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Angelina Jolie Profile


Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975) is an American film actor and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. She has been cited as one of the world’s most beautiful women and her off-screen life is widely reported. Jolie has received three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Academy Award.

Though she made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in the 1982 film Lookin’ to Get Out, Jolie’s acting career began in earnest a decade later with the low budget production Cyborg 2 (1993). Her first leading role in a major film was in Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999). Jolie achieved international fame as a result of her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and since then has established herself as one of the best-known and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. She had her biggest commercial success with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).

Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie currently lives with actor Brad Pitt, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, as well as three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. Jolie has promoted humanitarian causes throughout the world, and is noted for her work with refugees through UNHCR.

Relationships

On March 28, 1996, Jolie married British actor Jonny Lee Miller, her co-star in the film Hackers. She attended her wedding in black leather pants and a white shirt, upon which she had written the groom’s name in her blood. Jolie and Miller separated the following year and subsequently divorced on February 3, 1999. They remained on good terms and Jolie later explained, “It comes down to timing. I think he’s the greatest husband a girl could ask for. I’ll always love him, we were simply too young.”

She then married American actor Billy Bob Thornton, whom she had met on the set of Pushing Tin, on May 5, 2000. As a result of their frequent public declarations of passion and gestures of love (most famously wearing one another’s blood in vials around their necks), their relationship became a favorite topic of the entertainment media. Jolie and Thornton divorced on May 27, 2003. Asked in Vogue about the sudden dissolution of their marriage, Jolie stated, “It took me by surprise, too, because overnight, we totally changed. I think one day we had just nothing in common. And it’s scary but… I think it can happen when you get involved and you don’t know yourself yet.”

Jolie has said in interviews that she is bisexual and has long acknowledged that she had a sexual relationship with her Foxfire co-star Jenny Shimizu, “I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn’t married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her.” In 2003, asked if she was bisexual, Jolie responded, “Of course. If I fell in love with a woman tomorrow, would I feel that it’s okay to want to kiss and touch her? If I fell in love with her? Absolutely! Yes!”

In early 2005, Jolie was involved in a well-publicized Hollywood scandal when she was accused of being the “other woman” in the divorce of actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. The allegation was that she and Pitt had started an affair during filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith; however, she has denied this in several interviews. In an interview in 2005, she explained, “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn’t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.”

While Jolie and Pitt never publicly commented on the nature of their relationship, speculations continued throughout 2005. The first intimate paparazzi photos emerged in April, one month after Aniston had filed for divorce; they showed Pitt, Jolie and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya. During the summer Jolie and Pitt were seen together with increasing frequency and most of the entertainment media considered them a couple, dubbing them “Brangelina”. On January 11, 2006 Jolie confirmed to People that she was pregnant with Pitt’s child and thereby confirmed their relationship for the first time in public.

Tattoos

Jolie’s inventory of tattoos has become the subject of much media attention and has often been addressed by interviewers. Jolie stated that, while she is not opposed to film nudity, the large number of tattoos on her body has forced filmmakers to become more creative when planning nude or love scenes. Make-up has been used to cover up the tattoos in many of her productions. Jolie currently has 13 known tattoos, among them “know your rights” on her upper back, between her shoulder blades, the Tennessee Williams quote “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages”, which she got together with her mother, the Arabic phrase “???????” (strength of will), the Latin proverb “quod me nutrit me destruit” (what nourishes me destroys me), and a Yantra prayer written in the ancient Khmer and Pali scripts for her son Maddox. She also has four sets of geographical coordinates on her upper left arm indicating the birthplaces of her children. Over time she covered or lasered several of her tattoos, including “Billy Bob”, the name of her former husband Billy Bob Thornton, a Chinese character for death (?), and a window on her lower back; she explained that she removed the window, because, while she used to spend all of her time looking out through windows wishing to be outside, she now lives there all of the time.

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Ashley Judd Profile

Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her leading roles in a series of late 1990s and early 2000s thriller films, including Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy and High Crimes. She has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.

Early life

Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella in Granada Hills, California, the daughter of Naomi Judd, a well-known country music singer and motivational speaker, and Michael Ciminella, Jr., a marketing analyst for the horseracing industry. Judd has a half-sister, Wynonna Judd, who is also a country music singer. At the time of her birth, her mother was working as a nurse, and did not become well-known as a singer along with her daughter Wynonna until the early 1980s. Judd’s parents divorced in 1972, and in 1974, her mother took her back to her own native Kentucky, where Judd grew up.

Judd’s mother raised her Baptist, and she attended twelve schools before college including the Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky and Franklin High School (Tennessee). She briefly tried modeling in Japan during school breaks. An alumna of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Kentucky, she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater, and women’s studies. She spent a semester studying in France as part of her major, a move that mirrored her role as Reed in the television series Sisters. She was in the UK Honors Program and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, but did not graduate with her class, leaving university early to drive cross-country in pursuit of an acting career in Hollywood, where she studied with well-respected acting teacher, Robert Carnegie, at Playhouse West. During this time, she worked as a waitress at “The Ivy” restaurant and lived in a Malibu, California house her sister bought her, which burned down during the great Malibu fires. On May 9, 2007, it was announced that Judd had completed her bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Kentucky. In a May 2007 appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Judd explained that she had completed her degree requirements in 1990, but had mistakenly thought she was one class short. She only needed to “sign a piece of paper” in order to graduate. Ellen then surprised Judd by presenting her with her diploma, which Degeneres had acquired from the university.

Career

Judd began acting on television, and appeared as Ensign Robin Lefler, a Starfleet officer, in two 1991 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. From 1991 to 1994 she had a recurring role as Reed, the daughter of Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), on the NBC drama Sisters. She made her feature film debut in 1992′s Kuffs, and had the starring role in 1993′s independent film, Ruby in Paradise, for which she received good reviews. She also had a role in the 1994 Oliver Stone film Natural Born Killers, but her scenes were cut from the version of the film released theatrically. She gained further critical acclaim for her roles in 1995′s Smoke and Heat. She also played the role of Callie in Philip Ridley’s dark, adult fairy-tale The Passion of Darkly Noon.

By the end of the 1990s, Judd had managed to achieve significant fame and success as a leading actress, after leading roles in several thrillers that performed well at the box office, including Kiss the Girls in 1997 and 1999′s Double Jeopardy. Several of her early 2000s films, including 2001′s Someone Like You and 2002′s High Crimes, received only mixed reviews and moderate box office, although she did receive positive notices, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, for her performance in the 2004 biography of Cole Porter, De-Lovely, opposite Kevin Kline. Judd’s movie nude scenes, notably in “Norma Jean and Marilyn” and “A Normal Life” have drawn frequent criticism from her family’s southern, conservative fan base.

She is currently the magazine advertising “face” of American Beauty, an Estee Lauder cosmetic brand sold exclusively at Kohl’s department stores, and H. Stern jewelers. In June 2007, American family clothing retailer Goody’s, announced that they were going to be releasing three fashion clothing lines with Judd in the Fall to be called – AJ™, Love Ashley™, and Ashley Judd™. “I’m thrilled to be involved in a clothing line that provides simple, lovely solutions for women’s wardrobes,” said Ashley Judd in a statement. “I’ve always loved items that you can throw on easily and know that you’ll feel and look good. This line does just that, while keeping with the best of current styles and trends”.

Personal life

During the 1990s, Judd dated baseball player Brady Anderson, singers Lyle Lovett and Michael Bolton, and actors Matthew McConaughey and Robert De Niro. She became engaged to Scottish CART, later IndyCar driver, and now NASCAR driver Dario Franchitti, in December 1999, and the two were married at Skibo Castle, near Dornoch, Scotland, on December 12, 2001. She and her husband divide their time between a home in Scotland and their farm outside Franklin, Tennessee. Judd can be easily be recognized in Gasoline Alley wearing a white hat, and was present at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 when her husband won.

When in Manhattan, she attends services at a charismatic Missionary Baptist Church[citation needed]. Judd regularly attends University of Kentucky basketball games, frequently sitting next to Donna Smith (wife of former UK Coach Tubby Smith), or in the student section. Last year, she was a guest columnist for a local Kentucky newspaper, writing about the NCAA Championships. She is frequently sought out for celebrity camera shots during televised games. She posed for a poster wearing only a hockey jersey for fundraising purposes for their alma mater’s hockey team. She is also an avid practitioner of yoga, cooking and gardening.

In February 2006, Judd entered a program at Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Buffalo Gap, Texas and stayed for 47 days. She was there because of personal issues, including depression and isolation.

Judd is active in humanitarian and political causes. She was appointed Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, an education and prevention program of the international NGO Population Services International (PSI) promoting AIDS prevention and treatment, and speaks and demonstrates at pro-choice events. On October 29, 2006, Judd appeared at a “Women for Ford” event for Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr.

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

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Profile

Sarah Michelle Prinze, (born April 14, 1977) better known by her birth name of Sarah Michelle Gellar, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as the character Buffy Summers in the acclaimed television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for which she won in total six Teen Choice Awards, and the Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actress and received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for her role in All My Children as character Kendall Hart. The show set up Gellar as a icon and star in the industry from the first Season of the show.

She has since become known as a film actress, starring in the family film Scooby-Doo (2002) as Daphne Blake, and the American remake of Japanese horror film The Grudge (2004) and its sequel The Grudge 2 (2006). Earlier establishing roles include the teen drama Cruel Intentions (1999); the slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997); and the independent film Harvard Man (2001). Most recently she played an ex-porn star in Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales (2007) and as part of an ensemble cast in The Air I Breathe (2008). Her many horror roles have established Gellar as a “scream queen”.

[edit] Early life

Gellar was born in New York City, the only child of Rosellen (née Greenfield), a nursery school teacher, and Arthur Gellar, a garment worker. Both of her parents were Jewish, though Gellar’s family had a Christmas tree during the holidays while she was growing up. In 1984, her parents divorced and she was brought up by her mother on the Upper East Side.

Gellar was estranged from her father from this time until his death from liver cancer on October 9, 2001. She attended New York’s Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School on a scholarship, and the Professional Children’s School. Gellar held a straight-A average and became a competent figure skater. Her best friend was Melissa Joan Hart, who later was the star of the series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She also became close friends with Lindsay Sloane, who (in September 2002) would be her bridesmaid at her wedding.

[edit] Television career

At the age of four, Gellar was spotted by an agent in a restaurant in Uptown Manhattan. Two weeks later, she auditioned for a part in An Invasion Of Privacy, a made-for-television film starring Valerie Harper, Carol Kane and Jeff Daniels. At the audition, Gellar read both her own lines and those of Harper, impressing the directors enough to cast her in the role. A short while later, she got a part in a controversial television commercial for Burger King, in which she criticized McDonald’s and claimed to eat only at Burger King.

This led to a lawsuit by McDonalds against Burger King, ad agency J. Walter Thompson, and child-actress Gellar herself, who appeared in court as a witness for the defense. The dispute was eventually settled out of court. Gellar continued to make commercials while appearing in acting roles, including playing Emily in an episode of the TV series Spenser: For Hire, appearing in a minor role in the Chevy Chase starring comedy Funny Farm and in the movie High Stakes, and filming in Europe for the TV series Crossbow. In 1991, she played a young Jacqueline Bouvier in A Woman Named Jackie.

Gellar got her first major break in 1992, when she starred in the serial Swans Crossing and was subsequently cast in the soap opera All My Children, playing Kendall Hart, the long-lost daughter of character Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). In 1995, at the age of eighteen, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress in a Drama Series for the role. It was on the set of this soap opera that she met Michelle Trachtenberg who would later join the Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast.

In 2000, Gellar guest starred as Debbie in the hit HBO series Sex and the City episode Escape from New York . Sarah Michelle Gellar has also hosted SNL a total of three times (1998, 1999, and 2002). Gellar has lent her voice to animated TV series, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and several episodes of Robot Chicken.

Personal life

Gellar met future husband Freddie Prinze, Jr., during filming of the 1997 teen horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer but the two did not begin dating until 2000. They were engaged in April 2001 and married in Mexico on September 1, 2002 in a ceremony officiated by Adam Shankman, a film director and choreographer with whom Gellar had worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Gellar’s bridesmaid was her closest friend of many years, Lindsay Sloane. In 2007, Gellar legally changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze in honor of the couple’s fifth year of marriage.

In 2004, while filming The Grudge in Japan, Gellar visited the famous Japanese swordsmith Shoji Yoshihara (Kuniie III) and bought a Katana from him as a birthday present for her husband. Gellar realized that she needed clearance from the government to remove the sword from the country, and after eventually succeeding, stated that it was “incredibly difficult” to do.

Gellar has said in interviews that she believes in God but does not belong to an organized religion. Gellar has said in interviews that she collects rare editions of classic children’s literature.

Gellar graced the cover of Gotham Magazine and featured as their main story in the March 2008 issue, in which she spoke about how passing 30 has evolved her style , Gellar said “It sounds clichéd, but when women turn 30, they find themselves. You become more comfortable in your own skin. Last night on Letterman, I wore this skintight Herve Leger dress. Two years ago, three years ago? I would never have worn it.”

Gellar has also reflected on her choices as an actress; she frequently mentions how “proud” she is of her TV show “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” which became a worldwide popular hit. She has also been her own critic, talking about movie roles she has taken, saying, “Simply Irresistible (1999) was just a bad choice – and for that, it was a great learning experience. I wasn’t ready to make that movie. I was too young. The script was not ready. I knew in my heart before I left to make it that I should back out.”

Gellar has four tattoos. She has a symbol for integrity on her lower back, a heart and dagger and a cherry blossom on her ankle, and two dragonflies on her back.

In 2007, Gellar was featured in Vaseline’s “Skin Is Amazing” campaign, with other actors such as Hilary Duff, Amanda Bynes, and John Leguizamo.

During her 2006 interview with Marie Claire, Sarah spoke about her thoughts on the movie industry for women. She spoke about her views on the roles of women in movies saying, “You realize its a very tough market for women. For me its about getting roles where women get to do something active, not the girlfriend, not the wife. There are mainly two types of roles for us, women in-jeopardy films and romantic movies.” Gellar has been praised by fans and critics alike for being a strong role model for young girls and women. Gellar went on to speak about how the business has changed and about magazine-cover attention-seeking Hollywood-starlets. Gellar said (when the interviewer said she was shocked at how many actresses seem to ‘need’ to be on the cover of a magazine like US Weekly), “Can I interrupt you? Do you think those actresses strive to be on those covers? Because I don’t, I think its people striving to get that celebrity position, but I think you’ll find that most ‘actors’ don’t want that. Because when you know too much about them, it takes away the illusion that a film creates.”

Gellar is also a active advocate for various charities, Breast cancer, Project Angel Food, Habitat for Humanity and CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, all of which Sarah says you get to “physically do something”. She says, “I started because my mother taught me a long time ago that even when you have nothing, there’s ways to give back. And what you get in return for that is tenfold. But it was always hard because I couldn’t do a lot. I couldn’t do much more than just donate money when I was on the show because there wasn’t time. And now that I have the time, it’s amazing.”. .”

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Scarlett Johansson Profile

Scarlett I. Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an actress and singer, of dual American and Danish citizenship. Johansson rose to fame with her role in 1998′s The Horse Whisperer and subsequently gained critical acclaim for her roles in Ghost World, Lost in Translation (for which she won a BAFTA), and Girl with a Pearl Earring, the latter two earning her Golden Globe Award nominations in 2003.

On May 20, 2008, Johansson debuted as a vocalist on her first album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, with cover versions of Tom Waits songs.

[edit] Early life

Johansson was born in New York City. Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director (Scarlett Johansson holds Danish citizenship). Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx. Johansson’s parents met in Denmark, where her mother lived with Johansson’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy, a former bookkeeper and schoolteacher. Johansson has an older sister, Vanessa, who is also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; a twin brother, Hunter, also an actor; and a half-brother, Christian, from her father’s re-marriage.

Johansson grew up in a household with “little money” with a mother who was a “film buff”. Johansson began her theater training by attending and graduating from Professional Children’s School in Manhattan in 2002.

Acting career

Johansson began acting during childhood, after her mother began taking her to auditions. She made her film debut in 1994′s North. After appearing in several films during the late 1990s, including a very brief appearance in the Mandy Moore video for her single “Candy”, Johansson garnered praise and widespread attention for her performance in 1998′s The Horse Whisperer and 2001′s Ghost World.

She won the “Upstream Prize” for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in 2003′s Lost in Translation. The same year, she was nominated for two Best Actress awards at the Golden Globes, one for drama (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and one for comedy (Lost in Translation). She was also nominated for Best Actress for both films at the BAFTAs, and won Best Actress for Lost in Translation.

Johansson was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2004. In the same year, she starred in the films The Perfect Score, In Good Company and A Love Song for Bobby Long, the last of which earned her a third Golden Globe Award nomination. Johansson was involved for a short time with the film Mission: Impossible III, but was not officially cast because of scheduling conflicts, although a falling out with the film’s star, Tom Cruise, had been both widely reported and publicly denied. She was replaced by Keri Russell.

In July 2005, Johansson starred with Ewan McGregor in Michael Bay’s The Island, making her debut as a female lead in a mainstream action film. In the same year, she starred in the Woody Allen-directed drama Match Point, which opened in December. Johansson received her fourth Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role, but lost to Rachel Weisz.

Johansson’s next film, Scoop, another collaboration with Allen, was released on July 28, 2006. The same year, she appeared in Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia, a film noir shot in Los Angeles and Bulgaria. Johansson has noted that she was a De Palma fan and had wanted to work with him on the film, even though she thought that she was “physically wrong” for the part. Her reviews were mixed: CNN.com noted that Johansson “takes to the pulpy period atmosphere as if it were oxygen,” whereas the Kalamazoo Gazette referred to Johansson as “miscast.”

On January 14, 2006, Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live. Also in 2006, Johansson starred in a short film directed by Bennett Miller and set to Bob Dylan’s “When the Deal Goes Down…,” released to promote Dylan’s album, Modern Times. Johansson also appeared in the Christopher Nolan thriller The Prestige, which opened on October 20, 2006. She made a return appearance on Saturday Night Live on April 21, 2007, during which she dueted with Andy Samberg for a version of “Something to Talk About.”

Johansson next appeared in 2007′s The Nanny Diaries, starring alongside Alicia Keys, and 2008′s The Other Boleyn Girl, playing Mary Boleyn opposite Natalie Portman and Eric Bana. She has filmed her third Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, in Spain.

Johansson has signed on for three new projects. She was cast as the femme fatale Silken Floss opposite Gabriel Macht in Frank Miller’s noir comedy adaptation of Will Eisner’s comic The Spirit. The movie is scheduled to go into production October 2007. She will also portray Mary, Queen of Scots in a film scheduled to begin production in March 2008, and appear as a pilates instructor in He’s Just Not That Into You, with Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Justin Long. The film is directed by Ken Kwapis and produced by Barrymore.

Music career

In 2005, Johansson was considered for the role of Maria in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End revival of The Sound of Music, though the role ultimately went to newcomer Connie Fisher after she won BBC’s talent show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Released May 8, 2006, Johansson sang the track “Summertime” for Unexpected Dreams – Songs from the Stars, a non-profit collection of songs recorded by Hollywood actors. She also performed with The Jesus And Mary Chain for a special Coachella Reunion Show in Indio, California in April 2007.

In the summer of 2007, Johansson spent about a month in Maurice, Louisiana recording an album at Dockside Studio, a rural 12 acre complex. The album consists of one original song and ten cover versions of Tom Waits songs. It was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio and features David Bowie, members from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Celebration. The record, entitled Anywhere I Lay My Head was released on May 20, 2008, through Atco/Rhino Records, amid a negative “critical consensus, stretching from comments on Gawker.com to the pages of The New York Times.” Reviews of the album were mainly negative, mostly concentrating on her supposedly sub-par vocal abilities and the perceived failure to add a new dimension to the well-established classics she chose to cover, but some critics found it to be surprisingly alluring, brave in its eccentric selection, and even brilliant.

In 2006, Johansson was the leading lady in Bob Dylan’s music video for “When the Deal Goes Down.” In 2007, she appeared as the leading lady in Justin Timberlake’s music video for “What Goes Around…/…Comes Around,” nominated in August 2007 for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Personal life

Johansson does not discuss her personal life with the press, saying “it’s nice to have everybody not know your business.” This has not stopped Johansson from sharing “select” opinions and personal details. Johansson’s ex-boyfriend (and member of the band Steel Train), Jack Antonoff, wrote lyrics that refer to Johansson in the song “Better Love.” Antonoff alludes to Johansson in the song “2 O’clock.” She has been linked to many famous men, including Derek Jeter, Benicio del Toro, Jared Leto, Justin Timberlake and her Black Dahlia co-star Josh Hartnett. They dated for about two years until the end of 2006, with Hartnett citing their busy lives as the reason for the split. She is currently dating Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, and on May 5, 2008, it was reported that the two are engaged. Johansson says she does not believe in monogamy, and has said that it is not human nature to be with just one person. She also said “contrary to popular belief… [I am] not promiscuous” and that she works “really hard” when she was in a relationship “to make it work in a monogamous way.” She gets tested for HIV twice a year, and has said “it’s part of being a decent human” and it is “disgusting” and “irresponsible” when people do not do so.

Johansson is close to her twin brother Hunter, and often gives him advice on women and dating.

Johansson is a cheese fanatic, saying: “My greatest vice is cheese. Nothing else reigns over my life.” She has criticized the media and Hollywood for promoting an image that causes unhealthy diets and eating disorders among women, saying “that being ultra-thin is not sexy at all. Women shouldn’t be forced to conform to unrealistic and unhealthy body images that the media promote.”

Johansson appeared on the cover of the March 2006 issue of Vanity Fair in the nude alongside actress Keira Knightley and world-renowned fashion designer Tom Ford. In March 2006, she topped the U.S. edition of FHM’s poll of the sexiest women alive (in the UK edition Johansson was third). In 2007, Maxim named Johansson #3 in their Hot 100 issue. In November 2006, Johansson was named “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire. In February 2007, she was named the “Sexiest Celebrity” of the year by Playboy.

About her religious affiliation, Johansson says: “That’s a very personal question. I would rather not answer.” She celebrates a “little of both” referring to Christmas and Hanukkah. She dislikes when celebrities thank God or Jesus in their award acceptance speeches. She described herself as Jewish when she was talking about Woody Allen. “I just adore Woody,” she says. “We have a lot in common. We’re New Yorkers, Jewish. We have a very easygoing relationship.”

Johansson is a Global Ambassador for the aid and development agency, Oxfam. On March 14, 2008, a UK-based bidder by the name of Bossnour paid £20,000 for a 20 minute date with Johansson on an online auction for Oxfam on eBay. The bidder paid for a hair and make up treatment and the chance to accompany Johansson on her July premiere of He’s Just Not That Into You.

Political advocacy

Johansson is a Democrat. In 2004, she campaigned for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. She was quoted as saying of George W. Bush’s re-election, “[I am] disappointed. I think it was a disappointment for a large percentage of the population.” Johansson campaigned for Barack Obama in Iowa on January 2, 2008; her efforts were targeted at small groups of younger voters, including Cornell College students and students at St. Paul Central in Minnesota on Super Tuesday. She has also taken part in the anti-poverty campaign ONE which was organized by U2 lead singer Bono. According to the FEC website, she donated the maximum allowed amount of $2300 to the Obama campaign on May 8th, 2008.

Johansson appeared in the 2008 music video for Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am’s song, “Yes We Can”, directed by Jesse Dylan. The song was inspired by a speech delivered by Barack Obama following the 2008 New Hampshire primary.

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Halle Berry Profile

Halle Maria Berry is an Academy Award-, Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning American actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen. Berry has received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster’s Ball, becoming the first and still only woman of African-American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and also a Revlon spokeswoman. She is attempting to expand into the production side of Hollywood.

Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing runner-up in the Miss USA (1986), and winning the Miss USA World 1986 title. Her breakthrough feature film role was in the 1991 Jungle Fever. This led to roles in The Flintstones (1994), Bulworth (1998), X-Men (2000) and its sequels, and Die Another Day (2002). She also won a worst actress Razzie award in 2005 for Catwoman and accepted the award in person.

Divorced from baseball player David Justice and musician Eric Benét, Berry has been dating French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry since November 2005. Their first child, a girl named Nahla Ariela Aubry, was born on March 16, 2008.

Acting career

In the late 1980s, Berry went to Illinois to pursue a modeling career as well as acting. One of her first acting projects was a television series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions called Chicago Force. In 1989, Berry landed the role of Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC television series Living Dolls (a spin-off of Who’s the Boss?). She went on to have a recurring role on the long running serial Knots Landing. In 1992, Berry was cast as the love interest in the video for R. Kelly’s seminal single, “Honey Love”.

Her breakthrough feature film role was in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, in which she played a drug addict named Vivian. Her first co-starring role was in the 1991 film Strictly Business. In 1992, Berry portrayed a career woman who falls for Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy Boomerang. That same year, she caught the public’s attention as a headstrong biracial slave in the TV adaptation of Queen: The Story of an American Family, based on the book by Alex Haley. Berry was in the live-action Flintstones movie as “Sharon Stone”, the sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone.

Playing a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah (1995), Berry tackled a more serious role, starring opposite co-star Jessica Lange. She portrayed Sandra Beecher in Race the Sun (1996), which was based on a true story, and co-starred alongside Kurt Russell in Executive Decision. From 1996 onwards, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004.

In 1998, Berry received praise for her role in Bulworth as an intelligent woman raised by activists who gives a politician (Warren Beatty) a new lease on life. The same year, she played the singer Zola Taylor, one of the three wives of pop singer Frankie Lymon, in the biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love. In the 1999 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. Berry’s performance was recognized with several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000) and its sequels, X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In 2001, Berry appeared in the film Swordfish, which featured her first on-screen nude scene. At first, she refused to be filmed topless in a sunbathing scene, but she changed her mind when Warner Brothers raised her fee substantially. The brief flash of her breasts added $500,000 to her fee. After turning down numerous roles that required nudity, she said she decided to make Swordfish because her husband Benet supported her and encouraged her to take risks.

In 2001, Berry appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the wife of an executed murderer, in the film Monster’s Ball. Her performance was awarded the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild prizes, and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Berry made history by becoming the first African-American woman to receive a Best Actress Academy Award. the NAACP issued the statement “Congratulations to Halle Berry and Denzel Washington for giving us hope and making us proud. If this is a sign that Hollywood is finally ready to give opportunity and judge performance based on skill and not on skin color then it is a good thing.” Her role also generated controversy. Berry’s graphic, nude love scene with a racist character played by co-star Billy Bob Thornton, was the subject of much media chatter and discussion among African-Americans. Many in the African-American community were critical of Berry for taking the part. Berry responded: “I don’t really see a reason to ever go that far again. That was a unique movie. That scene was special and pivotal and needed to be there, and it would be a really special script that would require something like that again.”

Berry asked for a higher fee for Revlon advertisements after winning Academy Award, and Ron Perleman, the cosmetics firms chief congratulated her, saying how happy he was that she modelled for his company. She replied: “Of course, you’ll have to pay me more.” Perleman stalked off with rage. Her win at the Academy Awards led to two famous “Oscar moments.” In accepting her award, she gave an acceptance speech honoring previous black actresses who had never had the opportunity. she said “This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of colour who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened.” One year later, as she presented the Best Actor award, winner Adrien Brody ran on stage and, instead of giving her the standard peck on the cheek, planted a long kiss on Berry.

Personal life

Berry has been married twice; her first marriage in 1992 to former baseball player David Justice, ended in divorce in 1996. Justice played with the Atlanta Braves and experienced a measure of fame as the team rose to prominence in the early 1990s. The couple found it difficult to maintain their relationship while he was playing baseball and she was filming elsewhere. Berry has stated publicly that she was so disappointed after her breakup with Justice that she considered taking her own life. But she could not bear the thought of her mother finding her body.

Berry’s second marriage was to musician Eric Benét. They met in 1997 and married in early 2001 on a beach in Santa Barbara. Berry credited Benét with support after she was involved in a February 2000 car accident. She suffered a concussion and left the scene of the accident before the police arrived, resulting in a misdemeanor charge. The incident became fodder for comedians. Berry stated she felt “really good about the resolution”; she pled no contest, paid a fine and was placed on three years’ probation.

The couple, however, separated in 2003. After the separation, Berry stated, “I want love, and I will find it, hopefully”. While married to Benét, Berry adopted his daughter, India. The divorce was finalized in January 2005. She was not entertaining thoughts of suicide as she had after splitting with Justice: “I would never, ever, ever think of doing that again.”

In November 2005, Berry began dating French-Canadian supermodel Gabriel Aubry, ten years her junior. The couple met at a Versace photoshoot. After six months with Aubry, she stated in an interview, “I’m really happy in my personal life, which is a novelty to me. You know, I’m not the girl that has the best relationships”.

Berry revealed on Extra that she plans to adopt children. “I will adopt if it doesn’t happen for me naturally”, she said. “I will definitely adopt. And I probably will adopt even if it does happen naturally”. Later she stated, “I never want to be married again. I guess you could say I have bad taste in men. But I no longer feel the need to be someone’s wife. I don’t feel like I need to be validated by being in a marriage”. Berry insists the couple’s life is already complete without the need for a marriage and feels “more married than ever before.”

Berry said that it was her experience playing a mother in “Things We Lost In The Fire” that opened her mind to the possibility of motherhood. After initially denying rumors, she confirmed in September 2007 that she was three months pregnant. Berry hired security guards after receiving racist threats to her unborn baby from a stalker saying her child will be “cut into hundreds of pieces.” She stated “Gabriel is a wonderful person and I am just happy I’ve found someone really special to have a baby with.” She has stated that she hopes to have a second child right away.

At age 41, Berry gave birth to a girl named Nahla Ariela Aubry on March 16, 2008 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Nahla means “honeybee” in Arabic; Ariela is Hebrew for “lion for God”. Berry spent $60,000 furnishing three nurseries for her baby.

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Catherine Lisa Bell Profile

Catherine Lisa Bell (born August 14, 1968) is an actress known for her role of Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie of the television show JAG from 1995 to 2005. Recently she has starred in the Lifetime Television hit series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood.

Early life

Bell was born in London, England, the daughter of Mina, a personal assistant and nurse, and Peter Bell, an architect. Her mother was Iranian and her father English. Her parents divorced and she and her mother moved to Los Angeles, California when she was three years old. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States at the age of twelve.[citation needed] A self-described “geek”, Bell thrived in math and biology classes in school, and in junior high school once programmed a computer video game.

She acted in various television advertisements as a child. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with an interest in becoming either a biomedical engineer or a physician but dropped out to become a full-time model.

Career

One of Bell’s first modeling jobs was an extended assignment in Japan. When she returned to California, she studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas. Her first television acting role was one line on the sitcom “Sugar and Spice” (1990). Her first appearance in a film was as a partially nude body double for Isabella Rossellini in Death Becomes Her (1992).

From 1995 to 2005, Bell starred as U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie on the hit television series JAG as a practicing attorney in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Her earlier TV work included an appearance in a late night adult series called “Hot line” which aired in the U.K. from 1994 to 1996. Bell was featured in “The Brunch Club” episode.

In 2003, the actress had a supporting role as a television news anchor in the comedy Bruce Almighty, which starred Jim Carrey. She reprised the role with a cameo in the 2007 sequel Evan Almighty.

Bell appeared in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries The Triangle, presented in December 2005, playing an ocean engineer. In 2006, she was nominated in Saturn Award of Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Supporting Actress on Television (The Triangle).

In 2007, Bell starred in Lifetime’s ensemble drama series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a US Army major, who is enduring physical abuse at the hands of her teenage son.

Personal life

Bell is fluent in Persian and English. She is fond of skiing, snowboarding and kick-boxing, which she has been practicing for over 10 years. Her hobbies include cross-stitching and making model cars, which she has done since the age of 8. She met actor/production assistant Adam Beason on the set of Death Becomes Her in 1992, and they were married on May 8, 1994. They have a daughter, Gemma, who was born on April 16, 2003.

Bell is a survivor of thyroid cancer. She had a thyroid gland removed from her neck in her 20s and has a small surgical scar. At one time she had a message board on her website but it has been removed citing an inability to constantly monitor it. While the message board was running, the actress noted her thyroid surgery and LASIK work.

Bell was the grand marshal of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on June 3, 2007.

In a survey of 70 celebrities who had nothing to do with football conducted by “The Sporting News,” she correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI by a score of 20 to 17.

In August 2007, Bell and her husband put their Calabasas home on the market for $3.25 million and moved to South Carolina.

During the Hollywood writers strike, Bell took flying lessons in a Cirrus SR22

Scientology

Bell has attested to attaining the Scientology state of Clear. She has supported Scientology’s Hollywood Education and Literacy Project. In December 2005, Bell helped promote the gala opening of Scientology’s controversial “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” Museum.

In February 2006, Bell appeared in a Scientology music video called “United”. The film includes cameo performances by Isaac Hayes, Erika Christensen, Jenna Elfman and Lynsey Bartilson and promotes human rights with a rap song.

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Alizee Profile

Alizée Jacotey (IPA: [a.li.ze]) (born August 21, 1984) is a French singer. Born in Ajaccio, Corsica, she goes by the stage name Alizée—the feminine form of alizé, the trade wind. She was discovered by Mylène Farmer, following her winning performance in the talent show, Graines de Star, in 1999. While collaborating with Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, Alizée released two albums—both of which were hits inside and outside of France.

Alizée entered the music business in 2000. She has since released three studio albums – first two of which were composed by Laurent Boutonnat and written by Mylène Farmer. Her first album was Gourmandises, which received Platinum certification within three months of release. Gourmandises was a success both in France and abroad—after it had its international launch in 2001—earning Alizée the distinction of being the highest selling female French singer in 2001. The album featured her most successful single “Moi… Lolita” which reached number one in several countries in Europe and East Asia. The marketing campaign around the single affixed Alizée’s image as that of a seductive lolita. Gourmandises was followed by a second studio album, Mes Courants Électriques in 2003, which was also quite successful, though not as big a hit as Alizée’s debut album. Following its release, Alizée toured France during the fall of 2003, performing in 43 concerts throughout France, along with Belgium and Switzerland.

Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain in late 2003. Since her marriage she took a break from singing, but returned with a new album, titled Psychédélices on December 3, 2007.

[edit] Early years

Also known by her nickname Lily, Alizée started dancing early in her life, and by age four was already proficient. A year later, she was enrolled in Corsica’s renowned dance school, École du Spectacle de Monique Mufraggi, and trained there until she was 15. In 1995, at the age of eleven, she won a coloring competition organized by Air Outre Mer, a former French airline now partly acquired by Swissair. Her design won first prize and was reproduced on the cabin of one of the airline’s aircraft. The aircraft was subsequently named after her and for her efforts, Alizée won a trip to the Maldives.

In 1999, she appeared on the TV talent show “Graines de Star”, broadcast on Métropole 6. She initially intended to sign up for the programme’s dance contest. However, the dance category was reserved for groups only. Alizée therefore participated in the singing category instead, performing the song Ma Prière (a single released by Axelle Red in 1997). She went on to win the “Meilleure Graine” award for most promising young singing star of tomorrow.

Her winning performance was seen by veteran Canadian-born French pop diva Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, who were looking for a young, fresh voice to partake in their new project. They approached Alizée and she was selected after studio auditions. The duo arranged her debut with a meticulously orchestrated launch, controlling her image and public appearances. In 2000, they produced her maiden album, Gourmandises which was a great success in France, Germany, Mexico, Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. The first single was Moi… Lolita, which some say portrayed Alizée as a Lolita who was capable of “melting the hearts of the local male population”. Others recognized her great variation in tone and artistic talent. Alizee won the M6 award in 2000. She returned with a follow up album, Mes Courants Électriques, in 2003. This second album was also quite successful, though not to the same extent as Gourmandises. It was followed up with a live album of her countrywide tour.

Personal life

Even though the albums have portrayed her in a sexy, lolita-like image, Alizée had a “squeaky-clean public image as the perfect teenager” during her teens. Though described as a very shy and a reserved person, she likes performing in front of audiences. Although she has a singing career, Alizée prefers dancing, and is quite proficient in classical dance, jazz, ballet, tap and flamenco. Alizée also likes football (soccer). She is a supporter of AC Ajaccio (Corsica), and was once invited to kick off one of their matches.

Alizée is actively involved in charity work through Les Enfoirés, a group of French celebrities who organize fund-raising concerts every year. The proceeds from these concerts go to Les Restaurants du Coeur. The organization, set up by French comedian Coluche, helps feed the poor. Alizée participated in these concerts in 2001, 2002 and 2008.

Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain, whom she met at the Eurobest awards function in 2003. They were married on November 6, 2003[citation needed] in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The couple had their first child on April 29, 2005—a girl they named Anny-Lee. She currently resides in Paris, France.

Career

Alizée debuted in 2000 with the album Gourmandises. It went on to become a hit both in Europe and outside. The album reached top five in charts in France, Germany, Mexico, Asian Countries and others. It was followed up with a studio album in 2003, Mes Courants Électriques, and a live album—Alizée En Concert—in 2004.

Alizée has sold nearly five million albums & singles around the globe. She has taken part in various stage shows and live performances throughout Europe and Russia, in addition to starring in a Japanese commercial. More recently, she has been becoming just as popular in North America as she is in much of Europe; the latest concert tours together with earlier promotion leading to a very strong fan base in mainly The United States of America and in Mexico.

Following her marriage in late 2003, Alizée had taken a hiatus from singing and had avoided appearing in the media since, with her older official site being offline since summer of 2005. Her first television appearance since then was on MTV France on February 18, 2006. She has since resumed media appearances beginning in the second half of 2007 for promotion of her third studio album, Psychédélices.

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Kristanna Loken Profile

Kristanna Sommer Loken or Kristanna Sommer Løken (born October 8,[1] 1979) is an American actress known for her work in both film and television, and as a former fashion model.

Early life

Loken was born in Ghent, New York, the daughter of Rande (née Porath), a model, and Merlin “Chris” Loken, a writer and apple farmer. Both her paternal and maternal grandparents were born in Norway and immigrated to Wisconsin’s Norwegian American community. Loken is also of part German ancestry. She grew up on her parents’ fruit farm in Upstate New York. She has a sister named Tanya.

Career

Loken started her acting career in 1994, playing “Danielle ‘Dani’ Andropoulos #3″ on an episode of As The World Turns, and she appeared in several television shows and films, including regular appearances on the television shows Philly, Unhappily Ever After, Mortal Kombat: Conquest, and Boy Meets World. She is probably best known for her performance as the cybernetic warrior T-X (Terminatrix) in the 2003 movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. In 2004, she appeared in a German television movie, Die Nibelungen (also known as “Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King” or “Sword of Xanten”), which aired as a 2-part mini-series and set a ratings record. Subsequently, she starred as the leading character in the 2006 film version of the video game BloodRayne, and appeared in director Uwe Boll’s film version of the video game Dungeon Siege, called In the Name of the King.

She appeared in 10 episodes of the fourth season of The L Word, which debuted in January 2007. Additionally, she also starred as the title character in SciFi Channel’s series Painkiller Jane which aired from April to September 2007.

Personal life

Loken stated in an interview with Curve magazine, “I have dated and have had sex with men and women and have to say that the relationships I have had with certain women have been much more fulfilling, sexually and emotionally, than of those with certain men… I connect with an aura, with energy. And if the person with whom I connect happens to be a female, that’s just the way it is. That’s what makes my wheels turn.”

Loken first generated public speculation about her sexuality when she kissed P!nk at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo. The Advocate and other LGBT news sources in November 2006 reported Loken might be in a romantic relationship with actress Michelle Rodriguez, her co-star in Bloodrayne. Asked about the relationship in April 2007, Kristanna Loken said, “We’re great friends. She’ll always remain a great, close friend of mine. I’ll always love Michelle.”

On January 17, 2008, she announced on her web site that she was engaged to actor Noah Danby (her co-star in Painkiller Jane). The two were married at her family’s farm on 10 May, 2008.

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Aishwarya Rai Profile

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan or Aishwarya Bachchan (Born November 1, 1973) is an internationally renowned Indian actress. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a model, and gained fame after winning the Miss World contest in 1994.

Often acclaimed as the most beautiful woman in the world, Rai made her movie debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film, Iruvar (1997). She had her first commercial success in the Tamil movie Jeans (1998), and came to the attention of Bollywood in the Hindi movie, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Her performance in the film won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award, and she successfully performed in Bhansali’s next project, Devdas (2002), for which she won her second Best Actress Award at the Filmfare. Since then, she has acted in over forty movies in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English, including the international productions, Bride & Prejudice (2003), Mistress of Spices (2005) and The Last Legion (2007) in English.

Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore to Krishnaraj Rai, a marine biologist, and Vrinda Rai, a writer. Her family belongs to the Bunt community of Mangalore. She has one elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy and also co-produced one of Rai’s movies, Dil Ka Rishta (2003).

After she was born, her parents moved to Mumbai where she attended the Arya Vidya Mandir high school in Santa Cruz. Rai then entered Jai Hind College at Churchgate for one year, and then moved to Ruparel College in Matunga to finish her “HSC” studies. She did well in school and planned to become an architect.

She can communicate in several languages, including Tulu, Hindi, English, Marathi and Tamil .While pursuing her studies in architecture, Rai began modeling on the side. In the 1994 Miss India contest, she won the second place (behind Sushmita Sen), and went on to win the Miss World title the same year, where she also won the Miss Photogenic award. She abandoned her studies after winning the pageant and spent one year reigning as Miss World in London. Rai then started working as a professional model and then moved on to her current profession as an actress.

Rai has previously dated Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi. She is now married to Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan. The wedding took place on April 20, 2007.

Early career

Rai made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film, Iruvar (1997) with Mohanlal,[3] and was introduced to Bollywood in the film, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya opposite Bobby Deol, which also released that year; the film didn’t do well at the box office.

However, her third project, S. Shankar’s Tamil film, Jeans (1998) was a critical and commercial success, earning her the Filmfare Best Actress Award South.

Breakthrough

She went on to appear in many Bollywood films; a few successful films of her career include Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), which earned the actress her first Filmfare Best Actress Award and Taal (1999), which gave her another nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare; her performances in both the films were lauded. In 2000, she played a supporting role in the hit films Mohabbatein and Josh. Later that year, she starred in the Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain, which won her positive reviews.

Success (2002–present)

In 2002, Rai appeared alongside Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Sanjay Leela Bansali’s lavishly produced Devdas. The film attracted overseas attention as well, receiving a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. It was during this time that she garnered the attention of the West as an Indian actress and went on to appear in a few Hollywood projects. Devdas went on to become the highest grossing film of the year both in India and overseas earning the actress her second Filmfare Best Actress Award.

As her name gained popularity overseas, she was chosen by Time magazine in 2004 as one of the World’s “100 Most Influential People”, and appeared on the cover of Time magazine, Asia Edition (TIMEasia) in 2003. She was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on January 2. A month later she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. She also featured on Oprah’s “Women Across the Globe” segment. In 2003, she acted in the critically acclaimed and commercial success Bengali film, Chokher Bali, an adaptation of one of Rabindranath Tagore’s novels by the same name.

Rai has been a regular at the Cannes Film Festival since 2002, and was a member of the Jury at Cannes in the year 2003. In October 2004, a wax figure of Rai became on display in London’s Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. The same month, her first foreign film, Bride and Prejudice released. The film was an Indian version of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Her next overseas venture was The Mistress of Spices. She then appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian art, on behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in New Delhi. In between her overseas acting stints, she appeared in the Indian film Bunty Aur Babli in a hugely popular seven minute dance sequence for the song “Kajra Re”.

In 2005, Rai signed a three-year contract with L’Oréal, as a spokesmodel for the cosmetics company. At the end of the year 2006, she had two releases: Umrao Jaan and Dhoom 2. While the former did poorly in India, her role in the latter, which was a sequel to the 2004 hit movie Dhoom brought her great attention. The film went on to become the biggest hit of the year, and sparked a controversy for a scene containing a kiss between her and Hrithik Roshan. For her performance, she received nominations for Best Actress at a number of award ceremonies, including Filmfare.

2007 saw the release of Mani Ratnam’s Guru which premiered in Toronto. The film, based on the life of Indian businessman Dhirubhai Ambani, was critically acclaimed and did well at the box office. Her most recent film, Provoked, based on the book “Circle of Light” where she portrays a real life character, was released on April 6, 2007 in India and the UK. The biographical movie portrays the life of Kiranjit Ahluwalia who faced severe domestic violence. The movie won Aishwarya a lot of critical acclaim. At the end of April 2007, her first American film, The Last Legion released in Russia and the Netherlands and later opened in North American theaters in August 2007 disappointingly. In 2008 she starred alongside Hrithik Roshan in Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical drama Jodhaa Akbar. She played the role of Jodha Bai, the wife of the Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, played by Roshan. Aishwarya will now be seen in Sarkar Raj which costars husband Abhishek Bachchan and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan.

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Keeley Hazell Profile

Keeley Rebecca Hazell (born on 18 September 1986) is an English Page 3 Girl and glamour model noted for her large, natural breasts (UK bra size 32E).

Personal life

Hazell was born in Lewisham, London, England, grew up in Grove Park, and attended the Ravensbourne School in Bromley. Her mother, Amber, is a dinner lady and her father, Roy, is a window fitter; they separated when she was thirteen. She has an older sister, Roxanne, and a younger sister, Georgia.

As a teenager, Hazell was a frequent truant and stayed out late on school nights drinking. She confesses to having only taken five GCSE examinations due to being ejected from several of them; however, she did very well in mathematics and English.

Adult life

Hazell currently lives in an apartment in the London Docklands.

In January 2006, Hazell made headlines when Chelsea F.C. football player Joe Cole was beaten up at a party held at her Grove Park house. She spoke to The Sun in March, denying rumours surrounding the incident.

Sex Tape

In early January 2007, a sex tape of Hazell and ex-boyfriend Lloyd Miller was released on the internet. The video was shot whilst the couple were on holiday in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain during the previous year, on or about 30 May 2006.

Following the tape’s leak, Hazell was reported to have been very upset, and she called the police in an attempt to find out who leaked the tape. She also “obtained an injunction on grounds of privacy preventing any further publication or promotion of the video” though the video is still widely available on the Internet.

Late in 2007, Hazell stated “I have promised to remain a virgin until my wedding day” in FHM Spain magazine October 2007 Edition.

Career

Modeling

At sixteen years of age, Hazell left school to work as a hairdresser. Her colleagues persuaded her to try her luck at modelling (she later quit hairdressing) and she enrolled at Lewisham College to start a City & Guilds in fashion, but was not at the college for very long. At seventeen, she competed in The Daily Star’s “Search for a Beach Babe” contest and won. A friend told her about The Sun’s Page 3 Idol competition. Despite some initial uncertainty about entering the contest, she submitted some photos. She was eventually chosen the winner in December 2004. She won £10,000 worth of “sexy clothes” and “a one-year membership of the Rex cinema and bar”. Three cast sculptures were made of her bust by sculptor Leigh Heppell. Two are in the Sun offices and one is in her house.

Another part of Hazell’s Page 3 Idol win was a one-year exclusive glamour modelling contract with The Sun. She is currently being handled by Jon Fowler.

Hazell regularly featured in Zoo until 2008, and continues to appear in The Sun at least once every two weeks. She has been on the cover of The Sun’s 2006 and 2007 Page 3 calendars, in addition to her own 2006 and 2007 wall calendars, the latter of which sold 30,000 in its first few days of release. In April 2008, Hazell left Zoo and signed an exclusive deal to appear in their rival magazine Nuts.

Hazell was once offered a chance to appear in Playboy, but declined because she was not comfortable doing a full nude shoot.

Other media appearances

She is the face of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s Formula One 06 video game for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and F1 CE for PlayStation 3.

Hazell had a small role in the full-length version of Cashback, playing “Naked Girl.” She is currently in talks with producers to be in the upcoming Baywatch movie.

Keeley is the presenter of Byte Me TV, alongside IT expert Gary Schwartz. Byte Me TV is an online programme that explains technology in an easy to understand way.

Environmental work

Hazell was hailed by the Conservative Party in December 2006 as an “environmental hero” for her campaigns in The Sun, giving environmental tips such as turning lights off during sex and using digital cameras.[18] She was named alongside the likes of David Attenborough, Prince Charles and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Tories’ list.

Polls and honours

* Winner of The Sun’s Page 3 Idol 2004
* #17 in Loaded’s 100 Peachiest Celebrity Chests 2005
* #1 in Zoo’s Britain’s 10 Sexiest Models
* #1 in Zoo’s 100 Sexiest Bodies 2005
* #2 in The Sun’s Favourite Page 3 Girls of All Time
* Voted “Best Page 3 Girl” in the FHM Bloke Awards 2006
* #2 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2006
* Winner of The Sun Online’s Reality Babe Cup
* #1 in Zoo’s 100 Sexiest Bodies 2006
* Best Celeb Body 2006 (More readers’ survey)
* #19 in AskMen.com Top 99 Most Desirable Women 2007 Edition
* #9 in FHM’s 50 Most Eligible Women 2007
* #2 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2007
* #3 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2008
* #3 in in COED Magazine Online’s “The 50 Sexiest WAGs of World Football.”[19]

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Elizabeth Hurley Profile

Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English model and former actress who became known as a girlfriend of Hugh Grant in the 1990s. Born in Basingstoke, Hurley was a struggling actress in 1987, when she met Grant while working on a Spanish production called Remando Al Viento. In 1994, Grant became the focus of worldwide media attention due to the global box office success of his film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Hurley accompanied him to the film’s London premiere and was noted for wearing a plunging black Versace dress held together with gold safety pins. According to The Guardian, Hurley was “then known as ‘Hugh Grant’s girlfriend’, now known as ‘Hugh Grant’s former girlfriend’,” due to their high-profile romantic relationship that ended in 2000.

The highlight of Hurley’s professional life has been her association with the cosmetics company Estée Lauder. It gave Hurley her first modeling job at the age of 29 and has used her as a model for its products, especially perfumes such as Sensuous and Pleasures, since 1995. Her best known cinematic work was as Vanessa Kensington in Mike Myers’s hit spy comedies Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). After an unsuccessful stint as a reality television presenter on Project Catwalk in 2006, Hurley currently models and designs an eponymous beachwear line. She became the mother of a son in 2002.

Early life

Hurley was born as a middle child in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, the daughter of Angela and Roy Hurley. Her Irish father was a major in the British Army, while her Anglican mother was a teacher at Kempshott Infant School. She has an older sister Debbie and a younger brother Michael. Hurley was educated at the Kempshott Infant School, Kempshott Junior School, and the Harriet Costello School. Aspiring to be a dancer as a young girl, she took ballet classes and later briefly studied dance and theater at the London Studio Centre. While in her teens, she became involved with punk fashion, dying her hair pink and piercing her nose. “When I was 16 – this was about 1981,82 – the thing to be in Basingstoke, the suburb I grew up in, was punk,” she explained. She also reportedly associated with the New Age Travellers in her youth.

Professional life

Hurley started working as an actress in the late 1980s and became a model in 1995. During the 2000s, she gained experience as a reality television presenter in Britain. The All Movie Guide described her as “one of the world’s most famous arm ornaments, model, and sometimes-actress,” with the first being a reference to her red-carpet appearances accompanying Hugh Grant to his film premieres and other social functions while they were a couple until 2000. She has appeared thrice on the cover of British Vogue.

Fashion

In 1995, with no prior modeling experience, Hurley was introduced as an Estée Lauder spokesmodel. She later recounted, “I was far from an ingénue, having had my first modeling job at 29.” Hurley has since featured in ads for Lauder’s ‘Pleasures’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Dazzling’, ‘Tuscany per Donna’, and ‘Sensuous’ fragrances. She was replaced as the company’s face by Caroline Murphy in 2001, but her contract to work in a lesser capacity was renewed for the 14th year in 2008. In 2005, she modeled for Saloni, Liverpool Department Stores of Mexico, and Lancel. She was part of the seasonal advertising campaigns for Jordache, Got Milk?, Patrick Cox, MQ Clothiers of Sweden, and Lancel in 2006 and Monsoon in 2007.

In April 2005, Elizabeth Hurley Beach, her beachwear line that she also models every summer, was launched at Harrod’s in the UK. It debuted later that year in select Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the United States and other European countries. She told Tatler magazine, “I was on Necker Island for a fashion shoot and even as [Richard Branson] was lying back in a hammock, he was on the phone, doing deals, managing his empire. But then I thought I am never going to have even a holiday home, let alone an island, unless I start a business that I can do without disrupting Damian’s school days.” In May 2008, Hurley designed and modeled a capsule collection of 12 swimsuits for the Spanish clothes brand MANGO.

Movies

Hurley made her first film appearance in Aria (1987). She has since appeared in movies such as Passenger 57, EdTV, Bedazzled, and Serving Sara. In 1997, she received her first and only acting award, the ShoWest Supporting Actress of the Year, for her performance in the spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Critics such as Julie Burchill, who has called Hurley’s acting “a notch above pornography,” have dismissed her performances. In 2000, she was publicly criticised for breaking a five-month acting strike to film an Estée Lauder advert, for which she was fined £70,000 by the Screen Actors Guild and labeled “Elizabeth Scably” by protesters.

Hurley also gained experience with film production as Hugh Grant’s partner. Through a deal with Castle Rock Entertainment in 1994, Grant founded and became director of UK-based production company, Simian Films Ltd. The company’s two Grant vehicles, Extreme Measures (1996) and Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), credited Hurley as one of the executive producers. Grant gradually cut off involvement from the company due to lack of interest, closing its U.S. office in 2002 and resigning as director in 2005.

Television

In the late 1980s, Hurley portrayed the title character in a four-part television drama, Christabel. She also appeared in John Cleese’s The Human Face in 2001. In 2006, she hosted the inaugural season of the British reality series Project Catwalk on Sky One. The show drew tepid ratings with only 1% of its target audience tuning into the first few episodes. Hurley was almost universally criticised as a presenter. Marcelle D’Argy Smith, a former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, called her “witheringly boring” and added: “Liz Hurley has no fashion experience whatsoever. She wore a dress and has appeared at premieres.” GQ ‘s Dylan Jones defended her as someone “immersed in the fashion world as a celebrity.” The Guardian’s TV critic ridiculed Hurley’s “aspirational Basingstoke-gone-jetset accent and dead fish stare.” The Sunday Mirror described her as “the not-nice-but-dim host” in its review. It was revealed that Hurley also asked contestants to send her free clothes. She was dropped after one season because her bosses reportedly believed she was too wooden.

Charity

Hurley has been active in Estée Lauder’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, as part of which the company created an “Elizabeth Pink” lipstick whose sales benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Hurley, whose grandmother died of breast cancer, was the mistress of ceremonies at “The Hot Pink Party” that marked the tenth anniversary of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She supported The Prince’s Trust by co-presenting the 2003 Fashion Rocks event in its aid and helping launch the Get Into Cooking youth initiative in 2004. She has also supported the End Hunger Network, ARK children’s charity, and the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre.

Personal life

While Hurley was Hugh Grant’s girlfriend, he was embroiled in an international scandal for soliciting the services of a female prostitute in 1995. Hurley stood by him and accompanied Grant to the premiere of his movie Nine Months. After 13 years together, Grant announced an “amicable” split from Hurley in May 2000. Hurley lived in a London home owned by Grant until early 2008. She invited Grant to her wedding in 2007, but he chose not to attend. On 4 April 2002, Hurley gave birth to a son, Damian Charles Hurley. The child’s father, Stephen Bing, denied paternity by alleging that he and Hurley had a brief, non-exclusive relationship in 2001. A DNA test, however, established Bing as the child’s father.

In late 2002, Hurley started dating Indian textile heir Arun Nayar. Born in Leeds and brought up in Mumbai, Nayar is a graduate of Oxford University and Imperial College who runs a software company since 1998. On 2 March 2007, Hurley and Nayar married at Sudeley Castle, followed by a second wedding in Jodhpur, India. After a party at Juhu Beach and a sangeet at Nagaur Fort, the Hindu ceremony was conducted at Umaid Bhawan Palace with a reception on 8 March at Mehrangarh Fort. The wedding ceremonies, photos of which were sold to Hello! magazine for a reported £2 million (same as the estimated cost of the celebrations), were attended by Elton John (who gave Hurley away), Tracey Emin, Tom Ford, Elle Macpherson, Donatella Versace, Trinny Woodall, Tamara Mellon, Valentino, Janet Street Porter, Patsy Kensit, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, among other celebrities.

Hurley is godmother to Patsy Kensit’s son Lennon. According to the British Daily Mail, she has an estimated net worth of £13 million. Her family resides in a 400-acre (1.6 km²) organic farmhouse in Barnsley, Gloucestershire. She hopes to launch a low-fat organic food range and is in negotiations to appear on a television show about her country life.

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Hyori Lee Profile

Lee Hyori (born May 10, 1979) is a popular South Korean singer and actress. She started off as part of the successful K-pop girl group Fin.K.L, but has since become a solo artist. Her first album was very successful, winning many “Daesangs” (a Korean award equivalent to “Artist of the Year”) for that album. She has since become the highest-paid female singer in South Korea.

Beginning in Fin K.L.

Lee started her career as part of the Korean pop girl group Fin.K.L. As the oldest member, she would become the leader of the group. Lee was discovered while taking sticker pictures with her friends and was actually the last to join Fin.K.L., just before their debut in January 1998. Fin.K.L. debuted officially on May 22, 1998 with their first single “Blue Rain.” It was received quite well. The second release from their first album, To My Boyfriend, became the first of their multiple number one hits. Fin K.L. became one of the most popular and successful Korean groups of all-time, rivaling fellow popular girl group S.E.S..

Establishing a solo entertainment career

A year after Fin K.L.’s fourth album Forever, her solo album was released at the end of 2003, entitled Stylish…E. The singer nearly swept the 2003 Daesangs, the most prestigious South Korean music award, winning more than seven of them, including three of the four most prestigious Daesangs. Stylish…E sold over 153,590 copies in South Korea alone, according to the Music Industry Association of Korea. Her popularity in her various activities eventually was dubbed as the “Hyori Syndrome” in South Korea, and the Korean Media nicknamed 2003 “The Year of Hyori” as she was rarely out of the news all year. Lee Hyori has also appeared as the lead female actress in the SBS drama Three Leaf Clover co-starring opposite Ryu Jin, Kim Jung Hwa, Kim Kang Woo and Lee Hoon. However, the ratings were continually low, and it ended after 16 episodes. On August 8, 2005 she co-hosted the annual Korean Music Festival for the second year running.

Accusation of plagiarism

In February 2006, Lee released her follow up album, Dark Angel. The first single, “Get Ya”, featured heavy choreography and sexually suggestive attire, which has become Lee’s trademark. However, there was controversy over the single as the songwriters of Britney Spears’ single “Do Somethin’” accused the “Get Ya” songwriters of plagiarism. (Lee did not contribute to the song.) While this incident was not the first time the Korean pop industry has been accused of plagiarism, it was the first time the copyright holder had made a formal complaint. After media attention increased, Lee and her record company quickly stopped all promotion for the single, taking a short break to prepare for “Shall We Dance”, her followup single. Due to the negative attention, both the single and album were not successful, and promotions were stopped. “Straight Up” was released as a final single, but it was not promoted by Lee.

Move to M-Net

In November 2006, it was revealed that Lee had signed a three-year contract with M-Net Entertainment for ?2.2 billion, becoming the highest paid female singer in South Korea. Early in 2007, Lee Hyori showed up an hour late to a press conference, which resulted in backlash from the media.[citation needed] The media also criticized her sexual image, stating that she was “facing an image crisis” and urged her to downplay her sexuality. Meanwhile, Lee prepared to appear in a new “mini-drama” during February 2007, despite the failure of her previous drama. She starred alongside Lee Dong Gun in If In Love… Like Them which, although originally announced as being only one episode long, ran for four episodes on MNet. An edited two-episode version of the drama also ran on SBS. During filming for the drama, part of a roof Lee was standing on collapsed. Only her foot fell through the roof and she was able to be saved, and as it was reported the fall would have been fatal if co-star Lee Dong Gun had not rescued her.[citation needed] In February 2007, Lee announced her new digital single which would essentially be the soundtrack to If In Love… Like Them. She had her comeback on SBS Inkigayo on February 25, 2007, performing all three main tracks from the single. The lead song was “Toc Toc Toc”, which was a sexy R&B number like her previous efforts. However, the single also gave Lee an opportunity to sing ballads and to slowly move her image away from the “sexy superstar” that she is known to be. The single, although initially given a digital-only release, was given a limited retail release of only 30,000 copies, and was appropriately titled If In Love Like Them. Released on March 6, 2007, it included three of the tracks found in the digital single, along with a reworked version of “Toc Toc Toc”. It was the best-selling album for that month, selling 27,845 copies. Although her single succeeded, her drama was heavily penalized for violating advertising guidelines, as If In Love had several scenes advertising the products of its sponsors, in addition to using Lee’s songs in the soundtrack. The Korean Broadcasting Committee has ruled that the drama can never be aired in South Korea again, and that the network must apologize to its viewers. According to The Chosun Ilbo, Lee has also been promoting her work in Japan. Japanese network Fuji TV decided to air If In Love… Like Them and has even invited the singera/actress to visit Japan to promote the drama, where she will be treated to the same VIP treatment offered to other international stars. However, the drama was broadcast on satellite station CS Fuji, a smaller network that Fuji TV owned. The Japanese considered the leading part of this drama to be Lee Dong-gun.

2008: Return to spotlight

During breaks in her solo music career, Lee also hosted various television programs, including Time Machine and Happy Together, which she co-hosted with Yu Jae-seok in 2006. It was reported on March 26, 2008 that Lee would join KBS’s Sang Sang Plus as a co-host alongside Country Kko Kko members Shin Jung-hwan and Tak Jae-hoon, replacing various outgoing hosts; she debuted on April 8, 2008. She was one of the original co-hosts of Change, a show on SBS’s Good Sunday line-up, before leaving in early July[citation needed]. She also starred in Off the Record, a behind-the-scenes look at her life. Her third album, [It's HYORISH], is scheduled to be released on July 16, 2008.

Endorsements

Although Lee has done many endorsements for various companies (including Dole), her most prominent commercials were made for Samsung Anycall. In late 2004, Lee signed an advertising contract with Samsung, for which she would make three musical commercials and songs for their Anycall cell phones. The first commercial and song, “Anymotion”, were released in early 2005, featuring Eric Mun from K-pop group Shinhwa. In early 2006, the followup commercial “Anyclub” was released in two parts; this also featured Eric Mun in addition to Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo. The song “Anyclub,” however, featured neither Eric Mun nor Kwon Sang Woo. Instead, Park Teddy of 1TYM was featured. The songs from the commercials served as singles for Lee in between her albums. The final commercial was released in December 2006, titled “Anystar”. The commercial differed from the first two in that it featured mostly dialogue. The commercial starred Korean actor and singer Lee Jun Ki and also YG Family trainee Park Bom. Also in the month of March Hyori stared in one of the leading actors in Davich’s music video. Hyori also started to become a model for Black Bean Therapy,a health drink, and she made several CF (commercials). Lee Hyori also modeled for Ceci magazine; a well known Korean fashion magazine, showing new, fresh personalities. Lee Hyori also started her new show “Off the Record” and it shows what she is doing 24/7. Lee Hyori finished her contract with Biotherm early February 2007 and is no longer a representative for the company. Her contract with Samsung has also ended in December 2007. She has recently signed on with KB card and has starred in commercials along with fellow K-pop sensation Rain (singer). She was recently chosen as first ever Asian-wide model for Calvin Klein Jeans, modeling for the “Pure Calvin” Collection. It has also been reported that Lee may appear in an upcoming Need for Speed game. Also in 2007, she starred in a commercial for Korean cosmetics company Isa Knox with Jessica Alba.

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Jolene Blalock Profile

Jolene Blalock (born March 5, 1975 in San Diego, California) is an American actress best known for playing Sub-Commander T’Pol, a Vulcan in Star Trek: Enterprise. Prior to Enterprise, her highest profile role was playing Medea in a 2000 adaptation of Jason and the Argonauts.

Early career

A popular model, Blalock has appeared on the cover of many men’s lifestyle magazines and was twice featured in Maxim’s “Girls of Maxim” gallery. She posed for a clothed fashion layout in Playboy in April 2002. She was later interviewed by the magazine for its “20Q” section in February 2005. Blalock also appeared in an episode of CSI and in an episode of JAG.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Blalock’s 30th birthday on March 5, 2005, coincided with the filming of her final scenes as T’Pol. During the spring of 2005, she was quoted in a Toronto Star interview and at her Pasadena convention appearance as calling the Enterprise finale episode, “These Are the Voyages…” “appalling” although the reasons for this opinion were not initially reported. In a later interview, Blalock expanded upon this by saying that she was upset that the final episode focuses more upon characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation than Enterprise.

Convention involvement

Blalock made a first appearance at a convention in Pasadena, California, in March 2005. Her second appearance was at an autograph signing show in Milton Keynes, England, in late April; this was soon followed by an appearance at a convention in Bonn, Germany, and others. Billed as a guest of the annual Creation Entertainment-organized 2005 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, Blalock bowed out in the weeks prior, citing “work-related commitments”. Scheduled again the following year, Ms. Blalock appeared before fans for a handful of personalized photo ops before being taken ill. According to unofficial comment by Creation officials, she was treated at a local hospital for food poisoning.

A self-confessed “Trekkie” and big fan of Star Trek: The Original Series, she was openly critical of Enterprise during its third and fourth seasons. She has stated that she felt that the show was creatively lacking, and that the show’s producers were out of touch with Trek fans, although she called the fourth season a distinct improvement over what came before.

After Enterprise

In March and April 2006, Blalock filmed I Dream of Murder, a made-for-cable film, in the vicinity of Calgary.

She appears in the film Slow Burn with LL Cool J and Ray Liotta which was filmed in 2003 between seasons of Enterprise, unveiled at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005 and finally saw limited theatrical release in 2007. She appeared in a guest starring role in two episodes of Stargate SG-1 as Ishta, leader of a group of female Jaffa. She was scheduled to appear on an episode of Lost during the 2005-2006 season as a former love interest of Sawyer, but the episode was (reportedly) scrapped in favor of a Michael-centered episode. She co-starred in a horror film entitled Shadow Puppets. Her most recent film appearance is as Captain Lola Beck in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, a direct-to-DVD sequel to the film Starship Troopers, which was released on August 5, 2008.

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Sofía Vergara Profile

Sofía Margarita Vergara (born July 10, 1972) is a Colombian model and actress.

[edit] Personal life

She was born in Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia. Her mother is a homemaker and her father produced cattle for the meat industry. “La Toti” was the nickname given to Vergara by her five brothers and sisters and many cousins, including television news anchor and reporter Carlos Vergara, who currently works for WTVJ in Miami, Florida. She grew up in her hometown of Barranquilla and was raised in a well-off family, attending a private bilingual (Spanish/English) school. She got married at the age of 18, and she gave birth to her son Manolo in 1991 at the age of 19. After the break-up of her marriage she studied dentistry at a college in Colombia for three years. Vergara lived in Miami and then Los Angeles, and brought her mother, sister, and son to live with her.

Her son Manolo is currently in Westwood, Los Angeles and he is attending University Senior High School and currently in 10th grade.

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Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking a Colombian beach. Soon, she was presented with attractive offers in modeling and TV work, and followed that course. Having been raised rather conservatively and devoutly religious, this was a bit overwhelming at first. In an article in the January 2002 Maxim magazine, Vergara was described as “apprehensive about doing her first TV commercial—until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her permission to take the job”. She made her first public appearance at the age of 17 in a Pepsi commercial that was widely telecast all over Latin America. In order to support her son, mother, and younger siblings who needed her financial support in the absence of her father, who had departed the family, she dropped out of college in order to earn good wages.

Vergara moved to Bogotá at the age of 20, where she worked as a model on the runway and on TV. From 1995 to 1999, she was co-host with Fernando Fiore on Fuera de Serie (“Out of the Ordinary” or “Over-the-Top”), a series which sent her to exotic places all over the world (this is similar to the U.S. Wild On! travel series). It was telecast on the international Univision Spanish-language network, and it made her a star in the Latin American market and gave her some USA TV exposure. She also co-hosted the Univision show A que no te atreves (“I Dare You”). She recently appeared as a guest star on the HBO series Entourage.

Besides runway and catalog modeling work, Vergara also did independent projects. She was photographed for posters swimsuit calendars in 1998, 2000, and 2002. These were top sellers in Latin America, and also penetrated the North American market. She did South American television ads, and also posed in swimsuits for posters for beer advertising, especially for Miller Lite beer.

Vergara is 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) tall, and she has naturally blonde/sunbleached hair (for films and TV, she is frequently required to dye it brunette to make her look more “Latina”). Vergara was long under an exclusive TV contract with Univision, and after it expired, she accepted a role with ABC in the United States. With ABC, she appeared on the sitcoms Hot Properties and The Knights of Prosperity.

Vergara currently plays Alicia Oviedo in the Colombian version of Desperate Housewives, Amas de Casa Desesperadas. She also currently appears on the ABC drama Dirty Sexy Money as Jeremy Darling’s new love interest. She also made a guest appearance in the Mexican soap opera Fuego En La Sangre.

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