of musician Patti Smith, in which she played the eponymous role. She also served as producer, film editor, set decorator, sound editor, and costumer.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Big Game Toni
2009 The Final Destination Janet Cunningham
2011 On the Inside Allen’s Girlfriend
2012 Patti Patti Smith Short film; director, producer, film editor, set decorator, sound editor, and costumer
2012 A Conversation About Cheating with My Time Travelling Future Self Jenny Short film
2013 Rushlights Sarah
2014 Lost in Gray Dana Short film
2015 BYoutiful Becca Ayres Short; producer
2015 Single in South Beach Amy
2016 Sugar Mountain Lauren Huxley
2017 It Happened One Valentine’s Allie Rusch Direct-to-video film

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2006 Close to Home Kayla Philby Episode: “Hot Grrrl
2008 Shark Danielle Episode: “Fall from Grace
2012 Sketchy Actress Episode: “Chutes and Ladders”
2012 Major Crimes Dana Baker Episode: “Before and After
2013 Teen Wolf Jennifer Blake/Julia Baccari/Darach Recurring role, 10 episodes
2014 Beauty and the Beast Laura Scott Episode: “Don’t Die on Me
2014 The Librarians Mabel Collins Episode: “City of Light
2015 Backstrom Virginia Anderson Episode: “I Like to Watch”
2015 Letter Never Sent Claire Goodster Television film
2016 Powers Young Janis Episode: “Origins

Other[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Ry Cuming – “Always Remember Me” Ry’s girlfriend Music video
2014 Cameron the Pub – “Apple Pie” Girl Music video
2014 Ancient Societies Stella Vyctory Alternate reality game[2]

Farrah Abraham

Farrah Abraham

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Abraham while being interviewed in 2014
Born Farrah Lynn Abraham
(1991-05-31) May 31, 1991 (age 25)
Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
Residence Austin, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Television personality
Years active 2009–present
Home town Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
Television
Children 1
Website farrahabraham.me

Farrah Lynn Abraham (born May 31, 1991) is an American reality television personality. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, she received public attention after being cast in the reality television series 16 and Pregnant in 2009, which documented the pregnancies and first months of motherhood for several young women. Later that year she was cast in the spin-off series Teen Mom, and appeared in each of its four seasons until its conclusion in 2012. That August she released her debut studio album and first memoir, both of which were titled My Teenage Dream Ended. The book made it onto The New York Times Best Seller list.[1]

In 2013, Abraham gained notoriety after the release of the ‘sex tapeFarrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom, in which she appeared with adult-film star James Deen; its sequel Farrah 2: Backdoor and More included unused footage from the first shoot and was released the following year. In 2014, she appeared on the fourth season of Couples Therapy individually; in doing so, she became the first cast member to participate without a partner. In 2015, she returned to Teen Mom with the spin-off series Teen Mom OG.

Early life[edit]

Farrah Abraham was born on May 31, 1991 in Omaha, Nebraska; she was raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa.[2] Her father is of Syrian and Italian descent, and her mother is of Danish and Sicilian ancestry.[3] Her parents Debra Danielson and Michael Abraham divorced in 2010; she stated that her parents abused her as a child, adding that she “had cuts, bruises, welts, swelling and scars.”[4] In her adolescence she was a cheerleader for her high school.[5]

Career[edit]

16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom[edit]

Abraham began dating her boyfriend Derek Underwood in 2006 and became pregnant by him in 2008. Underwood died in a car accident on December 28, 2008, eight months into her pregnancy.[6] Abraham was denied an abortion by her mother, who noted that it was against her personal beliefs.[7] She discontinued cheerleading and continued her coursework at a community college after rumors of her pregnancy became widespread.[8] Despite having been estranged,[9] Abraham commented that “He was my first love, my only true love” and elaborated that “now Derek was gone forever, and so was my happy ending.”[6] She gave birth to their daughter, Sophia Laurent Abraham, on February 23, 2009.[10]

Abraham appeared on the second episode of the first season of 16 and Pregnant, a reality television series broadcast by MTV, on June 18, 2009; it documented her pregnancy and her first months of motherhood.[8] Later that year she was cast in the spin-off series Teen Mom; it followed Abraham, in addition to Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell and Amber Portwood, who also appeared on episodes of 16 and Pregnant, during their first years of motherhood.[11] The series premiere was broadcast on December 8, 2009.[12] In January 2010 Abraham’s mother Danielson was arrested and charged with assault after Abraham sustained “multiple cuts to the right side of [her] mouth” after a physical argument.[13] Abraham recognized the altercation as the “turning point” in which she realized that she “needed to stop the abuse.”[4] In 2011 she began attending the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida, where she got an associate degree in culinary arts and management. She later launched the “Mom & Me” pasta sauce line.[14]

On August 1, 2012, Abraham ventured into the music industry with the release of her debut studio album My Teenage Dream Ended.[15] It received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics.[16] Abraham released a memoir by the same title on August 14.[17] After airing four seasons, the series finale of Teen Mom aired on August 29, 2012.[18]

2013–2016: “Sex tape” and other appearances[edit]

In 2013, Abraham was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence; she pleaded guilty to the charges that June, and was sentenced to six months of probation, six months of sobriety tests and a $500 fine.[19] In April, it was speculated that a sex tape in which Abraham was featured was being offered to several pornographic distributors.[20] Abraham reportedly earned $1.5 million after selling the tape to Vivid Entertainment, which released the clip under the title Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom. it was marketed as a leaked sex tape.[21][22] James Deen, however, stated that he and Abraham had both been paid by the company to make the video.[23] Abraham stated that she was “drugged and raped more than once” during this period, which she described as a “dark time”.[9] Abraham later commented that her affiliation with the adult-film industry “made it hard to have friends and a private life and to trust family, who I feel use me for money”, and believed that the sex tape “ruined my life.”[24]

In January 2014, Abraham was cast for the fourth season of Couples Therapy. However, Brian Dawe claimed that he was hired by Abraham to appear as her on-screen boyfriend and ultimately did not appear on the program alongside her.[25] Abraham consequently became the only cast member in the series’ history to continue therapy without a partner, and was refocused on repairing her relationship with her mother.[26] With her previous allegations of rape placing a strain on her partnership with Vivid Entertainment, a press release announcing her second sex tape Farrah 2: Backdoor and More in February stated “it’s no ‘fake’ ‘leak’–it’s the real, raw, ridiculous deal, and it suits Farrah’s underhanded personality herself.”[27] Later that month, Abraham appeared in the TV special Being Farrah, which acted as a continuation of Teen Mom; Bookout, Lowell, and Portwood were respectively featured in the specials Being Maci, Being Catelynn, and Being Amber.[28] Their successes prompted MTV to consider reviving the series without Abraham, who the other women were concerned was an inappropriate influence on their children.[29]

In March, Abraham returned to the music industry with the release of the song “Blowin'” and the simultaneous premiere of its accompanying music video. She stated that she treats music as a “hobby, not my career move.”[30] In August of that year she signed a contract with Palazio’s Gentleman’s Club in Austin, Texas, for $544,000 to have a residency there until New Year’s Eve.[31] On August 27, 2015, she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house representing the United States. On September 18, she became the fifth housemate to be evicted. She was not in the top four highest voted housemates and her fellow housemate, Austin Armacost, chose to evict her. She had spent 23 days in the house. On September 22, Abraham appeared as a panelist on the Bit on the Side after show and got into a heated argument with fellow panelist, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, the argument resulted in all the panelists being removed. It’s been reported that Horgan-Wallace threw her drink in Abraham’s face and Abraham then began throwing glasses at her. Another panelist, actress, Vicki Michelle was reported to have been sent to the hospital after a glass smashed on her head. Abraham was escorted out by the security team. The event resulted in the local police beginning an investigation into the matter.[32] In March 2016, Abraham claimed that an Uber driver sexually assaulted her and as a result she is banned from using their services.[33]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
Television
2009 16 and Pregnant Herself “Farrah” (season 1, episode 2)
2009–12 Teen Mom Main cast member (seasons 1–4)
2014 Couples Therapy Main cast member (season 4)
Being Farrah Television special
2015 Teen Mom OG Main cast member (season 5-present)
Celebrity Big Brother Housemate; representing the USA
Film
2013 Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom Herself Adult film (with James Deen)[34]
2014 Farrah 2: Backdoor and More Adult film (with James Deen)[27]

Discography[edit]

Published works[edit]

  • My Teenage Dream Ended (2012)
  • Passy Perfume (2012)
  • Celebrity Sex Tape: In The Making (2014)
  • Celebrity Sex Tape: The Secret’s Out (2014)
  • Celebrity Sex Tape: Love Through Limelight (2015)

Ashley Judd (UPDATE)

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Judd at the premiere of Divergent in 2014
Born Ashley Tyler Ciminella
(1968-04-19) April 19, 1968 (age 48)
Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Kentucky
Occupation Actress, activist
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Dario Franchitti (m. 2001; div. 2013)
Parent(s) Naomi Judd
Relatives Wynonna Judd (sister)

Ashley Judd (born Ashley Tyler Ciminella; April 19, 1968)[1] is an American actress and political activist. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades, she has increasingly become involved in global humanitarian efforts and political activism.

Judd has had leading roles in films including Ruby in Paradise (1993), Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997), Double Jeopardy (1999), Where the Heart Is (2000), High Crimes (2002), De-Lovely (2004), Bug (2006), Dolphin Tale (2011), Divergent (2014), Dolphin Tale 2 (2014), and Insurgent (2015). She starred as Rebecca Winstone in the 2012 television series Missing, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In 2010, she earned a one-year mid-career master’s degree in public administration from Harvard‘s Kennedy School of Government. She is a well known Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball fan, being present at most games.[2]

Early life[edit]

Judd was born in Granada Hills, California. She is the daughter of Naomi Judd, a country music singer and motivational speaker, and Michael Charles Ciminella, a marketing analyst for the horseracing industry.[1][3][4] Ashley’s elder sister, Wynonna, is also a country music singer. Her paternal grandfather was of Sicilian descent, and her paternal grandmother was a descendant of Mayflower pilgrim William Brewster.[5][6] At the time of her birth, her mother was unemployed; she did not become well known as a singer until the early 1980s. Judd’s parents divorced in 1972. The following year, her mother took Ashley back to Naomi’s native Kentucky, where Judd spent the majority of her childhood.[7] She also went to school in Marin County, California as a child.[8]

Judd attended 13 schools before college, including the Sayre School (Lexington, Kentucky), Paul G. Blazer High School (Ashland, Kentucky) and Franklin High School in Tennessee. She briefly tried modeling in Japan during a school break. An alumna of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Kentucky, she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater, and women’s studies. She spent a semester studying in France as part of her major. She graduated from the UK Honors Program and was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa, but did not graduate with her class.[9] Forgoing her commitment to join the Peace Corps, after college she drove to Hollywood, where she studied with well-respected acting teacher Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West. During this time, she worked as a hostess at The Ivy restaurant and lived in a Malibu rental house, which burned down in 1993. Around that time, her half-sister Wynonna Judd leased her a historic farmhouse and 10 acres of land in Williamson County, Tennessee. She moved to Tennessee and lived near her mother Naomi and sister Wynonna.[10]

Career[edit]

Judd at an ABC Missing event at The Paley Center in April 2012

Judd appeared as Ensign Robin Lefler, a Starfleet officer, in two 1991 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Darmok” and “The Game“. From 1991 to 1994, she had a recurring role as Reed, the daughter of Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), on the NBC drama Sisters. She made her feature film debut with a small role in 1992’s Kuffs. In 1993, Judd fought for and was cast in her first starring role playing the title character in Victor Nuñez‘s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize dramatic winner Ruby in Paradise. On her way to the audition, she was so nervous about getting a role that she felt defined her life, she nearly wrecked her car. “From the first three sentences, I knew it was written for me”, she told the San Jose Mercury News.[11] She received rave reviews playing Ruby Lee Gissing, a young woman trying to make a new life for herself, and it was this performance that would launch her career as an actress. Nuñez told author James L. Dickerson that the resonance of the character was Judd’s creation: “The resonance, those moments, was not contrived. It was just a matter of creating the scene and trusting that it was worth telling.”[12]

Oliver Stone, who had seen her in Nuñez’s film, cast Judd in Natural Born Killers, but her scenes were later cut from the version of the film released theatrically. The following year, she gained further critical acclaim for her role as Harvey Keitel‘s estranged daughter in Wayne Wang‘s Smoke and also as Val Kilmer‘s wife in Michael Mann‘s Heat. That same year she also played the role of Callie in Philip Ridley‘s dark, adult fairy tale, The Passion of Darkly Noon. In 1996, she co-starred with Mira Sorvino as Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jean and Marilyn, where she recreated the photo shoot for the centerfold for the first issue of Playboy. By the end of the 1990s, Judd had managed to achieve significant fame and success as a leading actress, after leading roles in several thrillers that performed well at the box office, including Kiss the Girls in 1997 and 1999’s Double Jeopardy.

Judd at the premiere of Divergent in March 2014

Several of her early 2000s films, including 2001’s Someone Like You and 2002’s High Crimes, received only mixed reviews and moderate box office success;[13] although she did receive positive recognition, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, for her performance in the 2004 biography of Cole Porter, De-Lovely, opposite Kevin Kline. In the same year, however, she starred in Twisted, the worst-reviewed movie of 2004 with 131 of 133 critics panning it.[14] To date, Twisted is the last major Hollywood film in which she received top billing.

In June 2007, Goody’s Family Clothing announced they were going to be releasing three fashion clothing lines with Judd in the fall to be called “AJ”, “Love Ashley” and “Ashley Judd”. Goody’s declared bankruptcy a year later due to slow sales and its last store closed in February 2009.

Judd is currently the magazine advertising “face” of American Beauty, an Estée Lauder cosmetic brand sold exclusively at Kohl’s department stores, and H. Stern jewelers. In early 2012, however, her image suddenly disappeared from American Beauty’s web site.[15]

In 2011, Judd co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in the film Flypaper. It grossed only $1,100 total in its very limited theatrical release and received a 17% Rotten Tomatoes rating (15 of 18 critics panned it).[16] That April, Judd released her memoir All That is Bitter and Sweet, where she talks about her trials and tribulations from adolescence to adulthood.[17] In 2012, Judd starred as Rebecca Winstone on the ABC series Missing. The series was not renewed for a second season.[18]

In 2014, Judd appeared as Natalie Prior in Divergent, which she reprised in the 2015 sequel Insurgent.

In 2014, Judd was the narrator of the documentary film about Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, Love is a Verb, directed by Terry Spencer Hesser.[19]

In 2015, Judd became the first woman to narrate the opening for the telecast of the Kentucky Derby.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Judd at the second day of qualifications for the 2009 Indianapolis 500

In December 1999, Judd became engaged to Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti, who was driving in the Champ Car World Series. Since the demise of the Champ Car World Series, Franchitti has raced in IndyCar and NASCAR. They married in December 2001 at Skibo Castle.[22][23] They had no children together, with Judd telling the Sunday Mail that “it’s unconscionable to breed with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries”.[23] They divorced in 2013.[24]

Judd is known to attend University of Kentucky basketball games regularly (frequently sitting in the student section), and has also attended several Kentucky football games. She has been a guest columnist for a local Kentucky newspaper, writing about the NCAA championships.[citation needed] She posed for a poster wearing only an ice hockey jersey for fundraising purposes for the University of Kentucky‘s hockey team. She is an avid practitioner of yoga and enjoys cooking and gardening.[citation needed]

In February 2006, Judd entered a program at Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Buffalo Gap, Texas and stayed for 47 days.[25] She was there for treatment of depression, insomnia, and codependency.[26]

A disagreement between Judd and Indy race car driver Milka Duno took place during the 2007 IndyCar season. After the final race of the 2007 season, she stated to the media: “I know this is not very sportsmanlike, but they’ve got to get the 23 car (Duno) off the track. It’s very dangerous. I’m tired of holding my tongue. She shouldn’t be out there. When a car is 10 miles (an hour) off the pace, it’s not appropriate to be racing. People’s lives are at stake.”[27][28]

On May 9, 2007, the media announced that Judd had completed her bachelor’s degree in French at the University of Kentucky.[29] In a May 2007 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she explained that she had completed her degree requirements in 1990 with 27 more credit hours taken than the required 120 hours, but had mistakenly thought she was one class short of the necessary requirements. At this time, she realized that she only needed to “sign a piece of paper” in order to graduate and receive her diploma. DeGeneres then surprised Judd by presenting her with her diploma, which DeGeneres had acquired from the university.[episode needed]

Judd was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky on May 9, 2009. She subsequently earned a Mid-Career Master of Public Administration degree (MC/MPA) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2010 through the Mid-Career Master of Public Administration program (MC/MPA). This is a one-year degree as opposed to the similar-sounding two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA).[30]

Judd is Christian.[31]

Humanitarian work[edit]

Judd announces a counseling and testing center for HIV/AIDS in Cape Town, 2005

Ashley Judd’s humanitarian work has revolved around AIDS. Judd has travelled with YouthAIDS to places affected by illness and poverty such as Cambodia, Kenya, Rwanda, and many others.[32]

Inspired by her travels, which allowed her to witness the life of the poor and uneducated, she has since become an advocate for preventing poverty and promoting awareness internationally. She has met with political and religious leaders, heads of states, diplomats, and leaders on behalf of the deprived to convey the message to those who have the power to bring about political and social change.[32] Judd has also narrated three documentaries for YouthAIDS which aired internationally on the Discovery Channel, in National Geographic, and on VH1.

In 2011, she joined the Leadership Council of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).[33]

Other organizations Judd has been involved with include Women for Women International and Equality Now, along with other non-governmental organizations that direct attention to social, educational, health, economic, cultural and financial funding of the unfortunate.[32]

Judd is active on the speakers’ circuit, giving speeches about humanitarian topics.[34]

Other work[edit]

Judd (upper left) on the cover of Ms. magazines “This is what a feminist looks like” 2003 issue

Judd has supported the following charities and foundations:[35]

Political activities[edit]

In 2008, Judd supported Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign. In 2009, she appeared in a one-minute video advertisement for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, in which Judd condemned Alaska governor Sarah Palin for supporting aerial wolf hunting.[36] In response, Palin stated the reason these wolves are killed is to protect the caribou population in Alaska, ignoring independent studies showing that wolves are not a danger for the caribou population in their balanced natural habitat, as well as omitting the fact that the killing campaign was financially supported by caribou hunting groups; Palin called the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund an “extreme fringe group”.[37] In 2010, Judd signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund‘s petition to urge Governor Steve Beshear to protect Kentucky’s homeless animals through tough enforcement of the state’s Humane Shelter Law.[38]

Judd meeting with Senator Richard Lugar

Judd is active in humanitarian and political causes. She was appointed Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, an education and prevention program of the international NGO Population Services International (PSI), promoting AIDS prevention and treatment. Judd was honored November 10, 2009, as the recipient of the fourth annual USA Today Hollywood Hero, awarded for her work with PSI.[39] On October 29, 2006, Judd appeared at a “Women for Ford” event for Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford, Jr. She has also campaigned extensively locally and nationally for a variety of Democratic candidates, including President Barack Obama in critical swing states.

On September 8, 2010, CNN interviewed Judd about her second humanitarian mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo.[40] Judd traveled with the Enough Project, a project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. In the interview, Judd discussed her efforts to raise awareness about how conflict minerals fuel sexual violence in Congo. During her trip, Judd visited hospitals for victims of sexual violence, camps for displaced persons, mines, and civil society organizations. On September 30, 2010, cnn.com published an op-ed titled “Ashley Judd: Electronics fuel unspeakable violence”[41] by Judd and Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast regarding the continued violence in Congo. Her op-ed discussed the recent provision in the Dodd-Frank Reform bill that requires companies to prove where their minerals originated. On November 26, 2010, The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Judd, “Costs of Convenience”.[42] The op-ed is excerpted from Ashley Judd’s trip diary from her trip to eastern Congo. Judd describes the link between her cell phone, laptop, MP3 player and e-reader and the continued rape and sexual violence in Congo. Judd also explains the immediate need for electronics companies to commit to tracing, auditing, and certifying the minerals in their products to guarantee a clean supply chain.[citation needed]

Judd again supported Democrats in the 2012 elections, endorsing President Barack Obama for re-election although she did not contribute financially to his campaign.[43] She represented Tennessee as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She also considered returning to Kentucky and challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014.[44] In response, the Conservative Super PAC “American Crossroads” released an attack ad against Judd in Kentucky.[45]

In February 2013, she invited her Twitter followers to join a mailing list, hinting that she might ultimately announce a run for the Senate to those on the list.[46] However, she announced on her Twitter feed on March 27, 2013, that she would not run, citing her “need to be focused on my family”.[47] Judd endorsed Alison Lundergan Grimes, Secretary of State of Kentucky after she announced her candidacy.[48]

Judd took part in the 2017 Women’s March. She performed a poem written by Nashville-area poet Nina Donovan, “Nasty Woman“, to applause from the crowd.[49]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Kuffs Paint store owner’s wife
1993 Ruby in Paradise Ruby Lee Gissing
1994 Love Can Build a Bridge Herself
1995 Heat Charlene Shiherlis
1995 Smoke Felicity
1995 Passion of Darkly Noon, TheThe Passion of Darkly Noon Callie
1996 Time to Kill, AA Time to Kill Carla Brigance
1996 Normal Life Pam Anderson
1997 Kiss the Girls Dr. Kate McTiernan
1997 Locusts, TheThe Locusts Kitty
1998 Simon Birch Rebecca Wenteworth
1999 Double Jeopardy Elizabeth “Libby” Parsons
1999 Eye of the Beholder Joanna Eris
2000 Where the Heart Is Lexie Coop
2001 Someone Like You Jane Goodale
2002 Frida Tina Modotti
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Younger Vivi Abbott Walker
2002 High Crimes Claire Kubik
2004 De-Lovely Linda Porter
2004 Twisted Jessica Shepard
2006 Come Early Morning Lucy Fowler
2007 Bug Agnes White
2007 India’s Hidden Plague Herself
2009 Helen Helen Leonard
2009 Crossing Over Denise Frankel
2010 Tooth Fairy Carly Harris-Thompson
2011 Dolphin Tale Lorraine Nelson
2011 Flypaper Kaitlin
2013 Olympus Has Fallen First Lady Margaret Asher
2014 Divergent Natalie Prior
2014 The Identical Louise Wade
2014 Dolphin Tale 2 Lorraine Nelson
2014 Big Stone Gap Ave Maria Mulligan
2014 Love is a Verb Narrator
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Natalie Prior
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Natalie Prior
2016 Barry Ann Dunham
2016 Good Kids Gabby

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Robin Lefler Episodes: “Darmok” and “The Game
1991–94 Sisters Reed Halsey 32 episodes
1994 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Herself Episode: Elevator
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn Norma Jean
2012 Missing Becca Winstone 10 episodes (canceled at end of first season)
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Directed “Maggie” segment
2017 Twin Peaks
Berlin Station BB Yates Series Reguler (Season 2)[50]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1993 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Most Promising Actress Ruby in Paradise Won
Independent Spirit Award Best Lead Female Won
National Society of Film Critics Award Best Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Nominated
1995 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Norma Jean & Marilyn Nominated
1996 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actress – Video Kiss the Girls Nominated
Favorite Actress – Suspense Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actress – Suspense Double Jeopardy Won
MTV Movie Award Best Female Performance Nominated
2004 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy De-Lovely Nominated
2007 Saturn Award Best Actress Bug Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Missing Nominated

Honors[edit]

Kathie Lee Gifford

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Kathie Lee Gifford

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Born Kathryn Lee Epstein
(1953-08-16) August 16, 1953 (age 63)
Paris, France
Education Bowie High School
Alma mater Oral Roberts University
Occupation TV presenter
Talk show host
Actress
Singer-songwriter
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Paul Johnson (m. 1976; div. 1983)
Frank Gifford (m. 1986; d. 2015)
Children 2 including; Cassidy Erin (b. 1993)
Website www.kathieleegifford.com

KathrynKathieLee Gifford (née Epstein, previously Johnson; born August 16, 1953)[1] is an American television host, singer, songwriter, comedian, and actress, best known for her 15-year run (1985–2000) on the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin. She has received 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and won her first Daytime Emmy in 2010 as part of the Today team.

Gifford’s first television role was that of Tom Kennedy‘s singer/sidekick on the syndicated version of Name That Tune, from 1974 to 1978.

She also appeared in television advertisements for Carnival Cruise Lines beginning in 1984. Gifford was married to sportscaster and former NFL player Frank Gifford from 1986 until his death in 2015.

On April 7, 2008, Gifford began co-hosting the fourth hour of Today alongside Hoda Kotb. She also occasionally appears on the first three hours of Today and is a contributing NBC News correspondent.

Early life[edit]

Gifford was born Kathryn Lee Epstein in Paris, France, to American parents, Joan (née Cuttell; born January 20, 1930), a singer, and Aaron Epstein (March 19, 1924 – November 19, 2002), a musician and former US Navy Chief Petty Officer. Aaron Epstein was stationed with his family in France at the time of Gifford’s birth.[2] Gifford grew up in Bowie, Maryland, and attended Bowie High School.[3] During high school, Gifford was a singer in a folk group, “Pennsylvania Next Right”, which performed frequently at school assemblies. After high school graduation, Gifford attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, studying drama and music.

Gifford’s paternal grandfather was Russian Jewish from Saint Petersburg and her paternal grandmother was of Native American ancestry. Her mother, a relative of writer Rudyard Kipling, was of French Canadian, English and German descent.[4][5] After seeing the Billy Graham-produced film The Restless Ones at age 12, Gifford became a born-again Christian. She told interviewer Larry King, “I was raised with many Jewish traditions and raised to be very grateful for my Jewish heritage.”[6]

1970s[edit]

During a summer in the early 1970s, she was a live-in secretary/babysitter for Anita Bryant at her home in Miami. Gifford’s career took off in the 1970s (during her first marriage to Christian composer/arranger/producer/publisher Paul Johnson) as a vocalist on the game show Name That Tune with Tom Kennedy. In 1978, she joined the cast of the short-lived Hee Haw spinoff, Hee Haw Honeys.

Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee[edit]

Following her divorce from Johnson in 1983, Gifford met sports commentator Frank Gifford during an episode of ABC‘s Good Morning America; they were married from 1986 until his death in 2015.

By that time she was several months into her most famous television role, as a full-time morning talk show personality. On June 24, 1985, she replaced Ann Abernathy as co-host of The Morning Show on WABC-TV with Regis Philbin. The program went into national broadcast in 1988 as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, and Gifford became well-known across the country. Throughout the 1990s, millions of morning-TV viewers watched her descriptions of life at home with her sportscaster husband and their son and daughter, Cody Newton Gifford (born March 22, 1990) and Cassidy Erin Gifford (born August 2, 1993). Gifford left the show on July 28, 2000.

She appeared as a spokesperson for Slim Fast diet shakes after Cody was born. She also was the face of Carnival Cruise Lines in the late 1980s and early 1990s, singing “If my friends could see me now!”

1996 labor rights efforts[edit]

In 1996 the National Labor Committee, a human rights group, reported that sweatshop labor was being used to make clothes for the Kathie Lee line, sold at Wal-Mart.[7] The group reported that a worker in Honduras smuggled a piece of clothing out of the factory, which had a Kathie Lee label on it.[8] One of the workers, Wendy Diaz, came to the United States to testify about the conditions under which she worked. She commented, “I wish I could talk to [Kathie Lee]. If she’s good, she will help us.”[9]

Labor activist Charles Kernaghan spoke to the media and accused Gifford of being responsible for the sweatshop management activity. Gifford addressed Kernaghan’s allegations on the air during Live, explaining that she was not involved with hands-on project management in factories.[10]

Gifford later contacted Federal authorities to investigate the issue and worked with U.S. Federal legislative and executive branch agencies to support and enact laws to protect children against sweatshop conditions. She appeared with President Bill Clinton at the White House in support of the government’s initiatives to counter international sweatshop abuses.[11]

Current career[edit]

Since Live, Gifford has made guest appearances in films and television series, and has several independently released albums on CD, including 2000’s The Heart of a Woman, featuring the single “Love Never Fails“.[12][13]

In September 2005 she became a special correspondent on The Insider, a syndicated entertainment magazine television show, ending her relationship with that program upon her co-hosting role with Today.[14]

She played the role of Miss Hannigan in a concert performance of Annie at Madison Square Garden in December 2006.[15]

On March 31, 2008, NBC announced that Gifford was to join its morning show, Today, as co-host of the fourth hour, alongside Hoda Kotb. This marked her return to morning television; in many markets, she now airs directly after her old show, formerly called Live! with Kelly. Because the fourth hour of Today airs live at 10:00am ET, and Live! with Kelly airs live at 9:00am ET, Gifford’s hour does not compete directly with her former show in most markets.[16] Kotb and Gifford replaced Ann Curry and Natalie Morales. In the weeks prior to Gifford’s arrival, ratings indicated 1.9 million viewers of the fourth hour of Today.[17] As of 2014, the fourth hour of Today with Gifford and Kotb has averaged 2.148 million total viewers, an increase of 26 percent over the 2008 ratings.[18][19]

On an episode that aired March 27, 2010, she guest starred on The Suite Life on Deck, along with her real-life daughter, Cassidy.

Gifford is a celebrity ambassador for the non-profit organization Childhelp. She regularly makes appearances at fund raisers and events for the child abuse prevention and treatment organization and is an ardent supporter.[20]

Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford raised the money to build and continued to financially support two shelters in New York City for babies born with HIV, or a congenital crack cocaine addiction. These shelters were named in honor of her children, Cody and Cassidy.[21] Frank and Kathie Lee also shared a birthday, August 16.

She appeared as herself in the 2015 television film Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Musical theatre[edit]

In the late 1990s, Gifford began working in musical theatre. She contributed a number of musical numbers to Hats, and wrote and produced Under The Bridge,[22] based upon the children’s book The Family Under The Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson. In 2000 she released the album The Heart of a Woman on Universal.

In 2007, she premiered Saving Aimee, a stage musical about evangelist Aimee McPherson, at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.[23][24] The premiere starred actress Carolee Carmello in the lead role.[25] The show, now titled Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, ran on Broadway from November 15, 2012, through December 9, 2012,[26] with Carmello reprising her role as McPherson. On April 30, 2013, Carmello received her third Tony Award nomination for the performance.[27]

On April 16, 2007, Gifford was a guest presenter at the Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Award Ceremony, honoring contributions and professional accomplishments in theatre.[28]

In 2008, Gifford and David Friedman wrote a junior high school musical entitled Key Pin It Real.[29] The play depicts a coming-of-age story about a young girl named Key Pin. The first production took place in December 2008 in Kendallville, Indiana, at East Noble High School.[30]

Gifford is currently working on a musical adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life with John McDaniel; McDaniel is composing music while Gifford is writing lyrics.[31]

References[edit]

Ashley Jensen

Ashley Jensen

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Jensen at the 60th Annual Emmy Awards, 21 September 2008
Born Ashley Jensen
(1969-08-11) 11 August 1969 (age 47)
Annan, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Terence Beesley (m. 2007)
Children 1

Ashley Jensen Beesley (born 11 August 1969) is a Scottish actress and narrator. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role on the television series Extras, on which she appeared from 2005–2007. She was also a cast member of the ABC show Ugly Betty and the short-lived CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose.

Career[edit]

Jensen was born in Annan, Scotland to Margaret and Ivar Jensen. She was raised by her mother, a special-needs teacher. She trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and was a member of the National Youth Theatre.

Jensen’s first big television role was as Clare Donnelly, daughter of Glasgow criminal Jo-Jo Donnelly (played by Billy Connolly) in the 1993 BBC drama Down Among the Big Boys. In 1994 she played eccentric secretary Rosie McConnichy in the final series of BBC comedy May to December, as a replacement for the character of secretary Hilary, and Heather in Roughnecks, a BBC television series based around the workers on a North Sea Oil platform. Jensen had a small role in a Dangerfield episode “Contact” as the mother of a young girl with meningitis.[citation needed] She then appeared as Fiona Morris in EastEnders. She also appeared in Two Thousand Acres of Sky on the BBC in 2003 along with Michelle Collins and Paul Kaye.

Jensen starred alongside Ricky Gervais in the BBC Two/HBO television programme Extras as the socially inept Maggie Jacobs. For her work on the first series, she received best television comedy actress and newcomer awards at the 2005 British Comedy Awards. In 2006, Jensen received two British Comedy Awards and a BAFTA nomination for her role in Extras. Her role in the 2007 Christmas Special earned her an Emmy Award nomination. In January 2006 she starred in the short-lived drama series Eleventh Hour on ITV, alongside Patrick Stewart. Later that year she played Steve Coogan‘s agent in A Cock and Bull Story. In 2007, she provided the narration for the film Taking Liberties, directed by Chris Atkins.[citation needed]

In September 2006, Jensen’s first major role on American television came when she took the role of regular character Christina McKinney on the ABC series Ugly Betty. Her character was originally an American, but when she met with the show’s producers they liked Jensen’s accent and changed the nationality of the character, keeping McKinney British. Production of Ugly Betty moved to New York from Los Angeles in mid-2008, causing a conflict for Jensen, who became a recurring member of the cast.

In January 2009, Jensen starred in No Holds Bard, a BBC Scotland one-off special comedy shown on Burns Night as part of a line-up of special programming to mark the 250th Birthday of Robert Burns. She is the narrator of Channel 4‘s Embarrassing Illnesses and Embarrassing Bodies. She also narrates Bank of Scotland‘s current advertisement campaign and Persil detergent adverts for both television and radio. From September 2009 to May 2010, she co-starred with Jenna Elfman in the sitcom Accidentally on Purpose as Olivia. Jensen starred in the BBC comedy Nativity as Jennifer Lore, a Hollywood producer’s secretary and the love interest of Paul Maddens played by Martin Freeman. Nativity was released in cinemas on 27 November 2009.

On 21 December 2010, she starred in the one-off/pilot BBC comedy drama Accidental Farmer, playing a London executive who buys a derelict farm with her philandering boyfriend’s credit card. In 2011, she voiced Nanette the frog in the animated production Gnomeo and Juliet. She starred in the ITV drama The Reckoning in April of that year. On 6 October 2012, she appeared as a guest on the BBC cookery programme Saturday Kitchen hosted by James Martin.[citation needed]

On 22 August 2014, Sky announced that it had commissioned a television film adaptation of the M. C. Beaton novel Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death for Sky1, starring Ashley Jensen as the titular character, Agatha Raisin.[1]

In 2015, Jensen starred opposite Sharon Horgan and American comedian Rob Delaney in Catastrophe, a six-part comedy series for the British Channel 4[2] that aired in the UK from 19 January 2015.

In 2015, Jensen co-starred with Susan Calman in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Sisters.[3] Calman also wrote the series.

Personal life[edit]

After six years together, Jensen married actor Terence Beesley in a ceremony in the woods of Big Sur, California on 29 January 2007.[4] They met in 1999 while working on a stage production of King Lear.[5] The couple also own property in Umbria, Italy. The couple have one son, Francis Jonathan Beesley (born 20 October 2009),[6] and currently live in Bath, Somerset.[7]

In December 2008, Jensen and Beesley were granted a restraining order against Jeff Lewis from Bravo TV‘s Flipping Out. Jensen and Beesley then were living next door to a Los Feliz house Lewis was renovating, and conflict arose after a deck that Lewis had constructed on the home crossed the property line onto the Jensen-Beesley property. Jensen and Beesley sued, seeking $100,000 for an easement. Lewis reacted negatively and Jensen/Beesley filed a restraining order. In mid-April 2009 the two parties settled for a $30,000 easement and an agreement that the deck would not have to be demolished.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Tickets for the Zoo
1999 Topsy-Turvy Miss Tringham
2005 A Cock and Bull Story Lindsey
2009 Nativity! Jennifer Lore
2010 Sunshine Alison short
How to Train Your Dragon Phlegma the Fierce Voice
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Nanette
Hysteria Fanny
Arthur Christmas Bryony Nominated – Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2012 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate
2014 Small Time Gail
2015 The Lobster Biscuit Woman
2015 The Legend of Barney Thompson Detective Inspector June Robertson
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 City Lights 1 episode
1992, 1993 Rab C. Nesbitt 2nd Girl / Sheena 2 episodes
1993 Screen One Claire Donnelly 1 episode
1994 May to December Rosie / Rosie McConnachy 6 episodes
The Tales of Para Handy Catriona MacLean 1 episode
Takin’ Over the Asylum Kathleen
1994–95 Roughnecks Heather 13 episodes
1994, 1997 The Bill Diane Wyre / Kate Selby 2 episodes
1995 The Baldy Man Hairdresser 1 episode
Waiting Amanda Cookson
Temp Eileen TV film
Capital Lives Eileen 1 episode
1996 The Big Picnic Nessie TV film
Bad Boys Morag 6 episodes
1996–2004 Casualty Stella / Jess 3 episodes
1997 Dangerfield Michelle Thomson 1 episode
1998–2000 City Central PC Sue Chappell 31 episodes
1998 Mortimer’s Law Naomi Childs 1 episode
2000 EastEnders Fiona Morris 2 episodes
2001 Rebus Mhairi Henderson 1 episode
2001–03 Clocking Off Babs Leach / Babs Fisher 5 episodes
2002 Outside the Rules Dawn Deacon TV film
Breeze Block 5 episodes
2003 Coming Up Rachel 1 episode
Silent Witness DI Becky Metcalf “Fatal Error” 2 Episodes
Sweet Medicine Faye Brooks 5 episodes
The Office Interviewer 2 episodes (voice)
2005 Meet the Magoons Policewoman No.1 1 episode
Taggart Agatha Ferry
2005–07 Extras Maggie Jacobs 13 episodes
British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer
British Comedy Award for Best Television Comedy Actress (2005)
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Performance
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress
Nominated – British Comedy Award for Best Television Comedy Actress (2008)
Nominated – Rose d’Or Award for Best Sitcom Performance (follower-up)
2006 Eleventh Hour Rachel Young 4 episodes
2006–2010 Ugly Betty Christina McKinney 66 episodes (Series Regular; 1–3 / Guest Star; Season 4)
Nominated – BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Acting Performance in Television
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007, 2008)
2007–15 Embarrassing Bodies Narrator Documentary
2009 No Holds Bard Isobel TV film
2009–10 Accidentally on Purpose Olivia 18 episodes
2010 Accidental Farmer Erin Taylor TV film
2011 The Reckoning
2013 All Stars
Love and Marriage Sarah
The Escape Artist Kate Burton
2014–present Agatha Raisin Agatha Raisin TV film
2015–present Catastrophe Fran

Rebecca Creskoff

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Rebecca Creskoff

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Rebecca Creskoff
Born (1971-02-01) February 1, 1971 (age 46)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Michael Glassner (2012–present)

Rebecca Creskoff (born February 1, 1971) is an American actress.

Career[edit]

Creskoff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania before attending New York University where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree.[1] She has guest-starred in a number of notable television series including Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The West Wing, Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, Hannah Montana, Justified and Curb Your Enthusiasm.[2] She has had recurring roles in The Practice, Girlfriends, Jonas and Hung, becoming a series regular on the show’s second season.

Creskoff also co-starred in the sitcoms Greetings from Tucson and Quintuplets, both of which ended after one season.

Personal life[edit]

Creskoff is Jewish. In 2012, she married fertility doctor Dr. Michael Glassner.[3] On November 15, 2012, she gave birth to their first child, Sadie Edith Glassner.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Finding North Gina Independent film
1998–2010 Law & Order Charlotte/Veronica Masters TV series, 2 episodes
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Waitress TV series, 1 episode
2000 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Sarah Jordan TV series, 1 episode
2000 Practice, TheThe Practice Dr. Jeannie Reynolds TV series, 3 episodes
2001 Friends and Family Jenny Patrizzi Independent film
2001 Kristen Janis TV series, 1 episode
2003 Phil at the Gate Unknown Made-for-TV film
2002–2003 Greetings from Tucson Elizabeth Tiant TV series, regular role
2004–2005 Quintuplets Carol Chase TV series, regular role
2005–2006 Girlfriends Jennifer Miller TV series, recurring role, 6 episodes
2006 Stroller Wars Cara Made-for-TV film
2006 New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old Christine Hilary TV series, 1 episode
2007 Mad Men Barbra Katz TV series, 2 episodes
2008 Libertyville Lorie Made-for-TV film
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Anne Fields TV series, 1 episode
2009 Party Down Liddy McSpadden TV series, 1 episode
2009 NCIS Hillary Taffet TV series, 1 episode
2009 Hannah Montana Nurse Carol TV series, 1 episode
2009–2010 Jonas Sandy Lucas TV series, recurring role
2010–2011 Parenthood Carly Barrow TV series, 2 episodes
2009–2011 Hung Lenore Recurring role (season 1),
Regular role (season 2- season 3)
2010 Knucklehead Tina
2010 Desperate Housewives Stacy Strauss
2010 $h*! My Dad Says Cameo in season 1, episode 6
2011 Justified Carol Johnson TV series, 3 episodes
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Heidi TV series, 1 episode
2012 How I Met Your Mother Geraldine TV series, 1 episode
2014 Bates Motel Christine Heldens TV series, season 2

2007-15                          MADMEN                      BARBARA KATZ

2016                                TAXI 22                          VANESSA

2017                                KOURTNEY KANG PROJECT   PATTY JEAN

Rebecca Lacey

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Rebecca Lacey

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Rebecca Lacey
Born Rebecca Jane Lacey
(1965-04-20) 20 April 1965 (age 51)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Paul Harrison

Rebecca Lacey (born 20 April 1965) is a British actress.[1] She was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, the daughter of actor Ronald Lacey and actress Mela White. She is not the sister of actress Ingrid Lacey as is often reported.

Lacey is best known for her roles as Irene Stuart (series 4) in Monarch of the Glen, the feisty Dr. George Woodman in Casualty (having previously made two guest appearances in the series as patients in 1991 and 1994) and ditzy but kind-hearted Hilary in May to December. She has also played a number of roles in The Bill and many other TV series.

In 1992 she appeared in the film Carry On Columbus and followed it up in 1996 with an appearance in the BBC/WGBH comedy Heavy Weather written by P.G. Wodehouse and starring Peter O’Toole. She has appeared in a number of theatre productions including a season with Alan Ayckbourn in Terry Johnson’s Dead Funny in the West End and Amy’s View by David Hare.

Lacey and her husband Paul Harrison have a son, Charlie, born in November 2002, and a daughter, Betsy, born also in November 2005. She has also appeared supporting the One campaign founded by actress Claire Goose‘s brother Duncan, selling bottled water in order to fund projects to provide clean drinking water around the world particularly in Africa. The campaign advert featured Lacey, Claire Goose, David Tennant, Hugo Speer and Ian Kelsey. She has also provided a number of TV advertising voiceovers.

Television filmography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Other work[edit]

  • Narrator – Anne Of Austria 1998 (Chivers Audio Books)
  • Narrator – The Exorcist (BBC Everyman)
  • Numerous TV adverts (O2, McVities, Tropicana, Oral B, The Sunday Times, Canon, KLM)

A few of her many plays[edit]

  • Mrs Bennett – Pride and Prejudice 2013 (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
  • Patricia – ‘Merit’ 2015 (Royal Theatre, Plymouth)
  • Sheila – ‘Benefactors’ 2012 (Sheffield Theatres)
  • Elmire – ‘Tartuffe’ 2011 (English Touring Theatre)
  • Siobhan -‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ (Gielgud Theatre, London)

Paola Morra

 

Paola Morra

Paola Morra

Paola Morra was born on April 20, 1959 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She is an actress, known for The Killer Nun (1979), As Filhas do Fogo (1978) and L’insegnante balla… con tutta la classe (1979).
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  • 1978: Unmoralische Novizinnen ( Interno di un convento ) 1978: Immoral novices ( Interno di un convento )
  • 1978: Silvia ama a Raquel 1978: Silvia ama a Raquel
  • 1978: Isola meccanica 1978: Isola meccanica
  • 1978: Flotte Teens und Sex nach Noten ( L’insegnante balla… con tutta la classe ) 1978: Fleet teens and sex after notes ( L’insegnante balla … con tutta la classe )
  • 1979: Geständnis einer Nonne ( Suor Omicidi ) 1979: Confession of a Nun ( Suor Omicidi )
  • 1979: Ammazzare il tempo 1979: Ammazzare il tempo
  • 1983: Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana (Fernsehserie, 3 Folgen) 1983: Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana (TV series, 3 episodes)

Victoria Koblenko

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Victoria Koblenko

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Victoria Koblenko
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Born Вікторія Кобленко
(1980-12-19) 19 December 1980 (age 36)
Vinnitsa, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Nationality UkrainianDutch
Alma mater Leiden University
Occupation actress, presenter, columnist, humanitarian
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Yevhen Levchenko
(2004–2008; 2015–present)[1]
Website www.victoriakoblenko.nl

Victoria Koblenko (Ukrainian: Вікторія Кобленко) (born 19 December 1980, in Vinnitsa, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian-Dutch actress, presenter and columnist.

Biography[edit]

Victoria Koblenko was born and raised in Ukraine as an only child. It was not until 1992 when she was 12 that she and her parents moved to the Netherlands. Settling down in a faraway Western European country with an entirely different atmosphere, culture and language was a formative experience in her life and very much served to broaden her horizons. Koblenko adapted swiftly to life in her newly adopted country, learning to speak fluent Dutch. Attending a gymnasium (college preparatory school) in the Netherlands, she also mastered English, German and French, plus classical Latin and Greek, while maintaining her command of Russian and Ukrainian. She had the best grade for Latin and scored eight out of 10 for Dutch. At the age of 18, she began studying Political science at Leiden University.

Career[edit]

Although as a child Victoria never entertained the ambition of becoming an actress one day, she was featured in several TV commercials in her early teens. Koblenko achieved stardom when she played Isabella Kortenaer in the Netherlands’ most popular and longest-running TV soap opera, “Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden” (“Good Times, Bad Times”), from 2000 to 2010. Her first major film role was that of Marieke in the psychological thriller “Stille Nacht” (2004) which earned her the Favorite Actress Award at the 2004 edition of the Dutch Film Festival.[2] The film was also enthusiastically received at the European Film Festival in Tuscany.

In August 2005, Victoria was cast in the horror film “Doodeind” (2006).[3] She also starred in the short film “American Dreams” (2006),[4] playing the Russian wife of Lee Harvey Oswald. The film was shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was named Best Short Film at the Hollywood Film Festival, which boosted her career even further. October 2006 saw the release of another film showcasing Victoria’s talents, the horror movie “Sl8n8”. After several guest appearances in the TV series “Van Speijk”[5] and “Boks”, Victoria played Kim van Meegen in the 12-part Dutch drama series “Vuurzee” (“Sea of Fire”).[6]

Drawing on her Eastern European background, she landed her first Russian-speaking role in TV series “Heritage”. In 2009 she got her second Russian-speaking role in the TV series “Sisters” which aired on the 1st Channel in Russia.

In 2009 Koblenko started shooting for the first season Dutch TV drama series entitled “Bloedverwanten” (“Blood Relatives”). Victoria plays the role of Laura in this series which was first aired on AVRO in 2010.

In 2010 she starred in an on-line mockumentary called “Nigel & Victoria”. In this series of eight short episodes, broadcast on YouTube, Victoria played herself in the role of an on-camera spokesperson. She made her stage debut in September 2010 with the theatre play “Retour Hollandse Spoor” from the National Theatre directed by Johan Doesburg.

Production of the TV film “Van God Los” started March 2011. Victoria played the part of Miranda. The film is directed by David Lammers for the BNN network. In 2012 another drama series voor BNN, “FEUTEN” has been filmed. Currently Victoria is shooting a third season Dutch TV drama series entitled “Bloedverwanten” (“Blood Relatives”).[timeframe?]

Koblenko has appeared on several Dutch talk shows and entertainment programs, among them “The Weakest Link” and “Celebrity Mole”. She keeps close tabs on global developments, writing a column for the daily newspaper “Trouw” and reporting on events in, for example, Uganda and Ukraine, where she also served as an election observer.

Charitable work[edit]

Koblenko supports several humanitarian organizations, including Amnesty International and UNICEF. She took her involvement one step further when she teamed up with Doctors Without Borders to produce a TV documentary about AIDS in her native Ukraine. Another case in point is her visit to the site of the Chernobyl disaster, in her capacity of goodwill ambassador for a local organization. Koblenko has been working to raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role
2004 Stille Nacht Marieke Kopermolen
2006 American Dreams Marina
2006 Doodeind Laura
2006 Sl8n8 Kristel Lodema
2011 Van God Los (telefilm) Miranda
2012 De Club van Sinterklaas of het geheim van de Speelgoeddokter Nicole
2015 The Paradise Suite Ana
2015 Fashion Chicks Victoria Wolff
Television
Year Title Role Season Broadcast facility
2005 Wie is… de Mol? Participant 5 AVRO
2005 Shockdoc Host 3 RTL 5
2005 Thuis Host 1 Talpa
2006 Ranking The Stars Panellid 1 BNN
2007–2008 Landroof Host 2 VPRO
2008 De Uitlaatklep Host 2 RTV Noord
Roles in television
Title Season Year Role Episode Broadcastfacility
Goede tijden, slechte tijden 11-15, 20- 2000–2005, 2010- Isabella Kortenaer > 500 RTL 4
Costa! de Serie 1 2001 Quirine 1 episode BNN
Het Glazen Huis 1 2004 Danielle 1 episode RTL 4
Van Speijk 1 2006 Charmaine 9 episodes Talpa
Boks 1 2006 Anke 2 episodes Talpa
Sorry, Minister 1 2009 Ellen 1 episode VPRO
Vuurzee 1 2009 Kim van Megen 12 episodes VARA
Сёстры Королевы 1 2008-09 Лена 12 episodes Channel One
Bloedverwanten I 1 2009–2010 Laura 12 episodes AVRO
Bloedverwanten II 1 2011 Laura 10 episodes AVRO
FEUTEN 1 2012 Anne Fleur 10 episodes BNN
Bloedverwanten III 1 2013 Laura 10 episodes AVRO