Mekia Cox

Mekia Cox

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Born (1981-11-18) November 18, 1981 (age 35)
Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Occupation Actress, dancer, vocal artist
Years active 2005–present

Mekia Cox (born November 18, 1981) is an American actress and dancer, known for her recurring role as Sasha in the second and third seasons of 90210 and her role as a dancer in the Michael Jackson concert series This Is It and the related film Michael Jackson’s This Is It. In 2010, she assumed a supporting role in Lost creator J. J. Abrams‘s cancelled spy drama, Undercovers.

As a youth, Cox had a history of dance and theater training and experience. Much of her early work was associated with Universal Studios and Nickelodeon. She continued to train in the performing arts in high school and college. Subsequently, she toured nationally in stage productions of musicals such as Fame.

Background[edit]

Cox, a St. Croix native,[1] moved with her family to Orlando, Florida at age seven after spending five years of her youth studying dance in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1989, Cox was invited to participate in the Disney’s Magic Kingdom Christmas Spectacular show. Due to her proximity to Universal Studios, Cox was able to earn roles as a child actor in various Nickelodeon shows such as My Brother and Me, Keenan and Kel, and All That.[2]

Cox was a 1999 graduate of Dr. Phillips High School where she was enrolled in the Visual and Performing Arts magnet program for vocal performance.[3] Cox earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University in 2003 after being accepted to their Musical Theater program. During her summers she worked at the Heritage Repertory Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia where she played roles in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Anything Goes one summer and performed as a recurring character in Nickelodeon‘s show Noah Knows Best during another.[2] Other regional theater credits include Rent in which she played club dancer and drug addict Mimi Márquez, the Chicago role of Liz, and Frenchie in Cabaret.[4]

After graduating, she performed the role of Sarah in Ragtime, the musical at Merry-Go-Round Theater in Auburn, New York. Cox then toured nationally for two years as Carmen in Fame as well as revisiting her role as Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Café. After touring and landing her first television role she moved to Los Angeles,[2] where she continues to reside.[1] Among her personal interests are learning how to play guitar and painting.[1]

Television and film career[edit]

Prior to her role on Undercovers Cox made guest appearances on several television shows. In 2005, she appeared in CSI: NY, and Half & Half, and she appeared in One Tree Hill as Faith in season 3 episode 10 the following year. More recently she made a guest appearance on Bones and in four episodes of Paradise Hotel in 2008.[5][6] She also has a role in the musical I Kissed a Vampire as well as an appearance in the marital crisis comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love.,[6] which was released in July 2011.[7]

Cox was one of only two women selected for the 11-member dance group from a field of over 500 for the This Is It concert series.[3] She was one of the featured dancers in the documentary film Michael Jackson’s This Is It.[1] She can be seen dancing with Jackson during the rehearsal of “The Way You Make Me Feel“.[3]

During the 2009 second season of 90210 she appeared in six episodes.[6] She also appears in the fourth episode of season three (October 4, 2010).[8] Her 20-something character, Sasha, becomes the controversial love interest of Tristan Wilds‘ 17-year-old character, Dixon Wilson. The character is a DJ who met his character at a pizza parlor and a party she DJed on a yacht. Dixon led her to believe he was her age.[9][10] One of the things that helped them bond despite his status as a high school junior was that they had the same cell phone ringtone.[11] Eventually, Cox’s character lies about becoming pregnant to keep Dixon from breaking up with her.[12][13]

On October 29, 2009, she was one of the This is It dancers who appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to fulfill host Ellen DeGeneres‘ birthday wish.[14]

She appeared in all first-season episodes of Undercovers.[6] She plays a character named Lizzy Gilliam, who is the sister of the female lead and who is unaware of her family’s involvement in Central Intelligence Agency activities. Originally, Jessica Parker Kennedy was cast in the role, but Cox replaced her in June 2010 before the first episode of the first season was aired in September 2010.[15][16] Her character is described as “Boy crazy”.[17] Cox says that Lizzy’s character, which spends much of her onscreen time running the family catering business, embodied much of her own true character and described the character as follows: “Lizzy’s a good character; very light-hearted, very fun loving, she’s got a good heart and an interesting past and she’s trying to deal with it”.[18]

In 2016, Cox appeared in the Modern Family episode “The Cover-Up” .[19] On August 23, 2016, Cox joined Chicago Med in a recurring role.[20] She will portray Tiana in the seventh season of Once Upon a Time.[21] In August 2017, Cox was promoted to a series regular on the series.[22][23]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 I Kissed a Vampire Nikki No
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love. Hip Hairdresser AKA Tiffany
2012 Battlefield America Sarah Miller
2013 The Exchange Lisa Short
2013 After Dark Bree
2015 The Squeeze Lana

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 My Brother and Me Unknown Episode: #1.3
2005 CSI: NY Kia Rowe Episode: #2.5
2005 Half & Half Alicia Episode: #4.7
2006 One Tree Hill Faith Banks Episode: #3.10
2008 Bones Celeste Cutler Episode: #3.11
2009-2010 90210 Sasha Recurring: 6 Episodes (Season 2)Guest: 1 Episode (Season 3)
2010 Undercovers Lizzy Gillian Main: 11 Episodes (Season 1)
2011 The Mentalist Tracy Zuniga Episode: #3.23
2012 Necessary Roughness Zetty Liston Guest: 2 Episodes (Season 2)
2012 Common Law Destiny Episode: #1.7
2012 Leverage Katrina Hardt Episode: #5.9
2012 Key and Peele Girlfriend Episode: #2.5
2013 Mob City Anya Recurring: 3 Episodes (Season 1)
2013 Key and Peele Michelle Obama Episode: #3.5
2013-2014 Almost Human Anna Guest: 2 Episodes (Season 1)
2014 Untitled Jerrod Carmichael Pilot Maxine Unsold Television Series
2014 Key and Peele Girl on Date Episode #4.4
2014 Gotham Dr. Thawson Episode: #1.7
2015 Grey’s Anatomy Claire Vinson Episode: #11.16
2016 Modern Family Angie Episode: #7.16
2016 Impastor Jasmine Evans/Cox Recurring: 3 Episodes (Season 2)
2016 Secrets and Lies Amanda Warner Main: 10 Episodes (Season 2)
2016-Present Chicago Med Dr. Robin Charles Recurring: 13 Episodes (Season 2-Present)
2017 Once Upon a Time Princess Tiana/Sabine Main: (Season 7)
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Beth Littleford

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Beth Littleford

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Beth Littleford
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Littleford at the Night of Comedy 9 benefit to support the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) in Beverly Hills, California.
Born Elizabeth Anna Halcyon Littleford
(1968-07-17) July 17, 1968 (age 49)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress, comedian, television personality
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Rob Fox (1998-2015; divorced)
Children 2

Elizabeth Anna Halcyon “Beth” Littleford[1] (born July 17, 1968) is an American actress, comedian, and television personality. She is perhaps best known for being one of the original correspondents on the popular Comedy Central satirical news series The Daily Show from 1996 to 2000; she is also known as Tripp’s mother Beth Campbell from I’m in the Band and Avery’s mother, Ellen Jennings in Dog with a Blog.

Personal life[edit]

Littleford was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the daughter of Jackie, a professor, and Philip O. Littleford, a cardiologist, and inventor. She grew up in Winter Park, Florida.[1] She lives in Los Angeles, California with one son, Jackson Oliver Fox (born on July 30, 2005) and an adopted daughter, Halcyon ‘Hallie’ Juna, (born on March 23, 2012).[2]

Career[edit]

Littleford guest-starred on numerous television programs during the late 1990s and 2000s such as Spin City (where she had a multi-year occasional role), The West Wing, Family Guy, and Frasier. Littleford was also a celebrity commentator on VH1‘s I Love the 80s Strikes Back in 2003, I Love the 90s in 2004, I Love the 90s: Part Deux in 2005, I Love the New Millennium and The Great Debate in 2009. She was the female lead on the short-lived Fox series Method and Red, and also starred as Ben Tennyson‘s mother Sandra in Ben 10: Race Against Time, and reprised the role in the Ben 10: Alien Force episode 20 and again in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. More recently, Littleford appeared in TV commercials for Laughing Cow cheese and a hotel chain. She starred in the Disney XD original show I’m in the Band, the 2010 Disney channel movie Starstruck, and played Suzanne Berger on MTV‘s The Hard Times of RJ Berger, Dana on ABC‘s Desperate Housewives, and the realtor on The Fosters. She also plays the Cascade Kitchen Counselor on the TV commercials (2012). She had a starring role in the Disney Channel original series Dog with a Blog.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Cool, Dry Place, AA Cool, Dry Place Suzanne
1999 24 Hour Woman, TheThe 24 Hour Woman Lynn Shapiro
1999 Mystery, Alaska Janice Pettiboe
1999 Picture This Patty
2008 Drillbit Taylor Barbara Drennan
2009 Veiled Marie Short
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Claire
2012 Music High Lucy Bates
2012 Kidnap Party Alison Slater
2013 It’s Not You, It’s Me Sandy
2017 Random Tropical Paradise Martha Crandall
2017 Senior Moment Tess Woodson Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998–00 Spin City Deirdre West Recurring role
2001 Boston Public Marcia Fennel “Chapter 24”
2002 West Wing, TheThe West Wing WKZN Philadelphia Anchor Leslie “The U.S. Poet Laureate”
2002 Still Standing Kristy Duncan “Still in School”
2002 What I Like About You Susan “Copy That”
2002 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Reggie Meadows “The Show Might Go On”
2002–03 Greetings from Tucson Marna “Popularity”, “Student Council”
2002–03 Life with Bonnie Dr. ‘Mrs.’ Casey “Pilot”, “No Matter Where You Go, There You Are”
2003 Big Wide World of Carl Laemke, TheThe Big Wide World of Carl Laemke Laurie Laemke TV film
2003–04 One on One Geraldine Murphy Recurring role
2004 Method & Red Nancy Blaford Main role
2005 Joey Carla “Joey and the Premiere”
2006 Rodney Amy O’Brien “Rodney Gets a Leg Up”
2006 Love, Inc. Charlene “Anything But Love”
2006–12 Family Guy Various (voice) Guest role
2007 Without a Trace Diane Neese “Two of Us”
2007 Ben 10: Race Against Time Sandra Tennyson (voice) TV film
2008 Samantha Who? Audrey Rhodes “The Girlfriend”
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Sandra Tennyson (voice) “Grounded”
2009 Take 2 Amy TV film
2009–10 Rules of Engagement Laura “Twice”, “Harassment”, “Handy Man”
2009–11 I’m in the Band Beth Campbell Regular role
2010 StarStruck Barbara Olson TV film
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nurse Mona “Field Mice”
2010 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Sandra Tennyson (voice) “Hit ‘Em Where They Live”
2010 New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old Christine Tony Kershaw “Get Smarter”
2010 Neighbors from Hell Various (voice) Recurring role
2010 CSI: Miami Elena Manus “Sleepless in Miami”
2010–11 Hard Times of RJ Berger, TheThe Hard Times of RJ Berger Suzanne Berger Recurring role
2010–13 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show Various (voice) Guest role
2011 Desperate Housewives Dana “Then I Got Really Scared”, “School of Hard Knocks”
2012 Melissa & Joey Suzanne Haber “Good to Go”
2012 Mad Tasha / Various (voice) 1 episode
2012–15 Dog with a Blog Ellen Jennings Main role
2013 Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Helen “Mindy’s Minute”
2013–14 Ben 10: Omniverse Sandra Tennyson (voice) “Rules of Engagement”, “O Mother, Where Art Thou?”, “Vreedlemania”
2016 Mistresses Lindsay Lehman “Under Pressure”
2016 Unwanted Guest Anna Roberts TV film
2016–17 Fosters, TheThe Fosters Realtor “Girl Code”, “New York”, “Dream a Little Dream”
2017 2 Broke Girls Bonnie “And the Stalking Dead”
2017 Liberty Crossing Special Agent Margaret Smith “Comfort Zones”

Joey King

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Joey King

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Joey King
Born Joey Lynn King
(1999-07-30) July 30, 1999 (age 18)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Joey Lynn King[2] (born July 30, 1999) is an American actress. She is known for her starring role as Ramona Quimby in Ramona and Beezus, the 2010 adaptation of Beverly Cleary‘s book series with the same title. She has also appeared in the films Oz the Great and Powerful, The Conjuring and White House Down.

Personal life[edit]

King was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] She has two older sisters, Kelli and Hunter King. Joey has stated that she is “part Jewish and part Christian, but I’m mostly Jewish.”[3]

Career[edit]

King has been featured in the films Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler, and Quarantine. She voiced the yellow fur ball Katie, for the animated feature Horton Hears A Who! (2008), and Beaver, for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009). In 2010, she guest starred in the series Ghost Whisperer. She was also featured in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Emily Mason in two episodes. Other television appearances include Entourage, CSI, and Medium.

King’s first lead role was in the 2010 film Ramona and Beezus, an adaptation of the Beverly Cleary book series, starring as Ramona Quimby opposite Selena Gomez as her older sister, Beezus Quimby.[4] She also released a single for the movie called “Ramona Blue”.

King was featured in Battle: Los Angeles, where she played a girl named Kirsten. Also in 2011, she co-starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love. As well, she appeared in Taylor Swift‘s “Mean” music video as a young student at the school cafeteria rejected by her peers.

King had a role in Christopher Nolan‘s third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises (2012), as a young Talia al Ghul.[5] She also filmed the short-lived comedy series Bent, had guest appearances in New Girl and was on the final episode of The Haunting Hour, “Goodwill Towards Men.” In 2013, King appeared in Oz the Great and Powerful with James Franco and Zach Braff, White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, Family Weekend, and The Conjuring with Mackenzie Foy and Vera Farmiga. In 2014, she appeared in Wish I Was Here with Oz co-star Zach Braff, as well as in Fargo as Greta Grimly, daughter of police officer Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks).

In 2016 King was cast as the daughter of the character of Courtney Love in the coming-of-age drama film The Possibility of Fireflies.[6] She was the lead character Claire in the 2017 horror-thriller film Wish Upon.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Reign Over Me Gina Fineman Uncredited[citation needed]
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Katie Voice role
2008 Quarantine Briana
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Beaver girl Voice role
2010 Ramona and Beezus Ramona Quimby
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Kirsten
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Molly Weaver
2012 Family Weekend Lucinda Smith-Dungy
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Young Talia al Ghul
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful China Girl/Girl in Wheelchair
2013 The Conjuring Christine Perron
2013 White House Down Emily Cale
2014 Wish I Was Here Grace Bloom
2014 The Boxcar Children Jessie Voice role
2014 The Sound and the Fury Miss Quentin
2015 Stonewall Phoebe Winters
2015 Borealis Aurora
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Samantha “Sam” Blackwell
2017 Going in Style Brooklyn
2017 Wish Upon Clare Shannon
2017 Zeroville Zazi
2017 Smartass Freddie
2018 Slender Man Filming
2018 The Kissing Booth Elle Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Emily Mason Episodes: “Day Care“, “Books and Birdhouses
2006 Malcolm in the Middle Girl at Party Episode: “Mono”
2006–2007 Jericho Sally Episodes: Pilot, “The Day Before
2007 Backyards & Bullets Junie Garrison Television movie
2007 Entourage Chuck Liddell’s Daughter Episode: “Gotcha!
2007 Avenging Angel Amelia Television movie
2007–2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Little Girl / Nora Rowe Episodes: “Living Doll”, “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda”
2008 Untitled Liz Meriwether Project Lucy Unsold television pilot
2008 Medium Kelly Mackenzie age 8 Episode “Drowned World
2009 Anatomy of Hope Lucy Morgan Television movie
2010 Elevator Girl Paige Television movie
2010 Ghost Whisperer Cassidy Episodes: “Old Sins Cast Long Shadows“, “The Children’s Parade
2011 Bent Charlie Meyers Main role, 6 episodes
2012 New Girl Brianna Episode: “Bully”
2013 R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour Carla/Missy Jordan Episodes: “Seance”, “Goodwill Toward Men”
2014–2015 Fargo Greta Grimly Recurring role in season 1, special guest in season 2; 9 episodes
2014 American Dad! Voice Episode: “Familyland”
2014 Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs Elissa Wall Television movie
2016 The Flash Frankie Kane/Magenta Episode: “Magenta”[8]
2016 Tween Fest Maddisyn Crawford Main role

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist
2010 “Ramona Blue” Joey King featuring Kelli King
2011 Mean Taylor Swift

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2009 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actress Horton Hears a Who! Nominated
2010 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress Anatomy of Hope Nominated
Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actor/Actress Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Nominated
2011 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Ten and Under Ramona and Beezus Won [9]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Age Ten or Under Ghost Whisperer Nominated
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress The Dark Knight Rises Nominated [10]

At the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival, the Canadian Images features jury made an honourable mention recognizing King as an Emerging Actress for her performance in Borealis.[11]

Analeigh Tipton

Analeigh Tipton

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Analeigh Tipton
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Born Analeigh Christian Tipton
(1988-11-09) November 9, 1988 (age 28)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.[1]
Alma mater Marymount College, Palos Verdes
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2008–present
Modeling information
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Blue
Agency Abrams Artists Agency
Ford Models

Analeigh Christian Tipton (born November 9, 1988)[2][3] is an American actress and fashion model.[4] She is known for placing third on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model and for her roles in the films Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), Warm Bodies (2013), and Two Night Stand (2014).

Early life[edit]

Tipton was born, and spent her early childhood in, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[5] When Tipton was aged eight, her family relocated to Sacramento, California and she went to school in Placerville.[5] She attended Marymount College, Palos Verdes.[6]

Career[edit]

Tipton began skating at the age of two and a half,[5] and competed in four U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Later, she and her pair partner, Phillip Cooke,[7] became twice regional champions, and competed at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships twice on the Juvenile level.[7] She retired from competitive skating at 16 but continued to skate in charity ice shows for AIDS foundations and to rebuild a rink damaged in a fire.[5][8]

Modeling[edit]

Prior to America’s Next Top Model, Tipton was signed to I Model & Talent in Los Angeles[9] and walked in Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2008 for designer, Kelly Nishimoto for her Fall 2008 collection, Imasu.[10]

Tipton in 2008

Tipton placed third on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model in 2008.[11] She was recruited through Myspace and was asked to audition in Los Angeles.[5] At the beginning of the show, Tipton revealed that she once encountered sex traffickers posing as modeling agents. She was then sold to a Saudi Arabian prince but managed to get out of the situation before the deal was finalized.[12] After landing in the bottom 2 in the episode “You’re Beautiful, Now Change” for not using her ice-skating moves to her advantage, she rebounded and appeared in the top three for seven consecutive weeks.[citation needed] Tipton was called first twice, one for the first CoverGirl commercial, which Tyra Banks deemed “the best CoverGirl commercial in the history of America’s Next Top Model.[13] She also won the go-sees challenge, by booking all three of her go-sees she went to and getting back on time.[14] In a challenge won by Elina Ivanova, Ivanova shared her prize with Marjorie Conrad and Tipton; they appeared alongside each other in the December 2008/January 2009 issue of Seventeen magazine.[citation needed] She was subsequently eliminated in the finale after forgetting her lines in the second CoverGirl commercial, which left Samantha Potter and McKey Sullivan to walk in the finale runway show.[13]

Tipton signed with Ford Models in Los Angeles and Abrams Artists Agency, in both the commercial and theatrical divisions.[15] She appeared on Spain’s Marie Claire, Seventeen magazine’s December 2008-January 2009 edition, a several page spread in Maxim[16] and Vogue. She was also featured in ads for Forever 21 and Guess.

In 2010, she modeled Geren Ford’s pre-fall 2010 collection. For Los Angeles Fashion Week she walked for Skingraft and David Alexander for the S/S 2010 season.[17] Tipton’s other runway credits include Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Show, Ticket Fashion Show, Nick Verreos Line, Guess?, and America’s Next Top Model obsessed fashion show.[citation needed]

Acting[edit]

Tipton and Samantha Potter appeared as guest stars on an episode of the television series The Big Bang Theory in 2008.[18] She made her film debut in The Green Hornet, which was released on January 14, 2011.[citation needed]Tipton played a babysitter who has a crush on Steve Carell‘s character in Crazy, Stupid, Love.[19] prompting The New York Times to call her a “face to watch”.[20]

Tipton was cast in the third season of HBO’s TV comedy Hung, portraying Sandee, a young gigolo’s scheming fiancee.[21] She played a supporting role in the zombie-apocalyptic horror-romance Warm Bodies, directed by Jonathan Levine.[22] She had a small role opposite Scarlett Johansson in the 2014 science fiction action film Lucy. She had her first lead role in Two Night Stand directed by Max Nichols which was released on September 26, 2014.[23]

In 2014, Tipton was the co-lead in ABC’s short-lived comedy series Manhattan Love Story.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Green Hornet !The Green Hornet Ana Lee
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Jessica Riley
2011 Damsels in Distress Lily Lead role
2013 Warm Bodies Nora
2014 Buttwhistle Rose
2014 4 Minute Mile Lisa
2014 Lucy Caroline
2014 Two Night Stand Megan Pagano Lead role
2015 Mississippi Grind Vanessa
2016 Between Us Veronica
2016 Viral Stacey
2016 In Dubious Battle Vera
2017 Golden Exits Jess
2017 All Nighter Ginnie
2017 The Long Home Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 America’s Next Top Model Herself Contestant in cycle 11; finished third
2008 Big Bang Theory !The Big Bang Theory Herself Episode: “The Panty Pinata Polarization”
2009 Tyra Banks Show !The Tyra Banks Show Herself Episode: “Top Model Toga Party”
2011 Hung !Hung Sandee Recurring role; 8 episodes
2012 Made in Hollywood Herself Episode #7.23
2013 Vibe for Women Herself Funny or Die skit
2013 Power Inside !The Power Inside Ashley Main role
2014 Manhattan Love Story Dana Lead role
2015 Limitless !Limitless Shauna Episode: “The Legend of Marcos Ramos”
2015 Big Bang Theory !The Big Bang Theory Vanessa Bennett Episode: “The Mystery Date Observation”
Music videos
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Constant Conversations Herself Passion Pit video

Kimberly Elise

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Kimberly Elise

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Born Kimberly Elise Trammel
(1967-04-17) April 17, 1967 (age 50)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Maurice Oldham (m. 1989–2005)
Children 2
Website www.kimberlyelise.com

Kimberly Elise Trammel (born April 17, 1967), professionally known as Kimberly Elise, is an American film and television actress. She made her feature film debut in Set It Off (1996), and later received critical acclaim for her performance in Beloved (1998).

During her career, Elise has appeared in films such as John Q. (2001), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), The Great Debaters (2007), For Colored Girls (2010), Dope (2015) and Almost Christmas (2016). She received a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in the 2004 drama film, Woman Thou Art Loosed, and played the leading roles in a number of made for television movies. Elise also starred in the CBS crime drama series, Close to Home (2005–07), and in 2013 began starring in the VH1 comedy-drama series, Hit the Floor.

Early life[edit]

Elise was born as Kimberly Elise Trammel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Erma Jean (née Johnson), an elementary school teacher, and Marvin Trammel, who owns an executive search firm.[1][2] She has three siblings. She attended The American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow and at the University of Minnesota earned a BA in Mass Communications.[3]

Career[edit]

Elise’s first film was Set It Off (1996), in which she played one of four women who resort to robbing a bank for money. Her big break came in 1997 when she was cast in the Family Channel original television movie The Ditchdigger’s Daughters, based on the Pulitzer-prize nominated and critically acclaimed 1995 memoir The Ditchdigger’s Daughters: A Black Family’s Astonishing Success Story, written by Yvonne S. Thornton and Jo Coudert. She received critical acclaim for her role in this film, and in 1997, she was recognized as Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries at the 19th annual CableACE Awards. A relative unknown at the time, she conveyed her anonymity upon receiving the award by saying: “Who is Kimberly Elise?” Her performance helped her land a role the next year in Beloved alongside Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. She is often compared to a young Cicely Tyson, whom she resembles.

She made guest appearances on the situation comedy Girlfriends in 2003, in which she played an HIV-positive woman.

In 2004, she appeared in Woman Thou Art Loosed portraying Michelle, an abused young woman who finally got the help she needed behind bars. This role won her a Black Reel award for Best Actress. She also appeared in John Q, The Manchurian Candidate and Diary of a Mad Black Woman (she won a NAACP Image Award for the latter). From 2005 to 2007, she was part of the main cast of the CBS crime drama Close to Home, playing the Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis) prosecutor Maureen Scofield. Her character was killed off in the last episode of the series. The series was cancelled on May 2007.

In 2010 she was in Tyler Perry‘s For Colored Girls (2010), as the battered wife Crystal. While the film itself received mixed to negative reviews,[4] her performance was praised by many critics. One journalist described her as “the great lost Best Supporting Actress contender of the 2010 season”.[5] Since 2013 Kimberly is part of the cast of VH1‘s new series Hit The Floor.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Elise was married to Maurice Oldham from 1989 to 2005. The couple had two daughters, Ajableu Arial Oldham (born March 16, 1990) and Butterfly Rose Oldham (born October 19, 1998). Maurice Oldham died from a “massive blood clot” in 2007.

Elise’s maternal descent is of the Songhai people. Elise is vegan and has worked with PETA to promote the lifestyle.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Set It Off Tisean ‘T.T.’ Williams
1997 The Ditchdigger’s Daughters Jeanette Television film
CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1998 Beloved Denver Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – American Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2000 The Loretta Claiborne Story Loretta Claiborne Television film
2000 Bait Lisa Hill
2001 Bojangles Fannie Television film
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2002 John Q Denise Archibald Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed Michelle Jordan Black Reel Award for Best Independent Film Actress
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Eugenie Rose Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman Helen Simmons-McCarter BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Theatrical Film
Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2007 Pride Sue Carter
2007 The Great Debaters Pearl Farmer
2009 Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Sonya Carson Television film
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
MovieGuide Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Prism Award for Best Performance By an Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries
2010 For Colored Girls Crystal Wallace / Lady in Brown African-American Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2011 Ties That Bind Theresa Harper
2012 Highland Park Toni
2012 Hannah’s Law Stagecoach Mary
2013 Event 15 Blau
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short Janelle Television film
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – TV Movie or Mini-Series
2014 Apple Mortgage Cake Angela Television film
2015 Dope Lisa Hayes
2015 Back to School Mom Mary Thomas
2016 Hellbent Karina McCallum
2016 Confirmation[9] Sonia Jarvis
2016 Almost Christmas[10] Cheryl Meyers
2017 Death Wish Detective Jackson
2018 HeadShop Theona
2019 Ad Astra Lorraine Deavers

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Newton’s Apple Bile duct supervisor Episode “Jungle Survival/Liver/Emus”
1995 In the House Roulette Episode “Nanna Don’t Play”
1996 The Sentinel Candace Blake Episode “Black or White”
2002 The Twilight Zone Jasmine Gardens / Police Detective Episode “Another Life
2003 Girlfriends Reesie Jackson Episodes ” The Fast Track & the Furious”, “The Pact”
2002–2003 Soul Food Estella Episodes “Falling from Grace”, “Emotional Collateral”
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2005–2007 Close to Home Maureen Scofield Series regular, 43 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
2007 Private Practice Angie Paget Episode “In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole”
2007 Masters of Science Fiction Tilly Vee TV mini-series
2009 Grey’s Anatomy Dr. Swender Episodes “Here’s to Future Days”, “Sweet Surrender”, ” Elevator Love Letter”
2011 Hawthorne Episode “A Shot in the Dark”
2013–present Hit The Floor Sloane Hayes Series regular

Awards and nominations[edit]

Acapulco Black Film Festival

  • 1999: Nominated – Best Actress for Beloved (1998)

African-American Film Critics Association

    • 2010: Won – Best Supporting Actress for For Colored Girls

Black Reel Awards

  • 2002: Won – Best Supporting Actress for Bojangles (2001)
  • 2003: Nominated – Best Actress for John Q (2002)
  • 2005: Nominated – Best Supporting Actress for The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  • 2005: Won – Best Actress, Independent Film for Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
  • 2006: Won – Best Actress for Diary of a Mad Black Woman
  • 2011: Nominated – Best Actress for For Colored Girls
  • 2011: Won – Outstanding Ensemble for For Colored Girls

CableACE Award

  • 1997: Won – Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for The Ditchdigger’s Daughters (1997)

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • 1999: Won – Most Promising Actress for Beloved (1998)
  • 1999: Nominated – Best Supporting Actress for Beloved (1998)

Golden Satellite Awards

  • 1999: Won – Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Drama for Beloved (1998)

NAACP Image Awards

Independent Spirit Awards

  • 2005: Nominated – Best Female Lead for Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)

Stacey Jackson

Stacey Jackson

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Stacey Jackson
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Jackson with husband Henry in 2013
Born Stacey Liane Levy
(1968-12-09) 9 December 1968 (age 48)
Montreal, Quebec
Nationality  Canada United States
Alma mater Concordia University
Occupation Singer/songwriter
Spouse(s) Henry Jackson
Children 4
Parent(s) Florrie and Michael Levy
Website staceyjackson.com

Stacey Jackson (born Stacey Liane Levy), is a CanadianAmerican singer/songwriter, Executive Producer at 3B1G Records.[1] and founder of StaeFit workout apparel.[2] She is married to OpCapita founder Henry Jackson and has four children.[3]

Music[edit]

Jackson’s career has seen the release of two albums and seven independent singles. Jackson’s album “Upside Down” was released in October 2009 and is a collection of remixed Motown covers, some of which feature children who have previously performed at Music For Youth‘s Schools Proms. All profits from the sales of “Upside Down” went to Music For Youth.[1][4][5] Jackson’s single, I Am A Woman, was released in 2011. The music video was released shortly after, showing her singing on a private jet having walked through her pantry to avoid the chaos of her family. In 2012, the track was remixed and that video was replaced with a video that was recorded in conjunction with MTV and featured Jenna Jonathan, a reality TV cast member from MTV’s The Valleys. In February 2011, Stacey Jackson travelled to Boston, Massachusetts, where she spent a weekend in the studio with Snoop Dogg recording a collaborative single, “Live it Up”.[6][7]

In April 2012, Stacey was invited to present an award at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami, Florida.[8][9] Pointing Fingers released April 2013 is featured on her debut album ‘Live It Up’. The music video was shot in New York featuring some of the cast of Made in Chelsea; Spencer Matthews and Binky Felstead.[10] The single reached Number 21 on the American Billboard Dance Chart [11][12] and number 8 on UK Club Charts.[13] In May 2014 Stacey released the single “Dance The Night Away” which peaked in the Dance Charts Hits at number 11 in the UK.[14] The music video features Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead,[15][16] actor Terry Noble [17] and dancer Tobias Mead, Britain’s Got Talent finalist.

In July 2015 Stacey released an other single titled “How Much Is That Hottie In The Window.” The track features Andrew Derbyshire who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014.[18] The single debuted at #22 on the UK Commercial pop club chart,[19] it is one of the tracks off the 3-volume dance album entitled “Stae Pumped” set to be released in early 2016.[20][21] Stacey also continues to perform around the world including many gay prides in the UK including Manchester, Reading, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Belfast and Chesterfield pride in 2015.[21][22][23]

Spring 2106 saw the launch of Stacey’s new three-volume cardio/dance fitness compilation – StaePumped. Her new single and music video off StaePumped Volume 1 is a cover of Def Leppard’s 1987 hit ” Pour Some Sugar on Me” which hit #8 on the Music Week Commercial Pop Charts.

Personal life[edit]

Jackson (née Levy) was born in Montréal, Canada to Florrie and Michael Levy. Her father, Michael, a graphic designer. After Stacey was born, he created a range of greeting cards and taking her name – Stacey Liane. Growing up, Jackson attended a Jewish day school, Bialik, in Montréal. In 2012, she was chosen as the school’s Concert Gala honoree.[24] Jackson is proficient in French, Hebrew and Yiddish.[25] Stacey moved to New York to begin her television career at CBS News, before going on to Lifetime Television as a senior publicist and awards coordinator.[26] During this period working in television, Jackson continued her singing career with various bands including her Motown tribute band Fuzzy Dice.[27] She is the mother of four living in London.[28] She is married to American businessman, Henry Jackson. Stacey Jackson is also actively involved with charities such as Music For Youth [29] and Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA).[30][31]

Chart Placement[edit]

Single Year Chart Position Country Album
Pour Some Sugar on Me 2016 8 UK Commercial Pop Club StaePumped Vol. 1
How Much Is That Hottie In The Window 2015 22 UK Commercial Pop Club
Pointing Fingers 2013 8 UK Commercial Pop Club [13] Live It Up
Pointing Fingers 2013 21 USA Dance [32] Live It Up
Is This Love 2012 2 UK Commercial Pop Club [33] Live It Up
Is This Love 2012 3 UK Upfront Breakers [34] Live It Up
I Am A Woman 2012 5 UK Commercial Pop [35] Live It Up
I Am A Woman (Rough Loaderz Remix) 2012 6 UK Commercial pop Club [36] I Am a Woman (Remixes)
Live It Up Feat. Snoop Dogg 2011 2 UK Commercial Pop Club [37] Live It Up
Live It Up Feat. Snoop Dogg 2011 8 UK Upfront Club [38] Live It Up
I Hear A Symphony 2010 9 UK Commercial Pop Club [39] Upside Down
Band Of Gold 2010 17 UK Commercial Pop Club [40] Upside Down

Discography[edit]

Albums:

Released Singles:

  • Pour Some Sugar on Me (2016)
  • How Much Is That Hottie In The Window? (2015)
  • Pointing Fingers (2013)
  • Is This Love (2012)
  • I Am A Woman Remixes (2012)
  • I Am a Woman (2011)
  • Live It Up Ft. Snoop Dogg (2011)
  • I Hear A Symphony (2010)
  • Band Of Gold (2010)

EMILY KOSLOSKI

Emily Kosloski is an actress, known for Dallas (2012), The Fosters (2013) and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010). She has been married to Padraic Duffy since May 16, 2009. They have one child.
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Actress (31 credits)
 2017 The Fosters (TV Series)
Helen

Chasing Waterfalls (2017) … Helen
Exterminate Her (2017) … Helen
Sex Ed (2017) … Helen
Episode #5.11 … Helen
 2016 House of Lies (TV Series)
Realtor

End State Vision (2016) … Realtor
 2016/I Salt Water
Kelly
 2015 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Marilyn

Heal Thyself (2015) … Marilyn
 2015 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Karen Holden

Scream (2015) … Karen Holden
 2014 Shameless (TV Series)
Rudi

Liver, I Hardly Know Her (2014) … Rudi
 2013-2014 Dallas (TV Series)
Rhonda Simmons / Rhonda

Playing Chicken (2014) … Rhonda Simmons
Guilt by Association (2013) … Rhonda Simmons
Let Me In (2013) … Rhonda
 2013 Hello Ladies (TV Series)
Yoga Instructor

The Date (2013) … Yoga Instructor
 2013 Legit (TV Series)
Jim’s Manager Lisa

Justice (2013) … Jim’s Manager Lisa
 2012 The New Normal (TV Series)
Lorraine

The XY Factor (2012) … Lorraine
 2012 Mrs. Henderson’s Cat (Short)
Christine’s Mom
 2011 Termite: The Walls Have Eyes (singing voice)
 2010 The Whole Truth (TV Series)
Willa Brooks

Pilot (2010) … Willa Brooks
 2010 Everyone Counts (TV Series)
Wife

Snapshot of America (2010) … Wife
 2009 Southland (TV Series)
Timmy’s Hooker

See the Woman (2009) … Timmy’s Hooker
 2008 The Longest Nap (Short)
Jordan
 2008 Parachute (Short)
Woman
 2007 Big Love (TV Series)
Kara

Reunion (2007) … Kara
 2007 Bicentennial Curious (Short)
Protestor #1
 2007 Drake & Josh (TV Series)
Customer #1

Josh Is Done (2007) … Customer #1
 2006 Standoff (TV Series)
Jeanette Devine

Borderline (2006) … Jeanette Devine
 2006 The Shadow Effect (Short)
Dr. Janelle Stone
 2006 Cold Case (TV Series)
Carmela La Fleur

Beautiful Little Fool (2006) … Carmela La Fleur
 2005 Berkeley
Mime (as Emily Koslowski)
 2005 ER (TV Series)
Amanda

The Providers (2005) … Amanda
 2003 Helen of Troy (TV Mini-Series)
Aphrodite

Episode #1.2 (2003) … Aphrodite
 2000 Best Beer Buddy (Short)
Women
 2000 Port Charles (TV Series)
Christine

Episode dated 27 June 2000 (2000) … Christine

Stage
Performances

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Female Ensemble [Replacement]

Jaime Bergman

Jaime Bergman

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Jaime Boreanaz
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Bergman with husband David Boreanaz in May 2006
Born (1975-09-23) September 23, 1975 (age 42)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.[1]
Nationality American
Other names Jaime Boreanaz
Occupation Model, actress
Spouse(s) David Boreanaz (m. 2001)
Children 2
Playboy centerfold appearance
January 1999
Preceded by Nicole, Erica, and Jaclyn Dahm
Succeeded by Stacy Marie Fuson
Personal details
Measurements Bust: 34″C[1]
Waist: 23″
Hips: 34″
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Weight 110 lb (50 kg; 7.9 st)

Jaime Boreanaz (née Bergman; born September 23, 1975) is an American model and actress who was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month in January 1999, its 45th Anniversary issue.[1] In addition to her magazine appearance she has appeared in several Playboy videos.

Career[edit]

Bergman was the St. Pauli Girl for 1999, the first of the Playmate national spokesmodels for the beer brand.[2][3] She has also worked as a Prudential real estate agent.[3]

From 2000 to 2002, Bergman played the character of “B. J. Cummings” in the Howard Stern Baywatch spoof, Son of the Beach. In July 2000, she appeared on the cover of Playboy and in a new nude pictorial inside to promote the show.

Personal life[edit]

Bergman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1] She married actor David Boreanaz on November 24, 2001. They have a son, Jaden (Jaden Rayne Boreanaz, born on May 1, 2002), and a daughter, Bella[4] (born Bardot Vita Boreanaz on August 31, 2009),[5] whose name was later changed to Bella Vita Bardot Boreanaz.[6][7]

For Valentine’s Day 2013, she legally changed her last name to Boreanaz as a gift to her husband and children.[8]

In 2013, Jaime, David, and their friends Melissa and Aaron Ravo started a nail polish line called Chrome Girl.[9] The two wives run the day-to-day operations while their husbands help with the overall business. David was involved with the creation of the NHL colors line, while Aaron works in advertising and has helped out with PR work and marketing.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Television Show Episode(s) Role
2017 Bones
2004 Angel Time Bomb Amanda
2004 It’s All Relative Who’s Camping Now Sasha
2000 Brutally Normal Mouth Full of Warm Roses Merrill
2000 Shasta McNasty Leo Is a Pain In My Ass Girl #2
2000–02 Son of the Beach 42 Episodes BJ Cummings
2002 Dawson’s Creek Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell Denise
1999 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Trances of a Lifetime Woman
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 The Loo-Ouch Trish Jansen

Film[edit]

Year Film Role
2009 Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story Kim Dominguez
2004 Boa vs. Python Monica
2004 DysEnchanted Alice
2003 Knee High P.I. Candi MacIntyre
2003 Dark Wolf McGowan
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Zoey Abernacky
2001 Soulkeeper Buxom Blonde
2001 Virgins Melissa
2000 Daybreak a.k.a. Rapid Transit Suzy
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Blonde in Drag Race
1999 Any Given Sunday Party Girl
1999 Speedway Junky Bombshell #1

Beth Phoenix

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Beth Phoenix

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Beth Phoenix
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Phoenix in December 2011
Born Elizabeth Kociański[1]
(1980-11-24) November 24, 1980 (age 36)[1]
Elmira, New York, United States[1]
Residence Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Spouse(s) Joey Knight (m. 2001; div. 2010)
Edge (m. 2016)
Children 2
Ring name(s) Beth Phoenix
Fabulous Firebird[2]
Firebird[1]
Phoenix[2]
Billed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[3][4]
Billed weight 150 lb (68 kg)[2]
Billed from Buffalo, New York[4][5]
Trained by Ron Hutchison[2]
Joey Knight[1]
Robin Knightwing[1]
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Debut May 2001[2]
Retired October 2012

Elizabeth Kocianski-Copeland (born November 24, 1980) is a retired American professional wrestler, better known by her ring name Beth Phoenix. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where she is a former WWE Divas Champion, a three-time WWE Women’s Champion and the youngest person to ever be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Kocianski had a successful amateur wrestling career in high school, before being trained by the All Knighters. After her debut in May 2001, she wrestled for numerous independent promotions, and was the inaugural GLORY Champion. She also appeared at the inaugural Shimmer Women Athletes shows. In 2004, she began working for Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), and signed a developmental contract with WWE in October 2005. She debuted on WWE’s Raw brand in May 2006, but suffered a legitimate broken jaw the following month. As a result, she had numerous surgeries and returned to OVW for further training. While there, she won the OVW Women’s Championship twice, although her second reign is not officially recognized by OVW.

She returned to the Raw brand in July 2007, and was heavily pushed, dominating the other WWE Divas and gaining the nickname, “The Glamazon”. She won her first WWE Women’s Championship at the No Mercy pay-per-view in October, and held it for six months. She then developed an on-screen relationship with Santino Marella, dubbed “Glamarella”, and won the Women’s Championship for a second time in August 2008, holding it until January 2009. In January 2010, at the Royal Rumble, she became the second woman in the history of the event to enter the Royal Rumble match, and went on to win the Women’s Championship for the third time in April, holding it for a month. In October 2011, Phoenix won the WWE Divas Championship for the first time and lost it in April 2012.

Phoenix retired and left WWE on October 2012 to focus on her family life with boyfriend and later husband Adam Copeland, famous in WWE as Edge, with whom she subsequently had two daughters.[6][7][8][9] On February 27, 2017, she was announced as an inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame.[10] Her induction made her the quickest female to be inducted after her retirement.[11][12] Additionally, she and Edge became the first real-life couple to both be inducted.[13]

Early life[edit]

Elizabeth Kocianski was born in Elmira, New York and raised by Polish parents.[3][14] When she was eleven years old, she won a coloring contest with a prize of tickets to a television taping for the World Wrestling Federation.[3] Kocianski credits this as when she fell in love with professional wrestling.[3] She cites Bret Hart, Owen Hart, and Ted DiBiase as her favorite wrestlers.[15] Kocianski attended Notre Dame High School in Elmira, where she played tennis and ran track.[15] She was voted prom queen in her senior year.[16] Kocianski is a graduate from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and Public Relations.[16][17] While wrestling in OVW, Kocianski also worked as a waitress at a local restaurant known to Elmira natives as Lights Bakery and Coffee Shop.[18]

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

Elizabeth Kocianski began wrestling on the Notre Dame High School scholastic wrestling team. She was the first female varsity wrestler in the school’s history.[1][3][4] She became the North-East freestyle women’s champion in 1999, and also won at the New York State Fair Tournament the same year.[1] At the time, she was also a member of USA Wrestling, a freestyle wrestling association.[3][15] Her life goal was, according to her, to become a professional wrestler, and she believed that having a solid amateur background would help her reach it.[15]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Training and independent circuit (2001–2005)[edit]

After graduating from high school in 1998, she enrolled in both a professional wrestling school and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Her first choice for wrestling school was Stu Hart‘s Dungeon, but because of the location, she decided on a more local school. At the school, she was trained by the All Knighters (Joey Knight and Robin Knightwing), who themselves had trained in the Hart Dungeon.[15] She later stated that Nora Greenwald, who was known in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as Molly Holly, had paid for her to attend wrestling school after Carolan had given her a demo tape of her work.[19] Her professional wrestling debut match was against Alexis Laree.[15] She then worked for various independent promotions, including Cleveland All Pro Wrestling and Apocalypse Wrestling, against both male and female wrestlers, using the name “Phoenix”.[15][20] In 2002, she was one of the first wrestlers in GLORY, an independent organization for women, and was the inaugural champion.[1][20] She then joined Far North Wrestling (FNW), and was the only female wrestler in the promotion.[1] She defeated Joey Knight and Kevin Grace in 2003 to become the FNW Cruiserweight Champion.[1][15] Later in 2003 she took part in World Xtreme Wrestling’s annual Women’s Elite 8 tournament where she made it to the final, before losing to April Hunter. She returned two years later and defeated Nikki Roxx, but was bested in the second round by eventual winner Alicia.[21] The following month, Phoenix appeared at the inaugural taping for the Ring of Honor sister promotion Shimmer Women Athletes; during Volume 1 she was pinned by Shimmer founder Allison Danger but scored an upset victory in a non-title match against NWA Midwest Women’s Champion MsChif.[22]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2004–2007)[edit]

A blond woman pouts while wearing a white halter-neck top. She is standing in front of a red brick wall.

Phoenix during an OVW show in July 2005

Kocianski was invited to a tryout with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in May 2004, and then relocated to Louisville, Kentucky to work for their then-developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).[1][15] She debuted on OVW television in July 2004, having changed her ring name to “Beth Phoenix”, and became the on-screen girlfriend and valet of Chris Masters.[1][15] The storyline was short lived, and the following month Phoenix was repackaged as the manager of Aaron “The Idol” Stevens.[1] She signed a developmental contract with WWE on October 20, 2005, the same month that she broke her hand.[1][15] The duo was then joined by Shelly Martinez, who Phoenix soon feuded with in early 2006.[1] Phoenix then stopped appearing regularly on OVW after debuting on WWE’s Raw television show.

After sustaining an injury, Phoenix returned to action in OVW on August 16, 2006, defeating Serena. Phoenix began regularly competing for the OVW Women’s Championship, unsuccessfully challenging the champion ODB in a battle royal and a four-way match, which was won by Serena. At the October 4 OVW television tapings, however, Phoenix defeated Serena to win the championship.[23] She lost the championship to Victoria Crawford in a gauntlet match on October 20, and won it back the next day; however, Crawford’s title reign is not officially recognised, and as a result, neither is Phoenix’s second reign.[23][24] Phoenix officially dropped the championship in a gauntlet match at the November 1 television taping, after she was eliminated by Katie Lea, who eventually won the match.[23]

On the November 6 episode of OVW, Phoenix came out with her own championship, and claimed to still be the women’s champion.[2] As a result, a ladder match was set up, where the winner would become the undisputed OVW Women’s Champion. Lea won the match and was presented with the title belt on the first show of 2007.[23] Throughout 2007, Phoenix continued to wrestle in numerous women’s matches in OVW.[2] Phoenix made her last appearance in OVW at their August 15 television tapings where she lost to Lea in a number one contenders match.[2][25]

Trish Stratus’ ally (2006)[edit]

Phoenix debuted on WWE’s main roster on the May 8, 2006, episode of Raw as a face by attacking Mickie James while James was assaulting Trish Stratus.[4] After this incident, James berated Phoenix for “ruining everything” and questioned why she showed up in the first place.[26][27] A week later, Phoenix was formally introduced by Stratus and then attacked a distracted James on Stratus’s behalf. When James finally escaped, Phoenix claimed that James had “ruined her life”, and would not let her get away with it, before calling her a “psycho”.[28] On the following episode of Raw, Phoenix attacked James after her match with Torrie Wilson.[29] Then, on the May 29 episode of Raw, Phoenix and Wilson, with Stratus in their corner, teamed together to defeat Candice Michelle and Victoria, who had James in their corner.[30] During the June 5 episode of Raw, Phoenix suffered a legitimately fractured mandible during a match with Victoria, but was able to continue the match, and emerged victorious despite the injury.[4][31][32] She spent a year having surgeries and recovering, including getting a titanium plate and nine screws placed in her jaw, but she was only out of action for two months, as she returned to action in OVW instead of on the main roster.[3][5]

The Glamazon (2007–2008)[edit]

On the July 9, 2007, episode of Raw, Phoenix returned as a villain, when Melina claimed to be injured. Phoenix replaced Melina in a tag team match as Jillian Hall‘s partner, and the two lost to Candice Michelle and Mickie James.[33] At the SummerSlam pay-per-view, Phoenix won the Interpromotional Divas battle royal to become the number one contender for Michelle’s WWE Women’s Championship.[34] Phoenix was then pushed as a dominating Diva, dubbing herself “The Glamazon” and attacking James, Hall, and Michelle on the September 10 episode of Raw.[35][36] At Unforgiven, however, she failed to capture the Women’s Championship from Michelle.[37] Their storyline rivalry continued when Phoenix pinned Michelle during a non-title mixed tag team match on Raw on September 24.[38]

Phoenix with the Women’s Championship at No Mercy

At No Mercy in October, Phoenix defeated Michelle to win her first WWE Women’s Championship.[39][40] She retained the title on the October 22 episode of Raw in a two out of three falls match, in which Candice Michelle was injured by Phoenix shaking the rope, causing her to fall off the top turnbuckle and legitimately break her clavicle.[41][42]

During a 10-Diva tag team match at Survivor Series, Phoenix’s team lost after Melina was pinned by Mickie James.[43] On the November 26 episode of Raw, James defeated Melina in a number one contenders match for Phoenix’s Women’s Championship, setting up a title match between the two at Armageddon, a match in which Phoenix successfully defended her Women’s title.[44][45] On New Year’s Eve 2007, Phoenix successfully defended her title in a Triple Threat match against Melina and James, after pinning Melina.[46]

Phoenix, along with then-ally Melina, took part in the Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjack match at WrestleMania XXIV, where she defeated the team of Ashley and Maria.[47] On April 14, 2008 Phoenix faced Mickie James with her Women’s Championship on the line and lost, ending her reign as champion.[48] Phoenix received a rematch on the May 5 episode of Raw in a lumberjill match, but lost after Melina unintentionally hit her in the face with her boot.[49] On the May 12 episode of Raw, Melina and Phoenix partnered to face Maria and James. During the match, Melina unintentionally knocked Phoenix off of the ring apron, resulting in Phoenix abandoning Melina, which allowed James and Maria to pick up the win. Later that night, Melina and Phoenix brawled in a backstage segment, ending their alliance.[50] At Judgment Day, Phoenix failed to regain the Women’s Championship in a Triple Threat match after James pinned Melina to retain the title.[51] At One Night Stand, Phoenix defeated Melina in the first women’s “I Quit” match in WWE history.[52] The next night on Raw, Phoenix teamed with Katie Lea Burchill to defeat Melina and James in a tag team match.[53] She was pinned by James one week later in a non-title match, and was once again attacked by Melina post-match.[54]

Glamarella (2008–2009)[edit]

A man and a woman pose together. The dark-haired man is standing on the left and is wearing a blue T-shirt with the Italian flag and the word 'Santino' written upon it, blue wrestling tights, and red kneepads. He is wearing a gold wrestling championship around his waist. The blond haired woman is standing on the right, wearing a black catsuit with the sides of the torso removed to bare part of her midriff. She is holding a wrestling championship upon her left shoulder and has her right arm outstretched.

Phoenix (right) and Santino Marella in November 2008 as the Women’s and Intercontinental champions, respectively.

After a month absence from television, Phoenix returned on the July 14 episode of Raw, where she defeated Santino Marella after he issued an open challenge to any WWE wrestler backstage.[55] The storyline continued the following week after Marella lost to the returning D-Lo Brown. Phoenix confronted Marella after the match, and they briefly grappled with each other before unexpectedly sharing a kiss, to which both expressed considerable confusion.[56]

The two then became an on-screen power couple, and the pairing of Phoenix and Marella later became known by the portmanteau Glamarella.[57] Within the team, she acted as the “straight-woman” of sorts, berating Marella or reacting in disbelief to his over-the-top, embarrassing antics. At SummerSlam, they defeated Kofi Kingston and Mickie James in an intergender tag team match. Phoenix pinned James, winning the Women’s Championship, while Marella won Kingston’s Intercontinental Championship.[4][57] She successfully defended the Women’s Championship against Candice Michelle at No Mercy.[58] At Survivor Series in November, Phoenix was team captain of the victorious Raw Diva team which defeated the SmackDown Divas in a five-on-five elimination match; she eliminated Maryse and became the sole survivor of the team.[59]

On December 8, 2008, Phoenix received the “Slammy Award” for Diva of the Year.[60] Phoenix then began feuding with Melina, who had returned from injury in November. This storyline included the debut of Rosa Mendes, who was introduced as Phoenix’s “superfan”. At the Royal Rumble in January 2009, Phoenix lost the Women’s Championship to Melina.[61] At WrestleMania XXV, Phoenix competed in the 25-Diva “Miss WrestleMania” battle royal; despite scoring 12 eliminations, more than any other participant, she lost when Marella, who competed in drag, claiming to be his twin sister “Santina”, last eliminated her.[62] After WrestleMania, Glamarella separated, as Phoenix was unhappy with Santino pretending to be “Santina”. Phoenix had a brief scripted rivalry with both “Santina” and Marella, and challenged “Santina” for the “Miss WrestleMania” title at Backlash, but was unsuccessful.[63][64][65]

Feuding with LayCool (2009–2011)[edit]

After a brief hiatus, Phoenix returned on the July 27 episode of Raw, teaming with Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes in a losing effort to Mickie James, Gail Kim, and Kelly Kelly.[66] Phoenix had her first opportunity for the WWE Divas Championship, being narrowly defeated by the defending champion, Mickie James, on the August 31 episode of Raw, after winning a number one contender’s battle royal that same night.

On the October 12 episode of Raw, it was announced that Phoenix had been traded to the SmackDown brand.[67] Phoenix made her in-ring debut for the brand on the October 30 episode of SmackDown, defeating Jenny Brooks, an “enhancement talent“.[68] In January 2010, at the Royal Rumble, she entered the Royal Rumble match and eliminated The Great Khali, before she was eliminated by CM Punk. With her entry, she became the second woman in history to enter the Royal Rumble match, the first being Chyna.[69]

After being told by Vickie Guerrero, the SmackDown consultant, that she would not be receiving a Women’s Championship opportunity, Phoenix turned face after she saved Tiffany from an attack by Guerrero and LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla) on the March 12 episode of SmackDown. She then went on to defeat McCool and Layla in a tag team match involving Tiffany. The feud with McCool continued at WrestleMania XXVI, where they were on opposing teams in a 10-Diva tag team match, which Phoenix’s team lost, although they won a rematch the following night on Raw. Phoenix received a match for the Women’s Championship against McCool at Extreme Rules in April, where she defeated McCool in an “Extreme Makeover” match to win her third Women’s Championship.[70][71] On the May 6 episode of Superstars, Phoenix tore her ACL in a match against Rosa Mendes, and as a result, one week later on SmackDown, McCool invoked her rematch clause to face Phoenix in a two-on-one handicap match along with Layla, where Layla pinned Phoenix to become the new Women’s Champion.[72]

Phoenix returned from her injury at November’s Survivor Series pay-per-view, and attacked the former co-Champions Michelle McCool and Layla, after they lost the WWE Divas Championship to Natalya.[73] Phoenix and Natalya then formed an alliance, and at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in December, Phoenix and Natalya defeated LayCool in the first Divas Tag Team Tables match in WWE history.[74][75]

Divas Champion (2011–2012)[edit]

Phoenix wrestling Eve during a WWE house show in November 2011

As part of the 2011 Supplemental Draft on April 26, 2011, Phoenix returned to the Raw brand.[76] On the August 1 episode of Raw, Phoenix won a battle royal to become the number one contender to the WWE Divas Championship, and afterward attacked champion Kelly Kelly to provoke a feud and turning heel in the process.[77] Phoenix later declared that she was tired of the “perky bimbos” that comprised the rest of the Divas division, and was on a mission to make a mockery of the other Divas, and was joined by Natalya to form The Divas of Doom.[78] Phoenix went on to unsuccessfully challenge Kelly for the championship at SummerSlam.[79] Throughout September, The Divas of Doom feuded with Kelly and Eve Torres on Raw and The Chickbusters (AJ and Kaitlyn) on SmackDown.[80][81][82] Phoenix challenged Kelly for the Divas Championship again at Night of Champions, but was unsuccessful.[83] At Hell in a Cell in October, Phoenix defeated Kelly to win the Divas Championship for the first time, with help from Natalya.[84][85] In a rematch on the October 14 episode of SmackDown, Phoenix successfully retained the championship.[86] At Vengeance, Phoenix successfully defended the championship against Eve Torres, with both Natalya and Kelly banned from ringside.[87] Phoenix successfully retained her championship against Torres again at Survivor Series on November 20 in a Lumberjill match, and against Kelly at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 18.[88][89]

Phoenix and Eve Torres at WrestleMania 28 in April 2012

Further successful defenses followed against Torres on the January 30, 2012, episode of Raw and Tamina Snuka at Elimination Chamber on February 19.[90] After this, Phoenix competed only sporadically for a few months, including a tag team match at WrestleMania XXVIII, where she and Eve Torres were defeated by Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos.[91] On the April 6 episode of SmackDown, Phoenix lost to Nikki Bella in a non-title match, following Kelly’s interference.[92] On the April 23 episode of Raw, Phoenix lost her Divas Championship to Nikki Bella in a Lumberjill match, after suffering a storyline ankle injury.[93] At Extreme Rules, Phoenix was scheduled to face Nikki in a rematch for the Divas Championship, however she was not medically cleared to compete and was replaced by the returning Layla, who ended up winning the title.[94] Phoenix made two unsuccessful attempts at regaining the Divas Championship from Layla at Over the Limit in May and at No Way Out in June, respectively.[95][96]

In September, Kaitlyn was attacked by an unknown assailant prior to her championship match at Night of Champions. Upon her return, she announced her assailant had blonde hair, and Assistant SmackDown General Manager Eve Torres accused Phoenix before attacking her.[97] On the September 28 episode of SmackDown, Phoenix was suspended by Torres, but the suspension was later reversed by SmackDown General manager Booker T.[98] On the October 1 episode of Raw, Phoenix lost to Torres.[99] Phoenix reverted to her villainous persona on the October 18 episode of Superstars, when she berated Kaitlyn for thinking that Phoenix attacked her and demanded respect from Kaitlyn, before losing to her in a singles match.[100] On the October 29 episode of Raw, Phoenix was defeated by AJ Lee in a singles match, but the match was restarted by Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero, allowing Phoenix to win. After the match, in storyline, Guerrero fired Phoenix for her poor performance.[101] In reality, Phoenix had given her notice to WWE in September and left the company for family reasons.[102][103]

WWE Hall of Fame (2017)[edit]

On February 27, 2017, WWE announced that Phoenix would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.[104]

Her introduction makes her the youngest inductee of all time at age 36, breaking the record of Trish Stratus who was inducted in 2013 at age 37. She is also be the first inductee to be born in the 80s, and the quickest female to be inducted after her retirement, which happened less than five years prior.[105][106] Additionally, she and her husband Edge became the first real-life couple to both be inducted.[107]

Other media[edit]

Phoenix, along with Candice Michelle and Layla El, appeared in the February 2009 issue of FLEX Magazine.[108] Phoenix has appeared in 6 WWE video games. She made her in-game debut in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 and appears in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, WWE 12, WWE 13 and WWE 2K18 (DLC).

Personal life[edit]

In 2001 she was married to Joey Carolan, known by the ring name Joey Knight,[1][109] but they divorced in 2010.[110] She and CM Punk also had a relationship.[111]

Later, she began a relationship with Adam Copeland, known in WWE as Edge, and on December 12, 2013 their daughter Lyric Rose Copeland was born.[112][113][114][115] Their second child, a girl named Ruby Ever Copeland, was born on May 31, 2016.[116] The couple married on October 30, 2016, Copeland’s 43rd birthday.

In wrestling[edit]

Phoenix setting up to perform the Glam Slam on Eve Torres
Phoenix setting up to perform a Military press on Eve Torres

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

A blond woman sits on the turnbuckle of a wrestling ring, while facing away from the ring, with her legs on either side of the ring post. She is wearing a black and gold catsuit with the sides of the torso removed to bare part of her midriff, and is holding a wrestling championship in the air above her head.

Phoenix is a three-time WWE Women’s Champion

A blond woman, wearing a black and blue catsuit with the sides of the torso removed to bare part of her midriff, standing with both arms in the air while holding a gold statuette in her right hand and a wrestling championship in her left.

Phoenix posing with the Women’s Championship and her Slammy Award in 2009

Amateur wrestling[edit]

  • North-East Wrestling
    • Women’s Champion (1999)[1]
  • New York State Fair
    • Women’s Champion (1999)[1]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

a Phoenix lost and regained the championship from Victoria Crawford during her second reign; neither reigns are officially recognized by OVW.[24]

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Lorenza Izzo

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Lorenza Izzo
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Izzo in 2015
Born Lorenza Francesca Izzo Parsons
(1989-09-19) September 19, 1989 (age 28)
Santiago, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Education Journalism, acting, modeling
Alma mater University of Los Andes, Theatre and Film Institute
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011 – present
Notable work The Green Inferno
Knock, Knock
Aftershock
Spouse(s) Eli Roth (m. 2014)

Lorenza Francesca Izzo Parsons (born September 19, 1989)[1] is a Chilean actress and model best known for her role as Kylie in the horror film Aftershock, Justine in another horror film, The Green Inferno, and Genesis in the erotic horror thriller Knock, Knock, the latter two directed by her husband Eli Roth.

Personal life[edit]

Izzo was born in Santiago, Chile. She has a sister, Clara, and her mother is the model Rosita Parsons. She is also the niece of model and actress[2] Carolina Parsons. In 2014, she married actor and director Eli Roth. Their wedding took place on Chile’s Zapallar beach in the Valparaíso Region.[3]

Career[edit]

In 2007 Izzo was modeling and studying journalism at the University of Los Andes (Universidad de los Andes) when she moved to New York City to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

In 2010, she made her debut as an actress in Instrucciones para mi funeral,[4] an independent film made by Sebastián Radic as a graduation project.

Her modeling career reached its peak in 2011 when Izzo and her mother, Rosita Parsons, were invited to São Paulo Fashion Week where they met Gisele Bundchen. The meeting resulted in Lorenza becoming the new face of Colcci, a Brazilian fashion company.

The same year, Izzo appeared in Que pena tu boda (Sorry About Your Wedding) a comedy by Chilean director Nicolás López.

In 2012, with one commercial feature movie to her name and three more then-about to be released Que pena tu familia, Aftershock, and The Green Inferno, Lorenza moved to Los Angeles, when she soon secured small roles in Hemlock Grove and I Am Victor.

In 2015, she starred alongside Keanu Reeves and Ana de Armas in Knock Knock, a horror film directed by her husband Eli Roth and filmed in Santiago’s Chicureo neighbourhood.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Qué pena tu boda Lucia Edwards
2012 Qué pena tu familia Lucia Edwards
2012 Aftershock Kylie
2013 The Green Inferno Justine
2014 The Stranger Ana
2014 Sex Ed Pilar
2015 Knock Knock Genesis
2015 I’m Not Crazy
2016 Holidays Jean

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2013 Hemlock Grove Brooke Bluebell Netflix
2013 I Am Victor Lena Engles NBC
2016 Feed the Beast Pilar Herrera AMC
2017 Dimension 404 Val Hulu

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Price Category Work
2011 Copihue de Oro TV model Herself Nominated
2014 BloodGuts UK Horror Best actress The Green Inferno Nominated