JULIE DOLAN

Julie Dolan was born on January 7, 1959 as Julie Marie Dolan. She is an actress, known for Star Wars Rebels (2014), Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016) and Gilmore Girls (2000). She has been married to Lon Gowan since May 7, 2000.

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Actress (36 credits)
 2019 Tiger Within (post-production)
Sales Lady
 2017 Life Interrupted (TV Movie)
Ronnie Robinson
 2016 Motor Mesa (Short)
Janis
 2016 Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (TV Series)
Leia

Crossing Paths (2016) … Leia (voice)
 2016 Star Wars Rebels (TV Series)
Princess Leia Organa

A Princess on Lothal (2016) … Princess Leia Organa (voice)
 2015 Star Wars: Uprising (Video Game)
Princess Leia (voice)
 2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 (Video Game)
General Leia – The Force Awakens (voice)
 2015 Just Us Guys (TV Series)
Rose

Rose (2015) … Rose
 2013-2014 Conan (TV Series)
Thanksgiving Hooker / Tammi – Holiday Inn Express Hooker / Dolores – 20th Century Prostitute / …

Charlie Day/Julianne Hough/Forrest Shaw (2014) … Thanksgiving Hooker
Sir Ben Kingsley/Al Madrigal/Kenny Chesney (2014) … Tammi – Holiday Inn Express Hooker
Beer Squad: Battle in Sudsville (2013) … Dolores – 20th Century Prostitute
The Title with the Unnecessary Question Mark? (2013) … ‘Hooker’ in Fan Appreciation Sketch
 2014 Sofia the First (TV Series)
Baby James

Two Princesses and a Baby (2014) … Baby James (voice)
 2014 Would You Die for Love? (Short)
Lilith
 2011 Detention
Taylor’s Mom
 2011 The Homes (TV Series)
Mrs. Cumer

The Light Song (2011) … Mrs. Cumer
 2009 The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (TV Series)
Hooker – Horny Dude Relaxer

Jack Dagger & Tonya Kay/Paul Giamatti/Regina Spektor (2009) … Hooker – Horny Dude Relaxer (uncredited)
 2007-2008 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Sharon Brooks

Hard Reset (2008) … Sharon Brooks
One Wrong Move (2007) … Sharon Brooks
 2006 Dexter (TV Series)
Cindy Landon

Return to Sender (2006) … Cindy Landon
 2004-2005 Gilmore Girls (TV Series)
Anna / Customer / Passing Woman

Fight Face (2005) … Customer
Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too (2004) … Anna
A Messenger, Nothing More (2004) … Passing Woman
 2004 Betrunner (Short)
Lonny
 2004 General Hospital (TV Series)
Adoptive Mother

Episode #1.10530 (2004) … Adoptive Mother
 2003 The Man Who Invented the Moon (Short)
Haley 2
 2003 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Woman #1

Jeaneology (2003) … Woman #1
 1998 BASEketball
Beer Barrel
 1998 Cowboy Bebop (TV Series)
Additional Voices (English version, voice)
 1996 Wee Sing: Wee Singdom (Video)
Singaling
 1994 Beverly Hills Cop III
Prescott Pig
 1988 Greasy Lake (Video)
Bad Ass’ Girlfriend
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Girl (segment “Dead Woman’s Shoes”)

Dead Woman’s Shoes/Wong’s Lost and Found Emporium (1985) … Girl (segment “Dead Woman’s Shoes”)
 1985 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Jane

Student Court (1985) … Jane
 1981-1985 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Student

First the Egg (1985) … Student
She Drinks a Little (1981) … Student
 1982 King’s Crossing (TV Series)
Student

Keepers of the Ring (1982) … Student
 1980 Blood Beach
Karen
 1979 The Best Place to Be (TV Movie)
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ALISON WOODS

Alison Woods is an actress, known for Superhero Movie (2008), Detention (2011) and CSI: NY (2004).
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Actress (8 credits)
 2015 The Sound of Magic
Ginnie
 2011 90210 (TV Series)
Nicole – Cute Girl

It’s the Great Masquerade, Naomi Clark (2011) … Nicole – Cute Girl
 2011 Detention
Taylor Fisher
 2009 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Jen Parker

Dead Reckoning (2009) … Jen Parker
 2009 Safe Harbor (TV Movie)
Amanda
 2009 Big Love (TV Series)
Charlotte

Empire (2009) … Charlotte (as Allison Woods)
 2008 Superhero Movie
Stretchy Girl
 2007 An Accidental Christmas (TV Movie)
Melissa Wright

MELANIE ABRAMOFF

Melanie Abramoff is an actress, known for Spy School (2008), Detention (2011) and Dead Birds (2004).
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Actress (11 credits)
 2012 Dino Time
Additional Voices (voice)
 2011 Detention
Lollapalooza Girl
 2011 Terri
Amy
 2010 3-Minute Game Show (TV Series)
Contestant

Hannah Montana: Part 2 (2010) … Contestant
 2008 Spy School
Christina Adams
 2006 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
Taylor

Release the Dogs (2006) … Taylor
 2006 The Novice
Homeless Girl (uncredited)
 2005 A Host of Trouble (Short)
Brenda
 2005 Joey (TV Series)
The Little Girl

Joey and the Tonight Show (2005) … The Little Girl
 2004 Dead Birds
Girl Ghost
 2003 Cliché (Short)
Girl in Diner

JESSICA D. STONE

Jessica D. Stone was born on January 29, 1990 in Valencia, California, USA as Jessica Danielle Stone. She is known for her work on Super Street Fighter IV (2010), Six Feet Under (2001) and Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (2010).
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Actress (37 credits)
 2014 Ultra Street Fighter IV (Video Game)
Makoto (English version, voice, as Jay D. Stone)
 2013 Avicii: Wake Me Up (Video short)
 2006-2012 Hellsing Ultimate (TV Mini-Series)
Young Walter C. Dornez / Child of the Asylum

Hellsing Ultimate, Vol. 10 (2012) … Young Walter C. Dornez (English version, voice)
Hellsing Ultimate, Vol. 9 (2012) … Young Walter C. Dornez (English version, voice)
Hellsing Ultimate, Vol. 1 (2006) … Child of the Asylum (English version, voice, as J.D. Stone)
 2011 N’Oreal (Short)
Rene #4
 2011 Om Nom Stories (TV Series)
Vitim

Cut the Rope … Vitim
 2011 Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny (Video Game)
Kelsey (English version, voice, as Jay D. Stone)
 2011 Terri
Rachel #1 (as Jessica Stone)
 2010 Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (Video Game)
Sorin Otomo (English version, voice, as Jay D. Stone)
 2010 Super Street Fighter IV (Video Game)
Makoto (English version, voice, as Jay D. Stone)
 2010 United States of Tara (TV Series)
Lady Macbeth

The Truth Hurts (2010) … Lady Macbeth (voice)
 2010 Razor (Short)
Nicole
 2009 ER (TV Series)
Stacey Taylor

And in the End… (2009) … Stacey Taylor (as Jessica Stone)
 2008 The Last Remnant (Video Game) (voice, as Jay D. Stone)
 2008 Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (Video Game)
Mischka / Ull (English version, voice, uncredited)
 2007 Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide (TV Series)
Garden Girl #3

Boys & Girls (2007) … Garden Girl #3
 2006 Hannah Montana (TV Series)
Girl #1 / Spectator

It’s a Mannequin’s World (2006) … Girl #1
 2005-2006 Kamichu! (TV Series)
Shoukichi Hitosubashi / Chibi Kaze / Tulip

Horane, haru ga kita (2006) … Shoukichi Hitosubashi / Chibi Kaze / Tulip (voice, as J.D. Stone)
Yume iro no messêji (2005) … Shoukichi Hitosubashi / Chibi Kaze / Tulip (voice, as J.D. Stone)
Yasei jidai (2005) … Shoukichi Hitosubashi / Chibi Kaze / Tulip (voice, as J.D. Stone)
Yaritai hôdai (2005) … Shoukichi Hitosubashi / Chibi Kaze / Tulip (voice, as J.D. Stone)
Toki no kawa wo koete (2005) … Shoukichi Hitosubashi / Chibi Kaze / Tulip (voice, as J.D. Stone)
 2006 Stanley’s Dinosaur Round-Up
Stanley (voice)
 2005 Room to Grow (Short)
Woad
 2004 Paranoia Agent (TV Mini-Series)
Boy

Fear of a Direct Hit (2004) … Boy (English version, voice, as J.D. Stone)
 2001-2003 Stanley (TV Series)
Stanley Griff

Doing Like Ducks/Speedy Does It (2003) … Stanley Griff (voice)
Double-Duty Dad/Look Who’s Helping (2003) … Stanley Griff
Going-Away Goose/Time to Climb! (2003) … Stanley Griff (voice)
Mysterious Moe/Spelling Bee Situation (2003) … Stanley Griff (voice)
Follow the Lemur/Zebra Jigsaw (2002) … Stanley Griff (voice)
 2003 A Light in the Forest
Mistletoe
 2003 Rumic Theater: Mermaid Forest (TV Series)
Kota (English version, voice, as J.D. Stone)
 2003 R.O.D the TV (TV Series)
Junior (English version, voice, as J.D. Stone)
 2002 Haibane renmei (TV Mini-Series)
Dai (English version, voice, as J.D. Stone)
 2001-2002 Six Feet Under (TV Series)
Young Brenda

The Liar and the Whore (2002) … Young Brenda
The Room (2001) … Young Brenda (as Jessica Stone)
An Open Book (2001) … Young Brenda (as Jessica Stone)
 2002 Star Trek: Enterprise (TV Series)
Narra

Detained (2002) … Narra
 2002 A Charlie Brown Valentine (TV Movie)
Marcie (voice)
 2002 The Migration of Clouds (Short)
Whimsey
 2001 Otogi sutôrî tenshi no shippo (TV Series)
Midori

Go-shûjin-sama, dâisuki! (2001) … Midori
…wakare wa itsu mo, totsuzen ni (2001) … Midori
Mebae hajimeta kimochi (2001) … Midori
Kiken-na arubaito!? (2001) … Midori
 2001 Wheels Locked (Short)
Sydney
 2001 Play Dead
Dustine Murphy
 2000 7th Heaven (TV Series)
Chrissy

Liar, Liar (2000) … Chrissy
 1999-2000 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Alicia Geiger

Painful Cuts (2000) … Alicia Geiger (as Jessica Stone)
The Heart to Heart (1999) … Alicia Geiger (as Jessica Stone)
Y’ Gotta Have Heart (1999) … Alicia Geiger (as Jessica Stone)
Team Play (1999) … Alicia Geiger (as Jessica Stone)
 1998 Brave New World (TV Movie)
Death Center Alpha Girl #2
 1997 Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac (TV Mini-Series)
Molly Whittaker

Part 2 (1997) … Molly Whittaker
Part 1 (1997) … Molly Whittaker
 1993 Phenom (TV Series)
Anthony

Secrets (1993) … Anthony (as J.D. Stone)

OLIVIA CROCICCHIA

Olivia Crocicchia is an actress, known for Men, Women & Children (2014), Accidental Love (2015) and Rescue Me (2004).
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Actress (24 credits)
 2017 Palace (Short)
Elle
 2017 Rio
Elle
 2017 Mom and Dad
Riley
 2017 The Yellow Birds
Tess
 2015 Casual (TV Series)
Kelly

(2015) … Kelly
Friends (2015) … Kelly
 2015 I Killed My BFF (TV Movie)
Heather Thomas
 2015 Backgammon
Elizabeth
 2015 Accidental Love
Marsha Weber
 2014 Men, Women & Children
Hannah Clint
 2014 Teacher of the Year
Faith Gregory
 2014/VI At the Devil’s Door
Charlene
 2013 Boomerang (TV Movie)
Gemma
 2013 Palo Alto
Chrissy
 2012 Besties
Sandy
 2012 Dinosaur Jr.: Watch the Corners (Video short) (uncredited)
 2011 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Kate Weber

Crushed (2011) … Kate Weber
 2004-2011 Rescue Me (TV Series)
Katy Gavin

Ashes (2011) … Katy Gavin
Vows (2011) … Katy Gavin
Jeter (2011) … Katy Gavin
344 (2011) … Katy Gavin
Head (2011) … Katy Gavin
 2011 Terri
Heather Miles
 2010 Almost Kings
Emily
 2005 Walking on the Sky
Lisa
 2004 Law & Order (TV Series)
Sophie Winslow

Married with Children (2004) … Sophie Winslow
 2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Courtney Jones

Serendipity (2003) … Courtney Jones

JAMIE LEE REDMON

Jamie has been acting since the age of six. She has studied with Andrew Magarian, John Homa, Michael Woolson, Robert Carnagie, Scott Caan and Val Lauren. Prior to her interest in theatrical acting, Jamie starred in approximately 15 commercials, where she was bit hard by the acting bug. Her love of acting in commercials soon turned from hobby to …
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Actress (9 credits)
 2018 Dark/Web (TV Series) (post-production)
Shane

Rideshare (2018) … Shane
 2018/II The Sound of Silence (Short)
Eleanor
 2015/II Circle
The Teenage Girl
 2013 Hello Ladies (TV Series)
Verizon Assistant

The Date (2013) … Verizon Assistant
 2011 Terri
Rachel #2
 2006 ER (TV Series)
Melia

Lost in America (2006) … Melia
 2006 Las Vegas (TV Series)
ND Girl Scout #2 / Girl Scout

And Here’s Mike with the Weather (2006) … ND Girl Scout #2
The Bitch Is Back (2006) … Girl Scout (uncredited)
 2005 The Skeleton Key
Grace Thorpe
 2003 Seabiscuit
Pollard Child

Katrina Kaif

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Katrina Kaif

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Katrina Kaif
The image features Katrina Kaif in a blue and white sari

Kaif at an event for Kalyan Jewellers in 2018
Born Katrina Turquotte
(1983-07-16) 16 July 1983 (age 35)
Hong Kong
Residence Mumbai, India
Citizenship British
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003–present

Katrina Kaif (pronounced [kəˈʈriːnaː ˈkɛːf], born Katrina Turquotte, 16 July 1983) is an English actress who works in Hindi films.[1] Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics for her acting prowess, she has established herself in Bollywood and is one of India’s highest-paid actresses.

Born in Hong Kong, Kaif and her family lived in several countries before she moved to London. She received her first modelling assignment as a teenager and later pursued a career as a fashion model. At a fashion show in London, filmmaker Kaizad Gustad spotted Kaif and decided to cast her in Boom (2003), a critical and commercial failure. While filming in India, Kaif received modelling assignments and established a successful modelling career. However, filmmakers were hesitant to cast her due to her poor command of Hindi. After appearing in the Telugu film, Malliswari (2004), Kaif earned commercial success in Bollywood with the romantic comedies Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005) and Namastey London (2007). She followed with a series of box-office hits, but was criticised for her acting, repetitive roles and inclination to male-dominated films.

Kaif’s performance in the terrorism drama New York (2009) was better received, earning her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination. After roles in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), Raajneeti (2010) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), she received her second Filmfare nomination for her performance in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011). Kaif’s highest-grossing films came with the spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and its 2017 sequel, and the action thriller Dhoom 3 (2013), all of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.

In addition to acting, Kaif is involved with her mother’s charity and participates in stage shows. She is guarded about her personal life, which is a subject of media scrutiny, as is her background.

Early life and background

Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong with her mother’s surname Turquotte (also spelt Turcotte), on 16 July 1983.[a][6][7][8] According to the actress, her father (Mohammed Kaif) is a British businessman of Kashmiri Indian descent and her mother (Suzanne, also spelt Susanna) is an English lawyer and charity worker.[9][10][11] She has seven siblings: three elder sisters (Stephanie, Christine, and Natasha), three younger sisters (Melissa, Sonia, and Isabel) and an elder brother, Michael.[9][11] Isabelle Kaif is also a model and actress.[12] Kaif’s parents divorced when she was a child, and her father moved to the United States. She said her father had no influence on Kaif or her siblings while they were growing up, and they were raised by their mother.[6][11][13] On her father’s absence in her life, Kaif stated: “When I see friends who have wonderful fathers who are like pillars of support for their families, I say, if only I had that. But instead of complaining, I should be grateful for all the other things I have”. In a 2009 interview with The Indian Express, she said she was not in touch with her father.[11]

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Kaif with her mother at the People’s Choice Awards India, 2012

Kaif says that her mother decided to “dedicate her life to social causes”, which led to the family’s relocation to a number of countries for varying lengths of time:

Our transitions in growing up were—from Hong Kong where I was born, to China, then to Japan, and from Japan by boat to France … After France, Switzerland—and I’m cutting out many East European countries where we were for only a few months each—then Poland in Kraków … After that we went to Belgium, then to Hawaii, which was a short time, and then came to London.[13]

Due to their frequent relocation, Kaif and her siblings were home-schooled by a series of tutors.[14] Although she is thought to have grown up in London, she lived there for only three years before moving to India.[13] According to Kaif, she then changed her surname to her father’s because she thought it would be easier to pronounce.[15]

Kaif’s paternal parentage has been questioned by some members of the film industry.[6] In a 2011 interview with Mumbai Mirror, Boom producer Ayesha Shroff accused Kaif of fabricating her history: “We created an identity for her. She was this pretty young English girl, and we gave her the Kashmiri father and thought of calling her Katrina Kazi. We thought we’d give her some kind of Indian ancestry, to connect with the audience … But then we thought that Kazi sounded too … religious? … Mohammad Kaif was at the top, and so we said, Katrina Kaif sounds really great”.[10] Kaif called Shroff’s comments “hurtful”.[6]

Career

Modelling and early film work

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Kaif at the 2006 IIFA Awards

At the age of fourteen, Kaif won a beauty contest in Hawaii, and received her first modelling assignment in a jewellery campaign.[16] She subsequently modelled professionally in London, working for freelance agencies and appearing regularly at London Fashion Week.[6] At a fashion show Kaif attracted the attention of London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad. He selected her for a role in the English-Hindi erotic heist film Boom as part of an ensemble cast that included Amitabh Bachchan, Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, Madhu Sapre and Padma Lakshmi.[17][18] While filming in India, Kaif received other offers and decided to stay in the country.[19] In 2003, she received notice as a model after walking the ramp for Rohit Bal at the India Fashion Week[20] and appeared in the first Kingfisher Calendar.[21] Kaif soon established a successful modelling career in India after endorsing brands such as Coca-Cola, LG, Fevicol and Samsung.[22]

Kaif’s career as a model led to anticipation surrounding her Bollywood debut.[18] Boom (2003) had its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival, and was heavily promoted at the event.[23][24] Boom was a commercial and critical failure.[25][26] Kaif’s enactment of a supermodel ensnared in the Mumbai underworld was poorly received, with Ziya U. Salam of The Hindu attributing the weak performances of the film’s leading ladies to “the vacuity of their expressions”.[27] Hindustan Times reported that after Booms release, Kaif was written off due to her poor Hindi and thick British accent.[28] She later dismissed the film: “I don’t count Boom among important happenings in my life. When I signed this film, I didn’t know much about India and its film audience”.[29] Although Kaif was offered a number of modelling assignments,[29] filmmakers were hesitant to cast her because of her poor command of Hindi.[30] In one instance, Mahesh Bhatt replaced her with Tara Sharma in Saaya (2003) as he found her an “inconsistent performer”.[31] Subsequently, Kaif began working on her diction through Hindi classes.[29]

After the failure of her first Bollywood project, Kaif appeared in the Telugu film Malliswari (2004). With Daggubati Venkatesh, she played the title role of a princess forced to flee from her murderous caretaker. Kaif received a reported ₹7.5 million (US$100,000) for the film, the highest salary for a South Indian film actress at the time. Despite negative reviews for her acting, Malliswari was a profitable venture.[32][33]

Breakthrough (2005–2008)

In 2005, Kaif appeared briefly as Abhishek Bachchan‘s girlfriend in Ram Gopal Varma‘s political thriller Sarkar.[34] She next featured alongside Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen and Sohail Khan in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?, a film she considered her “first real step into Bollywood”.[35] Directed by David Dhawan, the film was a successful remake of the romantic comedy Cactus Flower.[36][37] For her role as a suicidal model, Kaif received the Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female.[38] According to Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com, “Katrina’s Disney princess-like charm adds to her adorable screen presence”.[39] Kaif followed with a small part in her second Telugu film, Allari Pidugu.[40]

In 2006, she appeared with Akshay Kumar for the first of many films in Raj Kanwar‘s unsuccessful Humko Deewana Kar Gaye,[41] a story of two like-minded strangers who fall in love despite being engaged to others. Sify wrote that Kaif was “passably competent in a tailor-made role, giving a mild emotional spin to a couple of scenes” but was overshadowed by her supporting actresses.[42] Kaif also appeared with Mammootty in the Malayalam crime thriller Balram vs. Tharadas,[43] in which Rishi Raj Singh of The Hindu called her performance “marvellous”.[44]

Kaif’s career prospects changed in 2007, when she appeared in four Bollywood hits.[45] In an interview with The Indian Express, she called Vipul Amrutlal Shah‘s romantic comedy Namastey London a milestone, saying that “for the first time, [she] had a dominating role”.[11] Kaif used her life in London as a reference for her role as a spoilt British Indian girl intent on marrying her self-centred British boyfriend, despite her parents’ disapproval.[46] Although critics expressed mixed views on the film,[47] Sukanya Verma wrote that Kaif “suits the role to the T” and “brings the zingy mix of her character alive with style and substance”.[48] Kaif’s chemistry with co-star Akshay Kumar was particularly well received, with Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India calling their casting “refreshing”.[49] Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama mentioned “Katrina is a revelation. The actor surprised you with a confident performance in Humko Deewana Kar Gaye and now, in Namaste London, she comes up with a spirited performance yet again. She handles the complex part with remarkable ease.”[50]

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Kaif and Akshay Kumar on the set of Welcome; they teamed in several successful films.[51]

She had a supporting role as a doctor in the sports drama Apne. The film was highly anticipated as it marked the first appearance of Dharmendra with his sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol.[52] After Apne she rejoined director David Dhawan and Salman Khan for the comedy Partner, a remake of Hitch which also starred Govinda and Lara Dutta.[53] With a worldwide revenue of ₹1.03 billion (US$14 million), the film was a major financial success.[54][55] Kaif’s final film of the year was Anees Bazmee‘s comedy Welcome, alongside Akshay Kumar, Nana Patekar, Mallika Sherawat and Anil Kapoor. Although the film generated mostly negative reviews, it proved to be the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2007.[45][54] The similarity of Kaif’s roles was noted by Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka, who called her “unabashed eye-candy”, adding that she was “a pretty prop in Welcome” and “more of the same in Partner and Apne“.[14]

In 2008, the actress had three releases, the first of which was Abbas-Mustan‘s action thriller Race, a story about two stepbrothers-turned-rivals who are in contention for their father’s insurance money. Kaif played Saif Ali Khan‘s secretary, who is his stepbrother’s (Akshaye Khanna) lover. Nikhat Kazmi was appreciative of the film, praising its “super cool look [and] testosterone-high action sequences” but found Kaif “too pale” in her role.[56] After Race, Kaif rejoined Akshay Kumar in Anees Bazmee’s action comedy Singh Is Kinng. The film earned ₹1.25 billion (US$17 million) worldwide, making it Kaif’s sixth consecutive box-office success.[28][55][57] However, she received mixed reviews for her performance.[45] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN reviewed: “Katrina Kaif is an eyesore … her acting so weak you want to urge her to watch everyone from Madhubala to Madhuri so she might pick up a few tricks”.[58]

Kaif’s final film of the year—Subhash Ghai‘s drama Yuvvraaj—was a major box-office failure.[57] In preparation for her role as a cellist she practised her playing with orchestra members.[59] Her portrayal of a girl forbidden by her father from marrying her poor lover was well received by Sify’s Sonia Chopra: “Katrina is wonderful, plays the cello convincingly, and looks ethereal”.[60] Despite the film’s mixed critical reception, its screenplay was added to the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its artistic merit.[61][62]

Before New York, Kaif’s voice was dubbed over by voice artists in most of her films due to her lack of fluency in Hindi and other Indian languages.[b] Although she appeared in a series of successful films, critics noted that she had little to do in them as they were generally male-dominated.[28][65] Her performances were also largely criticised.[66][67] About her series of glamorous roles, Kaif said that her “first few films were really a process of learning … There was no target”.[6]

New York and commercial successes (2009–2014)

After a string of films in which she was cast to add glamour, Kaif appeared in Kabir Khan‘s terrorism drama New York (2009).[68] Featuring John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles, the film tells the story of how three friends’ lives are changed when the former is wrongly detained after 9/11. Kaif played Maya, a college student who later marries a terrorist. The actress said that she identified with Maya, since she experienced similar isolation because of her skin colour when she was growing up in London.[69] Kaif also remarked that she was tired of “arm candy” roles and was looking for more substantial parts.[70] New York did well at the box office and received favourable reviews.[71][72] According to Subhash K. Jha, Kaif “comes into her own as an actress of substance … From the carefree effervescent campus girl to the anguished wife, Katrina makes the journey look plausible all the way”.[73] A reviewer for The Times of India considered it to be the “best performance of her entire career.”[74] New York brought Kaif her first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actress.[75] She then appeared in a cameo for India’s first underwater thriller Blue.[76] Kaif starred with Ranbir Kapoor in Rajkumar Santoshi‘s hit comedy, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), as an orphan forced to marry a rich man.[77] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote, “Katrina Kaif continues to surprise … She scores in both emotional and light scenes” and called her chemistry with Kapoor “electrifying”.[78] Her final film of the year was Priyadarshan‘s comedy De Dana Dan.[70]

A woman dressed in a white salwar kameez (traditional Indian dress) with her hair down is smiling and looking away from the camera.

Kaif at a promotional event for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, 2011

In 2010, Kaif appeared in Prakash Jha‘s political thriller Raajneeti as part of an ensemble cast which included Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpai and Sarah Thompson. The film took inspiration from The Mahabharata and Mario Puzo‘s 1969 novel The Godfather.[79] Set in Bhopal, the film described a fiercely fought election campaign by two parties attempting to seize power with manipulation, corruption and treachery. Although there was media speculation before the film’s release that Kaif’s character was based on Sonia Gandhi, the actress denied this. In preparation for her role as Indu (a politician loosely based on Draupadi), she watched Priyanka Gandhi‘s election campaign videos to study the body language and interaction of politicians.[80][81] The film received mainly positive reviews from critics.[82] Rajeev Masand found Raajneeti “thrilling and gripping”, though Namrata Joshi was more critical and expressed her disappointment over the film’s depiction of women.[83][84] Nikhat Kazmi considered Kaif’s performance to be “carefree and camera-unconscious” and wrote that she “seems to slip into the high-powered shoes easily”.[85] The film was highly successful at the box office, receiving a total collection of ₹1.4 billion (US$19 million).[55][86]

Kaif collaborated with Akshay Kumar for the sixth time in the slapstick comedy Tees Maar Khan (2010).[87] For her role as an aspiring actress, Kaif appeared in a popular item number titled “Sheila Ki Jawani“. The song was choreographed by the film’s director Farah Khan and for the belly dancing portion of the song, Kaif was trained by expert Veronica D’Souza.[88] “Sheila Ki Jawani” was often compared to another item number released the same year “Munni Badnaam Hui” from Dabangg.[89] Despite the song’s popularity, Tees Maar Khan was panned by critics and underperformed at the box office.[90][91] Kaif’s portrayal was not well received; Renuka Rao of Daily News and Analysis said that her “drama queen act is performed … poorly”, but noted that she “does full justice” to the item number.[92]

The following year, Kaif was paired with Hrithik Roshan in Zoya Akhtar‘s coming-of-age dramedy Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.[93] The film narrates the story of three friends on a bachelor trip, and how the workaholism of one was overcome with the help of Laila (Kaif). The film was a critical and commercial success.[94][95] Richard Kuipers of Variety commented that she is “delightful as the sweet-natured girl who inspires everyone to look in the mirror and do something about it”.[96] Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was one of the most awarded films of the year and received numerous Best Film accolades.[97]

Kaif then featured in Yash Raj Films‘ romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) with Imran Khan and Ali Zafar,[98] She was cast as Dimple Dixit, a “talkative”, “unpredictable” girl, a role she described as challenging as the character’s personality contrasted with her own.[99] While the film earned mixed reviews, Kaif was generally praised for her portrayal.[45][100] The book Mother Maiden Mistress called Dimple one of the more interesting female characters of the year and Gaurav Malani of The Economic Times said the film was watchable because of “Katrina’s live-wire energy wherein she never goes overboard and keeps bustling with vivacity through the runtime”.[101][102] For this performance, Kaif received her second Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category.[75]

In 2012, Kaif appeared in “Chikni Chameli“, an item number in Agneepath that incorporated dance steps from the Lavani genre (a Maharashtrian folk dance). The song was filmed over a ten-day period[103] and, according to the actress, “It was hard work. It was very fast and it was not a style I was used to, but I took it as a challenge”.[104] Kaif appeared next in Kabir Khan’s espionage thriller Ek Tha Tiger as a Pakistani ISI agent who falls in love with an Indian RAW agent. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote about her performance: “Katrina is an able, animated foil to Salman, her long legs making her leaps and kicks credible”.[105] The film received predominantly positive reviews, with Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis calling it “smart and stylish”.[106][107] With worldwide earnings of ₹3.1 billion (US$43 million), Ek Tha Tiger was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year.[108][109]

A man in a suit is interlocking arms with two women. The woman on the left is wearing a blue one-shouldered gown with her hair up, while the woman on the right is wearing a gold sari (South Asian attire) with her hair down.

Kaif (right) with Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan at the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, 2012

That year Kaif also appeared with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in Yash Chopra‘s swan song, the romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan.[110] About working with Chopra, she remarked that he “undoubtedly is the king of romance and I have always admired the way he presents his heroines. It was always a dream to work with him and the reality is even better”.[111] She played Meera, a woman who promises God to end her affair with her comatose lover if he survives. Although the film received mostly positive reviews, Kaif’s performance had a mixed reception.[112] CNN-IBN wrote: “Meera’s role was a difficult one and Katrina falls short in emotional scenes. It seems Katrina still doesn’t feel very easy in front of the camera and has difficulty with complex expressions”.[113] Commercially, the film proved a box-office hit with revenues of ₹2.11 billion (US$29 million) worldwide.[114]

In 2013, she appeared briefly with Aamir Khan in Vijay Krishna Acharya‘s action thriller Dhoom 3.[115] To prepare for her role as a circus performer, she undertook a year-long regimen of Pilates, functional training and aerial straps.[116] The film received ambivalent reviews and Kaif was criticised for taking on an insubstantial part.[117] Earning ₹5.42 billion (US$75 million) in box-office receipts, Dhoom 3 went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time until it was surpassed by PK in 2014.[118]

Kaif’s next appearance was in Siddharth Anand‘s Bang Bang! (2014), a remake of the 2010 action comedy Knight and Day.[119] She played a bank receptionist who unwittingly gets caught up with a secret agent (Hrithik Roshan). Raja Sen of Rediff.com was disappointed with her performance, describing it as “insufferable”.[120] Although the film was commercially successful, financial analysts observed that it failed to meet box-office expectations.[121] Ek Tha Tiger, Dhoom 3 and Bang Bang! still rank in the list of highest-grossing Indian films, while Jab Tak Hai Jaan still rank in the list of highest-grossing Indian films in overseas markets

Career fluctuations and resurgence (2015–present)

Kaif with co-star Aditya Roy Kapur at an event for Fitoor in 2016

Kaif’s sole appearance of 2015 was with Saif Ali Khan in Kabir Khan’s post 26/11 counter-terrorism drama Phantom.[122] In 2016, Kaif appeared in two films. In Abhishek Kapoor‘s Fitoor, an adaptation of Charles DickensGreat Expectations, Kaif played a role based on Estella Havisham along with Aditya Roy Kapur and Tabu.[123] Later that year she featured in Nitya Mehra‘s love story Baar Baar Dekho with Sidharth Malhotra.[124] Both films were critical and commercial failures.[125] In a review for the former, Namrata Joshi wrote: “Katrina is good so long as she has to just be herself. So she dances, smiles and flirts well, but the minute a dramatic scene comes up, her utter inadequacy as a performer shows.”[126]

Next year, Kaif appeared alongside Ranbir Kapoor in Anurag Basu‘s comedy-adventure film Jagga Jasoos, which was released in 2017 after multiple delays.[127] The film opened to mixed critical response and was a commercial disappointment.[128] Mayank Shekhar from Mid Day said, “Honestly, I know no two faces as pleasant as Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif on the Indian screen. They naturally shine before the camera.” [129]

In the end of year, Kaif re-united with Salman Khan and reprised the role of Zoya in the Ali Abbas Zafar’s action thriller film Tiger Zinda Hai, sequel to the 2012 film Ek Tha Tiger. The film released on Christmas weekend and opened to strong box office collections, collecting over ₹1.1 billion within three days of release.[130] The film opened with positive to mixed reviews. Critics praised her action sequences but criticised her lack of dialogues. Rachit Gupta of Filmfare said, “The screenplay goes easy on [Kaif] by not giving her stand and dialogue. Instead, she does the bulk of the hand to hand combat and gun fights and she looks the part. It’s invigorating to see a lady kick-ass with so much élan and pull all the punches like they’re real.”[131]

As of August 2018, Kaif has filmed a supporting role in the period action-adventure film Thugs of Hindostan, marking her second collaboration with Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and director Vijay Krishna Acharya.[132] Kaif has also filmed for the starring role of an alcoholic actress in Anand L Rai‘s Zero, marking her second collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma.[133] Additionally, she has also committed to be cast in Bharat opposite her frequent co-star Salman Khan and director Ali Abbas Zafar, and also in the untitled dance film opposite Varun Dhawan.[134]

Off-screen work

A medium shot of a woman dancing amid several other women. The woman in the centre is dressed in a black and silver outfit, while the women around her are dressed in pink and black clothing.

Katrina performing on Chikini Chameli at the 18th annual Colors Screen Awards, 2012

Kaif is involved with Relief Projects India, a charitable trust run by her mother which rescues abandoned baby girls and works to prevent female infanticide.[135] Kaif’s winnings from the game shows 10 Ka Dum and Kaun Banega Crorepati were donated to her mother’s Mercy Home orphanage.[136] In 2009 and 2010, Kaif also walked the ramp for charity as part of Salman Khan’s “Being Human” show.[137][138] To raise funds for a new school in Madurai she recorded Rhyme Skool, an album of nursery rhymes composed by A. R. Rahman.[139][140] In 2011, Kaif visited sepoys in Jammu as part of NDTV‘s reality program Jai Jawan.[141] The following year she visited the Cancer Patients Aid Association to gift cancer survivors and increase public awareness of breast and cervical cancer.[142]

Kaif has also performed onstage, participating in Shah Rukh Khan’s “Temptations Reloaded” world concert tour in 2008. Also featuring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, the tour began in Amsterdam in June and ended four months later in Dubai‘s Festival City Arena before an audience of 15,000.[143][144] Kaif rejoined Shah Rukh Khan for his 2013 “Temptations Reloaded” concert in Muscat, performing to an audience of over 18,000.[145] She performed with Akon at the closing ceremony of the 2009 Indian Premier League at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg,[146] and joined Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Pitbull in Kolkata for the opening ceremony of the 2013 IPL season.[147] In 2016, she joined other Indian celebrities for the “Dream Team Tour”, where they performed in various American cities.[148]

Personal life

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif pose together

Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor in 2015

Kaif’s personal life has been the subject of extensive media attention. She is reluctant to discuss her romantic life: “I have always believed that there is life before marriage and after marriage. Before marriage … you are termed a single woman and I choose to conduct that part of my life with absolute dignity and discretion”.[149] Although rumours of a relationship with Salman Khan first emerged in 2003,[20] it was not until after their 2010 breakup that Kaif spoke of the affair, calling it her first serious relationship.[150] They have remained friends, and the actress credits Khan with giving her confidence and guidance:[151][152][153]

The reported reason for their breakup was Kaif’s increasing closeness to Ranbir Kapoor during the filming of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.[154] Although this was denied by Kaif and Kapoor, the nature of their relationship was scrutinised by the media because they were thought to be involved with others at the time.[155][156] In August 2013, photographs of Kapoor and Kaif on holiday in Ibiza were leaked by Stardust; the media interpreted this as confirmation of an affair.[157] After the appearance of the photos, Kaif published an open letter to the media saying that she was “upset, distressed and invaded” by the breach of privacy.[158] She later acknowledged Kapoor as “an extremely important part of [her] life”.[159] In February 2016, the media reported that they had broken up.[160]

Kaif has a close relationship with her family, and the lack of a father figure in her life has given her a sense of responsibility towards them.[161] While Kaif’s mother is Christian and her father is Muslim, Kaif was brought up to practise all faiths and says she is a “firm believer in God”.[162][163] The Times of India reported in 2009 that she visits Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary Church, and the Sufi shrine Ajmer Sharif Dargah before her films are released.[164]

In the media

A woman dressed in traditional Indian clothing is looking away from the camera. She has a red bindi between her eyebrows, a silver necklace and is wearing an embroidered red sari.

Kaif at an event for Nakshatra Jewellery, 2010

According to an India Today article, despite her dissimilarity to a conventional Bollywood heroine, Kaif “turned every adversity into opportunity and climbed the slippery pole of stardom”.[6] Although she is one of the most commercially successful actresses in contemporary Bollywood, she has received mixed reviews for her acting prowess.[165] Writing for Firstpost, Anuya Jakatdar wrote that Kaif needed to “take on role[s] that actually challenge her” instead of “coasting on her co-star’s box office appeal” and criticised her inclination towards glamorous roles.[166] Kaif’s dancing ability is better appreciated, with Meena Iyer of The Times of India calling her “one of Bollywood’s best dancers”.[167] Kaif’s Bollywood success has sparked an influx of foreign talent hoping to establish themselves in the industry.[6]

Kaif is cited in the media as one of India’s most beautiful celebrities, and has ranked highly in polls choosing the most attractive Indian celebrities. Kaif was named the “World’s Sexiest Woman” by FHM India five times from 2008 to 2013,[168][169] and appeared on Verves list of most powerful women in 2009 and 2010.[170][171] The UK magazine Eastern Eye called her the “Sexiest Asian Woman” from 2008 to 2010, and again in 2013.[172][173] Kaif was named The Times of Indias “Most Desirable Woman” in 2010, and was later ranked second from 2011 to 2013.[174][175] The Indian edition of People described her as “India’s Most Beautiful Woman” in 2011 and three years later she topped Maxim Indias “Hot 100” poll.[176][177]

Kaif is a celebrity spokesperson for a number of brands including Slice, Nakshatra, Lux, Panasonic, Lakmé and L’Oréal.[22][178][179] The Economic Times ranked Kaif India’s second most prominent endorser in 2012.[180] Hindustan Times reported in 2014 that she received ₹50 million (US$700,000) to ₹60 million (US$840,000) for each endorsement, making her one of India’s highest-paid celebrity endorsers.[181][182] In 2013, Kaif was ranked ninth on Forbes list of India’s best-known entertainers with an estimated annual income of ₹637.5 million (US$8.9 million).[183] In 2010 and 2011, Mattel released two sets of Barbie dolls inspired by Kaif.[184][185] In 2015, Kaif became the eighth Bollywood actor to have a wax figure installed at Madame Tussauds in London.[186] She is the first Bollywood star to be featured in Peruvian photographer Mario Testino’s Towel Series.

Actress (45 credits)
 2019 Bharat (filming)
Aaliyah
 2018/III Zero (filming)
Zara Khan
 2018 Thugs of Hindostan
Suraiyya
 2018 Welcome to New York
Katrina Kaif
 2017 Tiger Zinda Hai
Zoya
 2017 Atif Aslam: Dil Diyan Gallan (Video short)
 2017 Detective Jagga
Shruti Sengupta
 2017 The Mini Truck (TV Series)
 2016 Fitoor
Firdaus
 2015/I Phantom
Nawaz Mistry
 2014/I Bang Bang
Harleen Sahani
 2013 Dhoom 3
Aaliya
 2013 Bombay Talkies
Katrina Kaif
 2013 Main Krishna Hoon
Katrina Kaif
 2012 As Long As I Live
Meera Thapar
 2012 Ek Tha Tiger
Zoya
 2012 Agneepath
Chikni Chameli
 2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Dimple Dixit
 2011 Bodyguard
Dancer in Bodyguard song
 2010 Tees Maar Khan
Anya Khan
 2010 Raajneeti
Indu R. Sakseria / Indu P. Pratap
 2009 Hit Left and Right
Anjali Kakkad
 2009/I Blue
Nikki
 2009 New York
Maya Shaikh
 2008 Yuvvraaj
Anushka Banton
 2008/II Hello
Story-teller
 2008 Singh Is King
Sonia
 2008/I Race
Sophia
 2007/I Welcome
Sanjana S. Shetty
 2007 Partner
Priya R. Jaisingh
 2007 Apne
Nandini N. Sarabhai
 2007 Namastey London
Jasmeet ‘Jazz’ M. Malhotra
 2006 Balram vs. Tharadas
Supriya
 2006 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye
Jia A. Yashvardhan
 2005 Sarkar
Pooja
 2005 Allari Pidugu
Swati
 2004 Malliswari
Malliswari
 2003/I Boom
Rina Kaif / Popdi Chinchpokli

LETECIA BUFONI

Letícia Bufoni was born on April 13, 1993 in Sao Paulo, Brazil as Leticia bufoni e Silva. She is an actress, known for Skate God (2019), Push (2016) and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (2015).
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Actress (1 credit)
 2019 Skate God (pre-production)
Petra
Hide Hide Show Show Self (3 credits)
 2016/I Push
Herself
 2015 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (Video Game)
Herself
 2012 Sem Limites – Bob Burnquist (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
Hide Hide Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)
 2017 Camp Woodward (TV Series)

Meet Meagan Guy (2017) … (as Leticia Bufoni)

Maria Pitillo

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Pitillo in 1995
Born (1966-01-08) January 8, 1966 (age 52)
Elmira, New York, U.S.
Years active 1986–2008
Spouse(s)
David R Fortney (m. 2002)
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Maria Pitillo (born January 8, 1966) is a former American actress who has starred in film and on TV, most notably as Audrey Timmonds in Godzilla (1998), a role which garnered her a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress. She also had a recurring role on the TV series Providence.

Background[edit]

Pitillo was born on January 8, 1966, in Elmira, New York, and grew up in Mahwah, New Jersey. She attended Mahwah High School, where she was on the track team, before transferring to Northern Highlands Regional High School.[1] Pitillo met with success in New York City, performing in television commercials.[1] In 1987, she was cast as Nancy Don Lewis for the ABC Network soap opera, Ryan’s Hope, where she continued in that role until the series ended in 1989.[2] In 1990, Pitillo was hired to play the role of Annie in the TNT Network production of The Lost Capone. In addition to her acting part, Pitillo also performed two songs for the movie, including the Jazz standard, Bye Bye Blackbird. To prepare for this role, she received coaching from William Esper and Harold Guskin of William Esper Studios in New York, and voice trained with vocalist Robbie McCauley.[3][4]

Pitillo moved to California and by the mid 1990s, was working steadily on TV and film, with roles in Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story (1995), Partners (1995), Dear God (1996) and Something To Believe In (1998), Godzilla (1998), and a recurring role on TV’s Providence (2001–02).

Pitillo gained a reputation as a consistent utility actor who has worked numerous times with director James Burrows and writer/producer Jeff Greenstein. She is known to have participated during the early stages of project development, and read with prospective actors who are auditioning for unfilled parts. Such projects included South of Sunset,[5] and Partners.[6]

Married in 2002, and lives in Ross, California.[7] Maria Pitillo retired from full-time acting in 2006 to raise her family and operate a small business with her husband.[8] She is of Italian and Irish descent.[9]

Pitillo is also an alumna of Playhouse West School and Repertory Theater.[10]

Career[edit]

Early career (1986-1992)[edit]

Maria Pitillo was living in suburban New Jersey, and working as a department store clerk when a friend invited her to audition for a TV commercial. Her first job was an advertisement for Pepto Bismol. Subsequent commercial work included an ad for Bank of Boston, York Peppermint Pattie, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chic Jeans, among others. In the fall of 1987, Pitillo was cast as Nancy Don (Lewis) on the ABC soap opera, Ryan’s Hope, which lasted until that series ended its run in 1989.[6]

Pitillo’s own words state that she did not consider acting as a serious career choice until after Chaplin (1992).[6] An article written by Stella Bednarz, of Soap Opera Digest, suggests Pitillo could be problematic when she didn’t like her lines, and sometimes acted out behind the director’s back:

“Pitillo seems less than thrilled with Nancy Don’s melodramatic dialogue. Kaplan retorts, “Maria, honey, if you can’t act it, say the words.” – Maria is propped up on a real examining table. In her free time, the patient makes faces”.[11]

The 1990s[edit]

Pitillo at the premiere of Bye Bye Love in 1995

Upon moving to Hollywood, Pitillo’s work consisted primarily of television drama (South of Sunset), small parts in theatrical motion pictures, and included starring roles in several Made-For-TV movies. She earned critical praise for her roles in the following: Middle Ages,[12] Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story,[13] as well as Between Love and Honor.[14][15] Pitillo’s career breakthrough came with the 1995 FOX sitcom Partners. Cast as Alicia Sondergard, the comedy met with critical success for herself,[6] as well as for co-stars Jon Cryer, and Tate Donovan. Partners failed to gain traction with audiences, and was cancelled in the Spring of 1996.[16]

After completing Dear God in the summer of 1996, Pitillo was contacted by NBC President Warren Littlefield, who had taken notice of her performance in Partners. Littlefield then signed her to a development deal with the network.[17] In early 1997, while trying to acquire a stake in DreamWorks Studios, NBC tried to leverage Pitillo, as well as director James Burrows with a project titled Nearly Yours, which actress Parker Posey had dropped out of. Dreamworks and NBC could not come to an agreement, and the deal collapsed.[18][19] The squabbling between NBC and Dreamworks left the network with a programming hole, and Pitillo without a television project for all of 1997. It wasn’t until filming began on Something To Believe In (1997), and Godzilla (May 1997), that she returned to work. NBC continued to search for a suitable television project for Pitillo, and with input from Littlefield,[20] developed the sitcom House Rules, which aired as a mid-season replacement in March 1998.[17]

Godzilla (1998)[edit]

Maria Pitillo starred as Audrey Timmonds in the TriStar Pictures film Godzilla, which opened in theaters on May 20, 1998. The film and Pitillo’s performance were skewered by fans and critics alike:

“At its release, the film was much criticized by Godzilla fans the world over. Kenpachiro Satsuma, the actor who portrayed Godzilla in the second series of films (1984–1995) walked out of a Tokyo screening and told reporters that, ‘It’s not Godzilla, it does not have the spirit.”[21]

In 2004, director Roland Emmerich expressed his feelings about the film:

“In interviews promoting The Day After Tomorrow, Emmerich admitted regretting the production of Godzilla, particularly due to the rushed shooting schedule that was required for a Memorial Day weekend release and the studio’s insistence on not test-screening the film. However, he defended the film as better than critics gave it credit for, as it was financially successful, and out of all the films he directed, it was the one which parents told him their children enjoyed the most”‘.[22]

In subsequent years, both Emmerich and writer Dean Devlin said little about the film. It wasn’t until Devlin was pressed about the upcoming 2014 interpretation of Godzilla, that he expressed lament about his interpretation of the franchise:

“I know I screwed up my Godzilla,’ he said. ‘I’d be very happy if they pull it off and do a great one'”.[23]

Godzilla was nominated in several categories for Razzie awards, and Pitillo herself won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress in 1999. It is often suggested that criticism of her performance (and subsequent Razzie), hampered her career. Pitillo is known to have commented once about her role in Godzilla:

“This movie isn’t written for big performances from its actors,” Pitillo says. “I don’t expect a lot from it. It won’t be like, `Oh, Maria Pitillo is a great actress.’ But it’s an opportunity for people to see me.” [1]

Godzilla 2 (1999)[edit]

Pitillo, Matthew Broderick, and Jean Reno were each under contract for a total of three Godzilla films. The first installment, having earned $379 million during its theatrical run, ensured that a sequel would be considered.[24] Tri Star Pictures, which owned rights to the franchise, called on Centropolis to begin pre-production work on a sequel, which was tentatively named Godzilla 2. Keenly aware as to the reception of Pitillo’s performance, the film treatment limited her presence to a small sequence in Act I.[25] Ultimately, there was little enthusiasm to move forward, and the rights to the franchise were allowed to expire.[24]

Late career[edit]

By 2000, Pitillo had starred in the indie film, Dirk & Betty, the comedy-drama, After Sex, and made guest appearances on several television shows. Her last film role was the Made-For-TV movie The Christmas Secret, starring Richard Thomas, and Beau Bridges. It originally aired on CBS, and later broadcast on the ABC Family network as part of their 25 Days of Christmas. She had a recurring role on Providence (2001-2002) as Tina Calcatera, a divorced mother, and love interest of Robbie, played by Seth Peterson, a role which lasted until the series ended in 2002.

Unsold pilots[edit]

In The Loop (1998)

People Who Fear People (1999) w/Jon Cryer, directed by James Burrows

  • Jon Cryer, a Partners Co-star, participated in this project.
  • This was her second collaboration with Cryer, and fourth with Burrows.[27]
  • Pitillo’s role was recast, and this series became The Trouble With Normal (2000) [28]

Follow The Leeds (2003)

The Angriest Man in Suburbia (2006)

  • Co-starring Mitch Rouse and debuted Kiernan Shipka
  • Unclear if this work aired, however, it was posted to YouTube, until Sony had it removed.[30]

It’s About This Guy (Date Unknown)

  • Starred as Maddie Chase[31]

Personal life[edit]

Maria Pitillo was born in Elmira, NY. Her parents divorced and her father moved Maria and her sisters Lisa and Gina to Mahwah, New Jersey. She attended Mahwah High School, where she was on the track team, before transferring to Northern Highlands Regional High School. She was prevented from attending her high school graduation ceremony after an altercation with her English teacher.[1]

It is most often noted that Pitillo got into acting after a chance encounter with a friend,[6] while some publicity material suggests that participating in Summer stock theater provided Pitillo the impetus to act professionally.[32]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Wise Guys Massuese
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Pony Tail Girl
1988 Spike of Bensonhurst Angel
1989 She-Devil Olivia Honey
1990 White Palace Janey
1992 Chaplin Mary Pickford
1993 True Romance Kandi
1994 I’ll Do Anything Flight Attendant
1994 Natural Born Killers Deborah
1995 Bye Bye Love Kim
1995 Frank & Jesse Zee
1996 Dear God Gloria McKinney
1998 Something to Believe In Maggie
1998 Godzilla Audrey Timmonds Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2000 After Sex Vicki
2000 Dirk & Betty Betty

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special Vickie Episode: “What If I’m Gay?”
1989 Ryan’s Hope Nancy Don Lewis recurring role (5 episodes)
1989 Miami Vice Anna Episode: “The Cell Within
1990 The Lost Capone Annie Television Movie
1991 Law & Order Angel Greer Episode: “Aria
1991 Saturday’s Chelsea Television Movie
1992 Middle Ages Robin Episode: “Night Moves”
1993 Cooperstown Bridget Television Movie
1993 Mad About You Mimi Episode: “The Man Who Said Hello
1993 South of Sunset Gina Weston series regular (7 episodes)
1995 Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story Teresa Walden Stamper Television Movie
1995 Between Love and Honor Maria Caprefoli Television Movie
1995–1996 Partners Alicia Sundergard series regular (22 episodes)
1996 Out of Order unknown role Television ShortEpisode: “Refracted”
1998 House Rules Casey Farrell series regular (7 episodes)
1998 In the Loop unknown role unknown episode
1999 Ally McBeal Paula Hunt Episode: “Civil War
1999 Early Edition Rebecca Waters Episode: “Weather Girl
2000 Will & Grace Paula Episode: “Love Plus One
2000 The Christmas Secret Debbie McNeil Television Movie
2001–2002 Providence Tina Calcatera recurring role (31 episodes)
2003 Friends Laura the adoption agent Episode: “The One with the Home Study
2008 Big Shots Valerie Cerritas Episode: “Sex Be Not Proud

LAURA MARGOLIS

Laura Margolis was born on July 16, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for The Strangers (2008), Dirty Sexy Money (2007) and Higher Power (2018).
Actress (21 credits)
 2018 Higher Power
Rebecca
 2016 The Vanished
Clara
 2015 Dole Fruit Bowls: Drain It, Drink It (Video short)
Woman with Dole Branded Fruit Bowl
 2015 The Diabolical
Marcy
 2013 Mistresses (TV Series)
Teacher

Full Disclosure (2013) … Teacher
 2007-2009 Dirty Sexy Money (TV Series)
Daisy

The Facts (2009) … Daisy
The Injured Party (2008) … Daisy
The Verdict (2008) … Daisy (credit only)
The Silence (2008) … Daisy
The Star Witness (2008) … Daisy
 2009 10 Items or Less (TV Series)
Saundra

Sesquicentennial (2009) … Saundra
 2008 The Strangers
Pin-Up Girl
 2007 Monk (TV Series)
Carol Young

Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend (2007) … Carol Young
 2007 The Wedding Bells (TV Series)
Bridget

Wedding from Hell (2007) … Bridget
 2006 Masters of Horror (TV Series)
Brenda

Sounds Like (2006) … Brenda
 2005 Autoportrait (Short)
Secretary
 2005 Jake in Progress (TV Series)
Mary

The Elaine-Elaine … Mary
 2003 Line of Fire (TV Series)
Estelle Sommers

Boom, Swagger, Boom (2003) … Estelle Sommers
Mockingbird (2003) … Estelle Sommers
 2003 Another Flush (Short)
Hannah
 2002 Friends (TV Series)
Woman Giving Birth

The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 1 (2002) … Woman Giving Birth
 2001 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Flashback Girl

Drew Live III (2001) … Flashback Girl
 2001 Family Law (TV Series)
Diane

Recovery (2001) … Diane
 2001 Norm (TV Series)
Tina

Norm Is Fat (2001) … Tina
 2001 The Huntress (TV Series)
Holly

Who Are You? (2001) … Holly
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